Some assume that shopping for a conveyor is a simple task. But it is quite the contrary, and mistakes can be expensive. One aspect of a conveyor system that is often overlooked is the tail pulley take-up.
Standard take-ups often seize because of dirt, rust and foreign debris. Operators usually take a wire brush and oil can to scrub the take-up to allow it to move freely. This is a process that is both frustrating and inefficient.
Some companies are aware of this potential problem and cater their equipment and services accordingly. One is Riverwood Supply & Manufacturing, based in Orillia, Ontario. The company was established in the fall of 1998 to service the minerals industries by developing conveyor systems and components. Both management and service staff have several years of operational experience carried over from parent company Stewart Construction (established over 50 years ago). The conveyor systems are built from an operator’s perspective to ensure performance and ease of operation.
The Riverco Never Seize Take-Up features two tubes, with one sliding over the other to keep dirt, water and foreign debris out of the threads. In most installations a grease nipple is also placed in the inner tube to enable more grease to be added over the years of service. The Riverco Take-Up is easily adjusted with a wrench or socket and can be retrofitted to any equipment.
Perry Fell is sales manager of Riverwood Supply & Manufacturing Inc. in Orillia, Ontario.