MARTIN® Vibration Systems supplied stainless-steel woven wire belts to a Detroit chemical plant. This belt handles small catalytic pellets that, when exiting the furnace, are dry and brittle and fall through the weave on the wire belt, then build up on the head pulley causing the belt to mistrack.
Initially, the pellets are wet and fed into the furnace to dry out. After these pellets come out of the furnace and the moisture is removed, they become hard and brittle and often break during handling. The problem occurs when these pellets break. As they crumble, the fines and dust fall between the weave on the wire belt and build up on the head pulley causing the belt to mistrack.
Upon inspection of the belt, we determined by tapping the belt how easily the fines and dust fell to the floor. MARTIN® Vibration Systems recommended a MARTIN® NTS™ Non-Impacting Vibrator (NTS-5) to tap on the belt. An additional benefit of this vibrating belt cleaner is that, since the cleaner is 43-1/2″ wide and the belt is 46-1/2″ inside the edges, our cleaner also helps train the belt. Our customer is very pleased with the results of this innovative solution to a material handling problem.