PRAB Introduces the Auto-Take Up that Eliminates Downtime Associated with Conveyor Belt Adjustment
KALAMAZOO, Michigan — PRAB Inc., a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of equipment and systems for processing metal scrap and spent fluids as well as treating industrial wastewater for recycle and reuse, is pleased to introduce the Auto-Take Up System, a conveyor enhancement that automatically tightens belts and eliminates the need for manual adjustments.
As the chains on conveyance systems get older, they stretch. This is one of the most common causes of premature belt wear and unplanned conveyor maintenance. A stretched chain can cause the belt to slip off of the sprocket and fold up under itself, leading to belt damage, stopped production, and costly downtime.
To prevent a belt failure, operators have traditionally performed manual belt adjustments, which require the machine to be shut off while an operator or technician crawls into the dirty pit underneath the press to check the belt’s tension and tighten it with a wrench. This maintenance typically needs to be repeated twice a year.
To prevent these maintenance concerns, the PRAB Auto-Take Up automatically monitors tension using load cells on chain conveyors, including steel belt conveyors, drag conveyors, the PRAB ScrapVeyor™, and more. The system is wired to a PLC control panel, which monitors tension and automatically tightens the belt to eliminate manual adjustments and downtime. It can be added to new conveyors or retrofitted onto existing models. If retrofitted onto an existing conveyor, the system can be operated using that conveyor’s original control panel. Automatic adjustments can be scheduled to be completed during low production times or shift changes.
“Manual belt tightening increases downtime for preventive maintenance and, if not addressed properly, risks a belt failure that can damage the conveyor,” said Mike Hook, Sales and Marketing Director for PRAB. “The Auto-Take Up eliminates the need for manual belt adjustments for improved conveyor uptime.”
For more information about the PRAB Auto-Take Up, please contact a PRAB sales representative, visit prab.com or call PRAB world headquarters at (877) 994-2320.
PRAB is a leading engineer and manufacturer of conveyors, metal scrap processing equipment, fluid recycling equipment, and industrial wastewater treatment systems. Its customized solutions automate metal scrap handling, reduce labor costs, reclaim and recycle expensive cutting fluids and maximize return on metal scrap. With its expertise honed by more than 4,500 installations for the world’s leading OEMs and suppliers, PRAB continuously improves material handling, housekeeping and compliance to environmental rules and regulations within the automotive, aerospace, medical, electronics, defense, off-road, energy markets, and more. For more information about PRAB, visit prab.com.