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Conveyor Belt Case Study

Conveyor belt

Includes Repair & Industrial Coatings Work

CHALLENGE

The customer was doing a full belt refurbishment with rollers, belts, drives, and counterweight, during a scheduled outage. They had received notice that some supplies had been delayed and had decided to capitalize on the delay to sandblast and paint the structure for corrosion control. So after some mechanical repairs were made, the Nix Field Coatings Team was allotted 7 days to blast and coat over 120 feet of conveyor and catwalk!

SOLUTION

Nix was able to utilize a Bull Pot Blasting setup in order to run 4 blast lines simultaneously. This allowed for high output of blast media and increased production.

We also scheduled a two shift turn around in order to fully utilize our equipment, only shutting off in order to do a pre and post shift safety discussion. 

After blasting was completed we then spray applied two coats of industrial epoxy to all the steel structures and frame. At the end of the project, we then topcoated the safety feature with a safety yellow urethane.

RESULTS

Nix completed the project ahead of schedule without any delays from weather or safety issues despite having several people working closely together and some less than favorable conditions. This provides corrosion protection for their equipment and a safe working platform for employees to access the belt for routine maintenance and inspection. We are happy to have the opportunity to serve our customers and help them continue to run safe and efficiently. 

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Fan Housing Case Study

Fan Housing

Includes Metal Fabrication & Shop Coatings Work

CHALLENGE

A manufacturing customer came to us with the following issues:

  1. Build up on the fan due to coolant and exhaust was causing the fan to be imbalanced, which in turn made the bearings and the electric motor fail prematurely.
  2. The fins inside the housing that were centering the electric motor mount were cracking.
  3. When the motor would fail due to the above points, it would deflect the outside of the housing and cause the housing to permanently deform.
SOLUTION

We decided to powdercoat the housing itself in a high gloss powder and coat the fan blades in anti-graffiti coating. We worked with the customer to implement a P.M. program where they power wash it monthly. The anti-graffiti paint allows the build up to easily come off when washed.

We added stiffener rings to the outside housing to keep it from deforming when/ if the motor failed.

To eliminate the fins from cracking, we added a band to the outside of the housing and connected the tie bars on the back of the motor in a 45 degree direction to absorb radial torque from the motor.

RESULTS

This allowed us to prolong the life of the housing and electric motor by eliminating imbalance on the fan and absorbing the radial torque from the electric motor on start up.

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