Many export facilities will run beans, corn, wheat and other products so one belt has to provide performance for each style of product.
In addition, other applications involve carrying elevator buckets. These buckets are held onto the belt with bolts. Some of these systems carry incredible stress so the fabric needs to be adequate to handle these loads. The industry continues to increase capacity in these loading systems. The faster barges are loaded and on their way, the more economical the shipment.
Fenner Dunlop has multiple grain handling solutions including belting for elevators, milling, feed silos, and many other applications requiring durability, oil resistance, and protection against cold temperatures. Their range of agriculture products include highly durable belts for equipment such as potato harvesters and hay bailers and profiled belting for steep incline conveyors.
They have also invented a unique fabric belt that offers improved bolt retention over traditional belts. The improved results run from 7% to over 40%! The amount of additional performance is dependent on the tension rating involved.
GRAINFLEX & GRAIN SUPREME
GrainFlex is produced with an UsFlex carcass to provide maximum rip and tear resistance coupled with superior bolt retention properties. It exceeds the OHSA requirements for the safest surface resistivity, which requires those superior anti-static properties. GrainFlex is also oil-resistant and fire-retardant.
Grain Supreme carcass delivers high strength along with low elongation and excellent fastener holding properties. It rivals other plied belts in the rip and tear resistance, belt retention, and tracking characteristics. It also meets or exceeds the OHSA requirements for conductivity and flame resistance.
Senior Vice President – Business Development Al Bonneau joins the discussion on Agriculture Now. He will be talking about his backstory before joining the company and Fenner Dunlop’s range of products specific to the agriculture sector.
Fenner Dunlop is a worldwide company that has been manufacturing conveyor belts since 1861. In 2018, Michelin bought Fenner and they have been cooperating in R&D and manufacturing since that time. Especially useful to use Michelin’s rubber expertise and sourcing during the supply chain challenges for raw materials.
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