A conveyor impact bed is a piece of machinery utilized for supporting conveyor systems as well as conveyor belts. The structure is used to cushion the impact of plummeting material. Typically installed at the bottom of a chute, these beds are produced with shock receptors that absorb the contact of heavy materials falling from above.
Conveyor impact beds are used in a wide range of industries including (but not limited to) aggregate, cement, metal, non-metal, mining, etc. Here are 5 things you need to know about conveyor impact beds.
1. The Benefits of Impact Beds Are Invaluable
Material management industries have a big problem: materials, garbage, debris, etc, are constantly seeping through at certain junctures. When these materials fall through and land on the expensive equipment below, the wear-and-tear can cause irreversible damage over time. To remedy this, impact beds were introduced to provide a myriad of invaluable benefits such as:
- Stave off potentially damaging collisions between material and equipment
- Lower maintenance and repair costs
- Prevent material spills caused by the irregular exertion by the conveyor belt
- The proper design aids with easy and effortless functioning of the conveyor belt
- The production value of the structure ensures quick and easy assembly and dismantling
2. The Operations of the Impact Bed
Comprising several impact bars, the impact bed works to absorb the weight from the material that falls through certain points of transfer. The impact bars themselves are produced with 4 primary components: an aluminum alloy structure, a dampening layer made from high-end rubber, a metal seat, and a polyethylene surface.
The essential element [the impact bar] cushions the collision and minimizes any impairment to the belt. This, in turn, will prolong the durability of the conveyor impact bed.
The sensible and research-based production of the impact bed minimizes the chance of the belt being torn, damaged, etc, and as a result, can help save companies in upkeep and maintenance fees.
3. The Types of Impact Beds Available
The slider is typically the best way to categorize impact beds. Impact beds are classified into ordinary and flame-retardant. Beds of the ordinary variety are usually found in cement plants, mines, docks, etc. While flame-retardant impact beds can be found in coal plants.
The varieties of impact beds include spring, flat, parallel, and composite heavy-duty kinds. Some of the more popular designs are I-shaped steel and channel steel designs. Power plants typically utilize the channel steel while mines and cement plants employ the I-shaped steel impact beds.
The cost of an impact bed will be largely determined by the conditions of the workplace as well as the design of the bed itself. Luff Industries has a plethora of stable and durable impact beds to meet the needs of your project if you’re uncertain about the type(s) you will require.
4. The Proper Method to Choose an Impact Bed
You will need three important details when going to the producer of your impact beds. These include the width of the bed, bed application, as well as the mold of your conveyor belt. The final decision of the impact bed will be based on these variables.
5. Installment Guide of Impact Beds
Once the impact bed departs from the manufacturer, everything is constructed to the exclusion of the adjustment rod. Follow these steps to properly install your impact bed:
- Lift the bed to the center frame on top of the conveyor belt, this placement will orient right below the blanking opening, then attach the bed to the center frame using the corner bolts located on either side of the base.
- Attach the adjusting rod to create the side structure of the bed into the angle of the groove
Certain groove angles are created via the association of the many holes located on the side frame within the bed as well as the adjusting rod.
Additionally, ensure there are rollers at each of the ends during this process, otherwise, it may compromise the longevity of the impact bed. It will also be helpful to have the right tools handy; construction tools, lifting appliances, etc, will be necessary.