Understanding conveyor operation is more than “seeing” a problem. What causes the outcome? How did it get started? What action steps are necessary to maximize belt life? NIBA’s most recent offering of 3T tackled these questions and more for two days in October at the Four Points by Sheraton, Richmond Airport. A full house of over 30 persons interacted to divulge industry standards on belt construction, operational forces, rated versus operating PIW, tracking, transition distances and much more. The level of interaction coupled with the wide variety of experience offered up comments and questions from all points of view. We even benefited through the contributions from an international member from Turkey. And, as always, two seats were reserved for active miners from the host quarry. In this case, Luck Stone, South Richmond Plant, provided the real world opportunity to contrast the established standards. The event concluded with a lively discussion on the contrast between the two.
There are several key components to making an event such as Track Train and Troubleshoot a success. Strong content is important. Having the flawless efforts of our new management group allows it to move seamlessly and is a huge benefit. However, the support of NIBA members truly is the key to the longevity of this event. This years’ offering was supported by Belt Service; GRT Rubber; Virginia Carolina Belting; All-State Belting; RGA; Applied Industrial Technologies; Rubber and Accessories; Ayik Band, LTD; Reichel-Korfmann; R/W Connection; and ASGCO. Without member participation, success would be non-existent. On behalf of Mike Cremeens, Dick McConnell, Gary Deck, Dell Gutknecht and the Education and Technical Committee, we extend our appreciation for your continued support.