Developed by FB’s conveyor specialist, Graham Barber, the two-colour design is intended to help service technicians to better plan maintenance.
In Barber’s design, two contrasting coloured plastics are layered over each other. As soon as the base colour becomes visible through the top layer, technicians know that it is time to replace the wear strip. Technicians do not need to stop the conveyor to check the degree of wear to the wear strips, and it ensures they are replaced at the optimum time – not too early, generating unnecessary expenditure, and not too late when damage could be caused to the conveyor chain.
FB Chain’s new wear strips have been successfully installed at the UK’s first straw-fuelled power station in Cambridgeshire. There, 2,000m of FB Chain wear strips are protecting eight parallel strands of roller chains as they feed straw bales into a biomass burner.
“This power station has been an important customer for FB Chain for the past five years, but over the past 18 months, we’ve worked closer together than ever to help optimise their operations,” said Barber. “The wear strip design innovation was just one of the ideas that came out of our discussions with this customer.”