EQM Industrial TR Series Trough Belt conveyer

By: Tim Dittmer, Photography by: Tim Dittmer


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Poor top soil in Palmerston North meant a garden centre made good use of EQM Industrial’s TR Series Trough Belt conveyers.

EQM Industrial TR Series Trough Belt conveyer
The Trough Belt conveyer made by EQM Industrial used by Colin Macpherson Garden Centre in Palmerston North.

With poor quality top soil plaguing the outskirts of Palmerston North, Colin Macpherson Garden Centre has invested in some plant to help remedy the situation.

A second-hand soil mixer was acquired from the South Island, but to operate efficiently it required a conveyor to dispose of the mixed soil onto a stock pile. So EQM Industrial supplied an electric powered conveyor for the task.

Colin Macpherson Garden Centre supplies the Palmerston North area with a wide range of plants, shrubs and garden supplies along with an array of gravel, soil and compost products. Macpherson purchased the mixer and conveyor to combine materials so a better quality product could be sold to their customers. A loader is used to fill the soil mixer with the right ratio of topsoil and compost. After the mixer has done its thing an air operated ram opens the chute. This is where the conveyor plays it part in shifting the material from the mixer to the stock pile. The 7.6m-long conveyor is regularly moved about the yard as Colin mixes a variety of different products. Its light weight construction makes it easy to shift even by hand.

The TR Series Trough Belt conveyors are built in a modular design to allow simple assembly and a wide range of working lengths from 2.8m to a maximum of 19.6m. The frame is constructed from folded mild steel sections with RHS cross braces. The 50mm diameter top rollers are set at a 20-degree angle to contain the material on the 500mm wide belt, these are spaced at 600mm to provide good support and load retention. Below the same sized rollers are used to carry the belt back but are spaced at 1200mm.

The frame has mounting holes the full length so additional rollers can easily be added if required. Both the 140mm diameter end idler and drive drum are crowned to provide positive belt tracking and both ends have a large amount of adjustment travel for easy fitting and removal of belts. Self aligning bearings are fitted to reduce wear and damage during use and adjustment.

A three-phase electric motor provides the motion via a worm drive gearbox and offers standard speeds of 0.5m/sec, 0.7m/sec and 0.96m/sec, an hydraulic motor is also an option.

Conveyor maintenance is kept to a minimum as it is fitted with only four grease nipples-one for each of the main bearings. The rest of the conveyor basically only needs inspecting for wear and the odd belt adjustment. The frame is galvanised and powder coated for durability. The trough shape of TR Series belt makes it suitable to shift all kinds of loose material.

EQM Industrial is a family-owned business located in Hastings, with over 20 years' experience in the industry and stand behind all their products with a guarantee and the skills to offer technical advise along with comprehensive parts and service back up. EQM Industrial imports, assembles, distributes and manufactures a wide product range of innovative equipment.

"Our mission is to provide a comprehensive range of new and used equipment and components to a wide range of industry, with a specific focus on the processing, packing, manufacturing and bulk supply sectors.

"We strive to be the leading supplier of power transmission products and electric drive systems to manufacturers and production facilities that make and use effective automated equipment," says Tim Bloxham, sales engineer.

For more information contact EQM Industrial, ph 0800 147 847. Contact Colin Macpherson Garden Centre, ph 06 356 3356.

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