The largest, most complex equipment on the Conexpo show floor can be brought down when a small but critical part breaks. Thatís prompting manufacturers of belts, rollers and other equipment to continue pushing technology forward.
Equipment makers are striving to improve quality both long term and right out of the factory. John Deere Construction Equipment vice president Bob Brock notes that warranty complaints and warranty costs were substantially reduced during 2004, helping improve profits while adding to the companyís reputation.
Gates Corp. of Denver, CO, rolled out the Predator, a V-belt designed for shock loaded applications such as chippers, crushers and oilfield equipment. Chloroppene rubber compounds provide heat and oil resistance, while aramid fiber tensile cords provide durability. A wear-resistant cover withstands debris punctures and shear forces.
Nexen Group Inc. of Vadnais Hts., MN, is unveiling a profile rail brake that improves efficiency, holding components firmly in critical safety-off conditions. The brake is kept disengaged with air pressure, clamping down when air is exhausted.
Inductive proximity sensors from ifm efector Inc. of Exton, PA, have been upgraded to protect against liquid ingress.