Machine Design

Low-Resistance Belting

Easyrider conveyor belt covers are said to reduce belt operating costs up to 12% thanks to the use of an advanced rubber compound that lowers rolling resistance.

Belts made with the material recover their shape more quickly than those of conventional rubber compounds. The belt moves more efficiently over idlers, reducing the amount of energy required to run the system. Lab tests show normal deformation from compression on a belt's idler cover side varies with material loads, but could reach 0.045 in. Pulley indentation can be responsible for as much as 60% of the power consumed on a long horizontal conveyor system. Easyrider technology is intended primarily for long overland conveyor belt systems. With its quicker shape recovery, more energy powers actual belt movement, instead of generating heat and noise at the idler indentation points.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 1144 E. Market St., Akron, OH 44316, (800) BELT-USA, easyridercvb.com

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