High Performance Conveyor Belting

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Steel Cable Pipe Belt

38 years I have been in the Conveyor Belt Industry and I never get tired of working on new challenges and new opportunities. So when a previous customer contact who had re-located to a new company and a new location called with a problem ... we jumped all in. 

The initial call came in regarding splice issues on a Steel Cable Pipe Belt so immediately our authorized Splicing and Repair contractor -  AMS got involved ( excellent Millwrights and Mechanical Contractor ). We consulted over the phone and discussed what was involved and needed to repair and re-splice a Steel Cable Pipe Belt. We gathered the current customer specifications on this Overland Belt System, discussed the potential opportunity, and then a group of 4 Millwrights were dispatched out to the customer .... an 11 hour flight and onto an Island with Fed Ex'd tools in route - the customer problem solving effort began.

Over a 7 day period, two re-splices and one repair were completed, some assistance on re-tracking and adjusting some of the sophisticated pipe system idlers was also accomplished and we had a very happy customer. The repairs and re-splices were successful, and the Pipe System was back running satisfactory ... transporting and delivering coal some 1.75 miles into the Power Plant from a Marine Terminal. Total Pipe Belt System .... 3.5 miles!

The next call we got was even better. They wanted and have scheduled an outage in May/June ... and they'd like us to quote a new Steel Cable Pipe Belt to install in that window of time. Can we quote it, can we be competitive, and can we provide a Lead Time that meets their needs and expectations?

The answer after days of working tirelessly and rigorously ... was YES!

Over a three week period of armwrestling, tweaking, working out logistics and freight ... and going against the biggest and boldest competitors .... we WON! The  Team of AMS and Advanced Rubber Technologies accomplished what many dream of .... an Order for a 3.5 miles ( plus spare material) of Steel Cable Pipe Belt. For the Belt Doctor .... the single largest footage order of my young 38 year career .... a nice 7 figure belt sale and a nice 6 figure installation package. Teamwork and Networking worked as it should and we are off and coordinating manufacturing, shipping, the logistics of shipping tools and a winder and other supplies to an Island and a customer that we are looking forward to establishing a long term relationship to be their Belt and Mechanical " go to Team" for all Belt and Mechanical System needs.

63" wide
17,000 ft. long ( plus a spare roll)
this system will load flat, then curl up and configure into a 400 mm pipe diameter and transport 
coal without any environmental impact as it is a closed delivery system from Port to Plant.

I can only tell you how satisfying it is to work on a project with other seasoned veterans and WIN!

At an age when others are slowing down, thinking of hanging it up and retiring to do some mundane hobby ... the Belt Doctor is enjoying ever minute of this, and it goes hand in hand with my philosophy of working like Pete Rose played baseball, and rather than coasting toward the finish line I plan on going full speed and sliding head first across the finish line.  So full speed ahead ... looking for the next challenge and the next customer we can solve a problem, meet an expectation, and deliver the end result that was put in front of us.

This is just an example of what our Team can do ...
We have the Mechanical Team
We have Manufacturers available to meet any challenge
And we listen to the Customer and solve your needs !!!

Ready for the next call ....  
As I've always said .... we make House Calls .... and even on islands ...11 hours away!

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