|Products Used||ApronSeal™ Single Skirting HD , Dust Bag , Impact Cradle MD , Slider Cradle , SQC2S™ Cleaner , Tracker™ , VPlow HD|
|Product Types Used||Belt Cleaning Solutions , Dust Management and Containment Solutions , Transfer Point Solutions , Belt Sealing , Belt Support , Dust Containment , Dust Filtration , Primary Belt Cleaners , Secondary Belt Cleaners|
|Customer||Silver and Lead Mine|
A silver and lead mine in Northern Mexico was experiencing excessive downtime on a main conveyor transporting raw ore. Spillage and dust emissions were pervasive in the loading and discharge zones, while access for maintenance and cleanup was difficult and unsafe. Dust would cause rolling components to seize, and spillage quickly accumulated around the structure, causing damage to both the belt and rollers. Maintenance workers attempted to fabricate in-house solutions as temporary fixes, which in some cases made the problem worse and resulted in even more safety issues and downtime. To address the reduced production and increased operating costs, managers sought a more reliable long-term solution.
Reaching out to Martin Engineering Mexico, technicians performed a thorough inspection and proposed a Martin® Total Transfer Point Solution, taking a holistic approach to the system from loading to discharge. An Impact Cradle MD (medium duty) promotes belt health and load centering, while Slider Cradles and ApronSeal™ skirting ensure a tight belt seal to reduce spillage. A longer modular chute structure in the settling zone controls dust emissions using a dust bag and curtain system. A Martin Tracker™ promotes belt alignment entering the chute and along the belt path, and the return is fitted with a V-Plow for tail pulley protection. The discharge zone has a QC1™ Primary and SQC2 Secondary cleaner to help prevent carryback and spillage.
Subsequent visits following the system retrofit revealed significant improvements. Operators report that spillage has been nearly eliminated, dust emissions have been mitigated, and equipment life has been extended. By improving air quality and reducing the amount of maintenance and cleanup labor, safety around the area has improved dramatically. "We are very happy with the service and equipment provided by the Martin team," said a manager close to the project. Operators are now reviewing additional conveyors that would benefit from similar solutions to reduce downtime and improve production for an overall lower cost of operation.