Why Use A DYNA-TRAC® ME-Plow?
The DYNA-TRAC® ME-Plow is part of the V-Plow family, and is usually located on the back side of the conveyor belt after the material discharge point. It differs from V-Plows in their construction as the ME-Plow has a more robust design, making the ME-Plow ideal engineering for heavy duty use.
The Purpose of the ME-Plow
The primary purpose of V-Plows and ME-Plows are to clean the return side of a conveyor belt by removing fugitive material which may have fallen onto the belt.
If this material is not removed, it may cause damage to conveyor components, including tail pulleys, pulley lagging, conveyor belting and carry idlers. The material could also be a potential falling hazard if the conveyor travels over safe working areas.
One of the key concerns of not removing the material is that large clumps could puncture the conveyor belt or cause damage to the belt carcass. This damage would occur due to the material getting trapped or compressed between the belt and pulley.
Other concerns are the pulley lagging being damaged and no longer round due to gouging, belt slippage and mis-tracking. This causes potential damage to the belt itself or surrounding structure if the belt has prolonged contact.
DYNA-TRAC® ME-Plow Design Features
A unique design feature of the ME-Plow is the three polyurethane arms, which can be adjusted to create tension, allowing contact to be maintained between the plow and belt surface. This feature enables the plow to handle convex surfaced belts and perform in extremely difficult conditions.
Reduced vibrations not only ensure the belt surface is not damaged, but also reduces the potential hazard of small amounts of material potentially not being ejected from the belt.
The polyurethane arms can be adjusted so as to provide a range of tensions between the cleaner and the belt. Tensions and adjustments may vary depending on your conveyor belt, material type and application.
Chain and Blades
The DYNA-TRAC® ME-Plow also features a chain to protect the tail pulley. The chain acts as a failsafe in the unlikely event that the ME-Plow attachments fail and stop the plow from becoming the hazard it is designed to prevent.
The blade is built in three sections to allow for easy replacement. It is also fitted with long-life blades, which are highly resistant to wear to greatly increase the time between replacements.
V-Plows and ME-Plows require regular maintenance because they have wearing parts, such as the blades. As a result, plows may require some adjustment to the blade height and tensions to ensure that it is set in the optimal position.
The standard material finishes available for the DYNA-TRAC® ME-Plow are zinc-plated or stainless steel.
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