Selecting the Right Components for Harsh Environments


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Whether you’re dealing with excessive temperatures, corrosives like salt or sand, or need components that can handle frequent wash downs, selecting the right products for the job will help ensure a greater return on your investment. Learn how to avoid common hose system and belt drive problems in markets like oilfield, agriculture, mining, marine, and more. This webinar covers long-term solutions for issues that are holding your system back from optimal productivity, and offers recommendations for products that can help.
Watch this webinar to:
Understand the benefits of making informed, thoughtful decisions about the components you choose for use in challenging environments.
Learn the most important things to consider when selecting components for harsh environments, and about products specifically designed to address problems.
Learn which questions to ask as you’re troubleshooting issues, find resources to help when you’re experiencing recurring failure, and get tips to maximize your resources in a challenging environment.

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Selecting the Right Components for Harsh Environments

  1. 1. Selecting the Right Components for Harsh Environments Find solutions for hose system and belt drive issues
  2. 2. Before We Start  This webinar will be available afterwards at & via email  Q&A at the end of the presentation  Hashtag for this webinar: #DWwebinar
  3. 3. Moderator Paul Heney Design World Presenters Brent Oman Tim Dean Gates Corporation Gates Corporation
  4. 4. Selecting the Right Components for Harsh Environments Presented by Tim Deans: Global Hydraulic Engineering Lead & Brent Oman: Manager, Product Application Engineering Gates Corporation
  5. 5. Selecting the Right Products for Extreme Environments • Learn how to avoid common problems that harsh environments pose for end markets including: o o o o o o o Oilfield Agriculture Mining Marine Food & Beverage Construction And more!
  6. 6. Selecting the Right Products for Extreme Environments • Benefits to Making Informed Product Decisions: o o o o o o o Avoid costly downtime Reduce risk of damage to components and expense of replacing components Avoid contamination (for example, in the food industry) Prevent environmental damage (for example, from a toxic spill) Improve productivity Avoid potential damage Ensure a safe working environment
  7. 7. Environmental Issue: Abrasion • Hose/Hydraulics o Issues: hose abrasion, routing problems, crushing issues, scraping, premature failure, rust/oxidation o Solutions: • Re-routing • Use abrasion-resistant cover • Switch to dual line hose o Recommended Products: Mega Tuff® cover, XtraTuff™ cover, and dual line hose such as M3K DL or CM2T® DL
  8. 8. Environmental Issue: Abrasion • Belts o Issues: sprocket wear and rust, which results in belt wear o Solutions: • Replace sprockets and belts when signs of extreme wear or rust appear • Use plated sprockets and bushings to help prevent rust • Review current drive guard and brainstorm methods to further minimize belt drive exposure to abrasives o Recommended Products: Poly Chain® GT® Carbon™ synchronous belt drive systems, Predator® V-belt drive systems
  9. 9. Environmental Issue: Corrosion • Hose/Hydraulics o Issues: exposure to fertilizers, road and sea salt, and UV radiation, which can break down the steel in couplings creating a red rust on the surface of the metal o Solutions: • Use corrosion resistant hose and plating o Recommended Products: TuffCoat™ plating, TuffCoat™ Xtreme, stainless steel couplings
  10. 10. Environmental Issue: Corrosion • Belts o Issues: exposure to humid or moist environments leave belt drive components susceptible to rust corrosion o Solutions: • Minimize the exposure to fluids. In many cases, a madeto-order metal solution can minimize corrosion and extend drive life • Use stainless steel or electroless nickel-plated sprockets and bushings o Recommended Products: 8mm Stainless Steel Poly Chain® GT®2 sprockets or Gates Made-To-Order-Metals support team
  11. 11. Environmental Issue: Temperature Extremes • Hose/Hydraulics o Issues: hose breakdown o Solutions: • Replace with ozone resistant hose and/or hose that can handle a broad range of temperatures o Recommended Products: High-temperature hose (M4KH, M3KH, C5D and G2XH, for example), PowerClean™ (Pressure Washer), 205MB Steam King® (Steam), 232MB Steam Queen® (Steam) or Barricade™ 4219BF (Marine)
  12. 12. Environmental Issue: Temperature Extremes • Case Study Before After
  13. 13. Environmental Issue: Temperature Extremes • Belts o Issues: high temperatures can damage compounds and cause cracking, chunking out, tooth shear. Quality belts can withstand temperatures near -40F or lower o Solutions: • Replace cracked belts with belts that have special high-temperature construction, • Ensure proper ventilation • Work with manufacturer engineering support for applications in extreme cold o Recommended Products: Predator® belt drive systems, molded notch V-belts, PowerGrip® GT®2
  14. 14. Environmental Issue: Contamination • Hose/Hydraulics o Issues: unsanitary environment due to contaminants; product damage o Solutions: • Flush with chemically compatible fluid • Blow out contaminants with shop air • Utilize a cleaning projectile, like a sponge or pellet o Recommended Products: MegaClean™ system
  15. 15. Environmental Issue: Contamination • Belting o Issues: frequent wash down to meet sanitary requirements; product damage; incompatibility with industry standards (food safety standards for example) o Solutions: • Replace with easy-to-clean, joint-free components designed for the food and beverage industry • Reduced maintenance through ability to clean in place o Recommended Products: Gates Mectrol PosiClean® food grade belting Gates Mectrol PosiClean® food grade belting
  16. 16. Environmental Issue: Fluid Incompatibility • Hose/Hydraulics o Issues: unsanitary environment due to contaminants; product damage o Solutions: • Select hose compatible with the fluid being transferred • Check chemical resistance charts for compatibility with materials, couplings, and O-rings o Recommended Products: MegaSys® spiral wire and wire braid hoses, Stallion® and Mustang® acid-chemical hoses
  17. 17. Environmental Issue: Exposure to Fluids • Belts o Issues: solvents or oils can create rubber belt swelling or stickiness • Fluid contaminants can degrade material integrity and belt strength, resulting in delamination o Solutions: • Review current drive guard and brainstorm methods to further minimize belt drive exposure to contaminants • Select a degradation-resistant belt o Recommended Products: Poly Chain® GT® Carbon™ belt system
  18. 18. Environmental Issue: High Pressure • Hose/Hydraulics o Issues: leaks, bursts, coupling blowoffs and whipping hose can lead to safety hazards and environmental contamination o Solutions: • Make sure the working pressure of the hose is greater or equal than maximum system pressure • Use a sleeving system or hose cover to contain bursts and leaks o Recommended Products: M-XP™ Million-Impulse Cycle hose, spiral wire hydraulic hose, LifeGuard® line-of-sight sleeving, MegaSys® constant pressure hoses
  19. 19. Environmental Issue: Hazardous Environments • Belts o Issues: static electricity or highly charged environments are a fire hazard o Solutions: • Clean debris and contaminants and ground systems properly • Use a static-conductive belt line • Bleed off residual static buildup with a static-conductive brush o Recommended Products: Super HC, Hi-Power II, and Tri-Power V-belts; 8mm and 14mm PowerGrip GT2 synchronous belts
  20. 20. Be Proactive in Harsh Environments • Ensure optimal production and minimal maintenance by proactively choosing products and solutions that can withstand your challenging circumstances. • With the right design, most appropriate products and a thorough maintenance regimen, you can be sure your equipment will run smoothly long-term.
  21. 21. Questions? Gates Corporation Design World Paul Heney Phone: 440.234.4531 Twitter: @DW_Editor Brent Oman Phone: 303.744.5800 Gates Power Transmission Facebook - Gates Power Transmission YouTube - Gates Belts & Applications Blog - Gates Corporation Tim Deans Phone: 303.744.5070 Gates Fluid Power Facebook - Gate Fluid Power YouTube - Gates Fluid Power Twitter -
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