Wearing Thin

Diamondback urethane liner solves wear problem.

APAC's Birdeye, AR sand and gravel operation recently installed Bailey-Parks' Diamondback Urethane Liners to solve costly wear problems it experienced in maintaining the facility. Gary Adamson, plant manager, says the urethane liners are like nothing he's ever seen and he's informed other plant managers of how well the product has solved the wear problems he was experiencing at his plant.

"We put it virtually everywhere the raw material comes in contact with a steel surface," he explains. "We use it for skirtboards, belt wipers, impact areas, chute liners, and for sand screw shoes."

Adamson also notes that Diamondback is easy to handle and especially easy to install because it can be cut to size and bolted in place. No worries about welding and torch cutting as with steel liners, and it is extremely durable in severe applications such as sand and gravel handling.

In the impact area of 3-inch minus rock, the APAC crew tried many solutions to the wear problem. A 1 ½-inch-thick plate of hardened steel, which was guaranteed to last, only held up one week. Bailey-Parks' Diamondback laminated pad has been in place for five years, and there's no visible signs of wear after running 800 tons of material per hour for 16 hours, 7 days a week.

Adamson says that lining spouts and troughs with Diamondback has saved hundreds of man hours in the maintenance and repair costs associated with the replacement of other types of liners. A simple strip of urethane used for belt skirting is particularly long lasting and durable with a 45-degree bevel cut with a portable circular saw.

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