“We designed the unit for heavy-duty applications and tested it outdoors in punishing environments and applications,” said Andrew Timmerman, P.E. and Product Development Engineer at Martin Engineering. “The N2 Twist Tensioner has proven itself to be a rugged and highly effective way to maximize both cleaning efficiency and blade life.”
The importance of proper tensioning
Inadequate tensioning causes carryback to cling to the belt and spill along its path, piling up under the conveyor and emitting excessive dust. This requires extra labor for cleanup and can affect air quality. Over-tensioning leads to friction damage to the carrying side of the belt, premature blade wear and potential splice damage. Both scenarios create unsafe work conditions and raise the cost of operation significantly.
Next step in tensioning technology
The N2 Twist Tensioner automatically maintains precise cleaning pressure throughout the entire life of the blade, without maintenance. The tensioner applies the proper amount of torque to deliver optimum cleaning pressure at the blade tip, supporting the Constant Angle Radial Pressure (CARP) cleaner design that withstands the force of heavy bulk cargo but retains a consistently tight seal across the belt profile.
The electrical system runs both the tensioning system and the sensors. The unit is powered by a rechargeable 12-volt battery and can also be specified to run on 110-220 VAC. The system includes all necessary components for installation based on the power supply option.
The N2 Twist Tensioner and Smart Device Manager App ease the burden on managers and workers so they can focus their attention on other critical details of the operation. Precise tensioning and improved belt cleaning reduce the volume of dust and spillage from carryback, improving workplace safety and decreasing the labor needed to maintain and clean around the discharge zone.