A good wear-resistant liner can ensure that a significant piece of handling or manufacturing equipment can provide top-notch performance for years to come. These liners ensure that conveyor belts continue to run at their peak, creating a seamless, efficient process. There are many liners for conveyor belts, and manufacturers need to identify what their system needs to get that perfect match.
Different Types of Abrasions and Liners
You need the right tool for the job, and liners are no different. There are four different types:
- AR Liner – Also called “abrasion resistant,” this type is the most ideal for machinery that handles abrasive material.
- Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene – Known as UHMWPE or UHMW, this is a form of wear-resistant-liner that can handle acidic and abrasive material.
- Stainless Steel – If the belt is handling acidic or abrasive material, a stainless-steel liner is ideal.
- Galvanized Coating – If the material is not abrasive but acidic, this is the liner for you.
Why do liners wear off?
Abrasion is a nightmare for any machine. The long exposure to corrosive rubbing, grinding, and wearing will eventually cause the machine to lose efficiency and even cause many potential machine issues. If the material that the machine is handling is abrasive, find out if it deals with high-stress and low stress. Impact abrasion is another cause of wear when the abrasive material strikes a surface. Therefore, the wear’s cause is just as important when considering what type of liner to purchase.
The wear-resistant liners protect the machines from damage. AR liners, in particular, are significant in defending against abrasive materials. It’s hard and resists cutting and penetration. But if the material your machine is handling is both abrasive and corrosive, you might want to choose UHMW or stainless-steel liners themselves. Be advised, however, that the latter may not last as long as others.
Carefully gauge your materials, equipment, and needs to select the right liner for the job.
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