Neponset, Illinois – The new Mr Blade replacement programme for belt cleaners from Martin Engineering will deliver fresh polyurethane blades direct to factories. The blades are specified and custom-fitted on site, and will be installed free of charge.
“Although many conveyor users probably don’t realise it, product freshness is a significant issue for urethane belt cleaners,” said Chris Schmelzer, director of the company’s wear components business group. “Because urethane is a hygroscopic material, it tends to absorb moisture from the ambient air over time, which causes a degradation of physical properties. The process gradually decreases the cleaning performance, and shortens wear life.” The usable period is about two years, after which the blade’s physical properties are likely to be affected, he added.
The programme’s vans carry a fresh supply of 8-foot blade lengths, which are customised and installed by a trained technician. Product freshness is guaranteed via the company’s custom-designed urethane moulding cells that produce just-in-time manufacturing of belt cleaners, avoiding ageing inventory stockpiles accumulating in a warehouse.
Emergency service will be available from certified technicians capable of servicing any brand or style of cleaner. The company will also supply retrofit blades to fit belt cleaners from any manufacturer.