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Cold-Weather Safety Practices for Heavy Equipment Operators

December 21, 2021 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Colder winter temperatures bring a higher chance of worker injuries and equipment failure. This post from our pros at M.B. McKee Company, Inc. will cover a few of the ways to ensure ultimate winter safety for everyone and every piece of equipment on a worksite. Before starting a shift Heavy equipment safety starts before workers even climb up into their machines to start a shift. Here are steps to take before any work begins: Layer up: The first step is to wear plenty of layers before heading out on the job. Multiple layers of synthetic fabrics help conserve body heat... View Article

Common Types of Bearings and How to Identify Them

December 7, 2021 5:25 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Although they’re simple pieces of equipment, bearings are critical components of any industrial machinery. Bearings are essential in allowing free rotation while reducing friction between stationary and moving parts. There are several different types of industrial bearings, and this post will cover the main ones. Sleeve bearings As the name suggests, these mechanical bearings form a close-fitting sleeve around shafts inside machinery. Each sleeve bearing has a thin film of lubricant between the bearing and the shaft to reduce friction between the different components. You’ll often find these bearings in machines that operate with lighter loads at lower speeds. Roller... View Article

What Are Some Common Conveyor Belt Problems?

November 23, 2021 3:59 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When your conveyor belt shuts down, it can dramatically affect your business’s output and productivity. Avoiding conveyor belt problems is always the goal, but all machinery experiences wear and tear. Eventually, you’ll need to know how to fix a conveyor belt, or who to call to get the job done. The following are some of the most common conveyor belt problems, and how to avoid them: Belt slipping: Conveyor belts depend on tension to move objects. If a belt is too loose, it won’t be able to pull items from point A to point B. The belt can slip off... View Article

How Conveyor Systems Benefit Your Business

November 23, 2021 3:58 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Every time you visit a grocery store, you get a firsthand example of how conveyor systems can benefit a business. We might think of conveyors as primarily an industrial or manufacturing tool, but whatever the industry, conveyor systems are a versatile workhorse. From retail to shipping to agriculture, conveyor belts are used to automate and speed up a number of processes. No matter what kind of business you own or operate, conveyor belts can help. Here is an overview of how you can utilize them for your benefit. What is a conveyor belt system? Conveyor belt systems use pulleys and... View Article

Finding the Right Fit for the Job: Drag Conveyors

October 27, 2021 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’re new to the manufacturing or industrial world, you might not be familiar with drag conveyors. What are drag conveyors, and what do they do? These tools, also known as drag-chain, scraper flight or en masse conveyors, help transport objects across a distance. If you’re used to belt conveyors or roller conveyors, however, these operate a bit differently. Here’s an overview of drag conveyors and when they might be useful for a job. What are drag conveyors? Drag conveyors use chains and troughs to transport bulk material. There are two broad types: flat bottom and round bottom. Flat bottom... View Article

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