Continental apron feeders use many parts.
Continental Conveyor Ltd. offers more than just standard material-handling systems. The company makes a broad variety of solutions, such as a lineup of heavy-duty apron feeders. Designed and built for demanding work conditions, these rugged pieces of equipment are intended for feeding and moving heavy, lumpy, or abrasive material in harsh environments.
A wide range of components are made for these apron feeders, components that are made to handle all sorts of challenging tasks.
Pans, chains, rollers, and wheels
These apron feeders come with three primary features:
- Cast manganese or fabricated pans. Cast manganese is a work-hardening steel alloy that is perfect for high-impact, abrasive applications. Casting impact ribs into the pan longitudinally and blending them with the impact rail on the feeder structure lowers the material leaks between the pans, and raised pads offer a smooth mounting surface for the chain when it is cast laterally into the pans. For most average conveying and feeding applications that do not involve high impact or abrasion, Continental recommends double-beaded overlapping formed steel pans, made from mild steel or abrasion-resistant plate. These are also suitable for applications with a moderate level of impact when they are combined with an impact rail to limit deflection.
- Chains and rollers. Crawler tractor chains have a rugged design that makes them ideal for the severe environments in which apron feeders operate. Their different standard pitches and tensile strength ratings enable a suitable selection for all application widths and lengths. Carrying and return rollers have hardened wheels and pins for long wear life, with a large lubricant reservoir that is factory-sealed for life.
- Sprockets and traction wheels. These apron-feeder components have segmental runs that are machined and jig-drilled to fit on the mounting hubs keyed to the shafts. Sprocket segments can be easily removed for replacement. The segments are reversible for double life.
There is also a wide variety of mechanical and structural apron-feeder components in addition to these main features: drive sprockets, pillow block bearings, feeder drives on the mechanical side, and inlet chutes and cross members for structure.
For more information, contact Continental.