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3 2013

Vol. 12 Issue 1

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Make it Happen!
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By John Shelton, 2013 Program Chair, Belt Power LLC
lans are underway for our annual NIBA Convention in San Antonio this September, and the NIBA Program Committee is taking the old adage that everything is bigger in Texas to heart. Our 2013 Convention will prove to be one for the record books, not only in scope of entertainment, but also in opportunity. At a time of great change both within NIBA as an association and the belting industry in general, our theme of Make It Happen both encourages and challenges our members to take advantage of promising new opportunities. Howard Putnam, the former CEO of Southwest Airlines, will serve as keynote speaker this year, with a focus on bottom line improvement and the importance of people in a successful business. Other valuable and educational presentations will include a session to help you navigate the new healthcare laws, as well as a business-focused social media workshop. And, while the conference will offer top-notch speakers and educational sessions, our networking breaks, receptions and golf outing on the TPC San Antonio Oaks course will allow attendees with the opportunity to catch up with old acquaintances and meet new ones. The 2013 NIBA Convention will take place September 12-15 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country. Just 20 minutes from downtown San Antonio and the airport, the JW Marriott Resort is situated in Texas Hill Country in Cibolo Canyons,

where crystal clear streams and towering oak and cedar trees meet the majesty of the hills. The elements of authentic roots, hacienda style, beautiful views and healing waters serve as the inspiration in bringing this magnificent resort to life. The Hill Country resort features recreational amenities, varied dining options, spectacular meeting and event space, the 36-hole TPC San Antonio and the sophisticated Lantana Spa. Reserve your hotel room now at the J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country. Contact the hotel directly at 800-2289290 or make your reservation online at convention.

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Letter from the President

Change, Evolution and People Make it Happen for NIBA

s I write this introductory Letter from the President I am reflecting on how much NIBA has changed over the past several years, especially in the years since Ive been actively involved with the organization. While the term change is technically correct, I prefer to use progress and evolve because that is what I believe we continue to do as we move into the future. With this first Belt Line of 2013, we are going green (which is not a clever play on my last name) by offering this issue electronically as a way to be more environmentally conscious. We continue to see our membership evolve as well. Every month we receive new applications from prospective members, and our numbers are growinga very good sign that our organization provides value to our members. In recent years we have witnessed an unprecedented number of acquisitions, mergers, and changes of ownership within member companies, as competition grows more intense in the marketplace. NIBA has even joined the world of information and social media with utilization of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to communicate with members. Most recently, our committees and Board met in January to begin our work for 2013 with an agenda full of tasks designed to continue to improve NIBA and provide valuable resources to the membership. Some of the upcoming advancements include more training (both online and regional hands-on), more business-friendly products and services, and more valuable business content at future conventions. Another evolutionary item is the recognition that NIBA has truly become an international organization. At the close of 2012, no less than nineteen different countries were represented in our membership. In recent years we have been inundated with applications from prospective members that we currently cannot categorize, and as an unfortunate result, continue to turn these people away. For lack of a better term, we have labeled this new group as Trading Companies. Over the next several months, NIBA will be working to educate our members by clearly defining how this group does business, and how we would create the criteria for such a membership categoryall of which will be voted upon by you at our next Convention in September. As your representatives, the Membership Committee volunteers, Board of Directors, and the Executive Board present this proposed classification with the intent of improving NIBA, in a continuing effort to move NIBA forward as the global marketplace evolves. This summer we will conduct the triennial strategic planning meeting, during which creative and energetic representatives from all facets of our NIBA demographic will meet for two days. This group will brainstorm to generate a course of action for NIBA in the short term, as well as a long-term vision of what will keep our organization vibrant, valuable, and relevant to our members in the years to come. My personal goal with this meeting is to provide our members with a list of realistic goals and innovative ideas to make NIBA the best trade organization in which your company belongs. I want it to be a symbol of pride and distinction to your employees and your customers when they see the NIBA logo on your website, letterhead, front-door, and office walls. Being a NIBA member should mean something special, and we are working hard to reinforce that idea in our ongoing efforts to improve and brand this great organization. It is truly an honor and privilege to serve as your President. I often think back to when I first started working as a volunteer ten years ago, and remember being nervous and apprehensive that my contributions would be of any value to this organization. Never once did I imagine that I would one day be where I am today. I take this responsibility seriously, and have tremendous respect for the position. When my term has ended,I hope to look back at my year as President and take

John P. Green NIBA President 2013

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Belt Director ...........Jennifer Rzepka, CAE Line Executive

Account Coordinators ..................... Sandy Kaye Amanda Wallich Graphic Designer .......................Dan Dudzinski Editing of all member submissions for inclusion in the Belt Line is a NIBA Board of Directors requirement. Generally, comments regarding quality, value, cost, etc., will be deleted.

In the Member to Member section of the December 2012 Issue, the wrong photo was included with the announcement of Patrick S. Spinellis promotion to Plant Manager for Hyde Tools. The correct photo is below:

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Network with NIBA Our Guide to Social Media

By Ken Engelsmann, Marketing Committee, Beltservice Corporation

Welcome New Members!

ITW Devcon Component Manufacturer Primary Contact: Jessica Desrochers 30 Endicott St Denvers, MA USA Phone: 978-777-1100 Email: Meldon Plastics BV Component Manufacturer Primary Contact: Maurits Basten De Flammert 1102 Nieuwbergen, Limburg NETHERLANDS Phone: +31 485 341954 Email: MEPUSA Direct LLC Distributor/Fabricator Primary Contact: Jaime Siller 4335 Vance Jackson San Antonio, TX USA Phone: 210-495-6862 Email:

t is hard to turn on a tv, open a newspaper or magazine, or surf the Internet these days and not come across an article or news story discussing the transformative power of social media. Although its exact influence and value is still being quantified, what is obvious is that its impact is very real, and every corporation, institution, or association across the world is working quickly to build its presence in the relatively new media. NIBA is no exception. To help you navigate this new media field, here is a summary of what the three primary mediums are and how to best utilize them: LinkedIn is considered the professionals social network. Rather than being a relaxed social online meeting space as most social networking sites, it is more business-oriented. LinkedIn is where you come to meet people and broaden your industry network. Join the NIBA group to see who else is connected, and reach out to other NIBA members in a professional, digital space. Posting to the NIBA LinkedIn group is a great way to connect with members and other industry professionals for product recommendations, advice on technical questions, and leads. Be aware, however, that LinkedIns primary source of revenue is in giving access to its database to professional recruiting firms, so your profile will be available to those outside of our industry as well. Facebook is the largest and most well-known social media website with over a billion users worldwide. Facebook is the most social of the new media services, and NIBA intends to use it that way as a friendly online meeting place for the industry. As an association, NIBA has a page ( that Facebook members can go to for news and updates, as well as photos from past conventions. You can post a comment on NIBAs Wall, to which others can read and respond. Like NIBA, and NIBA updates will automatically appear on the newsfeed on your home page. Whenever NIBA posts new information, photos, or status updates, it will be displayed there, making it easy to keep up with all things NIBA. Twitter ( is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as Tweets. If you already have a Twitter account, or if you create one, you can follow NIBA and our Tweets, which will keep you updated on upcoming events and NIBA news. If you want more information, expand your social network by following NIBA followers. The three social networks described above are todays leaders, but in this rapidly changing landscape there will surely be more in the future. All three services have Smart Phone apps compatible with IPhone, Android, and Windows Mobile that are free to download and make keeping up easy to do while on the go. To be sure that these media services are not abused, the NIBA marketing committee, with the help of Amanda Wallich at the NIBA Office, will be monitoring these networks, as well as providing much of the content. To report any activity that you feel is not commiserate with the spirit of NIBA, please contact Amanda ( by email. So in 2013, NIBA encourages those already using social media to Follow, Like, and Connect with NIBA. If you are not yet an active participant, we encourage you join!

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Thank you to our 2012 Committee members!

The following members are not continuing on their 2012 committees for 2013. Some are continuing on other committees, but NIBA would like to recognize them all for their contributions in 2012. Thank you! Board of Directors Michael Labb, REMA TIP TOP Jeff Leach, Passaic Rubber Company Education/Technical Committee Mike Baker, Advanced Flexible Composites Inc Michael Bruhn, Midwest Industrial Rubber Inc John Grasmeyer, Sparks Belting Company Carsten Mbius, Dunlop Belting Products (Pty) Ltd Jonathon Morgan, Forbo Siegling LLC Dan Paustian, Nitta Corporation of America Erika Stoltz, Veyance Technologies Inc Marketing Committee Bo Fisher, Maxi-Lift Inc Gary Hense, IBT Inc Sharon Horn, RAM Enterprise Inc Membership Committee Terri Boyle, AccuPad Inc Tom Pientok, Apache Inc Brian Schachner, Vaughn Belting Company Inc Mike Stein, Flexco Mike VandenAkker, Sparks Belting Company Products/Services Committee Jim Bishop, REMA TIP TOP Jeff Leach, Passaic Rubber Company Linda Saunders, Canadian Bearings Ltd Program Committee Jason Jones, Belt Power LLC Ana Laura Muoz Enriquez, Vysisa de CV Tom Wujek, Flexco

NIBA is Changing
By Doug Turk, Membership Committee Chair, Midwest Rubber Services & Supply Co.

ver the last several years, NIBA has gone through an evolution of changes within our organization. NIBA has become a Global organization with over nineteen countries represented. As this evolution has strengthened NIBA, it has seen numerous consolidations of Manufacturers and Distributors acquiring one another, as well as being acquired, by Holding or Equity Companies. Read more about this trend in action in the press release featured in the Newsworthy section of this edition. With this Globalization trend, your NIBA Membership Committee remains cognizant of categorizing our new members in the appropriate category, while at the same time determining if prospects meet NIBAs mission statement and Guiding Principles. In so doing, over the next several months you will see educational pieces explaining a

new membership category, Trading Companies. Culmination of this educational process will be a vote by membership attending the Fall Convention to approve or disapprove this category. All members attending the Convention are welcome to participate in this vote. The process that is currently used to critique new prospects will also be detailed to make all members aware that the Membership Committee is tasked to grow our membership, but also to meet the commitment to Distributors as we are for all purposes a Distributor driven organization mentored by the Manufacturers with whom we are affiliated to sell and promote conveyor products. The Membership Committee will look forward to your openness as we begin this educational process, through your responses via the various social media NIBA is associated with (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn).

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pride in having made some lasting (and hopefully positive) impact on NIBA. I have no doubt that I will enjoy this year thoroughly, and it helps to be surrounded by people who I respect and admire, and have the privilege of calling my friends. Coincidentally, the theme for our convention in September is Make it Happen which is highly appropriate as I think of the amazing people who make it happen year after year at NIBA. I couldnt ask for a better group of people to have as my backbone and support system. To me, it is completely astonishing to know that the group of people who work on the Committees and Board are all unselfishly volunteering their time and energy to do such demanding and time-consuming work for NIBA. As this organization changes, progresses and evolves, you can rest assured that this group of dedicated individuals is working tirelessly to make sure NIBA remains valuable and relevant to our members for years to come.

John P. Green NIBA President 2013 Green Rubber - Kennedy Ag

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By John Grasmeyer, Products & Services Committee Chair, Sparks Belting Company

hanks to the continuing contributions to the NIBA scholarship fund, NIBA has increased the quantity of scholarships in 2013 to an all new high. This continues to be a growing benefit offered to NIBA members, their employees and their children.

Rubber Ron Technical Training Scholarship (2) Training costs and $500 each
The Rubber Ron Scholarship honors the memory of Rubber Ron Roalsen to the common sense approach to the heavy duty belting industry. Thanks to the grant from Rons family, one Technical Training Scholarships will be awarded to a participant at each of the NIBA Heavyweight Technical training classes in 2013. All class participants will be given the opportunity to provide a short written explanation of how they will apply what they have learned at the seminar. The company of the selected winners will be reimbursed the course fee and an additional $500. If you are considering sending any participants to the training in 2013, this is another benefit and incentive to do so. If you have any questions about any of these scholarships offer by NIBA, please visit for more information or call the NIBA offices at 414-389-8606.

NIBA Memorial Scholarship (12) $1,500 each

The NIBA Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of past officers, directors and committee members for their strong dedication to the NIBA organization. We will be looking for applicants who have volunteered their time to make an impact in their communities, churches and schools, especially in the leadership roles. Seeing that these scholarships are a true benefit to all NIBA Members alike, we encourage our Members to promote this opportunity as an employee benefit within their companies. Applications will be graded on written essay while also being graded on his/her involvement in their community, church, school service. In addition they will be graded on any leadership opportunities that they have demonstrated. The application can be submitted online at no later than April 1, 2013.

NIBA Presidential Scholarship (6) $4,000 each

The NIBA Presidential Scholarship is in memory of all the past NIBA Presidents and honors them for their time, passion, and dedication to NIBA and all of its Distributor / Fabricator Members. This scholarship serves as an additional benefit of membership in NIBA and is available to children of any employee of a current NIBA Distributor/Fabricator Company. We have increased the number of Presidential Scholarships from three (3) to six (6) this year, so please promote this scholarship within your own organization. Applications will be graded on their academics, leadership, community service and activities, and essay. The application can be submitted online at no later than May 1, 2013.
*Children of presiding Officers or Board members of NIBA are ineligible.

2013 Directory
Thanks to all the NIBA member companies who renewed their dues in 2013, and a warm welcome to the new members! The NIBA Membership Committee has been hard at work making sure everyone renewed in time for the 2013 Directory. The directory is available in a searchable interactive format on the NIBA website: niba-members/members/, and your printed copy should be in the mail. Please take a moment to look over your listing and let the office know if you have any changes for the 2014 edition.

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Your Contributions Are Making A Difference!

By Beth Miller, Products & Services Committee, Flexco

ver the past few years the NIBA Scholarship program has been able to grow significantly thanks to generous donations made by NIBA members. This overwhelming support has facilitated not only more scholarships to be available, but the value of the scholarships has also increased steadily. At the start of each year the number and value of the scholarships is determined based on the prior year contributions. 2013 will be an exciting year for the scholarship program. Thanks to your donations, NIBA will be presenting a record breaking $42,000 worth of scholarships this is up 3 times from just 2010! There will be twelve (12) Memorial scholarships awarded with a value of $1500 each (up from nine last year) and six (6) Presidential scholarships with a value of $4,000 each (up from three last year). While these figures are impressive, they pale in comparison to the talents of the applicants and winners. Their applications detail their academic achievements, community involvement, and leadership skills. Please encourage your employees and their children to review the scholarship criteria and to submit their application for review. Dont miss out on sharing this fantastic NIBA membership benefit with your employees!

2. Presidents Club Program. This program is based on cumulative donations to the scholarship program. After your company has cumulatively donated $1,500 they will be inducted into the Presidents Club. Go For the Gold, Raffle Tickets, and any other donations your company makes will be added to your cumulative total. Once your company is in the Presidents Club you will have the ability to obtain various gem levels. In addition to recognition in the Belt Line, at the Annual Convention, and on the website, your name badges at the annual convention will also have a jewel to designate your gem level for all of your company participants. Level: Diamond Level Emerald Level Ruby Level Cumulative Contribution Cumulatively $7,500+ Cumulatively $5,000-7,499 Cumulatively $2,500-4,999

Clarification on Scholarship Fund Raising Efforts:

As noted earlier, the NIBA Scholarship program is a fantastic benefit for the NIBA members. The program is 100% funded based on donations company and personal. We would like to see this program continue to have the success of the past years and need your continued support. There are three primary fundraising programs: 1. Annual Go For The Gold Program. Each year your company has the opportunity to participate in the Annual Go For The Gold program. There are three reward levels based on the donation amount. All participating companies will be recognized in Belt Line and at the Annual Convention. Level: Gold Level Silver Level Bronze Level Contribution That Year: $800+ $400-799 Up to $399

3. Raffle Tickets. The Raffle Ticket program at the Annual Convention has continued to grow in both excitement and also the prize value. In 2012 NIBA sold $6,140 worth of raffle tickets at the Convention in Florida. The cash prize for the top winner was $3,070. If you are interested in contributing to the scholarship program, click here to download a donation form.

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Go for the Gold!

Gold Sponsors
(Contribution of $800 or more)

The following companies have contributed to the NIBA Scholarship fund in 2013. Please support these companies for their generosity in support of NIBAs scholarship fund!

Silver Sponsors
(Contribution between $400-$799)

Bronze Sponsors
(Contribution of $399 or below) Advanced Flexible Composites Inc Apache Inc Baldwin Supply Company Belt Corporation of America Inc Blair Rubber Company Colmar Belting Company Inc Conviber Inc Epperson & Company Gates Mectrol Corp Great Lakes Belting & Supply Corp Habasit America HBD-Thermoid, Inc - Corporate Offices Jason Industrial Inc Motion Industries Inc MSI - Muhlen Sohn Industries LP Mulhern Belting Inc NILOS GmbH Novex Inc PANG Industrial Pooley Inc Ram Belting Company Inc REMA TIP TOP - NA Rematech-Division Bremo Inc Richmond Supply Co & Rubber Div Snake River Supply Inc Splawn Belting Inc VIS USA LLC Voss Belting & Specialty Company WAGENER Schwelm GmbH & Co

All-State Belting LLC American Biltrite (Canada) Ltd Belt Power LLC Chiorino Inc Contitech Mexicana SA de CV Forbo Siegling LLC Jerry Bros Industries Inc LewisGoetz Midwest Rubber Service & Supply Co Nashville Rubber & Gasket Co Inc Reichel-Korfmann Co Inc Veyance Technologies Inc William Goodyear Company

Atlanta Belting Company Inc Beltservice Corporation Canadian Bearings Ltd Conveyor Accessories Inc D P Brown of Detroit Inc Derco B V Friesens Inc-Conveying Solutions Industrial Supply Solutions Inc Martin Engineering Passaic Rubber Company RAM Enterprise Inc, Corporate Office Sparks Belting Company Virginia Carolina Belting, a division of R/W Connection

See 2013 Contribution Levels on the next page.


May 7-8, 2013 | Denver, CO

Lightweight Belting Basics

NIBAs Lightweight Belting Basics Course gives new employees, or those new to lightweight belting, the opportunity to learn the basics in a focused, twoday setting. Attendees will learn about fabrics, weaves, types of lightweight belts, profiles of lightweight belts, various additives, standards, and accessories such as glides, sidewalls and cleats as well as common failures. Also, attendees benefit from Q&A with top industry professionals. Instructors: Gregg Hanson, BDI Belt Network Mike VandenAkker, Sparks Belting Todd Miller, Beltservice Corporation

Go to Plan now for your employees to attend this belt specific training opportunity.

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Go for the GOLD!

Go for the Gold

Each year, NIBA The Belting Association awards educational scholarships to children of parents employed by NIBA member companies.

Show your commitment to education contribute to the NIBA Scholarship Fund today!
Highlight your collective company contributions at the Annual Convention.


2013 contribution of $800 or more Each attendee will receive a gold ribbon on their name badge, and the company name and logo will be projected during the general session.


2013 contribution between $400-$799 Each attendee will receive a silver ribbon on their name badge, and the company name will be projected during the general session.

Bronze 2013 contribution up to $399

Each attendee will receive a bronze ribbon on their name badge, and the company name will be projected during the general session.

Donation Amount

q I would like to make a contribution of $_______ to achieve _______________ status.* q I would like to add enough to my current 2013 contribution to bring my total to $800 to reach Gold status. q Ive already reached Gold status for 2013 but wish to additionally contribute $_______. *Your companys cumulative contributions count towards your overall status in the Presidents Club and towards gem levels Company Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________________ q Check coming by mail or q Please bill my credit card (information below) Card Number: __________________________________________________________________________Exp. Date:__________ Cardholder Name:__________________________________________________________________________________________ Cardholder Signature: _______________________________________________________________________________________

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New Promotion/Advertising Plans
BDI (Bearing Distributors Inc.), a global leader in custom distribution and supply chain solutions, introduces Success Made Easier, a monthly communication created to share best practices among the companys 179 branches worldwide. The BDI marketing team produces an original Success Made Easier each month based on cost-saving and problemsolving solutions designed by BDI employees in the field. The document is distributed throughout the company and is also published in BDIs customer newsletter. plants, Murray and Jackie Jacobs, the company is owned and operated by their son, Robert Bob Jacobs, with a strong commitment to maintaining their high standards of integrity and loyalty to customers, vendors and employees alike. Marubeni Corporation acquired an 80% ownership in AllState Belting (ASB), the conveyor belt distribution division of All-State Industries, Inc. All-State was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa. ASBs business is complementary to Marubenis long-standing belt distribution strategy, which focuses on importing and distributing quality products manufactured from natural as well as synthetic rubber. Operating through its strategically located regional facilities in the United States, ASB will continue to serve its customer base in grain, mining, fertilizer, seed and material handling equipment. Reichel-Korfmann (RK Rubber) founded in 1898 is celebrating their 115th anniversary in the rubber products industry. For more info visit us at

Newsworthy Items
Apache Inc. has continued its growth strategy with the acquisition of Trico Belting & Supply Company. Trico Belting & Supply is the one of the pre-eminent suppliers of light-duty conveyor belting in North America with locations in Cincinnati, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois. Apaches expertise and knowledge in the heavy-duty belting market is an ideal fit alongside the Trico expertise in light-duty belting. This is the fifth acquisition in 5 years for Apache, which has played a key role in Apaches revenues doubling since 2009. Chiorino Inc., the North American subsidiary of Chiorino S.p.A in Italy, continues to expand service capabilities at their Scott, Louisiana branch through the addition of new staff and a field service and installations van. Conveyor belt end users in the food industry (baked goods, meat & fish processing, rice and vegetable farming, dairy products), printing & graphics, box making and many others will benefit from these added resources. Chiorino Inc. South becomes the second stocking, fabrication and service center for Chiorino Inc. in North America; allowing for expanded presence, coverage and belt fabrication & installation service to conveyor, transmission and processing belts end users in the Acadiana area. In January, Flexco held a Heavy-Duty Mechanical Belt Fastening School at its Downers Grove headquarters. Nine attendees completed the two-day training class, which focused on everything from squaring, cutting, and skiving a belt to proper mechanical fastener selection. Attendees were trained using Flexco fasteners and a variety of Flexco installation tools, including the new Pneumatic Single Rivet Driver. The group was also treated to a tour of the on-site manufacturing plant. For more information on Flexco training, contact Liz Schneider at Goodyear Rubber Products, Inc., an industrial rubber products distributor headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida celebrated their 65th year in business in February. Goodyear Rubber Products opened for business on February 10th, 1948 on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg near their current headquarters. Founded by Brooklyn NY trans-

New Products
Advanced Flexible Composites (AFC) announces the introduction of Durafab 60-28, a solid weave PTFE coated fiberglass belting material for high temperature processing. Durafab 60-28 uses proprietary Eterna coating technology to provide improved performance, superior release , longer life and a coating quality that is virtually free of microscopic coating defects that are common in products that do not use Eterna technology. Durafab 60-28 is designed to retain a textured surface that is important to many applications including the manufacture of vinyl walk off mats, rubber walk off mats, carpet backing, foam manufacture, acoustic insulation and many others. Durafab 60-28 has successfully completed more than a year of successful field testing. Durafab 60-28 replaces AFCs Durafab 20-27 and 20-28 and 20-33 materials. Advanced Flexible Composites (AFC) announces the introduction of two ply PTFE coated Kevlar belts for specialty packaging applications with an emphasis on band sealer belts. These belts are designed for use as sealing belts in packaging applications that require higher strength than typical 2-ply belts constructed with PTFE coated fiberglass. AFC utilizes two layers of Durafab 50-07 fabric, heat sealed with two offset butt splices, similar to standard band sealer belts. Argonics is now offering versions of its Eraser DS and XTC systems for use with high-temperature materials. These new systems feature an all-steel blade with a tungsten tip, replacing the polyurethane and tungsten version. Argonics DS and XTC systems have supported bulk material-handling customers for years with superior secondary cleaning. The

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new all steel/tungsten blade option meets a growing demand for maximum cleaning in high heat applications or any application where all residue and carryback must be eliminated from the conveyor belt. ESBELT sugar belts. Belts for food applications, FDA and EU 10/2011 certified, Flame Retardant (ISO 340), Antistatic (ISO 284) and ATEX (94/9 EC cat 2). Phthalates and antimony free covers. Outstanding performance due to its high abrasion resistance, smooth easy clean covers, and high tensile strength. Fully protected belt via sealed edges available on order. Please check some of our success stories: Bucket elevator 1.100 mm wide x 65m length; Conveyor 2.000 mm wide x 65m length; centrifugal discharge of humid sugar with high temperature. Conveyor 800 mm wide x 400 m; storage silo discharge, no further tensioning nor elongation. For more information, please visit: Flexco recently announced the addition of the CoreTech line of rollers to its wide range of products designed to maximize belt conveyor productivity. The next generation of troughing and return rollers are made of lightweight, high strength, corrosion- and abrasion-resistant composite materials. Designed to overcome common issues with belt conveyor rollers, CoreTech rollers are durable enough to tackle a variety of environments, feature lightweight construction, require less energy, and emit less noise than steel counterparts. The rollers provide the same ratings as steel rollers with no loss of functional performance, while providing a longer service life and superior wear. A full line of blades designed to cut and finish rolls of paper, film and foil, corrugated materials, textiles and abrasives down to size is available from Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (IBS). Hydes Score Slitter Blades, complemented by a line of Perforator Blades for finishing products, are engineered to provide clean cuts consistently when taking materials down to sheets. Also known as crush cutters, Hydes Score Slitter Blades convert rolls of materials into sheets or smaller sections via a crushing versus cutting action. For more information, visit Lippert International is now pleased to offer spiral lace in FDA grade blue color. Many of the standard models that have always been available in black and white are now also available in blue for your food and pharmaceutical processing belts. Contact us today for more information. Maxi-Lift Inc., the leading manufacturer of plastic elevator buckets, proudly announces the new series of Tiger-CC elevator buckets. Expanding on the enormous success of the Tiger-Tuff, the Tiger-CC has the design of the CC, with the toughness of the original Tiger-Tuff. With thicker walls and corners, the Tiger-CC is the new standard in maximum duty elevator buckets. Motion Systems, one of Americas top manufacturers of premium quality pulleys, gears and shafts is pleased to announce the addition of an entirely new timing belt line. Our clients are excited that they can get timing belts along with pulleys with Motion Systems famous quality and warranty, explained William Ericson, Founder. When you need the best quality gears, pulleys and shafts and you need them right now, call the Motion Systems team at 586.774.5666. Reveyron introduces a new range of black polyurethane belts, which offer extremely high abrasion and cut resistance and can also work in cold environments. These belts are targeted for the recycling industry and all industries where black rubber belts maybe mixed with -high performancelighter duty PU belts. Our black PU belts can be equipped with our sidewall and cleats up to 4 inch high. Please contact us for more information: Reveyron introduces a new range of inclined PU cleats with a small base. Please contact us for more information: info@

New Personnel
Apache Inc., headquartered in Cedar Rapids, is pleased to announce Randy Walter has joined the executive management team as their Chief Financial Officer. Randy joins us with more than 20 years of professional experience, the majority of which is in the manufacturing and distribution environment, says Tom Pientok, President and CEO. His background in strategic planning and multinational business, paired with merger and acquisitions experience are an ideal fit for Apache. Randy Walter is a Certified Public Accountant, who graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. Flexco recently hired Steven Hennessey as a Project Sales Manager for North America. In this role, Steven will be responsible for managing business development for project-related work in the U.S. Mandy E. Lushch has joined Jerry Brothers Industries as General Manager of the Richmond, VA branch, effective March 11, 2013. Prior to joining JBI, Mandy Steven Hennessey spent four years at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation where her last position was Vice President of Operational Risk Management. Mandy also worked 11 years in the consulting industry, providing advisory services, such as internal audit, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and risk management expertise, to financial services clients. Mandy holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the UniverMandy E. Lushch sity of Virginia.


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Paul Phillips, President of Maxi-Lift Inc, proudly announces the appointment of Wade Spencer as a Business Development Manager. Wade has 25 years of experience in the grain and feed industry. He started his career with EarthGrains in 1988, working 11 years in maintenance. He spent the next 10 years at ADM Grain as a Maintenance Supervisor for a major Wade Spencer grain facility. In the last three years, Wade used his maintenance and millwright knowledge as an outside salesman for Lewis-Goetz & Company (Rubber Belting and Hose). Nuera Industrial is please to announce the acquisition of MWE Belting of Burlington, Ontario (Toronto area), a well established provider of conveyor belts (rubber and PVC) for 25 years. This acquisition fits very well with our growth plan ans will create substantial synergies with our existing operations, says Frederick Paquette, President and General Manager of Nuera Industrial, a Quebec based Fenner Dunlop and Habasit belts and solution provider. For more information, please visit the websites and www. Shingle Belting has added a 400 ft2 space to their King of Prussia, PA location. This space will house Shingles new 48 HF welder and storage for various fabrication tools and materials.

New Facilities
BDI (Bearing Distributors Inc.), headquartered in Cleveland, OH, announces that its Atlanta-area branch has moved to a new and expanded location at 1479 Parker Rd. in Conyers, GA. New contact information for the branch is as follows: BDI Atlanta (059), 1479 Parker Rd., Suite 100, Conyers, GA 30094, Tel: 866-285-2848, Fax: 866-213-5511. For more information about BDI, please visit; or contact Sara Janezic, Marketing & Communications Manager, at Flexco recently moved its North American Transfer Chute operations to Woodridge, Illinois. Goodall Rubber Company of Canada is moving its production facility from its current location on Pretty River Parkway to a newly rehabilitated building at 530 Third Street in Collingwood. The company has decided to invest in the local market because of the exceptional workforce and the historical success the company has had working with the local community. The move to the new property is anticipated to take place the summer of 2013. Lewis-Goetz, the parent company of Goodall Rubber, is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

New Equipment
Shingle Belting has added a wide HF welder (48) to its arsenal of fabrication equipment. This will expand Shingle Beltings capabilities of cleating for their Polyflex S & H products as well as their PU & PVC monofilament cleating and specialty fabrication. Shingle Belting has invested in an upgrade to their SAGE Business Management software. This latest version will enable Shingle to better service their customers needs in this age of just in time purchases by seamlessly linking inventory, logistics, and sales.

Equipment Wanted
Divya Beltech & Polymer is looking for used nylon core belt skiver, capable of skiving upto 2.5 mtr wide belts. Contact Ravinder Sahore at 781-249-5119 or divyaintl2k@yahoo. com.

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Understanding the Functionality of Ceramic Pulley Lagging

Submitted by Blaine Stoll, Product Manager Pulley Lagging and Molded Rubber Products, Richwood

eramic Pulley lagging has become the lagging of choice for many of our customers to provide maximum performance and wear life on all pulleys on conveyor systems. As Ceramic Lagging becomes more widely used it is important to understand not only how it functions in relation to the conveyor belt but also what options exist to address varying applications. The most important thing to understand about dimpled ceramic lagging is that, contrary to many publications and conveyor design manuals, it does not provide increased friction in driving the conveyor belt. What it does is provide a mechanical engagement between the dimpled ceramic and the inside cover of the belt. It is important to understand this distinction between mechanical engagement and friction, as lagging that operates by friction (either rubber or smooth ceramic) assumes that allowance of slip is part of the designed function. Dimpled ceramic is designed to engage the belt at T1 and stay 100% engaged until release at T2. There can be no slip in this arrangement. This requires the ceramic tiles to move with the belt through the rotation of the pulley no matter the stresses being put on the ceramic lagging itself. So what are these stresses? First we have compression. This is simply measured by dividing T1 tension by belt width. This will give you the actual PIW that is compressing the lagging substrate underneath the ceramic tiles. Why is this important? The wonderful thing about rubber is that it flexes, takes hits, stretches and can handle pretty much whatever we throw at it as long as we are not reaching either full compression or full stretch. At full compression or full stretch rubber will be damaged. This is important because when there is a 1/4 ceramic tile in a 1/2 or 5/8 ceramic pulley lagging there is only 1/4 -3/8 rubber for dealing with compression.

On high tension pulleys when thinner ceramic lagging is applied, the belt can actually press the ceramic tiles down to the pulley face because the rubber underneath the tiles is too thin and will be cut when it reaches full compression. This will be evident because the bond will be compromised and individual tears will be found behind each tile. The second important factor in determining the stresses on the ceramic lagging is the T1/T2 ratio. This measure will indicate the amount of movement that the ceramic lagging is being asked to deal with to stay engaged with the belt. Because ceramic lagging provides much better traction (not friction) in driving the belt conveyors are being designed with lighter take-ups and systems. Using a lighter take-up tension will increase the T1/T2 ratio thus placing more movement stress on the ceramic lagging substrate. To deal appropriately with high compression and high T1/T2 ratios it becomes necessary to be very careful in the specification of ceramic pulley lagging. Using a thicker ceramic lagging such as a or 1 thick overall lagging strip will give the lagging the ability to deal with these damaging factors. You should always consult your ceramic lagging supplier for recommendations on proper specification of ceramic lagging.


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Understanding the Vulcanizing Cycle For HW Conveyor Belt Splicing

By Michael Cremeens, Education/Technical Committee Chair, Shaw Industries

he vulcanization cycle for conveyor belt splicing falls under three base components each supporting the other. If any of the three is out of balance a perfect splice cure is not possible.

safe to allow the tires to reach their final state of cure in this manner. Understanding Time The vulcanization process occurs in three time stages and each stage can affect the number of crosslinks and thus the splice service life: 1. Flow time, 180 - 230 F (no crosslinking occurs) 2. Beginning and building of the crosslinking stage (rate of cure), 230 - 300 F 3. Cure, reversion or overcure stage (state of cure), 300 F + 1. The flow time period represents the time during prevulcanization temperatures, during which no measurable crosslinking has occurred. During that period the rubber compound flows uninhibited. For example, as in Steel Cord Splicing or Finger Splicing, it is necessary for the rubber compound to maintain a prolonged flow time in order to fill all splice cavity spaces and for all entrapped air to escape the splice completely. This is an important point as we noted earlier, vulcanization is a molecular process. Thus the crosslinks cannot form between molecules that are not in close contact with each other. 2. As the compound is heated past the flow time point, the properties of the compound change from a soft plastic (think of something along the lines of peanut butter) to a tough elastic compound. During this stage the building of crosslinks are introduced, which connect the long polymer chains of the rubber molecule together. As more time occurs more crosslinks are introduced, the polymer chains become more firmly connected and the stiffness or modulus of the compound increases. The speed of this reaction can be a worry, too fast and no deep crosslinks are formed, only near surface molecules react. 3. At the cure stage, major technological properties of the compound are now forming, it is necessary to control the cure time of the rubber to its optimum state of cure (maximum stress value), but not past that point. For instance, when rubber compounds are properly crosslinked it is possible to stretch ten times its original length, and after removing the tension, it will return to its original shape and length (i.e. the molecules are coiled together from the crosslinking process and as they stretch they uncoil, thus the elastic effect of rubber).

What is Vulcanization? Vulcanization is a process that transforms the predominantly thermoplastic uncured splice rubber into an elastic rubbery or hard ebonite-like state. This process, which involves the association of macro molecules through their reactive sites, is also called crosslinking or curing. Be sure to note, it is the conversion of molecules into a network by the formation of crosslinks. The number of crosslinks formed depends on the amount of reaction time and temperature. One calls it the degree of vulcanization or more commonly crosslink density. Thus, the term vulcanization embraces not only the crosslinking or curing reaction itself, but also the process that is used to achieve this goal. This is the first part of the understanding needed, in splicing we are using the term a little more openly than say a tire plant when they use the term. The first key part of this understanding is in conveyor belt splicing, where solvents, primers and cements are used. Often the belt itself has a water in the fabric and the splice is done in a humid environment (greater than 75%). This is very common in mining applications where the belting has been in service for some months. For example, in a tire plant the tires are cured under a great deal of pressure (10,000 lbs) at higher than normal temperature (350 F) , but only stay in the mold (under pressure) for a few minutes (fifteen - seventeen minutes). The final part of the cure is done while the tire is in the cool down room after being removed from the mold. In the tire building process no solvents, primers and cements are used ,and great care is taken to make sure the fabric and steel cords remain dry (plant humidity is closely monitored). Since there are no liquids present to create off-gassing, it is

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If continued heating of the splice occurs, an overcure may result which can cause stiffening (marching modulus), or softening (reversion), of the compound. These results will be compound dependent (i.e. SBR or NR). If these effects occur they will greatly reduce the physical properties of the rubber compound (adhesion, abrasion, etc.). The following chart will show the time required to heat large cross sections of rubber. Thus the time delay that will occur from the center to the surface of the belt. Keep in mind in splicing we are concerned with the heat history the center of the belt has seen. In this test a one inch cross section took 25 minutes to come to cure temperature (300 F).

Understanding Temperature As noted in the before section, since the molecules are not tied (cross-linked) to each other before curing, they can move freely, something like well used bubble gum (you can stretch the uncured rubber and it will not return to it same shape). This is not so when the rubber is held at elevated temperatures for a measured time. It is at this cure point that the rubber compound becomes more plastic like and will return to its shape after being stretched (crosslinking has occurred). It is important to understand rubber compounds exhibit a thermodynamic irreversible reaction as they move into this crosslinked state. The key word here is irreversible. The following rheometer curve (equipment used to measure the cure properties of rubber) shows a compound starting out at room temperature, say 70 F and as the compound heats up in the press it starts to expand and flow (180 - 230 F). Just after this flow point the vulcanization chemistry in the uncured rubber starts to happen. This is the building of the crosslinks between molecules.

Time, Minutes

There are a few basic formulas to calculate the cure time for belt cross sections, but I have found 90% of the splicers in the field just guess at what they think the cure time should be. A common test I do in splice schools is pass around a small section of belting and ask each to write down what the cure time should be for it. Many look around the room with a blank face. This is the reason I had these simple slip on gauges made for the time calculation of standard grade belt splices cured at 300 F (149 C). Note: EPDM belts cure at 320 F and double the time scale.

The optimum point of vulcanization is a measured point of TC-90 (i.e. 90% of the open and reactive sites have been cross-linked). This can also be called crosslink density. Dwell temperature can greatly affect how quickly this TC-90 will occur. As an example if we run the rheometer at 350 F, we move the scale to the left and decrease the flow time range and the soak time for the heat to find the center of the belt. It would reduce the cure time cycle but at a cost to splice life. So as an example if we run the rheometer at 250 F, we move the scale to the right and greatly increase (by hours not minutes) the amount of dwell time needed to


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find this measured point of crosslink density of 90%. One upside is we can move heat into the center of the belt in a more controlled manner, have a better rubber flow and thus increase the molecule to molecule contact. In general terms the best balance for field curing (splicing) conveyor belting has been found to be 290 310 F (143 -154 C). Keep in mind the blend of Polyester and Nylon in the fabric and its reaction to heat history is the reason to this proven temperature range. Remember it is all about crosslink density and that cannot happen without solid contact (pressure) on a molecular scale. This has to happen in a controlled manner. Now for the 800 lb gorilla in the room question. What happens when you make multiple cures? You see some splice companies buy a 28 cure length press then make three cures on a splice length of 72. Many failed splices are not recognized as failure from multiple curing. The problem is the original belt in the splice area, it may not produce a visible change in its appearance from manufacturing. The true problem is between the plies in the step area from the uncured splice materials. These materials are what hold the splice together during its dynamic service life. In the below one inch wide adhesion test strip of a multiple cured splice (threeheats), the area just outside the vulcanizing press has very low adhesions along with gas pockets. This on average is two to three inches long and runs across the width of the belt. Since heat greater than 230 F radiates out along the splice without pressure the splice rubber starts curing but without firm contact to the belt (pressure). These low/no adhesion areas will present problems if water is present in the belt or product conveyed. If so there is a much greater opportunity for dynamic flex breakdown. Multiple curing splices on any high tension belt will become a problem and should be avoided. This practice will affect the dynamic service life of the splice as seen in the adhesion results below.

Understanding Pressure Pressure can be a bit of a wild card, worldwide 100 PSI for fabric belts and 200 PSI for ST belts are well received as the norm. In some parts (Europe) as low as 60 PSI is used on fabric belts and common with Japanese makers is 150 PSI for Steel Cord belts. We have to keep in mind, it is all about crosslink density, and its relationship to cured splice adhesions. Testing has shown about 40 lbs per inch of peel is the least one should work with. Now that number can be taken out of context if you dont factor in the belts true operating tension. Many conveyor systems never use more than 70% of the belt working tension. So somewhat less peel adhesion values have worked in the past. I have made splice samples on European and American belts (same ratings) at both 60 lbs and 100 lbs of pressure and there is a measurable difference in adhesions. With that said I have made tests on American fabric belts at 100 lbs and 200 lbs of adhesion and there is also measurable difference in adhesions. Do you need the 200 lbs of pressure on fabric belt? No, you can get to your working adhesion of 40 lbs of peel per inch with 100 lbs of pressure (and sometimes less). Do you decrease the crosslink density with less pressure? Yes, remember that molecular scale bit earlier. Fact is more pressure is better, but the adhesion relationship curve starts to plateau after about 100 lbs on fabric belts. FYI - Using double the specified cure pressure on high tension fabric belts is a nice little trick used by a few splice companies in the know. The process has to be handled just like a steel cord splice (i.e. splice table and over-length press) or a crooked/wavy splice could be the result. The above same science can be used for Steel Cord splices as well. As noted, in some parts of the world 150 lbs is common and in others 200 lbs is the norm. Something to understand is that steel cord belt construction is different than fabric belt (outside of the obvious). There can be 150 very small diameter cords in one and 100 cords in the other and both carry the same ST rating. In the smaller diameter belt since more cords are present it is possible to use less pressure. Liquids and pressure, one of the least understood topics in the splicing business, yet so simple. We all know what temperature water boils at, 212 F (100 C), but at what pressure is that value taken at? Sea level, 14.69 lbs (1 bar) of pressure.

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So if we go to the top of a mountain, say 14,000 ft above sea level, will water boil at 212 F (100 C) or at a lower number? Since atmospheric pressure is greater at sea level than at 14,000 ft the water would boil at a much lower number. This makes for a simple example to understand pressure vs. boiling point.

that is at a temperature greater than 212 F (100 C) and not under pressure is allowing gas pockets to form. It is within reason to believe during the cure cycle some heat is transferred from the platen edge to the unpressured belt surface (simple thermocouple test proves this out). Since the platen is operating at 300 F (149 C) it stands to reason the heat being transferred for about two to three inches into and across the unpressured belt is greater than 212 F (100 C). This effect is the same as found in multiple curing noted before. Lastly any water that works its way into this cross splice opening will cause the splice to fail. Since the belt goes through stretch and compression on each revaluation and water cannot be compressed failure from hydrolyses will occur.

That means at 100 PSI the boiling point of the water in the fabric of a used belt is 328 F (164 C), at 200 PSI 382 F (194 C). This is an important point, as any area of the splice

Online Training - Track, Train, Troubleshoot for Heavyweight Belting

By Roberta Scott, Marketing Committee, LewisGoetz

IBA is now offering on-line training for the acclaimed 3T Heavyweight Belting seminar. This offering represents another benefit for your membership. For members who are not familiar with 3T, the seminar is designed to educate and add real world value to companies in the business of providing solutions to heavyweight conveyor belt operational problems. The course has three segments: Segment #1 Belting Technology: Conveyor belt basics, pulley diameters, transition distances, troughing, conveyor belt loads and conveyor belt constructions Segment #2 Troubleshooting: Conveyor and belt inspection, general problems encountered and solutions as well as splicing overview and drive slip Segment #3 Belt Tracking: Fundamentals of belt tracking discussion and NIBA Belt Tracking Video Companies may purchase one, two or all three segments. Please note that the price structure (available on the website)

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Get your NIBA gear from NIBAs New Lands End Business Store
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