Cargill Deicing – Avery Island – LA, USA
Cargill Deicing is a deep salt mine and barge loading terminal in Avery Island, Louisiana.
The Company has battled the effects of corrosion and abrasion, due to salt accumulation in the humid Louisiana marshland, by converting its exposed conveyor drive systems to internally-powered conveyor drive pulleys.
Cargill has standardized on two Rulmeca Motorized Pulley models (i.e. 500M & 630H) to limit the number of spares protecting the system. This is possible because only two belt widths are used in the entire barge loading system. The two models are: 500M at 20 HP and 480 fpm with 31.5” face width and 630H at 60 HP and 600 fpm with 37.4” face width.
The Company has been very satisfied with the Rulmeca Motorized Pulleys’ performance.
Special features incorporated into the Cargill Motorized Pulleys include inorganic zinc rich primer, 12 mils of Carboline Carbomastic CM15FC paint, regreasable labyrinth seals and stainless steel shafts. The paint system protects steel and cast iron surfaces while the labyrinth seals provide a grease barrier to protect all double lip shaft seals. In addition, Class H motors and synthetic oil protect the drive system from the heat of the Louisiana marshland climate.
From Avery Island to Seward, Alaska conveyor operators are discovering that Rulmeca Motorized Pulleys improve system reliability while decreasing maintenance expense.