Martin Engineering

Neponset, IL, United States

Martin Engineering

Neponset, IL, United States
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A global leader in bulk material handling technologies has announced a new program to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation during October — Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Martin Engineering has manufactured a special series of its Cougar® brand DC truck vibrators in the traditional pink color, and will donate $50 for each one of the limited edition units sold throughout the month. The Cougar Cares program is the latest in the company’s annual efforts to raise awareness of the disease and the critical importance of early detection, helping improve education and survival rates among all women. “Everyone knows someone who’s been affected by this disease,” observed Mark Huhn, Director of the Vibration Products Business group at Martin Engineering. “We wanted to contribute to the incredible efforts the foundation has made toward controlling — and eventually curing — breast cancer.” Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women, and data shows that about 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many women can survive the disease if it’s found and treated early. Regular mammograms remain the fundamental screening test, helping to find breast cancer early when its easier to treat. Since 1982, the Susan G. Komen foundation has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer – transforming how the world talks about and treats the disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into cancer survivors. It is the only organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease. What began with $200 and a shoebox full of potential donor names has now grown into the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. To date, the organization has invested more than $2.9 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 60 countries. Those efforts have helped reduce deaths from breast cancer by 38 percent between 1989-2014. The Right Equipment for a Tough Job Cougar DC Truck Vibrators deliver the power to improve the speed and efficiency of unloading dump trucks and other mobile equipment. Featuring low amp draw and outstanding durability — with extended run time that allows faster unloading — a variety of models are available to suit specific trucks and typical loads. “When a truck or hopper is being emptied, the process needs to be fast, efficient and thorough, because extra time spent unloading, manually cleaning or sending trucks back with material in them can translate into lost profits or increased costs,” explained Allen Twidell, Mobile Market Manager. “The higher force to weight ratio of these designs means more force is delivered to the material, increasing the efficiency of the vibrator.” Martin Engineering is a global innovator in the bulk material handling industry, developing new solutions to common problems and participating in industry organizations to improve safety and productivity. The company’s series of Foundations books is an internationally-recognized resource for safety, maintenance and operations training—with an estimated 10,000 copies in circulation around the world—and employees take an active part in ASME, SME, VDI, CMA and CEMA. The firm also played a pivotal role in writing and producing the 7th edition of the CEMA reference book, Belt Conveyors for Bulk Materials. Martin Engineering products, sales, service and training are available from factory-owned business units in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Turkey and the UK. For more information, contact us at info@martin-eng.com or visit www.martin-eng.com, or call (800) 544-2947.


Mueller D.,Martin Engineering
ZKG International | Year: 2017

In the face of this issue, a cement grinding facility in the Carbon Works neighborhood of Detroit discovered a way to virtually eliminate the issue of tacky carryback on one of the plant's raw material transport conveyors.


Shields R.,Martin Engineering
SME Annual Conference and Expo 2017: Creating Value in a Cyclical Environment | Year: 2017

Hard rock mines move large volumes of material. But the conveyors essential to this movement suffer lots of problems, including carryback, spillage, dust, and belt wander. Many of these issues are created at the transfer points where the belts are loaded. This presentation will start with an overview of the latest transfer point systems that incorporate safety and serviceability by design. It will then report on recent projects. One project is the Conveyor B Transfer at the Coeur Rochester silver mine near Lovelock, Nevada. Here performance was improved with the installation of belt support cradles, engineered chute walls with external wear liner, and a compact dust collector. A second project is the improvement of belt support idlers and skirtboard sealing in a long loading zone of a conveyor under the concentrator at an Arizona copper mine. Copyright © 2017 by SME.


Marshall D.,Martin Engineering
2016 SME Annual Conference and Expo: The Future for Mining in a Data-Driven World | Year: 2016

Recent regulations, as well as a general aversion to central dust collectors within the Powder River Basin Coal user's community, have created a need for an alternate method for eliminating airborne dust. This paper addresses the capital expenditure as well as the cost of ownership of an integrated point source air cleaning system in comparison to a central collection system. This assessment was conducted by comparing the cost to purchase and operate a central dust collection system and integrated air cleaner system on a typical multiple transfer point application. The central dust collector consists of a negative pressure blower, a series of filter bags, a collection hopper, a screw conveyor to place collected material back into the material stream, and a series of ducts to pull air and dust from individual pickup points. The point specific integrated air cleaners consists of a negative pressure blower to pull dust and air from an application point through a bag-less filter media located at the application point. The agglomerated material is then redeposited into the material stream at point of use without the need for ducting or a central material hopper. The assessment yielded a 54% reduction in capital expenditure and a 26% reduction in operating costs for the same application when using individual dust filters as opposed to a central system. In addition to the lowered cost, there are reductions in risk associated with the elimination of ductwork and the central containment enclosure for collected explosive dust. By the conclusion of this paper, the reader will have a better understanding of the quantifiable differences between a central dust collection system and a set integrated air cleaner systems. Copyright © 2016 by SME.


Marshall D.,Martin Engineering
American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Power Division (Publication) POWER | Year: 2013

Plant management had a mission: to make the Midwestern 646-megawatt power plant a leader in the clean and safe handling of PRB coal. To accomplish that goal, the organization embarked on an ambitious five-year plan to upgrade the plant's coal handling system. The plant improved its conveyor transfer points, and installed new dust management systems, controlling dust and spillage, and improving plant safety and efficiency. This presentation will discuss the initial surveys that led to the development of the 5-year plan, and the resulting project priorities, the problem areas, application points identified, and the various technologies applied. Included in the goals for the upgraded systems installed were the elimination of spillage through the improvement of transfer points on coal-handling conveyors using improved belt support and sealing systems. In addition, new air cleaners were installed at seven loading zones, and a foam dust-suppression system added at one location to provide dust management throughout the plant's coal handling system. These new dust control systems allowed the plant to eliminate its older central dust collection system that had greater risks of explosions. A continued series of monthly inspection and service visits by conveyor maintenance technicians helps continue the coal handling system's high levels of performance. This five-year plan helped the power plant take "great leap forward" in controlling dust and spillage from handling PRB coal. Copyright © 2013 by ASME.


Tiche S.,Martin Engineering
Bulk Solids Handling | Year: 2015

It sometimes occurs that the conveying of bulk solid materials via belt conveyor poses a significant problem due to the conveyed material's characteristics. The following article presents one such case, and the solutions found to solve the problem.


Marshall D.,Martin Engineering
Cement International | Year: 2013

Fugitive material has been an issue in bulk material handling for as long as conveyors have been in use. Dust and spillage create a variety of potential hazards and waste valuable resources. Consequences of regulatory violations can range from simple warnings to massive fines. A proactive approach is to eliminate the root cause, typically through the use of dust collectors to gather and filter dust-laden air. An alternative to the common central dust collector is the integrated air cleaner, which eliminates the need for large, complex air handling systems in favor of smaller, independently operating units at the dust generation points. Specifying an air cleaning system requires quantifying cost and power usage to develop a systematic evaluation of the options. In many cases, the integrated approach is superior to central designs, with lower capital investment and reduced cost of ownership.


Felde R.,Martin Engineering
Bulk Solids Handling | Year: 2014

Stark Excavating, a Ready-Mix Concrete plant in the Midwestern United States has resolved material build-up issues in three storage silos where accumulation had slowed production and increased internal pressures, eventually damaging the vessel walls and forcing a shutdown. The company contacted Martin Engineering, which provided a heavy duty whip. The Martin heavy duty whip is a portable, remote-controlled tool that can be lowered into storage containers through a manhole opening. Powered by compressed air, the patented motor can use a variety of different flails and cutting edges to knock down accumulated material without damaging storage vessels. Martin's top-access cleaning technology eliminates the need to send a man inside a storage vessel and risk potential injury. The equipment is set up outside the silo, and it's portable enough to maneuver around various bin sizes and shapes. The silo restoration will include removing all internal horizontal supports, pulling all sidewalls back to their origin.


Felde R.,Martin Engineering
Bulk Solids Handling | Year: 2014

An American cement producer faced severe problems of material builup in his preheater. Manual hydro-lancing meant process disruptions. So they approached Martin Engineering for a more sophisticated solution. © Vogel Verlag und Druck GmbH and Co. Kg. All rights reserved.


Schmelzer C.,Martin Engineering
Bulk Solids Handling | Year: 2013

The unscheduled shutdowns at the Büyükçekmece cement plant, Istanbul, interfered with production and exposed the staff to potential hazards. Upon completion of the audit, it was determined that a series of air cannons would be the best option to return normal flow to the system and prevent future blockages. The two basic components of an air cannon are a fast-acting, high-flow valve and a pressure vessel (tank). The device performs work when compressed air in the tank is suddenly released by the valve and directed through a nozzle, which is strategically positioned in the tower, duct, cyclone or other location. The air blasts help break down material accumulations and clear blocked pathways, allowing solids and/or gases to resume normal flow. The installation included hi-velocity and fan-jet nozzles with Martin thermo safety shields to protect maintenance personnel when they inspect or service the air cannon system.

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