As conveyor systems lengthen, it’s necessary to maintain stable tension to prevent belt slippage. Installing take-up units at strategic locations along the conveyor belt provides several key advantages:
West River builds a wide variety of custom take-up units that will assist in keeping your conveyor belts running smoothly. Our 20/40 hydraulic take-up is the most common style. However, we can offer different lengths and configurations based on your individual needs.
Take-up units offer a wide range of benefits for conveyor operators:
The two main types of take-ups are the automatic gravity take-up (GTU) and manual screw take-up (STU).
Screw take-ups are the most common and work via a rotating pulley inside two bearing blocks. Two screws help create tension and allow the bearing blocks to slide on stationery guideways. They’re ideal for short runs under 50m (165 ft) in length. Electric winches offer additional advantages over traditionally hydraulic take up units.
Gravity take-ups have the pulley mounted on a trolley that is pulled backward by deflecting pulleys and a steel rope. The carriage travels parallel to the conveyor—that is, at an incline on inclined conveyors and horizontally on horizontal conveyors. A GTU setup is ideal for runs over 50m (165 ft) and helps ensure constant belt tension.
As an alternative to the cylinder-designed take-ups, some conveyor belt operators use constant tension winches that provide a much quicker response and longer take-up travel.
West River builds our take-ups with several useful options that include travel length/belt storage and cylinder selections. We use heavy-duty shafts, pulleys, and split-house bearings to ensure long-lasting performance. The durable rigid frames can withstand the most challenging of applications and environments.
West River’s competitively-priced take-up units are available in any desired belt width to work with your application. Please contact us below to learn how West River can help with your take-up needs.
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