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Innovative components & optimum plant performance
“As one of the few manufacturers to develop and build both conveyor systems and conveyor components, our engineers are continually innovating component design for extended wear life, greater belt protection, and safe high-capacity performance,” says Garrison. “Our cutting-edge components, combined with our knowledge of how best to design material transfer points, allows us to build the most clean, efficient plants, especially in portable or modular formats,” he explains.
Superior Industries will display a sampling of its recent conveyor component innovations at bauma 2019, including:
• Chevron®Pulley–auniqueV-shapedwingpulleythat extends belt and pulley life by preventing rocks and debris from becoming trapped between the pulley’s wings. Compared to the conventional wing pulley, the V-shaped wing pulley deflects material far more effectively, while providing smooth operation with less vibration, less belt wear, less of an impact and load on the bearings, and less noise.
• Moxie®Rolls–retrofittableidlerrollsdesignedwitha specially-formulated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) material that is highly corrosion-resistant and sheds material quickly. When combined with a seal design that protects against bearing damage, the Moxie Roll offers extended wear life and greatly reduces the frequency of roll replacement due to bearing failure and shell wear.
• HighPerformanceDTIdler–engineeredforimproved performance in high-capacity applications, its double-tube (DT) design features inner and outer tube construction for increased rigidity and bearing insulation.
• Exterra®SFLDualBeltCleaner–featuresapatented blade design that’s manufactured with a thicker profile and a beefier tip for more material at a scraper’s point of attack. It’s the first-and-only combination primary and secondary cleaning system to feature two blades on one mounting pole. Also, the system features a one-time tensioning system at setup, requiring no further tensioning during the life of the blade.
Distribution partners & aftermarket support
To exceed customer expectations, Garrison stresses that Superior is committed to maintaining long-term distributor partnerships and the highest levels of aftermarket parts and service support.
“While some manufacturers merely launch a product, Superior is dedicated to supporting that product from within the local market,” says Garrison. “We’ve built successful distributor relationships in many international regions. Our target at bauma 2019 is developing new dealer partnerships throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).”
To jumpstart dealer and product development, industry veteran Michael Dunne joined Superior in 2016 as its EMEA business development manager. Based in Northern Ireland, Dunne brings more than 20 years of bulk material processing equipment experience to the table. He works closely with producers, dealer partners, and the Superior Industries product
development team to establish design standards and processing solutions that meet the needs of the EMEA markets.
“Our dealer partners play a major role in the product development process. We’re seeking distribution partners with application-savvy sales and service teams and long-term customer relationships. In partnership with local dealers, Superior Industries designs, builds, and relentlessly supports equipment targeted to the specific market, customer, and application,” says Garrison.
Continuous growth – then & now
Superior Industries was founded in 1972 by Neil Schmidgall andhiswifeLindaasacompanywhichrepaired,built,and improved portable plants and conveyors for sand and gravel operations in Minnesota. It was entrepreneurship passed on from prior Schmidgall generations. Neil’s grandfather established Hancock Concrete in 1917, and Neil’s father formed Schmidgall Sand and Gravel in 1940 – an initiative that inspired Neil’s passion for the aggregate industry.
Then and now, continuous growth is the heart of Superior Industries. In 1974, Neil began manufacturing both conveying systems and their components, creating a single-source strategy that remains today as an ongoing catalyst for growth. Add to that a culture of customer service, opportunity, innovation and long-term relationships – and the potential for solid growth is virtually unlimited.
The 1990s marked stunning creativity and engineering expertise with the design of new material handling and portable plant technologies that revolutionized the market. Into the new millennium, product development remained at the forefront, followed by strategic acquisitions, and unparalleled industry leadership.
Enter today’s Superior Industries – a global company with worldwide customers and distributor partnerships, and a company that’s proud to manufacture the highest-quality equipment for every part of the process flow – from rock face to load out. March 2019 - Issue 55
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