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Superior Industries Trailblazer Conveyor Sets Industry Standard


November 30, 2012
By Aggregates and Roadbuilding

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trailblazer_groundlineNovember 28, 2012, Morris, Minn. – Superior Industries’
innovative Trailblazer Conveyor provides efficiency at a level never before
seen. The first-of-its-kind conveyor enables crews to set up or take down in as
little as two hours.

trailblazer_groundlineNovember 28, 2012, Morris, Minn. – Superior Industries’
innovative Trailblazer Conveyor provides efficiency at a level never before
seen. The first-of-its-kind conveyor enables crews to set up or take down in as
little as two hours. That’s a significant time savings over both transfer
conveyors, which contain multiple pieces, and stationary groundline conveyors,
which require days or even weeks for setup and tear down. 

 

The versatility of the Trailblazer conveyor makes
it ideal for a variety of applications and industries including aggregate,
mining, recycling, waste handling and bulk processing. It includes 500-feet of
fully belted and assembled groundline-style conveyor that folds up in a unique
accordion style to easily transport on an attached 84-foot trailer. Providing
500-feet in a one-load, towable package makes installation as easy as
determining a starting point and marking the destination. Once marked, the
truck driver moves forward, and a crew of two to four unloads the conveyor. The
crew inserts the supports as the conveyor takes shape, sets take-ups and
attaches the conveyor’s hopper. For added productivity, the hopper can be
placed at any location along the conveyor.                                                               

 

The Trailblazer conveyor’s innovative accordion
design not only allows for easier transport, but it also provides greater
length with less set-up time. With a length of 60 to 80 feet for an average
transport conveyor, it would take up to eight of them to equal the same
500-foot stretch of the Trailblazer conveyor. Those other conveyors also would
require eight belts to maintain, eight drives to power and eight transfer
points. Connecting points can become spillage zones and greasing points.
Eliminating them not only decreases the amount of spillage, but also the number
of areas that require supports. That, in turn, significantly reduces downtime
for maintenance. 

 

Further enhancing efficiency and productivity is
Superior’s exclusive Navigator® Return Trainer. Used to provide continuous belt
alignment, the return roller from the company’s Components Division maintains
tracking and avoids material buildup that can cause costly downtime. Hinges
provide belt flexibility to easily accommodate variations in grade, and a 50
horsepower system ensures smooth travel at any incline. 

 

Trailblazer conveyors are fully customizable and
can be designed to various lengths and with additional components to fit a
customer’s specifications. Standard belt sizes are 36 or 42 inches wide by 500
feet long. Capacity limits range from 1,000 short tons per hour (STPH) to 1,200
STPH of 100 pounds per cubic foot density material, with a belt speed of up to
400 feet per minute.

 

The Trailblazer conveyors also is engineered and
equipped with safety in mind. Its towable package includes a fifth wheel hitch,
brakes and directional lights. Transport straps and pull-pins ensure that each
conveyor section comes off the chassis one at a time, and help guide it safely
onto supports. Bolt-together guard rails easily pin into place. In addition, to
ensure safety during set up and take down, Superior’s team provides conveyor
operators with complete training on the system.