New range of bulk handling liner innovations
Cut To Size is introducing to Australasia a new range of lining plastics for bulk materials handling applications such as food and beverage, truck liners, agricultural technology, bucket wheel excavators, rail cars, wheel loaders, belt scrapers, silos, trough chain conveyors and an extensive range of mining applications. The move is in association with the company’s long association with global engineered plastics leader Wefapress.
The new range of Wefapress Flex Cover Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) engineered plastics embodies a number of advantages in order to prevent friction, wear and material flow problems common to bulk handling industries, says the company.
“The product training done with Cut To Size is our first presentation globally on our new range, and with an exceptional relationship extending over more than 20 years, we believe this was an ideal place to start,” said Gerrit Beck, Managing Director, Wefapress.
“There is strong interest in the Australian market for innovative lining solutions, which has been Wefapress’ strength for 50 years. We recognise that Laurie [Cut To Size Managing Director Laurie Green] and his team operate with a results-focused approach that fosters customer satisfaction, and we are proud to have Cut To Size as our Australian distributor,” he said.
Cut To Size stocks several Wefapress ranges locally, including UHMWPE used in applications as diverse as food and beverage, wharf bumpers and other applications requiring abrasion and wear resistance.
WEFAPRESS FLEX COVER RANGE
The new Flex Cover range, which Cut To Size will stock in Australia and will custom order for unique requirements, includes:
• Flex 11: the purest form of UHMWPE, with high wear resistance and good sliding properties. It is also available with FSP/EU certifications for the food industry.
• Flex Line: an advanced version of Flex 11 with an increased coefficient of friction, which can also come with anti-static and flame-retardant properties. This product has been particularly successful in mining and rail applications.
• Flex Protect: with a rubber backing, allowing it to be glued on to materials, not bolted mechanically. The rubber backing also improves vibration absorption and reduces noise.
• Flex 77: with ‘cross-link’ properties that bring the molecular structure closer together, for increased impact resistance and outstanding sliding properties. This product also has advantages in high temperature applications such as asphalt and hot bulk materials handling. (Up to 135 deg. C in the short term or 105 deg. C in the long term. Regular Polyethylene can typically handle 90 and 80 deg. C respectively.)
• Flex 88: with special additives to significantly improve gliding and sliding properties for bulk materials handling. It also has outstanding wear properties, making it one of the most commonly used materials in the range in harsh Australian conditions.
• Cera Flex: with bending characteristics that make it ideally suited to screw conveyors or lining containers. This product is an economical option for less demanding and less abrasive bulk handling applications such as soil, sand, peat and coal or wood shavings.
• Flex Wear: an ‘innovative’ two-colour solution to directly show the wear. Once the plastic wears down past the first colour, and the second colour starts to show, this is an indicator that it’s time to replace the liner. This product is particularly useful for applications where it is difficult to see the wear, such as screw and trough chain conveyors.