With increasing cost pressures being felt throughout the heavy duty and equipment dependent manufacturing industry, finding solutions to prolong maintenance intervals and extend asset life in order to minimise expenditure is becoming a major focus across all industries.
Industrial environments present some of the most extreme working conditions with equipment enduring significant wear and abrasion, corrosion and erosion after a period of time due to repeated high impact, materials transfer and load bearing duties, as well as being exposed to a range of extremely high and low dry service temperatures.
Companies today are being hard-pressed to get the absolute most out of their assets as well as increase efficiency and reduce total cost of ownership. However, overworking equipment can lead to degenerated assets which can in turn cause more harm than good.
Wear resistant parts and structures are crucial to everyday operations, and play a vital role in reducing equipment downtime. Therefore, companies do themselves a severe injustice by underestimating the value of having resilient equipment that has the capacity to function successfully under these extreme working conditions.
In order to reduce the time and costs associated with equipment maintenance and parts replacements, it is imperative that companies source the best solutions to protect their precious equipment.
The science of composites
Polymer composites are commonly used to rebuild, repair and protect industrial equipment and surfaces; ultimately extending the service life of a wide range of equipment, improving efficiency and minimizing downtime.
Polymer composites act as a sacrificial and renewable working surface by protecting the structural integrity of the original substrate; an invaluable tool contributing to asset protection against the harshest industrial environments.
Specific polymer composite products boast excellent wear resistance and superior adhesion qualities. When applied to original surfaces, they wear in place of the original substrate, often lasting significantly longer than the original surface due to their highly wear-resistant formulations. When applied to a correctly prepared surface, these polymer composites also protect against corrosive agents and lengthen the life of your substrate.
The Loctite solution
“Loctite’s innovation in developing a technology that can cope with high impact and abrasion has been embraced by the mining sector as a game changer,” said Loctite Surface Engineering Business Development Manager, Shane Carney.
Loctite’s Nordbak High Impact Wearing Compound is a two-component, rubber modified epoxy that offers the wear resistance properties of a ceramic filled epoxy along with impact resistance not usually found in epoxy formulations. With impact resistance superior to ceramic tile, High Impact Wearing Compound is recommended for lining and protecting flumes, troughs, elbows, hoppers, discharge chutes, and other procession equipment that is exposed to both abrasion and impact under typical dry surface temperatures of -29⁰ to +121⁰C (-20⁰ to +250⁰F).
Loctite’s range of wear resistant polymer composites offer extreme performance, enabling you to optimise wear life and ensuring that you can keep your operations up and running.
According to Carney, Loctite have many customers in the mining sector using the Loctite Nordbak High Impact Wearing Compound in multiple plant locations with confidence, knowing the product significantly outperforms other technologies in the marketplace.