Internationally recognised conveyor equipment manufacturer Melco has introduced Rulmeca TOP return rollers to the South African market.Rulmeca is a worldwide group of companies that specialises in the production of rollers, idlers, motorised pulleys, fabricated pulleys and other components for worldwide bulk handling industries. Melco has been a member of the Rulmeca Group since 2006, and first introduced the TOP roller range to the local market in 2012. Marketing and sales director Craig Warmback notes that the TOP range is a light to medium duty high-density polyethylene (HDPE) roller that is ideally suited for quarrying and cement applications, which was previously not available as a return roller.
Warmback reveals that this new offering incorporates a steel inner tube coupled with a modified and castellated HDPE tube. “This ensures that TOP return rollers are now up to 50 per cent lighter than similar rollers of the same length,” he continues.The end result is that Melco can now provide its customers with a complete set of TOP rollers for belts of up to 1 400 mm in width. Another distinct advantage of the Rulmeca range of TOP rollers is its wear resistance, which guarantees a longer operating lifespan of the roller, while minimising maintenance requirements for the entire plant. The range of TOP rollers are rust resistant, and capable of operating in temperatures ranging between -25oC and 50oC, making it suitable for numerous applications, including; quarrying, manufacturing, ports, harbours and general industry. Warmback adds that the Rulmeca range of TOP rollers also greatly reduce the risk of belt mistracking and spillage. “A self-cleaning roller surface prevents any build-up of materials, which is the most common cause of these belt inefficiencies.”