Aggregates Manager

November 2014

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AGGREGATES MANAGER November 2014 32 Proactive maintenance is key If you periodically assess your system, you can detect poten- tial problems before they lead to costly repairs, unscheduled downtime, and potential worker safety issues. ese assessments should be done daily by your maintenance crew and once or twice a year by a third party for maximum effect. Daily assessments should include a checklist that members of your maintenance team follow in order to ensure that all parts of the system, components, and even the conveyor structure are working correctly. Some of the most obvious assessment duties involve splice inspection, gauging your belt and idler wear, look- ing for any signs of mistracking and material spillage, checking for belt slippage, and evaluating carryback. Maintaining your belt cleaners Carryback is a major contributor to the cost of maintaining the system. Proactive maintenance on belt cleaners can be just the answer for any carryback problems that may be occurring on your system, all the while extending the life of your other com- ponents. Properly maintained cleaners are less likely to cause damage to belts and fasteners in comparison to cleaners that are installed and ignored until it's time to replace them. W hen approaching cleaner maintenance, there are three simple principles to remember: Clean it. Inspect it. Tension it. • Clean it. It may sound obvious, but the first rule of thumb with cleaners is to remove any debris from the blade and ten- sion springs. Tensioners can't do their jobs with debris stuck in them, and removing material build up from blades will make Inspecting the belt cleaner is just one of the steps you can go through when evaluating their performance. 7H[W,1)2WRRUYLVLWZZZDJJPDQFRPLQIR 7H[W,1)2WRRUYLVLWZZZDJJPDQFRPLQIR C onnect with the youth of your community through education. Whether you are sponsoring an open house or presenting in the classroom, Aggregates Manager community outreach tools make learning fun. Cubee the Agg m an "The Story of Cubee the Aggregate" Coloring Book Cubee and his aggregate friends take children on a magical journey from the quarry to the community to see how aggregates are used in our schools, roads, and structures. It's a great story combined with 20 pages of coloring fun. For students in grades K-3. Prices range from $1.20-$1.85 per book, based on quantity. Customize books with your company logo! "You're on Rock" Workbook Twenty pages of earth science facts, activities and puzzles help junior geologists, mining engineers and earth scientists learn about aggregates. For students in grades 4-6. Prices range from $1.20-$1.85 per book, based on quantity. Customize books with your company logo! Cubee the AggMan T-shirts Fun for kids of all ages, this 100% pre-shrunk cotton t-shirt is a long-lasting reminder of your event or presentation. Sizes: Youth XS (2-4); Small (6-8); Medium (10-12); Large (14-16); Adult Small (34-36) Price: $6.95 per t-shirt (plus 15% shipping & handling). Quantity discounts available. Call 800-430-4540 e-mail: or visit Over 100,000 sold! m akes l earn i ng fun! Experience: Retired November 2011 following 41 years with the U.S. Geological Survey s USGS Aggregate Resource Geologist 1977-2011 s Past Chair and Distinguished Service Award recipient, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Industrial Minerals and Aggregates Division s Author of ASBPE award-winning columns - Carved In Stone, Aggregates Manager, 1998-Present Services Off ered: Applied geology and geological research for construction rocks and minerals, with an emphasis on aggregates. s Resource evaluation s Expert testimony s Technical writing and review s Non-technical writing s Confl ict assessment s Lecturer Contact me at:

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