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1 Apr 15: Materials 10: Plastic ropes

Yes, I know modern paper machine ropes are plastic. 

Perhaps that is what causes them to burn off, particularly at transfers between sections.  I think the old natural ropes were far tougher.

So, perhaps the title this week is a misnomer. The real question is this: at the dryers at section breaks, should we be lining the rope groove on the dryer with teflon or some other materials so the ropes can slide, in the case of a stopped section (happens often) or sections running at different speeds (happens all the time)? 

It is clear the ropes at a transfer are not running at the speed of the dryers in the next section, hence there is friction, friction that eventually destroys the rope.  A teflon lining in the rope groove just may alleviate this problem.
What do you think?

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Comment from last week:




A plastic template to align pumps and drives makes a good deal of sense to me.  It could certainly speed up the process of alignment.  Combine that with a "flexible" coupling and alignment could be accomplished in minutes, rather than hours.


I can see a couple of obstacles -

  1. Corrosion - especially of equipment bases and mounts - tends to distort the shape of the base.  Yes, corrosion should be addressed, cleaned up, corrected, equipment surfaces re-sealed, etc.  However, I go to plenty of mills where this would be considered a "luxury". 
  2. Almost every base is unique.  Even when machined to a specification, I find that we have to "fit" each base / drive.  Thus, an old template may not work - in some cases - when a base or component has been changed.  Sometimes, the building itself moves and changes the relationship of the equipment.  BUT - the templates would be easy to make and relatively inexpensive.


Again, sounds like a good idea.


Bill Adams

Sr. Technical Service Representative

ERCO Worldwide




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