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New conveyors can run without lubricant, thanks to an advance in Delrin

Du Pont Engineering Polymers : 15 October, 2001  (New Product)
Regina Sud S.p.A. has introduced belts and chains for container conveyors that allow them to run with little or no lubrication. Made with a new grade of DuPont Delrin acetal resin modified with the aramid base polymer for DuPont Kevlar brand fiber, Regina's DK conveyor components deliver major cost savings for container manufacturers and beverage bottlers using glass, metal or plastic containers, according to Regina.
Regina Sud S.p.A. has introduced belts and chains for container conveyors that allow them to run with little or no lubrication. Made with a new grade of DuPont Delrin acetal resin modified with the aramid base polymer for DuPont Kevlar brand fiber, Regina's DK conveyor components deliver major cost savings for container manufacturers and beverage bottlers using glass, metal or plastic containers, according to Regina.

Application engineer Valerio Carati of Regina says, 'We now have the answer for customers asking for a way to bring bottling lines into a dry environment in order to cut the cost of lubricants, reduce maintenance and improve working conditions.'

Savings result from the elimination of capital investment for lubrication equipment, the cost of operating it and reduced down time for cleaning and lubrication. Dry conveyor operations also provide a better working environment for plant employees. In addition, the new low-wear, low friction components allow plants to use a single type of conveyor for glass, metal and plastic containers instead of separate units for each, according to Regina.

The material used for molding Regina DK components is DuPont Delrin 100KM. It combines even better wear resistance and lower friction than standard Delrin with the high strength, stiffness, dimensional stability and impact resistance typical of the Delrin family. Other grades of Delrin have been used for conveyor mats in bottling plants for the past 20 years.

Test installations of the new Regina DK conveyor components have been operating since early 1999 with great success. Regina reports that more than half its customers now specify conveyor belts marketed under Regina's DK brand.

One early user, Paolo Deco of Bormioli Rocco S.p.A., a leading global glass manufacturer of Parma, Italy, reports, 'Regina DK chains - and belts perform very well in dry conditions, and display very low wear.'

Regina is a worldwide market leader in the manufacture of chains and belts for a wide range of applications. Founded in 1919, the company is based in Cernusco Lombardone, near Milan, Italy, and has affiliated companies in Europe, America and Asia.
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