All Blog Posts about ‘Service & Maintenance’

Question of the Week: What Should be Inspected in a Rotary Kiln?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Rotary Kiln Inspection

Rotary kilns, like any other high-performing piece of equipment, need regular inspection and maintenance to ensure ideal operation. The list below highlights the areas of a kiln that should consistently be inspected:   Refractory. Direct heat can cause the kiln’s refractory to become tremendously dry, Continue reading →

 

Part Spotlight: Trunnion Wheel

This article was authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Trunnion Wheels

The trunnion wheel, also known as a trunnion roller, is a key structural component of any rotary drum base. What trunnion wheels are available?  FEECO supplies trunnion wheels in 4140 or 4340 stainless steel. Sizes are available all the way up to 48” in diameter.  Continue reading →

 

Part Spotlight: Girth Gears

This article was authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Rotary Drum Girth Gear

The girth gear is part of the drive assembly of a rotary drum. This assembly type uses interlocking girth and pinion gears to drive rotation of the drum.  What girth gear types and sizes are available?  FEECO can provide gears ranging in size from 60” Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: How do you ensure a smooth rotary drum installation?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Rotary Drum Install

The installation of a new rotary drum, be it a dryer, cooler, agglomerator, or otherwise, requires careful consideration. To ensure your drum is properly installed, take a look at the following guidelines: Have a Service Technician on Site A service technician from the manufacturer should Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Trunnion Wheels, Then and Now

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Trunnion Wheels Then and Now

This week’s then and now photos highlight FEECO’s trunnion wheels. The photo on the left takes us back to the 1950s, merely years after our founding, and the image on the right is from 2016. Since our doors first opened in March of 1951, our Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Replacement/Spare Thrust Rollers

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Rotary Drum Thrust Roller

This week’s photo highlights one of FEECO’s many replacement/spare parts: the thrust roller. Thrust rollers are a standard component to any rotary drum, from rotary dryers and coolers, to granulators and kilns. They ride on the downhill and uphill edge of the tire, and are Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What Causes Rotary Dryer Misalignment?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

What Causes Rotary Dryer (Drier) Misalignment, Image of Worn Rotary Dryer Tire (Tyre)

Rotary dryer misalignment is oftentimes the result of improper base installation. Misalignment in the base will quickly spread through the rest of the drum, causing wear and damage to other drum components. In addition, misalignment can occur naturally over time as part of normal rotary Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Drive Shaft Alignment

This article was authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Laser Alignment for Ddrive Assembly

This week’s photo, taken in the FEECO Fabrication facility, shows a FEECO employee using a laser shaft alignment tool to properly align the coupling on the shafts of a drive assembly. The coupling joins the shafts between the drive motor and reducer. The shafts are Continue reading →

 

The Top 4 Paddle Mixer Maintenance Tips

This article was authored by:

Craig Peppin
Service & Lab Manager

Paddle Mixer (Pugmill Mixer, Pug Mill) Maintenance

Even a robust, quality piece of equipment such as a paddle mixer requires maintenance to sustain daily operating procedure. As an added benefit, regular maintenance prevents costly breakdowns, promotes safety, and extends equipment life. To help promote paddle mixer maintenance, outlined below are our top Continue reading →

 

Tire and Trunnion Grinding: Critical Rotary Drum Maintenance

This article was co-authored by:

Craig Peppin
Service & Lab Manager

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Tire (Tyre) and Trunnion Grinding

A rotary drum in any industrial process setting, whether it is serving as a dryer, cooler, kiln, or agglomeration drum, is a critical component in the process loop; in most cases, if the rotary drum is offline, the remainder of the process must go down Continue reading →

 


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