There have been significant technical advancements in steel cord belt splicing in the past several years. Our patented Preform™ splices provide improved splice efficiency, along with reduced splice time and improved performance. This means more dollars in your pocket. Conventional splice methods involve the use of cements and rubber noodles. Cement drying time extends the overall splicing time, while providing the opportunity for increased contamination. The alternative laying of cord and noodle further extends splice time, as constant chalk line checking and adjustment to the noodle width is necessary to maintain cord alignment. Cord misalignment and contamination are critical factors in the resultant splice performance.
This illustration shows how the top and bottom multi-groove panels encase each cord, eliminating the need for noodles to ensure cord alignment and uniformly accurate spacing.
Preform™ splice method
Preform™ splices utilize preformed, multi-grooved top and bottom cover panels, eliminating the need for cements and noodles. Cement drying times are eliminated, reducing the possibility of splice contamination from dust infiltration. Cord laying time is significantly reduced and the correct cord spacing and alignment is virtually guaranteed. The result is a stronger splice, with improved performance and life.
Testing on the 2-Pulley Dynamic splice tester at our Technical Center in Marysville, Ohio, shows the results of two identical belts, one spliced using Preform™ and one spliced using conventional splicing methods. This one test shows the Preform™ splice to withstand 33% more load cycles, or a theoretical 33% longer service life, than the conventional splice. Static pull splice strength tests conducted at an independent laboratory showed the Preform™ splice to be at least 10% stronger than a conventional splice.
Preform™ splices have been made successfully in many countries around the world. Savings of 16% to 25% were based on actual field measurements, comparing one splice technique versus the other, on the same belt, at the same time. Reduced splicing time means more uptime and increased productivity.