New systems company for transnorm
12 December 2012
Due to continued success and growth in the systems solutions area, Transnorm has decided to transfer all major 'systems-style' conveyor enquiries to a new company, Conveyor Networks, where the existing strengths of Tran
Transnorm Group management is fully supportive of this development and will ensure seamless cooperation on an exclusive basis for all major systems solutions.
Transnorm products will continue to be manufactured in Germany (where all product R&D is carried out) and, along with the new TCC (Transnorm Competence Centre), will offer clients the chance to test solutions and train staff.
Transnorm System will reinforce its focus on its core business of supplying Modules, supporting the key business areas of airport baggage handling systems and associated contractors, along with key parcel distribution companies, several OEMs and other global key accounts.
In further news, Transnorm System has been informed by a number of customers that certain conveyor belt manufacturers and suppliers are trying to tap into the spares market for replacement belts on Transnorm's specialist curved conveyors. Attention has been drawn to this due to the extremely short life of the imitation belts.
Other parts are also being sourced which do not meet correct specifications and often cost more than the correct part. These counterfeit components can lead to reduced belt life.
"We are naturally concerned," says technical director, David Smith.
"Some of our best customers are being led to believe that these counterfeit spare parts will give the same service life as the originals.
Customers have bought parts which have only lasted days, in one case only two days.We have received many reports of such failures. This situation does no good to our customers or to our reputation as the world leader in belt curve manufacture and technology." Under the correct working conditions Transnorm belts should last five to ten years, and on many occasions have lasted over 20 years, due to the high tolerances achieved on purpose built, PC controlled belt cutting equipment.
With Transnorm's patented TS1600 curve, the original cross laminated belt is identifiable by a high quality single vulcanised finger joint and Transnorm's unique stamp on the reverse giving belt manufacturing quality refs.
In addition to an inferior life span, a sub standard belt also compromises other components on the curve, risking long term damage and costly repair.
"We urge customers to beware of cheap imitations," says Smith. "For customers that suspect their curve is fitted with the wrong parts, we are offering a free visit from an experienced engineer to assess their application and suggest recommendations."