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Garlock adds to production capabilities

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PARAGOULD, Ark.—Garlock Rubber Technologies has added a new crane and expanded its production base, increasing the size of conveyor belts it manufactures for a variety of industries.

“With the recent acquisition of a larger crane, we now have the capability to produce belts weighing up to 25 tons,” according to Garlock Sales Manager Jeff Phillips.

A member of the EnPro Industries group of companies, Garlock has virtually doubled the weight of individual, bulk-haulage conveyor belts it produces for the agriculture, construction, mining, pulp and paper, chemical processing, and original equipment manufacturer sectors.

Adding the crane allows the Para-gould-based firm to run longer segments—”72 inches wide and, depending upon construction, up to 1,500 feet in length,” Phillips said. “Previously, our lifting capacity was limited to 15 tons, which for longer belts required splicing, a difficult and not particularly desirable process.”

The company bought the crane after it began getting more and more requests to produce larger belts, he said. “Our customer base is changing and end users are increasing their output, which require longer and wider belts.”

Garlock's business has grown because of the added capability, Phillips said, and it is currently receiving orders that previously went to other belting manufacturers.

In addition, by keeping its 15-ton crane in place, the firm has been able “to reduce setup and loading times in our finishing and shipping areas,” he said. And by producing longer and heavier belting it also has reduced the number of splices needed.

The maker of an extensive line of conveyor belts and sheet rubber products used for sealing, protecting and cushioning did not have to enlarge or refurbish its Paragould plant, where all its belts are produced, to add the crane, according to Phillips, because the existing structure is rated well above the crane limits.

Garlock's new crane, made by R&M Material Handling Inc., was installed at the plant in October.

It features wireless radio controls, integrated load cell readout and standard safety features required by OSHA, the belt maker said.