Field Tech Services

PPI’s field technical engineers bring our knowledge to the field and provide service before, during and after the sale. Four engineers are strategically located across the United states to support your conveyor component needs and/or application problems quickly and efficiently. Their vast expertise helps evaluate your needs and work with you to find solutions to keep it moving. Continuous testing and improvement is available.

Our survey process includes an initial site survey to gather information before conducting a physical survey of all the conveyors on-site. Once on location, the field tech will do a number of measurements and survey all motors, reducers, backstops and idlers. They will also take a look at the conveyor length, lift, belt specifics, pulley layout, drive arrangement, etc. PPI’s field technical engineers will then identify inadequate or under-designed components and develop a plan to standardize and solve any problems. From there, they can suggest new products, problem-solvers and maintenance-friendly products.


Conveyor Standardization

Standardization surveys are a useful tool used to minimize inventory of spares, increase speed of replacements & lower overall yearly downtime. PPI specializes in improving conveyor system reliability and standardizing your pulleys is a proven method to increase productivity.

Completion of a survey is contingent on a co-operative effort between PPI and the client. We require conveyor operating conditions & pulley specifications in order to complete a standardization survey. Once PPI has compiled all of the information, we will then be able to determine how many of your existing pulleys can be standardized. Upon completion of this task, a PPI representative will physically walk the conveyor systems to ensure all proposed changes are feasible. After all changes are approved, PPI will provide the client with a report showing a complete pulley listing and spares recommendations for every conveyor system used at the facility.



Pulleys on any given conveyor can be categorized into a minimum of two pulleys, to as many as four types. For a simple two pulley conveyor there would be a drive pulley and a tail/take-up pulley. On larger mines or quarries, the conveyor system may include a gravity take-up, snub pulley or a tripper. In this case the conveyor pulleys are categorized into four types for standardization:

  1. Drive Pulley
  2. High Tension Pulley
  3. Low Tension Pulley
  4. Bend/Snub Pulley


Minimizing the number of designs will reduce the number of spares required and decrease manufacturing time which lead to lower cost.


Contact your sales representative to find out more details and to schedule a visit.

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