If you have ever traveled to a foreign country or been forced outside your native language you will understand what it is like to be unable to communicate through words. Although language can be a beautiful medium, when you are missing points and not connecting, it can be equally as frustrating and ugly.
The work place can become a similar experience as we encounter industry specific jargons in our daily interactions with co-workers. Being knowledgeable with the basic definitions of the terms that are used in your workplace can spell success to anybody. The industry of conveyors is no different. People who work in this industry have used and maintained a sizeable set of industry specific vocabulary words and phrases. Learning the words that are used daily around these machines will make your working experience with them a lot more manageable and enjoyable.
Now let us review the fundamentals in conveyor jargon. When we are familiar with these easy terms, we should continue to learn the harder ones later. The part that takes away unnecessary fragments wedged to the parts that are moving is called the belt scraper. When we are talking about the piece of equipment that diverts, removes or deflects objects we are referring to the plow.
We are not referring to cowboys when we say “spur”. Spurs are the sectional parts that help transfer packages from a mainline to a side channel. Some of the basic conveyor language includes, but is not limited to, tread plates, axles, chain drives, take-ups, frame spacers, brake motors, under trussings, pivot plates, guard rails, and limit switches. You also should really equip yourself with more jaw-dropping terms if you want to impress somebody with your vocabulary.
You could take a quick look at this article in order to impress your friends with highfaluting words regarding conveyor systems. The word cleat has caught my attention because I have always liked sports. Cleat in conveyor language is a mechanism that serves as a signaler, feeler, supporter or shover and is certainly not a term that refers to athlete’s shoes. The nip point guard may sound like another position in a game of basketball but in reality it is a protection mechanism that keeps people away from pointed edges that may cause them harm and injuries.
Other cool yet educated and well versed conveyor phraseologies we can use and research may be denoted as chutes, cross bracings, Dutchmen, gravity bucket, return idlers, slug modes, tread plate and V-belts. When it comes to conveyors there is a vast array of word we should familiarize ourselves with before diving head first into the conveyor pool.
Differences in culture are a very wonderful and amazing characteristic of the world that we live in. Cultural beauty is expressed in many forms and places but not as much as in language and words. Conveyors are not very much different than the outside world. The industry has a rich vocabulary that is unique in and of itself. If we study and appreciate this wonderful language we will begin to more fully understand the people that work with these massive machines.