Story Behind the Invention
Inventor Brett Hewell of Dripping Springs, TX has created a conveyer belt stretching tool that can be used along with belt repair clamps. Now, conveyor belts can be fixed in less than 2 minutes, thereby saving time and reducing labor costs!
Having spent over 30 years in heavy equipment operation, Brett has a unique perspective on the challenges of this kind of work. While employed as a foreman at a Texas mining site, Brett oversaw operations in the crushing pit. It was not uncommon for belts to break or need to be repaired weekly. During one repair, he was using the standards tools at his disposal: two come-a longs, four 2x4s, and straps. Installing the clips was laborious and typically would take him about two hours. He just knew there had to be a better way! With the time it takes to do the repair and to redirect labor while the belt is down, it seemed like this was a problem worth solving. Although clamps are great for repairing the belt, the time and energy it requires to install them on a broken belt is significant, resulting in lost dollars and productivity. In turn, he was inspired to develop Sure Pull!
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