In certain applications such as coal mining and grain harvesting, the potential for fire is an ever-present danger. Due to its unique micro-texture, Vulcan Grip® can provide significant safety advantages.
In the event of a catastrophic drive system lockup due to bearing failure, or if a material overload jams your drive system, Vulcan Grip’s patented micro-texture abrades the belt—rather like a tire skidding on an asphalt road—instead of rubbing the belt and generating high frictional temperatures that can lead to a belt-initiated fire.
According to a report from the National Ag Safety Database, “combine and tractor fires are a problem that cause over $20 million in property losses each year and millions more because of lost time and downed crops during the busy harvest season…they also cause 40 or 50 serious injuries each year, and occasionally a person is killed because of a farm machinery fire.”
Their report found that “crop residue accumulation near a direct heat source such as the engine or exhaust system, or on and around bearings, belts and chains where heat can be generated, accounts for the majority of combine fires.”