Ashworth has created a solution to help processors pinpoint undetected high-tension problems in spirals to extend belt life and prevent unexpected breakdowns.

Ashworth now provides tension tests with its proprietary tension gauge that records belt tension throughout each tier in a spiral. By analyzing the results, Ashworth’s factory service can make recommendations to correct any unforeseen or potential problems.

The Ashworth tension gauge can measure spiral belt tensions of up to 650 lb. with tier spacing as low as 2 in. It is designed to operate in freezing and ambient conditions so tension measurements can be taken in fully operational freezers and coolers. The tension gauge can be used on any spiral belt. As a result, the belt does not need to be an Ashworth belt in order to be tested.

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Editor’s Note: Winchester, Va.-based Ashworth Bros., Inc. provided information for this article.