HELIX delta-T for WINDOWS - Professional Version 5

Belt Conveyor Design Program

HELIX delta-T is a powerful computer software package developed to assist materials handling design engineers and equipment suppliers with conveyor design and optimisation. Helix Technologies' research and development of this software began in 1992 and delta-T now has many users throughout the world who depend on the program to provide consistent, accurate and cost effective belt conveyor and material handling designs. Features of the new delta-T version 5 program include:

Automatic Selection of Belt and Tension, Power Calculations

Equipment Selection from Databases for Belts, Idlers, Pulleys & Shafts, Gearboxes, Motors, Fluid Couplings, Brakes etc.

Create a 3D model of the conveyor

Calculate Vertical Curve radii and super-elevation (banking) angles for Horizontal curves

Add any number of Conveyor Pulleys, Drives, Loading points, Trippers, Brakes etc.

Over 60 reports can be viewed, printed or exported to Word, PDF files or Excel etc.

Helix delta-T has been used as the design tool and proven in many hundreds of real conveyor installations in more than 25 countries around the world for than 10 years. The latest version Helix delta-T 5 brings you even more power and flexibility in your conveyor designs.

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The program will automatically calculate the belt tensions in the system, select a suitable belt from the database, calculate the pulley and shaft sizes required, select a suitable electric motor, fluid coupling and gearbox from the databases, calculate the idler shaft deflections and bearing life and then present the full conveyor design in reports which can be viewed, printed or exported to Word for Windows®, Excel®, PDF® files and other applications.

Typical design Report - can be printed or exported to Word®, Excel®, PDF® files and other applications.

Belt tensions can be viewed graphically, and the Calc section provides useful procedures for calculating discharge trajectories, vertical curve radii and other frequently performed routines. Context sensitive on screen Help will guide you through the operating procedures and provide the formulae used in the calculations.

You can also create and view a 3D model of the conveyor and merge in a digital terrain model. The program also allows you to dynamically calculate vertical and Horizontal curve geometry for the conveyor.

In addition, delta-T provides an in-depth analysis of conveyor belt tensions under different operating conditions such as running fully loaded, running empty, starting fully loaded, starting empty, braking fully loaded, braking empty and coasting. A new sketch facility allows users to sketch the conveyor profile and enter data in tabular format.

delta-T will save you time and reduce your plant capital, maintenance and operating costs.

Getting Started with delta-T

To start using Helix delta-T 5 follow these steps :

Start the program and select the File, New File menu or press the New button.

Press F1 for Help at any point in the program or use the Help Contents or Search menus.

Type in a new file name - for example - My new File and press Open. A new set of design files will be created. This set of files will all be preceded by the file name you entered e.g. My New File. A list of files and their contents can be viewed under the Design Files Help topic. When you create a new file the contents of the Master design file are copied into the new files.

Now create the conveyor sketch profile. Press the Conveyor Profile Schematic Diagram tab sheet and the current conveyor profile sketch will be displayed. This may look something like the one shown above

Start at Tail pulley and add items in a clock-wise direction to the Head on the Right Hand Side and then back to the Tail

Every conveyor must have at least one Take-up Pulley and one Drive pulley

Click the Delete Items button to delete pulleys, hoppers etc that you do not want in the conveyor. Use the Add Pulleys, Drives, Intersection Point, Hopper and Take-up buttons to add items at the end of the list. Refer to the Adding Pulleys, Drives and Hoppers input form for details on how to build the conveyor model.

Move, select Items

Delete Items

Add Pulley

Add Drive

Add Intersection Point

Add Hopper

Add Take-up Pulley

Insert Item

The program automatically starts at the Tail pulley and works in a clockwise direction around the conveyor towards the Head on the Right hand side and then returns back to the tail pulley.

Once you have drawn the conveyor profile sketch, input the Conveyor Capacity, Idler Spacing etc on the Conveyor Sections input tables.

Now select each of the Duty Input menu options and input the data for the following input Forms:

Input Project Details, Input Conveyed Material, Input Conveyor Pulleys and Sections, Input Take-up Details, Input Carry Idlers, Input Return Idlers, Input Drive Details, Input Motor Details, Input Gearbox Details, Input Fluid Coupling / Soft-starter Details, Input Brake Details and Input Pulley Shaft Details

You can now perform a Conveyor Design Calculation using the ISO or CEMA calculation buttons. Automatic Friction factor f is calculated, or you can input your own values.

The Design Reports can now be Viewed and Printed or Exported using the Reports menu or the Report buttons on the toolbar.

Check that the Take-up Tension is sufficient by viewing the Take-up and Drive Traction report and the Tension Summary Report. If not, increase the Take-up mass manually and re-calculate.

Review all Design Reports and refine your design.

Note any warning messages during the design calculation and modify your input data accordingly.

The program automatically saves your data in the design file as you go along. If you want to investigate different design options, use the Save as… menu to create a new file before making your changes.

You can now build a Cost Estimate and also create Equipment Schedules.

Create a 3D model of the conveyor and view Terrain data.

Calculate Vertical Curve radii and super-elevation (banking) angles for Horizontal curves

Add any number of Conveyor Pulleys, Drives, Loading points, Trippers, Brakes etc.

Over 60 reports can be viewed, printed or exported to Wordâ , PDFâ files or Excelâ etc.

Helix delta-T has been used as the design tool and proven in many hundreds of real conveyor installations in more than 25 countries around the world for more than 10 years. The latest version Helix delta-T 5 brings you even more power and flexibility in your conveyor designs.

The program will automatically calculate the belt tensions in the system, select a suitable belt from the database, calculate the pulley and shaft sizes required, select a suitable electric motor, fluid coupling and gearbox from the databases, calculate the idler shaft deflections and bearing life and then present the full conveyor design in reports which can be viewed, printed or exported to Word for Windows, Excel, PDF files and other applications.

Belt tensions can be viewed graphically, and the Calc section provides useful procedures for calculating discharge trajectories, Belt Feeder and Hopper pullout forces, vertical curve radii and other frequently performed routines. Context sensitive on screen Help will guide you through the operating procedures and provide the formulae used in the calculations.

You can also create and view a 3D model of the conveyor and merge in a digital terrain model. The program also allows you to dynamically calculate vertical and horizontal curve geometry for the conveyor.

In addition, delta-T provides an in-depth analysis of conveyor belt tensions under different operating conditions such as running fully loaded, running empty, starting fully loaded, starting empty, braking fully loaded, braking empty and coasting. A new sketch facility allows users to sketch the conveyor profile and enter data in tabular format.

delta-T will save you time and reduce your plant capital, maintenance and operating costs.

  1. New Features in delta-T version 5

 

The new Professional version includes the following features:

Powerful OpenGL 3D modeling of the conveyor and terrain

Completely New design report formats - over 50 reports can be generated easily, with excellent presentation of the design.

Belt Tension calculations for Running, Starting and Braking including accelerating and stopping times.

Calculation to ISO and CEMA standards with auto friction factor calculation.

Bar and 3 D line graphs of belt tensions under different loading and starting and braking conditions.

Improved Braking calculations including a Brake database and Brake Selection routines.

Improved equipment database for Belts, Idlers, Motors, Gearboxes, Fluid Couplings, Brakes etc. Copy and Paste data from Excel.

New Database system compiled directly into the program - this eliminates previous issues with the MS MDB files system.

Ability to import or copy and paste data directly from Excel spreadsheets to conveyor design or equipment databases.

New Sketching facility to quickly add pulleys, hoppers and drives to your conveyor

New scale drawing system for live feedback on Vertical curve radii - just drag an intersection point on the screen and the vertical curve is redrawn in front of you so that you can see immediately if you can fit the radius into the geometry.

New Horizontal Curve Calculation routines - belt drift and banking angle calculations, with live on-screen feedback about radii.

Completely New design report formats - over 50 reports can be generated easily, with excellent presentation of the design.

Export design reports directly to MS Word® Excel® or PDF® file formats plus others.

Improved Belt Selection routines with diagrammatic feedback on belt width vs. load area and edge distance.

Estimating and Costing schedules for all conveyor equipment from civil & electrical to conveyor components.

New comprehensive instruction and context sensitive help files

New Belt Feeder / Hopper pullout calculations.

Software Operation & Technical conveyor Design support.