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Engineering Services

Van Gorp Corporation has one of the most experienced and oldest engineering departments in the industry dedicated to conveyor pulley design and drive component selection. The Van Gorp engineering department was founded in 1957 by Cliff Vroom. Cliff was a pioneer in the development of stress and deflection equations specific to the design of conveyor pulleys.

Today the engineering department can design pulleys and select drive components for the most rugged and unique applications by analyzing design data and specifications and using time tested calculations and FEA analysis.

The following Engineering Services are available from Van Gorp:

Our engineers take your basic conveyor information and custom design a specific pulley to meet your application’s needs.
Need more than just a pulley? We can design an entire drive train for any application and any configuration of conveyor system. Overhung loads, unique configurations, multiple drives, steep inclines or any other engineering challenges are not a problem.
Using SolidWorks® 3-D modeling software our drafters and engineers optimize your design in a virtual environment and can provide Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of the design as well as certified assembly drawings.
Our engineers have the expertise you need to troubleshoot and solve a wide array of conveyor problems from belt tracking issues to failing pulleys.
Need help with failure analysis or validating welding procedures? Our engineering department can provide full metallurgical analysis including both destructive and non-destructive testing of materials and welds. Tensile testing, Charpy-V notch, corrosion testing, failure analysis, microscopy, hardness testing, chemical analysis, and certified non-destructive testing are just some of the services we can provide.
Need help validating your own pulley designs? Our engineering department can help generate a life cycle analysis report of your design under your loading conditions and provide you with an optimized design to maximize the fatigue life of your conveyor components.
Too many spares of too many different sizes sitting on a shelf in your facility? Let our engineers make a detailed survey of all your conveyor systems and make recommendations for the consolidation of like parts to reduce the amount of inventory that you need to keep for back-ups.
Our engineering staff can come to your location and provide training to maintenance, operations and engineering departments on a wide range of topics. Let us help you get your team the very best training on how to maintain, operate and design your critical conveyance systems.
• Our pulleys are not just put together, every aspect of fabrication is highly considered and designed. Every weld connection is analyzed for stresses and is optimally designed to maximize fatigue life of the pulley. Our welding process and procedures are as highly engineered as any other component of our assemblies. Each one is designed by welding engineers in compliance with the American Welding Society D1 series of welding codes and are inspected and reviewed by AWS Certified Weld Inspectors.

• Have a project that is required to be AWS D1 series code compliant and don’t know where to start? We can provide expert training from our on staff AWS Certified Weld Educators to your engineering and quality staff as well as qualify your welding procedures and welding operators.

Our on staff SNT-TC-1A Level III certified inspector can design an inspection procedure to any specification that meets your demands. A Level III can consult with your engineering or inspection departments to establish inspection protocol and acceptance criteria to meet any NDT specification in the world. See Inspection Services for more details on this service.
Technical information on our standard product line is available online in both English and Spanish. Our operation and maintenance guides, catalogs, and technical support data can be found here.

Van Gorp is an active member in Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA). Our engineers participate in the annual CEMA engineering conferences and are involved in upcoming revisions to the pulley standards.

Our engineers also belong to a wide variety of non-conveyor related professional societies and associations and are highly active members and officers in the following:

  • American Society for Non-Destrucive Testing (ASNT)
  • American Welding Society (AWS)
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)