At Wire Belt we undertook a number of capital projects
in the lead up to the Olympics, but there is none more unusual than the Eye-Flex® belt being used to clear the waterways around the Olympic Park. Wire Belts’ involvement with this project dates back to November 2006. The Canal and River Trust already had a weed clearing boat, and fundamental to its’ operation was the use of Eye-Flex type wire link belting.
In February 2007, the Canal and River Trust visited Wire Belt to discuss damage and maintenance problems that they were experiencing with belting from their existing supplier. Wire Belts’ John Warters was able to offer the solutions.
By changing its’ construction, the belt was made more resilient to damage and by re-engineering the boat, to use multiple narrow belts, utilization was improved. From an original belt life of two years the new belt, with about 20% repair and replacement, lasted for five years.
On May 23, 2012 the Canal and River Trust, with funding from the
Environment Agency, launched two new weed boats that will service London’s waterways during the Olympics and beyond. The rivers and canals in East London formed a backdrop to the London 2012 Games, and keeping them clean and weed-free was more important than ever.
The belts for the new boat were supplied from Wire Belts’ factory, in Northern Germany, directly to the German boat builder.
Over 70 million dollars were invested in regenerating East London’s waterways, creating a wonderful legacy that stretches far beyond the summer of 2012. Rivers and canals are a prominent feature of the Olympic park.
Eye-Flex® belting from Wire Belt, along with
Flat-Flex® belting for less demanding situations, is used in a number of weed and debris applications. These include removing leaves from water channels at fish farms and in protecting small-scale hydro-electric generation installation from debris.
The picture here is of an installation at a hydro-electric generation project.