Belt Analyst V16.1 New Features

Version 16.1 brings a new look for curves, reworked from the ground up. For the first time, vertical and horizontal curve are supported directly through the new interface. To assist in horizontal curve support, we've further integrated Idler Analyst and added the ability to add multiple idler sets into the program and which flights use which idler sets as well. We've also continued making improvements to our importing features, allowing for ground profiles to be imported from both DXF and Google Earth KML/KMZ formats, and we've added a DXF export option. Users can now add multiple backstop locations along the conveyor.

New Vertical and Horizontal Curve Functionality

The new controls for Vertical and Horizontal curves allow for multiple flight points to exist within curves and for the ability to pair carry and return flight points together. You can add horizontal curves from the Profile tab by right-clicking the flight grid while in Advanced mode and selecting "Add Horizontal Curves". Once you've edited a Horizontal Curve Radius, the curve will appear in the main Curves tab in the Horizontal tab.

Click here to learn how to add Horizontal Curves
Click here to watch how horizontal curves are calculated.

Idler Analyst Improvements

We've continued to further integrate this tool allowing Belt Analyst to save Idler Analyst inputs. The look and feel has also been updated to make it easier to use.

Multiple Idlers

The Idler tab now include a small button and right-click menu for adding additional idlers. The button adds a copy of your current Carry idler set and a copy of the return idler can be made by using the right-click menu on the grid.

Click here to watch the new video on multiple idler sets.

DXF Export

The new export feature exports profile data from BA to DXF file. You can create a new DXF file, or export into an existing one. This option is found in the profile tab in the ribbon menu Import/Export options.

Click here to watch the new DXF export video.

Ground Profile Import

Using the profile import window, you can now import a ground profile from a DXF file. Similarly to the DXF Import, the layer you import from must have only one polyline on it. In addition, you can import a ground profile from a line drawn in Google Earth using a KML/KMZ file. This ground profile will be displayed on the profile in advanced mode.

Click here to watch the ground profile import for dxf files.
Click here to watch the ground profile import for kml/kmz files.

DIN 22101 Belt Rating Calculation Behavior Improvments

Adjustments have been made to the program to allow for the DIN belt rating calculation to remain more consistent and not cause excessive local tension issues. Within DIN 22101, the calculations of the rating of the belt is dependent upon local tensions, average tensions, and DIN safety factors. In other words, as the vertical curve radii and transition distances are adjusted so is the belt rating. Previous versions of the program had small defaults for transition lengths therefore causing very high belt rating requirements if the user did not manually input longer transitions and vertical curves. This updated version has larger defaults lengths for the transitions allowing the first pass calculation for DIN belt rating to be much more reasonable.



Belt Analyst V16.0 New Features

Profile Tab

The biggest change in version 16 is in the input and editing of the profile. From the Profile Tab, change the far left button from Auto Return to Advanced User mode and see many new editing features. Within these Edit and Preferences tabs, you can now connect Carry and Return Points, add, visualize and edit vertical curves, detect geometry errors, work with x, y coordinates as well as with lengths and lifts, shift the conveyor original to match your AutoCAD file, add, delete or change pulleys with a single click, cut flights into multiple pieces, and watch your graphic change with every text input you make. You can also change a point or flight by dragging it with your mouse or changing in the grid.

Click here to watch the new Advanced Profile features on YouTube

DXF Drawing Import

In past versions, you were only able to import the carry side of the conveyor. Now the DXF drawing can include the head and tail drives, all carry and return flights, the take-up, trippers, extra pulleys and intermediate drives. You can import a DXF file by either clicking on File, New, the Import DXF File; or you can click the new button on the main page, and select Import Profile from a DXF File.

Click here to watch the new Import from DXF feature on YouTube

New Buttons on Vertical Curves Tab

In the vertical curves tab, the Auto and User modes as well as the Hide and Unhide buttons have been removed. Two new modes, Auto All and User All allow you to reset everything or control each vertical curve individually. The new Enable and Disable buttons on each curve gives the user complete control over which vertical curves to calculate.

Case Summary Window

A new tool has been added for conveyor designs with multiple cases. The user can now control all of the case dependent variables in one window. After you have added a case to your design, you can click on the Case Summary button to view all of your cases. If you click on the Case Inputs tab, you can see and change the variables for each case.

Take-Up Load Ratio Checkbox

There is a new checkbox in the Take-up Load Ratio window that will fix the take-up on stopping. This will be invaluable when using an automatic winch with a brake that sets on stopping.

Updated Idler Analyst

Idler Analyst has also been updated in version 16. It will now import your idler from Idler Analyst and update Belt Analyst with the final custom idler you desire to use including load rating and drag.

Expanded Rubber Indentation Calculations

Rubber indentation calculations have also been expanded in the CEMA 7 calculation method giving users the option of using Large Scale Rubber test data which may be provided by your belt supplier. Users can now create their own rubber data files for use by Belt Analyst through an Excel template. Contact us for more information on how to use this feature.