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From: Frank Pittelli <frank-at-rctankcombat.com>
Subject: Re: Penn Tracks
Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2004 14:36:47 -0400
Reply-To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com

Steve Tyng wrote:
> I'm not sure about a slip fit and relying on rivets to hold the
> cleats in place.  The fasteners could shred the belt lengthwise given
> enough force.  I'm always going to rely on glue to hold a TTS
> together.

Steve has been inhaling too much glue!!!  The Tiger tracks use four 
rivets to sandwich the conveyor belt between the inner and outer treads, 
and after two full weekends of hard battling and many hours of 
field-tests, there is no sign of any problem with the belt.  (Heck, I 
didn't even glue the treads that cover the belt's scarf joint.)

The treads spread any force seen over a large surface area to all 4 
rivets.  And the rivets (aluminum in my case) present a very blunt 
cross-section to the belt, so it is unlikely that a rivet will cause a 
tear in the belt (which is reinforced with fibers to prevent such tears 
in the first place).

So, I recommend that you forsake TTS (Tyng Track System) technology and 
use ATTS (Advanced Tri-Pact Track System) technology ;-)

        Frank "We Innovate Just Like Microsoft Does" Pittelli