How to Prevent Common Conveyor Belt Issues

How to Prevent Common Conveyor Belt Issues
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    Conveyor belts are some of the most popular forms of material handling equipment in use today.

    They are a great way to transport materials, but just like any industrial machine, they require proper care to function effectively every day.


That’s why you need to understand how to prevent common conveyor belt issues from occurring in your facility. With the help of the tips below, you can make sure that your conveyor belt functions efficiently for a very long time.

Conduct Regular Cleaning

The buildup of debris, dirt, spills, and other harmful materials occurs over time, and it can cause issues like mistracking, which can ruin your system’s belt. To avoid this, it’s important to ensure that your conveyor systems receive regular cleanings.

Not all belt conveyors systems are the same, so the cleaning protocols will differ between systems. If you’re unfamiliar with the proper cleaning techniques for your conveyor belt, consult your equipment manufacturer to figure out the right solution.  

Replace Worn Parts When Necessary

Similar to cleaning, you should conduct regular inspections on your conveyor belt. Doing this will help you spot any worn components that you need to swap out for new, functional replacements.

The moment you spot a bad part—whether it’s the pulley bearing or the belt itself—deal with it immediately. If you put it off, those worn parts will only cause more harm to your system, the longer they remain a part of it.

Aside from visual inspections, listen for any odd sounds that are emanating from the system when it’s in use.

Watch Out for Improper Frame Alignment

Another part of your regular inspection should be to make sure the frame is in proper alignment. The most common reason for frame misalignment is mistracking, which is a symptom of the improper loading of products onto the belt, as well as material buildup.

To address the improper loading issue, make sure the chutes above the conveyor are hanging over the center of the belt. If they aren’t, this is most likely the cause of the misalignment.

Worst Case Scenario—Consult Your Manufacturer

If you’re still having issues with your conveyor belt despite taking the right preventative measures, it’s time to consult with your manufacturer once again. When you initially buy the conveyor, just like any form of material handling equipment, there are a number of questions you should ask the manufacturer.

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Two of the most important questions are whether or not they have a warranty and what their maintenance response time typically is. This is for situations such as spontaneous equipment problems or failures, so if you’re still experiencing these issues, it’s time to talk to the manufacturer about what next step you should take.

Knowing how to prevent common conveyor belt issues is a key component of ensuring a safe, efficient, and cost-effective workplace. Machine downtime is something that will both slow down workflow in the facility and cost you quite a bit in repairs or replacement. However, with the right preventative measures, you can prevent these issues from causing you unnecessary troubles.

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