Following are a few steps to make your conveyor drive belts function smoothly:
- Choose the ideal belt conveyor
The primary step to keeping a belt conveyor running efficiently is to make sure you have the best belt conveyor for your application. Today you can pick from several kinds, including those with low-profile or lightweight aluminium frameworks, self-tracking or cleated belts, and various other attributes. Each conveyor is created to operate correctly in various applications and atmospheres. The best way to pick the best conveyor is to talk to several conveyor distributors’ technological solutions divisions. These specialists are educated to aid you to select the best conveyor (or communicating system) for your application. Many will give this service on the house in hopes that you’ll ultimately buy their conveyor.
- Keep your belt, slider bed or rollers, and pulleys tidy
A belt with a dirty bottom can slide, reducing the conveyor’s weight-carrying capability. Many belt conveyors have either a slider bed (a flat surface area between both side frames) or rollers that the belt moves over. Dirt or material build-up on these parts can minimise both belt and electric motor life. Gummed-up wheels can cause belt-tracking troubles.
- Check your bearings
Loosened or dry bearings are a breakdown waiting to occur. Self-aligning covered bearings need little upkeep, but various other bearings need normal lubricating. Take added care to rub out any type of lubricating substance that gets onto the belt. Some lubes might harm specific kinds of belt products. If your bearings aren’t self-aligning, check that an uneven bearing isn’t binding the pulley-block; this can create early bearing failure and place unnecessary torque on the electric motor.
- Inspect your sheave positioning as well as wear
If a pulley-block is correctly straightened with the slider bed or rollers, belt tension needs to be equivalent on either side of the belt’s sample. If the pulley placement isn’t correct or the pulley is put on erratically, your belt will be tensioned erratically and will prematurely stretch out on one side. Materials packed toward one side of the belt can create irregular belt stretch as well. To maximise belt life, load your product towards the belt’s centre whenever feasible.