Conveyor belts are an essential part of warehouse systems. Whichever size or type of conveyor belt you choose, to make it last longer and function to its highest ability you need to look after it properly. Here are some tips to get the most out of your conveyor belt:
Choosing the right belt
To start with, the main priority is choosing the right belt for your needs. A conveyor belt can only work for the purpose it is built for and there are different styles for different functions. Factors to think about when looking for a new conveyor belt are temperatures, loads, and speeds.
Once the correct conveyor belt is chosen you need to make sure you set the appropriate tension. Setting the wrong tension means that the belt will not perform correctly. One of the most common reasons for belt failure is over-tensioning. Having the incorrect tension can damage the bearings and shafts on the pulley mechanism, and also affect slats and stretchers. It is important to always check the tension before use.
In many of our blogs we emphasise the importance of regular cleaning of your belt. Contamination is another main reason why belts fail, particularly in the food industry. Belts should be cleaned on a daily basis to remove any traces of product, not just for hygiene reasons but product build up can cause wear and tear to the belt.
Tracking is another thing that should be checked on a daily basis. If incorrect tracking is not rectified the belt will drift off path and not perform as it should. Tracking needs to be checked with and without product as the weights can have a different effect, and should also be checked in reverse.
Even with all of these procedures in place, conveyor belts will eventually need replacing. This is usually due to age and normal wear and tear. It is important this is done as soon as possible to avoid effecting the whole of the conveyor system. Before replacing the belt, the mechanisms and tension may need adjusting back to the original specifications for the new belt, and once fitted test runs should be ran at slow speeds to fine-tune any adjustments
If you need help choosing the right belt, maintaining tracking and tension, replacing the belt or have any other questions regarding conveyor belt systems – please contact our expert and knowledgeable team on 01623 424442 or firstname.lastname@example.org