Six Tips For Preventative Conveyor Maintenance On Modular Belt Conveyors
If you are looking to effectively maintain a conveyor system, you must maintain more than just the frame and accessories. For effective maintenance of a conveyor system, it is imperative that you care for the conveyor belt as well. Experts have indicated that many conveyor belts are neglected, despite still being used for their different daily functions. While many people are choosing to view conveyor belts with the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality, this can only lead further more costly problems if attention is not paid to these devices.
1. Develop A Conveyor System Maintenance Plan
The first step in effectively maintaining a conveyor system is developing a comprehensive maintenance plan. By drawing up this plan you can guarantee the conveyor system will have more up-time than down-time. Checklists will be drafted and must be followed by all personnel staff to ensure that all parts of the system receive adequate attention on a regular basis. The staff must also be trained in conveyor maintenance techniques, including how to test and identify problems on the modular belt conveyors. If a deterioration in the conveyor belt components is found, this should be recorded properly so that the parts may be repaired or replaced before causing a full system failure.
2. Regular Cleaning Of The System
Effectively cleaning the conveyor belts and the conveyor system must be conducted frequently and in a timely manner to ensure longevity of the belts and wear-strips. This will also prevent any problems arising when conveying items. It is also worth mentioning that the lack of frequent and effective cleaning can lead to poor performance of the conveyor system, and is the most common reason for service calls.
3. The Grounding Of Conveyor Systems
Efficient grounding of conveyor systems and all the components is essential to effective operating and longevity. Any stray or induced voltages can lead to numerous operational and functional errors in the system, which is often seen in frequency controllers and PLCs. It is necessary to conduct regular inspections and testing of the conveyor system to ensure there is continued grounding efficiency.
4. Correct Installation Of The System
One of the primary reasons for operational problems and conveyor belt malfunctions is incorrect installation of the system. In order to ensure effective long-term performance, it is imperative that the conveyor system is installed properly. If not, you may experience misalignment of conveyors, interference with other devices or equipment, and incorrect placing of secondary items which will consequently interfere with the functioning of the conveyor belt.
5. Tracking The Conveyor Belt
Each conveyor belt will have unique maintenance problems; however, the most common is that of premature wear and replacement. This premature wear and replacement is generally due to a lack of attention and incorrect tracking. Ideally, this belt should undergo a visual inspection after each shift as there are various environmental factors that could influence the belt tracking. Overlooking inspection could potentially leading to unnecessary breakdowns, repairs and/or replacement costs.
6. Do Not Misuse The Conveyors
A guaranteed way to reduce a conveyor’s durability is through improper use of the system. For example, if a lighter duty system is loaded with heavy objects it will undergo unnecessary stress. This will lead to a rapid wearing down to its chain, its strips, its motors and reducers resulting in a breakdown. It is vital that the pull rating a horsepower requirements of a belt are kept in mind when increasing the workload.