Article contribution by Jeremy Axel
Conveyor belt systems are crucial to your warehouse’s productivity. Not only can they get you a speedier shipment, but they also increase order accuracy. A lot of customers tend to stretch the life of their conveyor belts so that it becomes so old and worn out that it starts costing them more money than it’s worth. That’s why it’s essential to understand how the conveyor system works, how to take care of them and when to repair or replace your belt system. Check out this article about Introduction to conveyor belt replacement and how Conveyor Belts works.
Conveyor belt maintenance has it’s pros and cons. The cost of replacing conveyor belts can be high, depending on the quality of the belt that is required. Conveyor belts tend to be just as pricey as the machine and process they power, so it’s important to know when is the right time to upgrade and replace them.
Scrapes and scuffs can happen. Scrapes and scuffs do not necessarily cause immediate instability and thus, should be checked and fixed as early as possible before they lead to a chain of serious damage. Conveyor belts perform a variety of functions in different industries, but they all have one thing in common: they move or carry items and food, and it is important that they operate smoothly and for as long as possible. Because of the constant movement of the conveyor belt and its proximity to food, one of the most likely problems to occur with a conveyor belt system is damage due to excessive friction. There are many components that are part of the conveyor belt, including belts – which are just rubber bands – chain links, chain links — which are actually chain links. Just one chain link can easily rust.
Depending on the type of dirt accumulated on top of the belt, it could be clogged with dirt or oil or product residue. This greatly puts a strain on the other parts including the motor, bearings, pulleys and rollers. So if you notice any knocking sound coming from your conveyor belt system, this is a good indication that at least one component has gone bad.
If you’ve been in business for a while, chances are you’ve found yourself replacing your conveyor belt system. Maybe it got to the point where scrapes and tears made it become unsound and unserviceable. Or maybe the belt just finally wore out and replacement was necessary. Either way, there comes a time when your belt needs to be replaced.
If you are experiencing uncertainty about what to look for when it comes to conveyor belt maintenance, you’re definitely not alone. If the rolling half-moon band of endless chains is not new to you, it’s true that the deep black of the plastic cover may fool you into thinking everything is okay. But if your conveyor belts are more than five or six years old, you might need to get an expert to make sure everything is running smoothly. However, if there are specific concerns, you can always get in touch with retailers who sell your type of conveyor belt and ask them for their advice. If you’ve recently invested in brand new machinery it is only pretty much inevitable that you would like to make sure it’s working to its full capabilities.
If you intend on making the most out of your investment you want to ensure that your equipment is working efficiently and that you are making the most of its capabilities. One of the most efficient ways to do this is by having regular inspections done which can help to identify any potential problems with your equipment.
The volume of your conveyor belt will also give you an indication of the expected lifespan. If you’re running smaller volumes of materials, then it really won’t matter if you replace the conveyor belts every five years; this will still be an optimal time frame. But if you’re running larger volumes, think about using a less frequent maintenance schedule. This could be once every seven years for example.
Provided you always extend the belts in your belt conveyor system to ensure they’re protected, you can estimate when they will need to be replaced based on the age the belts have reached. It takes years to wear out a belt and if you know when that will happen, it not only makes the replacement process easier but also ensures that your workplace will be in good hands when it needs to be maintained.
Your conveyor belt is a vital component and is your lifeline in your operation. It’s your special tool designed to efficiently get the materials from start to finish. As such, it’s vital that it is looked after and kept at peak efficiency. Therefore, it’s important that this conveyor belt is always functional and can move material without too much trouble. There is no simple answer and there will be different consequences with upgrading or replacing your belts.
Jeremy Axel is the founder of Fluent Conveyors, they design and manufacture conveyors for Waste and recycling industries, Manufacturing, and Distribution centers across the United States. He is also known for building trusted relationships with conveyor dealers and reseller networks and developing advanced technological processes and tools that help them do their jobs more efficiently. Check his Website: http://www.jeremyaxel.com/