Because choosing the right conveyor belt for your conveyor system will lead to effective production, a longer operational lifetime and component compatibility.
Here are a number of tips to identify if your conveyor belt is being subjected to additional wear and tear or abrasion:
• Check that your operating tension (PIW) is at the correct level and that it meets the load capacity. If unsure, seek outside assistance.
• If your power load has increased lately, check to see if your conveyor belt idlers are catching or succumbing to wear and tear.
• If the product load has increased, it is likely that the impact rating has also increased and the surface of the conveyor may need upgrading to protect the belt.
• If the product weight has increased, check to see if its troughing abilty is still appropriate or whether it is catching on the pulleys, idlers, impact beds and frames.
• Check to see that you have installed the appropriate conveyor width to match your pulleys, drums and loading zones. If not, replace the items, as this is more cost effective than replacing the entire conveyor belt.
• Check to see how far the actual conveyor has to travel. If this has been changed, then the belt may need adjusting by lengthening or shortening, adjusting the tension and/or adjustment of the conveyor to adapt to the product weight.
• Check your cover of your conveyor belt to see if it is still able to manage the present load or load fall – if it is showing signs of wear, then the cover may need reviewing.
If you’re struggling to understand which of these issues needs resolving then you may need an audit to identify where your system has weaknesses. This will help to avoid higher costs incurred in the future.