Custom Automated Solutions
Standard conveyors are essential equipment in manufacturing. To maintain their quality and prevent contamination, proper care and maintenance also needs to be in place.
A properly maintained conveyor belt system does not only stand the test of times. Coupled with proper engineering, correct man power, and the right custom automated solutions can help conveyors last for many years and in many cases will last the life of the belt. Here are some best practices you can follow for basic custom automated solutions.
- Properly arrange the chute to prevent materials from moving sideways. If you load materials through the center, it will cause the belt to move in the corners leading into potential conveyor problems.
- Make sure that lump materials loaded into the belt are not bigger than the conveyor size. Otherwise, you would have some blockage issues in the future.
- Make sure that the end of the receiving chute is large enough to prevent mishaps and stock-ups.
- Exercise maximum care to maintain the return rolls and snub pulleys neat and clean. Whatever parts you clean, make sure that return idlers must be suspended far enough below the structures any contamination or dirt in the conveyor can be seen.
- Clean the rubbers. However, if they are too worn out, your last best option is to replace them.
- Use dry materials or rotating bristle when cleaning off the conveyor belt. They are very sensitive and can wear off easily if you use damp or wet brushes.
- To clean pulleys, just remove the material and clean up the dirt lumps, which can potentially bounce and carried by the tail pulley when not eliminated.
Basic Solutions for Most Common Conveyor Belt Issues
- Remove dusts and dirt if the idlers are stocked-up. Make sure that you remove any unnecessary accumulation on a regular basis and install scrapers to minimize your time spent for cleaning.
- Lubricate idlers to prevent sticking, which can cause your conveyor belt to malfunction.
- Consistently adjust the idlers and pulleys if the come off the line. Checking these elements on a regular basis, can help you detect whether or not there is a problem.
- Immediately straighten affected area of your conveyor frame to avoid unnecessary mishaps in the future.
- Make sure to put idlers in proper level and ensure efficient control to prevent misalignment in the future.
- Remove splice if needed. If particular section of the belt runs to one side of the point, you can just re-splice.
- If the conveyor belt continuously spill and build up lumps, it is time to install proper cleaning devices to schedule cleaning automation. This helps save manpower and time for manual cleaning.
- Lag the drive pulley if you can notice that there is an insufficient traction between the conveyor belt and the pulley. However, if the pulley is totally worn out due to the wear and tear, it is time you replace them with new once.
- If the counterweight is too light, just add counterweight but don’t overload. In maintaining efficient conveyor belt system, balance is everything.
Giving solutions to existing and currently occurring problems can help you solve problems that could come in the future, because of poor maintenance. If you need help in customized automated solution, please feel to reach out with Conveyor Specialist Inc.