A variety of conveyor types is available in the market. When working with different types of conveyors, it is important to know how they function. This helps maintain a safe environment on the floor. It also increases the life of your equipment.
10 Helpful Tips for Optimal Usage of Belt Conveyors
Here is a compilation of some tips and tricks to help you while operating, installing, or maintain your conveyor:
- Always use connector brackets and pop-out rollers when connecting belt connectors with gravity conveyors, other machines, or any furniture on the floor.
- Permanent supports should be anchored to the floor or a similar reliable mounting surface. For installation in concrete floors, it is important to use wedge anchors that measure 3/8″ x 2-1/2″ at the very least. You can use longer anchors if needed.
- When using conveyors that are mounted overhead, debris, or the products being transported, could fall from the conveyor onto the floor. A net or mesh guard needs to be installed on all such conveyors.
- A cover or a snub roller guard must be adjusted every time the conveyor is operated. This ensures safe operation.
- Belt lacing on belted conveyors should be checked regularly to ensure that they are in pristine working condition. Faulty or damaged belt lacing can adversely affect operations, as well as cause harm to the conveyor.
- When checking or adjusting the drive sprocket alignment, turn the conveyor as well as the main power source off.
- During maintenance, the nip-point guard needs to be readjusted when the belt conveyor pulleys are adjusted. On the other hand, the nip-point guard doesn’t need any adjustment if the take-up pulley is adjusted. The nip point guards located at either end of the conveyor, also known as center drive guards need to be adjusted when the position of the pulleys are altered. After each cycle of maintenance and installation, the center drive guards should be replaced.
- All electrical controls like emergency stops, switches, etc. should be designed and installed by an expert. These components should be checked regularly to ensure reliable functioning. All employees and consultants should be trained on the safe usage of these controls.
- Belt tracking should be performed by professionals only. However, if the belt moves in a lopsided fashion or moves to one side, first remove all products from the conveyor. Secondly, make sure that the conveyor and the components are square with the bed. If the problem persists, contact a technician.
- During maintenance, installation, or any other process, the conveyor should be turned off. Only authorized personnel should be allowed to re-start the conveyor after a complete shutdown.
For more details on using your conveyor optimally, speak to your manufacturer or supplier. Referring to the manual accompanying your conveyor will also provide details on how to use your equipment with maximum care. These details will be customized according to the particular model of the conveyor.
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