Four Common Conveyor Belt Problems and How to Avoid Them


Handling of bulky materials requires the use of superior conveyor equipment. In the process of working out the logistics of moving your materials, there are likely problems likely to befall your operational life. Below is a description of four common problems and how to troubleshoot them.

Belt mistracking
A conveyor belt has a track along which it should smoothly flow. Any eventuality leading to the belt exiting its track leads to a missed path. When the latter happens, the belt ought to be restored to its normal functioning state, as to yield the desired output. With logistical conveying processes being critical to any business, downtimes resulting from mistracking of belts should always be fixed forehand by ensuring that the belts maintain the recommended tightness.

Belt slippage
Too much or little belt tension is negatively impactful on the performance of your conveyor equipment. Phenomenal belt slippage results from head pulleys wearing down. In such instances, the worn out pulley heads lower the grip on the belt leading to excessive stretching, audible squeals on the belt and an ultimate slippage. Regular maintenance and cleaning of the belt system helps reduce the likelihood of the problem occurring during the operational time. Always remember prevention is better than cure, and well maintained belts rarely slip off the track.

Systemic blockages
A conveyor belt should synchronously flow within the pre-set track. Any deviations from the provisional norm should be spotted, corrected and verified immediately. Blockages in the belt track are the single largest cause belt malfunctions. To effectively manage the problem, the belt track should be periodically cleaned and lubricated appropriately. Any dirt trapped within the track should also be periodically removed.

Seized rollers
Conveyor belt systems are often designed with metallic components. These parts get worn out over time due to wear and tear. Effectively, the worn out parts are at times too sharp to allow for smooth flow of the belt without breaking. Any such parts should be periodically filed off, greased or replaced to protect the belt from potential damage.

In managing your conveyor equipment, expert advice is required, and Norpak handling is the place you can always get the best-in-class service for your systems.

By valariearthur

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