12 Sep How To Ensure The Conveyor Belting Works Efficiently
If you manufacture, distribute goods or offer storage services, having a conveyor system in place helps makes work easier. In most cases, the conveyors have belting and run based on a straightforward functionality. However, such efficiency can be lost if the conveyor belting is improperly installed. But if properly installed, then they conveyor system will run smoothly and require very little maintenance and repairs.
To ensure that you have a system that is not bound to fail any time soon, you need to pay particular attention to the belts checking the alignment and tracking during the first installation and periodically after that. For that, you should know the basics of achieving an effective conveyor belt alignment.
Regarding the alignment, the primary thing to understand is what it takes for the belting to be correctly aligned. For starters, the placement of the belts should have their edges within the width of the pulleys and any other rolling element in the conveyor system, such as the idlers and return rolls. Moreover, the belts should be tested regularly, and this should be done while they are under a full load condition.
The acuity of the conveyor belting and the entire delivery system is affected if the alignment is off and this can be due to some factors that include:
1. Power and tension – which runs through the belting by take-up systems, drives, and rollers.
2. Centred load placement – which should be correct right from the point of dumping the load on the conveyor.
3. Alignment of the drives and every other rolling component that turns the belting and keeps the entire system running with accuracy.
4. Wear and tear in the belts or any other element in the conveyor, which is based on how long and hard the system has been working since installation.
5. Dirt and water accumulation under the belt which can lower the smooth running of the belting even when the roller and drivers are working as they should.
During installation, the tension of the belt directly affects the power of the system and conversely will the power used. Too much of both and result in a belting that requires frequent repairs and replacement. If the tension is too high, the belting may curl up at the edges or cup and eventually snap within a short time. If the tension is too loose, then slippage will be the norm, and the belt will sag between the rollers and idlers resulting in wasted power.
In as much as the load placement should be right (well-centred) when on the conveyor, and this ensures that the belting system works effortlessly, other elements that include the proper installation and alignment of every other rolling component will also be influential in the overall delivery. Other than that, there is the issue of wear and tear that affects everything that moves because with movement there is friction which causes wear and tear. Also, there is the other issue of dirt and moisture accumulating underneath the conveyor belts.
All these issues play a significant role in having a conveyor system that works at the expected optimal capacity. Knowing them helps to identify the trouble problems with the conveyor belting and understand how to fix them and restore full function to your conveyor.