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When it comes time for conveyor belt repair, the most important part of the process is often the most overlooked. Along with squaring the belt before cutting, skiving the belt is an area that is often missing in the repair process. Aaron Rosso, Senior Product Manager at Flexco, discusses why you should and shouldn’t be skiving your belt.
Without the correct tensioning, belt cleaner performance is seriously compromised, which directly affects the efficiency of the conveyor system. Kevin Fales, Product Manager of Belt Conveyor Products at Flexco, discusses how incorrect tensioning can affect the productivity of your system, and how to get it right for maximum cleaning efficiency.
There are a number of different materials being conveyed around a cement plant, ranging from dust to large, sharp rocks, and each have different abrasiveness and moisture contents. If you can succeed in getting all these materials moved around without spilling off the belt, maintenance efforts and dollars can be focused elsewhere.
It’s tempting to cut a few corners and skip steps along the way when splicing your belt. One step you should never skip is properly squaring the belt. Squaring your belt ends is a job that requires only a few minutes of your time, but offers real paybacks in extending your belt splice life.
Conveyor belts never fail when you have plenty of time to fix them; they always fail when you are up against a deadline or pushing to get that order out. So when everything is counting on getting your belt conveyor up and running again, what kind of splice press will help you get the job done? Air-cooled or water-cooled?
Maintaining a clean belt is one of the most important factors in the overall efficiency, profitability and safety of a conveyor operation. In spite of all of this, the use of a proper belt cleaning system is still widely overlooked throughout the industry.
Most belt conveyor operators know that when it comes to the critical issue of belt splicing, there are two primary options to consider – vulcanized splicing through heat or chemicals and mechanical fastening with metal hinges or plates. What they may not know are all of the factors that influence the decision and ultimately determine the success of the splice.
Even the slightest movement or change in your conveyor operation can produce some of the largest consequences if a belt becomes mistracked. And, if the belts are not adjusted quickly and correctly, it can cause subsequent, difficult-to-fix damage to the conveyor.
Just as one large pothole can compromise your car’s tire, one large rock can damage the load support, and consequently the belt, if material weight exceeds the design capacity. Truth is that belts and load supports see EVERY ounce of EVERY ton of product so protecting the belt in the load zone, even under unusual conditions, is critical to an efficient and working line.
As we move further into 2018, it is important to take a moment and reflect on the plans and objectives that were set for the year ahead. Conducting an independent assessment of your belt conveyor system is one such action item that should be taken soon to stay on course for a successful 2018.