Contractor Tips Blog

Oct
4

Benefits of Rubber Conveyor Belts

Posted in Conveyor Belts

There are many different types of conveyor belts available in various materials, shapes and patterns. One of the most common belts used across many industries is the rubber variety. Rubber belts are considered a general or multi-purpose conveyor belt that can be used in many industries. Here are some of the benefits and attributes of rubber conveyor belts.

  • Handles high and low friction. Rubber is a good material for conveyor belts that undergo high friction, such as inclining or declining applications. It can also handle low friction for accumulation or heavy loads.
  • Food grade. Special rubber conveyor belts are used for many food grade applications in manufacturing edible products. However, it is important to ensure that the belt is food grade and certified for use in the food industry.
  • Cut and oil resistant. Rubber is a durable material that can withstand sharp objects cutting the belt and does not react with oily substances.
  • High temperatures. Rubber conveyor belts are an excellent choice for handling high temperature conditions or products.
  • Versatile. Rubber conveyor belts can be customized for texture and cleating as needed to meet a variety of needs.

If you are trying to decide the right conveyor belt for your needs, rubber materials tend to meet most general purposes. However, you want the right material and design to get the best results. Contact a conveyor belt manufacturer and supplier that offers many different types of belts to get more information on what will best suit your business. In many cases, rubber conveyor belts are the best option, but heavy or wet objects, metal belts may be a better option. Talk to your conveyor belt experts to find out if rubber is right for your next conveyor belt purchase.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113

Sep
6

Does Your Conveyor Timing Belt Need to Be Replaced?

Posted in Conveyor Belts

Conveyor systems are a vital component of many shipping and manufacturing operations. Downtime costs money lost in production and labor. While there are many different maintenance requirements in conveyors to keep them running smoothly, one part of your conveyor can make everything come to a standstill. Timing belts are the workhorses of most manufacturing equipment, including your conveyor system. If one breaks, your entire assembly line can come to a halt.

Timing belts synchronize the internal systems of a conveyor belt, coordinating the different systems so they run smoothly. Just like the timing belts in a vehicle, they ensure all systems are working together. In conveyor belt systems, the timing belt is working with the conveyor pulleys and other components to ensure the belts pause or accelerate as needed on the different platforms of the machinery.

When a timing belt breaks, the conveyor system can no longer function. This is true of almost any engine that has a timing component to mesh the different systems. The timing belt keeps all the systems working together to run smoothly. Once it is lost, so is the mechanical integrity of the conveyor belt.

The problem with timing belts is they can break at any time, often without warning. Regular service and maintenance is the best way to ensure they are changed as needed if they become worn. This can ensure your production line keeps moving on schedule and no downtime is needed for an unexpected timing belt replacement.

Your conveyor manufacturer should have recommended intervals for preventive replacement of your timing belt to avoid costly breakdowns. Keep up with your routine replacement of timing belts and ensure you have extra belts on hand from your industrial supplier to prevent unexpected timing belt problems.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113

Aug
5

Benefits of PVC Conveyor Belts

Posted in Conveyor Belts

Do you own or manage a food packaging business? Whether you have a small produce business or a large international company packaging nuts, you need conveyor belts that are food-grade and will benefit your operation. PVC conveyor belts are an excellent choice for many food packaging operations due to unique advantages that these belts provide. Meat, produce, poultry and nuts are all common foods that PVC conveyor belts can transport with less issues than other types of belts. Here are some of the benefits of PVC for your conveyor belt.

  • Acid resistance. PVC belts are perfect for high acidity food items and provide excellent chemical resistance. Where other materials can react or impact acidic foods like meat and poultry, PVC does not, providing a safe and effective transport material.
  • Rot resistance. The PVC belts are not prone to rot or mildew like many other belt materials. This is very important to meet health code standards when packaging moist foods like meats and produce.
  • Design options. PVC conveyor belts can be designed with your business’ needs in mind. Some PVC belts are made with a chevron pattern that enhances grip for inclined belts, while other businesses prefer crescent profiles or other designs for their needs.
  • High strength. PVC conveyor belts are durable with a high strength capacity, which is especially needed in the meat packing industry.

If you are in the food packing industry, consider the benefits of PVC conveyor belts for your factory operations. Talk to your local conveyor belt supplier about the options available in this versatile belt material that works so well for the food packaging industries.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113

Jul
23

Top 3 Reasons for a Conveyor Belt Repair

Posted in Conveyor Belts

Conveyor belts may seem mundane, but they run the manufacturing and shipping industries, plus many others. When they come to a halt, so does your production. Knowing what to look for when it comes to repairs can save you time and hassle of a conveyor belt shutdown. Here are three reasons that conveyor belts need repair.

Roller Problems

Steel rollers can jam – if one roller seizes, it can be bad news for your belt. The steel can quickly cut up your belt, needing a complete replacement. Keep an eye on your rollers if they are steel – keep them maintained to reduce wear on your belts. In some cases, vinyl rollers can be a better option with less chance of tearing up your belt.

Mistracking

If the belt shifts from side to side and doesn’t stay on its correct track or path, it can quickly wear out and need replacement. You will often see excessive edge wear when the tracking is not set correctly. Keeping the belt on the right track is critical – tracking in one of the main reasons for needed repairs.

Slippage

The wrong tension can cause belt slippage, leading to expensive shutdowns. This can be due to excessive build up that can reduce traction on the belt drive. If the belt is slipping, make sure the tension is tight enough and clear build up to reduce the need for belt repairs.

Prevention is important when it comes to conveyor belt issues. Having an experienced conveyor belt service can help you maintain your equipment and replace parts as needed to prevent expensive shutdowns of your production line.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113

May
16

5 Traits to Seek in an Industrial Supplier

Posted in Conveyor Belts

The products you need for your manufacturing or other industrial needs impact the success of your business. Having a reliable conveyor belt supplier for your industrial operation is imperative to keep production rolling, costs down and revenues high. When you are choosing a supplier for your conveyor belts and other industrial rubber products, you need to vet them and ensure they will meet your needs. Here are five traits to look for in your industrial supplier.

  1. Knowledge. Find a supplier that is an expert in their field. If you need a conveyor belt, you want a supplier that knows conveyor belts inside and out.
  2. Specialty products. When you need a specialty hose for your machinery, you need a supplier that can provide you with what you need. Whether they can get it for you or make it themselves, you want a supplier that will find the product you need when you need it.
  3. Nothing can replace experience. You want a supplier that has many years in the industry, with a reputation for excellence.
  4. Customer service. You need a supplier that doesn’t just promise stellar customer service but delivers. Check references and talk with other clients who use the supplier to ensure they stand behind their products and service.
  5. Last, but not least, quality of products is a must from any supplier you choose for your business. You want to ensure every penny you spend you put into your business is a smart investment.

Vetting a new industrial supplier is time consuming, but worth the effort. Take the time to choose a supplier with reliable traits to get the best products and services for your business.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113

Feb
17

What is a Cold Cure Conveyor Repair?

Posted in Conveyor Belts

When the cover or carcass components of a conveyor belt is damaged, replacement is not always necessary. There are repair options available, including a cold cure repair. This option replaces the needed materials and “cold cures” them into place. This can create a seamless repair to the belt to extend the life; it also is a quick solution when you want to limit impact on your production.

There are two methods used to adhere new belt materials for repair: vulcanized and cold cure. Both secure the new materials in place, but each uses a different method. Vulcanized repairs use heat and pressure to repair the belt. Cold cure uses chemicals to complete the repair and is best for repairs to belts that are gouged, worn or have scoring.

Completing a Cold Cure Repair

It is important to have expertise and patience when completing a cold cure conveyor belt repair. The damaged area must be carefully trimmed to remove all the damage and the new patch or replacement material must to cut to match. With cold curing, it is important to have a dry, clean environment to ensure the cement and putty will cure correctly. Once the new section is cemented in place, a roller can be used to smooth the surface. It is important to test the belt on a lower tension at a lower feed rate to ensure the repair will hold before returning to regular operation.

While cold cure repairs can extend the life of your belt, they must be carefully completed to hold. Having a reliable conveyor service company that can repair or replace belts as needed on-call is important to ensure your production line keeps moving.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113

Nov
30

Can Your Small Business Benefit from a Custom Conveyor Belt System?

Posted in Conveyor Belts

Everyone knows that conveyor belts are necessary in large manufacturing operations, but what about small businesses? More and more entrepreneurs are creating and shipping products thanks to the convenience of online ordering. Conveyor belt systems can help improve productivity, especially in small businesses where labor costs are a major concern.

Conveyor belts come in all forms and sizes, not just giant systems for warehouse manufacturing. They also can be used for almost any type of product. Have a small candy business? Food-grade conveyor belts are available to accelerate the process. Small or flat items? Vacuum or cleated belts can keep your items in place. These systems can be incorporated into your small business and help you reduce labor costs and increase your productivity. Benefits include:

  • Improved flow for maximized productivity
  • Standardized output for consistency in your product
  • Customization available to fit almost any product or workspace
  • Streamlined packaging and shipping processes
  • Excellent ROI and expanded growth potential

Businesses that can benefit from adding conveyor belts into their production process include almost any company that creates or ships products. Bottling of craft beers, hand-made crafts, candy makers and many other small businesses can use these systems to accommodate larger orders and increased volume. Although there is an initial investment into the equipment, increased productivity can lead to larger revenue and bigger sales opportunities.

A great way to grow your business is to find efficient ways to increase your output of products. Conveyor belt systems can be the next step to expand your small business to the next level. Talk to conveyor belt service company to find out how conveyor belts can help enhance your productivity and grow your small business revenue.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113

Apr
5

Improve Your Bottom Line with Conveyor Belt Service

Posted in Conveyor Belts

If you own or run a shipping or manufacturing business, conveyor belts are the lifeline of your enterprise. Moving products from one area to another with speed and consistency is vital to meeting your production goals. One of the costliest mistakes you can make is underestimating the importance of maintenance on your conveyors; a downed belt can cost thousands of dollars in production losses in a short period of time. Improve your bottom line by investing in a conveyor belt maintenance service.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” they say and that is especially true in manufacturing and shipping businesses. Having your production line come to a standstill due to a broken belt or a mechanical issue can quickly become an expensive issue. Regular maintenance and service can prevent most equipment failures and reduce repair costs – well-maintained equipment lasts longer and requires less repairs, saving money in both downtime and replacement costs.

For conveyor belt maintenance, choose a company that has experience in all types of conveyors and has access to the parts needed for service. You can’t afford to wait a week for the right part to be shipped in for repairs. Quality conveyor services not only offer routine maintenance and service but can customize parts as needed, ensuring you keep downtime to a minimum when replacement belts or hoses are needed.

Every business wants to maximize their productivity and reduce excess costs. For manufacturing and shipping businesses that use conveyor belts, choosing the right maintenance and service company can make a big difference in improving the bottom line. Call your local conveyor experts and ask about maintenance plans to prevent equipment failures and unnecessary downtime.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113

Jan
10

Signs of Conveyor Belt Problems

Posted in Conveyor Belts

Many different types of businesses rely on conveyor belts to maintain productivity. Whether you own a large manufacturing business or a small retail business that ships out products, you most likely use conveyor belts in your operation. A malfunction of one of your belts can cost you thousands of dollars in downtime and lost productivity. To avoid breakdowns, keep an eye out for common conveyor belt issues before they become expensive problems.

  • Belt slippage. If your belt shifts or slips during use, you may have an issue with the traction or pulley. This can be due to improper tension, debris build up or other issues. Cleaning the conveyor or readjusting the tension could resolve the issue.
  • Noticeable wear on the edges. When your belt begins showing edge wear, it is a sign of trouble. You may have uneven tension or misalignment within your track. If there is even wear throughout the entire belt, it may be time for replacement. Premature wear could mean you are using the wrong belt for your application.
  • Cracked or hardened areas. If you are noticing some areas on your conveyor belt are hardening, cracked or seem swollen, this could be from heat damage.

These can all be signs that your conveyor belt will fail if you do not address these issues. The best solution is to schedule regular maintenance for your conveyor through a reputable conveyor belt service company. Having a professional technician inspect and service your conveyor can ensure you have the correct belts, tension and traction for your application. This is a good investment in your business and can reduce the chance of costly shutdowns in the future.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113

Mar
13

Finding a Conveyor Belt Repair Service

Posted in Conveyor Belts

In the world of manufacturing, nothing can slow down production quicker than an assembly line that stops moving. Everything depends on those conveyor belts to continue to move products from one station to the next, whether it is on the production floor or in the shipping warehouse. When one of your conveyors breaks down, you need a fast, dependable service on speed dial to get your line up and moving again. Don’t wait for an emergency to happen. Research and find that company now and add them to your emergency contacts. Here is what to look for:

  • A company with decades of experience. You want a conveyor service company that knows this industry inside and out, with many years of experience.
  • Conveyor experts.  Don’t settle for a company that repairs all types of industrial equipment. Find a conveyor expert that specializes in providing conveyor parts, repair service and installation. They will find the problem faster and have the right parts to fix the issue.
  • Fast service and troubleshooting experts. When you work with a company that knows all the ins and outs of conveyor belts, they are quick to find the problem.  In many cases, just describing your issue over the phone can pinpoint the problem to an experienced conveyor service technician. They can then come prepared with the right parts to get your operation up and running fast, saving you time and money.

Finding a conveyor service company that offers all these qualifications is not easy, but worth the search. When it comes to something as important as keeping your production floor moving, you only want the best service available.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113

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