Contractor Tips Blog

Dec
10

How to Keep Your Conveyor Belt Running Smoothly

Posted in Conveyor Belts

Nothing can slow down production and distribution centers quicker than a conveyor belt breakdown. Your lines can come to a literal standstill when your conveyor tracking is not right or a belt becomes frayed or worn out. Here are some tips to keep your conveyor belt running smoothly to get the most productivity.

Regular Inspections

Your equipment needs to be regularly inspected to catch issues before they lead to a shutdown of your conveyor belt. Some areas to check daily and throughout the week include:

  • Belt wear
  • Wear on the idler
  • Material buildup
  • Pulley alignment
  • Belt tracking

Cleaning

Keeping your belt, motor and other equipment clean can go a long way in helping to keep your conveyor running. Dirt, debris and product residue can put excess wear on your equipment

Lubrication

Your bearings, rollers and other friction parts need lubrication to prevent wear. Make sure to clean any excess grease or oil from the belt. It is also imperative to use the right grease for the equipment. Check with your manufacturer recommendations.

The Right Belt

The most important part of keeping your conveyor belt running smoothly is getting the right belt for the job. The wrong size, type or fit can cause premature wear and lead to breaks and downtime. Talk to your conveyor belt supplier about getting the right belt for your equipment and use to avoid shutdowns.

Maintenance and conveyor belt servicing is key to preventing downtime on your production floor due to a conveyor shutdown. Keeping up with cleaning, inspections and lubrication can make your belts last longer, reduce energy costs and keeping your line moving for maximum productivity.

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

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

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