How to Extend Your Conveyor System’s Lifespan

June 3, 2020 4:56 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

All equipment has a finite lifespan, but you can ensure that your conveyor system runs as long as possible when you perform preventative maintenance. The better you stay on top of your maintenance tasks, the more you’ll save on repairs, replacement components and, of course, machine downtime.

Conveyor system maintenance in Lubbock, TX should be regularly scheduled alongside all your other factory maintenance tasks. Here is an overview of what you can do to ensure that your conveyor systems operate at top capacity as much as possible:

  • Routine cleaning and maintenance: The simplest and easiest way to keep your machines running well is to clean them. Each day, clean up any accumulated material from your belt and the other components at the beginning of the day, then go over the machine again once at the end of operations. This should go fairly quickly if you keep up with it each day, and the results will be well worth your time.
  • Belt maintenance: Belts get the most wear and tear on a conveyor machine, so keep up with your preventative and routine maintenance. Be sure to use a high-quality sealer, ensure that the pulley lagging system creates enough friction and install impact idlers and cradles to avoid heavy objects falling on and damaging the belt. As soon as you notice any issues with your belt, such as mistracking, address the problem.
  • Avoiding dust: Mining and quarry dust is one type of harsh, abrasive dust that can damage your conveyor system. If you notice dust accumulation, particularly at transfer points, be aware that it can build up and cause problems for your machine. There are many dust filters and containment systems that you can install. These will help eliminate or reduce the dust accumulation on your conveyor system, which will save you plenty in repair costs down the line.
  • Reducing carryback: The average conveyor system can carryback as much as three tons of material per week, which can harm the belt, rollers and idlers—plus, it’s costly to deal with. If you’re hauling materials that tend to stick to the belt, you might be carrying even more back than you imagined. There are two ways to combat this. First, belt cleaners can reduce and sometimes even completely eliminate carryback. Second, belt scrapers (which are installed in primary and secondary locations) remove residue and debris from the belt, and will drastically reduce your carryback.
  • Idler maintenance: Finally, watching your idlers will help you spot problems before they worsen. Idlers are sensitive to the environment around them, and often become misaligned, freeze or get clogged by dirt and debris. Regular inspection and cleaning are all you need to avoid this problem before it starts.

When you need components for your conveyor system, M.B. McKee Company, Inc. has you covered. We have over seven decades of experience supplying parts for agricultural, industrial and commercial machines. Reach out to us today to find what you need or get more tips on conveyor system maintenance in Lubbock, TX.

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