You cannot emphasize enough the value of performing a regular ocular inspection. By simply inspecting visible surfaces and parts, you can save your firm time, money, and labor.
There are four detailed questions you should ask when inspecting your preventive maintenance belt conveyor for damages.
Is the conveyor belt system complete?
You can inspect the belt itself. Can you find any damages? Are the belt joints in good condition? What do the conveyor belt pulleys, rolls, spindles, and sliding bed look like? Are their bearings and rolls complete? A worn path could, e.g., be the reason a belt is running off to one side. Take time to adjust and repair the minor details of the machine.
Is the conveyor belt arranged on the conveyor?
You can center a conveyor belt for optimal transportation of a product. Check that you can position it precisely between the rolls. Also, ensure that you can install and align the belt pulleys, wheels, and rolls. If they are not, there is any risk that the conveyor belt might start running off to one side.
Does the conveyor belt adequately transport products?
How does the conveyor belt system perform during operation? A conveyor belt might work well when it is empty but then start slipping under the weight of a load. If a conveyor belt is slipping or rubbing at a certain point, the heat from the friction can develop, and in the worst-case situation, begins to melt the belt’s material. It is best if you, therefore, regulated the strap with and without products.
Is the conveyor belt clean?
Some conveyor belts are more hygiene critical than others, e.g., belts that transport food. Therefore, it is significant to clean both the belt and the parts with which it is in steady contact. Uneven surfaces or cracks are all places where bacteria can grow. Dirt and materials that get into the conveyor belt could lead to product contamination. Therefore, you must always carefully inspect and clean the conveyor belt.
How often you have to inspect your preventive maintenance belt conveyor depends on several factors: the type of application, what environment the belt operates in, load size, and how often the belt is in use. There are several applications, belts, and carriers. Some belts work in more demanding environments with extreme surrounding temperatures, like ovens. However, other belts convey hefty products that comprise toxic chemicals. Some need to be resistant to solid cleansers.