A customer can ask the belting vendor for advice on the right way to store conveyor belts. It is an essential subject that people often neglected. However, it damages large industrial conveyor belts if you do not store or handle them correctly.

The first thing to focus on is the actual off-loading of the conveyor belt rolls onto your premises. When off-loading belt rolls or drums of belting, you always use skids or a hoist. Never permit the belt roll to get dropped or rolled off the trailer. Therefore, the same applies when moving the conveyor belt to its final location where you will install it. The best place to store conveyor belts is under a covered shelter for the perfect storage environment. Several factors can have a damaging effect on your conveyor belting. However, it is appreciatable that covered storage is not always possible or available only on a limited basis.

  • Position: you can store the conveyor belt unless damaged in transit in the manufacturer`s packing in an upright position until essential for use.
  • Storage temperatures: The perfect ambient storage temperature falls within the range of 10 to 20º C. Extended exposure to temperatures below 0º C, freezing point, or over 30º C you must avoid it. The belting vendor properly guides you while dealing with and after. You can take your vendor’s help with temperature guidelines.
  • Exposure to ozone and ultraviolet light: experts strongly recommend that you can keep the conveyor belt covered as much as possible. Retentive original packaging materials like wooden drums, hessian, and cardboard are an excellent idea. However, they give some protection against external impacts. Storage in motor-control rooms, welding shops, and other places where you find ozone, you must avoid.
  • Humidity: you must avoid moisture, keep your conveyor belting in a dry environment.
  • Avoiding Moisture and Other Contaminants: You can seal your smaller conveyor belts in plastic bags to keep them away from light, moisture, and contamination. Moreover, you can keep large conveyor belts on skids and not place them directly on your floor. They are subject to water absorption and wicking of the belt’s fabric from cold floorings.
  • Contamination: Avoid storing belts in areas that contain oils, gasoline, solvents, paint materials, acids, or corrosive liquids.

Proper Forms of Storage

Storage indoors is desirable for a conveyor belting system. However, if storage outdoors is unavoidable, you can protect the belting by covering it with tarpaulin or other suitable material.

You have to raise off your belting stored outdoors for protection from damage by water, grit, mud, etc. Pallets are better to wooden battens, which may cut into the belts’ surface if the area of battens in interaction with the belt is insufficient.

You cannot coil belting on center cores. Moreover, you can store for a significant length of time in stacks. You must have suitable lengths of steel tubing inserted into the centers to prevent coil center collapse and later difficulty in handling.

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