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Once your conveyor system is designed, manufactured and installed, the hard work is done. We can all sit back and reflect upon a project well done.


Well nearly.


There are day to day operations that we should consider if we want to get the most out of a systems, which if cost saving is on you mind, is something that you should most definitely do.


One of those is treating your conveyor belt with the care and attention it deserves. Follow these five tips and hopefully your belt and workflow will reap the rewards for the years that lay ahead.





Cleaning


If you have ever taken the time to look at the structure of conveyor system without the belt being present you will notice that debris does sometimes accumulate underneath the belt. When these are abrasive or sharp material, it can be an issue, so it's important to clean around and under the belts regularly to ensure the integrity of the belt.


Tracking


Much like the wheels on your car, you want to ensure that everything is going in the correct line. A belt that is out of line will eventually cause issues, so visual inspection when the belt is running is essential, and if you need any advice on how to remedy the situation then contact us here at CCL.


Not too loose, or too tight


Getting the correct tension on your belt is another important running in task, but one that needs to be thought of periodically as well. If the belt is too tight, its going to eventually rupture, too loose and it will have an impact upon the running of the system fairly quickly. Again a regular visual inspection should help in fault finding in the first instance.


Ensure the correct product is going on the belt


Over the years we have seen belts being used to carry and implement the wrong type of product. The belt should be designed for the job in hand, so ensure that you don't put objects that are too heavy, or have sharp edges on them on the belt, because this eventually will impact, split and ruin your system.


Guides and guards


Having guides and guards on a conveyor system are common place. What you should keep in mind is the need to regular check and clean under said items. There are often brushes here to ensure that items/debris do not go under, but keep an eye on these for any movement. Guides and guards should also not rub against the belt as this can cause issues in the longevity of the belt.


Following these tips will minimise any downtime and ensure the longevity your belts and systems deserve. As always get in touch with CCL to discuss any projects and plans you have in regards to conveyor belts and systems, we can't wait to hear from you.









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