Proper maintenance of your conveyor system will allow for the smooth operation of everything from stopping your motors from running dry or using a faulty bearing. Finding a conveyor parts company to replace worn conveyor parts can mean avoiding damage to your conveyor system.
Daily check-ups allow you to detect faults and problems in your conveyor system before they stop working. It will allow you to schedule maintenance when it suits you, not when the device breaks down, thus avoiding unplanned downtime so you can be sure to have the appropriate spare parts in place in advance.
Keep Spare Parts
It is critical to have a full set of spare parts on-site to keep your system running. Most conveyor systems have to be completely operational because if one aspect of the conveyor damaged or broken, it will always impact the whole system.
It is therefore vital to keep a full collection of spare parts on-site so that your downtime is kept to a minimum as spare parts can take as long as six weeks to order and be delivered.
Many warehouses make constant use of their conveyor systems and are built to operate regularly. Long stagnation cycles of a conveyor system will cause seized motors and bearings, resulting in high repair costs for repairing parts of the conveyor system.
Having the conveyor system clean and removing foreign items will help to reduce maintenance requirements.
An unkept conveyor system will increase the chances of belt slipping, which will make the engine work harder and reduce the weight that the engine will pull.
Removing foreign objects can also prevent excessively belt wear which contributes to longer belt life.
Check Your Bearings
Loose bearings and dry parts can cause more significant issues in the future unless handled regularly.
Sealed bearings may not need much lubrication but can potentially need other forms of bearings in your conveyor system. Be careful, though, as some lubricants can damage your belt.
Check Your Pulley Alignment
The stress at the belt on both ends should be the same.
If the pulleys are unaligned, the belt is unevenly spaced resulting
in additional wear on the belt and potentially causing tracking issues.
Manuals and Documentation
Manuals and information for the conveyor are usually handed over when you purchase a new conveyor device. These documents would be extremely relevant for your maintenance team and would enable them to learn about how to fix and manage the conveyor system effectively.
Spare part numbers and information on how to get new parts can often be found in the manuals.
Document All Repairs And Maintenance
Maintenance that is performed on your conveyor system should be documented in a report, indicating the cause and effect of the work needed to be operational.
It will help draw a broader picture to explain what’s going wrong inside the conveyor system, show whether the problem is a recurring issue and leave a note for your workers about how to address potential issues.
Do not misuse your conveyor.
Usually, the conveyor systems are designed for a particular purpose.
There are other things to consider, such as weight per foot, measurements of the product and even product size.
The use of the unsuitable product on the conveyor line will cause jamming, excess wear on the belt, motor failures and other faults within your conveyor system.
Older conveyor systems can be costly and maybe even challenging to procure parts for. When updating your conveyor system, replacing part of your conveyor system with a new, more durable and reliable conveyor can often be more cost-effective than continually fixing old worn-out systems.