Installations of conveyor belts can be planned with some factors into consideration, easily and affordably. This article will explain how consumers should avoid unnecessary changes that raise the price and make production more difficult. Two of the main miscalculations are an abundance of shafts and monitoring directions. The designer might feel more comfortable about the specification, but the modifications may make the system less obstacle-free and more susceptible to faults.
Simple Conveyor Belt Design:
Here are some simple tips for making straightforward production:
- Avoid overuse of shafts and guide tracks
- Don’t choose a belt which is unnecessarily complicated
- Do not configure conical shafts in surplus.
In basic installations, we often see machines overburdened with tracking guides for straight forward transportation. That stops the installation from performing optimally. Every shaft impacts the monitoring of fabric conveyor belts. The proportion of these can be reduced by modifying the design, even if the lowest possible roller diameters need to be kept in mind. Too small diameters will speed the conveyor belt aging up. Choosing a belt with special characteristics and components may result in excessively high costs. Take a critical look at the property and atmospheric conditions required. Use decreased roller diameter to prevent using additional tracking guides for a smaller move. When the design is reliable enough and the end pulleys have the right size and shape (cylindrical or conical) many implementations do not need any tracking guides. The shaft diameter and cone shape also affect proper monitoring.
Belt conveyors are among the most frequently used pieces of equipment in a food manufacturing factory, transporting everything including bulky product boxes to individual frying French fries. However, no conveyor is resistant to the problems. Belt slippage, engine exhaustion, and cracked components can all happen from frequent wear and tear or may occur wrongly when used. The manufacturing conveyor belt is a hectic and long term process so it’s better to keep the belt in good shape. It’s possible to maintain the belt conveyor going for ages at optimum efficiency by adopting and implementing the ten ideas below:
- The first place to begin is to choose the correct conveyor belt type for your particular project. The factors to take into account when making investments in a belt conveyor are the weight of your goods, the direction and speed you would like to move the product, whether you need metal detection, measuring or filtering. Speaking to the professionals at a conveyor belt manufacturing firm to determine everything you need for your product and application is important. An additional bonus: contemplate getting a conveyor belt that can manage more than you need. It will enable you to ramp up production without the entire conveyor wearing out.
- Keeping your conveyor belt clean is for more than just food safety and quality. A nasty and unclean belt is much more likely to crack, especially at the lower part, decreasing the weight-carrying capacity of the conveyor. Think about investing in a conveyor that is configured with convenient-clean components such as belt scrapers, belt lifts, CIP systems – all meant to clean your conveyor belt consistently without the energy and time required to dismantle your belt.
- A motor enclosed with dirt, mud, grease or food by-product sometimes creates the fan vents to be blocked up and may heat up the engine. Ultimately a superheated motor burns out and needs replacement. Verify that your sanitation team cleans your conveyor engine properly to avoid overheating.
- Examine the bearings at your conveyor daily. Loose or dried rods are a major cause of conveyor collapse, and therefore should be periodically lubricated through your regular maintenance processes. You can also spend in sealed bearings that involve little to no lube to self-align. If you have a bearing that needs lube, ensure that any lubricant that comes in contact with your belt is cleaned off. If leftover on too long, many lubricants can harm your conveyor belt.
- Pulley alignment plays an enormous role in keeping the conveyor belt functioning correctly. A well-balanced pulley provides fair belt tensioning on each side of the cross-section of the belt-necessary to prolong your belt’s life. If the pulley is out of alignment or wear irregularly, the tensioning of the belt will not be the same and you will begin to see hasty stretching on one edge so that you need a new belt quicker. Wherever you stack your product onto the conveyor, the belt can stretch too. Continuously trying to load products on one edge of the belt may wear out faster on that side of the belt. Item must always be loaded, wherever possible, towards the middle of the belt.
- Whether investing in a new conveyor or shifting a current conveyor to a new section of your building, please make sure that the motor and drive are the right sizes to accommodate the load you are going to move. The loading of the component onto a conveyor that is not approved for weight handling will result in failure of the motor and drive. Make sure you understand the weight of the product you are going to transport until you buy a conveyor, and invest in a conveyor that can manage more weight than you really need. This will ultimately allow you to increase your product production without needing to invest in a decent conveyor.
- Worn parts are one of the primary causes of conveyor break down, and may result in expanded downtime while waiting for components to arrive. Regular inspection and prompt replacement of your conveyor for worn parts will lower your risk of conveyor downtimes.
- The best way of keeping your conveyor belt functioning optimally is preventive maintenance. Follow the manufacturer’s suggestions for planning preventive maintenance, supervise all elements, replace any wear-showing parts, and upgrade elements such as wires and cables into substitutes of better quality.
The tips above will help prolong the conveyor belt life and keep it functioning optimally for many years to come. When investing in a new conveyor belt or transferring a current conveyor to a new section of your building, please consult with the vendor to ensure that the conveyor belt is evaluated to accommodate the commodity and obey their advice for repair and maintenance. Following the manufacturer’s guidelines will keep your conveyor belt in top running performance.