If you do not maintain your conveyor belt properly then it may experience wear and tear sooner or later. It may lead to component failures, stoppages, and downtime which further reduces profits as well as productivity. Conveying systems are helpful in many ways especially for transporting materials from place to another. It increases operational efficiency but sometimes if the environment is dirty or has intense heat and high moisture then the conveyor belt may experience rapid wearing problems. It is therefore important to understand the problems that can bring your conveyor to halt so that similar issues can be tackled in the future.
- BELT MISTRACKING
A conveyor belt follows a particular path, if the belt comes off track from that path then we call this situation as belt mistracking. It is a serious problem that leads to several troubles like material spillage and complete damage of the conveyor belt. Belt mistracks occur for many reasons such as inadequate belt tension, asymmetric loading, incorrect splicing, components out of square, and material build-up on components and structures.
You can prevent this problem from occurring by performing a conveyor audit, this will figure out the root cause of such failure and help you identify the right solution. In case the glitch in the conveyor is minor then you can ask your self-trained idlers to correct the belt track, this shall ensure it runs straight in the future.
- MATERIAL CARRYBACK
When a conveyor transports mining materials, then there can be a time when a small amount of material adheres to the belt. Slowly it gets accumulated under the conveyor system or build-up on rolls and pulleys. These materials are sticky and mineral like ores tend to carry more material than others. First, the amount may seem negligible but over time the material adds up and creates a mound. This doesn’t let the conveyor belt to reach its full potential and may cause an environmental hazard.
To overcome the problem of carrybacks, you can install belt cleaners that prevent carryback. Reducing such carryback materials can save you a lot of money as it reduces maintenance costs and creates safe working environments. A clean conveyor belt does more good than bad, it not only increases the belt life but makes sure that the conveyor system runs optimally.
- BELT DAMAGE
A conveyor belt is exposed to a lot of forces this can cause belt damage. Mistracking, poor application of sealing systems or cleaners, insufficient pulley traction are a few reasons that cause belt damage. If you want to avoid any kind of belt issue, it is crucial to identify the potential causes else the damages will be irreparable.
You can resort to different solutions when you encounter belt damage, installing impact idlers or cradles in the loading zone can diffuse the force of falling material which reduces wear and tear to the belt. You may also protect the sealing points to not let any material enter. By reducing downtime you will get more time to audit which will save you from catastrophic conveyor failures in the long run.
Lastly, choose a trusted material handling company that provides you a wide range of conveyor solutions right from audits, idlers, primary and secondary cleaners to impact cradles and more.