One of the biggest problems faced by conveyor systems today is wear due to hard impacts, abrasion and corrosion. Such premature wear increases repair and replacement costs while creating downtimes that bring about delays/losses. Since conveyor systems are essential for processing and manufacturing, the only solution to this menace is to regulate their flow and wear rate. If you own a conveyor system, you can achieve this by adapting the following technologies.
Belt scrapers are an easy and simple way of reducing belt wear. They are located on the underside of the belt configuration and their role is to scrap away any solid particles that may have stuck onto the conveyor belt surface. This helps to prevent belt wear brought about by solid particles such as grit.
One of the latest breakthroughs in belt wear prevention is the application of poly plastic linings on conveyor systems. With this solution, poly plastics such as poly-urethane are applied over conveyor beds and roller systems. The plastic lining then protects conveyor runner belts and metallic surfaces from wear and abrasion brought about by grit and hard impacts.
Although traditionally designed to help manage materials loaded onto conveyor systems, and to increase belt carrying capacities, skirting can also helps reduce wear. If installed property, skirting can reduce spillage on the belt surfaces, as well as under the belt. This helps to reduce cleaning needs and protects the conveyor system from chemical and physical wear.
Curved delivery chutes
If most of your conveyor system damage revolves from loading impacts, one solution that you can apply to help with this problem is the use of curved chutes. Curved chutes reduce the velocity of materials being loaded onto the belt. By doing so, they gradually reduce impact wear, as well as the risk of damage to your finished goods.
Flow monitoring systems
The flow rate of your conveyor systems plays a huge role in fostering premature wear. By regulating the flow rate of the system, you can reduce the wear rate as well. The best way to do this is to have a flow monitoring system incorporated into your conveyor system. The system monitors the load capacity of the belt and adjusts the speed of the system accordingly. This not only tames speed-related wear, it also increases the efficiency of your system.
If your conveyor system deals with highly abrasive or coarse materials such as sand, concrete or metals, think about getting vibrating equipment instead. Made of metal frames, vibrating systems are better suited for rough applications that conveyor belts cannot handle.