The industrial belt is a critical module in the conveyor system because the structure is in constant contact with the materials being handled. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the belt is functioning and performing as expected at all times for optimal efficiency in your business operation. One of the major problems that can contribute to declined performance is accelerated belt wear. This issue can contribute to high and frequent repair and replacement expenses in your company. Here are simple guidelines on reducing the rate of conveyor belt wear.

Maintain Belt Scrapers

The conveyor belt service is susceptible to faster wear after exposure to solid particles, particularly those with a gritty or coarse texture. Basically, these materials will increase friction on the components and cause eventual but significant damage. Therefore, you should ensure that belt scrapers are installed and maintained in your conveyor system. These are cleaning components located on the belt underside that scrape away particles from the surface. This prevents buildup of debris that could cause damage of pulleys, internal components and general conveyor belt surfaces.

Apply Plastic Linings

You can prevent accelerated conveyor belt wear by applying polymer lining on your operations systems. Simply speaking, the surface of the belting is affected by impact and the abrasive nature of the materials being transported. In addition, the belt will suffer even more damage when these materials have corrosive chemical properties. A plastic lining will cushion the conveyor and shield the surface from abrasion. Polymers are also resistant to most forms of chemical damage, so this is a favourable measure.

Curved Delivery

Significant damage is caused during the initial contact between materials and the belt. In simple terms, the speed of the material when landing on the conveyor will affect the structural distortion caused on impact. The high speed in most conveyor systems will result in gradual but relatively accelerated deformation of the belting structure. Moreover, the product could be damaged by the force. Therefore, consider installing a curved chute for your operation as opposed to the standard straight alternatives. The curve will control the velocity, and consequently, the impact will be considerably reduced.

Install Flow Monitoring

The flow rate of materials on the conveyor plays an important role in the machine's wearing. Therefore, you should install a flow monitoring system to continually evaluate the load on the surface. The system will adjust the operational speed of the conveyor, depending on the weight of the load to prevent unnecessary strain. This monitoring is the most ideal option for long-term wear control.