It is the law of nature that if you use something regularly, there will be wear and tear. Let’s say you open and then close the same door about 30 times a day. Soon there will come a time when a nail on the hinge begins to make a squeaking sound. This will lead to you getting a can of WD-40 and spraying it on the door hinge. The moral of the story is – we use things, and then we repair them when needed. The same logic applies to conveyor belts says Alpha Conveyors.
Even the most expensive and top-notch garment conveyor is going to need troubleshooting at one point or the other. So instead of manually pushing clothes on an automated conveyor, fix it. Here are some problems that the best conveyor belt repair company in Canada say can be fixed without assistance.
Conveyor is not starting
This tends to happen when the motor of the conveyor belt is not working. It can be due to overheating of the engine or overload. It can also occur when the motor begins to draw more current than the limit specified. The simplest method to solve this problem is to inspect the circuit breaker. If that is working, then take a look at the belt. It might be overloaded which prevents it from moving.
Drive chain wear
The sprockets and drive chain of the tend to get worn out because of the constant and intense frictions they face. This can lead to overloading of the mechanical or electrical protection built in the conveyor. To solve the issue check for lubrication, if there is not enough of it add more to the whole chain. In some conveyors, lubrication can be left on so that such problems never occur.
They can also be set on a cycle where the lube switches on every few turns. If there is lots of lube and the belt is still not working, look at the sprockets. They might need maintenance or may be misaligned. Issues like tend to come up when the conveyor is run in extreme heat.
Loud noises or unusual ones
The conveyor belt is making weird noises when in use can mean:
- Sprocket set screw is loose
- Drive chain is loose
- Imperfect bearing
The easiest method to get rid of the sounds is to tighten all loose bits of the belt like the drive chain and set screws. For the bearing, the better choice would be to replace them with new ones, immediately.
Stretched out belt
As per a conveyor belt repair company in Canada, straps stretching beyond their original dimensions is a common problem. It needs only a simple adjustment, yet is ignored. The problem happens due to many reasons like high belt tensions, extreme heat, and disorientation of the tail sprockets and drive-chain. To get the belt back to its size compress the take-up springs. They guarantee that the chain is pulled as tightly as possible when it leaves the drive section.
Reducer is overheating
Insufficient supply of voltage, conveyor overload and lack of lubrication can lead to overheating of the reducer and the motor. To repair the belt, top-off the reservoir of the reducer. It should be filled as recommended. The next step is to check the manufacture recommended load specifications. If the conveyor belt is above the specified limit, it is overloaded and hence overheating. Reduce the load on it. Also, keep in mind that the voltage has to be at the right level, always.
Wear on sprocket teeth
When the number of sprockets is not sufficient, or the tension on the belt is high, it can lead to wear and tear of the teeth. Once again, check the total load on the conveyor. It has to be below the manufacturer’s set limit. Add more sprockets if need be and double check their alignment.
The Conveyor belt is worn out
When people use standard belt sprockets on heavy duty conveyors, it causes more wear and tears on the belt. The belt can also be damaged if there is too much friction between the conveyor and support surface. The answer to this problem lies with lubrication of support areas. Plus keeping the location between the surface and the belt free of any dirt and debris.