All bulk processing operations depend on efficient and effective performance of various conveyor products and solutions. When these parts are working properly, materials can be easily moved from one station to the other for processing. A well-maintained conveyor system will work efficiently, allowing you to focus on other aspects of the business.
In the event of slow movement or complete breakdown within any of the conveyor components, your processing/manufacturing activity grinds to a halt, which costs you time and money. While there are breakdowns that are unavoidable, following a proper maintenance schedule will keep your conveyor systems operating at peak performance and greatly reduce instances of breakdowns.
1. Have a preventative maintenance schedule
Carefully adhere to the manufacturer's instructions regarding preventive maintenance to enable efficient operation of the conveyor system. This includes carrying out scheduled inspections on all components, replacing all parts that are worn and upgrading old components to fit more efficient parts. These steps will increase the lifespan of your system and reduce breakdown incidences, which are extremely costly.
You should have a separate log for all conveyor products and solutions so that you can keep track of the maintenance schedule for each, to ensure preventative maintenance steps are being adhered to. There are also software tools you can use to track performance of various components and set up reminders for scheduled maintenance activities.
2. Regular cleaning
Allowing dust, loose debris and other particles to accumulate around the moving parts of your conveyor systems increases chances of a breakdown occurring. Ask your manufacturer about the recommended cleaning schedule and follow given instructions to ensure conveyor components are kept clean. This improves the usable lifespan of the belts and other parts.
3. Monitor pneumatic system pressure
Ensure the pneumatic system controls are regularly inspected and adjusted, which maintains efficient performance on the conveyor system. When pressure exceeds normal thresholds, you risk damaging the conveyor components. Read and adhere to the manufacturer's optimal pressure recommendations.
4. Bearing Lubrication
Lubricating bearings will ensure your conveyor systems runs smoothly. Avoid over- or under-lubrication by following the manufacturer's guidelines in order to avoid unnecessary halts, wear and breakdown.
5. Use properly
Manufacturers typically design conveyor products and solutions for particular product weights. Exceeding recommended weight guidelines stresses the conveyor system, resulting in faster wear and tear on the reducers, motors and belts, leading to a breakdown. Ensure that your processes do not exceed the recommended weight/size limits set by the manufacturer.
6. Stocking spare parts
Even with robust preventive care, you cannot completely prevent breakdowns from happening. To minimise downtimes following a breakdown, ensure you have the most important spare parts at the ready as well as contact information for qualified technicians who can fix any breakdowns as soon as they occur. Some of these parts include shear pins, wires and cables, which you can easily find from your conveyor components' manufacturers.
For more information and maintenance tips, talk with a conveyor products supplier, such as Belle Banne Conveyor Products.