Where Profitability and Sustainability Meet Conveyor Belt Maintenance SIMPLE MEASURES REDUCE COST AND DOWNTIMEOhios Dependable Dealer A damaged belt can also result in serious lost time we recently replaced a belt on a machine that had to be disassembled with a crane before we could reach the belt so repairs took four days. Jason Woods Field Service Technician Columbus Equipment Company Conveyor belts are a common component on many brandsMorbark McCloskey and Komptechof environmental equipment and keeping the belt in good working order is critical. On some machines a replacement belt can cost several thousand dollars in addition to the cost of downtime. A damaged belt can result in serious lost time said Columbus Equipment Company Field Service Technician Jason Woods. For instance we recent- ly replaced a belt on a machine that had to be disassembled with a crane before we could reach the belt so repairs took four days. Belt maintenance begins with a daily walk-around inspection. The opera- tor should check the belt and guide rollers making sure the belt is on track. Allowing the belt to rub against any part of the railing can result in damage to the belt. The operator should also check that the pulley and the belt are free of any rocks or debris. The lacing where the ends of the belt are joined is another potential stress area that warrants daily inspection. One common kind of lacing uses metal hinges with a pin. The metal can wear to the point that it will pull apart. Such lacing should be replaced before it separates and damages the belt Woods advised. During the daily inspection the operator should also pay attention to the skirting along the edges of the conveyor belt. The skirting needs to be adjusted properly to guide product toward the center of the belt. Often the skirting is held in place by bolts and adjusting it simply requires the operator to loosen the bolt slide the skirting into place and tighten the bolt again. The material moving along the belt will have an impact on belt wear. Gravel for example causes wear faster than mulch. However no matter what product the belt is carrying daily inspections and adjustments guarantee extended conveyor belt life and minimize repair costs and downtime. If you have any questions or concerns about your conveyor belt or equipment generally contact your local branch or Environmental Product Support Specialist Dean Hatem today at 614 264-5025.