Replacement Conveyor Belts Checklist
5 factors to consider when selecting a replacement conveyor belt.
Factor 1: Pulley Diameter
What does the smallest pulley the belt will travel around measure? Does the pulley on the discharge end rotate or feature a fixed nose roller or knife edge? If your belt has a complicated travel circuit with back bending, it will need to be noted as well. All belts have a minimum bend radius which is published on their technical data sheets.
Factor 2: Your Product
The actual product or package you are conveying is critical for selecting the correct replacement conveyor belts. For instance, bakeries require dough release in many applications and a cotton surface may be exactly what is needed. With metal stamping, a hard urethane surface is often preferred to resist cuts and gouges. Rough top textures are required in many incline applications so they can resist the tendency to slip downhill.
Factor 3: Contamination
Across the board, the most common cause of belt-tracking issues is tied directly to contamination. Oils, dust, dirt, product, and even worn rubber from your pulley lagging need to be assessed prior to selecting the best replacement conveyor belts.
Factor 4: The Application
What is your conveyor doing to your product? Are you stamping car parts, removing bread from pans, or are you stacking corrugated containers? Conveyor belts feature a wide variety of surfaces and textures that are designed to enhance your operation.
Factor 5: The Size
Did you know that the carcass of conveyor belts is designed to work with different width-to-length ratios of conveyors? For example, conveyors with a short overall length and relatively wide width are typically more difficult to track. Selecting a Monoflex carcass will result in less time turning a wrench on your take-up adjustment and longer production runs.
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