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Friday, April 27, 2012

Best Practices for Conveyor Maintenance

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Conveyor Maintenance

What is your input on Best Practices for Conveyor Maintenance? via LinkedIn Discussion:

These are some highlights, see full discussion above on LinkedIn Plant Reliability & Maintenance Professional group at link above for more advice.
  • Be aware of and avoid overloading conveyors.
  • Inspection of conveyor drive components.
  • Inspect belt wash/ scraper system regularly.
  • Install Catenary sag gauges.
  • Auto lube systems for non-sealed points.
  • Use sealed bearings.
  • Use good Autonomous maintenance practices.
  • Evaluate design and procedures to limit starting and stopping as much as possible and to increase life-cycle.
  • Use CBM like IR on conveyor belts, rollers, motors, couplings, and control cabinets.
  • Do oil analysis on large conveyor gearboxes.
  • Keep area conveyor clean to stop possible fire or other issues safety wise
  • Clean conveyor system photo eyes too.
  • Use timers in PLC control to monitor conveyor product travel speeds for early mechanical problems detection.
  • Get initial load amperage reading of conveyor motors during commissioning, and compare to current readings for early problem detection. 
  • Nanocoat conveyor bearings and gearbox
  • Load transfer should be in center of conveyor.
  • Consider (TCO) when ordering or specifying conveyor parts.
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