Four Conveyor Maintenance Mistakes To Avoid

Posted on: 5 April 2016


Although conveyor systems play a very important role in terms of production, they often get overlooked. This is especially the case when it comes to maintenance. However, conveyor malfunctions can cause major problems and should not be ignored. Here are just some of the maintenance mistakes you don't want to make.  

Overlooking Repair Consistencies

If you're noticing repeat repairs to a particular part or process of your conveyor system, don't overlook this as a coincidence. Repeat repair or maintenance concerns are often the visible signs of an internal issue that needs to be addressed.

Take a repeat problem with the coupling, for instance. This problem can often be attributed to a fluid leak. As long as the fluid is leaking, the coupling will likely fail. Make sure you are investigating what's behind repeat problems.

Neglecting The Control System

While the moving parts and systems that keep the conveyor system in motion are very important, the panel that controls them is even more important. For newer systems, this panel is made up of a computerized system.

An error within the computer can bring operation to a halt. The best way to care for this system is to ensure it's protected against a power outage caused by adverse weather, as this can literally kill your system. Make sure a surge protector has been applied.

Ignoring OSHA Requirements

Proper safety and operation often go hand-in-hand. If you're ignoring important equipment safety tips, you could also be ignoring important steps that can keep your conveyor system operating more efficiently.

For example, OSHA generally requires frequent system inspections. Frequent inspections make it easier to recognize a problem before it becomes larger and costlier, in terms of loss of production and revenue. Use OSHA guidelines to keep your team safe and your equipment operating efficiently.

Failing To Monitor Temperatures

Make sure you aren't overlooking the importance of monitoring the temperatures on the unit. This is especially important when it comes to the reducers and the motor. In both of these areas, overheating is often an indication of a system overload, such as transporting too much weight along the conveyor.

Even if you don't immediately know the cause for the elevated temperatures. You want to use this as a signal to investigate deeper.   

The more effort you put into monitoring and inspecting your conveyor system, the easier it will be to address repair issues in the timeliest and cost effective manner. To learn more, contact a company like HAF Equipment Inc.