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Keeping Your Conveyer Belt Rolling

Five inspection tips for your warehouse’s conveyer belt.

Conveyer belts are fairly pricey pieces of equipment. However, they can be responsible for serious efficiency boosts, which translate into more revenue generated. Because of this, you need to weigh up the pros and cons when considering making the addition of a conveyer belt to your warehouse.

This being said, if you do decide to install a conveyer belt, you don’t want it to cost you extra money every few months,and chew up the profits that it should be consistently racking up. This is why conveyer belt maintenance is so important.

Krost, being one of the leading racking, locker, and metal shelving manufacturers in South Africa, knows about proper maintenance and upkeep. So, to help you enjoy the full benefit of your conveyer belt, we would like to give you some tips on proper conveyer belt maintenance.

Before you even integrate the use of your new conveyer belt into the day -to-day running of your warehouse, you should check it for factory faults. Any inconsistencies or imperfections will cause a great deal of problems over time, so you want to be sure that you are beginning with the best possible product.

Initial Examination

This is important for future productivity, but is also important for the safety of your employees. Warehouses can be dangerous environments, and each year sees thousands of injuries taking place under poorly controlled conditions. For this reason, you want to be sure that all possible security measures have been taken. Visually inspect the conveyer belt for all its safety features. Ensure that all guards are present and properly installed, and make sure that the emergency stops are working and are in no way obscured. Lastly, make sure that all boxes containing working parts are sealed.

Working Test

Once you are satisfied with the visual examination, it is time to run the conveyer to determine whether it is working properly. Don’t overload the conveyer at this point, but rather place smaller items on the belts at random intervals, just to make sure that it is running smoothly. The mergers and belts should all be working slickly, and no items should be being held up at any point.

Full Load Test

If you are satisfied that the conveyer is running smoothly, it is time to run heavy loads along it. In ordinary use it will be subjected to large capacities, so this is the first opportunity to see how it will perform. Loads should be even and there should be no congestion. If there are bottlenecks that are causing you concern, place large volumes in these areas to see how the conveyer handles the load.

System Tests

In the event of any errors, there are recovery procedures that will come into effect. It is useful to deliberately instigate errors in order to monitor the recoveries.

Worst Case Events

To supplement the system test, you should also formulate a set of scenarios based on unforeseen circumstances, such as external tampering or operator mistakes. These will also help you gauge the conveyer’s proclivity for recovery.

Krost are established locker, racking, and metal shelving manufacturers in South Africa, which gives us great insight into production. We hope that the above list helps you effectively inspect your warehouse’s new conveyer belt, and that it gives you years of hassle-free service.

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