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The Basics of Belt Conveyors

25th November 2022

Belt conveyor are more efficient and safer than haul trucks. They are often overlooked because of their reliability compared to other equipment used in bulk materials handling. 

Belt conveyor aren’t complex but if they’re not understood, their problems can become complex. Belt conveyor are like giant rubber bands wrapped around pulleys. If one of those components in the process fails, it can lead to catastrophic consequences.

Best Practices:

  • Vulcanize the belt conveyor as opposed to mechanical splice
  • Use steel flat pulleys as opposed to winged pulleys
  • Load when the belt conveyor is fully troughed
  • Make sure the belt conveyor is tensioned properly
  • Be sure all rolling components are clean, rolling, and aligned
  • When a vulcanized splice can’t be used, skive mechanical splices
  • Belting specifications should be made according to system design and production needs
  • Components should be specified for production needs. Consider non-OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) equipment for a customized solution