Conveyor Belt Maintenance

What’s the point of having a conveyor belt system if it’s always jamming, malfunctioning, or otherwise unusable? This page will go over standard care procedures to ensure your conveyor belt system is in full working order.

Make a Checklist

There’s nothing like a nice and easy checklist to be able to check off as you progress through your inspection. Not only will this ensure you don’t miss an important component to your system, but also ensures your safety! The last thing you want while your juicy little fingers are in the gear system is to have the system turned on accidentally by a co-worker (Worker’s comp is usually good…but not that good).

I have found an extremely useful PDF file on the internet which details these steps. Please refer to the PDF Guide linked at the bottom of this blog page for complete details on this process.

Step 1: Belt Shutdown and Empty

It is imperative that your system is fully shutdown with no materials on the belt. This is the time to check the belt materials for damages.

Rubber belt damage should be repaired using the hot vulcanized repair method or the cold repair method. Belt fabrics that are exposed to the weather or to product contamination should be properly cleaned, dried, then covered with new rubber. These repairs are critical to prevent moisture from penetrating the belt and breaking down the cover adhesions, and to prevent product contamination from abrading the carcass and also breaking down the adhesions. Very few, if any repairs can be made to lightweight belts.

Please refer to the PDF Guide linked at the bottom of this blog page for complete details on this process.

Step 2: Belt Running Empty

Turn on your conveyor system and check for any track problems and track-connection problems. This is a fairly simple step although, if you see any, ‘possible issues,’ you’ll need to have an inspector take a look at the system. Sometimes, the belt needs a little weight to mesh together near-perfectly which leads us to the next step.

Step 3: Belt Running Loaded

You’ll use this time to check for the belts meshing together how they were intended, check for areas where your product might fall off the track, and making sure all the parts are working when the system is activated. Please refer to the PDF Guide linked at the bottom of this blog page for complete details on this process.

Step 4: Corrective Action

Wondering when you were supposed to lube up your conveyor system? Now is the perfect time! You’ll need to thoroughly wipe clean the system (be careful not to use substances which can break down the materials on the conveyor…such as the belt) before you begin anything else. Then you can replace any damaged components, and finish up with proper lubrication of the conveyor belt system.

This system of checks apply to most conveyor systems and, after making a purchase, you will be provided with a maintenance guide specific to your system. To view the PDF Document referenced in this post, please visit:

Conveyor Belt System Maintenance Guide