In light of challenging economic times, in order to keep making profits, companies are forced to use old outdated conveyor belts and systems. Most of the time, these conveyors are past their sell-by date and need to be headed to the scrap yard. However, if you do not have the option of replacing your conveyor right now, there are still some tips that can help you stretch out the life of your conveyor belt to last a little bit longer.
1. Make Use Of A Maintenance Technician
If you do not already have one in your employ, then you had better have one on speed dial. Never underestimate the importance of routine checks to ensure that everything is working as it should. It is unwise to wait until your conveyor belt breaks down in order to call your technician. Big problems often start small, and your technician could easily spot a fault before it becomes a major problem that could cause you operation down time.
2. Spare Parts
Anything mechanical will eventually break down and need a replacement; it is inevitable. Depending on which part fails, you may experience a halt in production. This of course will affect your business. You may not be in a position to know how soon the particular spare part will be available, and the longer you are not in production, the higher the loss. What you could do is buy spare parts for the most critical components of the conveyor belt. This way, if anything happens and it breaks down, you will have the spare parts ready, meaning you can have it fixed and be back in production in the shortest time possible.
3. System Audit
Schedule periodic checks to ensure that your conveyor is working as it should. In as much as your employees may work around the conveyor belt every day, they are not skilled enough to know when it is working as it should or when it’s failing. Sometimes these machines even emit smells that a professional can identify as a problem. To prevent this, outsource from a company that does system audits and documentation. This way, you will always be one step ahead in case of anything.
4. Preventive Care
You want to avoid a situation where your whole system is falling apart due to wear and tear. In the same way you would take care of your car, you need to take care of your conveyor system. Enlist a professional’s help on how to come up with a maintenance plan which you can follow in order to help keep your system working fine.
5. Be In The Know
Because of the thousands of dollars that conveyor systems cost, you want to ensure that you are aware of what is going on in the industry. What if they stopped manufacturing spare parts for your particular conveyor system? You want to avoid finding out after your system has already broken down and is in need of repair.