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Efficient Ways to Keep Your Conveyor Belts Clean

With conveyor belts being an essential component in various business operations, it is vital to keep them clean and well-maintained - poorly cleaned belts have the tendency to run against the structure and ultimately damage themselves.

Initial Cleaning

The best way to clean the belt is to use a water spray before clearing it with a scraper. This effectively removes iron ores and mixed concrete.

Scraping Method

As one of the most common ways to get your conveyor belts cleaned, scraping can be done using either a rubber or metal scraper.

· Rubber Scrapers

Rubber scrapers are more commonly used, as they are more cost effective and long lasting compared with any other alternative. To create a rubber scraper, you can simply clamp thick rubber slabs between two metal or wooden bars - EP315/3 ply in size 10.0mm x 1.5 wide and 1.2 m wide is highly recommended.

Extend the rubber twice its thickness beyond the bars and suspend the mechanism with a counter weight to provide pressure against the belt.

· Steel Scrapers

You can also use steel scrapers with a series of diagonally set blades mounted on the end of a leaf spring to help maintain the pressure against the belt. This is ideal for cleaning sticky materials that rubber scrapers might miss.

Cleaning off the Dry Materials

Using a rotating bristle or a rubber vane brush, dry materials are removed from the belt brushes at a fairly high surface speed. It is very important to remove dry materials from the belt as they may solidify, especially when wet and sticky substances are prevalent.

Make sure any dry matter is removed before cleaning the snub and after the head pulley. I f there isn’t any need to remove sticky materials from the head pulley, you may proceed directly to cleaning - fine materials tend to stick to the belt and should be removed into the chute.

Cleaning the Snub Pulleys

To clean the snub pulleys, you can either use a soft rubber lagging or scrape directly from the pulley - side cleaning is important to remove the lumps that may otherwise be carried between the belt and tail.

If the worse comes to the worst and even the best cleaning methods are insufficient, it’s time to decide whether your belt requires some repair work or if it’s time to replace it altogether.

 

Simple maintenance procedures are the best way to ensure conveyor longevity but if that ship has already sailed, give Coruba a call on 01702 811 606 and we’ll sort you out with the best rubber conveyor belting in the land!

 



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