In this text, we will look at common reasons why conveyor belts can break and how to reduce risk and wear and tear on the conveyor belt.

1. Friction

A conveyor belt on a conveyor can be worn in many different ways. A common cause of wear is friction, which occurs when the conveyor belt moves against a hard or sharp surface. This can cause the material on the conveyor belt to be scraped away, which can lead to the conveyor belt becoming damaged over time. For example, the conveyor belt can be damaged if it is caught between two hard objects or if it is cut by a sharp object.

Prevent the conveyor belt from rubbing against machinery or the environment. This is a challenge typically encountered if the conveyor belt is driven with too much weight, causing it to scrape against parts of machinery or the environment. This often becomes a problem that gets worse when combined with strain, as mentioned in the next section.

Conveyor belt with large stones

2. Load

Another cause of wear and tear is continuous strain. The conveyor belt can be subjected to high loads when moving with heavy loads, and this can cause the conveyor belt to stretch and become worn.

It is therefore important that masses are loaded onto the conveyor in a gentle manner. It should flow evenly onto the tape. If there is a large drop onto a conveyor, the weight of the mass will wear down the conveyor and the support rollers directly below will quickly break. In the worst case, you may risk bending the mounting brackets for the support rollers over time. This can cause the rollers to jump out and you risk total failure.

3. Competence

Train employees in the proper use of the conveyor belt so they know how to handle it safely. Wear proper protective equipment, such as gloves and safety glasses, when handling the conveyor belt. If your employees know how to operate and maintain the conveyor belt and ensure correct installation and adjustment, you will achieve optimal operation.

4. Safety and security

Safety is also an important point to avoid injuries and accidents. Adequate lighting and good visibility around the conveyor belt can reduce human error. Take steps to increase safety before accidents occur, such as keeping fire extinguishers near the conveyor belt and wearing proper protective equipment when handling the conveyor belt.

5. Measures to reduce wear and tear

There are a number of ways to avoid wear and tear on the conveyor belt and extend its lifespan. One of the most effective methods is to use a high-quality conveyor belt, which is made from materials that are resistant to wear and tear and have the right properties for your operation. This can reduce the risk of the conveyor belt becoming damaged or worn.

It is also important to ensure that the conveyor belt is well maintained and inspected regularly. This can help to detect any problems in time so they can be repaired before they get worse. Read about conveyor belt repair here. In addition, the conveyor belt should be used correctly and overloading the conveyor belt with heavy loads should be avoided. This can reduce the risk of damage and wear and tear.

In a mining company, it can be particularly important to ensure that the conveyor belt is in good condition, as it is often exposed to harsh conditions. By following these tips, you can help increase the lifespan of your conveyor belt and reduce wear and tear.

Need help choosing the right conveyor belt for your facility? Feel free to contact us.

Read more:

Read more about choosing a conveyor belt here