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Belt Conveyor System Maintenance

Preventative Maintenance & Routine Inspections Ensure Conveyor Success.

Proper maintenance of individual components will ensure the entire conveyor system is well maintained.



Conveyor and component maintenance is crucial to the overall operating efficiency. Different components have different maintenance techniques and schedules. When preventative maintenance such as; adjusting skirting, tensioning belt cleaners, inspecting the conveyor belt and components, etc., is done, the conveyor has a better chance of operating at maximum capability. It is hard for maintenance teams to practice preventative maintenance as opposed to reactive maintenance. Proper training and understanding of what needs to be done to conveyors to prevent problems is key. Component and equipment orders need to be coordinated with the manufacturer so the appropriate work can be completed during planned shutdowns/outages.


Root Causes:
  • Untrained maintenance personnel
  • Harboring a “fix-it-when-it-breaks” culture vs “replace-it-before-it-breaks”
  • Purchasing components on price-point instead of performance

Best Practices:
  • Check belt cleaner tension every two to four weeks
  • Use electronic/smart notifications and technology
  • Safety devices should be tested every 30 days
  • Inspect and walk a conveyor down thoroughly every two months
  • Manufacturer should be consulted on component maintenance


Conveyor maintenance is more than just lubricating a conveyor every so often.

Components all need individual attention as well. Without it, conveyors won’t be successful.