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Cleaning the Cleaners

Conveyor Belt Cleaning

Cleaning the Cleaners

A healthy Conveyor System begins and ends with Cleaning and Maintenance
Belt Conveyors are an integral part of almost any plant in the base materials industries. Their function is of paramount importance for the entire plants. Following you’ll find the “Why’s” and “How to’s” for an effective conveying plant.
(ed. WoMaMarcel - 02/9/2015)
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In aggregates business, equipment is subjected to harsh materials and weather. Flexco belt cleaners are an important part of keeping systems clear and running.

When you buy a product, you expect it to perform as well on day 365 as it did on the first day you installed it. You don’t have time to spend wondering if or when it will break, and you certainly don’t have time to buy a new one. The truth is that maintenance can make all the difference with equipment, and this is especially true with belt conveyor cleaners. Belt cleaners are an important part of keeping systems clear and running. But while the cleaners are busy maintaining your belt, what are you doing to keep your cleaners running smoothly?

Maintaining Belt Cleaners

Over the years, advances in belt cleaner technology have not only made them easier to use, but also easier to maintain. Maintaining cleaners enhances the performance of the actual cleaner as well as the other components in your system. Keeping an eye on the cleaners also extends the life of the cleaners, the belt, and your splices. Properly maintained cleaners are less likely to cause damage to belts and fasteners in comparison to cleaners that are installed and ignored.

Your Cleaners, Your Budget

You would be hard-pressed to find a business in the world that isn’t trying to cut costs in this economy. That’s why it’s more important than ever to maintain the systems you already have. There simply isn’t money in the budget to replace something if it breaks, or time to withstand a major shut-down that could have been prevented.

Carryback costs, for example, can affect your overall budget multiple times. Maintenance costs, along with safety costs top the list, but the cost of the material wasted and the housekeeping costs to remove the material can also be pricey. CEMA (Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers’ Association) conservatively estimates carryback to be as high as 3 t per week, given a 60 in wide (approx. 1.5 m) belt traveling at 800 fpm (approx. 4 m/s). Over the course of a full year, that adds up to 150 t of material for only one belt.

Poor belt cleaning also contributes to after-the-fact maintenance costs related to belting, pulleys, idlers, etc. While good maintenance and quality replacement parts cost a little more up front, they can be worth it in the long run.

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