Conveyor Inspection Program reduces Costs, improves Safety
A service provider in the field of bulk material handling technology is helping conveyor users reduce operating costs and improve safety with inspection and maintenance programs designed specifically for each individual system.
The Walk the Belt program from Martin Engineering provides regularly-scheduled reviews of belts, cleaners, tracking, chutes, dust control and other components from experienced specialists with the training and expertise to maximize productivity and reduce downtime. Featuring immediate transfer of data and photos to facility managers, the program establishes an evolving record of each belt for current analysis and future reference. By taking responsibility for routine maintenance and identifying potential issues before components fail, technicians assist customers in maintaining system performance and extending service life, while minimizing fugitive material and unplanned shutdowns.
“Every conveyor is different, even within the same facility” observed Martin Engineering Global Market Development Manager Mark Stern. “So we create a specific inspection plan based on the design, capacity, throughput requirements and the desired level of fugitive material abatement.”
Stern said that while it’s common for conveyor owners to perform service on their systems only when a component fails, it’s actually less expensive in the long run to incorporate continuous maintenance into a plant’s operational plan. “Routine inspections can extend the life of the belt and conveyor components by preventing correctable issues from turning into major and costly headaches,” he explains.
Conducting conveyor inspections and maintenance can pose significant risks to employees, as these activities bring workers into close proximity with the conveyor system under potentially dangerous conditions. Staff members are exposed to moving belts, rolling components and pinch points, all in an environment that is commonly dirty, distracting and noisy. Outsourcing those functions to trained professionals will relieve system managers of the burden.
Finding a Specialist
As plants across many industries struggle with staff reductions, some facilities now entrust some or all of their conveyor equipment installation and maintenance work to outside contractors. The approach keeps maintenance management in the hands of the plant, while outsourcing the actual labor.
One of the advantages of the Walk-the-Belt program is that it relieves plant personnel from a duty for which they may not be well-trained, allowing them to remain focused on core business activities. “Our technicians are well-versed in current best practices and regulations, able to advise customers on proven solutions for common industry issues such as safety, dust management and spillage reduction,” Strebel added.