Construction and Demolition
In C&D applications, the wrong material hitting the belt just right results in a belt failure. There are steps that can be taken to mitigate some of the risks of failure, however, it is crucial to plan for the worst by cataloging all the conveyor belts on the system, identifying which are critical and devising a stocking plan to ensure the least amount of down time.
Upgrading the conveyor belt from the standard specification supplied by the manufacturer may be a viable way to lengthen belt life and mitigate against failure. Standard conveyor belts are a simple poly/nylon fabric. A Straight Warp belt has a 3-part construction that adds strength to the fabric, increases the impact resistance of the belt and resists longitudinal rips. Rip Stop belting has a metal mesh layer within the belt that will prevent longitudinal rips in the belt. Upgrading the belt specification is an option that should be discussed with a belting professional with knowledge of minimum pulley diameter requirements, conveyor systems and troubleshooting.