Effective machine management goes a long way towards optimizing its energy use. Tabletop conveyor belts and similar systems, for instance, use up an immense amount of electricity which may offset its benefits inboosting overall productivity. Facilities with such machines rely on maintenance best practices to cut down costs.
Cleanliness often takes a back seat to other practices like regular parts replacement, routine inspections, and immediate repairs. However, ensuring the cleanliness of conveyor systems is a critical aspect of running a smooth operation. It reduces the risk of damaged parts and safety issues, in fact.
Reduce Build-up and Friction
Maintaining a clean conveyor system is especially important for the food and beverage industry. Regular cleaning and upkeep prevent spills and leftover product on the belts.
Leftover materials and product buildup contribute to greater stress on the conveyor belts. It causes premature belt wear and tear, pulley failure, and other structural problems to the conveyor belt frame. Small problems such as these, in turn, lead to safety issues and inefficient energy use over time.
Moreover, too much foreign material left on the belts not only contaminates it but also spreads to other parts of the machine. It can accumulate in the pulleys and increase friction, which slows down the machine and lowers energy efficiency.
Excessive product buildup on conveyor belts can cause the entire system to stop completely, as well. Facilities will need to spend more money on repairs and clean up. The operation’s downtime will then result in lost revenue and expose your employees to risks.
Invest in Cleaning Systems
Installing conveyor belt cleaning systems minimizes the risk of leftover materials or products. It also prevents the materials from traveling through the entire system and affecting other parts like the pulleys.
Cleaning systems reduces the need for manual cleanups. Less frequent manual cleanup, which requires the machine to be shut down temporarily, is especially beneficial for fully automated systems that run 24/7.
It’s important to consider the materials that travel through the system and the type of belts used when choosing or designing a cleaning system. It needs to address different issues, after all, such as sticky spills or small items stuck on the belts.
Keeping conveyor belt systems clean is essential for optimal energy consumption. It also ensures a smooth and safe overall performance.