A conveyor belt that mis-tracks causes material spillage, component failure, increased power consumption, and costly damage to the belt and the conveyor structure. A belt that runs to one side of the structure can greatly reduce its service life because it abrades one or both edges, becomes stretched, or folds over on itself. When a belt wanders, it can run against steel chutes and structural members until the belt, other components, and steel structures are damaged, often beyond repair. Worse yet, belt misalignment problems have contributed to fatalities
Belt tracking must be controlled if these problems are to be eliminated. In an ideal world, a belt would be in good condition and center-loaded, and the conveyor structure would be well engineered and well-maintained, but, in the real world, belt mistracking must be managed by training the belt using components designed to limit or correct wander when time or budget constraints don't allow the multi-step "Best Practice" procedure of aligning the structure, correcting the loading process and adjusting the idlers. We offer a complete line of belt training hardware, including belt misalignment switches, vertical edge guides, "V" idlers, "crowned" pulleys, sensing-roll trainers, torsion spring trainers, pivoting belt trainers, and idler aligners, to help control belt wander.
Installing these mechanical belt alignment devices will, when only minor misalignment exists, correct belt behavior by steering the belt back into the center of the structure. To overcome gross misalignment, however, it is much better to uncover what the real problem is and make the necessary corrections. With a full range of conveyor services and products, we can help you eliminate wander and keep the belt in perfect alignment.