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March 2007 Vol. 3 No. 3

How Babush's Maintenance Plan Saves You Money

Investing in equipment is like investing in the stock market. If the proper attention is given, it can make you money for a long time. If you donít pay attention, it could spell disaster. Like any other piece of equipment, conveyors need maintenance from time to time. It is to your benefit to perform scheduled checks to catch potential problems and help prevent future downtime.

Some basic maintenance guidelines:

  • Perform weekly, monthly and quarterly equipment checks using the checklist provided in the back of every conveyor manual.
  • Ensure your maintenance personnel are properly trained on the needs of each piece of equipment. Be sure this training continues throughout personnel and equipment changes.
  • Know the early warning signs of equipment malfunction.
Planned Maintenance = High Availability
High Availability = Production Efficiency
Production Efficiency = Cost Savings
Babush = Profit

Planned Maintenance Checklist

Planned Maintenance ChecklistThis simple checklist is a good start to performing planned maintenance on your conveyors. The different checks should be performed on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis as indicated by the shading of the boxes. This list is located in the back of each conveyor maintenance manual.

Planned Maintenance Checklist

Spot Trouble Early

Spotting TroubleThe first concern is always safety. All employees should be briefed on how the equipment should operate and what to do when something does not seem right. Maintenance personnel should be trained to perform scheduled maintenance and basic emergency maintenance.

Visual Inspection Guidelines:

  • Debris: Look for loose banding, strapping material, corrugated materials, paper, picking lists, tape, staples.
  • Leaks: Oil spots may appear by drive components and indicate worn parts or a fluid leak. Water spots may appear from condensed air systems and are signs of a malfunction.
  • Noise: Chains that are too tight tend to make a popping sound before they break. Chains that are too loose tend to make a slapping sound as the hit the chain guard. Similar equipment should have a similar noise level.

Maintenance Manuals

Installation & Maintenance ManualPower conveyors ship with an Installation and Maintenance Manual, which should be used as your first reference.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • Parts diagrams
  • Maintenance safety precautions
  • Lubrication
  • Belt installation
  • Belt tracking
  • Tread roller installation
  • Pressure adjustments for accumulation conveyors
  • Drive chain alignment and tension

How To Get Assistance

We realize many companies do not dedicate staff to maintaining conveying equipment. Even when companies do have dedicated staff, they often like knowing they have a team of experts to back them up. This is where we come in.

Contact UsWe have on staff:

  • Skilled troubleshooters
  • Electrical technicians
  • Mechanical technicians
  • Welding and fabrication experts
  • A full line of spare parts
Contact us for technical support. Hytrol Maintenance Manuals are available for download on our website. Spare parts can be ordered online at our website or by calling our office. Complete material lists are for each serialized conveyor. Recommended spare parts list can be generated for each serialized conveyor.

Call Us Today at 262-650-7700 to discuss how we can help!

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