January 2020
Volume 72    Issue 1

Reduce conveyor maintenance time through better access; Innovative design for efficiency

Mining Engineering , 2020, Vol. 72, No. 1, pp. 28-28


Virtually every vehicle on the road today is designed with a hood that can be easily opened for access to the engine, so mechanics can perform routine service and diagnose problems that arise during its lifespan. Conveyor systems should be designed in much the same way, with convenient points along the length of the belt that allow technicians to inspect its condition, perform service as needed and help prevent catastrophic failure. Unfortunately, this type of access is often overlooked when engineering conveyor systems until a pressing need arises, which increases the difficulty of ongoing inspections that allow technicians to observe and service critical components before a crisis develops. As a result, costs go up and productivity goes down. 

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