A belt conveyor crown is a key component that provides structural support and holds the belt in a track with minimal friction. Ensuring that your crown is properly optimized can drastically improve your belt performance. Here are some tips for optimizing your conveyor crown for maximum performance.
Check and Align the Crown
Misaligned belts and crowns can cause frictional drag on the belt, resulting in increased energy usage and reduced belt life. When aligning your conveyor crown, adjust the transverse position and angle to ensure that it is properly centered on the belt and parallel to the belt’s running direction.
Grind and Polish the High Spots
High spots on the crown should be ground down to reduce frictional drag on the belt. Grinding the high spots on your conveyor crown removes rough, sharp points that can cause significant belt damage and accelerate wear on the belt’s surface.
Install the Proper Shims
Properly-installed shims are instrumental in providing belt tracking and support. Use shims of the correct thickness and shape, and place them beneath the bearing housing and close to the center of the crown to provide additional support.
Control the Crown Movement
It’s also important to control the movement of the conveyor crown along the length of the belt. Accurately controlling the crown movement ensures even support and consistent tracking along the entire length of the belt.
Regularly Monitor Crown Condition
Regularly monitoring the condition of your conveyor crown is a must for optimal performance. Visually inspect the crown and check for misalignments, high spots, and other abnormalities such as cracks or warping. Performing regular maintenance on your crown can help prevent premature damage to the belt.
Optimizing your belt conveyor crown is essential for achieving maximum performance from your belt. With the right techniques and regular monitoring, you can ensure that your crown is properly aligned, shimmed, and maintained for optimal operation.
- Align and parallel the conveyor crown to reduce frictional drag.
- Grind the high spots on the crown for better surface contact.
- Install proper shims to provide additional support.
- Control the crown movement for improved tracking.
- Monitor crown condition for signs of wear or damage.