Conveyor rollers are the backbone of any conveyor system in use. Breakdowns occur when conveyor rollers get stuck or perform under par. Even with a proper maintenance plan, human error and/or negligence can still contribute to the down time of conveyor systems. The following are but some simple actions to take to avoid any issues with the proper maintenance of conveyor rollers in the long run.
- Operation Stoppage. Many have the misconception that by keeping the conveyor system operating, the issues when it comes to conveyor rollers can easily be identified. This misconception can only make matters worse. Allowing the conveyor rollers to operate even when there is clear danger would only make the damage greater. Thus it is imperative that the operation of the conveyor system be stopped when conducting a maintenance check-up. Only when the conveyor system is at a standstill can jams and other issues can be seen up close.
- Proper Training. Maintaining a conveyor system, especially conveyor rollers need specially trained personnel. The complexity of the system as well as the technical specifications of each part must be properly studied to properly maintain it. Improperly trained personnel seeking to maintain the conveyor system may only further damage the conveyor system.
- Complete Equipment. In maintaining conveyor rollers, it is important that the proper equipment is used. This starts from the safety equipment worn by the maintenance personnel to the actual tools and equipment used during the maintenance activity. If the equipment is incomplete at the time the maintenance activity is conducted, the lengthier the downtime for the equipment. This in turn would result in increased losses for the company.
As can be seen, there are simple actions that need to be done before any actual maintenance of conveyor rollers is done. These include stopping the operation of the unit and having properly trained personnel with the complete equipment conduct the maintenance.