Common Belting Problems: Causes and Solutions

The conveyor belt is used on many types of equipment across multiple manufacturing industries.

We know that it’s what drives your industry forward, so when belting issues like blockages, slippage, and mistracking happen, your entire process gets thrown out of order leading to bigger mechanical issues. That’s why we’re here.

Keep reading to learn more about common belting problems and how to solve them with the help of Rainbow Rubber & Plastics.

Common Belting Problems

When your conveyor belt has a problem, it is often the biggest indicator of other overarching mechanical problems.

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If you work in a manufacturing environment, then you’ve likely related to one or more of the following belting issues that could be a symptom of overall mechanical issues.

1. Belt Mistracking

If the belt has misaligned itself off the conveyor, then the belt has mistracked. For example, uneven tension on pulleys can cause mistracking, which can then cause serious consequences, the largest being an entire shutdown of your whole system.

2. Belt Slipping

Belt slipping usually points to tension problems. If there’s an issue with the head pulley, then the conveyor belt will slip and cause efficiency problems. This loss of tension can put a strain on your entire system.

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3. Seized Rollers

Debris can cause rollers on the conveyor belt to seize. When this happens, the metal construction of the rollers can develop sharp edges and stop rotating. In turn, these sharp edges can cause damage to the belt and mechanical issues to the conveyor.

4. Blockages

Obstructions like debris and material buildup can create blockages on the belt. This can cause damage to your product and the conveyor components, ultimately leading to pileups.

5. Belt Chatter

Belt chatter is a common belt problem seen throughout multiple industries. Whether it’s caused by a defective belt splice, worn bearings, or dust build-up, there are steps to take to make sure everything is back on track.

Solutions Offered by Rainbow Rubber & Plastics and How We Can Help

For over 50 years, Rainbow Rubber & Plastics has been the premier provider of industry-tailored belting solutions across North America.

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If your conveyor belt is causing you trouble, we’re here to help.

At Rainbow Rubber & Plastics, we are here to help, and here is what we offer to make sure you get the highest quality care:

  • Diagnostic Assessments – We send out a professional to conduct a thorough examination of your conveyor systems. During this diagnostic assessment, we’ll pinpoint the root causes of any issues you may be experiencing.
  • Tailored Solutions – No two conveyor belt systems are alike, which is why we offer customized solutions tailored to your specific industry requirements.
  • Quality Assurance – At Rainbow Rubber, we believe in using only the best. That’s why we use premium materials and proven techniques for all our repairs and installations.
  • On-site Support – We understand the importance of minimizing downtime and maximizing productivity. That’s why we provide on-site support to address any issues as quickly as possible.
  • Seamless Belts – We offer seamless belts to address issues with splices/seams.
  • Training – We offer training to address common mechanical problems and solutions.

Ready To Optimize Your Conveyor Belt System?

We know you’re busy. We also know that you don’t have all the answers when it comes to servicing your industry’s conveyor belt which could lead to bigger mechanical issues down the road.

That’s why you can contact us and trust our team to optimize your conveyor belt system and improve the way you work.


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