Belt Scrapers: Three Essential Precautions for Reducing Rate of Wear

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Belt scrapers are designed for use in rough industrial conditions. Therefore, they are hardwearing and durable. However, these tools are still susceptible to wear and damage. If they are not handled and maintained well, the scrapers will experience accelerated deterioration. Consequently, your operational costs will increase due to the need for repair and replacement. Here are precautions for reducing the rate of wear of your belt scrapers.

Purchase the Right Scraper 

It is important to acquire the right scrapers for your conveyor belt system. If the scraper and the belt are not compatible, the tool will be more prone to damage. When purchasing a scraper, you should evaluate all pertinent factors which will influence performance and durability. For instance, the material is a critical consideration. If the scraper material is too soft and the belt is too hard, there will be a high rate of wear. You should also consider the types of items being moved on the belt. Rough and hard product could damage an unsuitable scraper. Other critical factors include the scraper design, belt texture and availability of other belt-cleaning tools.

Inspect the Conveyor Belt

You should inspect the condition of your conveyor belt regularly. This is a critical factor if you would like to ensure that your scrapers last longer. In general, if the conveyor is damaged, it will cause harm to other connected components, including the scrapers. Scrapers will perform at optimal levels if the equipment is in the best condition possible. Therefore, you should make time for belt maintenance and repair. If you notice dents, scratches and other signs of wear, look for the root cause to avoid recurrence after repair. In addition, plan on replacing damaged components of the belt or even the whole system if it is old and irreparable.

Maintain the Installed Scraper

You should conduct proper and regular maintenance of the scrapers to avoid unusual wear and general accelerated deterioration of the tool. Often, the scrapers are not inspected frequently because they are overlooked as small and easily replaceable elements. However, if you do not check on them, problems will go unnoticed. For instance, the lack of inspection can lead to poor scraper blade and belt contact. This will allow some of the residue materials being conveyed to be trapped under the scraper. This will damage the tool, necessitating replacement. Therefore, you should inspect the unit and make any adjustments necessary for optimal operation.

If you are uncertain about the best scrapers for your industrial conveyors, contact a specialist supplier. 


23 March 2020

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