Why have a preventive maintenance program? When compared to the constant lubrication problems associated with chain drives, or the mechanical problems and prohibitive costs associated with gear drives, belts are the most cost-effective, reliable means of power transmission. However, optimum belt drive performance requires proper maintenance. The potential for long service life is built into every belt. When coupled with a regularly scheduled maintenance program, belt drives will run trouble-free for a long time. “A belt drive should have adequate guarding” “The power should be turned off and controls locked before inspecting” “Carefully inspect all belts, if it looks bad, it probably is!” Important to your business An effective preventive maintenance program saves time and money. Inspecting and replacing belts and faulty drive components before they fail will reduce costly downtime and production delays. What is a good belt maintenance program? A comprehensive, effective program of preventive maintenance consists of several elements: •  Maintaining a safe working environment. •  Regularly scheduled belt drive inspections. •  Proper belt installation procedures. •  Belt drive performance evaluations. •  Belt product knowledge. •  Belt storage and handling. •  Troubleshooting. SAFETY Maintaining A Safe Working Environment It is common sense to establish a safe working environment in and around belt drives. The following precautions will make belt drive […] read more