Properly maintained belt drives can be your most cost-effective and reliable power transmission solution. No one can afford downtime. Fortunately, much of your drives costly maintenance can be avoided.
If you're replacing the belts on your drives as often as twice per year, ask yourself why. Each time a belt breaks, don't just replace and discard it. Ignoring the underlying issues cause results in ever decreasing performance and costly belt replacement. And not only are you wasting money, you're also squandering maintenance time. The culprit could be misalignment, an under-designed drive, an incorrect belt-to-pulley fit, or maybe even old metal components. Pulleys and sprockets that haven't been replaced in more than eight years are beyond their useful life.
To identify causes of failure and find recommendations on corrective measures, contact a Gates engineer to assist you with your problem.
Keep these tips in mind to help decide if it's time to replace your drive's parts:
- Belts typically last two years. Analyse your drive if yours are lasting for a shorter period of time.
- If you've experienced increased downtime and unscheduled maintenance, the pulleys and sprockets might be worn out, causing the time between belt changes to shorten.
- Use a Gates pulley gauge, an inexpensive tool, to measure whether your V-belt pulleys are worn.
- Consider purchasing a Gates moulded notched V-belt constructed with EPDM for better heat and stretch resistance for less downtime.
Gates engineers help diagnose your belt failure issues and provide assistance on replacing metal components or complete drive systems. Save unnecessary costs and gain valuable time. Whether you're focused on maintaining your drives or are ready to upgrade to more energy efficient drives, Gates offers the power transmission solutions and expertise to keep you up and running.
Gates Australia is committed to supplying the highest quality belt drive systems in the industry. With this commitment comes a dedication to deliver a state of the art Preventive Maintenance Training Course.
This course is suitable for all industries and accommodates the varying levels of knowledge for all individuals involved with fitting, purchasing, designing and selecting belt drives. The course guides all attendees to a proficient level of capability in the proper installation of power transmission drive systems. Aligning and tensioning drives correctly on site will provide customers with thousands of dollars in savings by reducing downtime and increased energy efficiencies.
Register your interest for the Gates Preventive Maintenance Training course by emailing Gates Australia.