Regular inspection and maintenance of your conveyor carwash will give you many years of safe, efficient and reliable operation — and provide an excellent opportunity to review and exercise your OSHA-approved Lock-Out Tag-Out (LOTO) procedures. Always use your LOTO procedures for cleaning or inspecting your conveyor.

Start with the surface

I recommend starting with an end-to-end walk-through on the surface of the conveyor. This is optimal for inspecting guide rails, correlators, trap doors, decking, pit covers and any other contact points for wear and potential safety concerns. I also suggest always dating and documenting the findings of your inspection, maintenance or repair.

Next, remove all pit covers for the underground inspection. A thorough cleaning of the trench and pit shelf should include the removal of all dirt and trash and the lowering of the water level to expose the entire conveyor.

Check the chain

The conveyor chain should be tight with minimum sag. Excessive sag may indicate the need to remove links or to adjust or repair the tension mechanism on your conveyor.

Visually inspect each link and roller for wear and loose attachment points. Repair or replace as necessary. Flipping or turning your chain over every couple of years can add to the life of the chain. Pushers tend to wear out faster than the chain itself.

At the entrance

The entrance of your conveyor usually has the take-up section to maintain chain tension and the forks to raise the rollers. Visually inspect all chain tension devices for wear and proper function. Grease any required items.

Make repairs to any air leaks and set the proper air pressure to your conveyor’s tension mechanism and roller raiser, if air-equipped. Check the take-up sprocket or drum for wear.

At the exit

The exit of your conveyor is usually the drive end. Electric drives should have watertight junction boxes and conduits and electrical connections without exposed wiring.

Hydraulic drives should be free of leaks. Inspect the drive sprocket for wear. Turning your drive sprocket over annually will increase its life.

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