5 Simple Steps to Keep Your Conveyor Belt Running Smoothly

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Is your conveyor belt slipping? Do you see uneven wear and tear or parts failures on your conveyor system? Are frequent (and inconvenient) work slowdowns and stoppages costing you time and money, or putting your employee safety at risk?

At MIPR Corp., many of our customers first come to us for belt service or replacement. We have built a nationwide reputation on our ability to expertly diagnose problems over the phone and ship effective solution same-day. Yet our engineers know that the fastest, most cost-effective fix for conveyor belt problems is prevention. Conveyor preventative maintenance can make all the difference!

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Handling Temperatures with Plastic Modular Belting

Handling Temperatures with Plastic Modular Belting- MIPR Corp

With all the current upheaval and uncertainty in food production and processing, efficiency and safety are top of mind and plastic modular conveyor belts are getting a fresh look from bakeries, meat packers, frozen food distributors, and more. Plastic modular belting has all the advantages of a synthetic belt along with its own unique superpower: the ability to withstand both high heat and freezing cold temperatures and processes in food handling conveyor belt systems. If your production line requires food-grade belting for baking and freezing, see how this FDA-approved conveyor belt can take your business to new places. 

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Reducing Slip on Your Conveyor Belts

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Conveyor belt slippage on its drive pulley is one of the most common conveyor belt problems and it can lead to a whole cascade of additional problems: spillage of materials, blockage of system, wear-and-tear and failure of the belt, damage or breakage to your motors, motion failure and in some cases, even injury of your employees. Slipping is not a small problem and it needs to be stopped, fast. 

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Sanitizing Your Conveyor Belt

Keeping Conveyor Belts Clean & Sanitary

 

Despite the national slowdowns and lockdowns, many conveyor belts in critical applications are still running—and many more will be back online soon as different states and sectors of the economy reopen. It has never been more important to be sure that your conveyor belts are running clean. Slowing and stopping the transmission of COVID-19 is on everyone’s minds. From antimicrobial belts and food grade belting to powerful, practical advice on cleaning and sterilizing all belting types, the experienced engineering experts at MIPR Corp. are helping a wide range of industries step up their cleaning and sanitization protocols with conveyor belt safety tips to keep their staff and their customers safe. 

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Top 5 Industrial Uses for a Cleated Conveyor Belt

Top 5 Industrial Uses for a Cleated Conveyor Belt MIPRCorp

If you’re in the business of getting the job done quickly and efficiently – and let’s be honest, who isn’t – then you’re going to want to look into cleated conveyor belts.

Cleated conveyor belts are especially advantageous when they’re used in industries like agriculture, mining, logistics or food and beverage. By improving grip with intuitively designed cleats, operators can create separation on the line, navigate inclines and improve the accuracy and performance of the belt. 

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MIPR Corp Case Study: Helping Our Customers Keep Their Harvest Season On Track

Harvest Seasons and Conveyor Belts Being Put to Use

 

If you harvest, you know that you can’t control the weather, right? But when the right conditions present themselves, you can take advantage. Farmers, in particular, need to make the most of the warm, bright days and cool, crisp nights of the harvest season. When the crops they have tended all spring and summer finally reach the right level of ripeness, they need to pick, pack, and ship right away before damage or spoilage sets in. Any delay in the harvest production line can compromise the quality of their produce and cost them profits.

Conveyor belts are just as critical to many of today’s working farms as barns and tractors, and our farming customers count on MIPR to keep things moving smoothly during harvest season.

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Installing Conveyor Belt Lacing Correctly

Conveyor Belt Lacing

If you rely on conveyor belts to keep your business moving, you want that belting to last as long as possible. For over 40 years, the engineering experts at MIPR Corp. have helped customers keep their conveyor belting systems running strong—minimizing downtime and maximizing the value of their investment. Properly installing your conveyor belt lacing is a powerful way to keep your belts running as long as possible.

The most common way to install a conveyor belt on a frame is through lacing. Conveyor belt lacing works on a zipper principle. Clips, bolts, plates, hinges, or spirals made of metal or plastic are attached to both sides of separate conveyor belt segments. When pinned together properly, they “zip” the two segments of the belt into one strong, tough, smooth-running belt.

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Tracking Your Conveyor Belt Correctly

Tracking Belt Maintenance- Increase the Longevity

If you rely on conveyor belts and the belt tracking to keep your business moving, you want that belting to last as long as possible. For over 40 years, the engineering experts at MIPR Corp. have helped customers keep their conveyor belting systems running strong—minimizing downtime and maximizing the value of their investment. Following the tracking guidelines below will help you keep your belts running as long as possible.

Think of the tires on your car or truck. (We know this is a conveyor belt blog but we promise we’re going somewhere with this!) What happens when your wheel alignment is off? When car wheels are misaligned, they do not meet the road at the proper angle. Your driving performance degrades and tires begin to wear down unevenly and much faster than they normally would—leading to potentially unsafe situations. In fact, tires wear out twice as fast when not properly aligned!

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Mining with a Heavy Industrial Conveyor Belt

Mining with a Heavy Industrial Conveyor Belt

Whether your company surface mines or digs down deep, we know you need conveyor belting that works as hard as your crew. Our customers in the mining industry know they can count on MIPR Corp conveyor belts to keep the line moving in even the toughest conditions.

It takes a tough constitution to work miles beneath the earth’s surface or stretched for miles across quarries and mines. In these kinds of conditions, any downtime puts more than profits on the line. Breakdowns risk lives, not just livelihoods. We know you and your team need safe, strong conveyor belting you can trust, and that is why MIPR is one of the nation’s premier resources for mining conveyor belts.

For over 40 years, the mining industry has turned to MIPR for stronger, longer-lasting conveyor belting customized to key mining applications—and we deliver. Our engineering experts have many years of direct experience sourcing and designing conveyor belting for key mining applications and our national distribution network lets us deliver the belt you need right when you need it.

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Increasing Productivity in Your Bakery with High Temp Conveyor Belts

Increasing Bakery Productivity with High Temperature Conveyor BeltsBakery Conveyor Belts Get The Job Done

Did you know that one of the biggest challenges for bakeries today is maximizing their productivity? It’s a challenge all over the food processing industry but a small-scale, franchise or medium-sized bakery operations can struggle more than others. At these operational sizes, automation may not make financial sense, but bottlenecks can form around important tasks like kneading, oven-loading, or packing.

For your profit margins to reach their fullest potential, you need to keep your baked goods moving—and nothing does that better than high quality, food-grade conveyor belting.

Overall equipment effectiveness can be measured in many ways: quantity over time, reliability, energy consumption, personnel requirements, ease of use, and upfront and maintenance costs. Your bakery conveyor belting needs to stand up to extreme temperatures—from hot ovens to refrigeration and even freezing—while reducing ingredient spillage and waste. Your bakery belts should preserve freshness and flavors during the production and packing process and resist sticking, avoid cross-contamination (gluten, allergens, and more). And always, your bakery’s conveyor belting must keep your employees and customers safe while keeping your production line running smoothly.

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