The 3 Most Common Conveyor System Issues

Conveyor systems, like all machinery, come with some occasional problems. You should read on if your machines are acting strange and you’re unsure why this is. Here are the three most common conveyor system issues and what you can do to avoid or fix them.

Belt Slippage

If there’s too much or too little tension in the belt, slippage can occur. Slippage is when the belt slips off the head pulley, which causes the belt to stretch, squeal, and slow down. You can prevent slippage by regularly inspecting the pulleys (especially the head pulley) and replacing ones that have become worn down or broken.


Mistracking is when the belt runs off its track and drifts from one side to the other. When this occurs, it can lead to uneven belt wear. In cases where the belt falls completely off the track, it can result in total system failure. This results in unwanted downtime, belt damage, and product damage. Inspecting and greasing rollers can help keep mistracking at bay. However, the best way to prevent it is to use high-quality components for your system.

Material Carryback

This is one of the most common conveyor system issues. Carryback is when a material doesn’t drop off the belt as it should. Instead, it gets stuck and repeatedly carried back on return. Not only does this reduce the performance of your conveyor, but it can also cause substantial loss of material and require extra labor to clean up the mess it creates. Fortunately, a quality belt cleaning system (or “scraper”) will keep carryback to a minimum.

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