If you’re using an outside crew to install endless splices on your conveyor belts, there are a few steps you have to take the minute you realise the belt needs to be fixed. First, you have to decide if this needs to be an immediate fix, or if you can move production to another line and add it tflexcoo an upcoming scheduled maintenance visit. If you can’t wait, and need it fixed right away, you’ll need to pick up the phone and schedule a repair.
If your service provider can get a crew there immediately, you will only have to wait for their drive time to get started on your belts. If they don’t have a crew available, you may have to wait a while to get your belt fixed, which costs you time and money. Regardless of how long it takes to get there, the truth of the matter is that the minute that belt goes down, you lose control over your production.
Taking Control With In-House Endless Splicing
With in-house conveyor belt splicing, you have the opportunity to take control of your belt maintenance and repairs. You can schedule proactive maintenance in accordance with your schedule. And if a belt goes down, your in-house maintenance crew can get it back up and running in the amount of time it takes you to head to the break room to refill your coffee. Better yet, if that situation happens on a weekend, when you are running an extra shift, time and a half doesn’t have to be paid to your service provider.
In-house conveyor belt splicing puts you in charge of your own destiny and empowers your maintenance crew to spot potential repairs and take matters into their own hands to keep production going. That’s because portable splice presses have come a long way in the last ten years. With a little training and some technology, the same maintenance crew who shuts down the belt for preventative maintenance and replaces bearings, idlers, and drives, can also be the ones who are putting in splices with a portable splice press.
How Does It Work?
The newest generation of portable splice presses have intuitive controls, making it easy to train employees to enter belt recipes and run the machines. Setting time, temperature, and pressure is something that can be done quickly and easily, and fault codes are programmed in for easy error diagnoses and troubleshooting.
With the ability to save recipes straight to the press, the Novitool® Aero® Splice Press from Flexco even makes consistent, quality splices possible from maintenance crew to maintenance crew, shift to shift. No more searching for the notebook that contains all those recipes, or relying on that one guy who ‘knows the belt’.