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How Are Your Pulleys? Signs You Need To Repair Or Replace Your Belt Pulley System

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Belt pulleys play an important role in mechanical operations. Over time, however, industrial belt pulleys can wear out or become damaged. When that happens, the belt pulley systems can fail. When belt pulley systems fail, there's an increased risk of accidents and injuries. Not only that, you can be faced with costly work stoppages when belt pulley systems fail. That's why maintenance and repairs are so important for your industrial pulleys. Read the list below. If you're dealing with any of the issues described here, it's time to repair or replace your belt pulleys. 

Excessive Belt Vibration

When belt pulleys are in good condition, you shouldn't see any vibration as the belts move. If you're seeing excessive vibration, it's time to repair or replace your belt pulleys. As belt pulleys wear out, they can vibrate during operation. Misaligned or worn-out pulleys can cause the belts to break down. This can cause your machinery to become imbalanced. If that happens, your belt pulley system can fail. Avoid that risk. Repair or replace your belt pulleys as soon as you notice any vibration in the belts. 

Increased Temperature

If the belts on your pulleys are getting old, it's time to watch for heat damage. Running worn-out belts on your pulleys can lead to system overheating. If that happens, the rest of your equipment can overheat as well. One way to check for overheating is to check the ambient temperature. If your machinery is generating more heat than usual, it's time to check your belt pulleys. If you see any signs of heat damage on the belts, it's time to replace your belt pulley system. 

Visible Wear and Tear

If you're worried about your industrial belt pulley system, don't forget to inspect the belts. As your belt pulley system gets older, the belts can wear out. When that happens, you'll start to see signs of damage on the belts. Signs of wear and tear can include cracking, fraying, and glazing. If you see that type of damage on your belts, discontinue use until you can get the system repaired or replaced. 

Unusual Pulley Noise

If you use industrial belt pulley systems, pay attention to the noises. It's not uncommon to hear a humming sound coming from your belt pulley system. Other noises can be a sign that your belt pulley system is about to malfunction. Some noises to listen for include rattling and grinding. If you hear those noises, stop using the equipment until you can get your belt pulleys inspected.

For more information on belt pulleys, contact a professional near you.