Lack of regular inspections

Missing maintenance records

Failing to take the temperature of motors and reducers

Not adhering to OSHA standards

Lack of adequate maintenance coverage

Inadequate parts inventory

Not learning from repeated breakdowns

“If it isn’t broken, just let it go and don’t worry about it.”

Failing to care for the controls

Using a conveyor in ways it wasn’t intended

Avoiding those difficult places

Failing to train employees in the operation of conveyors

Thomas E. Betts is installation and service manager at TriFactor, a material-handling systems integrator based in Lakeland, Fla. Betts has had more than 20 years experience in working with conveyor systems. He can be contacted at 863-577-2230 or

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