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 betts@trifactor.com.

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