Conveyor Q&As: Mini Conveyors & Mini Belt Conveyors

We sat down with MISUMI configurable mini-conveyors and got the nitty-gritty on some deep topics. You will find answers to some great questions from them! Read on! You may learn something new.

Q1: Can the conveyor belt direction be reversed?

Belt direction reversal is not recommended because the conveyors are not designed to operate in reverse mode.

Q2: Why is the belt drifting off-track when the conveyor is in use?

Check for:
1. Curved or bent aluminum frame
2. Belt stretch/looseness
3. Debris on the pulley/idler
* There may be some lateral movement when the conveyor is first used, but it should go away as the belt adapts to the system after a certain period of operation.

Q3: Why is the belt sliding to one side?

  1. It may be caused by the conveyor aluminum frame bending or curving.
  2. If transported material is unbalanced to one side, the belt may creep to that side.

Q4: How often do the conveyors need maintenance?

Maintenance frequency depends on your environment and usage conditions. As a general guideline, belts will need to be replaced when cracks and scrapes are evident.

Q5: The transport capacity has become insufficient after changing to different workpieces conveyed. Can this be solved?

Motor or gearhead replacement may work.
Motor replacement may require modifying the motor mounting plate, as different motors may not have the same mounting dimensions. We recommend replacing the gearhead.
However, please note that the belt speed will be reduced by replacing the gearhead to increase the load carrying capacity.

Q6: How do I change the conveyor speed when the workpiece comes to a certain location?

One common method is to use a sensor to detect the workpiece position and a speed controller or inverter to change the speed.

Q7: Is it possible to intermittently operate by power ON/OFF?

The motors equipped are for continuous operation. Continued short interval ON/OFF operation is not recommended.
However, it is acceptable to operate intermittently, as long as the intervals between operation are at least 60 sec.

Q8: How oil resistant are the conveyors including the motors?

The motors are not liquid proof. They cannot be used where water, oil, alcohol, etc. may come in direct contact.

Q9: Are there limitations on motor mounting sizes for conveyors ordered without motor/gearhead? What are the motor mounting requirement conditions?

If output is the same, the motor mounting pitch does not change and can be mounted. However, motor dimensions other than the mounting pitch may vary depending on manufacturers. Please check for the differences between the motors used by MISUMI and others.
In particular, gearhead output shaft lengths may vary. Use spacers for mounting in such cases.

Q10: What is the heat resistant temperature of conveyors?

40 degrees C (motor operating temperature upper limit). Please refrain from using at higher temperatures.

Q11: What is the Life of a motor?

Motor standard life is 10,000 hours with a constant load of 8 hours of operation per day.
* This may vary greatly depending on your usage environment, please consider this as a reference only.

Be sure to visit misumiusa.com for a selection of conveyors!

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