Inspection Packaging & Storage
Before shipping, belts are 100% inspected and recoiled. Double coils and special double coils can be supplied if there are height constraints. At this point, the customer’s preferred mechanical fasteners can be fitted.
Central cores are supplied in either wood or steel. Various packaging materials of different durability are used, dependent on transport, site environment and customer preference.
STORAGE OF CONVEYOR BELTING
Belting should be stored coiled with the central axis horizontal. Rolls may be stacked several rolls high providing the resultant pressure does not collapse or distort the centres.
Conveyor belting should be stored and handled in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the following standards:- ISO 2230 – Vulcanised rubber – Guide to the storage, ISO 5285 – Conveyor belts – Guide to storage and handling.
Particular attention should be paid to the following.
Ideally, the storage temperature should be below 25° C though temperatures up to 40° C can be tolerated. The effects of low temperatures are not permanently detrimental though below 0° C belts become stiffer and care should be taken when handling at and below this temperature. When rolls are removed from storage at low temperatures for immediate use, their temperature should be raised to approximately 20° C throughout before being put into service.
Conveyor belting should be protected from sunlight, in particular direct sunlight and strong artificial light with high ultra-violet content.
As ozone can be particularly damaging to vulcanised rubber, storage rooms should not contain any equipment capable of generating ozone such as high voltage electrical equipment, electric motors or other equipment which may give rise to electric sparks or electrical discharges. Combustion gases and organic vapours should be excluded as they may give rise to ozone via photochemical reactions.