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Quick and Easy Steps to Fix a Conveyor Belt

The conveyor belt is the workhorse of your plant operation. However, even the highest quality conveyor belt will need to be repaired from time to time.

The challenge is minimizing downtime to your operation. When your system is down because a conveyor belt needs repair, your operation suffers lost productivity and profitability.

These quick and easy steps for conveyor belt repair can reduce downtime and keep your operation running.

Common Conveyor Belt Repairs

Common vulcanized conveyor belt results repair issues include:

  • Quick and Easy Steps to Fix a Conveyor Belt | AlmexCover wear, gouges, scoring or loss

  • Carcass wear

  • Carcass punctures

  • Rips and tears

  • Holes

  • Edge fraying

  • Belt fractures or edge cuts

  • Broken, ripped or dangling steel belt cord cables

It is important to take care of these repair issues as soon as possible. Small rips or tears can grow bigger if a rough edge or loose flap gets snagged as the belt is moving. Diagonal rips weaken a conveyor belt’s strength and stress other sections of the belt that must absorb the load of damaged sections. Eventually, the entire belt will fail and require longer downtime for more extensive repair or replacement.

What Methods are Used for Conveyor Belt Repair?

There are two methods for conveyor belt repair – cold cure and hot vulcanization.?

The cold cure method can be used to repair gouges, scoring, and wear to belt covers. This method uses vulcanized patches that are adhered to the repair area.

The hot vulcanized method can be used to repair cover gouges, fabric damage, holes, cuts, and tears. This method uses heat and pressure to cure the new section of belt.

The steps involved in conveyor belt repair include:

  • Following safety procedures such as lockout/tagout and use of safety goggles

  • Neatly trimming or removing the damaged section of belt

  • Preparing the fabric surface, uncured splice materials or steel cords with primer to ensure adequate bonding

  • Inserting a repair section or uncured cover rubber; splicing two vulcanized sections; or applying a patch over the section

  • Cementing the repaired section to increase adhesiveness

  • Smoothing the surface using a roller to ensure matching

  • Testing the repair by operating the belt at a reduced feed rate to lessen belt tension

Almex’s Fusion Systems product line includes essential tools and brushable applications to make conveyor belt repair quick and easy. Fusion Systems products include steel cord belt and fabric belt splicing tool kits; cold bond cement and adhesives; and hot vulcanized splice primers and cements. These products are the most advanced conveyor belt repair tools in the industry.

You can learn more about the Almex line of Fusion products by visiting