How to Safely Operate SmartMove® Brand Modular Conveyors
Safe installation and operation of SmartMove® Conveyors and their accessories requires that you read and understand this manual and all related instructions shipped with this equipment. Installation, although not technical in nature, does require experience with mechanical assembly. Safety is a combination of common sense, staying alert and understanding the equipment being installed and operated.
DISCONNECT FROM POWER before servicing. Unplug equipment before servicing or adding accessories. Never allow the internal circuitry to be connected to earth ground.
KEEP COVERS AND GUARDS IN PLACE. Never operate the system or it’s conveyor accessories without the factory installed covers or guards installed.
NEVER STAND OR LEAN on the equipment. Do not use the conveyor as a raised platform for standing. Conveyor could tip over causing you serious injury or damage to the unit. To protect from tip over, bolt stands to the floor through the holes located in the adjustable leveler pads.
REPLACE DAMAGED PARTS. Any part that is damaged should be promptly repaired or replaced upon discovery. Scratches, cuts or normal wear occurring to the belt or support surfaces should not be considered damage.
AVOID PINCH POINTS. Small motors can achieve high torques when using reduction gears. If the motor is stalled, it will continue to apply full torque for 10 seconds before automatically shutting off. Do not put hands under a moving belt. Use transition plates to guard against pinch points.
NEVER OVERLOAD THE CONVEYOR. Never place more than 200 lbs on a section spanning the support stands. Dropping loads over 35 lbs or exceeding the support load could cause the stand support blocks to fail, resulting in the conveyor suddenly dropping 3-5” from it’s set height.
AVOID COLLISIONS when moving conveyors with casters. Conveyor drive is a high efficiency motor with precision internal components that can be damaged by impact. When relocating conveyors, watch for side clearance when passing through doorways or obstructions that may collide with motor housing.
DISASSEMBLE BEFORE MOVING conveyor lines that are joined together. Moving long conveyors while assembled could bend deck extensions or stand mounting brackets which may cause belt operating problems.
DO NOT REMOVE STAND SUPPORT ARM. Stands with casters must have a support arm between the conveyor frame and the stand upright to prevent the stand from accidentally “folding” under the conveyor. Do not remove support arms when using stands with casters.
DIRECTION OF FEED. SmartMove® Conveyors are designed to pull product on the conveyor belting in the direction toward the motor drive end. Poor operating performance may be experienced when running the belt in the opposite direction. CHECK FOR LOOSE FASTENERS. Periodically inspect support, drive set screws and structural fastener hardware to insure that it is properly tightened. Tighten or replace missing fasteners before operating equipment.
GROUND ALL ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT. This equipment has a three prong plug and should be plugged into a three hole grounded outlet. If an adapter is used to accommodate a two prong receptacle, the adapter plug must be attached to a known ground. Never remove the grounding prong.
AVOID DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENTS. Do not use electrical equipment in damp or wet locations or areas subjected to rain. Do not operate the product in an explosive or flammable atmosphere. Keep you work area well lighted.
USE CORRECT LINE VOLTAGE. Be sure to keep the line voltage within 10% of that specified on the control panel. (115 or 220)
KEEP WORK AREA AND EQUIPMENT CLEAN. Loose debris from handling product may enter the conveyor and possibly pass through the conveyor belting to collect under the equipment. Debris may become trapped inside the conveyor and cause failure or premature wear. Open the belting often and clean the inside of any debris. Clean under the conveyor to remove any debris that may pose safety issues. Remove the belt, as needed and clean with water and soap. Replace any damaged section of belting. Blow or air dry before re-installing.
AVOID DROPPING PRODUCTS onto the conveyor surface. Although SmartMove’s snap-link belting is impact resistant, it should not be used to cushion heavy, sharp products dropped onto the belting. Sliding or placing products onto the conveyor will insure a long belt life. If belt is damaged, be sure to replace the broken links as soon as possible to avoid additional damage to the remaining belting. Operating with belt sections broken or missing will allow debris to enter the interior of the belting which may cause further damage.
CONVEYOR SYSTEMS – ORDERING
SmartMove’s safe conveyors are shipped out plug & play ready. Our maintenance free plastic chain conveyor systems with snap link belting are a quick simple solution for your packaging and/or assembly line material handling needs. Call SmartMove Conveyors at 1-800-581-2876 or click here to order a custom manufactured conveyor system.