A few simple practices could help to prevent damage to your spare belts and chains:
- Label chains and belts by type, size, number, and date stored. Label shelves in accordance with in-house MRO guidelines.
- Maintain constant temperature and relative humidity. Store in a clean and dry environment to prevent ingress contamination. Keep belts out of sunlight and away from the ceiling.
- Use oldest first (FIFO: First in, first out). For Belts: Validate date of manufacture is within the past 2 years. For Chains: Date of purchase should be added.
- Keep all labels or stencil markings on the packaging. Keep chains in their protective wrappers and packaging until ready to use.
- Tag belts with a “dispose-by” sticker. Set for 5 years after the manufacturing date. Dispose of expired belts annually.
- If not packaged, lubricate chains frequently to prevent corrosion.
- Lay chains and belts on a flat surface (possible damage if hung). Flip periodically. Belts can be hung on a foam-noodle wrapped peg with the same radius as the sheave.
- If not packaged, DO NOT stack.
- Store chains in a vibration-free environment.
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Reliability by Ana Maria Delgado, CRL