Ask Hytrol: How to Square a Conveyor with Cross Bracing
Welcome to Ask Hytrol. Today we are going to discuss squaring a conveyor bed frame using cross bracing.
Using recommended safety gear and following proper lockout tagout procedures, loosen the hardware at the butt coupling or splice plates and between the bed section and pivot plates. If there are adjoining bed sections, you will need to disconnect the conveyor from them as well.
Now, measure the diagonal distance of the conveyor’s bed frame. You will make this measurement diagonally from the discharge end to the infeed of the bed section. The measurements should be equal or within 1/16 of an inch. This means the bed frame is square.
You may also use a carpenter square to check if the frame is square. Remove a few rollers and place the square against the rollers and the bed frame. If a gap is found, take your diagonal measurement to begin the squaring process.
To bring the measurements equal and the bed frame square, adjust the turn buckles of the cross bracing as needed.
Continue to remeasure and adjust the buckles until the diagonal measurements are equal or within 1/16 of an inch.
Once the bed frame is square, tighten the hardware at the butt coupling or splice plates and between the bed section and pivot plates. If you disconnected the conveyor, you will now reattach it.
Remove lock-out equipment and power up the conveyor unit.
You have now squared a roller conveyor using cross bracing.