Gates Belts & Applications - Tips and guidelines written by Gates Industrial Engineers

Synchronous Belt Storage

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

posted by Ryan at 10:42 AM

Did you know that something as simple as storing your belts properly can make a huge difference in your belts life and performance? Here are a few storage recommendations that will keep your belts out of trouble, and performing the way they were designed to.

Whenever possible, store your belts in the original packaging until the moment it is ready for installation. This is the best way to keep from damaging the tensile cords of the belt.

Keep the belts away from direct sunlight and moisture. One way to avoid this is by keeping your belts away from windows.

Keep the belts out of the heat. Do not store your belts near heaters or radiators. Make sure that they are not in the airflow of a heating device.

Don’t store belts on the floor. This may seem a little over the top, but floors are high traffic areas, and a belt could easily be stepped on or rolled over, causing tensile cord damage.

Keep the belts away from chemical exposure. Any place that has solvents in the air could damage your belts. This includes chemicals such as ozone, which could be present near transformers or electric motors.

Belts should ideally be stored in a cool dry environment at a temperature of 85 degrees F or less with lower than 70% relative humidity. If done properly, a belt can be stored for up to 6 years.

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