Thursday, October 16, 2014

Storage Effects on Belts

Gates Belts may be stored up to six years if properly stored at temperatures less than 85 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity less than 70%.

For every 15 degrees Fahrenheit increase in storage temperature above the 85 degrees Fahrenheit recommended value, the time the belt can be stored without reduced performance decreases by one-half.  it should be noted that belts should never be stored at temperatures above 115 degrees Fahrenheit.

At relative humidity levels above 70%, fungus or mildew may form on stored belts.  This has minimal effect on belt performance, but should be avoided if possible.

When equipment is stored for longer than 6 months, the belt tension should be relaxed so that the belt does not take a set.  In addition, the storage environment should meet the 85 degrees Fahrenheit and 70% or less relative humidity condition.  If this is not possible, the belts should be removed and stored separately in a proper environment.

For any additional questions feel free to look through our other blog topics or contact us at or 303-744-5800.

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