- 5/32″ Allen Wrench
- Shop Towels & Rags
- Toilet Brush with Soft Bristles
- Fish Tape
There are several different types of 2060 Conveyors – A Standard Drive, a Conveyor Beam with Bottom Access, and a Center Drive. The process for cleaning is similar on all of them, they just dictate where you break the chain and where you start your fish tape. Start by breaking the conveyor chain by following the procedure outlined in the 2060 Chain Break procedure video.
After the chain is free, remove the chain from the top section of the conveyor beam and pull out on the idler end. Continue to pull the entire chain from the conveyor. It’s best to lay the chain out flat and have it ready to put back in later. Next, remove the idler from the conveyor beam. Loosen the set screws on all the J-Strips with your 5/32″ Allen Wrench. Slide the idler off the end of the conveyor. If there’s a conveyor joined to this one, slide the J-Strips out, first, into the beam and then move the idler straight up or down.
Now, insert the Fish Tape into the bottom of the conveyor beam. If you’re on a Center Drive, start from the center, but if you’re on a Standard Drive, you can start from the drive end. Once the Fish Tape is out, fix a rag to the end of the Fish Tape. You want to make sure to tape it in place securely and make a point out of the tape so that it will slide freely throughout the conveyor beam. Another option is to use a soft-bristled toilet brush. To do this, cut the brush at the base and attach it to the Fish Tape in the same manner. Once the rag or brush is fixed securely in place, pull it tight to the conveyor beam and get it started at the end of the beam. Be sure to fill all gaps with the towel as much as possible – this will ensure that more material gets pulled from the beam as you clean it. Once it’s started, pull it through the conveyor beam the entire distance.
Clean the top of the beam by running a rag or towel through the entire length of the beam. Be sure to get up the sides of the beam where the wear strip is as well as any other sections of the beam. You may need to make several “trips” to ensure that the beam is thoroughly cleaned. You can also use compressed air to blow down the length of the beam, as well as in the bottom cap to ensure that the beam has the most material removed as possible.