How do I Splice a Belt? E-mail
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 Before You Begin Splicing

Tools You Will Need To Splice:

  • New Belt
  • Cord or Wire
  • Heavy duty Wire Cutters
  • Wire Ties
  • Pliers
  • Allen Wrenches
  • Straight Edge
  • Safety Glasses

 

Splicing is a skill like any other. It can be learned through training, and it improves with practice. Another major factor in faster, easier splicing is having the right tools for the job (see list at left).
REMINDER:
Minimize bending the wire strands at the Z-bends. Do your necessary bending in the straight sections of the wire strands. In addition, always take your splicing strands from a new roll of belt rather than from a used belt. Do not try to reuse splice clips.

If you are installing a new belt:

• Disconnect the power to the conveyor system
• Release all tensioning mechanisms
• Thread the belt onto the conveyor
• Check to be sure that the smooth side is "up"
• Check to be sure that the edge loops curve back in the direction opposite to the direction
• of belt travel
• Remove a strand or two from the new belt to use for full strand splicing
• Tie the two ends of the belt together with cord, twine or wire ties

IMPORTANT NOTE:
If a belt has damage in more than one place on account of fatigue, do not try to repair it. Install a new belt. Also, never save old belts to use for repairs because they have already been weakened from use. Purchase several extra feet of new belt to use exclusively for repairs.

If you are repairing a belt:

• Disconnect the power to the conveyor system
• Release all tensioning mechanisms
• Tie two undamaged strands together with cord, twine or wire
• Cut out the damaged portion with wire cutters; pick up and dispose of wire pieces immediately
• Orient the new piece of belt correctly by checking the edge loops and Z-bends, then matching everything exactly. (It is easy to install the piece upside down and/or backwards if you aren't careful.)
• Remove a strand or two from the new belt to use for full strand splicing
• Secure the new piece of belt in place with wire ties, and cut off excess belt

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