4 Tips For Working With Pneumatic Conveyors & Staying Safe

If you recently were hired within the industrial industry, and are now working with or around pneumatic conveyor systems, it is vitally important that you know how to stay safe around this type of industrial equipment. Here for four tips that will help you stay safe while working around pneumatic conveyor systems.

#1 Know What To Do In The Event Of A Blockage

When you are working in or around a pneumatic conveyor belt, you should know how to shut down the machine in the event that the machine should become blocked. When the machine becomes blocked, it is important that you cut off the air flow to the machine right away. Failing to do so could result in parts of the machine breaking down and your safety being compromised.

That is why you need to know where all the control devices are located on your pneumatic conveyor as well as the release valves that will allow you to turn off the air flow to the machine. Make sure that you know where these control devices and valves are located as well as how to use them in the event of an emergency.

#2 Know What To Do In The Event Of A Gasket Failure

Another thing you need to know how to do is respond to a gasket failure on your pneumatic conveyor. This happens when a gasket is not replaced when it gets worn down. If a gasket fails before you are able to replace it, material could be thrown from the machine. That is why you need to know where the shield joints are at as well as the access points on the machine so you can help protect yourself and others from flying material and turn of the machine if necessary.

Ideally, you should be trained in how to inspect the gaskets so that you can identify gaskets that need to be repaired or replaced before they fail.

#2 Know What To Do To Prevent Large Objects From Getting Sucks Into The System

Finally you need to know what to do to prevent large objects that the pneumatic conveyor belt can't handle from getting sucked into the system. There should be screens in place near where the suction is located that prevent objects that are larger than the system can handle from getting sucked into the system. You should check this screen at the start of your shift to ensure it is in place. This will prevent further complications from arising.

Make sure that you are trained properly in what to do in the event of a blockage, gasket failure or large material getting sucked into the system.  This is a strong and complex machine, so don't be afraid to ask for additional training on how to use it and keep yourself and everyone around you safe while it is in operation.