To get a belt running in the centre of a conveyor (tracking it), the key is changing the tension of the tension adjustment screws on the side of the conveyor. The way this is accomplished can be a little different depending on the type of conveyor, but the basic principle remains the same.

Belt conveyor close-up on tension bracket

Note: The tension adjustment screws are found on the sides of the conveyor (on the end without the motor).

We are demonstrating on a standard belted conveyor – in this case a low profile light duty belted conveyor we built for a client. You can see how to track a Crowned Roller Conveyor on this page (includes a video).

Belt Tracking Alignment Steps:

1. Check if the belt is in the centre

To start, take your measuring tool and measure the distance on either side of the belt to find out which direction the belt needs to shift in order to be in the centre.

Measure distance on the sides

2. Measure tension distance

You are going to force the tension out, and forcing out the tension on one side of the belt will send the belt in the opposite direction. Go to the side of the belt that you will be making the changes and locate the adjustment screw. Before you adjust anything, measure what the current tension distance is.

Measure the distance between two points so you know how far your adjustment will be.

3. Adjust tension distance

Loosen the two bolts on the end.
Push the screw to push the bearing out.

4. Run the belt

Run the belt until it has done a full cycle around the conveyor so it can adjust.

5. Check if it’s in the centre

Take another measurement. Continue making minor adjustments as necessary.

6. Finish up

When you’ve confirmed the belt continues to run straight, the belt is properly tracked!

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