Simoniz’s Jake Collison has spent over two decades in car washes. In this episode, Jake dives into the evolution of car wash products, Simoniz’s commitment to quality and innovation, and how Simoniz collaborates with car wash operators to meet their specific needs and challenges.
Troubleshooting Tips for Conveyor Chain Slips
As car wash operators, we understand that minimizing downtime is a top priority to maintain operational efficiency and customer satisfaction.
That’s why we’re addressing a common challenge that many of us face: the conveyor chain popping off the drive sprocket.
In this troubleshooting guide, we’ll highlight the potential causes and offer a few practical solutions.
Our goal is to help you keep your car wash running smoothly and minimize downtime, ensuring a better experience for both you and your customers.
Chain Popping Off: The Problem at Hand
The reason the chain comes off the sprocket is due to slack in the conveyor chain.
But what causes slack?
One of the most common scenarios occurs when customers are exiting the wash. is at the exit end of the tunnel exiting the wash.
- Customer #1 is being pushed down the conveyor, and it has a roller behind the tire, as well as one or two backup rollers.
- Exit door opens and Customer #1 drives out before the ‘Go’ light.
- Customer #2 sees Customer #1 exiting and puts their car into Drive as the roller from Customer #1 is dropping below the top deck.
- Customer #2 hits the roller and pushes it forward, collapsing the take-up system on the conveyor.
- That creates slack in the chain, causing the chain to pop off the sprocket.
So how can you prevent this from happening in your wash?
Tackling the Issue: Solutions and Adjustments
- Install ‘Relax’ & ‘Go’ (yellow & green) lights at your tunnel exit to signal to customers when it is safe for them to put the car into drive.
- Restrict how fast the air cylinder on your conveyor air take-up can collapse, reducing the rubber band effect between the entrance sprocket and the drive sprocket.
- This can be achieved using check valves, quick exhausts, or needle valves.
- Ensure your performing frequent preventative maintenance on your conveyor to optimize performance and consistency.
Maintenance and Alignment: The Key to Success
To keep your conveyor system running smoothly, regular maintenance is essential.
- Ensure the entrance and exit are properly aligned and not tilted in any way.
- If you’re running a tooth sprocket on both ends of your conveyor, it’s highly recommended to replace them both if one needs replacing.
- Regularly check on the wear of your sprockets. The pitch between the teeth changes as the sprockets wear. If you replace a sprocket but the chain’s pitch is worn out, they won’t engage properly.
It’s crucial to view your conveyor system as a whole, considering how the teeth on the sprocket engage the chain, how the chain rides on the conveyor, and how both ends are aligned and working together.
Remember, the key to success in the car wash industry is not just about having the right equipment but also about understanding how to maintain and optimize that equipment for peak performance. By taking these steps, you can position your car wash as a leader in the industry, delivering consistent, high-quality service that keeps your customers coming back.
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