Audubon wire mesh conveyor belts are engineered and manufactured to precision tolerances.  A few simple precaustions should be followed to insure the long belt life built into them.

Pulleys for Audubon Conveyor Belts
Align Head, Tail and all pulleys in relation to one another.
Align & Square pulleys to an independent line through the center of the conveyor.
Do NOT align by using conveyor frame or pulley edges.
Do NOT use crowned pulleys.
Do NOT use small diameter drive pulleys.
Lag drive pulleys can be used.
Machine pulley face where practical.
Provide sufficient wrap around drive to move belt and load.
Consult Audubon Engineering Department for minimum recommneded Pulley diameters.

Take Up for Audubon Conveyor Belts
Provide Take Up arrangements on all Audubon Conveyor Belts.
Keep take up movement as large as practical to take care of belt stretch.
Provide counterweight take up where expansion and contraction occur.
All Take up Arrangements must operate freely and uniformly.

Belt Installation for Audubon Conveyor Belts
Draw the Audubon conveyor belt slowly through the oven, furnace or continuous frame.
Check for turned up spirals from shipping, lay flat.
Apply slight tension.
Operate belt slowly.
Check belt travel.
Operate slowly to permit helicals to seat themselves.

Support for Audubon Conveyor Belts
All support rollers must be free turning.
Mount all rollers so temperature will not affect them.
Provide roller support on return side.
Hearth supports in furnace should be even.

Breaking in an Audubon Conveyor Belt
A high temperature Audubon conveyor belt must be brought to operating termperature at a rate of 300 degrees F per hour.
After reaching operating temperature, the wire mesh conveyor belt should be cycled a minimum of 10-15 times or approximately 2 hours.
Increase in belt life can be enhanced by stress relieving at 50 degrees Farenheight, above operating temperature which will prevent excessive growth.   The same cycling must take place to accomplish full stress relieving.
Break in must be performed without product load.  When loading the Audubon conveyor belt after this procedure, do not overload the belt beyond the recommended load. 
Check belt continuously during break in period and operating procedure for proper tracking.

Operation for an Audubon Conveyor Belt.
Operate low tempertaure belts with normal care.
Check Audubon conveyor belts periodically for wear, travel, etc.
Load belt uniformly to eliminate uneven pull and cambre.
Operate high temperature belts within their designed temperature range.
Don't overload the Audubon conveyor belt at any time.
High Nickel Chrome temperature belts should be idled at 1500 Degrees F. when not in production.
Do NOT stop the conveyor belt while operating at high termperatures.
Do NOT overheat Audubon belts in operation.

General Audubon Conveyor Belt Information
Provide full width support for Audubon Conveyor belts, wherever possible.
Do NOT support the conveyor belt at outside edges, without Audubon Engineer's Approval.
Do NOT use flanges on a conveyor belt higher than those recommended by Audubon Engineers.
Keep the Audubon Conveyor Belt clean to prevent excessive wear.

AUDUBON Sales & Service
"Conveyor Belting since 1884"
850 Pennsylvania Blvd.
Feasterville, PA  19053
PH:  (800) 523-0169  toll free in u.s.
PH:  (215) 364-5451
FX:   (215) 364-5538