In-Person Training Classes

SCP is a pioneer and leader in the teaching industry how to improve the handling of bulk materials. Our innovative MARTIN® FOUNDATIONS™ Workshop, Operations and Maintenance of Clean and Safe Conveyors, has trained engineers and operations personnel across the country in how to improve their plant’s operations.

This interesting and informative class conducted by industry experts, will teach old hands and new hires alike the how’s and why’s of the operation of belt conveyors. In this class an instructor will present ways to put safety first, prevent damage, reduce maintenance costs, and improve operating efficiency. 

Held in a classroom setting either onsite or offsite with lunch provided. When held onsite at your facility a portion of the training can include a group walk through of the belts.

For more information on MARTIN® FOUNDATIONS™ Conveyor Workshops,  contact us or reach out to one of our office by phone/email to schedule.

in person class

Online Learning Center

Your source of information for all things belt conveyor and bulk materials handling. With over 75 years of in-field experience, we have seen a lot! What good is this first-hand knowledge and expertise if we don’t share it with our customers and others in the material handling industry? Our goal has always been to make bulk materials handling cleaner, safer, and more productive.

Material Carryback & Belt Cleaning

Material sticking to the belt after discharge eventually builds up on conveyor components, falling to the ground and creating material loss and the need for manual cleanup.


Carryback is one of the most preventable conveyor problems in the world. It is incredibly costly to have carryback and fairly inexpensive to prevent it. Eliminate carryback concerns with reliable and effective belt cleaners
Carryback buildup
carryback build up on roller
Material Spillage
Material Spillage

Material Spillage

Spillage presents many threats to profitability such as; potential for lost material, labor cost for cleanup, risk of injury, housekeeping issues, and increased threat of unexpected downtime.

Material spillage can increase maintenance expenses but it can also be incredibly inexpensive to prevent altogether if handled promptly and correctly. Material spillage is totally preventable through inexpensive mechanical solutions.

Conveyor Belt Safety

MSHA has an increased focus on conveyor safety in hopes to continue to see a decline in conveyor accidents and fatalities. Heavy fines and citations are being issued to those in violation.

The most overlooked, yet easily recognizable, issue is the link between fugitive material cleanup and safety. Fugitive material increases safety risks in many ways. Accidents can happen, but they can – and should – also be prevented.

Fugitive material buildup
Conveyor safety
conveyor entrapment damage
Damage thruput

Conveyor Belt & Component Damage

Most facilities don’t understand the difference between belt damage and normal wear to the belt. Once they recognize this, they will save money on unnecessary repairs by utilizing preventative methods. Wear happens and while it can be slowed, it can’t be stopped. But belt damage can be prevented. 

Controlling fugitive material and recognizing the difference between belt damage and wear will drastically increase profitability and overall reliability. Keeping your conveyor belt and all components in top-operating condition will enhance productivity and safety.

Conveyor Belt Mistracking

Belt mistracking is one of the most common, troublesome, and misunderstood problems with conveyors. Every facility has belts that mistrack from time to time, and most react by immediately adjusting the head or tail pulley. A better action is to identify the reason why the belt is mistracking and correct that issue.

To properly prevent belt mistracking, the root causes of misalignment must be fully understood before they can be corrected.

belt tracking
conveyor mistracking - off center loading
Industrial Viibrators
air cannons

Material Flow Problems

If you are using a hopper/bin/silo, eventually you will run into some sort of flow problem. Feed chutes or hoppers feeding conveyor belts get plugged. Most of the time, plants don’t know there is buildup until material is seen spilling out because the internal problem isn’t visible from the outside. 

Be proactive and preventative about avoiding material buildup that leads to stopped production. Don’t let flow affect your production. Keep your process going!

Belt Conveyor System Maintenance

Conveyor and component maintenance is crucial to the overall operating efficiency. Different components have different maintenance techniques and schedules. When preventative maintenance such as; adjusting skirting, tensioning belt cleaners, inspecting the conveyor belt and components, etc., is done, the conveyor has a better chance of operating at maximum capability. Properly understanding and maintaining conveyors is important to keep your operation up and running while preventing unnecessary downtime

Conveyor maintenance is more than just lubricating a conveyor every so often. Components all need individual attention as well. Without it, conveyors won’t be successful.

working inspects pulley as part of routine maintenance
working inspects air cannon as part of routine maintenance

Basics of Belt Conveyor Systems

Conveyor belts are more efficient and safer than haul trucks. They are often overlooked because of their reliability compared to other equipment used in bulk materials handling. Conveyors aren’t complex but if they’re not understood, their problems can become complex.


Conveyor belts are a productive tool and quite simple if properly maintained. 
Industrial Viibrators
industrial vibrators