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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Maintain conveyor systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13281  Maintain conveyor systems 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2007-05-15  2008-06-25  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-06-25   2012-06-25  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
253475  Maintain conveyor systems  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners in the field of engineering require the skills, values and knowledge reflected in this unit standard.

The learning outcomes in this unit standard also contribute to the exit level outcomes required for the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Fitting (NQF level 3) and related qualifications.

Qualifying learners are able to identify a range of conveyor systems and their application and are able to inspect conveyor systems, determine faults, assess requirements for repair, and remove, replace and set up conveyor systems. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This unit standard has been designed as part of a progression. It is one of a series of unit standards for machine and equipment maintenance in the engineering area.

The credits allocated to this unit standard assume that a learner has already learned to
  • Maintain direct drives, bearings and brakes and clutches 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The ranges as indicated under the specific outcomes determine the scope and level of this unit standard.

    The learner should be able to work autonomously with minimal supervision and according to worksite and manufacturer specifications and occupational safety, health and environmental legislation.

    Work is generally, but not exclusively, carried out in a team environment. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan and prepare for conveyor system maintenance. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Conveyor systems may include belt-, chain-, pipe- and bucket conveyor.
  • Planning and preparation includes breakdown scheduling, job cards, running inspection. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Site and equipment are prepared for conveyor system maintenance
    2. Conveyor system is maintained and restored to a safe and serviceable condition
    3. Conveyor system is checked for compliance

    Indicators
    1. System is confirmed to be isolated
    2. Conveyor system is inspected and non-conformances identified
    3. Conveyor maintenance requirements are determined
    4. System maintenance consumables, parts and / or components are selected, fitted and adjusted to meet operational requirements
    5. Non-conforming consumables, damaged or sub-standard components and equipment are timeously identified and appropriate corrective action taken
    6. Conveyor system records are completed and processed
    7. Work is carried out in a safe manner in accordance with schedules and manufacturer specifications
    8. Maintenance process cycle time meets workplace requirements
    9. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained
    10. No delays are caused as a result of poor planning for conveyor belt splicing process and identifying problems
    11. Applicable health, safety and environmental procedures are adhered to

    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Conveyor systems, belting types, characteristics
  • The maintenance process sequence, procedures and techniques
  • Tools and equipment used
  • Quality awareness: implications of system maintenance that do not comply with operational requirements
  • Applicable conveyor system maintenance theory
  • Safety
  • Reporting and documentation requirements
    2. Explain and discuss the implications of not adhering to the sequence of activities and operations as described in the specific outcomes and making decisions inappropriate to the task. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare site and equipment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Preparation includes ensuring system is safe.
  • Making system safe includes isolation and applying protective equipment.
  • Isolation includes electrical and mechanical energy (a loaded conveyor may have potential energy as well). 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Site and equipment are prepared for conveyor system maintenance
    2. Conveyor system is maintained and restored to a safe and serviceable condition
    3. Conveyor system is checked for compliance

    Indicators
    1. System is confirmed to be isolated
    2. Conveyor system is inspected and non-conformances identified
    3. Conveyor maintenance requirements are determined
    4. System maintenance consumables, parts and / or components are selected, fitted and adjusted to meet operational requirements
    5. Non-conforming consumables, damaged or sub-standard components and equipment are timeously identified and appropriate corrective action taken
    6. Conveyor system records are completed and processed
    7. Work is carried out in a safe manner in accordance with schedules and manufacturer specifications
    8. Maintenance process cycle time meets workplace requirements
    9. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained
    10. No delays are caused as a result of poor planning for conveyor belt splicing process and identifying problems
    11. Applicable health, safety and environmental procedures are adhered to

    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Conveyor systems, belting types, characteristics
  • The maintenance process sequence, procedures and techniques
  • Tools and equipment used
  • Quality awareness: implications of system maintenance that do not comply with operational requirements
  • Applicable conveyor system maintenance theory
  • Safety
  • Reporting and documentation requirements
    2. Explain and discuss the implications of not adhering to the sequence of activities and operations as described in the specific outcomes and making decisions inappropriate to the task. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Inspect and assess conveyor system. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Inspection includes components such as: pulleys, sprockets, links, flights, buckets,scrapers, idlers, skirting, liners, guides, chutes, bearing housings, drives 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Site and equipment are prepared for conveyor system maintenance
    2. Conveyor system is maintained and restored to a safe and serviceable condition
    3. Conveyor system is checked for compliance

    Indicators
    1. System is confirmed to be isolated
    2. Conveyor system is inspected and non-conformances identified
    3. Conveyor maintenance requirements are determined
    4. System maintenance consumables, parts and / or components are selected, fitted and adjusted to meet operational requirements
    5. Non-conforming consumables, damaged or sub-standard components and equipment are timeously identified and appropriate corrective action taken
    6. Conveyor system records are completed and processed
    7. Work is carried out in a safe manner in accordance with schedules and manufacturer specifications
    8. Maintenance process cycle time meets workplace requirements
    9. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained
    10. No delays are caused as a result of poor planning for conveyor belt splicing process and identifying problems
    11. Applicable health, safety and environmental procedures are adhered to

    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Conveyor systems, belting types, characteristics
  • The maintenance process sequence, procedures and techniques
  • Tools and equipment used
  • Quality awareness: implications of system maintenance that do not comply with operational requirements
  • Applicable conveyor system maintenance theory
  • Safety
  • Reporting and documentation requirements
    2. Explain and discuss the implications of not adhering to the sequence of activities and operations as described in the specific outcomes and making decisions inappropriate to the task. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Maintain conveyor system. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Identify problems and take corrective action 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Conveyor characteristics include usage and operating range / temperature, control of friction and interaction of moving surfaces.
  • Problems include non-conforming components, belt specification, alignment and lubrication. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Site and equipment are prepared for conveyor system maintenance
    2. Conveyor system is maintained and restored to a safe and serviceable condition
    3. Conveyor system is checked for compliance

    Indicators
    1. System is confirmed to be isolated
    2. Conveyor system is inspected and non-conformances identified
    3. Conveyor maintenance requirements are determined
    4. System maintenance consumables, parts and / or components are selected, fitted and adjusted to meet operational requirements
    5. Non-conforming consumables, damaged or sub-standard components and equipment are timeously identified and appropriate corrective action taken
    6. Conveyor system records are completed and processed
    7. Work is carried out in a safe manner in accordance with schedules and manufacturer specifications
    8. Maintenance process cycle time meets workplace requirements
    9. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained
    10. No delays are caused as a result of poor planning for conveyor belt splicing process and identifying problems
    11. Applicable health, safety and environmental procedures are adhered to

    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Conveyor systems, belting types, characteristics
  • The maintenance process sequence, procedures and techniques
  • Tools and equipment used
  • Quality awareness: implications of system maintenance that do not comply with operational requirements
  • Applicable conveyor system maintenance theory
  • Safety
  • Reporting and documentation requirements
    2. Explain and discuss the implications of not adhering to the sequence of activities and operations as described in the specific outcomes and making decisions inappropriate to the task. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Check conveyor system for compliance with operational requirements. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Operational requirements include load capacity and training of belt, tension.
  • Check includes alignment, belt specifications. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Site and equipment are prepared for conveyor system maintenance
    2. Conveyor system is maintained and restored to a safe and serviceable condition
    3. Conveyor system is checked for compliance

    Indicators
    1. System is confirmed to be isolated
    2. Conveyor system is inspected and non-conformances identified
    3. Conveyor maintenance requirements are determined
    4. System maintenance consumables, parts and / or components are selected, fitted and adjusted to meet operational requirements
    5. Non-conforming consumables, damaged or sub-standard components and equipment are timeously identified and appropriate corrective action taken
    6. Conveyor system records are completed and processed
    7. Work is carried out in a safe manner in accordance with schedules and manufacturer specifications
    8. Maintenance process cycle time meets workplace requirements
    9. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained
    10. No delays are caused as a result of poor planning for conveyor belt splicing process and identifying problems
    11. Applicable health, safety and environmental procedures are adhered to

    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Conveyor systems, belting types, characteristics
  • The maintenance process sequence, procedures and techniques
  • Tools and equipment used
  • Quality awareness: implications of system maintenance that do not comply with operational requirements
  • Applicable conveyor system maintenance theory
  • Safety
  • Reporting and documentation requirements
    2. Explain and discuss the implications of not adhering to the sequence of activities and operations as described in the specific outcomes and making decisions inappropriate to the task. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Care for and store system maintenance tools and equipment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Tools and equipment include absorbent material, hand tools and cleaning equipment and fluids 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Site and equipment are prepared for conveyor system maintenance
    2. Conveyor system is maintained and restored to a safe and serviceable condition
    3. Conveyor system is checked for compliance

    Indicators
    1. System is confirmed to be isolated
    2. Conveyor system is inspected and non-conformances identified
    3. Conveyor maintenance requirements are determined
    4. System maintenance consumables, parts and / or components are selected, fitted and adjusted to meet operational requirements
    5. Non-conforming consumables, damaged or sub-standard components and equipment are timeously identified and appropriate corrective action taken
    6. Conveyor system records are completed and processed
    7. Work is carried out in a safe manner in accordance with schedules and manufacturer specifications
    8. Maintenance process cycle time meets workplace requirements
    9. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained
    10. No delays are caused as a result of poor planning for conveyor belt splicing process and identifying problems
    11. Applicable health, safety and environmental procedures are adhered to

    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Conveyor systems, belting types, characteristics
  • The maintenance process sequence, procedures and techniques
  • Tools and equipment used
  • Quality awareness: implications of system maintenance that do not comply with operational requirements
  • Applicable conveyor system maintenance theory
  • Safety
  • Reporting and documentation requirements
    2. Explain and discuss the implications of not adhering to the sequence of activities and operations as described in the specific outcomes and making decisions inappropriate to the task. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Record information on work done. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Site and equipment are prepared for conveyor system maintenance
    2. Conveyor system is maintained and restored to a safe and serviceable condition
    3. Conveyor system is checked for compliance

    Indicators
    1. System is confirmed to be isolated
    2. Conveyor system is inspected and non-conformances identified
    3. Conveyor maintenance requirements are determined
    4. System maintenance consumables, parts and / or components are selected, fitted and adjusted to meet operational requirements
    5. Non-conforming consumables, damaged or sub-standard components and equipment are timeously identified and appropriate corrective action taken
    6. Conveyor system records are completed and processed
    7. Work is carried out in a safe manner in accordance with schedules and manufacturer specifications
    8. Maintenance process cycle time meets workplace requirements
    9. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained
    10. No delays are caused as a result of poor planning for conveyor belt splicing process and identifying problems
    11. Applicable health, safety and environmental procedures are adhered to

    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Conveyor systems, belting types, characteristics
  • The maintenance process sequence, procedures and techniques
  • Tools and equipment used
  • Quality awareness: implications of system maintenance that do not comply with operational requirements
  • Applicable conveyor system maintenance theory
  • Safety
  • Reporting and documentation requirements
    2. Explain and discuss the implications of not adhering to the sequence of activities and operations as described in the specific outcomes and making decisions inappropriate to the task. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 8 
    Discuss and explain incidents and problems related to conveyor system maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Site and equipment are prepared for conveyor system maintenance
    2. Conveyor system is maintained and restored to a safe and serviceable condition
    3. Conveyor system is checked for compliance

    Indicators
    1. System is confirmed to be isolated
    2. Conveyor system is inspected and non-conformances identified
    3. Conveyor maintenance requirements are determined
    4. System maintenance consumables, parts and / or components are selected, fitted and adjusted to meet operational requirements
    5. Non-conforming consumables, damaged or sub-standard components and equipment are timeously identified and appropriate corrective action taken
    6. Conveyor system records are completed and processed
    7. Work is carried out in a safe manner in accordance with schedules and manufacturer specifications
    8. Maintenance process cycle time meets workplace requirements
    9. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained
    10. No delays are caused as a result of poor planning for conveyor belt splicing process and identifying problems
    11. Applicable health, safety and environmental procedures are adhered to

    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Conveyor systems, belting types, characteristics
  • The maintenance process sequence, procedures and techniques
  • Tools and equipment used
  • Quality awareness: implications of system maintenance that do not comply with operational requirements
  • Applicable conveyor system maintenance theory
  • Safety
  • Reporting and documentation requirements
    2. Explain and discuss the implications of not adhering to the sequence of activities and operations as described in the specific outcomes and making decisions inappropriate to the task. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 9 
    Work safely with care for self, fellow workers, machines, equipment, materials and environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Site and equipment are prepared for conveyor system maintenance
    2. Conveyor system is maintained and restored to a safe and serviceable condition
    3. Conveyor system is checked for compliance

    Indicators
    1. System is confirmed to be isolated
    2. Conveyor system is inspected and non-conformances identified
    3. Conveyor maintenance requirements are determined
    4. System maintenance consumables, parts and / or components are selected, fitted and adjusted to meet operational requirements
    5. Non-conforming consumables, damaged or sub-standard components and equipment are timeously identified and appropriate corrective action taken
    6. Conveyor system records are completed and processed
    7. Work is carried out in a safe manner in accordance with schedules and manufacturer specifications
    8. Maintenance process cycle time meets workplace requirements
    9. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained
    10. No delays are caused as a result of poor planning for conveyor belt splicing process and identifying problems
    11. Applicable health, safety and environmental procedures are adhered to

    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Conveyor systems, belting types, characteristics
  • The maintenance process sequence, procedures and techniques
  • Tools and equipment used
  • Quality awareness: implications of system maintenance that do not comply with operational requirements
  • Applicable conveyor system maintenance theory
  • Safety
  • Reporting and documentation requirements
    2. Explain and discuss the implications of not adhering to the sequence of activities and operations as described in the specific outcomes and making decisions inappropriate to the task. 


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    My assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of the MERSETA Education and Training Quality Assuror who has jurisdiction over this field of learning. My assessor will (at the very least) be accredited and have a technical qualification in this learning area.

    I can be assessed in the language of my choice although if I have to report incidents or conditions to someone else, I will be assessed on my ability to report in the language commonly used in my working environment.

    I will be assessed in the workplace but I can submit documents, projects, test results and assignments that were not produced in the workplace.

    I can be assessed against this unit standard to obtain credits or as part of an integrated assessment for a qualification. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Names & functions of:
  • Conveyor system and components
  • Tools and equipment used in the conveyor system maintenance process
  • Quality terminology and concepts

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Typical conveyor system faults and defects
  • End users of conveyor system

    Sensory cues:
  • Sensory cues (what I see, hear, smell, feel) utilised for identifying conveyor system related defects and non-conformances and the causes thereof

    Purpose of:
  • Preparing site and equipment for maintenance process
  • Maintaining conveyor systems
  • Quality checks and procedures
  • Reporting problems

    Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Implications of non-conformance
  • Causes and responses to common problems
  • Maintenance sequence and process
  • Implications and consequences of situations such as, e.g. using damaged or faulty tools equipment in the maintenance process, delaying reports about problems in work area

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Identifying component defects
  • Maintaining conveyor system components
  • Conveyor belt splicing, training, aligning and tensioning
  • Preparing consumables, replacement components / parts for maintenance
  • Quality checks and procedures
  • Reporting procedures

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental protection legislation and standards
  • Applicable company policies and procedures

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Applicable mechanical theory covering the maintenance of conveyor systems, e.g. tensions, tension ratios, torque, power, contact angles, pulley diameters, rev.minutes, applicable formulae
  • Applicable mathematical concepts including diameters, ratios, formulae

    Relationships, systems:
  • The relationship of the conveyor system maintenance process to the production process 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Recognise and respond to non-conforming components / parts 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team:
  • Interact with colleagues and team members in order to maintain conveyor system 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage my activities and myself:
  • According to procedures, following regular, consistent methodical work patterns
  • Manage resources and my time 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Collect sensory and numeric information from the conveyor maintenance process
  • Classify the information and identify deviations from the norm 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • Record outputs and incidents 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • Understand and explain mechanical theory relevant to the conveyor maintenance process 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • Understand and explain the purpose of conveyor system maintenance to the production process
  • Justify my actions as appropriate 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 253475, which is "Maintain conveyor systems", Level 3, 6 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48727   National Certificate: Sugar Manufacturing and Refining Technical Maintenance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  23274   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-06-25  MERSETA 
    Elective  23255   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting and Machining  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Blue Horison Properties 53 (Pty) Ltd T/A Durnacol Skills Innovation Hu 
    2. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    3. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    4. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP) 
    5. Orbit FET College - Rustenburg Campus 
    6. THE SAJ COMPETENCY TRAINING INSTITUTE CC 



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