A wear pad is used on the slide of an endless track conveyor belt. Mounted on a base, extending transversely beneath the conveyor belt to support the belt, the top surface of the wear pad comprises multiple transversely extending channels or grooves for discharging any liquid that falls on to the wear pad from the belt. This means any drag on the belt, as a result of the liquid spillage, will be substantially reduced.
Slides or idlers have typically been used for some time to support conveyor belts. However, when conveying a liquid substance, such as in the food production industry, if any liquid falls on to the slides, it can accumulate between the slides and the belt. This results in friction drag, slowing the belt down or causing it to stop altogether. The wear pad will prevent this from happening.