Choosing The Right Conveyor Belt For Your Business
Choosing the right conveyor belt for your business involves taking several factors into consideration. These factors include:
- The product(s) being conveyed
- The size and weight of the product
- How fast the product needs to move along the conveyor
- Where the conveyor will be situated
- Will the conveyor be on an incline or a decline
The main types of belted conveyors we produce at Mobility Engineering are:
Pvc/Pu Belt Conveyors
The traditional Pvc/Pu belt conveyor system is still widely used due to it being more cost effective than the more modern modular belting, and in instances such as horizontal packing, picking or assembly lines etc, we would generally propose using smooth PVC, or where the belt is in contact with food we would recommend food grade PU.
If an elevation is required we would recommend a grip face rubber belt, although if the angle of inclination exceeds approximately 24 degrees the belt would have to include flights.
Many belts have a woven back which helps grip the end and return rollers, and in addition to this we also supply belts that have tracking strip profiles underneath which folds down over the steel skid base, therefore no tracking is required.
Modular Belt Conveyors
Modular (plastic) belting is now being used more frequently on belt conveyor systems because of it's durability and it's multi-functional properties. Modular belting is generally constructed from either polypropylene (temperature range of +5 degrees to +105 degrees), polyethylene (temperature range of -40 degrees to +60 degrees) or polyacetal (temperature range of -40 Degrees to +60 Degrees).
As it is a series of links, the belt can be constructed to suit the application. e.g. the links can be very narrow to allow small end drums for transferring products. Or, the belt can be an opened top flush grid to allow air or water to be passed through the belt. Or, the belt can have a radius flush grid for use on bends. The modular belt can also incorporate a grip top for inclines.
Choosing the right type of conveyor belt and design can make a vast difference to your business!
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