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Last Updated: September 18, 2019

10 Belt Conveyor Top Tips

Discover all you need to know about Conveyors Belts & How to get the right belt for YOU!

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It is really important to source the correct belt for your application and vital to the efficiency of your production process. Take a look at some of our featured products.

Your products are important and must be studied at great lengths before a decision is made.

  • The size and weight must be considered
  • What material is your product is it powder, solid or liquid.
  • Is the orientation important
  • How will your product be loaded onto the conveyor
  • Do you need to elevate the product
  • Will you need flights to stop roll back
  • Speed to be fixed or variable
  • What is the ambient temperature
  • Does it need to be food quality
  • Will the product cut into the belt
  • Is your product hot or cold

Once you have taken the time to consider what is required you then need to talk to a conveyor manufacturer that can guide you through the suitable belting options

Other factors to consider explore some our the most FAQ

Q. What types of belt are there?

A. The most commonly used belts are below.

  • PU & PVC Polyvinyl chloride
  • NF Natural fiber
  • NR Natural Rubber
  • SIR Silicone Rubber
  • PTPA Aramide
  • PET Polyester
  • FDA Food Quality (Blue or White)
  • TPEE Thermoplastic copolyester
  • TPU Thermoplastic polyurethane
  • Buffalo Belting

Q. The belt keeps sticking to the deck section after a clean down causing the motor to burn out. What can I do about it?

A. Belts can be fitted with a quick release unit which takes all of the tension off the belt during a clean down situation. The quick release unit is the levered back in position prior to the new shift beginning, the tracking and tension of the belt will stay the same.

Q. How can I stop my belts from tracking off as it has damaged the belt and is now scuffed either side of the belt?

A. Belts often track off this can happen for a multitude of reasons some of which are below;

Check and see if your drums have been crowned? As it will help position itself over the terminal drums.

Have you checked to see if the frame work that the belt is running on is square and level?
If it is not then the belt will wonder on the deck section causing damage.

Are the end, tension and drive drums all square to each other?
Make sure that all drums are square to each other.

Q. Is it safe to transport raw food on a belt conveyor without contamination?

A. Selection of the belt material is the key factor to ensure the correct handling of a product and sanitation of the process.

Raw food on belt conveyor

Q. How easy is it to accumulate my products on a belt conveyor?

A. Yes there are many different types of material available from very low friction to extremely high grip. Once again it is vital to select the correct belt for your product. At the design stage make sure you offer products for trial and be clear as to how you want to accumulate your product.

Q. What speed can I run my belt conveyor at?

A. On average a rule of thumb is 2metres per minute up to 50metres per min, it will however depend on the product

Q. What widths of belt can I have?

A. Any width at all, our standard range starts at 100mm wide and goes up to 800mm wide, but any width can be made. We have supplied a customer with a 2metre wide conveyor.

Q. Can I vary the speed of a belts conveyor?

A. Yes you can, by either adding an invertor which gives you a speed control varied by means of a dial the speed is increased by increasing the cycles electronically or by fitting a mechanical variator which is varied by turning a hand wheel on the gearbox.

Q. What angle can I run a belt conveyor at?

A. This depends on the product but it is possible to incline up at an angle of 39 degrees without the need for flights using grippy belts as below.

Grippy Belt Incline

Q. Can belt conveyors be made to a food quality standard?

A. Yes in fact the vast majority of the conveyors that we supply are food quality.

Q. Is it easy to replace a belt?

A. Yes, very easy. A new belt can either be fitted as an endless length or a single length can be joined by means of vulcanising the two ends together.

Q. Can I get close transfers from one conveyor to another?

A. Yes, you can. We use 50mm dia end drums which are fixed. The tensioning of the belt is done in the middle of our conveyors, thereby ensuring that the length of the conveyor remains the same no mater how much the belt stretches.

Q. Do belts stretch?

A. Yes after an initial bedding in period the belt will need to be re tensioned. It is quite possible that a belt could stretch 10% of its original length once again this will depend on the product being handled.

Q. Can I get a closer transfer than the two 50mm end drums previously mentioned?

A. Yes you can, we offer a mini range of conveyors for the lighter duty applications, these belts travel around 32mm dia drums. If this is still to large a gap, you can travel around a knife edge give an approximate gap of 4mm however care should be taken with the belt selection for this type of transfer.

Q. Can I fit flights to a belt to elevate a product?

A. Yes you can. The flights can be as small as 20mm or as tall as 150mm, they can be pitched at any distance over 80mm.

Q. How can I stop my loose product spilling over the edge of the belt?

A. This can be achieved by fitting sidewall to the belt. They start at 20mm high. Although this will effect the diameter of the drums being used.

Conveyor Belt with Sidewall

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