There’s no shortage of industries utilizing the benefits of conveyor belts. With the variety of industrial conveyor belt types and designs, chances are there is a type of conveyor belt system that will work for your own manufacturing business. So, whether your company is found within one of the other industries that commonly use industrial conveyor belts, or you’re interested in improving the productivity of your business, here are several common conveyor belt types as well as the industries that most commonly use them.
General-Use Conveyor Belts
These are the most commonly used conveyor belts used in countless industries. The conveyor belts are made using anything from rubber to polyester or various fabrics. The belt is designed to move material from one location to another. This is desirable during the manufacturing process. Instead of lifting an object and moving it to another location, the conveyor belt does the heavy lifting and moving.
Conveyor belts are used in industries ranging from the general assembly to the airline security industry. These belts are also beneficial in certain food industries, as several of the belt material types can be easily cleaned and will not house bacteria in the way of other belts.
Plastic Interlocking Conveyor Belts
If you work in the food packaging industry, plastic interlocking belts are highly desirable. The belts are exceptional for food packaging in that the plastic can be easily cleaned and will not corrode. In terms of design, plastic interlocking conveyor belts are similar to general-use. The main difference is that plastic can be easily cleaned regularly.
Plastic conveyor belts are also used in the automotive industry. It is important to prevent contaminants from attaching to the manufactured materials (and avoid potential damage to the automotive objects).
Woven Metal Conveyor Belts
These belts are made from an industrial metal weave to function similarly to traditional, general-use belts, but instead, it is made from metal.
The major benefit a woven metal belt provides is handling higher temperatures. Whereas the rubberized material of the general-use belts will melt, the metal conveyor belts will not be damaged. These kinds of belts are most commonly used to produce electronics, glass, and some food manufacturing where heat is required. The metal weave allows for improved airflow, making it possible for the material to cool faster (where rubber will absorb the heat, the woven metal allows air to cool the material from all directions).
There are several woven metal conveyor belt types. Some of these belts use metal wiring, which provides a tighter weave and is desirable when smaller items are placed on the belt. However, when it comes to larger items when the airflow is necessary, an interlocking chain belt is available. This can increase airflow over the wire weave, and it also allows some moisture to fall from the material when necessary.
Hinged Conveyor Belts
This kind of belt is closely related to woven metal belts in that hinged belts are made from metal. However, while a woven belt allows airflow, hinged conveyor belts are solid surfaces. These are heavy-duty belts and are used to transport any number of materials and goods. Scrappers and recycling centers often use this kind of conveyor belt. The belt can handle a hefty amount of weight, and because it is a solid surface, materials will not become stuck within the belt. In many ways, it is similar to a general-use rubber conveyor belt in that it is a solid piece of material. Only with this belt can it handle more weight and will not be as easily damaged.
If you’re looking for a heavy-duty belt that can handle just about anything thrown its way, there’s really nothing else out there like a hinged conveyor belt.
Filter Conveyor Belt
While a woven metal belt can allow for some moisture runoff, a filter conveyor belt is desirable if this is to be in excess. These belts are designed to drain everything from liquids to toxins within the material.
The water treatment industry often uses this kind of filter conveyor belt. However, other industries that need to remove unwanted liquids and toxins will also use this kind of industrial conveyor belt system.
Conveyor Belt Setups
While all kinds of conveyor belt materials are used in various industries, there’s also no shortage of conveyor belt setups. Having the right setup in your facility will make it easier to take advantage of the given space and maximize productivity. Some of these different setup types include a traditional flat belt or a modular belt, which comprises several interlocking belts. There are curved belts that will move around corners, as well as an incline or decline belt, which again will help you take advantage of your floor space and even give you the ability to add a second level to your production floor if the ceiling height allows for it.
Discover The Right Belt For Your Facility
With no shortage of conveyor belt types and setups, there is a design option that will help you maximize your floor space while ensuring the highest level of productivity within your building. The best way to determine what is right for you is to give Gough Econ expert customer service staff a call. An entire audit of your current production facility and the floor space can be performed to help you determine what areas can be improved upon. So whether you already have a setup you want to tweak, or you’re just starting and want to install the ultimate conveyor belt system, the staff at Gough Econ is here to help.