Production And Uses Of Conveyor Belts
In different industries, material handling equipment are highly required for the loading and transit of the goods over a short distance. Conveyor belt
are mostly used for this purpose. These are basically Belts, which are looped endlessly over rollers and two terminal pulleys that rotate and move the belt along. It has a flat surface and and it slides. The belt in designed in such a way so that it can move freely. High quality materials are used in the developing these belts, so that they withstand the weight of the loaded goods.
The length and breath of the belt depend on the purpose it is serving. There are, broadly, two types of Conveyor belts: Fabric/Steel Reinforced Belts and Wire Mesh Belts. These belts have different application in different domains starting from transportation sector to the shopping centers.
These belts are manufactured by embedding the reinforcing material, such as textile, canvas, nylon, steel cord,Chevron conveyor belt
, or a combination of these in polymer slabs, usually rubber. Then, these are vulcanized. The strength of these belts get determined during the production process itself based on the number and type of layers of reinforcing materials. Steel-wire-reinforced Conveyor Belts, have extra strong cords and are mainly used in mining and handling of heavy material. Whereas, Wire mesh belts possess good heat and cold resistant properties and these belts find application in handling of light or heavy loads. Apart, they are used in bakeries, cooking lines and for freezing plants. Wire mesh belts, usually, come with a choice of mesh types.
However, over a period of operation, the belts are likely to become slack. This can be corrected with the use of tensions, which can be automatic or manually operated. A special type of belting is required for acutely inclined and high-speed conveyor systems.
Owing to the heavy demand of these belts in different industries, manufacturers are continuously producing these belts to suffice the market demand. Apart from increasing the manufacturing efficiency, manufacturers are also trying to develop advance methodologies in-order to manufacture longer length of belts without splicing. Moreover, longer belts are easy to instal and requires less maintenance cost.