Belts for Conveyors
- Slat Belt/Chain – Mainly used to transport glass containers and bottles. The moulded chain generally lends itself well to the width of these containers. Slat chain is manufactured from acetyl which has a low coefficient of friction, meaning smoother transfer between processes / conveyors. These chains are linked by stainless steel or plastic pins. Plastic pins are used in conveyors with metal detection applications, to avoid activating the sensor.
- Modular Belt – Offer a greater width range for transporting bulkier objects and higher volumes of smaller objects. Flights can be added to these conveyors. The direction of flow can be changed when using a modular belt, this is especially useful if you are using a reject or accumulation function. go from light duty to heavy duty dependent on your application. Modular belt offers better end to end transfer between conveyors.
- Flights – An integrated modular belt accessory. Added to conveyor systems to create a bucket-like area which ensures secure conveying of product up or downhill. The size of the flight is dependent on the conveyor application.
- Gripper Belt – These are made up of two belts running together, holding product in position. Predominantly used to grip containers. Will convey product uphill/downhill and used to invert containers too.
Weighing – Tend to be used for filling larger, bulkier containers. Containers travel along the conveyor system and stop when they reach the load cell/weigh scale. Wear path is pneumatically pulled down to allow containers to sit on the load cell/weigh scale, product pumps into container and is designed to stop filling once a certain weight is reached. Filling stops, wear path moves up, containers continue along the conveyor.
Reject Conveyors – Multi-lane section of conveyor that runs adjacent to single lane where a pneumatically actuated arm forces a rejected container away from the main production line. Video of a Reject Conveyor
Box Turn Application – A roller situated on the side of a conveyor in such a way that a box or similar, which requires labelling, makes contact and rotates accordingly. When labelling boxes on both sides, this conveyor application will ensure smooth rotation. Containers can be also be flipped if using a set of strategically placed roller on the bottom conveyor itself.
Indexing – This application is used for a variety of different reasons. Fundamentally, the conveyor is designed to stop and start at specified intervals. Ideal for monitoring batch quality, weighing and rejecting if necessary.
Pitching -Separates containers out to a certain pitch to ensure containers do not break or jam throughout the production/filling process. An example would be containers moving to a filling machine, the pitching distance between the containers is such that each pocket on the rotating filling machine only takes one container at a time. A different type of pitching application, the feed scroll pitches containers out to an exact pitch for feeding into filling machines. This helps to avoid breakages and blockages. Video of a Pitching Conveyor
Inverter Cleaner – Gripper belt holds the containers as they are inverted. Containers are then blasted with air to remove debris. Find out more on our Container pasteurising and cleaning equipment page.
Screw Conveyors – Gives a controlled feed, ideal for transferring sugar and other powders between processes.
Metal Detection Conveyors – Will monitor for foreign objects in product. We design the conveyor that travels through the metal detection system. We manufacture the conveyor with non metallic pins and a metal free area for the detector to be mounted. This can be designed to meet many supermarket specifications. Normally manufactured in conjunction with a reject conveyor.
Accumulation Table – Acts as a reservoir for containers between processes. Stops container build up in unwanted areas where one production process is faster than the other. These tables give additional accumulation which can help with line control. Video of an Accumulation Table
Gravity Roller Conveyors – When there is no power required to move the product along a conveyor, i.e. downhill. the product/container will travel over the rollers.