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Conveyor Belting

Conveyor Belting

Having the correct conveyor belt is the key to a succesfull and enduring conveyor system. Here at CCBA we have years of experience in the materials handling industry, and can supply every conceivable combination of belting material and configuration.

As an independant engineering company, we are not "tied" to any particular belt manufacturer. We do not promote any particular brand, make or type of belting, but Instead focus on getting you the right type of belt for YOUR specific needs.

Below is a sample of some of the belts we routinely deal with. ALL of these have been used on our own conveyors, and have proven track records for stability and reliability.

Products listed under Conveyor Belting

Wether you are seeking a replacement belt for an existing machine, or looking for advice on a suitable belt for a new prototype, then we are here to help.

As ever, if you are unsure of what belt is best for you, please do not hesitate to call us on the numbers above, or see our contact page. Our friendly and knowledgeable technicians are here to help !

A little bit about conveyor belts

Conveyor belts come in a bewildering variety of types and variations. Below are some of the most common ones.

PVC Conveyor Belts
These are the "Ford Transits" of the conveyor world: inexpensive, sturdy, and you see them everywhere . They are used for general purpose carrying, usually in warehouses or distribution centres, but also seen in machine workshops as lathe/CNC takeaway belts, and just about anywhere where packages or products are moved from (a) to (b).

Although normally associated with relatively lightweight applications, the 3-Ply and "brick-belt" variations are suprisingly strong, and can overlap in function with the traditionall heavy-duty rubber belts.

PU Conveyor Belts
These are normally associated with food processing, or scientific/pharmaecutical applications. Their close-pore surface resists adhesion by food particles etc, making them extrememly easy to clean and keep hygeinic. Some varients can even have an antibacterial agent incorporated into their top surface. They have another interesting quality, however. Being very thin and flexible (typically only 1mm thick), they can go around very small rollers. This is ideal for conveyors in a tight space with limited headroom for bulky rollers. It is also useful when transferring materials from one conveyor to another, as small rollers minimise the gap between the conveyors.
Rubber Belting
This is normally taken to mean the ubiquitous "Reinforced EP Industrial belting", which is a rubber-based compound with a nylon interply. Short of metal belts, this is the strongest belt type, and is beloved of heavy industry, including mining, gravel pits, recylcing plants and anything where heavy objects (or aggregates) need to be moved. They don't HAVE to be heavy-duty, however. There are 6mm thick varients that can be used as a "slightly" heavier duty version of a PVC belt.

They are also common in agricultural applications, where they often work alongside 3-Ply PVC belts.

Plastic Modular Belting
This revolutationary belt type was introduced in the 1970's in Lousiana, USA. It consists of a large number of interlocking plastic "modules" that form a conveyor surface. Their chief advantage is probably the ability to form loops and bends, something that is very difficult - and expensive - to do with conventional fabric or rubber belts. Although significantly more expensive than conventional belts, they can often have a reduced overall "cost of ownership" as they are easier to clean, easier to repair, and very long-lasting. And - of course - they can do things that conventional belts simply can't. (you may have seen video's of bottling plants with thousands of bottles wizzing around bends and spirals; these are typically using a plastic modular belt, or its cousin, the Slat Chain Belt). Plastic modulat belts come in three basic flavours:
Polypropylene (PP)
A relatively inexpensive belt, good at high temperatures (up to around 100 degrees centigrade), strong, but somewhat brittle. It is highly resistant to aggressive cleaning chemicals.
Polyethylene (PE)
Good in very cold environments (can work down to -70 degrees centigrade). More flexible than Polypropylene, and hence a greater resistance to impacts.
The most expensive material, but an excellent all-rounder, able to cope with a wide temperature range (-40 to +90), but has a low resistance to shock impacts, and to agressive chemicals, particularly acids and/or chlorine.
High Temperature Belting
Most fabric, rubber and plastic modular belts give up the ghost at temperatures above about 90 degrees centigrade. Two belt types stand out in high-temperature environments.
Good at up to 180 degrees, this belt also has good friction properties, and also (Contradictorily) good release qualities (e.g. the product doesn't stick to it). It is also regarded as food-grade.
This remarkable belting material can go up to 250 degrees. Being made of teflon, it also has good release (e.g. non-stick) qualities. It is - however - very thin (less than half a millimeter). This makes it good for going around very thin rollers (or even knife edges), but it does mean it is comparatively fragile compared to PVC belts. Having said this, PTFE belts can be compbined with Kevlar to increase their strength somewhat. This makes them much stronger, but still not quite as strong as a standard 2-Ply PVC belt.
Metal Belts
The ultimate in strength and high-temperature working.

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