Conveyor belts have been integral to large scale industrial development since the 19th century. Although a tad primitive at the time, they provided the necessary assistance.
Industrial conveyor belts were used to shape companies like Ford by Henry Ford himself and increase fortunes of other companies such as B.F Goodrich. With their vast application potential in areas such as packaging, baggage handling and manufacturing assembly lines, it’s hard to ignore their contribution to human development. Here are a few types of conveyor belts:
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC conveyor belts) has a wide range of use, making it the third most widely used belt type in the food processing industry. Its popularity is deservedly earned by the number of advantages it offers, including durability, ease of use, applicability to small pulley systems, light-weight, good chemical resistance, flame retardant and affordability.
Factors such as durability and competitive pricing have factored into its wide range of use, in different niches such as bakeries, fruit and vegetable, meat and dairy processing industries.
Thermo plastic polyurethane (PU conveyor belts) is a polymer indicating the wide range of materials used in the construction of the belts. These belts are most suitable for high performance applications. They offer high resistance to wear and tear, low temperature flexibility, high resistance to impact and a high resistance to oils and fats.
Their suitability for high performance application and high resistance to oils, make these belts ideal for the rigors of the confectionary industry.
Silicone is an inorganic polymer with colourless and odourless properties. Silicone coatedconveyor belts are widely used due to its arsenal of advantages, which include high temperature resistance, high chemical resistance and good release properties.
Silicone offers a wide range of possibilities for the food industry not hindered by specific food stuff applications.
Polyolefin is a synthesized plastic. When converted into conveyor belts, it provides certain advantages such as high chemical resistance, non-stick properties that make it easy to clean and low density. Plus, polyolefin contains no harmful substances.
When polyolefin goes through the combustion process, it leads to the production of carbon dioxide and water vapour. Nitrogen and/or halogenous compounds have a remote chance of escaping. This makes it suitable for the tobacco industry, where passing the pyrolysis test is a requirement in the industry, reflecting the importance of polyolefin.
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