Are you thinking of investing in a conveyor belt? It is vital to choose a conveyor that best suits you and your company’s requirements. Before buying these belts, it’s good to know about what you are buying. You need to make sure which types of conveyors will suit your business applications. Choosing the right belt can help increase the profit margin and benefit you in business growth. Let’s consider the types of conveyors and their roles.
1. Roller Bed Conveyor Belts
The surface of this type of conveyor belt is made up of rollers selected to match production requirements like the weight or required speed of the products that will move along the belt. A shorter roller conveyor belt can be made up using two rollers. But the distance between the two ends increases, so more rollers would be needed for the belt to function. The setup is suitable for when items are loaded onto the belt. Manual loading can cause mechanical shock and can damage the rollers, and hence it’s ideal for such loaded items. The bed belts are also suitable for moving items over long distances as they reduce friction.
2. Flat Belt Conveyor Belts
This type of belt is prevalent amongst the conveyor systems. Flat belts are a handful of private conveyances that transport items within a facility. Flat belt conveyors use powered pulleys to move a flat belt, which consists of either natural or synthetic material. Things are placed on top while moving the belt and are carried from one place to another. This type of belt is widespread yet versatile. Optional features include center drives and noses, which depends on the usage.
3. Modular Conveyor Belts
Flat belts are used for a single, continuous loop of material; modular conveyor belt systems use a single loop made of countless locked pieces, made of plastic. These segments can be removed and replaced anytime. They are also easier to wash and are resistant to sharp and rough materials. Hence modular belts are easier to keep and repair than flat belts. Modular belt conveyors are well-suited for making things move around the corners. They can travel straight, incline and decline and also along with the edges. Other types of conveyors can also have the same features, but they tend to cost more than modular ones.
4. Curve Belt Conveyors
Curve belt conveyors are a particular type of curved belt that uses a curved frame to carry items around the corners, make fast transfers, or maximize available floor space. These belts can curve to a straight line. Truly curved conveyors that don’t have consecutive runs can only use flat belts. Curved belt conveyors are used in bag handling systems to change items’ conveying direction.
So there you go, some of the belt conveyors that are quite useful for linear slide assembly as well. Based upon your business needs, you can purchase them. Keep in mind that the prices of these belts vary. Also, you might not know what you want or which one is more suitable for your business. In this case, you can seek help from professionals.