Types of Conveyor Belts Used for Industrial Purposes

by Mitchell Lieberman Online shopping

Right out the gate, it is crucial to keep one thing in mind: a conveyor belt is a generic name for all conveyor systems—not to be confused with a belt, which is the continuous loop material on, where items land for conveyance. Conveyor belt describes the entire machine, complete with rotors, motors, cleats, side-rails, conveyor belt cover, and roller bed.

Several factors help categorize a conveyor belt. So, what are the different types of conveyor belts?

The main factors are conveyor belt applications, the belt material, and structure all contribute to the naming of a particular conveyor system.

So, here are the six common conveyor types.

·        Flatbed conveyor belts
Flatbeds are popular in-facility, industrial conveyors for their versatility—from slow-moving in-line production to quick-moving packaging systems.

The belt moves along a flat surface, using a series of powered pulleys to move fluidly in one direction.

·        Roller bed conveyor belts
Here, motors power two rotors on either side of the belt’s loops as two or multiple rollers line in-between along the belt’s length.

Roller bed conveyors are also popular, especially for applications that only require items to land on the belt cover by gravity. Manual loading can harm the shape of the cylindrical rollers.

·        Modular conveyor belts
These are typically made of sturdy plastic. Multiple interlocking segments create a continuous loop.

That means you can add or remove individual segments for repair, replacement, or cleaning instead of ditching or eliminating the entire loop as you would a flatbed conveyor belt.

You do not need multiple motors to power the various segments, either. The conveyor type is versatile in that you can use it in straight, incline, decline, and curved systems.

·        Incline/Decline conveyor belts
When you need to move items up a level or down a level to say, a lower or raised production line, this is the type of conveyor to get.

The system usually comes with different cleat designs and rough belt texture to help keep items on the belt as it moves up and down the line.

·        Specialty conveyor belts
Did you know that elevators are one type of conveyor?

Specialized mining, coal, and assembly lines use custom conveyor belts that make their particular application more efficient.

One example of a specialized conveyor belt is a fiberglass conveyor designed to make moving hot items or in a hot environment practical, easy, and safe. Otherwise, nylon, rubber, or polyester material would burn.

·        Curved belt conveyors
These are typically installed for making items corner within the length of a more extended conveyor system but can be applied anywhere items, or people, need to change direction.

Types of conveyor belt materials
The materials range from natural to synthetic components. A conveyor belt comes in, at least, two layers; the structural underside and the cover on top.

The best conveyor belt material for your needs will depend on the application of the system.

Here are examples:

  • Filter belt conveyors for helping to remove objects in water systems continuously.
  • Wire mesh conveyors used in say fruit conveyors to help drop debris and water before packing
  • Woven metal for heavy-duty industrial applications
  • Magnetic belts for keeping magnetic items on the line despite changes in conveyance speed or inclines/declines along the line

Remember, if you are unsure which type of conveyor belt is right for your needs, do not hesitate to ask a reputed, professional conveyor manufacturer or seller near you.

You can decide to buy a ready-made conveyor or a custom conveyor belt for your specific application, including combining the various benefits of each of the above systems into one seamless system.


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