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Choosing the Right Conveyor Belt for Your Business

Conveyor belts are the workhorses of the manufacturing and shipping industries. Whether you own a small candy business or a large manufacturing operation, conveyors belts reduce labor and save on overhead costs for making your product. But not all conveyors are the same. Depending on what you need moved, you can choose a specialized belt to complete the job. Here are some of the most common types of commercial conveyor belts.

  • Heavy duty. If you are moving heavy or sharp objects, you need a belt that can withstand the weight and be cut-resistant. Heavy duty belts are used for moving glass, rocks and other materials that can easy tear or cut basic conveyor belts.
  • For objects that will be moved up an incline or can easily slip off a flat belt, cleated conveyor belts are used. Flat or round items can be kept on the belt with the use of cleats of various sizes, depending on your needs.
  • A vacuum conveyor belt uses suction to hold the items on the belt as they are transported. This is used in printing operations, but can be used to hold any flat item in place on the belt for gluing or other purposes.
  • When processing food items on a production line, you need to have special care for the cleanliness of your conveyor belt. Food-grade materials can be used for these conveyors, ensuring they meet FDA requirements for food sanitation.

When it comes to choosing the right conveyor belt type and material, you have many choices. To determine the best fit for your needs, talk to a conveyor belt service that offers all types and customized options for your needs.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113


Benefits of Using a Vacuum Conveyor Belt

There are many different types of conveyor belts available with a wide variety of capabilities. Choosing the right one for your needs can be daunting, especially if you manufacture or ship a variety of different items. So which one is right for your needs? For many applications, a vacuum conveyor belt can offer a secure surface that will easily transport your items where they need to go through your production floor or warehouse. Here are some of the benefits of choosing a vacuum conveyor belt for your business.

  • Do you ship or manufacture flat items that need to be swiftly moved through your production floor? Vacuum conveyor belts are perfect for flat items that often slip off conventional belts.
  • Businesses that need to move oddly shaped or various sized items can benefit from using a conveyor belt with a vacuum function. This helps hold even small or round items in place as they are moved from one area to another.
  • Items that need to be held in a specific position for gluing or cutting on a production floor will be secure with the suction from a vacuum belt keeping them in place.
  • Steep inclines for transporting items from one area of your warehouse to another can benefit for the stability that a vacuum conveyor belt can provide.

Not all conveyor belts offer the same functions or capabilities. Nor do all conveyor belt companies offer the same products and services. Before settling for a generic conveyor belt that may not meet your production needs, talk to your local conveyor belt experts that offer vacuum conveyor belts as one of their options.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113


Does Your Company Need a Customized Conveyor Belt?

Most manufacturing companies are in the need of a conveyor belt or many different belts, depending on the size of the operation. If you own a manufacturing, packaging or shipping company, you probably need to conveyor belts to keep your productivity at the highest level. However, a standard conveyor belt does not always offer the best performance for specialty products. Often, a customized conveyor belt is needed for the highest level of productivity. 

Types of Conveyor Belts

Depending on the type of products you need moved within your warehouse, you may need different types of conveyors. Flat items like cardboard will need a different type of belt than those that move around easily like plastic bottles. Some of the common types of conveyor belts that can used for various applications include: 

  • Vacuum belts. For flat items like cardboard boxes or items that need to be held securely to the belt, a vacuum belt is often used.
  • Cleated belts. Flat items or items that move easily like bulk product usually require a cleated belt. These are also needed for belts that run on an incline.
  • Rough top belts. For packaged materials, rough top belts can grip the products and move them safely, even up an incline. 

If you have items that are unique in size, shape and weight, there may not be standard conveyor belts that are ideal for your needs. An experienced conveyor installation company may be needed to custom design a belt that will combine different features of the various belts available.  This can include the belt surface, size and speed that is required for your business. Talk to your local conveyor belt service company to learn more about designing a customized conveyor belt for your company.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113


Choosing a Reliable Conveyor Belt Service Company

If you own or manage a manufacturing or shipping business that uses conveyor belts, you need a reliable service company. You depend on your conveyors to meet your productivity goals; a malfunctioning belt means not meeting quotas and losing money every hour it is down. It is worth the investment to have a service company that will be there to get you up and running fast the next time you have a conveyor belt problem.

Finding the Right Conveyor Belt Service Company

There are many companies that sell or repair conveyor belts; unfortunately, not all do both. While the company you bought your belt from originally may have installed it, they may not be available to fix it when it breaks down. What you need is a company that does both.

When choosing a conveyor belt service company, look for a business that will meet all your conveyor belt needs. This includes:

  • New conveyor belt sales and installation
  • Wide variety of belt types and parts
  • Troubleshooting and service options
  • Excellent customer service

Having one company that meets all these needs can save you both time and money. Whether you need a new belt or just need service and parts for an existing belt, you know who to call. Every minute of downtime is costing your business money, so having a company that can get your operations back online quickly should be the top priority.

Don’t wait until the next problem arises to find the right conveyor belt service company. Find a company that will be able to meet all your needs now, so when the time comes, you know exactly who to call to get the problem fixed, fast.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113


Conveyor Belts 101: Types

First used in the late 1700s in Europe, conveyor belts were commonly made of leather or cotton and served as a means of transporting grain or other natural material a short distance. But by the American Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s, conveyors were well established as the primary mode of efficiently moving anything, regardless of size, and they became an integral part of the manufacturing process in factories worldwide. 

But 100 years later, conveyor belts have come a long way indeed. They are now made in a variety of materials and forms, and used in a whole range of applications. 

Cleated conveyor belts are used for moving objects that are flat or round. They are also used for moving objects up or down an incline. This type of belt has a raised design made of rubber, metal or other material to stop objects from rolling around or bunching together. 

Food grade conveyor belts are another type of belt, designed for food applications. Such belts usually have a coating of either Teflon or silicone to prevent stains and sticking, and make them easier to clean. Food grade conveyor belts can also be made with wire mesh to help circulate air and control hot or cold temperatures. 

PVC conveyor belts are strong and durable, so they are often used to move heavy products such as wood, recyclables, agricultural products, meat and fish. PVC belts can be heavy duty or medium weight. 

Rough top conveyor belts are another option for heavy duty products such as heavy boxes and are particularly useful for moving boxes up an incline. The belt top is heavily textured so boxes stay in place as they are being transported. 

For other products that need to be moved along in an industrial or manufacturing setting, there are vacuum or magnetic conveyor belts. Using suction or magnetic pull, this type of belt holds objects firmly in place. It is most often used in printing applications. 

Of course, there are new uses for conveyor belts being developed every day, so it is important to do your research up front. Also, most conveyor belt manufacturers are willing to work with you to fine tune a design that works best in your situation.

Posted on behalf of the King Group

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