Contractor Tips Blog

Jan
29

Get The Right Conveyor Belt For Your Business Needs

Conveyor belts are used in a wide variety of industries, from manufacturing to grocery stores. Although they all may move items from one area to another, each type is very different and has specific uses. A conveyor belt which might work great in one application isn’t necessarily the best fit for another. When it comes to buying a conveyor belt for your business, you want to make sure that you choose the right belt for the job. 

Types Of Conveyor Belts

The type and size of product along with how the conveyor belt will be used are all factors when choosing the right belt for your business. Belts are made in a wide variety of types to fit all different kinds of business needs. Some of the conveyor belts to consider include: 

  • Cleated belts. If the product you will be moving is flat or if the product will be moved up an incline, you may need a cleated conveyor belt. These belts help grip the product and can be made in metal or rubber material.
     
  • Food grade conveyor belts. Food grade conveyor belts must be made to certain specifications to meet FDA guidelines. These generally come with a food grade coating like Teflon or silicone.
     
  • Custom made belts. Whatever your product or need, a belt can be made to accommodate your business. There are experienced conveyor belt manufacturers who can work with you to create a custom designed belt that will suit your business. 

Conveyor belts can save time and money from labor costs, and can even reduce injuries for many types of businesses. Finding the right belt for the right job is the first step to adding one of these useful devices to your business.

Posted on behalf of The King Group

Nov
21

Food Conveyor Belts

Food conveyor belts are used in every food manufacturing facility in the United States, as well as a number of fast food establishments and restaurants.  As with other conveyor belts, food  grade conveyor belts require periodic replacement because they do not last forever.  An experienced conveyor belt manufacturer will be able to assist any food facility in need of replacement belts determine the proper one for the equipment in the facility.  

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) must approve food conveyor belts, which is a distinguishing characteristic between these belts and other conveyor belts.  In addition, normally these belts are provided with some sort of specialized coating to prevent staining, as well as to reduce the accumulation of sticky substances, on the belt.  Two of the most popular and effective coatings for food conveyor belts are Teflon and silicone.  

Despite the coatings available, all food conveyor belts are not the same in the materials used.  Another important consideration when ordering a replacement food conveyor belt is the temperature of the food being moved.  If the food being moved is hot, then a belt capable of resisting melting or burning should be used.  If the food being moved is cold then a material that is resistant to cracking, due to the cold, should be used. 

A highly experienced food conveyor belt manufacturer will be able to assist in providing specific recommendations to which belt to use, the best coating to use, depending upon the application, and the best material, depending upon the food being moved!

Posted on behalf of The King Group

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