Contractor Tips Blog

Jan
6

Choosing a Conveyor Belt Service for Your Manufacturing Business

Posted in Conveyor Belts

Are you starting a manufacturing enterprise or growing a small start up to reach more customers with your products? To get your business moving in the right direction, you will need conveyor belts to speed production. But how do you choose a conveyor belt company that will meet your needs, now and as your company grows? Here are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing your new conveyor belt company.

  • Large selection. Maybe right now you just need a small conveyor for your operation, but what will you need two, three or ten years down the road? Choose a conveyor belt company that offers belts for all sizes of operations so they will have what you need for every stage of your business.
  • Experience. There is nothing wrong with working with a young company; after all, your business is young too. But you want experience when it comes to installing and servicing your production equipment. Make sure your conveyor belt company has the expertise, reputation and experience you need for one of your most important vendors.
  • Service and sales. You want a conveyor belt outfit that not only sells the equipment and parts you need, but will service and repair them when you need it. A broken belt can bring your production line to a halt, costing you thousands of dollars in a short period of time, so you need a reliable company that will get you up and running again – fast!

Make sure you take the time to find the right conveyor belt company that will be your partner for years to come. After all, your success could rely on their products and service, so make sure you choose carefully!

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

Nov
6

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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