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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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