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Conveyor Belt Selection 101

Conveyor Belt Selection 101

January 28, 2021

Different types of conveyor belts are needed for different conveyor setups. There are many factors to select for which can help you optimize performance and efficiency. A conveyor belt is a crucial component of any conveyor system, and choosing the right type will result in effective and trouble free operations.


Here are some tips to keep in mind when selecting a conveyor belt:


Take into consideration the traits of the products your conveyor system will be handling. How much friction does the surface of the product have? Can the products be stacked? These factors will determine whether or not you optimize for a conveyor belt that provides more friction and stability for your products. 


You will also need to understand your material handling applications properly. Do your applications involve sorting, gapping, scanning, quality control, or inclines? If there is an incline in your system, for instance, there are specific conveyor belts that are made for such systems.

There is a chance you may require custom belting. If you have a very specific conveyor type or application, make sure you speak to Norpak Handling about potential customization options. 


Conveyor Belt Differences

You may be wondering what the elements are that make conveyor belts different from one another. Properties to consider include:

  • Belt compound or fiber

  • Belt strength

  • Minimum usable pulley diameter

  • Working temperature range.

  • Cover material (PVC, silicone, Teflon, rubber, nitrile etc.)


Conveyor Bed Type

Once you have chosen the right specifications for your belt, the next step is to make sure the conveyor surface running under the belt is right for it. The experts at Norpak Handling can advise on identifying the ideal bed over which to run the belt. There are two main bed types: slider and roller beds. Slider beds suit most decline conveyors and are a cost-efficient solution. Roller beds are better for incline conveyors, especially those with minimal horsepower requirements.


You can always trust the experts at Norpak Handling to deliver the best solutions for your needs. Call us today for more information!


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