A conveyor belt or conveyor refers to a continuously moving strip made of rubber, plastic or metal, that’s used to move materials from one point to another. If you live in Cape Town, you’re probably familiar with them being used in the mining, manufacturing, industrial food grade sectors, but they are also used in places you visit in our day-to-day lives, such as the counter at the grocery store, the travellator and various baggage conveyors at the airport, escalators at malls, dry cleaners and certain restaurants, to mention a few.
The conveyor belt is driven by a system of rollers/pulleys with the transport material placed on top. A conveyor system is made of different parts and accessories that work together. In the past, belt conveyors were characterized by similar features, but this has changed rapidly with the continued break-throughs in technology. Nowadays conveyor systems have been customized with a variety of features, making their functioning more specific, which in-turn increases their effectiveness and efficiency. Various sectors in Cape Town require conveyor systems specific to their products This means that the requirements of industries that deal with beverage products, food, pharmaceuticals, mining material, automotive parts, clothing, and packaging, all differ from each other.
Plastic Modular Belting
Made from polyethylene, polypropylene, polyacetal and nylon to enable them handle temperature changes, plastic modular belting has become a firm favourite in many industries. They can be used in anything from automotive to pharmaceutical to food processing industries dealing with meat, seafood, poultry, fruits and vegetables. These systems are assembled in an interlocked pattern with full length hinge rod and brick-laid patterns. They are driven by plastic sprockets with quality intralox belts, such as those found here: http://beltingedge.com/plastic-modular-belting/. They are characterized by advantages like low friction, high strength, corrosion & abrasion resistance, positive drives and flexibility in terms of width and length, as well as their ability to withstand extreme temperatures. The fact that they support flights and side-guards attribute to their popularity too.
Also known as PVC rollers, steel rollers and slave rollers, conveyor rollers can move products in a straight line, but can also be built to curve. They are usually placed at different parts of the conveyor system. These rollers are installed on the grove shaped frame and are made of bearings of high quality, multi-labyrinth sealing which is well greased and sealed. Low noise, smooth rotation and long service life are among the characteristics of good rollers. Their diameters range from 79mm to 219 mm, but with modern technology, any diameter can be provided at a customized request. Pipe lengths include 180mm to 3500mm. To ensure their durability, they are dust and water proof. The rollers can also be customized to provide any color that a client wishes. Roller types include impact and return rollers. Different rollers are manufactured for light, medium and heavy loads. Conveyor rollers may include heavy duty, slide bearing, universal, tapered universal, fixed-drive and gravity conveyor rollers. Watch this video to see how they work:
Conveyor belting accessories include compart sidewalls, flights/cleats, spicing and jointing, waves, rods (PU Fingers), perforation and extruded polyurethane profiles. All these accessories are fitted to conveyor belts as per the requirements needed for optimal results in the particular industry they’ll be used. If you’re based in Cape Town and you’re interested in learning more or purchasing quality belt conveyors, plastic modular belts, conveyor rollers and other accessories, visit these trusted conveyor roller suppliers Cape Town.