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Belt Conveyor – Overview

Belt Conveyor systems are the most versatile and simplest material handling systems. With a system of two or more pulleys driving an endless loop belt, a belt conveyor can smoothly and quickly move a product from Point A to Point B. Different belt finishes are available to suit specific product needs. Ultimation designs and builds belt conveyor systems from 5′ long to 102′ long and in widths from 6″ wide belts up to 72″ wide. Belt conveyor units are great for transporting regular and irregular shaped objects both light and heavy. Typical items transported on the belt conveyor include totes, packaged goods, bulk boxes and bundled items. Due to simplicity in design and construction, the belt conveyor installs quickly for a reduced installation time. As a leading conveyor belt manufacturer, Ultimation can guide you through the selection process.

Use a belt conveyor when:

  • Moving simple products from one location to another
  • Moving products up or down inclines (check with our engineers on maximum angles for your product)
  • Moving in either continuous or indexing modes (i.e. the belt stops and starts each time to move a product to the end of the belt using a sensor)
  • Changing the speed is necessary. When fitted with a VFD (variable frequency drive), a belt conveyor is a simple conveyor to adjust the speed on
  • Moving a product around curves. Belt conveyor curves maintain the proper product orientation while a product moves around the curve

Don’t use a belt conveyor if you need:

  • Accumulating products (i.e. for a buffer). Belt conveyors can’t allow the products to nest up against each other (“accumulate”) without them pushing product off the belt. If you need accumulation, use a roller conveyor or overhead conveyor
  • Products that won’t slide or roll off the belt. Belt conveyors require the part to ride on the belt without sliding. If you need the parts to be held while on the conveyor, consider a slat conveyor which can be fitted with tooling to hold the product in place as the conveyor moves along
  • To use the conveyor as a working surface. Belt conveyors are made for transport, not for production operations on them. Use a slat conveyor or roller conveyor.

Different belt types

  • General purpose
  • Rough top – for extra grip on inclines, declines and products that might slide
  • Higher chemical resistance – for best protection from chemicals
  • High cut resistance – for rough or sharp items like sheet metal or bricks
  • High temperature resistance

Styles Available:

Depending upon the product weight and the product being conveyed, different belt conveyors are available for handling the loads. Product weights typically ranges from 5 lbs. up to 1,280 lbs.

  • Slider Bed style (belt slides on a low friction steel bed between the pulleys)
  • Roller Bed style (belt slides on rollers fore heavier loads)
  • Heavy Duty models with channel frames
  • Belt curves
  • Incline style
  • Troughed belt (with side rails to keep products on the belt)
  • Bolt-together or welded construction dependent upon duty
  • Belt widths up to 72” for heavy duty
  • Lengths in 1’ increments ranging from 5’ to 102’
  • Multiple drive packages and mounting options
  • Power Belt Curves and Belt Inclines available

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  • Call us on 586-771-1881. Our staff will help you with the necessary calculations for load, speed and everything else you need.

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