What is Modular Belt Conveyor?
Modular belts are made up of interlinking plastic modules. This creates ultimate strength with very low friction; making it a very desirable belt which is a great alternative to flat belting.
Modular belt conveyors can be extremely versatile. They have no tracking issues, are easy to clean, and can accommodate bends and inclines with ease. They can withstand varying temperatures of hot and cold and can function comfortably in wet conditions.
Modular Belt conveyors are economical. Replacement links are easy to replace without having to change the complete belt. Due to their strengths and versatility, they have many applications.
They can be used on inclines with special grip flights. They can be used for curves on a conveyor.
They are also able to travel around bends at any angle required. Modular plastic belt conveyors are quiet in operation.
Food quality rubber inserts can be used for food products. They are designed to be low weight and high strength.
Benefits of Using Modular Belt Conveyor
Modular plastic belt conveyors can work for low and high-load applications. They can fit in narrow spaces even at narrow belt widths. High speeds, positive tracking, accumulation, drainage, or airflow are additional reasons to use this type of conveyor. They can be used in high and low temperatures. So, the same belt can be used in a production process for different purposes.
Low maintenance and Improved Productivity
The belts are made in integral sections connected with linking pins so rather than replacing the complete belt a small section can be removed and replaced. Therefore, downtime is very low. Extremely low maintenance as no tracking issues.
Long Life and robust design
Modular belts are driven by toothed sprockets. So, it can take heavier loads and last long. They can withstand varying temperatures and processes and continue to stay functional.
Hygienic Design and Easy to clean
Modular belts can be built-in food-grade or approved material depending on the requirement. Therefore, they can be designed to be hygienic and easy to clean. Conventional versions in polyethylene, polypropylene, or polyacetal are used to manufacture them. Therefore, they can be used in industries such as food, bakery, and pharmaceuticals.
Case Study 109
A biscuit manufacturing factory wanted to find a solution to the high belt tension, time and product loss, and extensive cleaning cycles on a belt. The butter from the biscuits generated grease on the belt and this created issues in cleaning and maintaining conventional conveyors. Further, this grease would get stuck along the belt and generate friction resulting in biscuits losing shape and standard. So, rejection at the end of the line was considerable. The plant had to schedule intermediate cleaning during the production.
The introduction of a modular belt conveyor for the production line radically changed the process. The belt created very little tension, friction, and traction. With the ease associated with cleaning the belt and reduction in its frequency, productivity increased. No additional maintenance to the system was performed, and the rejections at the end of the line were lowered. Additionally, by the end of the year, a competitor’s belt on another line was being replaced.