A Comprehensive Introduction to Rubber Conveyor Belts and Their Numerous Applications

A rubber conveyor belt is a cost-effective solution for various applications, ranging from construction and excavation to bulk and package handling, food belting, and mining. But with the wide range of options available, it can be overwhelming to make the right choice. To simplify the selection process and assist you in finding the most suitable conveyor belt for your specific application, we have prepared a comprehensive guide. This guide aims to narrow down the options and provide you with the necessary support to make an informed decision.

Heavyweight conveyor belts

For the most torturous applications, look for heavyweight rubber conveyor belts that are manufactured and tested to withstand the most abrasive materials, including limestone, gravel, sand, crushed rock, and coal. The best ones are made of premium polyester and nylon fabric in the carcass, with high adhesion and heavy rubber skims between the plies working with a heavy overall gauge. That way, you can trust the rubber conveyor belt to last long and resist impacts. These features also minimize stretch while ensuring superior load support and outstanding fastener retention.

Food belting 

For food processing applications, you need a food-grade, FDA monofilament carcass, and USDA-approved industrial-grade rubber conveyor belts. They must be 100% synthetic, with a monofilament feature to improve tracking and flat running with torsional rigidity. Look for a single-ply construction to avoid ply or cover separation. In addition, food rubber belts can have black oil-resistant nitrile compound, black/white butyl, black SBR rubber, or white FDA cleats or Lug S-Molded parts.

Bulk and package handling

The most demanding package and bulk handling requirements require a rubber conveyor belt woven with PVC. It’s the most efficient and economical belting system, but ensure it’s made of single-ply interwoven materials with a double-ply carcass covered and impregnated with SBR gum rubber of polyvinyl-chloride. That way, it can resist wicking, mildew, rot, and moisture common in many bulk handling and distribution centers.

Need help?

Our team here at Foster Hose can help you pick the right rubber conveyor belt for your application. We can provide an analysis software program and ultrasonic gauge, so you can quickly identify your requirements and make an informed choice. Contact us now!

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