High friction modular belts help protect products

By George Reynolds

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A new range of modular belts come with a high-friction coating to
reduce product damage and processing line downtime, claims the

Breakages and spillages on conveyers can prove costly for processors in terms of loss of product, downtime to clean spillages and potential blockages further down processing chain.

Habasit Rossi said its Habasitlink GripTop modular belts have a rough surface to grip products such as boxes, travelling on incline angles of up to 35 degrees.

Habasit said the belts reduce product damage, downtime and overall maintenance, resulting in longer increased belt life and increased throughput.

Heavy and slippery packages of meat can be transported at a 25 degree decline, while snacks can be gently conveyed with no tearing of bags, which is a common problem with flighted belts, the company claims.

The Habasit GripTop belt is made of thermoplastic elastomer which grips products on either incline or decline units.

The products being transported will affect the potential angle, but under optimum conditions inclines are possible of up to a 35 degree tilt when carrying glass, 27 degrees for ply and hard wood, 26 degrees for plastic items and 25 degrees when conveying metal and cardboard products, the manufacturer claims.

Different style and pattern options are available, including a flame-retardant rubber option designed for use with high temperatures and ultra violet light.

The modules come with ISO-340 and UL94 V0 certification properties, due to a lower fire risks compared to competing products. With such certification insurance premiums may be lower, the manufacturer claims.

Steve Hastings, business development manager at Habasit, said the belt is suitable for a variety of uses including distribution centres, general conveyor systems, packaging end-lines and checkouts.

"The range is durable, reliable and built to withstand the demands of today's tough manufacturing environments where belts are often required to run for 24 hours a day, 365 days per year,"​ he said.

Modular belts have been installed in a number of distribution centers and are transporting boxes at inclines of about 20 degrees, according to Habasit.

The company claims to have installed a belt that runs 24 hours a day transporting recycled paper.

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