Monday, March 25, 2013

Curved Conveyor Belts

Conveyor belts, also known as belt conveyors, are endless loops of a material mostly used for transportation of objects from one location to another. Conveyor belts are generally classified into curved and straight conveyor belts.

A curved conveyor belt, as the name conveys, is curved in shape. When compared with straight conveyor belts, curved conveyor belts have many advantages. Curved conveyor belts can smoothly run through any kind of curve with a very good track-holding. Most of the curved conveyor belts come with a curve shape of 45, 90, or 180 degrees. The belts in curved conveyors are generally constructed in flexible mode. Thus, curved conveyor belts are widely used for agricultural and industrial purposes, but mainly in heavy industries to carry large machineries and articles.

Curved conveyor belts are broadly categorized into vertical and horizontal conveyor belts. Vertical curved conveyor belts are more popular. Mostly, vertical curved conveyor belts are held between two cases, and are basically used for bulk material or unit carrying applications. Horizontal curved conveyor belts are usually built on the platform that conveys, and used for the transportation of heavy materials.

Curved conveyor belts can be adjusted, depending on the application. The materials used for the construction of curved conveyor belts are selected, based on their application. Cotton, canvas, PVC, rubber, silicone, and tough and strong materials including steel and stainless steel are used. Stainless steel curved conveyor belts are the most popular. Strong metal curved conveyor belts are used to convey heavy material. Cotton, canvas, and rubber curved conveyor belts are generally used for the transportation of light weight material such as food and paper products.

Curved conveyor belts are often custom designed and available in different styles and widths. Flat belts, v-belts, magnetic belts, trough belts and rubber conveyor belts are commonly available styles.

Some of the leading manufacturers of curved conveyor belts are Cambelt International Corporation, BASSCO- a division of ASGCO, and Yokohama Rubber. Among them, Yokohama Rubber in Japan is one of the premium companies to develop steel-cord conveyor belts for long distance applications. The company also holds the world record for the longest curved conveyor belt, with a length of 11,103 meters. Most curve conveyor belt companies have online facilities. They also provide full maintenance and services, from consultancy on the right choice to the proper working of curved conveyor belts.

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