Belt conveyor

A belt conveyor is a machine with a continuously moving looped belt or linked plates that transports packages or materials between locations. They are used in most industries, including meat, poultry, food, steel and pharmaceuticals. They can be made from various materials and may differ in specifications.


The efficiency of operations such as heating, cooling, coating, drying and draining is greatly improved if the conveyor has a maximised belt area with non-slip belts that are easily maintained. When determining which belt conveyor is best, factors like type and size of conveyor, the size, material and ultimate tensile strength of the belt, and the various components that comprise the belt conveyor system must be considered.


Belt conveyors are available in a range of designs that enable the customer to tailor the system to their needs. Regular maintenance including cleaning is necessary to ensure efficiency. The primary factors to maintaining belt longevity and maximising productivity are the condition of the belt, wear and tear of other working parts, and types of material that may adhere to the belt. Opt for a cleaning system that is non-toxic as well as effective. If properly managed, the working life of the conveyor system may be prolonged. Smooth operation with a minimum of downtime is reliant upon correct belt tension, belt impact, flexibility, load support, troughability and belt covers.


Popular due to their versatility and affordability, belt conveyors are the most common in use. Products are transported directly on the belt so objects of various shapes, sizes and weights can be successfully conveyed. Belt conveyors can be utilised to transport products in a straight line or via changes in direction or elevation. Premium quality belting products which reduce belt stretch can lessen the need for tension adjustments and thereby improve maintenance.