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We asked our users for their input on Conveyor Belts. Here are the results of 185 users familiar with Conveyor Belts.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing conveyor belt design?
29 answers
Answers:
1/ My Patented Intellectual Property in Conveyor Idler Assembly (DunnEasy Idler Assembly) 2/ My Patented Intellectual Property in Conveyor Idler Rolls(OneFits Roll). Both these pieces of Technologies are a giant leap forward in conveyor operation & ongoing maintenance that exceeds all CEMA requirements in the Total Occupation, Health & Safety and Environmental offering that no other manufacturer can supply.
~Tecmate, Innovator & Consultant (Ret), Capella, Australia
1) The latest advanced design involves RFID Technology, (Radio Frequency Identification), improved loop design, and Ethernet connectivity. 2) Helix delta-T belt conveyor design software has full dynamic analysis capabilities essential for designing high powered conveyors and long overland conveyors.
~Jagannadham M, Production Engineer, Hyderabad, India
In Food industries, it should have micro ban, durability, adoptability, versatility, modular, should have soft starter, variable drives, chemical- temperature resistance.
~Amancio Basoc, General Management, Makati city, Philippines
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Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative conveyor belts?
23 answers
Answers:
Tamec Services Pty Ltd, [ http://www.tamecservices.com.au ], offer the DunnEasy Idler Assemblies & OneFits Rolls as retrofit-table or direct new supply.
~Tecmate, Innovator & Consultant (Ret), Capella, Australia
It appears that the European Companies are still at the head of the pack.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Kutztown, PA
Rexnord, Intralox, Unichains, Regina, Flexon, Cambridge, Rothzinger
~Amancio Basoc, General Management, Makati city, Philippines
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used conveyor belts for?
47 answers
Answers:
Coal, Iron ore, Quarrying, Agricultural, Chemical, Ship loading, Sugar, Cement, Timber and Wood chip, Copper & Zinc and People transits & travelers. I have been associated with Cable Belts and some of my theories have been utilized in sheeve modifications. I have other modifications for the cable style and roller actions that could make the Cable Belt a viable option in some instances, that do not exist today in all the installed operations that I have been associated with or inspected.
~Tecmate, Innovator & Consultant (Ret), Capella, Australia
Bakeries: model K, rounders, dividers, molders, bun slicing, case sealing, bagel formers, enrobers, cooling tunnels, ovens, live roller conveyors, box folders, strapers, inclines, tote conveyors, labelers and all warehouse transports.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Kutztown, PA
Beverage conveyor lines, Pasteurizers, Crate-Plastic-Pans-containers- Fruit and Vegetable Cleaning and Sanitation, Box, Cargo, Ice Cream, Can Lines, Plastic Bottles, Fruit and Vegetable conveyor, raw mats conveyor.
~Amancio Basoc, General Management, Makati city, Philippines
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Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that conveyor belts have been used for.
17 answers
Answers:
Inverted conveyors used as tracks using the troughing side rolls down used to dissipate heavy loads over marshy grounds to inaccessible locations for construction purposes. Building a road, crane & swamp pad or hiring aerial lift was not an option back in the 1960s.
~Tecmate, Innovator & Consultant (Ret), Capella, Australia
We are using Flexowell conveyor belts for transporting lump ore and pellets from Jetty to main plant and Finsidhed Sponge Iron and HBI from Plant to storage yard.
~Jitendra D, Purchaser, Mumbai, India
Grading of particle size of granular products on line shaker conveyors. Fluidized bed conveyor.
~Kiran N, Research & Development, Pune, India
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Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of conveyor belts?
14 answers
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1/ Burnt conveyors costing $M40 repairs and loss of face in mining industry due to roll failure of cheaper roll with cheaper bearings not meeting CEMA standards. 2/ Sped up conveyors to increase production resulted in degraded product quality, massive wear and tear on ancillary equipment with failures resulting in loss of production figures. Other conveyors sped up to match throughput had belting jamming under loading tables, structural damages, roll failures, splicing & belt carcass failures, belt cover failures, pulley shaft bearing failures and the lists go on.
~Tecmate, Innovator & Consultant (Ret), Capella, Australia
Yes there was a case that a conveyor belt was meant for carrying hot sand for bottle manufacturing process and a wrong conveyor belt was used; it shrink wrapped and cannot be used to complete the process.
~Ojomu J, Marketing/Sales, Lagos, Nigeria
As I have answered in the previous two questions, it would be disastrous to find out that you used the wrong type of belt after more than a mile of belt had already been installed.
~Production Engineer, Miramar, FL
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FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
25 answers
Answers:
Better strength in elongation under load. Non tracking belts. Low weight, high strength, high temperature non metallic food grade for gas fired biscuit belts.
~Kiran N, Research & Development, Pune, India
Sensors on take-up that measure resistance. This way you could tell you how loaded it is and even if your bearings are going bad.
~Michael C, Tech, Burlington, Use
Something that is light-weight and strong, no bacteria build-up, and have the belt in stock for quick delivery.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Kutztown, PA
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Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using conveyor belts?
18 answers
Answers:
My advice is make sure that you get the Fit For Purpose conveyor that you envisage and that its operational requirements do not exceed (85% approximately) of the maximum capacity. Increasing speed to get more production must never be an option as any change of any parameter of the design or components listed changes the operating ability of the conveyor & the interfaced equipment/s.
~Tecmate, Innovator & Consultant (Ret), Capella, Australia
Do not use more length than p-line length without tension. Ensure perfect diagonals of belt. For conveyors of smaller length do not use pinch rollers. Use only drive roller rubber lined. It improves the drive efficiency.Hardness should be @ 80 shore scale.for non-metallic belts.
~Kiran N, Research & Development, Pune, India
Maintenance personnel need constant training and the time to properly maintain belting and the equipment it is on. I constantly see belts installed improperly, poorly tracked/adjusted and never run in with a secondary adjustment shortly after start-up.
~Dennis K., Sales Account Representative, Milwaukee, WI
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Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of conveyor belts?
12 answers
Answers:
Check with the operating personnel you are going to use, use reliable design engineers but do not take as being gospel, and ask as many questions as possible giving you the total end result. You must fill in every possibly specification and environment, product/s type and conditions, terrain, worst possible weather conditions that can prevail yearly, and budget. Budgetary constraints have led many people to buy something cheaper with the expectation that they can upgrade later. This has been one of the main sources that has brought many companies undone financially.
~Tecmate, Innovator & Consultant (Ret), Capella, Australia
Price and availability are most common buy factors that result in improper belts for the application. Have belts regularly inspected by knowledgeable people. Track belt type usage and performance in your industry to set baseline for future purchases.
~Terry F, Marketing/Sales, Cambridge, Canada
Let the conveyor supplier guarantee their products or try to have a third party do this for you. You will have lesser headaches and you can utilize your people for other work. Anyway, each users have data on their expenses of this kind.
~Amancio Basoc, General Management, Makati city, Philippines
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