When you’re operating in the demanding setting of American industry, you need an oven that can keep up with your production requirements. This can be a fairly simple decision when you’re dealing with an application and process involving the use of a Industrial Batch Oven, but when your needs involve an Industrial Conveyor Oven, often times, questions arise as to the effectiveness and durability of the conveyor belt. What’s needed is an Industrial Conveyor Oven that will stand up to whatever you throw at it and keep operating for years to come. How do you ensure that you’re investing in a solution that will perform for you in the long term?
We’ve discussed different types of Industrial Ovens, including Industrial Batch Ovens and Industrial Conveyor Ovens. Both offer distinct advantages when used for the correct applications. However, your Industrial Oven is a major capital investment, and you need to ensure that every part of it is manufactured to match your unique processes. An important consideration that some people miss is what material to use for the Industrial Oven’s conveyor belt. There are several different options, and they each have their advantages and disadvantages. In today’s blog, we will discuss some of the more popular conveyor belt options. Please read on!
Stainless Steel Conveyor Belts
Like its name states, Stainless Steel won’t rust or corrode like other metals will. What that means to you is that it doesn’t need to be cleaned as often. The same goes for Stainless Alloys, which is an option to consider if Stainless Steel is too expensive for your budget. Due to the durability of stainless materials, they are an ideal option if you’re going to be using your conveyor oven to process plastic, wood, aluminum, steel, chemicals, or rubber.
High Carbon Steel Conveyor Belts
Where manufacturers choose Stainless Alloys because they are impervious to rust or corrosion, they will choose high carbon content steel for precision tracking, durability, belt straightness, and belt flatness. This is one of the most controllable conveyor belts you can buy. High carbon content steel rusts and discolors faster than Stainless Alloys and it also needs cleaned more often, but it is highly resistant to abrasion and is rated for very heavy parts and belt loads. High carbon steel conveyor belts are a favorite for manufacturers using their Industrial Ovens in automotive, aerospace, oil & gas, and heavy equipment applications.
Teflon Coated Fiberglass Conveyor Belts
When it comes to curing and drying applications that involve small or lightweight parts and materials, woven fiberglass mesh conveyor belts can be helpful. However, they must be coated with Teflon, which makes them highly resistant to heat and non stick. Applications include printing, curing, drying, laminating, heat shrinking, and packaging.
Nomex & Kevlar Conveyor Belts
Nomex & Kevlar conveyor belts are also a woven fiberglass mesh, but by having these coatings, their strength and durability has been greatly increased. In certain situations, as much as 2-3 times the lifespan as compared to the Teflon coated variety. Nomex & Kevlar coated conveyor belts tend to be flexible, which makes for more precise belt tracking. They both offer multiple benefits, including a higher resistance to abrasion, heat, moisture, mold, and chemicals. Because of the benefits of being lightweight, flexible, yet extremely strong and durable, they are popular conveyor belt materials, and are able to serve multiple industries with excellence.
Silicone Rubber Conveyor Belts
You might wonder why silicone rubber is a good idea. Won’t it melt in extreme temperatures? Not if it has been treated properly! The silicone rubber used for conveyor belts has been treated and is capable of handling temperatures up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Add it’s temperature resistance to how easy it is to clean and disinfect, and it is easy to see why it is a popular choice in the medical and food processing industries.
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