Belt Fasteners and Vulcanising
Fasteners are a quick, economical and convenient method of forming a belt into a loop. They have the advantage over pre-made loops in that they don't require the conveyor to be dismantled in order to fit a new belt.
Fasteners are available in mild steel for typical indoor use, or stainless steel for outdoor use, or environments where hygeine is important. They are also available in non-magnetic steel for use in metal detectors et al.
A correctly selected and attached fastener typically has 150% of the belts strengh, ensuring a reliable and robust joint.
There are situations in which a fastener cannot be used, such as when carrying fine powders or aggregates (which could penetrate the fasteners hinge, and gradually erode it away), or with metal-detector applications. (even stainless steel is not 100% transparant to certain detector types).
In these situations, and where a pre-made endless belt cannot be used (because it may require extensive dismantling of the machine), then On-Site Vulcanisation can be the most effective option.
Vulcanising is the traditional method of forming a belt into an endless loop. Frequently this is done in the factory, but there are some situations where this is not possible, and on-site vulcanisation of the belt on the conveyor becomes the most viable option.
Vulcanisation is the prefered method of joining a belt in situations where metal or plastic belt fasteners cannot be used. For example, sand or light powders could get into a fastener, and rapidly erode it away.
In addition, a ready-made endless belt can be difficult to install, requiring extensive dismantling of the conveyor.
In these situations, on-site vulcanisation can be the most cost-effective solution. CCBA is able to provide an on-site vulcanising service for both rubber and PVC/PU belts throughout the Midlands, South Yorkshire, and the Glasgow area.