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In praise of metal belts

23 May 2024

Wire Belt highlights some of the benefits that metal conveyor belts can offer in food processing applications.

Metal conveyor belts, particularly stainless-steel, are the unsung heroes in modern food processing. They can offer durability, hygiene, temperature resistance, customisation, strength and environmental friendliness and are suited to use in a diverse range of applications – from fresh cuts to bakeries, meatpacking to ready meals and everything in between. They help ensure quality, consistency and importantly, hygiene. 

When it comes to efficiency, metal conveyor belts – mostly made from stainless steel – provide a robust conveying solution that is able to endure extreme temperatures, heavy loads and harsh cleaning chemicals, making them well suited for the demanding environments found in most food processing facilities.

The advantages of metal conveyor belts include:
• Durability: One of the main advantages of metal conveyor belts is their unmatched durability. Unlike plastic belts which can wear out quickly under heavy loads or high temperatures, metal belts are able to withstand rigorous usage. The ease of repair of metal belts should not to be underestimated either, helping to minimise unexpected downtimes on production lines.

• Hygiene and sanitation: Metal conveyor belts – and stainless-steel belts in particular – are inherently hygienic. They are non-porous and resistant to bacteria, making them easy to clean and sterilise. In applications where food safety is paramount, metal belts can provide a high level of sanitation. 

• Temperature resistance: Metal conveyor belts can withstand extreme temperature variations without compromising their structural integrity. This is a vital requirement in many food processing applications, where products often need to be heated, cooled or even frozen during different stages of production. 

• Customisation: Metal conveyor belts can be easily customised to offer a bespoke solution. They can be tailored to specific dimensions and designs, allowing manufacturers to optimise their production lines. 

• Strength and load capacity: Metal conveyor belts possess good tensile strength and load-carrying capacity. They can efficiently handle heavy loads without sagging or stretching, ensuring smooth and reliable operations even under intense pressure.

• Environmentally friendly: Stainless steel is recyclable and eco-friendly. By choosing metal belts, companies contribute to sustainable practices and reduce their environmental footprint. Stainless-steel belts will also retain a residual value as it is recyclable, meaning that it can be sold off at the end of its life, as opposed to plastic belts for which you will be charged to remove it from the site.

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