Metal Conveyor Belt Pulleys and Pulley ConfigurationsReduce Maintenance Downtime and Maximize Conveyor Lifespan
Metal conveyor belt pulleys are critical to the design of any automated conveyor belt system. They act as the driving force behind the motion of the belt, producing torque and speed. In very general terms it can be said that pulleys are categorized as friction drive or timing pulleys (type I and II). Precision is the name of the game when it comes to pulleys. A metal belt is only as good and precise as the pulleys. Most pulleys recommended by Belt Technologies are made of anodized aluminum (hard coat) with the right friction coefficient to drive the metal belt. Stainless steel can also be used but it is costly and heavy, although it might be indicated in certain applications where extra hardness is necessary. If your application requires a lighter pulley, the experts at Belt Technologies can help you select the best material.
Selecting the correct pulley size and configuration can have a significant effect on the lifespan and efficiency of a conveyor belt. Belt Technologies engineers have the knowledge and experience to help you choose the correct pulley type, diameter, and composition to minimize maintenance downtime and maximize product volume.
Metal Conveyor Belt Pulley Types
Belt Technologies designs custom metal conveyor belt pulleys and configurations to bring maximum efficiency to your system. While metal conveyor belts are typically made of stainless steel, pulleys can be produced from a variety of materials, including aluminum or a variety of plastic composites. Depending on the unique needs of your system, the pulleys can also be fitted with custom timing attachments, relief channels, and more.
These pulleys are typically flat-faced and do not have timing elements. They are the standard pulley type for stainless steel conveyor belts, as crowned pulleys are not recommended for use with metal belts. Friction drive pulleys can be designed with narrow bodies to make tracking easier and reduce overall weight and cost.
Custom Design and Engineering Services for Metal Conveyor Belts
Unlike conventional conveyor types, metal belts must be designed with a specific ratio between pulley diameter and belt thickness. The configuration of the pulleys in the belt must also be considered. Poor design, such as reverse bends or improper diameter ratios, can compromise the lifespan and integrity of a belt. The engineers at Belt Technologies are experts in every aspect of conveyor systems and can offer guidance on selecting the ideal pulley style and design to optimize your automated system.
To achieve maximum lifespan and efficiency for your metal conveyor belt system, contact the experts at Belt Technologies today.