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How To Get The Perfect Conveyor Belt For Your Business – A Few Easy Steps

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The conveyor belt serves as the most basic and useful tool of industries and other settings where transportation of bulk material for packaging or handling is required. Typically it is found mostly in agricultural industries but its use is not limited to only this. With the amount of efficiency and productivity it provides in handling materials or items, it can be used in many settings such as food industries, pharmaceuticals, etc. 

They come in two types and each type offers different functions because of its different make. This is the reason why you will find different types of it in the food industry and agricultural industry becasue its use is highly dependent on how the belt has been composed. 

Since the use of the conveyor belt is quite technical therefore one has to be really careful while choosing them in the market. There are certain factors to hone in before selecting the conveyor belt. 

Know the type of belt your business requires

There are two categories of conveyor belts; lightweight and heavyweight. The lightweight belt is designed with tension that is much less than the heavyweight belts. This is why it is good for light-duty weighing and thus mostly used in industries that deal with lightweight packaging. 

So if you are looking for conveyor belts for handling food packages, pharmaceuticals products or paper good, lightweight belts are best. Whereas heavyweight belts offer solutions for the toughest handling of heavy and big items since these belts are made of considerably high tension.  

Know the dimensional requirements

Dimensions of a conveyor belt are imperative to know about the type of conveyor belt that will best suit your business. The length and width of the belt are usually decided by deciding the measurement you want. And this decision is made based upon what you will be dealing with. 

If you intend to handle big boxes or long objects, then your belt has to be spacious enough. If you have to deal with small products or units, then you will go for a belt that is of moderate size. 

Check the surrounding environment 

The conveyor belts are made of different materials that are sometimes temperature-sensitive to the temperature changes. Some belts might not function well in either too hot or too cold temperature. Some belt might get damaged because of extreme humidity or dryness. 

It all depends on what material they are made of therefore you have to make sure you buy the right belt type that is according to the surrounding temperature in which you would be using it.

Decide the speed of the belt

Since the belts involve motion for transporting objects from one point to another, therefore, they have a certain speed at which they move. The right speed of the belts has to be established on the basis of their application. 

In short, the conveyor belt is a perfect solution to bring productivity to your handling and transporting process of the business. But they also require special considerations so you have to be mindful and careful of these factors while looking for a good belt.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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