Methods of connecting conveyor belts

Methods of connecting conveyor belts

Conveyor belts are used to transport items and are widely used in logistics companies, waste sorting plants, airports, shops, as well as in industry. Of course, they have very different lengths, and various connection methods are used to connect them. What? We invite you to read.

Vulcanized joints

This method is used for belts that are less than 1000 millimeters. This method uses a one-component, polymeric adhesive, the type of which depends primarily on the purpose of the tape. It is applied to its polished surface so that it adheres well and guarantees the best integration of parts. They are then crimped with dedicated equipment such as traverses or vulcanizing presses. In the case of the latter, these are stationary, oil or electric heated presses, although the type does not matter much on the final durability of the conveyor belt.

Cold bonding

Another method of joining conveyor belts is the “cold” method, which is used when their width exceeds 1000 millimeters. In addition, it works well when we are dealing with spaces that are difficult to locate. Then, fast-drying, two-component adhesives are used, which are to guarantee high durability and reliability of joining.

Mechanical connections

The third method is the mechanical metod , where ready-made steel joints are used, but it works only with fabric belts. Also in this case, different types of connections can be used depending on what objects will be transported on them. In the case of e.g. contact of conveyor belts with food, connections made of PVC or PU (polyurethanes) are used due to the fact that they do not let loose articles through. Very often, mechanical bonding is an ad hoc solution before either vulcanizing or cold bonding is applied.

All of the above-mentioned methods of connecting conveyor belts are also used in our company’s operations.