To answer this question straight-away, Märtens produces six different categories of conveyor belts. You've read that right, six kinds of conveyor belts for every occasion. The six categories are:
These categories range from plastic to metal conveyor belts and can be used for baking, freezing and moving either meat or confectionary products. Märtens conveyor belts can also be ordered in any of the following materials:
The last material on the list is the company's innovative material used in the construction of the rod network belts. Since they're the first category on the list, I think it's a good idea to take a look at them first. So, what are rod network belts?
What are the characteristics of rod network belts? Well, they're used to reliably transport small products and transfer them to downstream machines. Thanks to the rods' open mesh structure - liquids, heat, cold and air can pass throught the rods without any obstructions what-so-ever. These rods are precise and require almost zero maintenance. There are three types of rod network belts, one which is ECO (the one you're currently reading about). The other two are ELT and Corner. Other great qualities of these belts are:
The ECO belts can also be made out of three different materials, which are:
As to where you can use the ECO belts, the following application areas are best-suited towards their use:
There isn't much of a difference between the regular rod network belt and the ELT version, however, this one is equipped with additional short meshes for an extended life time, hence the rods' name. These rods produce more interconnecting nodes, improve stability and load-carrying ability. On top of all of that, you can repair individual meshes as well.
Other characteristics of ELT rod network belts are:
These belts can be applied in the same areas as ECO network rods and can be ordered in the same materials.
This sub-category of rod network belts is ideal for transporting light to medium-weight products in all industrial sectors, unlike the previous two which were better suited towards some specific industries. They have an excellent curving ability due to their gradually increasing pitch.
Here are some further examples why Corner network belts are a great addition to any business:
The Corner network belts can be ordered in the same materials as the other two sub-categories. However the application areas are different. These belts are best used to change the direction of the product flow and as spare belts for all known curve systems.
Now that I've covered the company's network rod belts, it's time to move on to their metal Conveyor machines! There are six different types of metal conveyor belts, which are:
Since wide spiral link belts are first on the list, I'll start with them!
The wide spiral link belts are round/flat wire spirals with a flat oval form that are linked together to form a wide spiral link belt. Because of this, the right and left-handed elements of the belts are used in alternation. The company uses curved cross bars to create this connection. These belts can be ordered with welded pulleys or bent edges. Other characteristics include:
The application areas for these belts differ from some of the previous belts, and they are:
As for the types of materials out of which these belts can be made of, they are:
These spiral link belts, unlike the wide variety, consist of right and left-hand round or flat wire spirals. They also have a flat oval form with a low incline and are connected by smooth or curved cross bars. They come in three different variants, which are: welded, S or bended edges. They also:
Application ares and materials are the same as for wide spiral link belts.
These belts are connected with smooth cross bars that form wire loops. They have additional rows of fishplates which give these belts a high level of tensile strength. Another thing to note is that the belts are driven by polygon wheels. Also, they are:
Application areas and materials are the same as for wide and narrow spiral link belts.
The wire mesh belts are light belts which consist of belt segments linked with splicing rods. The individual elements of these belts consist of alternating right and left-hand round wire spirals, which come in a flat oval or round form. The edges of the wire mesh belt are available in two designs. These are: the welded design and the bent design. Other qualities include:
Applications areas and materials are once again same as the previous metal conveyor belts.
Now we come to the heavy-duty belts. The steel belts, which are probably the standard variant of conveyor belts in most businesses, are extremely resiliant belts that can easily withtand both major temperature changes as well as high load cycle numbers. The steel belts remain level and keep their shape no matter under which environmental conditions they are. While these are pretty big advantages in-and-of-itself, the steel belts produced by Märtens also meet the highest sanitary requirements and have smooth and easy-to-clean surfaces which prevent fibres and grease residue from accumulating. But this is not all, they also:
They are best used in the food industry. As for the application areas, they are:
The materials out of which they can be made are:
Last-but-not-least, we have the flat-rolled baking oven belts which are specially developed for Tunnel Ovens and made of rolled round wire spirals. Their edges can either be woven or melded. Their permeability prevents bubble from forming, they have a smooth baking surface, excellent heat distribution and low thickness for short baking times. They are best used in bread and bakery industry, primarily in ovens, and can be made from spring steel wire 1.1211 and stainless steel materials.
This is the last major category of conveyor belts manufactured by Märtens. "Major" in the sense that this category contains a whooping 8 types of plastic belts. The last three categories - modular, separating and silicone moulding all contain only one type of belt. So, how do the plastic conveyor belts differ from the metal ones?
The PU plastic conveyor belts are high-quality, durable and very flexible belts due to the special materials they're made out of. They can come with transparent or coloured coating or special impregnation of the polyester fabric. Further characteristics are:
The PU conveyor belts are best used in the bread and bakery industry, as well confectionery, nuts and crisps. As for application areas, they're best used in:
The list of materials out of which these plastic conveyor belts can be made goes as follows:
The silicone conveyor belts are coated with silicone rubbers which make the Märtens silicone conveyor belts resistant to chemicals, fats, oils and high temperatures. Besides that, they also offer good release properties and outstanding adhesion. Furthermore, they have:
The application areas for the silicone conveyor belts are:
The silicone conveyor belts are made from these materials:
If you're looking for a high-quality jack-of-all-trades, then the Märtens economical PVC conveyor belts are perfect for you. They're also ideal ascending conveyors, due to the wide range of carrier profiles and corrugated sidewalls that can be placed on the belt. If these belts are fitted with V-shaped profiles, they can also have precision tracking. The PVC conveyor belts also have good resistances to oils, fats and chemicals, they're economical, durable, long-lasting and versatile.
The best application areas for these all-rounders are:
These belts are manufactured out of a combination of transparent silicone, fluoroscopic fabric and nubby surfaces. This makes the transparent belts perfect for use in pick-and-place robot packaging machines. These belts can also be incorporated with customer-specific surfaces, which means you can modify these belts in any way you want. The transparent belts are also ideal for perfectly positioned conveying. They're also fluoroscopic, have surfaces that can be shaped to meet customer needs and are versatile.
They're made out of fluoroscopic-capable fabric with transparent silicone coating. The application areas in which these transparent belts can be used are:
The endless woven conveyor belts by Märtens are available in different weaves, which are - pointed twill, cross twill and plain weave. They're made by weaving in an endless warp thread in different belt thicknesses without joints. This makes the woven conveyor belts perfect for small deflections and systems with vipers. Cotton belts, which are quite common in the biscuit industry, fall under this category as well. Other characteristics are of these belts are:
Areas in which you can use these types of conveyor belts are:
They can also be made out of a wide range of materials which include:
The thermoplastic conveyor belts dubbed "VOLTA" are extremely hygienic belts. This is because of their smooth, cut and abrasion-resistant surfaces. Liquid, bacteria and similar substance intrusions cannot occur in these belts due to the fact that no tension members are used. The thermoplastic elastomer belts are fully resistant to water, oil and grease. Due to the belt's properties, no fragment of the belt can break loose and get into food products, ensuring your customers' safety.
VOLTA is also:
VOLTA can be used in animal fed, baked goods, dairy, fish and seafood, fruit and vegetables and meat and poultry industries.
We've come to the final two types of plastic conveyor belts. The plastic corner belt, just like the metal variant, is used for changes in the direction in production, from 35° to 180° degrees. These can be outfitted with different carriers and guide elements depending on the application. They're reliable, use a wide range of carriers, are flexible and approved for use in food processing. The plastic corner belts find use in the following areas:
The materials they can be made out of are PVC, polyurethane and silicone.
The timing belts, as the name suggests, are perfect for anyone looking for a perfectly positioned, synchronous conveying and smooth power transmissions. They have both mechanical and cost-efficient characteristics which are very attractive. The timing belts can be configured according to the customers' needs, which means any coating can be accommodated. Further qualities of the timing belts are:
The timing belts are also best suited for food, hygiene products, printing, folding boxes and cartons industries.
As for application areas, they're best used in:
And that is for all of the conveyor belts in the plastic category! Three more categories to go!
This is a rather small category, as are the separating belts and silicone moulding belts categories. It only contains one type of conveyor belts - the plastic modular belt! So, let's see what these belts have to offer.
The plastic modular belts by Märtens are low weight, high strength belts made out of moulded plastic elements. These elements can be effortlessly connected in numerous ways with the help of bar joints. The modular belts are usually manufactured out of polyethylene, polypropylene or polyacetal, but they can also be ordered as special low-maintenance, stainless steel variants.
As with every other type of conveyor belt so far, these have additional features:
They are best used in:
As for the materials they can be made out, there are four different types:
We're close to the end, only two more categories of conveyor belts to go through! The separating belts by Märtens are high-quality belt capable of transporting huge amounts of products - as many as the customer needs, to put it more bluntly. The belt is made-up of rows and the distance between them is changed through transverse movement of the separating belt with a special link chain. There is an additional advantage to these belts - refitting is not necessary when changing products, which can save you up time and money! Furthermore, they're:
And they have outstanding non-stick properties! You'll mostly want to use these conveyor belts for separating or converging products in the production or packaging process. The material out of which the separating belts can be made is the transverse elastic fabric with silicone coating.
Another jack-of-all-trades, the silicone moulding belts by Märtens are all-rounders that can be used for forming, cooling or transporting. They're fitted with a wide range of recesses and elevated areas, along with corrugated sidewalls, lengthwise and transverse profiles and throughs in shapes like hearts etc. These belts can be adapted to Your every need. The best area in which these belts can be used, however, is in confectionery manufacture such as chocolate, jellies, fudges, caramels, you name it! Besides that, they've also found great use in chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, would be every Märtens product that the company manufactures and sells. Quite an expansive list, is it not? I realise that some of the info I've listed above might be confusing for somebody who is just starting-up a biscuit business. My advice is to check out the areas in which these machines can be applied, as well the niche they're designed for. If you're still unsure, there are experts in Märtens who can advise you on which belts you should get for your company. Luckily, you'll be able to do just that at the end of the article.
Getting some quality conveyor belts is only the first step, however. What about proper use and belt maintenance? I've found some frequently asked questions online and decided to answer them, so that you'll be able to properly maintain and operate your new equipment. Remember, you can always consult with the experts at Märtens if you have any doubts.
With great equipment comes great responsibility. And there's no greater equipment when it comes to conveyor belts than Märtens! Luckily for you, their gear is so good that not a lot of responsibility is actually needed! However, knowing some basics about conveyor belts will alway come in handy.
As you can see per this article, there are many different types of conveyor belts for different occasions. Märtens produces six different categories of conveyor belts which have several sub-categories as well. The six major categories, or types, are:
Each category fulfills a specific role in a certain industry or niche. So, depending on the type of business you're running, e.g. a confectionery business, you might want to use silicone moulding belts so that you can make sweets in specific shapes likes hearts or squares. If you need heavy-duty conveyor belts, then the stainless steel belts are for you, and so on.
Conveyor belts are used for transporting things, material and food processing. Which type of conveyor belt you'll use depends on the materials you're transporting. For instance, if you're transporting fruit acids, then you'll want to use rod network belts made out of a material with a high resistance to corrosion.
It is a very simple concept, actually. Conveyor belts work by using two or more motorized pulleys which then loop over different kinds of materials, be they metal, plastic or something in-between. Since the motorized pulleys work at the same speed and in the same direction, the belt moves between the two.
Rollers are added to heavy-duty belts, those transporting heavy objects. This is done so that the objects on the conveyor are kept in place. As for their function, as stated several times before, conveyor belts are primarily used for a fast and efficient transport of products and materials, e.g. biscuits or small electronic devices.
There are many different names and synonyms for conveyor belts. Some of these are:
The easiest way to specify conveyor belts is by the materials they're made out of and the application areas in which they can be used (industries as well). That's why Märtens produce six different categories of conveyor belts, from rod network belts to silicone moulding ones. Each category has it's uses and even the sub-categories of conveyor belts are better suited towards some specific tasks.
The TPH of a conveyor belt (tons per hour) can be calculated using a simple formula.
CAPACITY (TPH) = .03 x Belt Speed (FPM) x Material Weight x Load Cross Section.
However, you don't have to bother with this as Märten's experts will provide you with all the necessary specifications and info you need.
How do you maintain a conveyor belt?
Although Märtens conveyor belts are high-quality machines which require little maintenance, it is still a good idea to keep your gear in tip-top shape. Here is some advice on how to keep your conveyor belts well-maintained.
And that would be it for today's article! I really hope you've learned a lot about conveyor belts and the different categories of belts there are. So, what are you waiting for? Contact Märtens Conveyor Belts and order some high-end, top-of-the-line conveyor belts right away!