How Do I Choose the Best Small Conveyor Belt?

Alex Newth

Many manufacturing plants, especially those starting out and those that create small objects, need a small conveyor belt to carry items from one area of the plant to another. There are many belt types and thicknesses for a small conveyor belt, and some are better for carrying sharp objects while others are better at carrying very small objects such as marbles or nuts. While the objects carried on these small belts normally do not weigh much, the maximum load weight of the conveyor belt is an important consideration. The size, both length and width, will be important, because the belt has to be wide enough to hold the objects and long enough to carry them from one area to another. Conveyor speed also should match the speed of the workers.

Conveyor belts come in different shapes and sizes, depending on the objects that need to be moved.
Conveyor belts come in different shapes and sizes, depending on the objects that need to be moved.

The belt of a small conveyor belt has different types and different thicknesses. It can be a flat belt, a cleated belt with little boxes built into it, or a belt with little rollers. The required thickness of the belt will depend on what objects are being created and their weight. If the object is light and smooth, then a light belt will be sufficient; if the objects are heavy or sharp, then a thicker belt will be needed.

A small conveyor belt normally does not carry heavy objects, because the objects themselves are small, but this does not mean a manufacturing plant can ignore the maximum load weight. If the maximum weight on a conveyor belt is exceeded, then it can cause bad malfunctions or break the belt. The user should figure out how many objects can fit on the belt at one time and how much the objects weigh in total and buy a belt that meets the need.

While a small conveyor belt is, of course, small, there are variable width and length measurements within this market. The width of the conveyor belt must be enough to fit the object on the belt without the object hanging over the sides. Length also is important, because the belt must be long enough to carry the object where it needs to go to finish the manufacturing process or await delivery.

Another variable in getting the best small conveyor belt is the belt’s speed. Most manufacturing plants want a belt that runs quickly, so it can quickly transport the object from one area to another, but the speed must match the workers or machinery. If the speed is too high, then workers may find it difficult to place the object on the belt, and it may increase the chance of objects flying off the belt during operation.

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