Wire conveyor belt is an alternative to a rubber or plastic belt; it is made of metal wire woven together to create a belt that is durable and resistant to heat. It is easily cleaned, and it allows for plenty of aeration or ventilation for items being transported on the belt. Wire conveyor belts are often used in food processing applications. Stainless Steel 304 and 316 grade is usually the material of choice for construction of wire conveyor belt , as it will not contaminate the food being transported.
Chain Drive belts are constructed by attaching any link chain or roller chain, eg. Roller Chain or Pintle Chain, to the mesh conveyor. Chain Driven Conveyor Belts assure positive, true forward movement, where chain actually do the driving, and the belt itself being used as a conveying medium only.
There are commonly several types of wire mesh belts can be used as chain driven belt mesh. They are Chain link mesh belt, Balance weave mesh belt and Cordweave or Compound Balance weave mesh belt.
Chain Link Wire Belt
Chain Link belting is the simplest available wire belt design, but it is functional and have a large open-area ,suitable for light duty use in drying and cooling applications.
Bars or rods are go thru the mesh and into the eye of the chain acting as the chain pin.
Plate Edges also known as sideguards or sidewings can be attached to the edges of the conveyor belt, it can protect the conveying material from falling off the chain.
Balance weave Belts
Balance weave is an economical, general use belt for medium load applications. The mesh can be very open, or very tight. A Balance weave's construction is an alternating right and left hand spirals that do not interconnect with each other. They are joined by a crimped rod which holds each spiral in place. The rods connecting the spirals are can be of a larger diameter than the spiral wires, adding durability to the construction.
Balance weave mesh does not run on a sprocket tooth drive, it is manufactured for flat faced pulleys. If a balance weave is is being driven by a positive tooth drive, there will be premature belt and drive failure, and the belt will jump.
Metal wire mesh tightly woven for baking or conveying small parts. Known in the industry as Baking Bands, Cordweave, Compound Balance, Chevron Weave, Herringbone Weave.
Assembled by alternating left and right hand spirals that nest into each other. Each spiral can have up to five connecting rods, resulting in the tightest mesh you can get. Openings are much smaller than the diameter of the wire. Cordweave Conveyor Belts are true running for traction drives.
For tight woven cordweave belts, attachments are put on the chain, and the bars are connected to the chain underneath the mesh, rather than a rod trough the mesh.
How to Identify your Wire Mesh Specification:
B: Balance weave
CB: Compound Balance
1) CB implies Cordweave mesh.
The number immediately following is the number of rods that must be removed to release a spiral from the mesh.
2) Indicates the amount of spirals (or loops) in 12" across width.
Cordweave belts consist of spirals tighly seated together. Identify one Spiral. (See blue highlighed spiral).
3) Indicates the amount of rods in 12" down the length of the belt (see blue arrows)
4) Indicates the wire gauge of the rods / followed by the wire gauge of the spiral (Iif wire gauge is the same for the spiral and cross rod drop the second one).
If there is a F after the specification it means flattened wire.
CB3 = Cordweave Style Mesh 3 rods to remove a spiral.
53 = 53 spirals in 12"
102 = 102 rods in 12"
18 = 18 gauge rod (.080"), 18 gauge spiral (.080")
16F = 16 gauge rod Flattened (.063 x .047")
Now you know how to make a enquiry for wire conveyor belt:
Chain Driven Conveyor Belt
Size: 24” OAW X 20 Long
Chain: RC-40-1/2” Pitch Roller Chain
Rods: 0.148” diameter rods thru mesh and eye of chain on 2” centers
Edge: 3” high plate edge
Mesh: cordweave mesh xxx
Metal: SS304 thoughout
Quantity: 20 pcs