Belt Technologies Europe underlines benefits of metal belts and tape drives at the Hannover Messe 2013

Belt Technologies Europe, the leading supplier of high quality precision steel belts, drive tapes and complementary pulleys is underlining the benefits of its product range to the automation and motion control sectors at the Hannover Messe 2013. The materials used in the manufacture of the product range, together with the company’s design expertise combine to offer major design advantages. The extremely high strength to weight ratio of Belt Technologies’ products, together with their durability and high levels of repeatability are essential requirements for many companies involved in automated manufacturing or assembly. In addition, low noise, a lubrication free operating environment, good thermal and electrical conductivity as well as freedom from static build up can be essential prerequisites for both indexing and general conveying applications. The use of steel drive tapes in linear positioning applications has increased significantly over recent years as part of the overall growth in the use of steel belts. Belt Technologies has been at the forefront of this growth through its provision of customised design solutions which offer significant advantages over the more traditional chain or lead screw designs. Working models of steel belt conveyors will be displayed at the company’s stand (A01 in Hall 25) at Hannover. Contact :  Brian Harbison – Sales Manager Belt Technologies Europe, Hannover Trade Show, 8th – 12th April 2013, Stand A 01, Hall...

Steel Belts ‘Top of the Milk’ with Tetrapak

Tetra Pak has recently launched the Tetra Evero Aseptic one–litre – the first aseptic carton bottle for milk. The new carton combines the easy handling and pouring of a bottle with the environmental and cost advantages of a carton. It is initially being aimed at the ambient white milk market, including non-oxygen sensitive enriched products, including flavoured milk and cream. Unlike traditional carton materials, which are aseptically sterilised before they are formed into shape, the Tetro Evero Aseptic is pre-formed and not flat-packed, meaning it requires an alternative approach. The majority of existing technologies for sterilising performed shapes rely on a gas-condensation process. This process involves the gas condensing on the material surface, but this is known to be complex and difficult to control. The Tetra Evero Aseptic, however, uses a new gas-phase sterilisation technique which involves the cartons passing through a unique aseptic chamber in pairs where they are exposed to hydrogen peroxide. The gas comes into contact with the whole preformed package – inside and out, removing any contaminants that might have been present before entering the aseptic chamber.     The cartons travel on steel belts during this production process. The use of steel belts is a highly hygienic alternative to using traditional plastic and PU conveyor systems. Avoiding the spread of contaminants is imperative in belt technology: steel belts are far easier to clean than their plastic counterparts and do not need to be lubricated in order to transmit power. This is important because germs and potentially harmful bacteria are attracted to dust generated by lubricant grease, which can potentially contaminate food or other products....

Machine efficiencies in the upper-90% range achieved – via Belt Technologies

Belt Technologies has developed a perforated stainless steel belt that has significantly improved production efficiency for a leading manufacturer of advanced technologies in the separation of liquids, solids, and gases. The belt, used to transport pre-coated blood filter elements through a forced hot air drying chamber, has streamlined the production process and helped Porous Media Corporation of St. Paul, MN achieve machine efficiencies in the 96-98% range.   The belt’s large perforations allow for the maximum amount of airflow through an upper and lower belt, resulting in complete drying of the liquid coating solution. Its seamless non-stretch surface eliminates the threat of particulate debris being introduced into the manufacturing environment, while allowing for a complete ‘clean and place’, process, which cannot be done effectively with other belting materials. A cycled belt cleaning operation can be performed simultaneously with the production of the filters, eliminating the need for stoppages and resulting in machine efficiencies in the upper 90% range. The product’s non-stretch properties result in better positioning and increased accuracy.       Belt Technologies Europe, 3rd Floor, Pennine House, Washington, Tyne & Wear. NE37 1LY. Tel: +44 191 4153010...
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