There are many different belt conveyor types. Each type of belt conveyor answers a specific need and a cursory description of each type can help in deciding what to use in the manufacturing setting.
a. Slider Bed Belt Conveyor. This belt conveyor type has a smooth surface, often made from stainless steel or from Masonite. In this design, the belt is affixed to the smooth surface to move the products across the conveyor line.
b. Roller bed Belt Conveyor. This belt conveyor design has the surface of the belt conveyor made out of rollers. The kind and type of belt conveyor utilizes rollers that are specifically designed for the weight of the load to be carried. Another factor is the speed that the items would travel through the roller bed.
c. Horizontal Belt Conveyor. This belt conveyor design utilizes a center drive attached to a gear motor and what is called a take up. Depending on the belt conveyor drive motor, pulleys can be set up in the ends, allowing for the flexible belt conveyor to travel.
d. Incline/Decline Belt Conveyor. This type of belt conveyor has the same configuration as a horizontal belt conveyor except for an additional feeder attachment. The surface of the belt conveyor is often rough to allow for the items to have some sort of traction as it travels through the line.
e. Piano Hinge Belt Conveyor. This belt conveyor design is made from steel and is best used for hot and oily materials, often found in punch press systems as well as forging machines. The hinge is adjustable, allowing the belt conveyor to be either set as horizontal, even or even ‘S’ shaped.
f. Brake and Meter Belt Conveyor. This belt conveyor type has two major components, namely the brake belt and the metal belt. The brake belt collects the items transported while the metal belt separates the items.
Now with these descriptions, finding the right belt conveyor belt can be found for the specific purpose.