Metal belt made up of SO type conveyor belts, adding lateral chains. This belt alternates right-hand and left-hand meshes, joined by straight rods welded to the lateral chains. The employed chains usually have hollow rollers so that the rods can pass through each link of the chain.
It is possible to join the mesh to the lateral chain using second rods (CTN belt).
This belt is made in most standarized chain sizes: 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1.1/4", 1.1/2" and 2".
This metal belt offers many different combinations of metallic mesh, drive chains and alloys.
The final decision of using a belt fitted with lateral chains instead of friction-driven ones can be taken considering the following factors:
- Conveyor design
- Synchronization of different conveyors.
- The need to guarantee the traction of the belt exposed to liquids or lubricants.
- The need to uniform and smooth the feeding under any loading criteria.
- Lateral resistance of the belt.
Due to its design, the chains, not the mesh, receive the traction force. Thus, the chain type and roller pitch are chosen depending on the conveyed load, and the mesh type will be chosen depending on the physical features of the product.