Conveyor systems

Plastics are commonly used in all areas of machine manufacture. The conveyor industry is an excellent example of this.

Conveyors are used in various fields, including the energy, forest, food, and brewing industries. In the energy and forest industries, they are utilised to transport coal, ash, wood, wood chips, and pellets. Involving high mechanical loads and temperatures ranging from -40 °C to 60 °C, the conditions are demanding. Overall, conditions in the food and beverage industries are not as challenging, but, on the other hand, line speeds are high.

THE STRENGTHS OF PLASTIC MATERIALS

  • excellent sliding properties
  • a low coefficient of friction
  • good resistance to wear
  • high chemical-resistance
  • low price
  • self-lubricating action
  • availability of anti-static materials for ATEX applications

APPLICATIONS

  • slide and chain applications
  • curved guides
  • chain and pulley wheels
  • slide bearings
  • screw conveyors
  • conveyor tracking rollers and pulley blocks

The most commonly used conveyor materials and their characteristics

PE 1000

A pure, unmixed ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene. PE 1000 is a pure polyethylene with the lowest coefficient of friction, the greatest impact strength and wear‑resistance, and the best dimensional accuracy of all the polyethylene plastics. It is an ideal choice for applications that require good wear-resistance properties and a low coefficient of friction.

Properties

Excellent wear-resistance, good sliding characteristics, a low coefficient of friction, good resistance to chemicals, no absorption of water, easy machining, and good tensile and impact strength.

Standard colours

Off-white, black, and green.

PE 1000 R (recycled)

Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene. Made mainly from recycled material, PE 1000 R is more cost-efficient than pure PE 1000 plastic. However, it is slightly less wear-resistant than the pure form of the material.

Properties

Excellent resistance to wear, good sliding‑ and abrasion‑related properties, good mechanical properties, and cost-efficiency.

Standard colours

Green and black.

PE 1000 MoS2

A polyethylene that has undergone further processing. Because of the molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) added to it, this material has enhanced wear‑resistance properties. It is recommended for applications entailing extensive wear.

Properties

Good ability to withstand mechanical loads, better-than-average wear‑resistance, better-than-average sliding-related characteristics, high tensile and impact strength, and good resistance to chemicals.

Standard colours

Graphite.

PE 1000 ATEX

Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene. The material is specifically designed for environments with an explosive atmosphere that require ATEX certification.

Properties

Good resistance to wear, high tensile and impact strength, and good chemical-resistance.

Conductivity also. The material has been approved by TÜV Nord (test record YEX 550794).

Standard colours

Black.

PA 6 G OIL

A cast polyamide that contains oil as a lubricant. Because of its oil content, the material’s coefficient of friction is up to 50% lower and its wear‑resistance about five times greater than that of standard polyamides.

This polyamide is best suited to applications in which the material is subjected to continuous wear.

Properties

Self-lubrication (with excellent wear-resistance), a low coefficient of friction, good elongation‑related and impact‑resistance properties, good dimensional accuracy, and excellent sliding characteristics.

Standard colours

Black, white, and natural.

Applications

CHAIN GUIDES

We also supply chain guides made from other materials, including PA 6 G + oil, POM, and PEEK.

WEAR STRIPS

PE 1000 wear strips in green, white, and black. The strips’ standard widths are 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, and 55 mm. Other widths are made to order.

Strip lengths
2 mm = approx. 80 m
3 mm = approx. 54 m
4 mm = approx. 40 m
5 mm = approx. 32 m
6 mm = approx. 27 m

SCREW CONVEYORS

We supply plastic screw blades tailored to our customers’ needs. Our partner Wefapress has several decades of experience in screw blade design.

  1. separation, positioning
  2. positioning, stop
  3. 90° twist rotation
  4. grouping
  5. sorting