DIFFERENT TYPE OF CONVEYOR BELTS USED IN BAKERY INDUSTRY
Conveyor belts are mounted on various types of conveyor to perform transportation of wet dough to finished goods to various places.Different types of bakery product requires different conveyor belts in manufacturing /mxing/packaging process.
Factors which are kept in mind while selecting conveyors belts are
Bakeries being food factory require hygienic condition in material handling as they come into contact with food stuff . PU are considered to more hygienic then cotton conveyor belts. PU belts and modular belts can be easily washed where as cotton conveyors are replaced frequently to maintain hygienic conditions .
PU being hygienic is costlier than cotton conveyors . Cotton conveyors are low cost substitute of Pu conveyor belts but has disadvantage of being unhygienic if not monitored and changed regularly . Small bakery with low budget unit generally use cotton conveyors . Cotton conveyors are popular among bakery plant across developing countries .
Kind of product to carry Surface of belts are selected by product type such as dry , wet or oily
Load on the conveyor belt Thickness of belts are decided on load factor ie what is the load on the conveyor
Angle of transfer Conveyors of higher friction coefficient are used when conveyors have angles
Conveyor material for selected with factors like product temperature . Metallic conveyor belt are more suitable for higher temperature s.
Conveyor belts should be easy to install and dismantle as well as easy to clean or repair . Jointing of PU requires special arrangement with heat sealing and chemicals whereas cotton conveyors are reapired with on the site sewing machines .