This article contains an overall review of conveyor belt. It tells how conveyor belt developed, textile materials and structures used for manufacturing of conveyor belt and advantages of fabric conveyor belt over steel conveyor belt. Amongst the different fibres, the paper mainly highlights on Kevlar fibre which have excellent tensile and chemical resistant property. It also tells about the techniques and different type splicing of conveyor which is most important thing in conveyor making and a good splicing is very much needed to get better performance of a conveyor belt. It also highlights the different aspect of conveyor failure and how they can be minimized.
Can efficiently transfer bulk materials or parcels form one place to another? Conveyor belt systems are composed of endless belt, pulleys, idlers, electrical motors, counter weight, rigid structure and other accessories. The continuous handling of bulk materials by conveyors is based on the use of endless belts which do not only carry the material but also absorb the tensile forces. The belts run on idlers and are driven by pulleys, which they circumnavigate. A conveyor belt (or belt conveyor) consists of two or more pulleys, with a continuous loop of material- the conveyor belt - that rotates about them.
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This article was originally published in the Textile Review magazine, December, 2012 issue, published by Saket Projects Limited, Ahmedabad.
About the Author:
Richa Tiwari is an Assistant Professor.
H.K. Singh is associated with the Department of Textile Technology at the SVITS, Indore.
Kiran Yadav is associated with the Department of Textile Technology at IIT, Delhi.