Hanover, December 2008. With an innovative laser method (patent pending,) belting specialist Forbo Movement Systems can permanently apply customized lettering or images to conveyor belts. The method is more hygienic and safe, but above all is a marketing device and creates new opportunities for process automation.
In comparison with other methods, Forbo’s new marking technology has many points in its favor. The results are much more precise than when foils or prints are used and more durable. The method is also economical, even for very small quantities. The hygienic aspect should also not be forgotten. Thanks to the indelible laser lettering/images, no substances can penetrate the goods conveyed - in contrast to print. As a result, the conveyor belts are suitable for conveying food, if they are FDA-compliant.
The laser method primarily fulfils four functions: information such as belt dimensions and manufacturing data can be included to make it easier for the user to re-order, or fulfill legal requirements. Secondly, the laser marking allows both an OEM and end customer to place eye-catching and distinctive branding: the check-out counter belt with a supermarket logo is just one example. Thirdly, positioning accuracy is also increased: in automated processes, the laser markings can be captured by optical sensors. The goods conveyed can be accurately positioned and precisely controlled. And finally, the laser method is safer: markings in a strong contrasting color make a moving belt visible and can therefore prevent accidents.
“The method can handle virtually all shapes and fonts, but the choice of colors is limited. The laser method of applying lettering/images involves a thermal change to the surface of the belt and is not the same as printing, so that in technical and physical terms – depending on the belt material - only certain colors are possible. Where the size of the image/lettering is concerned, the customer can choose up to a format of 240 x 240mm and the marking can be repeated as often as required,” explains Dr Andreas Pospischil, Product Manager at Forbo Siegling GmbH.
The leading manufacturer of gym equipment, Technogym SpA from Gambettola (Italy) has already opted for the laser technology. Forbo Siegling marks Technogym's fitness belts to best support the jogger’s rhythm. The result: a perfect jogging experience.
Forbo Siegling employs more than 2,000 people globally in eight production sites and 25 international companies. Forbo Siegling belts made of synthetic materials are used in nearly all industries, but also in the retail and services industries. Key competencies are the food and packaging industries, logistics and airports, as well as paper, print and raw materials industries. Siegling was founded in 1919 in Hanover, Germany. Since 1994 Siegling has belonged to the Swiss company Forbo International. The products have been marketed since 2007 under the master brand "Forbo Movement Systems".