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Four new modular belts with large open areas and new surface patterns

Hanover, 17th September, 2013 – New plastic modular belts for food and other applications enhance air circulation and drainage capabilities.

Plastic modular belts are often used in food production and processing. Four new module designs now complement Forbo Movement Systems’ Prolink range. Prolink plastic modular belts are an ideal solution for each step in the process. Series 6.1 with a 50 mm pitch has proved to be a superb choice in meat processing and now includes a smooth module design with an open area of 36%. Large openings of 11.7 mm x 15.2 mm guarantee superb circulation of air in drying, freezing or thawing processes, for example of fish or seafood. Very good drainage is also ensured when cleaning fruit or vegetables for example. At the same time, the products conveyed only have contact to 20% of the belt surface. The circulation of air and drainage has been significantly improved compared with the existing modular belt design that has an open area of 23% and contact area of 61%. On the eyelets, the new modules also have a special aligning tab every 20 cm which makes inserting the hinge pin easier and fitting simpler and quicker.

Four new modular belts with large open areas and new surface patterns

Less contact area
The Siegling Prolink series 10 – the one-inch-pitch series – also features a modular belt design with 36% open area (the biggest opening here is 5.7 mm x 13.3 mm). The modular belt surface is smooth and has 26% contact area to the product. In addition to the open surface, the new modular type in this series (-36 LRB) also features 5 mm high lateral ribbing on the top face. If the products conveyed (e.g. frozen fish) only lie on the lateral ribbing, the contact area to the product is merely 5% and maximum circulation of air is ensured. These modules can be combined with any smooth belts (-36 FLT), so that lateral ribbing can be used to grip sensitive products (e.g. small pieces of fruit or vegetables) when conveying at a slight gradient. The two new modules in Prolink series 10 are also fitted with the service-friendly aligning tab.

Nub top belts for good release
A third new belt type from series 10 has been developed to convey moist products such as fruit, vegetables, meat, fish or sticky products like confectionery. This is a closed modular belt with a nub top (NTP) on the top face. This special surface pattern reduces the contact area to the product to 5% and therefore makes release from the belt significantly easier. This product is also available with an indent of 38 mm where there is no pattern at the edges, making the belt easy to track.

Four new modular belts with large open areas and new surface patterns

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