Horizontal conveyors are the most basic and widely used conveyor style in the market. They are used on assembly lines, small parts handling, food processing and integrated inside more sophisticated machinery to give increased throughput. They have fewer limitations than other conveyor types in terms of dimensions, speeds, load, and space required. They can be suited to accumulation or telescopic applications. Much of the same can be said for simple two-axle conveyors when used on a slight incline. They can function well depending on the angle, product type and flow rate.
The belt path on a horizontal conveyor is simple; typically, a straight-line center to center bed with the belt wrapped around two pulleys. Some applications may dictate additional rollers or features. Heavy wear and tear can result from incorrect conveyor design and belt selection.
The capacity of the conveyor must be taken into consideration making sure the product is contained and does not fall under and inside the belt path.
A conventional belt running without a product can fail from off-tracking or splice failure. Volta Positive Drive belts permit the design of more compact and cost-effective conveyors with added benefits of self-tracking and the elimination of slipping on rollers. Volta belts save downtime and offer lower maintenance costs while creating a hygienic and cleanable working environment for food processing conveyors. Long-lasting and invisible welded joints can save multiple belt changeovers. On flat belts, adding guides can provide tracking that will not detach from the strain of flexing around pulleys.