Curved plastic modular belts are normally a 'mesh' configuration, allowing the inner sections to 'collapse' and the outer rim sections to 'stretch', forming the curve. This still provides a rigid, flat surface for carrying products.
However, the 'mesh' can have advantages even when straight. It allows air (or liquids) to circulate around the carried product. This is frequently used in bakeries to allow loaves 'fresh out of the oven' to cool down as they are transported from A to B. It also allows water to flow around the product. (one recent example was for a lobster processing factory in Scotland. The belt carried the lobsters through (almost) boiling water before lifting them out at the end for drying).
Traditional curved plastic modular belts had to have a "run-in/run-out" straight section at the beginning - and end - of the curve. This could be up to 500mm long. On a comlex production plant, with multiple curved sections, this can add up to create a larger "footprint" for the overall system than desired.
Star Modular "sero tangent" belting eliminates the need for this. They can immediatley curve.
See our HS2000-A page for more details.
Beloved of bottling plants, bakeries, logistics centres and anywhere where space is at a premium, we can provide plastic modular belting that is flexible in both the horizontal/radial direction, and the vertical. This allows it to form powered spiral conveyors. We can provide a variety of belts with collapse factors as low as 1.1 to suit all kinds of spirals and curves