Throughout my career I have learned a lot of lessons the hard way. I have run all sorts of different factories and production plants and there are countless parts and components that must work together properly in each and every case. One of those features which recurs in almost every production plant that I have worked in is the conveyor belt. In almost any kind of mass production, you will find one somewhere along the production line. It is usually not an obvious part of the process, only involved in moving pieces from one place to another. Yet a poor-quality conveyor belt, or one that is not sufficiently maintained, can end up slowing production drastically. That is because a conveyor belt is one of the main drivers of efficiency. Particularly when working with small product or components, moving each and every part by hand from one are to another or from one machine to another is hugely time consuming. Unfortunately this is exactly what happens if a conveyor belt fails. Sometimes a specialised conveyor belt is required, such as one with anti-static or non-stick properties. This can make the difference between a saleable product and one that is not fit for market. But even for more basic products, fraying, tearing, excess dirt or non-smooth operation can make a huge difference to the productivity and efficiency of a production plant. That is why it is important to make sure that a conveyor belt is of sufficient quality and meets all of your requirements.
Choosing the correct conveyor belt
Some machinery used in a production plant may require a very specific, possibly even branded, conveyor belt. Often, though, the machinery is custom made and finding the best available components is a question of searching, making telephone calls and sometimes trial and error. Some possible considerations when choosing a conveyor belt for your circumstances can include:
- Material and durability;
- Length and width;
- Anti-static properties;
- Non-stick coating;
- Price and value for money.
Making your selection and purchase
Sourcing the exact component that meets your needs is not always easy. There are some companies that do their best to make it easy for you, though. For example, I have ordered from Hardick many times through the years. They are a Dutch company, based in Enschede. They produce conveyor belts made out of PTFE, a material that can be used in virtually all circumstance. It is non-stick and anti-static, produces minimal friction and can handle both high and low temperatures. The production process also means that it can be produced in virtually any size that you may require and it is easily repaired in the unlikely event that it becomes damaged. Although they are not always the cheapest option for the initial purchase, their durability means that they make for an excellent long-term investment. To find out more about the products and option available from Hardick you can go to hardick.nl and read all about PTFE, its properties and advantages, as well as order a sample. If you choose to place an order with Hardick you can be sure that the product will be delivered precisely to your specifications and will arrive promptly. In the unlikely event that you encounter a problem with the conveyor belt that they supply, Hardick also have an excellent customer service set-up, available to help 24 hours a days, 7 days a week. There is no need to worry about a language barrier despite it being a Dutch company, they are very capable of helping in English.