Q & A Eye-Flex® Conveyor Belting
What is Eye-Flex® conveyor belt?
Eye-Flex® conveyor belting is engineered for applications that require an extremely rugged, long lasting belt. Eye-Flex®’s modular design consists of steel cross rods and reinforcing plates which contribute to the belt’s high pull strength, and support a highly customisable array of wire links which provide Eye-Flex®’s product carrying surface.
What benefits can this belt offer?
The modular design and customisable wire link surface of Eye-Flex® provide the belt with almost unlimited application possibilities, as the layout of the carrying surface can be specified independently of the load requirements.
Eye-Flex® is ideally suited to high load applications in hygiene sensitive environments since the open construction of the wire link array allows for a Clean-In-Place wash-down procedure, and therefore reduces the burden on hygiene teams between shifts.
The panel design of Eye-Flex® provides a flat, stable carrying surface – ideal for applications such as canning or pasteurisation where toppling of product can be of concern.
Eye-Flex® is a positively driven belt, reducing the requirement for engineering and maintenance teams to accurately track and tension the belt system when compared to friction driven alternatives.
Where is Eye-Flex® commonly used?
Within the food industry, Eye-Flex® can often be found in heat sensitive applications such as ovens, fryer, coolers and freezers. It is also employed as a transfer belt where the conveyor length or product load requires a belt with exceptional pull strength.
Outside of the food industry, Eye-Flex® can be found in applications as diverse as water-dredging/filtration, degreasing, recycling and sorting.
What material is Eye-Flex® available in?
Eye-Flex® is most commonly supplied in Stainless Steel 1.4301 (304SS) which provides adequate corrosion protection for the majority of food applications.
For applications with a high risk of corrosion (i.e. exposure to saltwater or aggressive cleaning solutions) we can also provide the belting in Stainless Steel 1.4571 (316Ti).
Where corrosion is unlikely to occur, we can offer the belting in mild steel.
Available material for drive components include:
- PA6G (Polyamide Cast Nylon 6)
- POM (PolyOxyMethylene/Acetal)
- 1.4305 Stainless Steel
- 1.4404 Stainless Steel
- Mild Steel
How can an Eye-Flex belt be configured?
As standard, Eye-Flex® belting is supplied with reinforcing plates at the edge, with drive being provided by specially formed sprockets that engage with the underside of the belt. For enhanced tracking and reliability, Eye-Flex® can also be supplied with side chains as an alternative drive method.
Eye-Flex® has a standard construction based on a straight modular form with wire links stacked next to one another. Eye-Flex® without spacers is simple to construct and easily repaired with minimal cost.
Eye-Flex® belting with underside welded wires provides the largest range of available gap widths, up to 50mm. Underwelded wire spacing should be considered on applications where hygiene is critical as this configuration makes cleaning and sanitation easy and more efficient.
Eye-Flex® belting with ring spacers provides an alternative method of increasing the gap width. The gap is set by one or more rings placed between adjacent links on the cross rod. The gap width is determined by the number and thickness of rings used.
Eye-Flex® belting with spring spacers provide a more dimensionally stable belt in heating or freezing applications. The link gap is maintained because the wires are able to move on the cross rod. Springs also expose a large proportion of the connecting rod for improved cleaning and sanitising.
Flights are available on Eye-Flex® belts to aid in product alignment, separation, or loading. Flights can also form a barrier across the belt width, that can aid transport of product up inclines. Other styles of flights can hold product in fixed positions. Flights can be bolted, welded in place, or formed directly into the wire.
Eye-Flex® belts can be equipped with side guards to prevent product from falling off the side of the belt. Height and shape of the side guards can be customised for your product or application. These side guards can also be inserted at various points across the belt width providing a positive separation between rows of product.