Plate Link Conveyor Belt

Wire Belt Company’s Plate Link belt features an extremely robust design and high load capacity, making it the perfect choice for arduous engineering processes such as presswork, die-casting and forging.

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Plate Link’s hinged slats enable it to be subject to the external forces commonplace in engineering processes, whilst maintaining a superior belt life in comparison to less robust conveyor belt designs. By fitting high load capacity side chains to each Plate Link belt, Wire Belt Company offers a conveyor solution that will both increase production capacity and reduce the risk of downtime.
 

  • All specifications available can be supplied with side plates and cross flights in various combinations of height and design, to your specification enabling elevation or product separation as required by the application
  • We can supply an extensive range of sprockets with these specifications
  • Perforations are available on some slat sizes for applications requiring drainage such as swarf and chip removal and recycling.
  • Belts are available in mild steel and 304 and 316 stainless steels with a number of surface finish options including galvanising, bright zinc plating and Teflon coating.

Typical Applications:

  • Transport
  • Drainage
  • Sorting
  • Elevating
  • De-Elevating
  • Waste Treatment
  • Blanching
 

Available Specifications

Slat Thickness Pitch Chain Load Ratings Cross Rod Diameter Maximum Side Plate Height Side Plate Thickness
Light Duty
Std 2.0mm
or
1.5 mm
38.1mm
50.8mm
76.2mm

1361kgf* 
(3000 lbf)

2042kgf
(4500 lbf)

 
6.35mm 38.1mm
50.8mm
76.2mm

Std
2.0mm

or
1.5mm
Medium Duty
3 mm
50.8mm
76.2mm
101.6mm
152.4mm**
1361kgf*
(3000 lbf)

2722kgf
(6000 lbf)
9.53mm# 50.8mm
76.2mm
101.6mm
152.4mm
3mm
 
*Loose link and roller chain assembly.
**Non-standard using 1361 kbf loose link and roller chain.
#12.7mm dia. cross rod option for 101.6mm & 152.4mm pitches only.

Chain Edge Sprockets

Table of Sprocket Pitch Circle Diameters (mm):
 
Edge Chain Type Belt Style Chain Pitch (mm) Number of Teeth
8 10 12
1361 kgf loose link & roller chain
(25.4mm chain roller diameter)
Light & Medium Duty Plate Link Belt 38.1 99.57 147.22
50.8 132.74 196.27
76.2 199.11 294.41
101.6 265.51 392.56
152.4ᶲ 398.25 588.82
2042 kgf standard conveyor chain
(25.4mm chain roller diameter)
Light Duty
Plate Link Belt
38.1 99.57 147.22
50.8 132.74 196.27
76.2 199.11 294.41
2722 kgf standard conveyor chain
(31.75mm chain roller diameter)
Medium Duty
Plate Link Belt
50.8 132.74 196.27
76.2 199.11 246.58 294.41
101.6 265.51 328.78 392.56
152.4 398.25 588.82
ᶲ Non-standard
 

Side Plates and Cross Flights

All available specifications can be supplied with side plates and cross flights in various combinations of height and design enabling elevation or product separation as required by the application.







 




Side Plate Layout Options




Chain Edge Options

With welded washer

This is the most common and economical style of finish to a chain edge belt and comprises of a central plate carried through the system by means of edge chains with carrier cross rods through both plate and edge chains.  The cross rods are finished at the outside chain edges with a welded washer


 

With Cotter Pin & Washer

Although less economical this type of assembly allows the customer or service personnel the ability to replace the edge drive chains when the plate and rods are still serviceable.  The assembly comprises of a central plate carried through the system by means of edge chains with carrier cross rods through both plate and edge chains.  The cross rods are finished at the outside with a drilled hole to allow the fitment of a washer & cotter pin.  It also allows the repair replacement of sections of belt without the need to grind off rod heads and weld back together.
 

Fixing Method





All available specifications can be supplied with side plates and cross flights in various combinations of height
and design enabling elevation or product separation as required by the application.

Joining Instructions 

Preparation

Before installing a new belt, always check the conveyor structure; 

  • Shafts to be at 90° to direction of travel, and horizontal.
  • Rollers to be free to rotate.
  • Sprockets to be correctly positioned, and aligned.
  • Belt supporting surfaces are smooth and level. Check that there are no parts of the structure that can catch the belt.

Installation 

  • The belting should be pulled through the conveyor circuit until the two ends meet
  • Excess chain and slats should be removed whilst maintaining the correct joining pattern of the slats and roller chain – remember to account for the extra slat and connecting links
  • Connect leading edge of belt to trailing edge, using the supplied connecting links on the inside path of the chain.
  • Fit outer plate to roller chain and secure in place.
  • Lay extra slat into space created by connecting links and feed cross rods through roller chain and both slat apertures
  • Where the rods project through the chain, they need to be finished with a washer welded in position, or the rod end can be riveted over.
    • Alternative finishes can include threading the rod and fixing with a nut, or by using a washer and cotter pin. Before using these, or similar options, it is essential that the whole conveyor circuit be checked for clearance.

Troubleshooting

  Causes Solution
Growth in Chain Pitch
  • Excessive tension in belt circuit
  • High operating temperature
  • Reduce Tension in belt circuit - catenary sag in return path should be 0.01 x circuit length
  • Reduce operating temperature to <300ºC
Belt tracks to one side
  • Drive/idler shafts misaligned
  • One side of belt contact on conveyor structure
  • Ensure that all shafts are perpendicular to direction of belt travel
  • Ensure the belt has adequate clearance through entire running circuit