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.
  • Complete Plate Link conveyor solutions, including declining and straight running applications, are available from Wire Belt.  Please contact our Technical Sales team for further information.

Typical Applications:

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

Available Specifications

Description Pitch   Chain Slat Thickness Roller Diameter Rod Diameter Chain Width
      Breaking Load          
  Metric Imperial Metric Imperial Construction        
Light Duty 31.75mm 1.25" 1300 kgs 3,000lbs Loose Link 1.5mm & 2mm  25.4mm 6.35mm or 9.53mm 25.4mm
Light Duty 38.10mm 1.5" 1300 kgs 3,000lbs Loose Link 1.5mm & 2mm 25.4mm 6.35mm or 9.53mm 25.4mm
Light Duty 38.10mm 1.5" 2000 kgs 4,500lbs Conveyor Chain 1.5mm & 2mm 25.4mm 6.35mm 25.4mm
Light Duty 50.80mm 2" 2000 kgs 4,500lbs Conveyor Chain 1.5mm & 2mm 25.4mm 6.35mm 25.4mm
Light Duty 76.20mm 3" 2000 kgs 4,500lbs Conveyor Chain 1.5mm & 2mm 25.4mm 6.35mm 25.4mm
                   
Medium Duty 38.10mm 1.5" 1300 kgs 3,000lbs Loose Link 3mm 25.4mm 9.53mm 25.4mm
Medium Duty 50.80mm 2" 1300 kgs 3,000lbs Loose Link 3mm 25.4mm 9.53mm 25.4mm
Medium Duty 76.20mm 3" 1300 kgs 3,000lbs Loose Link 3mm 25.4mm 9.53mm 25.4mm
Medium Duty 101.60mm 4" 1300 kgs 3,000lbs Loose Link 3mm 25.4mm 9.53mm 25.4mm
Medium Duty 152.4mm 6" 1300 kgs 3,000lbs Loose Link 3mm 25.4mm 9.53mm 25.4mm
Medium Duty 50.80mm 2" 2700 kgs 6,000lbs Conveyor Chain 3mm 31.8mm 9.53mm 31.8mm
Medium Duty 76.20mm 3" 2700 kgs 6,000lbs Conveyor Chain 3mm 31.8mm 9.53mm 31.8mm
Medium Duty 101.60mm 4" 2700 kgs 6,000lbs Conveyor Chain 3mm 31.8mm 9.53mm 31.8mm
Medium Duty 152.4mm 6" 2700 kgs 6,000lbs Conveyor Chain 3mm 31.8mm 9.53mm 31.8mm
Medium Duty 76.20mm 3" 5400 kg 12,000lbs Conveyor Chain 3mm 47.5mm 12.7mm 31.8mm
Medium Duty 101.60mm 4" 5400 kg 12,000lbs Conveyor Chain 3mm 47.5mm 12.7mm 31.8mm
Medium Duty 152.4mm 6" 5400 kg 12,000lbs Conveyor Chain 3mm 47.5mm 12.7mm 31.8mm
                   
Heavy Duty 76.20mm 3" 5400 kg 12,000lbs Conveyor Chain 6mm 47.62mm 12.7mm 45mm
Heavy Duty 101.60mm 4" 5400 kg 12,000lbs Conveyor Chain 6mm 47.62mm 12.7mm 45mm
Heavy Duty 152.4mm 6" 5400 kg 12,000lbs Conveyor Chain 6mm 47.62mm 12.7mm 45mm
Heavy Duty 203.2mm 8" 5400 kg 12,000lbs Conveyor Chain 6mm 47.62mm 12.7mm 45mm
Heavy Duty 228.6mm 9" 5400 kg 12,000lbs Conveyor Chain 6mm 47.62mm 12.7mm 45mm
Heavy Duty 101.60mm 4" 10900 kg 24,000lbs Conveyor Chain 6mm 66.67mm 19.05mm 57mm
Heavy Duty 152.4mm 6" 10900 kg 24,000lbs Conveyor Chain 6mm 66.67mm 19.05mm 57mm
Heavy Duty 203.2mm 8" 10900 kg 24,000lbs Conveyor Chain 6mm 66.67mm 19.05mm 57mm
Heavy Duty 228.6mm 9" 10900 kg 24,000lbs Conveyor Chain 6mm 66.67mm 19.05mm 57mm
                   
AS1800 38.10mm 1.5" 1800 kg Loose Assembly 4,000lbs Loose Assembly 1.5mm 25.4mm 7.93mm 23.1mm
AS5400 76.20mm 3" 5400 kg Loose Assembly 12,000lbs Loose Assembly 3mm 31.8mm 12.7mm 25mm
AS5400 101.40mm 4" 5400 kg Loose Assembly 12,000lbs Loose Assembly 3mm 31.8mm 12.7mm 30mm
AS10900 101.40mm 4" 10900 kg Loose Assembly 24,000lbs Loose Assembly 3mm 47.62mm 12.7mm 30mm

Chain Edge Sprockets

Table of Sprocket Pitch Circle Diameters (mm):
Chain Pitch Number of Teeth
(mm) 8 10 12
31.8 83.10 102.91 122.87
38.1 99.56 123.29 147.21
50.8 132.75 164.39 196.28
76.2 199.12 246.59 294.41
101.6 265.49 328.78 392.55
152.4 398.24 493.18 588.83
203.2 530.99 Contact Technical Sales
228.6 597.36 Contact Technical Sales

 

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.

Conveyor Design Guidelines

Straight Running—Positively Sprocket Driven

Typical Belt Circuits

Simple Loop Circuit
Inclined Conveyor with Single Reverse Bend Arrangement
Inclined Conveyor with Single Forward Bend Arrangement
Inclined Conveyor with Double Reverse Bend Arrangement (Swan Neck - Z Configuration)


Drive and Idle Infeed Shaft Setup


NOTE: Ensure all shafts are parallel and horizontal with sprocket teeth in true alignment and set symmetrically about the conveyor centre line.

Typical Conveyor Cross Section


NOTE: after belt installation and prior to connecting to a geared motor drive, turn conveyor belt over by means of hand powered lever handle on the main drive shaft.  Check that the belt is free to travel throughout the circuit without catching.  Alternative to this would be to fit a slipping clutch drive ensuring no damage to the belt in the event of a jam condition.

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