The Case for Better Belting Compounds: Meet DuraTaq™

Customer demand for online retail goods, along with a proliferation of product packaging options, has led to significant demands for product handling equipment uptime and belt life expectancy for packaging equipment applications that includes case erecting, box filling, and box closing equipment. Belts today must provide the right combination of high friction, low wear, and anti-glazing features to ensure packaging line efficiency.

How manufacturers select their belting compounds can make a difference in the life expectancy and overall maintenance costs of a belt.

To address this common industry issue of belting compound inefficiency, Belt Corporation of America developed DuraTaq™, a specially formulated rubber material that can be molded to most of our available belt substrates. The molding process creates a truly endless cover without any weak spots created by splices in traditional fabricated methods.

Features of the DuraTaq™ Compound

  • Abrasion tested for tough applications: in independent testing, DuraTaq™ provided a higher COF than other well-known high friction rubber materials against paper and corrugated materials, while offering 50% less wear in Taber abrasion testing.
  • Properties that withstand friction: DuraTaq™ is available in 45A hardness, and for applications where wear resistance is more important than friction, DuraTaq™ Plus is offered in 60A hardness.
  • Chemical resistance: resistant to alcohols, ethylene glycol, and water.

Case Study Results: Belting Compound Upgrades

For a customer in the pharmaceutical paper folding business, the compound used for their belting proved to be a growing problem affecting uptime. The existing belting compound was sufficient but had issues when it came to durability and wear, resulting in a need for replacement every 200,000 to 300,000 cycles. The company sought to resolve the problem, turning to BCA for a cost-effective solution. After becoming familiar with DuraTaq™, the customer tested the compound as a potential solution to their problem.


During the course of the test, they experienced the compound’s longevity and resistance to wear and decided to integrate DuraTaq™ in place of all of the belts in their machinery. Ultimately, the decision to move to DuraTaq™ provided the client with 7.5 million fold cycles onwards, changing only for normally scheduled maintenance.

DuraTaq_eBook_Cover.jpgDiscover More About DuraTaq™

To learn about DuraTaq’s features, access a copy of our eBook. Inside, this compound is compared to other compounds for belting covers in terms of strength, elongation, and abrasion resistance.

At Belt Corporation of America, we work to provide superior products for your applications. Your processes and our materials come together to create solutions. If you have any questions about our belting covers or capabilities, contact our custom belting solution experts today.

Introducing Megaflex Belting with Z-cover

At Belt Corporation of America, we specialize in designing and manufacturing specialty endless belting with the most critical tolerances in mind. Our endless belts can be utilized in a variety of markets, and with our team’s manufacturing capabilities, we can create custom belting to suit your company’s specific application needs.

Since being founded in 1985, Belt Corporation has developed unique products that have redefined industrial belting. Last year we became a part of the Megadyne family, who also has a long history of contributions that have greatly redefined quality industrial belting.  In the spirit of that tradition, Belt Corporation is proud to provide customers with Megadyne’s latest product: the Megaflex belt with Z-cover.

What is Megaflex?

MEGAFLEX_Z-COVER_1The Megaflex Polyurethane Truly Endless Belt is available in lengths up to 22 meters (72 feet) and a diverse selection of tooth profiles. The new Z-cover is co-extruded directly alongside our Megaflex belt for a secure, uniform bond and consistent surface.

The Z-cover is a specialized foam backing that is well-suited for machines used in glass manufacturing and delicate material handling. Z-cover is available in a range of thicknesses up to 8 mm, making it ideal in any application involving fragile items.

The Megaflex belt with Z-cover has more benefits to offer than increased cushioning. Megaflex is a highly cost-effective option compared to standard sprayed-on yellow foam, and it also outperforms many traditional belting choices. Other benefits include:The high-quality material combination creates unrivaled performance and lightness

  • The high-quality material combination creates unrivaled performance and lightness
  • Despite its lightness, the belt delivers durability usually associated with much heavier materials
  • The Z-cover can be customized and ground with your choice of patterns.
  • The combination of flexibility and cushioned support offers smooth operation.
  • None of the materials contain phthalates, making these belts REACH compliant.

The new Megaflex belt with Z-cover is just the latest example of our high-tech belting materials, developed to the precise specifications that our customers require. We hold a broad inventory of materials at Belt Corporation of America, and can often combine specialized materials to satisfy the needs of a particular project

To learn more about the new Megaflex with Z-cover or to get answers on a specialized belt to fit your next project, contact our team today. Also, be sure to reach out for a free design consultation from our seasoned belting professionals.

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