5 Attributes of a High Quality Bagger Belt

What makes a great bagger belt? A number of factors contribute to the quality of an FFS belt, each of which can seriously impact your packaging operations.

1. WEAR – Belts are expected to wear down through normal use, but ensuring that the belt features a durable wearing cover will allow your operation to provide consistent friction across the entire surface of the belt.  Regardless of the belt’s lifespan, you can be sure that the belt will continue to operate normally, without causing problems for your packaging process.Bagger Belts

2. GRIP – Grip ensures that your material is conveyed properly though the process, and will prevent slippage, which can result in inefficiencies or damage to the package.  Non-glazing compounds provide superior grip and abrasion resistance to increase the lifespan of your belts.

3. PHYSICAL FEATURES – Certain materials and processes may require holes, slots, grooves, and various profiles of a form-fill-seal belt.  These features must meet precise tolerances and specifications in order to provide reliable performance.

4. LONGEVITY – This is the most important factor for all FFS belts.  During normal operation belts receive constant wear and are required to last as long as possible to minimize down time due to replacements.  Seamless covers provide increased reliability and flexibility without the fear of cracks or tears.  These endless belts, and durable wearing covers also provide operators with consistent friction for their application.

5. CORRECT COEFFICIENT OF FRICTION – This is an important factor for belt systems in general, but it’s also especially important for other applications such as bill validators, as they must be able to grab bills while maintaining the proper release to dispense them. Most OEMS utilize urethane or rubber compound materials to create this friction.

form-fill-seal_cover.jpgAt Belt Corporation of America, we are proud to offer OEM-quality belting to ensure that your machine is outfitted with a belt meeting the highest quality standards. We understand the important design criteria for effective and consistent replacement belting so that machines continue to operate with original functionality.

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Case Study: Improving the efficiency of a Food Packaging OEM

Belt Corporation of America helped one OEM in the food packaging industry increase production by making their equipment more efficient. In this case, the OEM had issues accommodating larger packages using their vertical form fill seal machine for potato chips.  Our role was to refine the belts on the equipment, making it faster and more productive.

plastic-bag-thumbA form fill seal machine is a three-in-one piece of equipment that makes bags, fills them with product, and then seals them. It relies on a pair of belts to pull the bags through the machine to complete the process. The problem with the OEM’s machine was that it could not maintain its normal speed of production with a larger bag. The OEM  was not making enough bags, and came to us looking for a way to address this issue.

To solve the problem, we selected a pair of belts with a high coefficient of friction and designed it with a row of vacuum holes. This reduced slippage made it easier for the distributor to increase the speed of production and create more bags. The belts were also more efficient at pulling the larger-sized bags through the bagging machine.

Belt Corporation of America has years of experience with using belts to improve and solve manufacturing issues. A positive outcome of our success with this project is that we are still in touch with this manufacturer today. As this case illustrates, we have the expertise and knowledge to design high quality, practical belts for a number of different applications.