Many material handling applications utilize extrusion machinery. The belting used for this process must be durable, long-lasting, and reliable to ensure that projects are completed safely, efficiently, and on-time.
However, many material handling companies encounter issues with their belting, including short life spans or rapid deterioration. To prevent such setbacks, businesses should use belting cover compounds designed to withstand the environment, maintain longevity, and fit their specific application.
At Belt Corporation of America (BCA), we recently assisted a client — Central Sticks, a manufacturer of wooden sticks for ice cream and ice pops — who was dealing with extrusion belt issues. This ultimate need for this customer was a usable and lasting solution cover solution that would not delaminate or fall apart.
Central Sticks’ belts, which were covered with molded Linatex®, were delaminating and wearing down far too quickly, requiring replacement every few hours, causing excessive downtime and added costs. The company was seeking a longer-lasting, and a more durable solution.
First, they tried an abrasion-resistant compound with increased hardness for the belts. However, because the pulley for this application had a small diameter, the belt was still deteriorating. Using Gummy Correx Amra, belt longevity increased up to 24 hours, but this compound provided too much hardness.
Our team began testing BCA DuraTaq™ compound on the belts. A 100-percent natural rubber polymer (polyisoprene), DuraTaq™ was molded onto base belts to create a seamless cover.
Compared to other rubber compounds, DuraTaq™ provided great abrasion resistance and tear strength while also being soft enough to handle the high frequency of bending.
Using DuraTaq™, Central Sticks’ belts now have an even longer lifespan. This enhancement led to decreased downtime, reduced costs, and a smooth, reliable extrusion process.
Since 1985, Belt Corporation of America has been manufacturing OEM and custom belts and cover compounds for a wide range of industries. We can also modify cover surfaces through grinding and routing, as well as hole punching and pocket and slot machining.
To learn more about how BCA’s custom modification capabilities and tailored client solutions can help you address your belting issues, contact us today.