The new process for a type of endless FFS belting came about in response to a problem a customer was having with their machine. This particular customer was using timing belts made of molded linatex on a neoprene base. This belt worked adequately until the packaging film used in the machine was switched to a new, but atypical film. The new film was coated “inside out” instead of “outside in”. Soon, the existing belts pulling the film began slipping. The slipping belt caused slowdowns on the line and other inefficiencies in the production process.
The Belt Corporation team came up with an innovative new belting solution to fix this issue. The new belt has a “skin coat” that securely grabs the film. This high-gloss surface was created without grinding and has an aggressively tacky exterior. The tacky surface needed to have the correct “catch and release” to keep the line moving smoothly.
The real innovation is that Belt Corp was able to develop this same belt in a truly endless form. Devoid of any seams, this belt has increased longevity while maintaining the requirements for the FFS application.
As a result of this successful re-engineering project, we have been testing this new belt among OEMs of FFS machines. The results have been most promising, and we are planning on rolling out this innovative product to all of our customers who are experiencing similar problems.
As experts in custom fabricated belting, Belt Corporation was able to develop a new solution for an existing problem. Thanks to our technical experience, we can take a capability concept and engineer an optimal new solution. We also have the capabilities to apply this concept to other applications in the process.
Offering a wide range of belting materials and options enables us to develop concepts and solutions to resolve any issues with all leading FFS equipment. If you are experiencing any problems with your process, be sure to contact Belt Corporation of America today.