How cleated conveyor belts work and how to apply them
Cleated conveyor belts -- belts fitted with raised dividers [cleats] at regular intervals -- can improve your conveying operation by, for example, preventing material rollback and permitting steeper conveyor inclines. To help you learn about available cleat alternatives, this article covers cleated conveyor belts, including features, applications, and advantages of basic cleat types. Discussion also includes purchase sources, manufacturing methods, and the advantages, disadvantages, and applications of the different cleated belt types. Tables provide cleat selection criteria, and the final section covers cleated belt maintenance and repair.
All plant and material handling engineers interested in increasing productivity and cutting costs, stand up. Everyone now turn and face your conveyor belt system. There's a good chance you're looking at an opportunity to improve your operation by using conveyor belt cleats. And, if you're already using cleated belts, there's a good chance you can cut both the cost and downtime of maintaining them.