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The History Of Belt Conveyors

The need to quickly move objects from one work area to another is nothing new. Inventors have been looking for ways to accomplish this task in different circumstances for quite some time. The simplest thing may seem to pay laborers to move the objects from one area to another, however, there are many risks involved in such a process. For example, goods can easily be damaged. Depending on what is being moved the objects could also suffer from wear or even change the quality of the final product. An extremely valuable invention in this field was the Belt conveyor, which was invented in the mid 1700’s.

Primitive Belt Conveyors


Belt conveyors were first developed in order to move heavy bags of grain from one place to another, they usually only covered short distances. It wasn’t until much later that belt conveyors became popular for moving other materials. Early belt conveyors were extremely simple in their design. They usually consisted of a leather belt that moved over a wooden bed, rubber and canvas belts were also used. It was in 1908 that the first roller conveyor was patented. Towards 1919 conveyors started to be used regularly in factories in order to convey heavy objects. Belt conveyors quickly became popular and in the 1920’s many inventors experimented with different ideas resulting in big changes for conveyors. They even began to be used in coal mines where they covered distances over 5 miles long. That was a lot back then, however, today the longest conveyor belt — which is used in a phosphate mine — stretches for about 60 miles.

Synthetic Conveyor Belts


Natural materials seemed endless up until the 1940’s when there was difficulty in getting resources such as rubber, cotton and canvas. This resulted in the manufacturing of synthetic conveyor belts which are commonly used down until our day. Even though cotton, canvas and leather conveyor belts are still used the majority today are synthetic.  There are many materials to chose from and the material that is used is usually determined by the objects that will be moved by the belts. Polyester, polyurethane PVC, neoprene, urethane and steel are just a few of the materials to choose from.

Modern Day Use


In the competitive markets of today it is important for a business to be as efficient as possible. The right conveyor belt system can be a great tool in increasing the speed and efficiency of your business. When looking at conveyor belts it is important to understand your needs and how they will be affected by the system.

A big plus is that conveyor belts aren’t very expensive and they have very low maintenance costs. You will probably see a significant increase in productivity as the belts are capable of transferring objects at high speeds. It is a good idea to have a belt custom designed in order to fit your specific needs. It is important for you to find an experienced manufacturer conveyor belts company that is capable of understanding your needs and providing you with the most efficient conveyor belt for your business. You will surely be pleasantly surprised by the results and  in the increase in your production.


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