To judge a belt by its cover

Case study

Every thing has its place.

When a thing is not in its place, it must be moved. A meal prepared in the kitchen must be moved to the dinner table. A child ready for bed must be moved to her bed. And things that cannot move themselves must be moved by another. This is one of the oldest forms of transportation—one thing carrying another.

To feed, clothe, shelter—and entertain—a world population of over 7 billion people, those who make things must be efficient. Their products must be carried through production processes with both speed and precision (unlike a dreamy child). In modern manufacturing, performance matters, so there is a very special relationship between a product and the thing that carries it through production: the conveyor belt.

Product size, shape, weight, material, temperature, moisture, and so many variables must be considered when choosing the right conveyor belt. To ensure optimal contact between the product and belt, a specialist must analyze the product’s complex set of physical and environmental properties in order to identify the belt with the most compatible characteristics.

This is not a small task since the facets of belt design are numerous: fiber material, weave pattern, color, surface structure, adhesiveness, thickness, open area, flammability, and many more. Countless combinations are possible, and to accommodate the virtually endless applications that exist in the world of production, Habasit offers thousands of unique products engineered to perform under specific conditions.

In fact, there is a story in the name of each of our belts. Each letter or digit in a Habasit product name represents a distinct design aspect.

As an example, let’s examine one of our new Premium TPU belts:

This belt is designed for food applications, especially those with higher moisture levels or hygiene requirements, like baked goods, poultry, fish, and red meat. The FAB-5EZWH-P1 has a highly cleanable, frayless design, featuring a Premium TPU material that improves hydrolysis and temperature resistance and reduces wicking on the reverse side of the belt. In short, the FAB‑5EZWH-P1 is designed to perform in ways that other belts simply can’t.

Each belt represents a unique solution created to solve specific problems.

Despite the wide assortment of available belt styles, it is not uncommon for an application to be equipped with an inadequate belt. For one food producer using a competitor’s belt, poor product positioning resulted in a return to the old way of moving things—by hand.

A pizza producer struggled with product slippage occurring on a decline, where a competitor’s belt was equipped as the hold-down belt, which is intended to support the pizzas and their toppings during decline. The competitor's plastic flush grid belt was ineffective in securing the pizzas, resulting in slippage-related product loss and the need for manual labor to adjust pizzas before entry into the freezer.

To eliminate the need for unnecessary manual labor, the pizza producer required a food-safe plastic modular belt that could secure both the pizzas and their toppings during a decline. Habasit satisfied this requirement with the IS610 Grip Top, designing a grip pattern that would navigate the hold-down wheels of the conveyor and provide mechanical support to secure the pizzas and their toppings.

Once installed, the IS610 Grip Top stabilized the pizzas for reliable movement on the decline. As a result, the producer no longer required a worker to monitor the line and manually adjust product after slippage.

Overall, the food producer experienced substantial savings and benefits by switching to Habasit:

Typically, it is not wise to judge things by their covers, but in belting, the surface matters—and every layer beneath.

With precisely calibrated belting designs, there is no reason to get your hands dirty.

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