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Honeycomb is an ideal choice for any application which requires both durability and an open belt design whilst maintaining a flat carrying surface. Its high strength-to-weight ratio also makes it an ideal choice for customers keen to improve their energy efficiency.
Honeycomb belting, also known throughout the industry as Flat Wire belting, is a straight-running belt with an extremely high strength-to-weight ratio. It is available in a wide variety of aperture configurations to suit applications as diverse as casting, baking, drainage and packaging.
Honeycomb is constructed from formed flat wire strips connected by cross rods running through the width of the mesh. The rods are finished with either welded button edges or hooked edges.
It is a strong, lightweight, positively driven belt. A large open area makes this belt particularly suitable for processes such as washing, drying, cooling, cooking.
Honeycomb belt is available in a wide range of specifications. The examples listed in the following tables are the most common. Belts can be up to 5 metres wide, alternative specifications are available, please contact our Technical Sales Engineers for information.
* available button edge (welded washer) only
* available button edge (welded washer) only
Apart from the standard sizes above we are able to provide custom built specifications and the table below gives the framework of availability. Please contact our Technical Sales team to discuss availability in detail as further restrictions do apply to flat strip section size required.
** Limited specifications available.
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Sprockets are available in the following sizes:
Other sprocket sizes are available on request.
Multiple tooth row sprockets available upon special request, please contact Wire Belt Technical Sales Engineers for further information
Available material types include:
Historically the aggregates industry uses heavy duty vulcanised rubber belts for transportation and processing.
Rubber belts can become brittle over time and can break apart when exposed to high forces that can be present during aggregate handling/bagging. It is also common for some of the pre-packaged product to be present on the belt during transport – this can cure and harden over time, which can damage the belt, end product and running gear leading to higher maintenance costs and lower margins.
Wire Belt supplied a Honeycomb conveyor belt to the customer’s site over after consultation into the required loading and operating conditions. Due to the size of the product a larger pitch belt was selected which also kept the total system weight down.
The open nature of the Honeycomb belt effectively supports the product while also being strong enough to withstand the forces of the bagged product falling onto it. Also, due to the open nature of the belt, any residue of the pre-packaged product within the system effectively falls through the belt, minimising the ongoing maintenance costs.
The customer is a system integrator, engineering and fabrication specialist that had been requested to install a new candle filling and flashing line. The end user had a request to duplicate existing lines, while increasing their capacity.
The end user was looking to further increase the production capacity past installing additional line, by running more product on each line. To achieve this, they were looking to increase the loading to approx. 100 kg per linear metre, at a continuous operating temperature of 400°C.
The Wire Belt Technical Sales Team consulted with the customer on their requirements and the current operating parameters of their existing lines and determined that the requested loading increases were not feasible. Therefore, Wire Belt Technical Sales worked in partnership with the customer and end user to determine a more realistic use-case scenario that would allow for an increase in production throughput.
The customer purchased two different widths of Honeycomb Belt and Sprockets for a filling line and flashing line. The new belts have allowed an increase in production over the original lines, giving the end user higher throughput.
Wire Belt was delighted to start doing business with Brabantia this year, a Dutch company who have been in existence for over 100 years! Although Brabantia are based in the Netherlands, they manufacture and operate in vast amounts of countries all around the world. They are most famous for manufacturing household items such as kitchen utensils, drying racks and waste bins.
At the end of the manufacturing process, all Brabantia Bins (the Steel Bodies) go through a rigorous cleaning cycle, which includes a full washdown of the product, as well as drying. The conveyor belt carries the freshly manufactured bin bodies through a closed and controlled washing tunnel, where they are washed with treated water through jets and later dried using treated air. This results in the bin bodies being as clean as possible. They are then moved on to the final assembly and packing areas.
Following a string of issues and breakdowns with their belting and machinery at their production factory in Belgium, Brabantia were seeking a significantly more reliable solution to suit their needs, as they were experiencing an abnormal amount of wear on their belts during the production process due to old design issues, resulting in unexpected downtime and money being wasted.
The conveyor was running with many jerks, a high grinding noise and as a result, experiencing premature belt and sprocket wear. Brabantia were also experiencing issues with belt misalignment, frequent belt jumping and belt tracking issues.
Seeking a resolution, Brabantia got in touch with Wire Belt, and it was clear that they required an urgent solution. In addition, Root-Cause-Analysis was started, and external engineering consultancy involved. Working with the customer, Honeycomb belt was identified as the potential solution, however, Brabantia also shortlisted some other belts from other competitors. Ultimately, Brabantia highlighted a variety of reasons why they thought it was best to work with Wire Belt.
One of the major factors identified by Brabantia was the amount of information available to them on Wire Belt’s website, allowing them to gather vast amounts of knowledge on Honeycomb belting, even before making contact. Once contact was made, Brabantia were extremely impressed with how smooth the initial contact stages went and how Wire Belt quickly identified where the problem was, and the ideal solution to get their production line operating at the productivity level it should be. This built-up trust and confidence between the two companies and once Wire Belt delivered a faster lead-time than other competitors, it became a simple decision for Brabantia.
Wire Belt are delighted to be able to say that Honeycomb is now installed throughout Brabantia’s Sanitation Tunnel in their Belgian factory. Some design and construction modifications as well as a motor change has been suggested on the machinery to enable production reliability to improve further. The change was accepted by Brabrantia and implemented, which is also having the desired effect. Since installation, the customer has not highlighted any problems and the belt will be durable for many years due to being set-up correctly, and downtime will no longer be an issue. This has provided great peace of mind to the customer; how serious issues can lead to great upgrades.
Brabantia representative, Chris van den Heuvel told us his feelings after dealing with us for the first time: ‘We consider Wire Belt to be the bench-mark in their sector, the close-contact and extra effort they put in with their customers leads to a better technical result and a faster lead-time’. Wire Belt look forward to continuing the relationship with Brabantia in the future!