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Also known as Flat Wire belting

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.


  • Transport
  • Cooking
  • Heating
  • Drying
  • Cooling
  • Drainage
  • Freezing
  • Baking
  • Washing
  • Weed Clearing
  • Turf Cutting
  • Breading
  • Packaging
  • Sorting
  • Recycling
  • Elevating
  • De-Elevating
  • Loading
  • Harvesting
  • Canning
  • Pastuerisation
  • Painting
  • Assembly
  • Proofing

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.

  • Open mesh construction for quick drainage and free air circulation
  • Flat carrying surface
  • Easily cleaned
  • Easily joined
  • Economical
  • High strength to weight ratio
  • Positive sprocket drive

Belt Specifications

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.

Belt Edges:

Belt Edges

Belt Specification Details:

A Overall belt width Belt Specifications
B Cross rod pitch
C Nominal lateral pitch
D Cross rod diameter
E Height of flat strip material
F Thickness of flat strip material
G Apertures across belt width

Standard Specifications:

European Standard

Cross Rod Pitch (mm) Nominal Lateral Pitch (mm) Flat Strip (mm) Cross Rod (mm)
ES001* 13.7 14.6 10×1 3
ES 003 26.2 15.55 12×1.2 4
ES 004 27.4 15.7 9.5×1.25 3
ES 006 27.4 24.7 9.5×1.25 3
ES 012 28.6 15 9.5×1.25 3
ES 013 28.6 26.25 9.5×1.25 3
ES 015 28.4 22.5 15×1.2 4

* available button edge (welded washer) only

Imperial Standard

Cross Rod Pitch (mm) Nominal Lateral Pitch (mm) Flat Strip (mm) Cross Rod (mm)
IS 101A* 12.85 14.48 9.5×1.2 3
IS 101B* 13.72 14.48 9.5×1.2 3
IS 101C* 14.22 15.46 9.5×1.2 3
IS 102A 28.58 15.46 9.5×1.2 3
IS 102B 27.53 15.22 9.5×1.2 3
IS 102C 26.97 15.22 9.5×1.2 3
IS 103 28.58 26.19 9.5×1.2 3
IS 104 26.97 17.78 12.7×1.6 4.9
IS 105 26.97 25.4 12.7×1.6 4.9
IS 106 28.58 25.4 15.9×1.6 4.9
IS 107 38.1 38.1 15.9×1.6 4.9
IS 108 50.8 50.8 15.9×1.6 4.9
IS 109 76.2 76.2 15.9×1.6 4.9

* available button edge (welded washer) only

Individual Specifications

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.

Cross Rod Pitch Edge Type
Cross Rod Dia. (mm) from (mm) to (mm) Welded Clinched
3.00 12.7 30.0
4.00 13.7 29.0
5.00 25.0 28.0

Materials Available

  • Stainless Steel 1.4301 (304)
  • Stainless Steel 1.4401 (316)
  • Stainless Steel 1.4541 (321)**
  • Stainless Steel 1.4828**
  • Mild Steel
  • Galvanised Mild Steel

**  Limited specifications available.
If you have an enquiry for an existing application click here
If you have an enquiry for a new application click here

Honeycomb Drive Components

Sprockets are available in the following sizes:

Table of sprocket pitch circle diameters for European standard drive sprockets
Belt Standard/Cross Rod Pitch
Teeth ES001
12 52.93 101.23 105.87 110.50 109.73
18 78.90 150.88 157.79 164.70 163.55
24 104.96 200.73 209.92 219.11 217.58
30 131.06 250.65 262.13 273.61 271.70
Table of sprocket pitch circle diameters for imperial standard drive sprockets
Teeth Belt Standard/Cross Rod Pitch
IS101A  12.85mm IS101B  13.72mm IS101C   14.22mm IS102A 28.58mm IS102B   27.53mm IS102C    26.97mm IS104/5    26.97mm IS106      28.58mm IS107        38.1mm IS108        50.8mm IS109       76.2mm
12 53.98 109.42 105.41 103.23 103.23 109.42 146.22 195.3 293.45
16 64.58 69 71.61
18 72.39 77.52 80.72 163.09 157.1 153.87 153.87 163.09 217.96 291.08 437.36
24 96.34 103.12 107.39 216.97 209 204.7 204.7 216.97 289.94 387.22 581.81
34 306.93
36 144.25 154.46 161.65 324.94 306.58

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

Sprocket Material

Available material types include:

  • ‘Oilon’ (Polyamide Cast Nylon 6 – lubricated) FDA approved.
  • PA6G (Polyamide Cast Nylon 6) FDA approved.
  • Stainless Steel
  • Mild Steel
  • Cast Iron

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Aggregate Bagging Application


Historically the aggregates industry uses heavy duty vulcanised rubber belts for transportation and processing.

Issue to be resolved

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.

Action taken

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.

Candle Filling Application


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.

Issue to be resolved

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.

Action taken

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.

Brabantia – Washing/Sanitation Tunnel Project

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!

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