The right belt for the right conveyor

The belt represents the core of every conveyor system. Selection of the correct belt type and connection is therefore very important. Here you find all you need to know.
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„The heart of every conveyor“

Head of sales Rainer Flaute explains the differences of various conveyor belts (English subtitles available).

Important conveyor belt properties

Quality is decisive

During operation, the belts in conveyor systems are permanently subject to the loads from the material. Even though, with the WeKea® system, belt changing has never been easier, thanks to the newly developed clamp connection and tensioning drum that is removable from the side, it is also essential that the service life is as long as possible. In this section, we explain to you which fundamental properties you should bear in mind in order to select the correct belt for your conveyor.

Robustness and long service life

For versatile conveyor belt use, EP belts are the first choice. Thanks to their multi-layered synthetic fabric on the inside, they are especially resistant to both vertical (tensile) and horizontal (material feed) loads. For this reason, all conveyor belts in the WeKea® system use belts which have at least three layers. And for particularly tough applications, the SteelCon® can optionally be fitted with a quadruple-layered belt.

In the configurator

The belts selected by the WeKea® configurator are economic to use for a wide range of applications. However, you are welcome to contact us if you would like to check suitability for your own particular material.

Resistance to oil and fats

If your material contains oils or fats (for example in the case of recycling applications), you should ensure that the chosen belt for your conveyor has been designed to MOR quality. Otherwise, the rubber is subject to heavy attacks over the long term. By using MOR-designed belts, you avoid swelling, which can lead to uneven belt running. What’s more, these belts are also protected against other environmental factors, which all in all leads to lower servicing and operating costs.

Typical applications that involve materials containing oil or fats are:

  • Recycling
  • Scrap metal sorting
  • Agricultural use (grains, feed, rapeseed etc)

In the configurator

All standard smooth belts in the WeKea® configurator are oil and fat-resistant as standard.


Belt types

In the WeKea® configurator, you have a choice of three belt designs: smooth belts, chevron profile belts and T-cleated belts. If a belt type is not compatible with your conveyor belt configuration, the respective option is unavailable, and you are informed of the reason for this. If you are unsure whether the selected belt type is also safe to use with your material, please contact us before ordering. We would be pleased to advise you. Please find below detailed belt specifications for each selectable type. Should you have any special requirements, please also do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Flat belt
  • Profile belt
  • T-cleated belt

Type: 400/3 4:2
Quality: MOR (öl- und fettbeständig)
Total thickness: 9 mm
Layers: 3
Bearing side: 4 mm
Running side: 2 mm
Permissible belt tensile force: 400 N/mm² (i.e. 432 t for 1200 mm width belts)

The special continuous profile enables smooth belt running in the lower run.

Profile: Chevron Profil
 EP 400/3 3,5:1,5
Layers: 3
Bearing side: 3,5 mm
Running side: 1,5 mm
Profile height: 15 mm
Permissible belt tensile force: 400 N/mm² (i.e. 432 t for 1200 mm width belts)

The T-cleat belt is used for high inclinations. If you specified a high inclination angle for your configuration, the WeKea® configurator therefore recommends a relevant selection. Our belts only use cleats with an extra-large adhesive surface of 150mm. The advantage is that these cleats do not tear off, even when subject to high mechanical loads.

The T-cleat belt cannot be combined with trough belt conveyors, which is why it can only be selected for FlatCon® conveyors

Profile: T-cleats
400/3 4:2
Total thickness: 9 mm
Layers: 3
Bearing side: 4 mm
Running side: 2 mm
Permissible belt tensile force: 400 N/mm² (i.e. 432 t for 1200 mm width belts)
T-cleat depth: 60 mm
T-cleat spacing: 500 mm or 1000 mm , selectable in configurator

Belt connection

Not only the right belt type is crucial. When choosing the right belt connection, you should also think carefully about what is best for your application. In the WeKea® configurator we have made the selection of the belt connection as simple as possible. Here we explain how the connections differ and which selection makes the most sense for you.

Video advice

„Attention to every detail“

Sales Manager Rainer Flaute explains the advantages of the belt connections available in the WeKea® system

  • Vulcanised endlessly
  • Clamp connection
  • Open

The endless connection is particularly durable and is also suitable for the Martin <a href=”/wekea/scraper”>scraper</a> due to the seamless transition. However, a vulcanised belt cannot be flexibly opened or closed afterwards. Thanks to the maintenance-friendly design of the conveyors, the belt can also be fitted without dismantling the drum.

Also a new development from Westeria: The clamp connection.

We know how demanding a belt change can be, for example, if no external service provider can be found due to regional conditions for splicing the conveyor belt. Therefore, we have developed a new clamp lacing that can compete with the classic endlessly vulcanised belts in almost all areas. If you select the clamp connection in the configurator, the belt can be closed effortlessly by local personnel. You thus avoid costs for external service providers and minimise downtimes of your plant.

Of course you also have the possibility to configure the belt of your conveyor without a prefabricated connection. You should choose this method if you want to have the belt glued on site.

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How can you optimise your processes with the WeKea® system? Which innovations can be found within the new conveyor series? We’ll be pleased to advise you in detail individually.