Fabric or Modular Chain? Find Out How to Choose the Right Belt for Your Conveying System

By BRAAS on Tuesday May 18, 2021 at 09:05PM in Conveyance

Inline Transfer

When researching a conveyor system for a particular application, one very important consideration is belt selection.


With such a vast selection, finding the right belt for your conveying system is key to meeting your business needs and industry requirements.



Fabric Belts

Fabric belts are available in a wide range of materials, properties, and colors — and can usually be found in lightweight applications. These belts are flexible and often made from thermoplastic urethane, along with other materials such as polyester and nylon. Specialized fabric belts can be used in countless industries such as material handling, automation, and FDA/USDA food processing applications.





Fabric Conveyor Belt



Modular Chain Belts

Modular chain belts are more limited in terms of material choices and are typically manufactured from plastic materials. They are long-lasting, simple to clean, sanitary, and easy to maintain and repair. Modular chain is found in a variety of industries, including bakery, food, industrial, and more.




Modular Chain Belt


Each type has features that make them more suitable for some applications rather than others. How do you know which type would work best for you?


Below are the strengths of each:


Fabric Belt


  • Higher Speeds
  • Smaller Nose Transfer Gaps Possible
  • Smooth Running & Quieter
  • Cleaner (Less Shedding)

Modular Chain Belt


  • Lower Coefficient of Friction
  • Preferable for Turns
  • Increase Strength for Heavier Loads
  • Ability to Fix Damaged Section


Specific applications require additional considerations like:


  • The ability to allow for air flow to incite cooling
  • The ability to allow liquid to drain from the top of the transfer material, such as cutting fluids
  • The ability to allow for high or low temperature fluctuations


How can you be sure you’re using the correct belt for your specific operation? Leverage the knowledge and experience of BRAAS to select the right belt for your application. 




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