Stainless Steel Conveyor Belts for Automated Plating Equipment
Plating is the process of depositing a thin layer of a material on a product surface. Typical plating types include materials such as gold, copper, nickel, silver, and zinc. Different platings provide a variety of benefits, such as reducing friction or improving wearability, paint adhesion, or conductivity. In automated plating applications, vertical conveyor belt carousels are often used to create drip-lines that allow products to hang freely. These drip-lines help avoid damage to the freshly plated surface.
Stainless Steel Is Highly Durable for Reliable Plating Preparation
Before the plating process, the product must be prepared to ensure proper adhesion of the plating material to the surface. This preparation can include physically or chemically stripping the product of any other coatings, paint, rust, or corrosion. Automated plating manufacturers require conveyor belts that can withstand aggressive chemicals and high-pressure washing. The belts must also be able to operate in a clean environment, as particulates and debris can negatively affect plating results.
Stainless steel conveyor belts are highly resistant to impact and chemical corrosion. 304 FH and 316 FH stainless steel alloys are common choices for applications that involve highly corrosive chemical compounds, as they are very chemical resistant. Conveyor belts made from stainless steel do not require lubrication or generate particulates, making them ideal for applications requiring smooth and even product finishes. In addition, a high strength-to-weight ratio enables stainless steel belts to transport heavy and dense products without warping or breaking them.
Custom, Precision Perforations Ensure Product Placement Accuracy
A common design for plating drip-lines is a vertical carousel with perforated belts; customers often provide clips that hang products as they are transported through the plating process. Belt Technologies has the ability to provide custom perforated steel belts according to customer design specifications. Alternatively, our engineers can provide feedback to help you determine the best perforation pattern for your specific application needs. Belt Technologies provides dimensional tolerances for perforated timing and driving belts for better accuracy through standard plating processes. Stainless steel belts are highly accurate and repeatable, ensuring a high level of positional accuracy and better product throughput.
Expert Engineering Support
Belt Technologies engineers are able to provide engineering support as required, including feedback on perforation patterns, pitch-to-pitch tolerances and overall conveyor belt system design. Our team of experts can help improve the overall accuracy of your system, ensuring products are evenly coated with repeatable results. To learn more about how stainless steel belts can benefit your automated plating equipment, contact us today.
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