Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 8 2016 - Page 14

WRITTEN BY Belt Technologies PHOTOGRAPHY BY Belt Technologies 3 Reasons Metal Belts Will Dominate Food-Processing Automation in 2016 The food industry is one of the most diverse and Belt Technologies Belt Technologies designs and manufactures metal belting and conveyor systems for wide ranging applications in the automation, electronics, packaging, food processing, medical device, tobacco, and aerospace markets. sophisticated examples of conveyor automation. resilient to extreme temperatures. Metal belts have a lower thermal expansion coefficient, which enables them to easily retain their shape in high temperatures. This extends the lifespan and reliability of food-processing equipment. Unlike plastic belts, which may melt, warp, or break when exposed to high and low fluctuations in heat, metal belts are capable of withstanding a sudden drop or increase in temperature. Metal conveyor belts have the Mac