Frequently Asked Questions about Stainless Steel Conveyor Belts and Conveyor Systems

The following is a series of frequently asked questions regarding stainless steel conveyor belts and conveyor systems. Please feel free to contact us or download the design guide for more detailed information.

What are the maximum dimensions (thickness, length, and width) for metal belts that Belt Technologies can provide?

Belt Technologies can produce stainless steel belts between 0.001” to 0.035” thick. There is no limit for belt length. Width can vary anywhere between 0.040” and 35” or more, as required by customer designs. These dimensions apply to all belt types, including coated metal belts, perforated belts, heat sealing belts, and vacuum conveyor belts.

What is the maximum number of cycles for stainless steel conveyor belts?

Although belt lifespan is largely determined by ratio of pulley diameter to belt thickness, stress and belt design are also significant factors that need to be considered. Our Sales Engineers have assisted our customers with many applications with belt life cycles into the millions.

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What are the minimum and maximum dimensions for pulleys?

Belt Technologies can produce pulleys of virtually any size, as specified by customer design requirements.

What belt materials can be provided?

Belt Technologies can provide metal conveyor belts made from virtually any stainless steel alloy. We can also provide various surface coatings and treatments to maximize the desired traits for the belt surface, such as release properties, temperature resistance and more. Our engineers can recommend the best stainless steel alloy for your application based on the environmental factors and system requirements to ensure your conveyor belt system achieves maximum lifespan and product throughput.

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Can belts be purchased individually?

Yes, Belt Technologies can produce entire conveyor systems or a single new belt for existing systems. Each belt is made to your exact specifications, including attachments, surface treatments or coatings, perforation patterns, and more.


What are the maximum high/low temperatures for belts?

Stainless steel has a very high resistance to extreme temperatures. However, the range of temperatures it can resist is dependent upon the specific alloy being used. Belt Technologies engineers can provide design feedback to help determine the best alloy for your specific application. See the chart below for a brief overview.

properties of stainless steel alloys

This chart details just a few of the available belt materials and some of their physical properties such as tensile strength, thermal conductivity, and corrosion resistance. Belt Technologies has access to a wide range of available stainless steel alloys.


What is the maximum torque for stainless steel conveyor belts?

Torque is determined by the size of the belt. A very large belt will be able to handle more torque than a small, thin belt.


Does Belt Technologies provide MTR (material test reports) for products?

MTRs can be provided upon customer request.


Does belt supply drive motors and other components?

Yes, Belt Technologies can provide drive motors as part of a stainless steel conveyor belt system or replacement drive motors for existing stainless steel conveyor belt systems.  Other components such as specialized tracking pulleys and controls can also be specified by our Sales Engineers.


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