ContiTech: customised transport solutions for the bulk material handling industry
Strong partner network ensures consistent ContiTech quality across Germany / Special belts for wood and foodstuff industries are introduced in Germany / Tried-and-tested conveyor systems offer a winning combination of durability and robustness
A key topic of the display is the ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group's strong partner network, which spans the whole of Germany. "We work closely with a large number of partners across the country, all of them experts in conveyor belts. A map on our booth shows visitors just how broad our network has become over the years," explains Stefan Hoheisel, Head of the Global Industry Segment with the Conveyor Belt Group. Numerous partners are also present at the trade fair: "Our stand offers them the opportunity to present themselves to trade fair visitors," he adds.
Highlights from the global product network
At the SOLIDS Dortmund ContiTech is debuting a range of forward-looking ideas in the shape of new products from its extended global network of sites. "For these products we drew on a broad knowledge base, which includes the expertise we gained through our acquisition of the USA's Legg Company or our new unit in Finland," Hoheisel explains.
These latest additions to the portfolio include white conveyor belts, which are specially suited to the wood and foodstuff industries, where traces of abrasion from black conveyor belts must be avoided at all costs to prevent products from becoming discoloured or contaminated. For this reason, foodstuff conveyors are made from white nitrile (NBR) or styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR). Also new in the product line-up is a host of innovative chevron belt profiles and variants that make conveying materials along steep inclines more efficient.
Customised solutions for every need
Another component of the exhibit at the SOLIDS trade fair is the presentation of a modular system for heat resistant conveyor belts. This consists of a variety of components that can be combined to create exactly the right ContiTech belt for each specific application. A special feature in this respect is the innovative HEAT CONTROL insulation layer for transporting hot materials. Under normal circumstances excessive heat can cause the rubber layer on a conveyor belt to disintegrate and the carcass to melt, ultimately leading to belt failure. But HEAT CONTROL reduces temperature transfer towards the carcass by up to 40 degrees. When adding a highly melt-proof layer made from glass or basalt, this even keeps belts functional while transporting glowing hot materials.
At the same time a number of tried-and-tested products are also on display, such as SICON®, TransConti® and CONTIFLEX®. These durable, robust conveyor belts meet even the toughest requirements and are ideal for transporting oily and fatty materials, for example.
"The market for transport technologies is evolving all the time. This year we are exhibiting at the SOLIDS trade show for the very first time. We want to send out a strong signal to the German market as we present our partners as well as our new and classic solutions," Hoheisel explains. Another first at the SOLIDS 2014 will be guided tours for visitors. "We are looking forward to the opportunity to present our innovations face-to-face and convince people of their advantages," Hoheisel says.
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