Special-Purpose Conveyor Belts by ContiTech Open Up New Transport Routes in Intralogistics

A range of conveyor belt systems offer versatile and cost-efficient solutions - Lifting belts allow vertical transport of heavy goods up to a maximum of 20 tons - Noise-free operation, long service life, and virtually maintenance-free quality

Low-maintenance and quiet: lifting belts are of advantage in intralogistics as well, Photo: ContiTech (PresseBox) ( Hannover, )
Whether heavy or delicate transport goods, high speeds in vertical conveying, or intense accelerations of 2 m/s² – with its varied product portfolio of special-purpose conveyors, ContiTech offers solutions for almost all applications in the field of intralogistics, i.e. in-plant material handling and logistics. "There is no task that we cannot manage in the field of horizontal and vertical transport," says Dr. Michael Hofmann, head of the Engineered Products segment of the ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group. "We have a great deal of expertise at our fingertips, especially when it comes to transport solutions under extreme conditions. These give companies a lot more leverage in their logistics processes."

Lifting belts are among the products offered by ContiTech: They allow for safe transfer of heavy objects with a weight of up to 20 tons. They find use in belt lifters; in automobile production, for example, they convey components or entire vehicles from one factory or work level to the next. They are also used in logistics centers, distribution plants, and high-rise racking stores. "To set the cargo in motion, lifting belts work with balances or an endless system under pre-tensioning," explains Michael Möschen, application engineer at the ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group. "This means that our solutions require electrical power only for the loading or load differences, helping the operator to save up to 60 percent on energy costs."

In contrast to chain drives, lifting belts are noise-free and operate without oil and grease. As such, they require almost zero maintenance – an important advantage in intralogistics. The steel cords in the ContiTech conveyor belts are much less susceptible than textile materials to elastic and plastic stretch; the steel cords up, in fact, the belt’s dynamic strength. A model is on hand at CeMAT to demonstrate to visitors how these belts work (hall 25, booth L11).

FLEXOWELL® and POCKETLIFT® steep-angle conveyors are other special-purpose ContiTech projects for intralogistics. Both conveyor belt systems allow vertical transport of both extremely fine bulk goods and lump sizes with a diameter of up to 400 mm.

The closed SICON® belt conveyor system makes it possible to convey even the very finest dust to any height or depth, in every little nook and cranny, quickly and flexibly, and without subjecting the material to ambient influences. The assembly gets by with a narrow steel structure and minimal clearance.
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