Sanitary Conveyor Belts for Food Handling

Did you know you can cook pancakes on a conveyer belt? From beautifully browned pancakes to fresh-frozen veggies or meat packing, conveyor belts have countless food industry applications. But with food comes many restrictions and considerations. We know that quality, hygiene, and durability are of the utmost importance for our clients in the food industry.

MIPR is excited to offer you solutions designed to be antimicrobial, robust, and easy-to-clean.

Food factories across the world are now looking to monolithic plastic for their belting systems. The belts are trimmed by a 3000 PSI high-pressure spraying machine that will separate the belt at its edges. This clean-cut, single piece of material prevents microorganisms from penetrating the side of the belt. There are no cracks, borders, or layers to separate. Not only is our FDA-approved Blue Monolithic plastic exceptionally sanitary, but it’s also easy to clean and doesn’t wear out as fast.

Though we love this new technology that’s hitting the food industry, we have many other options available for diverse needs. Our food-grade wire mesh conveyors are stainless steel that can withstand high and low temperatures, perfect for baking or freezing. The open structure of these belts allows for air circulation to help cool your products as they move through the conveyor and are less likely to stick to your products.

If you’re conveying bulk food items such as flour or rice, a trough belt that keeps the product in the center of the conveyor may be a good choice for your operation. These are just some of the standard food conveyors used in the industry, focusing on the critical factor of cleanability. We have many more FDA and USDA-approved belting solutions.

MIPR Corp will solve your food-grade conveyor belting challenges across baking and food processing applications. We offer unique solutions for dough handling, belts that are grease and oil resistant, and non-stick cut-and-gouge resistant FDA/USDA belts.

We have the manufacturing expertise to accommodate applications–you’ll benefit from our 33 years of hands-on, rubber, and composite-based knowledge.

Contact MIPR at 1-800-540-1846 to discuss your food-grade belting needs or visit our website at miprcorp.com to learn more about the belting compounds and components we offer our clients in the food industry.

 

Conveyor Belts For Temperature Handling

Even within one operation, products may move from extremely high to extremely low temperatures. Technology in the conveyor belt industry has come a long way in meeting these varied applications’ needs. If your operation involves extreme high or low temperatures, you know the belting compounds that offer resistance to these conditions are expensive technology.

That’s why, when you choose MIPR for your conveyor belt solution, we work with you to find the exact minimum and maximum temperatures and offer you a complete belting system that combines materials to make the most of your dollar.

Before discussing the options for an extreme temperature conveyor belt, we need to evaluate a few things about your operation. First, we’ll want to know:

  • The exact minimum and maximum operating temperatures your product goes through at each stage. It’s essential to be precise with this information to suggest the compound that will perform the best, last the longest, and be the most cost-effective.
  • We also need to know the weight of the product you are conveying. A Teflon glass belt can withstand high heat, but it can’t take heavy loads the way a stainless steel wire mesh belt can. Now let’s discuss the properties of each compound we could use to handle extreme temperatures.

Teflon Glass Belting offers a superior non-stick surface and is perfect for food handling operations. Its operating temperature range is from -100°F to +550°F. It can also be used for screen print dryers, rubber profile extrusion, and garment fusing.

Open Mesh Teflon Belting has a similar temperature range of -100°F to +550°F. It’s powerful and has a 70% open area that makes it particularly suited for drying applications.

Silicone Glass Belting is both wear and chemical resistant and has a temperature range of -100°F to +500°F. It’s excellent for food handling and quick freeze applications.

There are multiple different types of Kevlar belting available for high-temperature operations that range in their applications. Conveyor belts made with Kevlar can withstand up to +950°F. These belts are designed for glass, aluminum, plastics, automotive, wood laminating, and light metal casting. Kevlar is often paired with PBO, otherwise known as Zylon, to withstand temperatures of up to +1200°F.

We haven’t forgotten about low-temperature operations. Plastic modular belting is an excellent choice for freezing and packing. These belts are ideal in their ability to take inclines and turn corners, combining flexibility with durability. Anything requiring extreme cold resistance will need a stainless-steel wire mesh belt. Multiple options are ranging in applications, from food processing to heavy industrial uses. 

Find more information about these compounds and their qualities on our website at miprcorp.com.

With so many options, we want to design a conveyor belt system that is unique to your needs and maximizes your investment. By getting to know you and your operation, we will suggest suitable compounds for each section of the conveyor. Our knowledgeable staff will help you evaluate where high-tech compounds like Kevlar and PBO are necessary and where cost-effective solutions like Nomex or Polyester can be used.

Give us a call at 1-800-540-1846 to discuss your high-temperature handling needs with our team of experienced engineers.

 

Conveyor Belts for Extreme Conditions

Whether your company surface mines or digs down deep, we know you need conveyor belting that works as hard as your crew.

Suppose you’re in an industry with extreme conditions. In that case, you can’t just get an ordinary belt—you need something heavy-duty, capable of handling various materials, and withstanding substantial wear and tear.

Let’s start by defining what we mean when we talk about extreme conditions. Extreme conditions can mean:

  • excessive heat
  • UV exposure
  • cold
  • heavy industrial environments

MIPR Corp carries various belts for the mining, construction, and recycling industries’ diverse material-handling needs. MIPR offers a range of high-temperature needs, such as Silicone, Metal Mesh, Teflon, and Kevlar. We use Viton®, and Nomex® plys under Insulglass covers to handle extreme materials like molten glass. 

The other side of the temperature spectrum is just as important to consider. Even short-lived freezing conditions can have a devastating effect on rubber conveyor belts, making stainless steel a worthwhile consideration. Our experts can help you choose between our options based on your minimum operating temperature.

MIPR can adjust our offerings based on the level of oil-resistance you may need. From medium oil resistance for woodchips and whole grains to super oil resistance for petroleum, kerosene, and diesel.

Some industries also experience high impact and deterioration from heavy, abrasive loads. MIPR’s Single-ply Straight-Warp Heavy Duty belting resists longitudinal tears and gouging from serious impacts. It also provides exceptional durability and bolt-holding capabilities.

Abrasion can also occur depending on belt speed and load size. The rate of speed, the weight of the product, and the temperature will help us determine which compound will suit your operation.

The last crucial element of extreme conditions is the coefficient of friction. You may need a belt that is either slippery or sticky. We send our clients high-tech friction belting samples to help them decide which product will work best for them. There are stainless steel, rubber, Teflon, Kevlar, and modular plastic belts for extreme conditions. They all have their place.

The team at MIPR enjoys solving problems. Our technical resources and application expertise allow us to select or customize the perfect conveyor belt for your operation.

Explore our Heavy Industrial Conveyor belts at miprcorp.com or call us at 1-800-540-1846 to discuss the extreme conditions you need.

 

How To Track a Conveyor Belt

If you rely on conveyor belts to keep your business moving, you want that belting to last as long as possible.

We at MIPR want you to have the proper knowledge and tools to maintain and repair your belting systems and maximize your investment value.

One of the most significant ways to ensure your belt’s best performance is by regularly tracking it. Think of it like aligning the wheels on your car. Frequent tracking will reduce unnecessary and uneven wear and breakdowns. 

We’re here to support you in your belt care and are offering this essential guide to tracking:

  • Before anything else, you’ll want to clean and inspect your belt. Check for the buildup of debris, grime, or bits of worn-down parts. With the belt removed, go in for a thorough cleaning, checking the pulleys, bearings, and rollers as you go, and replacing any worn parts.
  • Now that your conveyor belt is clean, it’s time to install it. Start by making sure your conveyor is level with the floor and square to itself with no sagging ends. Your pulley should be split between itself. This should be the same at the drive end of the belt
  • Next we need to achieve proper tension so that your belt doesn’t slide from side to side. Line the belt up in the center of the pulley and begin tightening the tension screws on either side. Use a three eighths ratchet with a 12 point socket to tighten both sides evenly and then check the belt for tension. Use a tape measure to continue tightening evenly and checking your belt until it’s firmly secured on the center of the pulley. When the belt is properly tightened, you should still be able to fit your fist between the belt and the bed in the center of the conveyor.
  • Operate your belt under tension for several complete revolutions before making any adjustments. If the belt is tracking unevenly, adjust the screw on the side that the belt is tending towards. Remember to make changes in small increments and allow the belt to revolve again before continuing. Check the drive end and adjust the snubber rollers as needed by loosening the bolts and pulling the rollers either towards or away from you before retightening. Your belt may not track perfectly, but take your time to ensure that it isn’t running off the edge of the pulley on either side. Minor adjustments result in significant changes. Take it slow and be careful not to adjust too much at one time. Longer conveyors may require additional snub rollers to be adjusted. Always start with the snub rollers closest to the ends of the conveyor and work towards the center.

    Track your belts regularly, and you can be sure to keep them running strong as long as possible.

    If you have a conveyor belt that just can’t seem to stay in alignment, talk to the belting experts at MIPR. We can quickly identify whether the problem originates in the frame, if the belt is the right one for your application, or if it hasn’t been properly installed or tracked.

    For more details on maintaining your conveyor system, call our experts at 1-800-540-1846. Or, if improper tracking has worn out your existing belting, reach out to us for a fast, affordable replacement. We even ship same-day!

     

    Choosing the Right Conveyor Belt

    You need a conveyor belt that is cost-effective, long-lasting, innovative, and of course, that gets the job done. The question is, what kind of belt can accomplish all these things for your particular application? To answer this, we first turn the questions to you.

    Choosing the right belt for your conveyor system can be determined by three factors: Purpose, Temperature, and Strength.

    MIPR starts by asking what kind of product are you conveying?

    Your product’s properties will significantly impact selecting the belt that makes the best use of your time and money. If you’re conveying bacon, which is deliciously fatty but corrodes rubber over time, we will select a different belt than conveying lumber which might have high impact or friction.

    What compound should we select to make the conveyor belt successful for your particular use?

    • To decide on a material, we have to consider the operating temperature, the need for incline, the size of your head and tail pulley, and any other resistance factors related to your product.
    • Let’s go back to our examples in the first question. To account for the fattiness of bacon, we need a highly oil-resistant material. We might choose Nitrile for this belt. In a conveying wood system, we may consider an SBR belt for its excellent wear protection.
    • Similarly, a factory that freezes vegetables will have different needs than a bakery operation. A Cam-Grid metal mesh belt, for example, offers protection against both high and low temperatures.
    • We will also think about whether your product is traveling up or down at an incline. In these situations, we may suggest a cleated or chevron belt to keep your products in place as they travel through the system.
    • Knowing your head and tail pulley’s size will determine the maximum and minimum thickness of the belt needed.

    There are many complex factors to consider when choosing your belting system. We’re here to make sure you get the optimum belt for your operation. MIPR offers hundreds of belts to choose from, ranging in size, weight, material, and style. Explore our many belt offerings at miprcorp.com

    Our experienced team of proven engineering professionals will evaluate your needs and get back to you within a day with a design, quote, and samples. If you’re still unsure what type of belt you need, call us at 1-800-540-1846 to get our expert opinions.

     

    5 Simple Steps to Keep Your Conveyor Belt Running Smoothly

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    Is your conveyor belt slipping? Do you see uneven wear and tear or parts failures on your conveyor system? Are frequent (and inconvenient) work slowdowns and stoppages costing you time and money, or putting your employee safety at risk?

    At MIPR Corp., many of our customers first come to us for belt service or replacement. We have built a nationwide reputation on our ability to expertly diagnose problems over the phone and ship effective solution same-day. Yet our engineers know that the fastest, most cost-effective fix for conveyor belt problems is prevention. Conveyor preventative maintenance can make all the difference!

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    Handling Temperatures with Plastic Modular Belting

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    With all the current upheaval and uncertainty in food production and processing, efficiency and safety are top of mind and plastic modular conveyor belts are getting a fresh look from bakeries, meat packers, frozen food distributors, and more. Plastic modular belting has all the advantages of a synthetic belt along with its own unique superpower: the ability to withstand both high heat and freezing cold temperatures and processes in food handling conveyor belt systems. If your production line requires food-grade belting for baking and freezing, see how this FDA-approved conveyor belt can take your business to new places. 

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    Reducing Slip on Your Conveyor Belts

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    Conveyor belt slippage on its drive pulley is one of the most common conveyor belt problems and it can lead to a whole cascade of additional problems: spillage of materials, blockage of system, wear-and-tear and failure of the belt, damage or breakage to your motors, motion failure and in some cases, even injury of your employees. Slipping is not a small problem and it needs to be stopped, fast. 

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    Sanitizing Your Conveyor Belt

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    Despite the national slowdowns and lockdowns, many conveyor belts in critical applications are still running—and many more will be back online soon as different states and sectors of the economy reopen. It has never been more important to be sure that your conveyor belts are running clean. Slowing and stopping the transmission of COVID-19 is on everyone’s minds. From antimicrobial belts and food grade belting to powerful, practical advice on cleaning and sterilizing all belting types, the experienced engineering experts at MIPR Corp. are helping a wide range of industries step up their cleaning and sanitization protocols with conveyor belt safety tips to keep their staff and their customers safe. 

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    Top 5 Industrial Uses for a Cleated Conveyor Belt

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    If you’re in the business of getting the job done quickly and efficiently – and let’s be honest, who isn’t – then you’re going to want to look into cleated conveyor belts.

    Cleated conveyor belts are especially advantageous when they’re used in industries like agriculture, mining, logistics or food and beverage. By improving grip with intuitively designed cleats, operators can create separation on the line, navigate inclines and improve the accuracy and performance of the belt. 

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