Conveyor belt manufacturer Phoenix is emphasising that it offers both hot vulcanized bonding and cold bonding for its S-Wall corrugated sidewall belts.
“This is a best of both worlds approach for us,” explained Tom Webster, sales and application engineer for Phoenix at the company’s Thetford branch in England. “We offer a hot vulcanized product for specific applications, but we still achieve an extremely high bond strength with our cold bonded product. This allows us to offer a faster delivery time with a product that is easier to maintain at site.”
Phoenix’s S-Wall corrugated sidewall belts are suitable for vertical conveyance at angles of up to 90 degrees, and for applications within confined spaces.
Webster spruiked the company’s cold bonding method. “Aside from being a cost-efficient solution, we use a specifically engineered cover grade to achieve a far superior bond strength to that of the competition. This results in a much reduced risk of profile separation. Maintenance at the installation site is also less complicated, as sidewalls and cleats can be interchanged far easier on a cold bonded belt.
At Phoenix’s Thetford plant, its customers also have the option of having the corrugated sidewalls and cleats attached through hot vulcanization. This increases the bond strength between the profiles and the base belt, resulting in a sidewall conveyor belt that can be used at high temperatures.
“The main benefit for the hot vulcanised product is, among other things, the highest adhesion levels between the profiles and base belt,” said Webster. “We use specially engineered vulcanizing compounds which allow for a life-span similar to that of the base belt, especially in applications where heat is involved. These vulcanized products are enabling us to handle materials at temperatures previously not possible with a sidewall conveyor belt.”