Belt Conveyor Load Calculations

A lot of variables have to be considered when designing a belt conveyor. One area that requires a lot of calculations is the load a particular belt conveyor needs to carry.

The main areas that should be considered are

– Motor and gearbox specifications

– Conveyor design specifications

– Stand design specifications

Motor and Gearbox Specifications

When carrying out belt conveyor load calculation, the total payload on the belt conveyor as well as the area the load will take up on the conveyor need to be considered. Most belt conveyors are designed with the belt being dragged over a stainless steel deck.  This causes friction between the belt and the deck. Belt conveyors transporting goods in an accumulating fashion experience additional friction forces between the belt and the payload. All of this needs to be taken into account.  There may be other factors but most of the time these variables are sufficient to calculate Motor and Gearbox specifications.

Conveyor Design Specifications

The construction of a belt conveyor needs to be in relation to the load it needs to carry. Most importantly, the payload and size of the conveyor will determine the size of the drive and idle rollers.  This in turn will influence the size of bearings and other items like timing belts. A subframe for a conveyor carrying a high payload may also require additional strengthening to ensure its integrity.

Conveyor Stand Design

It should go without saying that the belt conveyor stand needs to be suitable so it can handle the load of the belt conveyor itself as well as the payload on the belt conveyor. All in all it has to be a sturdy frame, which ensures a solid construction and a safe working environment.

Here at Robotunits we use an in-house designed computer program, which calculates almost all of these variables. In the rare case where not all variables can be calculated we can draw on years of conveyor building experience here in Australia as well as from our head office in Austria.

If you have a conveyor project and find yourself trying to work out some of these factors then please feel free to call us with your requirements. Let us do all the calculations for you. Draw on our extensive knowledge and experience we gained over the years.

Call us on 03 9334 5182

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