How to Choose a Motor to Drive a Conveyor Belt

Written by ken hamilton | 13/05/2017
How to Choose a Motor to Drive a Conveyor Belt
Choosing the right motor for your conveyor belt will benefit you in the long run. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

A conveyor belt is a fast and convenient way to haul items from one point to another. It is a mechanical loop, usually made of rubber, that goes around its mechanism for a continuous cycle. Most, if not all, conveyor belts are motorised. They have been in use in industrial and agricultural settings to make tasks faster. If you are planning to make use of a conveyor belt for your business, you have to know what kind of motor will work best on your chosen conveyor belt. There are a lot of brands and types to choose from that are designed for several different purposes.

Determine the size of your conveyor belt. The power ratings of a motor should match the size of the conveyor belt. If the belt is industrial-size, a high-powered motor is required to make the conveyor belt work efficiently. A motor that has low power ratings will not do well with big conveyor belts.

Decide on the type of motor that you will use. Types of motor include AC Motors, AC and Brushless Speed Control Motors and Stepping Motors. Each of these has different specifications that cater to different types and sizes of conveyor belts. The first type can be unidirectional or bidirectional. The second enables the user to set and change the motor speed with ease. The last can handle compound movements and has a wide range of capacity.

Look for a motor that has many user benefits. Does the motor consume too much electricity? Is it affordable but still delivers good quality? Does it last a long time even if it is used extensively? The answer should be yes to all three.

Buy a motor that integrates health and safety standards. For an electric motor, the manufacturer must abide by the health and safety standards set by the government.

Choose a motor that has ease of use to make the job faster and more efficient. Buying a motor that is not user-friendly may delay production and delivery.

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