The Superbelt® C conveyor
Ideal for automatic removal and transport of metal chips away from the machine tools in high-production machining applications.
Metalworking and processing plants produce large quantities of metal scrap daily. The latter - called chips or swarf - is a common by-product in melting, rolling, and pressing plants when processing cast primary or secondary aluminum and steel.
Effective chip management is both environmentally and financially sound for all these industries. It is key to ensuring a safe environment and maximum metal recovery and saving money and effort.
Designed to make chip recovery simple, functional, and efficient, Magaldi chip conveyors find application in case large volumes are disposed of, heavy and wearing applications, or where spaces are limited. Particularly flexible, they allow handling any metal scrap, including chips, borings, fines, turnings, and stampings, whether dry or wet.
The Superbelt® C conveyor features partially overlapping steel pans securely bolted on a patented steel double-wire mesh system.
The belt damage-tolerant design is based on a multi-link concept that ensures redundancy, little to no maintenance, and trouble-free continuous operation. Even if the mesh belt gets severely damaged, the conveyor will keep running until the scheduled maintenance without sudden failures.
The trouble-free operation ensures productivity and profitability and results in greater efficiency and uptime during a 24/7, year-round process.
High operational flexibility
Flexibility is a critical component of today’s manufacturing environment. The ability to run a variety of chips and materials requires a versatile chip conveyor.
The Superbelt® C conveyor handles all chip types (short, medium-long, nested, tangled, and bundled) of any material (aluminum, brass, cast iron, steel, and other common alloys), and it is suitable for use in both dry and wet machining.
Jam-free operation design
Different cutting geometries, speeds, and material types cause chips to occur in different shapes that may become caught in the belt.
In hinged belt conveyors, hinge loops stretch, and side wings damage, allowing for material build-up & sticking, carry-over & leakage between pans, or taking material back to the tail section, causing added damage and maintenance.
With the Superbelt® C conveyor, these issues are solved thanks to the tight pan structure, featuring a perfect fit in the overlap area for an effective seal that eliminates jamming with sharp chips and fines. As such, no more jams and belt damages caused by material scrap carry back and seepage into the return tracking occur.
Continuous chip removal improves the work environment and plant productivity. Manual removal is not only fatiguing; it is time-consuming and exposes operators to potential injuries.
The Superbelt® C conveyor eliminates the dangerous and dirty manual work connected with chip handling. The machine tool operator is free to focus on core production instead of removing chips from the machine tool.
Chips are typically collected in a scrap hopper next to or behind the CNC machine before they are further processed or disposed of. This results in problems of overflowing containers and high manual disposal costs. Emptying containers takes time, requires labor, and does not generate revenue.
The Superbelt® C conveyor gives a very fast pay-off. As a continuous chip handling system, it achieves savings and profits in terms of:
- low labor cost because the time-consuming manual handling involved in collecting, loading, and transporting chips is eliminated
- high recyclability of metal chips.
A further advantage related to the use of the Superbelt® C conveyor and implying additional cost savings is the absence of wear and tear, even in the case of abrasive material.
Chips are transported smoothly and slowly, with no relative motion among the moving parts; with the absence of the tracks, roller chain, and sprockets, maintenance is reduced, and therefore is no wear and tear. It results in no additional costs over time, neither in terms of spare parts (not required for the absence of wear and tear) nor in terms of maintenance (hours of inspection and downtime, dedicated labor, etc.).
Due to its compact footprint, the Superbelt® C conveyor is the ideal solution when the machine tool has limited space to insert the conveyor. The reduced size guarantees maximum efficiency with considerable optimization of space.
Inclines are not a concern: downward force idlers help ensure the belt can achieve steep angles in compact spaces.
Little to no maintenance
The Superbelt® C conveyor requires little to no maintenance as it is devoid of critical wear points (no wear bars, tracks, pins, hinges, chains, or sprockets). The only points requiring lubrication are the head and tail pulley bearings, which can be greased with the belt running. The other components are designed for continuous operation and can be checked during preventive maintenance over a multi-year schedule.