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Plate link conveyors feature an extremely sturdy “belt” made of overlapping or adjoining “platelets”, not disimilar to the caterpillar-tracks of a tank. This provides an extremely strong and rigid carrying surface, suitable for heavy loads...
Plate Link Conveyors have metal platelets which allow the conveyor to operate in extreme environmental conditions, such as very high – or low – temperatures that might destroy a conventional rubber or fabric belt.
The platelets form a rigid, flat carrying surface, giving the machine many of the characteristics of a standard belt conveyor , but with the advantage of non-slip high-torque chain drive similar to the Chain Drive Belt Conveyor
Whilst plate link conveyors are often associated with metal platelets, they can also be made of plastic or composite platelets, which are often favoured by the food industry.
Whilst the platelets are strong, plate link conveyors are not really ideal if heavy products are going to be dropped onto it from a height (such as being loaded from a dumper truck or suchlike) as the plates can buckle or bend. On the plus side, they are resistant to cuts and abrasions, and can easily and quickly be replaced.
A slat conveyor is ultimately not as strong as a plate link conveyor, however. Nor can it generate the same torque (pulling power.