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Wire mesh conveyors come in wide range of types, from wide-gap ‘enrober’ or honeycombe belts, to tightly-knit chain belts that look almost like medieval chainmail...
Wire mesh conveyors come in wide range of types, from wide-gap ‘enrober’ or honeycombe belts, to tightly-knit chain belts that look almost like medieval chainmail. Both allow air (or liquids) to circulate around the products being conveyed, and hence can be used to ‘drain’ products, or to warm/cool them in transit.
Wire Mesh conveyors are generally lighter-duty than their chain-mesh counterparts, using friction rollers to drive the belt rather than sprockets, and make a very cost-effective solution where the products being conveyed are relatively light.
This is the lightest grade of belt, consisting of 1-2mm wire running in an interlaced pattern, forming a 'ladder' shape. They are used in the confectionary industry to coat sweets with chocolate, among many other things.
At the top end of the mesh belt range is the "balanced spiral" belts. Whilst some of these CAN work with a simple friction roller, they more commonly have chains welded to each side of the belt, which are driven by sprockets.
These can range from a relatively "open" mesh, as per the photograph on the left, to heavy, high-density "chain-mail" weaves
Perhaps the most visual example of these belts are the donut-making booths at the seaside, in which a mesh belt carries the dough through the bath of hot oil for frying, and then lifts them out at the other end.