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Conveyor Belt

How exactly does a conveyor belt work and what are its benefits and applications?

Kim Riemeijer
Kim Riemeijer

May 25, 2023


The definition of a conveyor belt is: a system in a factory or other production environment that guides products in the making on a belt past workers, machines and/or robots. A key feature of the assembly line system is that it involves repetitive operations.

The very first conveyor belts were made of leather; nowadays they are usually made of rubber or synthetic. These materials are proven to be resistant and long-lasting.

Nowadays, a conveyor belt offers nearly never-ending application possibilities. An important advantage of a conveyor belt is that production processes are structurally much faster. Besides, it is less error-prone, leading to less production loss than manual work.

You will find conveyor belt applications in almost every branch of industry. Think of the automotive, food, agricultural and recycling industries.

Conveyor belt parts

A conveyor belt consists of many components, these are some of the most important ones:

  • Trough frames and support rollers support both the synthetic and rubber conveyor belts.
  • Drive and reversing drums provide steering to prevent skewing.
  • Scrapers for synthetic conveyor belts ensure optimum belt cleanliness.
  • Longitudinal edges on the conveyor belt side minimise production losses, for both rubber and synthetic conveyor belts.
  • Guiding belts, located at the bottom of the belt, for steering the rubber and synthetic conveyor belt.

This represents but a small selection, you can read all about conveyor belt parts here.


LBS develops high-quality customised conveyor belts. Our conveyor belts meet the highest standards of various bodies, such as FDA, USDA and the EU. That said, our own quality standards are even higher than the benchmark.

If you have specific requirements and wishes, we are happy to think along with you, to develop the conveyor belt that perfectly suits your business processes. Read more!

Together we create!

Kim Riemeijer

Kim is Marketing Coordinator at LBS.

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