Overbelt magnets

A magnetic conveyor belt or overbelt magnets are used to remove unwanted metal parts from a material flow in order to obtain an end product that is as pure as possible. The metal parts are filtered out of the material flow with an overbelt magnet.

overbelt magnets for mobile installations


Overbelt Magnets are deployed in machine factories or end users. An Overbelt Magnet separates high volumes of iron or steel (various metals), or ferrous parts, from raw materials quickly and effectively and discharges these metals automatically and continuously. In the case of mobile installations, >90% of the magnetic belt hangs transversely on a flat, profiled or conveyor belt with carriers. This can be either flat or in a trough. The aim is to remove undesirable metal particles for the cleanest possible end product or for further processing so that nothing is damaged on machines further down the line.

An overhead magnet has a drive and reversing drum including a frame. The frame then contains the magnetic core that attracts the material. Near the core, the material is attracted (this is where the forces are strongest). The moment the material reaches the drive or reverse roller using the Hotcleat® flights, the force of the magnetic core decreases to such an extent that, in combination with the belt speed and flights, the material is released. This is then discarded sideways. In this way, the metals are separated from the remaining material.



With the Speedline service, we at LBS Conveyor Belts offer a unique service. That's because with our Speedline service, we ship custom magnetic conveyor belts within 24 hours. Whether you have rush orders or projects with tight deadlines, our Speedline service is ready to meet your needs! 

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Hotcleat® on a magnetic conveyor belt


The conveyor belt made of highly abrasion-resistant rubber is fitted with cleats. To ensure that the metal parts are captured properly, our Hotcleat® cleats are hot vulcanised on the Probelt® base belt. It is often the case that too small drum diameters make great demands on a base belt, so not all belts are suitable for a top belt magnet. The right and unique composition of the base belts and technical know-how is important to deal with the often common small drum diameters. There is also a high belt speed which exerts an additional load on the joint, making correct joint techniques and monitoring of this crucial.

Our Hotcleat® 

In addition, our Hotcleat® cleats are made of unique compounds that ensure, for example, tear-resistant and abrasion-resistant cleats. This is also because these are often sharp and abrasive pieces of metal that can quickly damage the belt and cleats when configured incorrectly. The de-icing efficiency of top overbelt magnets ranges from 70% to 90%. This varies depending on the magnet design, product flow and placement. It is a reliable and effective method of separating large quantities of iron. This method of separation prevents also machines from being damaged by larger metal parts.

The technical complexity of overhead magnets for mobile plants is well known to our specialists. We combine our knowledge and experience of applications in various industries from Recycling, Agro and Food. We like to think along with our customers, even if the solution is completely new.



When designing a conveyor belt for a plant, more is possible than is often assumed. It is precisely in the smallest details that lies the hidden technology that makes the difference in the final performance of the conveyor for production. For overbelt magnets, you have very specific considerations to take into account.

This white paper can be used as a checklist to help you make the right choice when designing a magnetic conveyor belt.




key benefits
Hotcleat® magnetic conveyor belts 

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Key Benefits (USP's) HOTCLEAT®  magnetic conveyor belts:

  • No detached cleats 
    • due to poor bonding of cleats
    • due to weather / temperature & product influences
  • Less sensitive to smaller pulley diameters
    Limited width cleatbase (vs glued) results in less tension at the pulleys and less power consumption
  • Improved working life of the cleats
  • Environmentally friendly
    • no use of industrial glues needed/neccesary
  • Cost saving for end-user

Solutions for mobile installations

Mobile installations offer different solutions:

  • Pulverising and/or shredding
  • Screening
  • Seperation
  • Transporting

There are several applications for mobile installations:

  • Composting
  • Household waste
  • Wood
  • Stone & building rubble
  • Residual waste 
  • Metal

benefits anti-magnetic mechanical fasteners


The method of making the conveyor belt for overbelt magnets endless is also an important aspect for the quality of the conveyor belt. What does it mean to choose anti-magnetic mechanical fasteners compared to an endless hot vulcanized joint?

The advantages of these fastener are:

  • Faster replaceable; this is because the tendon can be removed from the connector quickly and easily. This allows the conveyor belt to come off quickly. By just turning back the span of the drums, the new conveyor belt fits easily around the installation. When the new strap is on it, the tendon can go through the connector and the strap can be tensioned.
  • Less production loss, this is because the conveyor belt can be replaced quickly and the machine is stopped for a short time.

A major difference between a mechanical fastener and a hot vulcanized weld is that you do not have to disassemble the overbelt magnet (completely or partially) to assemble an endless welded conveyor belt. Especially on location where the right tools are not available.

It is very important to choose a completely anti-magnetic mechanical fastener. This is because otherwise the mechanical fastener can be attracted to the magnet and cause damage to the installation. Additionally small parts can “stick” to the mechnical fastener which can result in a broken mechanical fastener over a period of time due to wear and tear.

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