Belt Technologies, which claims to be the leading provider of stainless steel belts, drive tapes, and conveyor systems, says metal belts are driving the growth in the robotics industry.
Recently, the company says it has seen an increase in the number of OEMS in the robotics industry seeking metal drive tapes and belts for their automated equipment.
Belt Technology’s president, Alan Wosky, says: “Robotic technology typically requires a high level of precision and cleanliness.
“The industry is expanding, and as we have observed that growth, we’ve seen that our stainless steel belts and drive tapes have the ideal characteristics for these applications due to their high strength-to-weight ratio, sanitary operation, and repeatable accuracy.”
With metal drive tapes and belts, design setbacks such as chordal vibration, motion loss, and backlash are virtually eliminated.
The stainless steel material is virtually non-stretchable, maximizing the operational lifespan of robotics equipment and limiting required maintenance and repair.
Metal drive tapes and belts do not require lubrication and will not generate particulates, making them the preferred option for applications where cleanliness is a priority, such as sensitive robotic arms, clean rooms, and optical element drives.
The engineers at Belt Technologies have a diverse skillset and knowledge base, enabling them to provide design feedback for automated and robotic equipment.
They can easily accommodate customized design specifications and have a virtually limitless number of end tabs, attachments, and perforation patterns available.
Stainless steel drive tapes and belts have a high tolerance for extreme environments, including freezing temperatures, high heat, and vacuum conditions, which makes them uniquely adaptable to a versatile range of robotics applications.