PTFE-Coated Open Mesh Belting–THE Choice for Drying Processes

Does Your Application Require Superior Air and Heat Transfer?

PTFE-coated conveyor belts are used in a variety of applications where materials are handled in a high heat environment. The mesh allows air-flow to increase the rate of drying. Applications requiring superior air and heat transfer can benefit from the use of these open mesh belts. Air flows readily through the 1/16 or 1/4″ open weave of fiberglass substrate, making it ideal for use in heat tunnels and process freezing applications.

Open Mesh Belting Allows Air-flow to Increase Drying Rates

From screen print dryers used in the textile industry to extruded rubber products used in the automotive industry, PTFE-open mesh belts are designed for top performance and durability in these high heat environments.

The PTFE impregnated open mesh usually comes in either brown (beige) or black colors and can be made in any width up to 130”. The fluorocarbon resins used in the curing cycles are chemically inert and the woven fiberglass substrate provides exceptional strength and dimensional stability. Its non-stick surface, operating temperature range from-100°F (-73°C) to +500°F (260°C) and the 70% open area make this belting system the perfect solution for many drying applications.

To enhance the tracking and durability of the belt, most PTFE-coated open mesh belts are fabricated with sewn and sealed edging.

Featured Benefits / Properties

  • Superior non-stick surface
  • Exceptional strength and dimensional stability
  • Light weight resulting in less energy usage: Less weight enables the use of lighter and simpler conveyor solutions resulting in lower energy consumption.
  • Most cost-effective compared to other wire alternatives
  • Energy-efficient: The belts have excellent heat permeability properties resulting in a considerably lower absorption of energy compared to conventional materials.
  • Mechanically spliced (fastened) for easy removal therefore minimizing downtime and saving you more money
  • Easy to handle
  • Chemically inert
  • Operating temperature range from -100°F (-73°C) to +500°F (260°C)
  • Used in Ultra Violet, Infra-Red and hot air heat sources to dry

Some popular applications of PTFE-coated conveyor belts are:

  • Screen print dryers
  • Carpet and carpet tiles
  • Heat shrink-wrap tunnels
  • Cereal manufacturing
  • Drying textiles and other non-woven materials
  • Side and base sealing auto pack machines
  • Re-soldering and ink drying cable braiding
  • Heat setting synthetic yarns
  • Curing and cooling extruded rubber products

How to Measure Belts

As you prepare to put in an order for a PTFE-coated open mesh belt, getting the measurement right is very important.

At Precision Coating and Coated Fabrics, Tapes, Belts, we prefer the original equipment manufacturer’s specified dimensions for your existing conveyor belt; if this is unavailable the procedure below can be used to determine conveyor belt dimensions.

Please be careful when measuring a used conveyor belt. Existing industrial conveyor belts may be stretched or skewed, making measurements inaccurate.

To Determine Conveyor Belt Dimensions:

  • Measure belt width, edge to edge
  • Measure belt length

If the existing belt is in good condition:

  • Lay belt on the floor and measure from end of the belt to the other

If the existing belt is badly deteriorated:

  • Center the take-up pulley and measure the path of the belt through the dryer using a tape measure

Based on years of experience, and sampling many products, we can offer market recommendations for what suits your needs for which application.

Contact us to obtain samples for your evaluation today!