In order to preserve the hygienic qualities of ThermoDrive belting and ensure its correct operation, belt ends must be properly joined.
Intralox offers a variety of joining options, from our innovative new plastic hinge lace to more standard joining methods. Click on the tabs below for an overview of each option, and call Customer Service to discuss which is best for your application.
A defining feature of modular plastic belting is its reliable hinge pin system that enables fast and easy belt installation and removal. Recently, Intralox design engineers applied this time-tested feature to ThermoDrive belting. The result is the ThermoLace joining method, an innovative plastic hinge lace which can be used to quickly join belt ends.
The ThermoLace joining method employs a strong, large diameter rod with exceptional retention that can be easily inserted and removed. Featuring a great degree of open area, the ThermoLace can be effectively sanitized with minimal effort. In fact, scientific laboratory testing shows it can be easily cleaned to a microbiological level using standard cleaning practices.*
This option is particularly advantageous for customers who need to join belt ends more quickly than traditional splicing allows.
* A copy of these lab results is available upon request.
The ThermoDrive Splicing System is used to quickly produce permanent, hygienic splices in ThermoDrive belting.
Using the ThermoLace joining method in combination with the Splicing System enables plants to sanitize and/or repair ThermoDrive belts off the process floor by simply removing the hinge pin. Re-installation of the belt is quick and easy: just re-install the hinge pin.
Many new conveyors are designed to accept endless ThermoDrive belts from Intralox, eliminating the need for splicing at your plant and enabling easy installation and removal. A spare endless belt can be kept in inventory for quick and easy replacement when needed.
For plants standardized on metal lacing or for non-USDA applications in which hygiene is not the primary concern, Intralox can provide fabricated ThermoDrive belts employing Ready Set #62 metal lacing.
Having an emergency metal lacing kit* on-site is a cost-effective security measure for emergency situations in which there is no other repair option. The kit can be easily installed by maintenance personnel without the need for special tools. It includes a template to ensure that the cut is made at the right location so that the correct pitch of the belt’s drive bars is maintained. Please contact Customer Service for more detail.
*Alligator #1 is used for ThermoDrive 8026 and Alligator #7 is used for ThermoDrive 8050.