This section of the Ckit Handbook provides details of the important features found on pocket belt conveyors. It can be expected that these features differ from one supplier to another. However, the principles remain relatively standard.
The different sections of pocket belt conveyors are dealt with individually below.
i) Loading Stations.
As with all types of conveyors, the loading station for a pocket belt conveyor is an important feature, which should enjoy significant attention to detail, to ensure correct operation of the conveyor.
Material should be consistently loaded into the centre of the conveyor belt to ensure correct alignment of the belt on the structure. The loading chutework should incorporate a skirt plate to form an adequate seals.
The material entering the belt should be dropped vertically down, from the feeding device, with a possible acceleration force in the direction of belt travel created by the back plate of the chute. The latter becomes more important when the belt speed is above approximately 1,5m/s. The chute width (w) at the interface with the top of the belt should measure approximately 50% of the base belt width (b).