Cambridge Engineered Solutions introduces new conveyor belt for Powder Metallurgy furnaces

June 10, 2014

Cambridge Engineered Solutions, Cambridge, MD, USA, the world’s largest manufacturer of metal conveyor belts, has announced the availability of Knuckleback™, its newest high-temperature stainless steel belt. Designed with a unique weld to reduce stretching and slag build-up during high temperature manufacturing, the new belt has demonstrated superior results during testing, including significant reductions in repairs and increased productivity, state the company.

“Cambridge has engineered metal conveyor belts for high temperature applications like sintering for 50 years,” stated Tracy Tyler, President and CEO. “We originally developed Knuckleback™ to provide a powdered metal manufacturer with a solution for its high maintenance costs and excess downtime.”


The Knuckleback™ high-temperature stainless steel belt from Cambridge Engineered Solutions

Designed by a team of engineers and high temperature market specialists, the Knuckleback™ belt increases productivity and decreases maintenance costs for stretch removal and repair. The belt’s name derives from the reinforced, reversed weld of the joint (knuckle) between the rod with each flat spiral wire end (back) to the preceding joint. The weld is designed to move the tension away from the weld point by knuckling the spiral wire prior to welding and allowing it to withstand wear longer. As stainless steel conveyor belts naturally stretch in high temperature operations, Knuckleback’s™ flat surface and extended, stronger spiral are significant advantages, state the company.

According to Cory Bloodsworth, a member of the Cambridge design team and Director of Business & Market Development, “When it comes to sintering, which is the hottest manufacturing process used to make parts for the automotive and electronics industries, our flattened spirals create a more uniform contact surface which helps remove excess carbon deposits and slag build-up.”  

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