Stainless steel belt vs. metal-mesh conveyors

Stainless steel belt – and any other stainless steel surface – resists oxidation at high temperatures and it tolerates very low temperatures as well. Its lightweight quality and high durability allow the development of endless applications in myriad industries. Stainless steel paved the way for modern technology and continues to be essential in our everyday lives.

 since Philip Monarz published the first detailed work on the corrosion resistance of stainless steel in the beginning of the past century when the first austenitic stainless steel of 21% chromium and 7% nickel was patented.

Research-based literature and several extensive studies have been written on the attachment ability of certain bacteria, such as Salmonella and Listeria, to the surface of different materials including stainless steel, plastic and rubber. Not surprisingly, studies reveal that, “in general, polymeric materials have a stronger affinity for Listeria and Salmonella cells”. Higher numbers of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes attach to polymeric materials than to stainless steel materials.

There are significant advantages to using endless stainless steel belts vs. metal-mesh conveyors. Endless stainless steel belts, do not have any moving parts that come into contact with the food products being conveyed.

Solid stainless steel conveyor belts are easy to operate and sanitize. They are cost-effective when factored against the price of additional equipment (detectors) and the necessary employee training and maintenance required with other belt materials. Endless stainless steel belts do not require any additional equipment or costly training and offer perfect compliance with the existing FDA regulations.

Most importantly for food applications, endless stainless steel belts can be cleaned in place, significantly reducing downtime, labor and the expenses for removal, washing and reinstallation of the conveyor belts. Sanitizing an endless stainless steel belt does not require the removal of the belt; they can be cleaned in place, with lower-cost detergents and processes.

Last but not least, endless steel conveyor belts are compliant with FDA regulations; this helps users avoid costly and cumbersome legal liabilities associated with non-compliance.

All this tells the advantages and benefits of endless stainless steel belts from both a scientific point of view and a practical, legal and manufacturerminded point of view. The combined effect of a superior, bacteria-resistant material such as stainless steel in the form of a high-quality, specialized endless conveyor belt ensures obvious advantages and a low-cost, high-benefit ratio that does not require additional equipment, training or supervision. These benefits, combined with perfect legal compliance with existing laws, make endless stainless steel belts the most sensible option for food manufacturers.

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