Types of V-Belts

What Are The Different Types Of V-Belts?

V-belts are one of the many different types of conveyor belts available. These belts are different from the other varieties because there is only one strand of V-belt found underneath the roller bed. This belt can be found on one of the sides of the rollers right next to the belt’s side-frame. These belts run in the opposite direction from that of whatever contents the V-belt is conveying. These types of belts are best for light or medium duty loads and are not the best in environments that are moist or oily. One of the great things about these belts is that in order for the belt to function, only very light contact between the belt and the bed rollers is necessary.

Types Of V-Belts

Although there are many options available when selecting the best v-belt for your business, there are two main types of belts, poly v-belts and variable speed v-belts. Poly v-belts are ideal for those who want a flexible belt that will offer smooth performance along with a low profile design and the capability to work at high speeds. The variable speed v-belt on the other hand can work with sheave drives of variable speeds and because of this it requires a great deal of lateral rigidity to help maintain a consistent speed control.

More Options

In addition to selecting between poly v-belts and variable speed v-belts, there are also other options you can make to customize your v-belt, making it unique. These belts can come in a wide variety of surfaces depending on what is required for the function they will perform. Some of the most common types of v-belts include ribbed ones, notched ones, cogged ones, banded ones, wedged ones and smooth ones, each of which is specifically designed to help serve a different purpose. The guides for the v-belts can also come in several types, mostly based on shapes and surface with the most common shapes being a triangle profile, a rectangle profile, a special rectangular profile (with rounded corners) and a special v-profile (a trapezoidal shape).

Normal Uses

V-belts are widely used because of their versatility as well as ability to handle directional changes that might prove challenging with other types of conveyor belts. They can be used for basic tasks such as product alignment, offsetting connections, diverting, merging and directional changes. Because of these functions, they are ideal for many industrial applications and are very common in power transmission/driving, conveying, sequencing and timing. The different types available are what make v-belts so versatile.


No matter which type of v-belt you select or what surface you opt for, there are several features that are common for all of these belts. They will all follow a belt path which eliminates the risk of bending back the belt and because of their abilities with directional changes they are usually available in tight radius configurations. They will almost always have automatic drive pressure and true taper rollers in addition to sleeves that allow them to move the product through curves quietly while still maintaining their orientation.

What Makes Belting USDA/FDA Approved?

What Makes Belting USDA/FDA Approved?

If your business processes food, you know that there are strict requirements that must be followed which have been set by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and FDA (Food and Drug Administration). That is because any material that comes into contact with food must meet certain regulations due to the possibility of any contamination on these materials transferring to the foods, making them unsuitable for human consumption. Many of the food recalls that happen each year occur because of unsanitary conveyor belts which then transfer bacteria to the products. There are simple things you can do, however, to ensure that your belting system is USDA/FDA approved and therefore eliminate your risk of contamination and recalls.

How The Regulations Began

The FDA first began regulating what are known as food contact materials (the materials that come in contact with foods at some point during the production process, including conveyor belts) in 1958 and the regulations now include a wide range of materials, both those involved in production and in packaging. The FDA considers these food contact materials to be one of the three types of “food additives”: those that are meant to direct food additives, secondary food additives and indirect food additives (which is the category in which food contact materials belong).


When setting the regulations, the USDA and FDA relied on basic health considerations. They wanted to ensure that all types of food can be processed without difficulty. That means that in order to meet regulations the belt must be able to transport meats, vegetables, fruits, baked goods and other items without risk of contamination. They should also be able to function in all types of environments, whether they are wet or humid. To further reduce the possibility of contamination due to bacteria, conveyor belts should have minimal or no hinges and pins as these are areas where bacteria can thrive.

Extract Testing

In order to be approved by the USDA and FDA, a belting system must be able to pass an extraction test. This test is meant to determine the quantities of the substances found on the belt itself will end up extruded into the processed food. There are also regulations that allow for the FDA to calculate the extraction without requiring testing but in these cases, the estimates based on the calculations are designed to be slightly higher than the actual value. The goal in following the regulations is to have the smallest extraction number possible, which can be done by following their suggestions of materials to be used.

Recommended Materials

One of the materials that best meets the USDA and FDA regulations for belting is stainless steel. That is because this material is very easy to clean effectively and it is not likely that any part of the belt itself will come off and enter the food, thus creating a favorable result in the extraction testing. Other materials have also been approved for conveyor belts including plastic, as long as they meet the same requirements and are able to maintain the cleanliness of the food. In most cases, these surfaces will be smooth on top.



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Grip or Slip??

Need More Grip? Need Less?

Is your product sticking where it shouldn’t? Ace Belting carries many adhesive tapes that provide a smooth layer of extra protection where you need it. UHMW or PTFE, with thicknesses ranging from .002″ to .020″ we can you get you the tape you need. If you need extra grip Ace Belting carries GreyGrip® Tape with an aggressive silicone rubber cover. Available with a smooth or dimpled cover, as  roller wrap for power transmission or for use on a conveyor, GreyGrip® Tape helps you move what you want how you want it.

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Summer BBQ Tip#2 Stop buying hamburger meat from the supermarket. Find your local Butcher and ask him for his best ‘Burger Blend’. You’ll taste the difference.

Positively Positive Drive

Looking for a great substitute for Plastic Modular Belting?

Ace Belting now carries Extruded Urethane Belting with integrated teeth that eliminate slippage and pre-tensioning, reducing strain on the belt and giving you longer belt life and improved belt performance over traditional plastic belts, producing a lower overall cost of ownership. Other benefits include:

  • Easy cleaning=Cost Savings
  • Reduced down time=Cost Savings
  • Built-In belt guide=Cost Savings

Contact Ace Belting today for more information on how our positive drive belting solutions can help you. 

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