Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Washdown applications can present challenges for drive systems. Rubber belts typically stand up well to washdowns with alkaline detergents. Organic solvents and strong acids used as sanitizers can attack the drive components, so one must exercise care when using these types of sanitizers. Exposed tensile cords along the sides of the belt can wick moisture into the belt over time, however, so maintenance personnel should inspect belts for wear regularly. Gates Poly Chain belts typically perform well in washdown environments and are excellent roller chain replacements.