Versa-Link®

Metal conveyor belt simplified

Versa-Link® conveyor belt makes installation easy! Versa-Link’s Advanced Link Rods join the belt in as little as 30 seconds, no tools required. Versa-Link’s Forged Edge Technology creates an edge that is flush with the side of belt, eliminating catch points. With up to 81% open area, USDA Accepted Versa-Link® is easy-to-clean and provides maximum flow-through capabilities for heating and cooling operations.

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Versa-Link® conveyor belt advantages:

  • Versa-Link® conveyor beltJoins in as little as 30 seconds!
  • Belt edge has no catch points, no welds
  • Twice the life of competitive belts
  • Installation requires no special tools
  • Positive driven for excellent belt tracking
  • Up to 81% open area for excellent flow through
  • Allows for tight transfers
  • USDA Accepted
  • Available in 3/8" and 1/2" pitch
  • Available up to 150 inches wide


U.S. Patent Number 8,739,966 and other Patents Pending

Typical Applications

  • Baking
  • Battering
  • Breading
  • Coating
  • Cooking
  • Cooling
  • Drainage
  • Drying
  • Freezing
  • Frying
  • Heating
  • Loading
  • Roasting
  • Shrink-Wrapping
  • Washing

Versa-Link® Specifications:

  Imperial (inches) Metric (mm)
Belt Pitch: 1/2 12.70
3/8 9.5
Belt Spacing: Varies upon application
Belt Thickness: .160 4.06
Belt Width Range: up to 150 up to 3810
Materials: Wear Resistant Stainless Steel
Sprockets: Stainless Steel, Acetal and PEEK available

 

1/2" Sprocket Chart:

Imperial (inches) Metric (mm)
Pitch # of Teeth O.D. Root Max Bore (with keyway) Pitch # of Teeth O.D. Root Max Bore (with keyway)
0.5 8 1.467 1.147 0.563 12.7 8 37.25 29.12 16
0.5 10 1.778 1.458 0.875 12.7 10 45.16 37.03 22
0.5 12 2.092 1.772 1.125 12.7 12 53.13 45.01 30
0.5 15 2.565 2.245 1.500 12.7 15 65.15 57.02 40
0.5 18 3.039 2.719 1.875 12.7 18 77.20 69.07 48
0.5 24 3.991 3.671 2.688 12.7 24 101.36 93.23 72

 

3/8" Sprocket Chart:

Imperial (inches) Metric (mm)
Pitch # of Teeth O.D. Root Max Bore (with keyway) Pitch # of Teeth O.D. Root Max Bore (with keyway)
0.375 11 1.491 1.171 0.625 9.5 11 37.87 29.74 16
0.375 13 1.727 1.407 0.813 9.5 13 43.86 35.74 22
0.375 16 2.082 1.762 1.125 9.5 16 52.89 44.76 30
0.375 20 2.557 2.237 1.500 9.5 20 64.95 56.82 40
0.375 24 3.033 2.713 1.875 9.5 24 77.04 68.91 48
0.375 32 3.986 3.666 2.688 9.5 32 101.24 93.11 72

Versa-Link® conveyor belt joining:

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

DISCONNECT AND LOCKOUT POWER!

If a belt has damage in more than one area, do not try to repair it. Install a new belt. Never save old belts to use for repairs because they have already been weakened from prior use. Purchase several extra feet of new belt to use exclusively for repairs.

How to link the belt together:

  • Disconnect the power to the conveyor system.
  • Release all tensioning mechanisms.
  • Make sure the belt is oriented for the proper direction of travel.
  • If needed, use wire ties to hold the belt ends together
  • Align the slots in the wickets across the belt and insert the curved end of the link rod into the outside edge of the belt until the link rod is fully inserted into the wicket (see illustrations below).
  • When the link rod is inserted fully so that the button head is touching the edge of the belt, insert the curved end of the link rod into the slot of the wicket. This completes the first half of the splice (see illustrations below).
  • Repeat on the opposite side of the belt to fully complete the link.
      

How to take the belt apart:

Use wire cutters to cut each link rod (be sure not to cut the wicket). Two new link rods will be needed later to link the belt.

Versa-Link® conveyor belt installation:

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

DISCONNECT AND LOCKOUT POWER!

If a belt has damage in more than one area, do not try to repair it. Install a new belt. Never save old belts to use for repairs because they have already been weakened from prior use. Purchase several extra feet of new belt to use exclusively for repairs.

Installation:

  • Versa-Link® can be used on existing support rails and slider beds.
  • Verify all conveyor accessories do not interfere with the belt.
  • There is no top or bottom to the belt but there is a direction of travel. The sprockets must engage the link rod and not the wicket (see illustration below).
  • Center belt on the conveyor frame to prevent contact between the belt edge and frame

Sprocket placement:

The drive shaft requires one sprocket in each of the small spaces across the width of the belt (see illustration below). Use a piece of the belt as a template to position the drive sprockets across the shaft. (Some applications may not require a sprocket in all spaces; contact Technical Services for the correct quantities and placement).

Sprockets should be centered within the small spaces to allow minor side to side movement of the belt. This will help facilitate proper tracking.

The idler shaft uses two drive sprockets positioned in the first and last large space at the outer edges of the belt. Sprockets on the idler shaft are pulled by the belt and must be placed in the large spaces to engage with the link rod. The remaining small spaces on the idler shaft are fitted with support blanks (see illustration below)

Direction of travel:

The belt should be placed on the sprockets so the sprocket teeth are engaged with the link rod and not the wicket (see illustration below).