When setting up transfers for a Flat Flex conveyor belt, there are several options available, including grooved rolls, grooved nose bars, transfer sleeves and grooved transfer rollers. In this guide, we will focus on the use of transfer sleeves, which are designed to slide over a static conveyor shaft. Although the focus of this guide is on transfer sleeves, the information provided is applicable to many conveyor belts regardless of the type of transfer your conveyor uses.

Why Conveyor Transfer Sleeves?

Transfer sleeves are a popular choice due to their ease of installation and ability to enhance the longevity and performance of your conveyor belt.

Installation Steps

Step 1: Preparation

Before beginning the installation, make sure your conveyor is powered down. Next, ensure you have the correct number of transfer sleeves for your belt’s width. You should have one transfer sleeve per belt space across the width of your conveyor belt. The sleeves should be clean and free of any debris that might interfere with their function.

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Step 2: Positioning The Sleeves

Slide the transfer sleeves over the static conveyor shaft. It is crucial that the sleeves are properly aligned across the belt’s width. The sleeves should float within the belt spaces, allowing free movement without restriction. No matter what type of transfer you’re using, the z-bends of the belt should not come in contact with the transfers or be rubbing against them during operation.

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Step 3: Ensuring Proper Clearance

One of the most critical aspects of setting up transfer sleeves is ensuring they do not make contact with the z-bends of the Flat-Flex conveyor belt. This contact can lead to increased wear and tear, significantly reducing the belt’s lifespan. Proper clearance ensures that the sleeves only interact with the belt in the designated areas, promoting smooth operation and reducing friction.

Step 4: Final Checks

Once the sleeves are in place, perform a final check to ensure they float freely in the belt spaces and maintain the necessary clearance from the z-bends. This step is vital for the optimal functioning of the transfer system.

Benefits Of Proper Installation

Increased Belt Life

By ensuring the transfer sleeves do not contact the z-bends, you reduce unnecessary friction and wear, extending the belt’s operational life.

Enhanced Performance

Properly installed transfer sleeves facilitate smoother transitions and reduce the likelihood of belt damage during operation.

Cost Efficiency

Longer belt life and reduced maintenance needs translate to cost savings over time, making proper installation a financially sound practice.

Post Sanitation

Make sure that the transfer sleeves are pushed back into the proper position as described throughout this blog after sanitation of the conveyor.


Setting up transfers for a Flat Flex conveyor belt using transfer sleeves is a straightforward process that requires careful attention to detail. By ensuring the sleeves float within the belt spaces and do not contact the z-bends, you can significantly enhance the performance and lifespan of your belt. Follow these steps to achieve optimal results and keep your operations running smoothly.

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