Joining tubes can be used to create a hybrid join between a full strand weave and the use of joining clips. A single strand is cut into smaller single space sections, which are woven into the belt and joined together by crimping a stainless steel joining tube onto the adjacent wire sections.
This method maintains the belt strength of a full strand weave while eliminating the distortion that occurs during the weaving process. It is important to consider whether joining tubes could mark product or have hygiene implications when choosing this method.
Joining tubes are sometimes used for repairs and joining in NON-FOOD applications only. These are available for most diameter wires used in Flat-Flex® belts. Call Technical Services if you have any questions concerning the appropriateness of using splicing tubes in your application.