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How to Start Rubber Conveyor Belt Manufacturing Business

    A rubber conveyor belt is an essential industrial item. The product essentially consists of various fabrics like all cotton, cotton/nylon, rayon/nylon, all synthetic, etc. with a cover of various rubber grades like oil resistant, flame resistant, etc. A rubber conveyor belt is a system of pulleys with a long loop of fabric or other material stretched between them.

    Usually, at least, one of the pulleys is motorized to pull the belt along with it. They are used to conveniently move heavy objects from one part of a processing facility to another. They can be extremely complex or quite simple. The design of the belt is an essential determining factor in the service life of the belt in any particular application.

    Rubber Conveyor Belt Market Potential

    The demand for the conveyor belt is increasing steadily with the rapid industrialization in the Country. These belts are commonly used for industrial purposes in thermal plants, fertilizer plants, railways, chemical plants, etc. There has been an increased need for conveyor belt servicing activities.

    The typical lifespan of a conveyor belt product varies from two to five years. After this, there is a need for replacement or repair work on the conveyor belt or part of the conveyor belt.

    The growth in production in the Coal Mining industry, which is a major end-user of conveyor belts, is expected to drive higher demand for conveyor belts during the period 2020-2025.

    We expect the growth in these industries to drive higher demand for conveyor belts in India in the coming years. Rubber conveyor belt manufacturing is a techno-commercially profitable investment opportunity for entrepreneurs.

    Registration & License For Rubber Conveyor Belt Manufacturing

    In starting a rubber conveyor belt manufacturing business, you will need to obtain different licenses and registrations in India. These are as follows:

    1. Register your business with ROC according to your ownership and liability pattern.
    2. Obtain Trade License from Municipal authority.
    3. Apply for Udyog Aadhaar MSME registration. It is not mandatory. However, it will help you in getting finance from the bank.
    4.  Apply for GST registration Number.
    5. Obtain NOC from the State Pollution Control Board.
    6. Apply for BIS Certification. The specifications in conformation to IS 1891.

    Rubber Conveyor Belt Manufacturing Machinery

    You will need to procure different machines for the manufacturing operation. Such as

    • Rubber mixing mill 16”x48” with chilled cast iron rolls and standard accessories
    • Rubber Dispersion Kneader
    • Calender machine 8”x26” with hollow rolls, duly ground, with gunmetal bushes, gearbox, and other accessories
    • Farming table
    • Size cutting machine with an electric motor
    • Wrapping machine
    • Hydraulic mixture machine
    • Hydraulic press with all accessories
    • Boiler
    • Generator
    • Testing equipment like Tensile Testing machine, Ageing Chamber, Ross Scoti flex test machine.

    Rubber Conveyor Belt Manufacturing Process

    Generally, you can produce rubber conveyor belts by two methods. One method involves rubberizing the cloth with a calendar machine. And the second method involves rubberizing the cloth by a spreading machine.

    In the case of rubberizing by calendar machine, the production is very high. Additionally, there are no costs involved on account of solvent losses.

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    After rubberizing, transfer the cloth in the requisite number of layers to Hydraulic press for vulcanizing to achieve the desired thickness. Different types of conveyor belting cover composition are available for heavy-duty, medium-duty, light-duty, heat resistant types of belts.

    Raw Material For Rubber Conveyor Belt Manufacturing

    In the manufacturing operation, you will need to procure different types of raw materials. Such as raw rubber, synthetic rubber, whiting, processing oil, zinc oxide, stearic acid, rosin, anti-oxidant, accelerator, sulfur, pine tar, carbon black, canvas/fabric, color/paints, and pigments. You will also need to procure the packaging consumables. In rubber conveyor belt manufacturing, you will need to maintain the quality standards as per the client’s specifications.