A manufacturer of dental X-ray processing equipment was experiencing a quality issue with a carrier belt in one of their systems. The problem arose from the belting system they were using to transport the X-ray film. The belt which is used to carry the finished film to viewing was made from woven polyester fabric with a silicone cover. The problem stemmed from the polyester fabric which was showing through the silicone cover distorting the X-ray image.
How did we approach the problem?
To mitigate this issue, we developed a belting system made from a clear Ultem substrate that was also coated with silicone. The transparent nature of the substrate prevented X-ray image distortion. This further enhanced the knitted endless and spin-casting manufacturing process that was utilized. This innovative solution delivers a seamless belt that offers higher strength and longer service life.
The finished belt featured dimensions of 171 mm in circumference, a width of 30 mm, and a thickness of 1 mm. This transport belt project was completed to the tightest tolerances of +0/-0.01 mm in length and delivered to the client in 6 weeks.
At Megadyne, our ability to manufacture innovative, speciality belting solutions makes us leaders in the industry. In this project, we provided a unique solution to solve the client’s image quality problem and delivered a trouble-free conveying solution. For information on this project, please contact us.
Technical parameters of the case
The company used a woven polyester belt with a silicone cover to process dental X-ray film. The client needed to improve the quality of the X-ray image since the fabric tends to show through the silicone. Megadyne’s solution: a clear spin-cast Ultem substrate with the same silicone surface cover. Still being tested for life cycles.
Product Description - Used in the transportation of dental x-ray films.
- Primary - Knitted Endless Spin Casting
- Secondary - Coated with Silicone
Overall Part Dimensions
- Circumference: 171 mm
- Width: 30 mm
- Thickness: 1 mm
Tightest Tolerances - +0 / -0.01 mm on Length
- Fabric Substrate – Polyester
- Silicone Cover
Material Finish - Knitted Endless.
In-process testing/inspection performed - Dimensional Inspection.
Industry for Use - Dental X-Ray Equipment.
Delivery/Turnaround Time - 6 Weeks.
Delivery Location - Worldwide.
Standards Met - Customer Specifications, 2D CAD Drawing.
Product Name - Transport Belt
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