Manheim, Pennsylvania -- Fenner Precision has announced that it is using a new high-friction polyurethane material in the manufacture of its belt products.
The result is a belt which has a high carrier frequency offset (CFO) range against paper, and a very stable CFO over the life cycle of the product. The flexible urethane material makes the belt non-marking, even at high speeds, according to Fenner's 9 Oct statement.
Fenner's M-14 flat belt, which has been used in high-volume postage meters and mailing systems for the past ten years, is the first product to implement the new material.
The company said that the needs of one of its customers to process more mail faster, and to make their machines lighter drove it to develop the new belt using the material.
Tests on the belt revealed that, "There was no COF change in over one million cycles in the customer's high-volume mail systems," said Stan Kulikowski, product development manager - Technical Specialty Products, in the statement.
Fenner said that it had difficulty finding a manufacturer who could supply the new material. "This isn't just an off-the-shelf urethane product. It is fundamentally different and can be leveraged for many different specialty conveying applications in the paper handling market," said Kulikowski.
The company, which is part of the Fenner Group -- headquatered in Hull, UK -- said that it has additional projects underway with other customers to utilise the material in belts for their applications. ss