The YY Cable and Its Uses in Conveyor Belts

In any airport or distribution centre around the globe, you’re sure to encounter conveyor belts being used for the transportation of goods and services around the location. Airports are the most public example of its usage with YY cables being a helpful component to make them work to the highest quality.

The British Labour party has recently voiced concerns about the over-abundance of runways in airports yet with 34 million people attending Gatwick alone this year, it seems as if there may have to be more conveyor belts all over the country with YY cables supporting them.

YY cables are highly adaptable with the ability to twist them to many angles, making them a necessity to the constantly spinning conveyor belt. A standard cable would become stressed under the constant pressure but this is no problem with the YY, specialised in the ÖLFLEX® 140 range. Also, thanks to its oil-resisting nature, the cable is ideal for the mechanisms of the belt. Therefore, no matter the expansion of airports or the industrial section, then YY cables will be in-demand for the future for years to come.

The inception of the conveyor belt dates back to the later stages of the 17th century when although primitive, it was an essential help for transporting heavy goods such as grain sacks. Using a simple wooden bed made of leather, canvas or rubber.

In the early 20th century, the application of the belt progressed thanks to Hymle Goddard who patented the roller conveyor. It was not a rousing success with its usefulness being ignored until the coal mine and car manufacturing glory days with the former industry using a conveyor belt to this day at 60 miles long – the longest in the world.

During World War II, with the cost of war outweighing the cost of materials, synthetic materials were introduced as a cheaper alternative and they have mostly stayed that way to this day. A great range of materials are used today which go from PVC to steel.

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