Plastic modular sprockets are wheel-like devices with one or more rows of projections sticking out to keep a chain or conveyor belt turning. In 1970, J.M Lapeyre (an Intralox founder) designed the first plastic modular belting
. The belts are made using plastic that is joined together in bits creating an interlaying brick design. One of the biggest selling points of the plastic modular belts is their tracking ability. They rely on positive drive as the means of driving as a range of sprockets that engage with the undersurface of the conveyor belt to move it forward. The fitting of sprocket teeth into specified pockets on the belt is called positive engagement and it ensures belt tracking.
With so many considerations, picking the right modular sprocket type for an application can seem like a daunting task. Talk to an MRO Supply expert for advice on which plastic modular sprockets to purchase for your facility.