The prototype conveyor belt should be seen on a pilot-scale, given that it is the prototype of a machine which is not intended for immediate industrial production but constructed solely to demonstrate that it is actually possible to use recycled plastic in the construction of belts and, thanks to RePlaCe results, in the structural elements making up an industrial machine.


The design of plastic components involves mainly the recycled plastic conveyor belt modules, and will be carried out using CAD technology, simulation software, as well as on the basis of test results. This will not only answer how to mechanical strength issues, but also how to reduce wearing and noise production. Particular attention will be given to the development of hooking and coupling mechanism in a one-piece component to overcome the reduced mechanical properties of the recycled material.