The mesh belt fork truck entry is a standard three finger fork truck entry in which each finger includes a mesh belt conveyor to drive the load. Outwardly this device appears similar to a standard nonpowered fork truck entry. The unit is 12″ TOB in height and is fabricated from 3/8″ steel plates. The fingers are all welded to a common base plate that can be provided with a straight or bent edge for installation in a similar fashion as the nonpowered units. The overall length of the unit is extended from the standard 5′ nonpowered fork truck entry to 7′. The additional 24″ long, full width section houses the common conveyor drive.
The belting used in each finger is the same as that used in our mesh belt conveyor (MBC). All three belts are driven from a common drive shaft and gearmotor located in the full width section of the device. All belts ride on low friction slider beds, between guides of UHMW material. Internally, each belt is driven by 3 sprockets mounted to a drive shaft and is individually tensioned by an automatic tensioner.