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Widely represented on the international stage, Berndorf Band Group provides innovative solutions and unique service to production facilities, as a leading manufacturer of steel belts and belt systems.

The technologies offered by the group of companies set international standards. Thanks to its expertise and a wealth of experience built up over more than 90 years, numerous well-known manufacturing companies choose Berndorf’s high-quality belts and innovative belt systems from Austria for their production facilities. Behind Berndorf Band Group stands Berndorf AG, with 175 years of experience in the metal processing industry, and about 400 employers in Asia, Europe, North and South America, and nine subsidiary companies. The Austrian company began to produce equipment for the chemical industry in 1970. Berndorf Band Group supports manufacturers at every step of the value chain. Its highly experienced experts work closely with customers to build up the optimal parameters for individual production processes. Customised steel belts and belt systems are developed using this information, with maintenance and repairs part of the package for the duration of their useful life. Throughout this process, the steel belt specialists contributes its expert insights and technical know-how.

Berndorf Band Group produces steel belts that satisfy the demanding requirements during the production of chemicals. Choosing the right belt material is of crucial importance for sectors like the chemical industry. Extensive research and development were necessary to find materials that are best suited for belts in this area, such as the super duplex material NICRO 85. The NICRO name was protected as an international brand name for products from Berndorf. Aside from its excellent static and dynamic fatigue strength, this material offers resistance to chloride-induced tension corrosion. To boost the efficiency of the production process, Berndorf Band Group also offers systems specifically designed for chemical processes with extra smooth surfaces, perfect flatness, as well as precise straight running.

Berndorf Band Group only uses premium quality special steel in its belts. Material selection in respect of tensile strength, hardness, abrasion resistance, corrosion resistance and thermal expansion is based on careful examination of individual specifications. In collaboration with various research institutes and universities, the group is constantly in search of the latest trends and inform itself worldwide about potential new markets in which steel belts can be used. In addition to steel belts and belt systems, the company also offers corresponding worldwide service and repair. With a huge sales and service network all over the world, the company offers customers specially developed service equipment, also for the repair of steel belts.

In the Research & Development Center, customers can learn on site about the advantages of the Berndorf pastillating and cooling devices. Individual production processes can be carried out and examined for their effectiveness.

With the expansion of its product and service range due to its new business area, Berndorf Band Group is now flexible enough to provide special solutions in the field of ‘process equipment’ as well as customised process solutions for companies with unique workflow requirements.

Process equipment: solidification systems

Berndorf Band Group is expanding its activities in the ‘cooler and pastillator’ business by acquiring and integrating two additional companies into the industrial group. The companies SBS Steel Belt Systems USA (SBS USA), with its headquarters in Illiniois and experience in producing for the petrochemistry as well as the oil and gas industry, and Esico enhance the Berndorf Band Group portfolio for the chemical industry, which makes the Austrian company a complete supplier in the market for steel belt systems and therefore closes the gap in its process equipment range. Esico, located in the Netherlands, is specialised in belt systems, process engineering and logistic systems, with know-how in the chemical and food industry. Together with Berndorf Band Group and SBS Steel Belt Systems USA – pioneers in producing cooling flakers and pastillators for various applications – the company stands for outstanding experience in the steel belt system industry.

Berndorf Band Group and its leading companies in the machine division will be appearing as Process Equipment (PE) providers on the global market. With this new business area, Berndorf Band Group has an integrated test centre for cooling and pastillation systems. Due to this, Berndorf Band Group is now able to supply as well as maintain production facilities equipped with its endless steel belt systems in a global way. Partners can benefit from this trend-setting change as it allows the company to provide an advanced service with worldwide contact persons.

Berndorf Band Group steel belt coolers are used in various processes in all industries, especially in the cooling and crystallisation, as well as for the pastillation in the production of various chemicals. During this special process, reactors, extruders or kneaders cool down melted material and then use them to make plates, strips or pastilles. A granulating system provides customers with a diverse belt processing line and an effective complete solution from a single source. Depending on the customer's requirements, production takes place on single-belt or double-belt coolers. Under these conditions, end products can be produced efficiently. Berndorf pastillation and cooling systems are characterised by their stainless steel design. The pivoting of the pastillator allows easier handling for operating and maintenance personnel and increases the protection for the steel belt itself. The simple disassembly of the outer shell - without extra tools - ensures the customers easy and fast cleaning in the daily work routine. Further advantages of the systems include various options for implementing the water cycle for maximum efficiency and environmental protection and for air cooling on the product side to guarantee additional cooling performance. To satisfy their customers’ requests, Berndorf Band Group offers various upstream and downstream equipment that complement their steel belt coolers perfectly.

Berndorf Band Group offers belt systems and components for various applications that are geared towards optimising production and conveying processes. Berndorf Band Group steel belts can have a length up to 270 m and a with starting from 0.3 to 3.5 mm. Using the latest generation of production technologies, the leading provider supports companies all over the world to work efficiently and optimise their processes to produce a wide range of products. Technical innovations combined with sustainability and quality is part of the global corporate strategy.

Berndorf Band Group bundles its strengths around the globe to create more efficient corporate structures and advantages for customers. As a consistent and reliable partner, the company offers customised solutions for steel belts and belt systems.

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