Positive Drive Conveyor Belts

For solving tracking issues, eliminating tension on a system or improving sanitation, Positive Drive conveyor belts are a viable solution for many conveying systems. MIR provides Positive Drive conveyor belts from top brands and customizes belts in-house to engineer a best-fit solution for your application.

What are Positive Drive conveyor belts?

Positive Drive conveyor belts are a type of conveyor belt extruded out of one piece of homogenous thermoplastic urethane. They come in various thicknesses and cover characteristics and can be custom-engineered with a variety of add-ons. The monolithic belt is positively driven by a conveyor belt drive propelling it forward, and is locked into side-to-side motion from positive tracking. Positive Drive is often used in food processing because of its high sanitation, but is also tough enough for harsh and abrasive applications.

Advantages of Positive Drive

Positive Drive offers many advantages for conveying applications that can lead to better product sanitation, reduced downtime for maintenance and cleaning, up to two to three times belt life in certain applications and an overall increased throughput.

Sanitation simplified

Due to the nature of the homogenous thermoplastic urethane, there is no fabric to absorb moisture, bacteria or oils and no hinge points where product builds up. This means up to a 75% reduction in cleaning time, as well as lower compressed air and water usage by sanitation crews. The belts are also scraper-friendly and easily cleaned on the machine, meaning less wear and tear from constant removal and re-installation.

Fewer maintenance concerns

The 180-degree wrap-around drive and proper engagement eliminates the need for traditional tension, making installation simple. Also, this elimination of tension combined with the positive tracking means reduced maintenance time spent on solving tracking issues.

Durability against corrosion and abrasion

For applications involving harsh chemicals, Positive Drive conveyor belts withstand the abuse where other belts could become brittle and break, a major sanitation risk. The belts also have high abrasion resistance and no edge fraying.

Food safety regulation certified

Almost all urethanes used for Positive Drive are FDA, USDA and 3A Dairy compliant. If you’re needing a belt for a food processing application, your MIR conveyor belting expert will source compliant materials when engineering your Positive Drive belt.

Desirable belt characteristics

Positive Drive belts have a high-release surface and run quietly on the machines.

Customization options

Positive Drive belting best conveys materials when built to fit to the application — that’s where MIR’s customization capabilities come in. With our high-frequency welding units and experienced belting experts, you’ll get a Positive Drive belt that eliminates product waste and improves overall reliability. And because all our customization occurs in-house, we can react quickly on lead times and make adjustments ourselves, ensuring a best-fit product in a quick turnaround. Our Positive Drive customization options include:

  • Straight or curved sidewalls
  • Straight or scooped take-ups
  • Texture
  • Perforation
  • V-guides
  • Endless splicing
  • Mechanical or plastic lacing
  • Metal detectable options


Considerations for Positive Drive

Plant managers should be aware that Positive Drive belts are limited on the heat they can withstand — they will start to show wear starting at 170 degrees Fahrenheit. For conveyor applications undergoing high heat, consider our other conveyor belting options, or speak with a belting expert to determine the best-fit belt for your application line. 

Positive Drive belting brands

MIR provides customers with Positive Drive belts from the following brands:

  • Volta SuperDrive
  • Volta Dual Drive
  • Intralox Thermodrive
  • Habasit CleanDrive
  • Chiorino HP Compact Drive
  • Cog-Veyor
  • Gates Mectrol
  • Magnathane


From these top-notch brands, we offer 61 different Positive Drive style belts, with limitless customization configurations. Reach out to a conveyor belting expert to discuss how you can improve your plant’s sanitation, efficiency and maintenance with highly customized Positive Drive conveyor belts.

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