Flat Wire

Ashworth began manufacturing flat wire conveyor belts in 1951, and they are still among the most versatile and most economical straight-running belts available.



These hinged steel conveyor belts are an assembly of automatically formed precision flat wire pickets. A continuous belt is made by nesting the pickets and inserting a straight round wire connector through the accurately positioned holes. The connector functions as a hinge, affording full vertical flexibility to the belt.

Flat wire conveyor belts offer a flat conveying surface and a maximum open area for free air flow or water drainage. They are easy to clean and are extremely sanitary, especially when manufactured with Ashworth-recommended clinched edges. Clinched-edge treatment of these belts results in a number of additional user benefits which are fully outlined in the product technical bulletin.

Standard weight and heavy duty variants are available and include 1" x 1", 1/2" x 1", and modified 1/2" x 1" mesh designation. A true 1/2" x 1/2" construction is available in standard weight. All flat wire conveyor belts over 60" wide have their pickets tack welded to the rods to stop the pickets from narrowing when the belts are operated under high tension or at high speeds. See the technical bulletin for further information.

Flat wire conveyor belts can be friction driven for optimal strength or sprocket-driven for optimal tracking. They can be manufactured from a variety of metals, including stainless steel. Options include pin-ups, lifts and beveled top edges, as well as tack welding of pickets on belts less than 60" wide.

FWB3 Standard Duty


Available Options:

Pin-up Attachments

Pin-up attachments are flat wire strips that lift the product from the belt surface to prevent undesirable marking. They can also be used to keep the product from sliding on inclines or declines.

Limits for Use:

Maximum height above belt surface is 0.38" (9.5 mm)

Belt must be supported so that the pinup can pass through the return path



Lift attachments keep the product from sliding on inclines or declines. The formed angle lift uses a flight clip to fasten it to the belt. The flat bar lift is welded to the belt.

Limits for Use:

  • Maximum Lift Width: Belt Width: - 0.5" (12.7 mm)

  • Lift Thickness: Normal limits are no greater than 0.18" (4.8 mm) or smaller than 0.06" (1.52 mm)

  • Lift Height: Check with Engineering if greater than 6" (152 mm)

  • Minimum Lift Spacing: 2" (50.8 mm)

  • Belt must be supported so that the lift can pass through the return path


Beveled Edges

Beveling the edge of the flat wire pickets facilitates product transfer by eliminating or reducing tippage of sharp edge cans or bottles. This option offers advantages on all transfer operations where the terminal roll or sprocket diameter is smaller than 10" (254 mm).