Why choose FBkc over TMC overhead flight belts? 

Written by David Chippendale on 15 July 2020

TMC may be the big-name brand in equipment for the paper making and tissue converting industry, but we’re giving them some healthy competition in the aftermarket – with replacement overhead flight belts  that perform as good if not better at a fraction of the OEM price.

Every manufacturer of facial tissues and toilet roll around the world will be familiar with TMC. For more than a decade, as BKC and now  FBkc, we  have  helped  so many  TMC customers – from small independent converters of paper to major international producers – to optimise their equipment. This experience has enabled us to develop a  specialism  in the paper making and tissue converting  industry.  

Of course, we are not experts in every aspect of paper making and tissue converting, but we do know a lot about conveying – and are constantly searching for ways to find efficiencies for our clients. For example, we can save money through a few design tweaks that lengthen component service life and, therefore, replacement schedules. Or we can re-engineer systems so that the motor does not have to work so hard to drive the conveyor, reducing electricity consumption.

 We have a particular skill in re-engineering seemingly expensive OEM serviceable parts and offering the exact same quality or, as in most cases, improving on the original specification. The overhead flight belts on the TMC zero wrapping/bundler machine are a case in point.

A nifty trick

On this piece of equipment, the belts are used as a set of six  with integral pusher lugs connecting to plastic finger pushers. The belts’ integrity with the pushers must be a homogeneous union, so we grind away the backing of the belt and fuse the pusher to the strongest part of the belt exposed by the grinding process. 


It is paramount for the set of six belts to be exactly the same length, so to ensure this happens we make one belt on one mandrel, which is wide enough to be spliced into six of equal length. The following production processes include machining the internal radius, grinding, and welding the colour coded pusher pads. TMC uses black and white so to differentiate our FBkc product we use blue and white, but we can still supply you with black and white pads if you really want them.

 The result is longer life at a much-reduced cost.

It really is that simple but is a proven design we’ve been manufacturing and supplying to our customers in the paper making and tissue converting industries for around 13 years.

 So why pay a premium for a basic OEM part when there’s a high-quality alternative available that increases service life and saves time and money? The switch to FBkc just makes good business sense.

Please get in touch to discuss how our FBkc overhead flight belts can reduce your operating costs.


Topics: Engineering, conveyor, paper industry, Tissue industry

David Chippendale

Written by David Chippendale

Blackburn-based David Chippendale is head of FB Chain’s dedicated conveyor and special roller chain division, FBkc. A qualified engineer, he brings more than 30 years of experience in the research and development of power and transmission solutions. Before joining the FB Group, David ran his own company, BKC Products, which specialised in the design, manufacture, installation and reengineering of conveyors on all scales. He is passionate about understanding clients’ objectives and issues and creating truly bespoke solutions that achieve big cost savings often in a tight time window.