Z Pan Roller Chain Replacement Conveyor Belts

Heavy Duty Tested & Proven 6 Inch, 9 Inch and 12 Inch Pitch Belting Used In The Following Industries: Scrap Metal, Automotive, Mining, Foundry, Bio-Fuel, MSW, Single Stream, C & D & More!

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Lead Time
6 - 8 Weeks (Standard Lead Times)

Z Pan Roller Chain Conveyor Belt Overview

Fluent Conveyors Z Pan conveyor belts are rugged, durable, well-built and very effective. Fluent Z-Pan conveyor belts are our heavy lifters. Created for smooth performance while carrying the brunt of a load. Making sure your operations stay flawless through years of the most intense conditions. Designed to be heavy-duty, high impact, high temperature resistant belting that is ideal to be used in recycling, slag handling, ferrous and non-ferrous, mixed solid waste, mining, foundry, sheared scrap, refuge, glass and many other robust and extreme applications.

Z Pan belts come in 6-inch, 9-inch and 12-inch pitch options up to 108 wide. 1/₄” - ½” Thick Precision formed Z style pans, precision die punched wings, single flanged and sintered steel rollers, solid locking pins and add-on options such as cleats, upgraded chain, larger rollers and more. Robust pieces designed with precision to last.

Fluent Z Pan conveyor belts are almost maintenance free and extremely durable. The stability of the pans is never affected by the load. 

Pitch Options:

  • 6 Inch Pitch
  • 9 Inch Pitch
  • 12 Inch Pitch

Depending on the application specifications, Fluent Conveyors offers a couple different types.

**We specialize in custom belting for z pans that require specifications that fall outside the normal scope

Engineering & Manufacturing Specifications

The Fluent Conveyors Z Pan conveyor belts are engineered with industry leading 3D CAD software. These engineering tools are paired with a very experienced engineering team that has provided some of the industry’s most robust belting solutions. The Fluent Z Apron pan belts are engineered closely with the production team to ensure the processes from engineering to manufacturing meets tight tolerances, QA validation and project deadlines.

Manufacturing Specs

The Fluent Z Apron pan belts have been tested, validated and approved to meet the quality tolerances required to meet extreme specifications. Our manufacturing belt partnership has over 150 years of combined experience and have invested heavily into their core manufacturing processes over the last several years. The z pan belt offers a wide variety of solutions with chain pull options:

  • 6,600 lbs
  • 9,000 lbs
  • 13,000 lbs
  • 25,000 lbs
Preventative Maintenance

The Fluent Conveyors z pan conveyor belts only require standard maintenance to guarantee a trouble free operation. These belts come pre-tensioned and run for over two days prior to shipment to ensure they fit correctly and run smoothly.

Core adjustments and maintenance:

  • Visual inspection (belt, damage, pan issues). This inspection is important to ensure that all of the components on your conveyor will continue to function as designed.  Further protecting the other components and increasing the overall life of your machine.
  • General removal of debris (chainways are clear and rollers/chain bars are free of debris).  Keeping your conveyor clean is imperative to remove the risk of jams or potential failure.
  • Auto Chain Oilers are full and functioning.  Keeping your chain properly oiled is imperative to the function and longevity of your conveyor.  A properly oiled chain significantly reduces running friction (saving you energy) and can last more than twice as long as an under oiled chain.
  • Maintaining proper chain tension.  This should be done through periodic visual checks to ensure the chain is not loos enough to slip over teeth on the drive sprockets, but also not so tight as to add friction and resistance to the system.

**If you have additional questions or need help with anything on your conveyor, please visit our help section below or give our engineering team a call.

Our Z Pan Roller Chain Belt Process of Perfection


At Fluent Conveyors, we want to 100% make sure everything we do when helping guide you on a new z pan belt is seamless. We will work closely with your team remotely or onsite to get all the critical data requirements to make the replacement belt process smooth.

Once we have all the required data, our engineering team will do a detailed approval drawing validating all the information and giving one last checkoff before starting.


Our open creative process ensures you’re always in the driver’s seat. We blend technical expertise with visionary thinking to ensure your expectations are not only met, but surpassed. Fluent Conveyors uses leading edge 3D CAD and automation tools to ensure a process that puts the customer first, provides a speedy turnaround time, error free engagement and a better overall customer experience. End result: engineered product for your specific application type and unique needs delivered in hours – not days or weeks.


Our processes ensure 100’s of customers across the world precise, efficient, and smooth operations. Each a pan belt is tested, validated and approved to verify structural and mechanical operability. 

Z Pan Replacement Roller Chain Conveyor Belt Key Features
Double Row Side Bars

2” x ¼” thick C1045 precision die-punched sidebar. Additions include 3/8” thick and ½” thick

Heavy Duty Formed Z Pans

Fluent Conveyors offers ¼”, 3/8” up to ½” custom formed z pans. Max widths up to 120” wide.

Cotter Pins

Easy maintenance of chain and to secure the rods to the rollers.

Hardened Sintered Steel Rollers

Flanged and hardened steel rollers in 3”, 3 ½”, 4” and 5” diameter options.

Extended Inner Side Bar Staggered

4”, 5” and 7” high precision die punched wings, 3/8” thick staggered wing style, wings are part of chain, 3/8” tab punched and welded to chain for attaching pans.

Formed Plate Angle

Pan mounting 3/8” thick angles to provide simple replacements of sections of belt.

Headed Stub Pins

4142 precision headed machined and heat-treated alloy pins. See options pages for all options. ¾” diameter up to 1” diameter pins to connect chain

Solid Machined Bushings

.76 - 1.0 ID x 1.12-1.38 OD Long 1018 Solid, Machined Bushing. Carburized, hardened RC55-60, press fit into inner side bars.

Heavy Duty Formed Impact Angle Pads

Custom number of rows, ¼”, 3/8”, ½” thick formed impact shoes every other pitch

Detailed & Customized Mechanical Engineering


Fluent Conveyors A-Pan Roller Chain conveyor belts are designed with cutting edge software to be ahead of the curve. Giving you an edge above the rest. Fluent Conveyors uses premium 3D CAD software and manufactures our belts to industry leading tolerances and standards to guarantee premium quality roller chain conveyor belts. After completion of a design, the engineering team releases to quality assurance, allowing secondary engineers to validate critical dimensions, calculations and manufacturability. After initial and secondary engineering approvals, belts are released to the manufacturing facility by the lead manufacturing engineer. Our experts only approve the highest caliber work to ensure you’re working with nothing but the best.


Fluent Conveyors Roller Chain Conveyor Belts are built in innovative facilities to equip you with the best product possible. With all the industry leading equipment and processes, Fluent Conveyors production team has over 100 years of combined experience paired with a facility of more than 85,000 square feet. The core facility has a paint booth, 40,000 square feet of dedicated assembly, 6 – welding stations, CNC fabrication equipment, 10 – overhead cranes and more. Parts are cut/machined on CNC Routed machines and bent on CNC Brakes for the best in industry tolerances. Every weld is tacked and re-measured for accuracy then completed by the staff of certified welders. Ensuring you’re working with smart, flawless machinery.


All conveyor belts are delivered to you ready for hard work. Assembled and released to a detailed quality assurance checklist to make sure your machinery can hit the ground running. This includes key validations such as; weld examination, sub-assembly QC, visual inspection and dimension verification.  Making sure your new conveyor belt is set up for long term success.


We ship the smartest way possible, to make your job easy. Fluent Conveyors Product shipments are carefully planned in CAD software to be loaded in an organized, space saving, and safe manner ensuring that all products arrive on-site the same as when they left our facility. Loose items are boxed and marked, assembled parts and components tightened to endure the rigors of freight and shipping. We’re here to make sure every step of the process is seamless.

Z Pan Roller Chain Belt Specifications & Options
Width Options
  • 48”
  • 60”
  • 72”
  • 96”
  • 84”
  • 108”
  • Custom widths from 36” up to 120” width with all increments within that range.
Cleat Options
  • 2”
  • 3”
  • 4”
  • ¼” – 3/8” Flat bar cleats.
Pitch Options
  • 6 inch
  • 9 Inch
  • 12 Inch
Z-Pan Thickness
  • ¼”
  • 3/8”
  • ½” 
Side Wing Height
  • 3”
  • 4”
  • 5”
  • 7” 
Chain Pull
  • 6,000#
  • 9,000#
  • 13,000#
  • 14,000#
  • 25,000#
Side Bar Thickness
  • 1/4”
  • 3/8”
  • 1/2” 
Hardened Bushing Sizes
  • .76 up to 1.0 inside diameter x 1.12-1.38 outside diameter 
Pin Diameter Options
  • 3/4”
  • 1” 
Roller Diameter Options
  • 2 1/16”
  • 3"
  • 3 ½”
  • 4”
  • 5"
Custom Modifications
  • Flat Bar cleats
  • Impact pads
Additional Replacement Conveyor Belts & Parts

As well as producing bespoke conveyor systems, we also supply custom replacement belts and parts to ensure no client sees their assembly line stay offline for an extended period of time. From replacement motors to sprockets, everything is covered if a client comes across a failing element of their conveyor system.

Sadly, it’s inevitable your clients will face some type of issue with their conveyor system at some point. Even with Fluent Conveyors’ best equipment in place, conveyors are going to suffer from wear and tear due to their demanding nature. However, being able to offer a solution at any time will be appreciated by your clients.

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Are You Looking For A Easy & Seamless Way To Order Z Pan Roller Chain Belting?

Our Process Is Typically Very Lean & Detailed! We Prefer Not To Waste Our Customers Time!
Please Contact Us If You Want Help On Your Conveyor Belt & You Are Comfortable With:
  1. Price Can Range For Each Belt From $25,000 - $300,000+ 
  2. Lead Time of 6 Weeks – 10 Weeks + (Depending on belt specs, pan thickness, chain etc)
  3. You have visited our resource center and have all the required dimensions 
  4. Have the ability to review & sign approval drawings
  5. 50% down, 40% 2 weeks prior to shipment, 10% net 30 post install
Frequently Asked Questions
  • My chain is damaged.  Can I get replacement parts?

    Fluent Conveyors offers full replacement belts as well as replacement parts for all roller chain manufacturers.  The Fluent conveyors staff has access to a wealth of knowledge on nearly all roller chain conveyor systems and we would be more than happy to help you. 

  • What is a z pan roller conveyor belt?

    A Z-pan roller chain conveyor belt is an all steel conveyor belt that is designed for high impact and demanding environments.  Z-Pan belts are made from our heavy duty chain (one on each side) in 6”, 9”, or 12” pitches and heavy duty pans 3/16”, ¼” and 3/8” thick that are formed in two places laterally to create for extreme rigidity and impact resistance. 

  • Are chains lubricated in a Z-pan conveyor?

    Yes, chains are lubricated in a Z-pan conveyor.  Chain lubrication is extremely important for the longevity and wear characteristics of your chain.  Fluent conveyors installs automatic chain oilers on all of our chain conveyors.  If your conveyor does not have automatic chain oilers Fluent Conveyors highly recommends that you install them. 

  • How do conveyor rollers work?

    Conveyor rollers work as an integral part of both the chain and the tracking.  The rollers rotate on hardened bushings that are pressed between the bars on both sides of the chain.  This bushing/roller interface allows for a low rolling resistance to decrease the power required to run your conveyor.  These rollers also distribute the load from the belt to the carrying track (Fluent conveyors uses 25# rail).  On top of these functions many manufacturers (Fluent Conveyors Included) use flanged rollers.  These flanges extend on the sides of the carrying rails and help to ensure the belt is always aligned and tracking properly.

  • How to calculate the speed of a chain conveyor belt?

    Calculating your belt speed can be difficult.  There are many factors that can affect the speed of your belt.  If you need exact speeds please contact Fluent Conveyors and we can help.  If you are only looking for a rough number, then the measurement can be easier.  Mark a starting point on your frame.  Then using a stopwatch and an obvious mark (can be a cleat or lacing) on your belt make another mark on your frame indicating how far your belt traveled in 6 seconds.  Measure this distance in feet and multiply this number by 10.  That will give you your feet/min speed.  Example, if the belt traveled 4’ in the 6 seconds then your belt speed is 40 fpm.