RMA-I & RMA-II Rubber Conveyor Belts–SUNGDA

With the rapid development and integration of the world economy, conveyor belt products have played a very important role, especially in the field of bulk material transportation, mining and energy. Among all the technical standards of conveyor belts, the most commonly used ones are also the most important specification is the technical standard of the rubber cover.

All conveyor belts follow several internationally accepted rubber cover rating systems, most countries follow the German DIN22102 Grade standard, and of course there are regional grade standards, for example, American countries are accustomed to following the RMA grade standard, other countries also have their own overlay standards, such as China’s GB/T7984, Australia’s AS1332, Japan’s JISK6322, the United Kingdom’s BS-490 and South Africa’s SANS-1173, etc.

 These standards are designed to provide end users with information on different applications refer to what grades are used in these ratings. These ratings specify different laboratory test standards, but do not provide any performance guarantees in specific applications.

In the selection of conveyor belts and international trade business, understand these standards and how to convert each other among these standards is very important, let’s take a look at the RMA standard:

RMA is the abbreviation of “Rubber Manufacturers Association”in United States, it has established two standard grades of rubber conveyor belt cover: RMA-I and RMA-II, the RMA-I (17Mpa) grade meets the higher requirements of rubber stretch and elongation, and usually shows higher cutting and scratch resistance than the RMA-II (14Mpa). It should be noted that grades do not necessarily indicate overall wear resistance. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) also established a grading system under ISO 10247.

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This standard includes:

Category H (Severe Cut and Gouge Service, Category)

Category D (Severe Abrasion Service)

Category L (Moderate Service).

Among them, category H is roughly comparable to RMA Grade I; categories D and L approximate RMA Grade II belting.

 ARPM (Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers), a successor of RMA. Published their conveyor belt handbook in 2011, determining grade 1 with tensile strength of 17 MPa, elongation at break of 400 % and volume loss of 125 mm³, and grade 1 with tensile strength of 14 MPa, elongation at break of 400 % and volume loss of 175 mm³, This means that the standards established by ARPM have higher requirements for abrasion rate.

Performance characteristics and application of RMA-I rubber cover

  • 1. RMA Grade I rubber compound
  • 2. Superior resistance to cutting, gouging and tearing from the impact of large materials
  • 3. High abrasion resistance and excellent low temperature flexibility
  • 4. Recommended for service with all kinds of hard, sharp ores, quartz, trap rock, riprap, granite, glass cullet, scrap metal, ballast, etc.

Performance characteristics and application of RMA-II rubber cover

  • 1. RMA Grade II rubber compound
  • 2. Durable and long-lasting in abrasive applications
  • 3. Resistant to cuts and gouges, flexible at lower temperatures
  • 4. Ideal for conveying sand and gravel, lime stone, crushed rock, slag, coke, coal, cement rock, phosphate rock and most material weighing between 50 and 120 Ibs. per cubic foot

Main Technical Parameter for RMA-I and RMA-II:

There are also some conveyor belts used in special environments, such as the transportation of high-temperature materials, chemically corrosive materials, underground mines or oily materials or chemicals. Such environments have special requirements on the chemical properties of rubber, such as heat resistance, oil resistance and flame retardancy, etc., so it is best to understand the operating conditions first, and then consult a reputable supplier before choosing the conveyor belt category.

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The following table is currently the main internationally popular conveyor belt implementation standards:

Cover GradeCountryApplicable StandardsMin.Tensile
at Break(%)
ISO-LInternationalISO -1024715350200
ISO-HInternationalISO -1024724450120
ISO-DInternationalISO -1024718400100
AS-NAustralianAS -133217400200
AS-MAustralianAS -133224450125
AS-AAustralianAS -13321740070
SANS-NSouth AfricaSANS-117317400150
SANS-MSouth AfricaSANS-117325450120
SANS-ASouth AfricaSANS-11731840070
IS-N-17IndiaIS 189117400200
IS-M-24IndiaIS 189124450150
JIS-GJapanJIS-K 633214400250
JIS-LJapanJIS-K 633215350200
JIS-DJapanJIS-K 633218400100
JIS-HJapanJIS-K 633224450120
GB-HChinaGB/T 798424450120
GB-DChinaGB/T 798418400100
GB-LChinaGB/T 798415350200

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