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Industrially and commercially, they are used in a wide variety settings, including: conveyor belts, commercial printers, automobiles, camshafts, stepper motors, farm equipment, compressors, washing machines, food mixers and more. Read More…

Drive Belts Drive belts are mechanisms used to transmit power or motion. They consist of loops of flexible material looped over pulleys, connecting two or more rotating shafts. To make sure they do the job properly by carrying a lot of tension, they are looped tightly.
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Hilliard, OH  |  800-770-2358

Our conveyor belts are ISO 9002 and FDA certified. We can use our belts in nearly every industry, from transmission timing belts to conveyor belts for foods.

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Dura-Belt, Inc. $$$

St. Louis, MO  |  314-890-0070

MIR is the premier specialty fabricator of light weight belting and conveyor accessories in North America. Offering dozens of materials and specialty conveyor products, MIR provides unsurpassed versatility and comprehensive customer service. Technical expertise combined with top quality products make MIR your choice for all conveyor belting, timing belting, transmission belting needs and more.

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MIR $$$

Valley City, OH  |  800-700-2358

Con-Belt produces rugged & dependable conveyor belting, including steel & piano hinged conveyor belts, combination rubber/PVC & chain conveyor belts and beaded pan & special conveyor belts.

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Con-Belt, Inc. $$$

Pine Brook, NJ  |  877-865-8287

Volta Belting is a world leading manufacturer and supplier of Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE) conveyor belt materials and related services. We have been developing and designing belts for over forty years. Our belts have the unique characteristic of being homogenous and are all extruded in one piece without factory splicing. Call or visit us online today for more detailed information.

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Volta Belting Technology Ltd $$$

Mississauga, ON  |  800-354-7213

For almost four decades we have been providing conveyor belt materials to customers all over the world. We are dedicated to providing high quality customer service. Our products serve many industries and are customer designed for a full range of processes. Visit our website or call one of our customer service representatives today for more information about our products!

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The Furnace Belt Company Limited $$$
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There are two main kinds of belt drives: open belt drives and crossed belt drives. Open belt drives rotate the driven pulley in the same direction and the driving pulley. Crossed belt drives rotate the driven pulley in the opposite direction of the driving pulley. In doing so, they create more friction, which allows them to transmit a higher amount of power. However, at the same time, this friction puts them at risk of wearing down more quickly.

Most belts are made from a polymer or rubber material. Examples include polyurethane and fiber embedded rubber. This fiber may be any number of materials, such as: polyester, nylon, steel or Kevlar. Fibers add qualities like strength to the belt.

Some of the different types of belts used in belt drives include: flat belts, round belts, V-belts, ribbed belts, multi-groove belts, timing belts, film belts and speciality belts. Of these, the most common are v belts and the least common are flat belts. V belts, also known as vee belts, v-belts, friction belts or even wedge ropes, are the standard for power transmission. No other belt provides as good a combination of speed, traction, bearing loads and durability.

No matter their type, belt drives offer a wide range of advantages. First, they cost less than chain drives. Likewise, they save you money because they require no lubrication. Third, they offer wide speed ranges. In addition, they are more forgiving and self-protective; they can still function with a limited amount of misalignment, whereas chain belts cannot function at all with misalignment. Another advantage is the fact that they act as a cushion against impact from load fluctuations and shock loads.

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