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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. $$$

Lake in the Hills, IL  |  800-334-9372

In business since 1988, our DuraFab, DuraFlow, DuraLam, DuraSil, and DuraChef conveyor belts might be familiar names to you. As a conveyor belt manufacturer, we know our PTFE and silicone-coated belting products have assisted many with commercial, food, industrial and military applications.

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AFC Materials Group $$$

Coraopolis, PA  |  412-249-0700

Fenner Dunlop Americas has built a reputation in belt manufacturing, and our goal is to find the perfect solution for you. Our staff is dedicated to your needs and we are capable of assisting you in finding the belt your application requires. To learn more about the details of our industrial belts then simply visit our website or give one of our representatives a call.

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Fenner Dunlop Americas $$$

Akron, OH  |  800-841-4976

We are masters of all conveyor belt systems, ranging from plastic conveyor belts to the more traditional rubber belts. We can manufacture belts for any industry, and we serve over 16 countries around the world. As a company who started small, we believe it is our dedication to customers that made us who we are today. Find out more when you give us a call today!

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Akron Belting & Supply Company $$$
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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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