If you have industrial manufacturing equipment, there is a good chance you have machinery that requires a timing belt. These belts regulate the movement of shafts or camshafts, needing precision in the “timing” to function correctly. Machinery used for cutting, stamping and other manufacturing processes often require a timing belt, just like most vehicles. There are metric and standard timing belts used for machinery – knowing the difference is important when it comes to replacement.
Standard Timing Belts
For equipment made for use in the U.S., most use a standard timing belt. These belts are designed to work on the standard U.S. measurement system. Timing belts come with specifications that are all based on weights and measurements. If the timing belt needed must be a certain length, tensile strength, pitch size and tension strength, these measurements will be in U.S. standard.
Metric Timing Belts
Equipment and machinery made in other countries may use metric timing belts. These belts perform the same as standard timing belts but all attributes are based on the metric measurement system. It is important to know which type of belt you will need and the exact specifications needed before you contact a supplier.
Customized Timing Belts
In some cases, the equipment you use may no longer have parts available. It is not uncommon for timing belts on older equipment to be no longer in stock. In some cases, you may need to have a timing belt customized to fit your equipment.
If you need a new timing belt for your production line equipment, contact an industrial supplier that offers standard, metric and customized timing belts to ensure you get the right belt for your needs.
Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Timing belts, which are used to move the camshaft or shafts within an engine in a precise manner, are used in a wide variety of domestically and foreign manufactured equipment. As with other mechanical items, the periodic maintenance of the timing belt is required to keep the machinery running properly without disrupting the company’s daily operations. In the case of timing belts, the maintenance required is to generally replace the belt before it can fail, which can cause damage to the machinery.
Timing belts include standard timing belts, metric timing belts or V-Belts. Standard timing belts are manufactured for equipment manufactured in the United States and to United States based or imperial measurements, while metric timing belts is manufactured for equipment manufactured outside of the United States and to metric measurements.
Many manufacturing facilities have a combination of American made and foreign made machinery, so it is quite common for facilities to have a need for both standard and metric belts. The last type of timing belt is the V-Belt, which is used to drive the wide variety of exhaust fans being used in every manufacturing facility in the United States to remove the air from the manufacturing area. As the air is removed fresh air is brought into the air and the air is constantly being replaced.
An experienced manufacturer and supplier of thousands of different types of standard, metric and V-Belts, will be able to assist in finding the correct product. They will be able to supply the correct product quickly and economically, as well as provide assistance on any timing belt issue!
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