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Belt and Chain Drives

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The efficient transmission of mechanical energy has been paramount since the industrial revolution. Belt and chain drives have filled this need since the beginning, and are still in use today. Proper application of these drive elements provides only the foundation for reliable operation. This program teaches industrial manufacturing workers about mechanical power transmission, explaining engineering concepts, as well as best maintenance practices to achieve maximum operating time for various drive systems. Selected as the 2008 Product of the Year Winner by Plant Engineering Magazine.

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  • Mechanical Power Transmission


  • V-belt History
  • Chain Drive History
  • How They Work


  • V-belt Nomenclature
  • Chain Types and Identification
  • Types of Sprockets


  • Selecting Belt/Chain Types
  • Solving Belt Slip
  • Sprocket Selection
  • Optimal Drive Ratio
  • Belt / Chain Calculators
  • Understanding Drive Limitations


  • Belt Sizing
  • Belt Tensioning
  • Chain Drive Installation Tips
  • Sizing Roller Chain Drives
  • Center to Center Distance Optimization


  • Adjusting Tension
  • Sheave Mounting
  • Belt Replacement
  • Chain Lubrication
  • Safety Considerations
  • Environment, Storage, and Handling