Kate Felton

Back to basics: How to select and install jaw couplings

Jaw couplings are a popular choice for connecting large industrial machines such as pumps, blowers, compressors and mixers in mechanical power transmission assemblies. The secret to widespread popularity of jaw couplings, according to CBC Australia’s National Product Manager for Power Transmission, Troy Markland, lies in their versatility and robustness. “Jaw couplings are designed to provide a great level of flexibility. The spider element between the toothed elements offers a capacity to flex, which gives the jaw coupling its ability to counter misalignment and absorb accidental shock loads,”
Troy explains.

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Taking guess work out of belt drive maintenance

The optimum performance of any power transmission system relies on getting the belt drive installation right, followed by maintenance best practices. As industry expert Steve Hittmann points out, optimum belt drive performance cannot be achieved with guess work. “You need the right tools for the job,” says Steve, CBC’s National Product Manager for Mechanical Drive Systems and Belt Drives. Gates is globally recognised as a leader in providing safe and accurate maintenance tools for belts and pulleys. The Gates Power Transmission Maintenance Kits, available in different configurations, combine the tools every technician needs for safe and accurate installation of belts drives. Tools such as the Gates 508C Sonic Tension Meter and the Gates EZ Align® help technicians with accurate belt drive installation, while a tool such as the Gates Belt Installation and Rotation Device (BIRD™) improves safety in belt installation. Read More