MechMinutes Video: Timing Belt Alignment Concerns

In the previous episode of MechMinutes, Timing Belts and Pulleys, we looked at belt wear signs and some common causes of excessive wear and failure. In this episode, we’ll take a closer look at one of those causes, commonly encountered during setup: belt and pulley alignment.

Proper alignment is an essential component of maximizing your timing belt’s full potential; misalignment, at best, can lead to premature wear or frayed edges, climbing the pulley flange, and in worse cases, reduced load transmission, system efficiency losses, running off the pulley completely, and early belt failure through “unzipping”. Misalignment is the biggest reason that belts fail, with improper tensioning following close behind. There are two main types of belt and pulley misalignment: Angular and Parallel. Determining whether misalignment is present in your system is a relatively easy and straightforward process, and only a straight line, commonly a straightedge or laser, is required.

Watch our video below for more information the proper alignment and alignment technique for belts and pulleys in order to prevent premature wear and failure:

Share this Story
Load More Related Articles
Load More By Carlicia Layosa
Load More In Videos

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Check Also

How the Right Rollers Ensure a Better End Product

Welcome Meridian Laboratory to the MISUMI Mech Lab! ...

Get articles like this sent to your inbox every week:

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter @usa_misumi

Subscribe to our Channel

Follow @misumiusa on Instagram

  • We crushed it at ATX West! Thanks to everyone who stopped by the MISUMI booth and crushed a can in the Bev-Bot 🔥. Let’s continue the conversation, find out how you can configure to save time. Link in bio. #atxwest #80sextillion #configuredtosavetime
  • MISUMI is excited to be at #slas2020 in San Diego. Are you attending? Stop by for a quick Rapid Design demo, and learn how you can save 30% design time! @slas_org #80sextillion
  • Head instructor John explains the different methods of proper installation for accuracy in linear guides during Master Class in Chicago. #80Sextillion #configuredtohavefun
  • Excited to be at #Engineer3D! in MKE. We started the day by kicking off the keynote presentation (swipe for the boomerang). We’re enjoying talking to and getting to know all the Engineers! Are you in attendance? Stop by the MISUMI booth to learn more about Rapid Design and get some swag #EnginerdOnBoard #gsc3d #80Sextillion #solidworks
  • We got spirit! Excited for football this Sunday 🏈 #configuredtohavefun #80Sextillion
  • Excited for the new graphics #Timelapse #ConfiguredToSaveTime #80Sextillion
  • We are celebrating 10,000 YouTube subscribers! Want to join in? Subscribe and enjoy a great library of videos including Mech Minutes, the Engineer to Engineer technical series and more. Link in bio #80sextillion
  • The 2nd Annual MISUMI vs. MISUMI softball game was a success! Congrats to the Gold team for defending their title 🏆 #ConfiguredToHaveFun #80sextillion