How Do I Choose the Right V-Belt?

V-belts, in combination with grooved sheaves, provide excellent power transmission without the slippage that was common with their predecessor, the flat belt drive. Design and materials have come a long way since those days, but in order to get the most life and efficiency out of v-belts, it is vital to choose the correct size […]

How Do I Measure Roller Chain?

With the multitude of applications for industrial roller chain, its no surprise that it is available in many types, shapes, and sizes. Here at MDS, we offer double pitch, double strand, single strand, stainless steel, and heavy roller chain. First, lets clarify what you’re looking for. If you know the chain size but are unsure […]

The Ultimate Guide to Roller Chain Sprockets

From conveyors to agricultural machinery and printing presses, roller chain sprockets are one of the driving forces, so to speak, of the industrial world. Selecting the appropriate sprocket type, size, and dimensions for your application is not only vital to maximum uptime, but also to maintaining and improving efficiency. Roller Chain Sprocket Dimensions While dimensions […]

Buyer’s Guide to Steel Bushings

Steel bushings are the unsung heroes of the manufacturing floor. In short, they take a beating so that the drive shaft and housing on your machines don’t have to. Think of the cartilage around the bones in your knee. Much like a bushing, knee cartilage absorbs vibration, reduces friction, and maintains smooth rotation. Some types […]

Sizes & Types of Flange Bearings

A flange bearing is a type of mounted bearing in which the mounted shaft runs perpendicular to the mounting surface and the center line of the mounting holes. This is in contrast to a pillow block bearing, in which the mounted shaft runs parallel to the mounting surface. Flange bearings consist of a flanged housing […]

Sizes & Types of Pillow Block Bearings

If you’re in need of pillow block bearings, chances are you already know a thing or two about them. For those unfamiliar, we’ll use this post go through the basics: sizes, types, and selection. When the mounted shaft is running parallel to the mounting surface, then a pillow block bearing is often used. The pillow […]

20% of Industrial Energy Use is Spent Fighting This One Thing

There is an unseen, energy-consuming monster in your facility. You deal with it everywhere you go, and it is constantly working against you. It was studied by Aristotle and da Vinci and can eat away at some of the earth’s strongest materials. Have you guessed it yet? The pesky but unavoidable culprit is friction. A […]

The Three Main Types of Drives for Power Transmission

A typical industrial environment such as a manufacturing facility has multiple types of power transmission technology being put to use. The most common drives are chain drives, belt drives, and gear drives. Chain Drives When slip is your enemy, your ally is a chain drive. With chain links running over toothed sprockets, chain drives are […]

A Quick Guide to Mounted Bearings

When selecting a mounted bearing, there are a handful of characteristics that must be taken into consideration in order to maximize its functionality. Two of these characteristics are the housing material and seal-type of the bearing. Depending on the operating conditions, protection requirements, and specific environmental demands, the recommendation for seal-type and housing material varies. […]

Stainless Steel Solutions for Rising Contamination

Foodborne illness is a significant problem in the US and in some respects is getting worse. In fact, a study by Fortune Magazine found that, on average, 48 million Americans fall victim to a food-related illness every year. In 2015, the estimated annual costs associated with these illnesses was $55.5 billion. This unsettling information is not only […]