What’s the Difference Between a Taper-Lock and QD Bushing?

With so many different types of bushings, what are the main differences between a taper-lock and QD bushing? Let’s start with what a steal bushing actually is. Steal bushings are akin to thin tubes most commonly used for machinery with rotating or sliding shafts to improve efficiency and reduce vibration and noise. As we like […]

What’s the Difference Between Plummer Block Bearings and Pillow Block Bearings?

Plummer block bearings and pillow block bearings are very similar, but if you aren’t familiar with power transmission products, they can be confusing. There are so many different options to choose from, but when you are in a tight pinch, sometimes all you are looking for is a solution. The most confusing part is that […]

What is a Pillow Block Bearing?

A pillow block bearing is the housing for an antifriction bearing that provides support for a rotating shaft; not to be confused with a plummer block bearing which is similar but has a different application. Click Here to find out the difference between the two. Pillow block bearings are typically very simple and are made […]

Types of Conveyor Belts

  Conveyor belts can move just about anything, as long as they are the right conveyor belt for the product. A single manufacturing facility could have one of every major type of conveyor belt, reflecting all the changes that take place from raw materials to finished product. Let’s break down some of the different conveyor […]

What is an A Section Belt?

With so many different types of belts, what is an A section belt. To clarify, an A section belt is a size of V-belt. What is a V-belt then? V-belts take their name from the somewhat V-shaped cross section of the belt. Whereas a flat belt has a rectangular cross section, V-belts are wider at […]

V-Belt Metric Size Chart

  We at MDS carry a wide range of V-Belts, including 3VX, 5VX, A section, and B section. However, all of the measurements listed on the product pages are in inches rather than metric units. To help, we’ve put together the following V-belt size chart in MM for the belts we carry, so you can be […]

Types of Bearing Blocks (Mounted Bearings)

Bearing blocks are the ultimate supporting player in mechanical applications. Without bearing blocks, there is no mechanical transmission system. Everything falls apart without them. More accurately, nothing gets put together without them. Here at MDS, we appreciate bearing blocks’ quiet, sturdy, ever-reliable ways. And, of course, we want to make sure you have the right […]

How Do You Install a Flange Bearing?

The first step in installing a flange bearing is the same as the first step for installing just about anything else: read the documentation. But while you’re waiting for the bearing and the docs to arrive, let’s walk through the process so you can plan for what’s ahead. Start with a visual inspection of the […]

What is a Type E Pillow Block Bearing?

Type E pillow block bearings are the go-to option for a shaft that needs extra support, maybe because it generates excess torque or is involved in an enhanced mechanical process. Extra… excess… enhanced… Easy enough. Type E bearings have a sturdier housing than regular bearings, and can have either two or four mounting screws. These […]

What is Double Roller Chain Used For?

Think of all the reasons you love – or maybe just respect in a professional sense – roller chain. Now double that. That’s some of what you can do with double strand roller chain. Double roller chain is just what it sounds like: two strands of roller chain connected side by side into a single […]