What You Need to Know About Finished Bore Sprockets

The main thing to know about finished bore sprockets is that they come with the keyway already machined into the bore, and with the set screw to secure the sprocket to the shaft. But is there anything you need to know about the keyway? Shafts and sprockets work together via a keyed joint. The key […]

Roller Chain vs. V-Belt Drive Systems

For some projects, the choice between a chain drive and a belt drive will be pretty clear-cut. On others, you’ll work through the pros and cons of both and no obvious winner emerges. Let’s go through some of the factors in the chain drive vs. belt drive discussion. System speed and ratio Belt drives are […]

Power Transmission Facts & Figures for 2021

What would your company or department do with an extra $22,000? What would you do with $22,000 per minute for an hour ($1.3 million)? A day ($10+ MM)? A year (do the math)? Companies are always looking for ways to keep costs down, devising clever techniques and sometimes paying consultants to show them a way […]

Taper-Lock Bushing: Sizes & Types

Let’s head over to our Bushings page and pick up a taper-lock bushing. We’ll grab the #1108×11/16”. What did we just pick up? The name of a taper-lock bushing tells you most of what you need to know. The four-digit number at the start is the “bushing type” and gives you two pieces of information. […]

Food Conveyor Belt Parts Guide

From the farm to the grocery store checkout, the food supply chain moves along one conveyor belt after another. Conveyor belts in the food industry have many different applications, each with their own technical requirements and involving regulatory compliance and engineering best practices. Quite a lot for something as “simple” as sending your carton of […]

What You Need to Know about Taper-Lock Bushings

A taper-lock bushing gets its name from the 8 degree taper from one side to the next before it locks into place. This reduces the necessary length-thru-bore for any application. An internal screw holds the taper-lock bushing in place, providing a slimmer fit than a flanged bushing. First, what not to do when installing a […]

Flange Bearing vs. Pillow Block

Pillow block bearings and flange block bearings are essential components in a wide range of industrial applications. Here are a few things to keep in mind when buying pillow block and flange bearings to ensure these vital parts stay silent and stay working. What is The Difference Between Pillow Block & Flange Block Bearings? Pillow […]

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 […]