REDwire Four ways to make your linear belt drive more efficient

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Linear belt drives keep machinery, equipment and tools on the straight and arrow path providing linear motion in a straight line.

Linear belt drives keep machinery, equipment and tools on the straight and arrow path providing motion in a straight line.

The sliding doors or vertical blind treatments in your home or office that you open and close are constructed with linear belt mechanisms. Inside manufacturing plants, linear belt drives of the heavy-duty kind are inside devices, including motors, pumps and valves with the assistance of a rotating motor.

Here is a quick four-part breakdown of the vital parts of a linear belt drive so that when working together, they function optimally to ensure overall peak performance.


Pulleys are mechanical devices that, well, pull weight.

Within linear belt drive systems, pulleys act as wheels and work in tandem with belts (along with flanges or self-tracking grooves) to drive or move the belt.

While aluminum or stainless steel material is suggested for the manufacturing of pulleys, the types of pulley styles range depending on the application, including stock pulleys, metric pitch pulleys and standard pulley.

Proper pulley selection depends on how much or how little the pulley interacts with the timing belt in terms of positioning, speed and recurrence of handling objects.


Tensioners are adjustable tightening devices used along a drive belt that exert force to an object so that it remains stable.

Typically, manual tensioners are secured to pulleys with the use of bolts. Automatic tensioners are used in automation-based devices that require custom spring installation to function.

To determine the proper tensioner for a particular linear belt drive, precision drive component specialists advise to first calculate the drive belt width by measuring at the center distance of the driving pulley.

Choose a rotating tensioner that is integrated with ball bearings and fastening holes to provide greater reliability and accuracy of belt tensioning.

Tensioning clamps

Clamps hold down the fort by squeezing, securing and stabilizing objects to the clamp teeth as they move down an assembly line via the belt drive.

Generally made from aluminum, clamps offer fixed fastening of items with or without mounting holds.

Consider open-ended clamps with a minimum for four teeth inside the mesh to allow for optimal adjustable fastening of the belt ends to the equipment.

Timing belts

Proper functioning of a linear belt drive is all about timing, which is why a timing belt is a critical component that keeps everything moving like clockwork.

Created with fortified rubber materials, timing belts act as the conductor coordinating the entire belt drive ensemble. The timing belt has teeth on the inner surface of the belt that synchronically bites down into the corresponding gears at prescribed time cycles.

Experts recommend timing belts made from polyurethane with steel tension mechanisms. For high-speed applications (for instance, up to 80 metres per second or 260 feet per second, these particular timing belts are ideal because of its increased tooth strength and spring rate.

Here at Brecoflex, we’re recognized as a forerunner in offering an extensive range of timing belts with more than 100 tooth configurations designed by our application engineers. That’s a big of bite into the industrial timing belt industry.


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