World’s Longest Conveyor Belts

As a conveyor roller belts supplier, Yorkshire’s YB Components know a lot about conveyor systems and all the necessary parts and maintenance required to keep them running smoothly. So, it is astounding to learn exactly how long some of the world’s longest conveyor systems are. Here’s a quick look at the record-breaking conveyor systems around the world. World’s Longest Single Conveyor System According to the renowned world record compiler Guinness Book of Records, the longest single conveyor system in the world is located in Western Australia, running between the Mount Saddleback mine and the Worsley refinery near Collie. It is over 19 miles long as the crow flies, though actually travels over 31 miles during its winding journey. The belt […]

Carlisle High Performance Belts  

There are quite a few variable speed belt designs in the Carlisle v-belts catalogue, so here we will quickly run through the most popular Carlisle variable speed belts and their unique characteristics. Carlisle Synchronous Belts The energy efficient Carlisle Air-Cooled Heat Exchanger (ACHE) belt has a unique Z-shape design which serves as the air-cooling heat exchanger.  The ACHE belt drives also have a vertical shaft to give them an upward lateral movement which greatly reduces wear and tear. The Cotton Drive Carlisle variable speed belts are made to replace OEM belts on cotton gin drives. They are one-inch pitch timing belts that have been specially designed for use in harsh conditions. The tensile members of these belts have been constructed […]

The History of Drive Chains

The history of the drive chain technically dates back thousands of years, though it was only in the last couple of centuries that it really became a widespread machinery component with the advent of bicycles and automobiles. Here we take look at the interesting development of drive chain technology through the ages. History of the Drive Chain The first known use of a drive chain dates back around five thousand years to the 3rd century BCE where something similar was used with a mechanical bolt thrower or ballista by the Ancient Greeks. One particular ballista design was called the Polybolos and could fire multiple consecutive bolts in a row with two flat-linked chains connected to a windlass that wound back […]

Flender Couplings Quick Guide  

There are a lot of Flender couplings available through Flender suppliers YB Components to suit just about every engineering application in the world. Here we go through each Flender coupling design to give you a quick overview as to what each one is for. ARPEX COUPLINGS The Flender ARPEX coupling is an all-steel coupling designed for high speed and high torque applications. These Flender couplings are very compact and boast a particularly good power-to-weight ratio. ARPEX couplings are also very versatile and are considered a universal coupling. BIPEX COUPLINGS Flender BIPEX couplings are also compact, but are even more flexible making them ideal for high speed applications such as geared motors and pump drives. There are different types of BIPEX […]

Gearboxes, Geared Motors or Gear Reducers?

There are a lot of similar sounding terms when it comes to gearboxes and geared motors, especially when you add gear reducers into the mix as well. Here we will give a quick breakdown of these similar terms and what they actually mean. Geared-Motor Unit A geared-motor unit can adjust the speed of a motor or maintain a particular speed for operational purposes while generating torque. The geared motor unit has the ability to generate high torque even at low speeds thanks to the gear-head which acts as a torque multiplier so that a relatively small motor can produce high speeds. A geared-motor unit differs from a gear reducer, though they are often presumed to be the same thing. All […]

Gearbox Basics: Gear Types

Every kind of gear type has its own pros and cons that make it suitable for certain applications and not others. To know what gear you need for a particular machine, you should have a grasp of the basic gear types. Here we break down the pros and cons of three basic gear types. Worm Gearboxes The gears of worm gearboxes are primarily used for right-angle applications. They are self-locking which means they don’t need an additional motor brake in a lot of the applications they are used for. This means they are less expensive than a lot of other gears. Another pro of worm gears is that they operate quietly and fairly smoothly, especially when they run in just […]

Hangsin Gearboxes and Motors

The Hangsinco Ltd company’s gear reducer products are now available through Hangsin suppliers YB Components. The company employ an excellent combination of advanced Japanese and German manufacturing technology to produce a range of professional gearboxes and gear motors. Hangsin products can be purchased here. They have been in operation for a decade, slowly expanding while recruiting highly skilled and experienced technical personnel. Hangsin use advanced production testing equipment and special methods that adhere to their own high standards. The business philosophy of the Hangsin gearbox company translates to ‘Market-oriented, quality for survival, service for development, and professional brand building’ which demonstrates the qualities they provide in their products. Here is a quick rundown of the Hangsin gearbox products available through […]

Rotafrix Friction Rings and Wheels for Drum Drives  

The Rotafrix friction rings and friction wheels developed and manufactured by ContiTech Vibration Control have been designed for use in rolling-contact transmissions, and are particularly suitable for the drum drives of conveyor systems. Both can be used separately but there are some significant differences to be aware of. You can buy Rotafrix products here. Rotafrix Friction Rings or Wheels? The difference between the Rotofrix friction wheels and the Rotafrix friction rings is that the rings are fitted to the wheel body instead of being permanently vulcanized to the rim like the wheels are. Previously, conveyor machine operators had to find their own wheel bodies, sometimes even needing to make their own. Engineers at ContiTech Vibration Control developed the Rotafrix wheels […]

Rotafrix Friction Wheels Rings and Guide Pulleys

Contitech’s Rotafrix friction wheels, rings and guide pulleys are now available through Rotafrix suppliers YB Components. These high performing rubber rolling contact drives are available to ship fast and free all over the UK and the rest of the world. You can buy Rotafrix products here. Known to be exceptionally economical and efficient, the Rotafrix friction rings, wheels and guide pulleys are maintenance-free and produce very little noise during operation. Both the Rotafrix friction wheels and rings are particularly favoured by machinery and tool manufacturers and in conveying technology applications such as belt conveyors, powered roller conveyors and inverted monorail conveyors. Drum drives are another noted application where Rotafrix friction rings and wheels are especially popular, and their design makes […]

AMC Mecanocaucho BSB Anti Vibration Mounts

AMC Mecanocaucho suppliers like YB Components supply a lot of the renowned manufacturer’s different anti vibration mounts. Sometimes we like to run a feature on multiple models in a range, but here we will take a closer look at just one of the exceptional AMC mount designs. Read on to find out more about AMC Mecanocaucho’s rubber and metal BSB anti vibration mount. BSB Anti Vibration AMC Mount The BSB model from the range of AMC Mecanocaucho anti vibration mounts is designed with rubber elements which handle both shear and compressive stress. They have an optimal ratio of stiffness and horizontal stability which make them especially useful when stability is a priority for the application. The BSB AMC mount design […]