The Timing Belt is the belt that controls the camshafts in your engine, opening and closing valves at just the right time for smooth operation. The timing belt has teeth that turn the camshaft in time with the crankshaft. Some cars and trucks use timing chains or gears, which are more durable.
BENEFITS OF TIMING BELTS
- Clean operation. By preventing contamination, a clean operation is beneficial for machinery requiring consistently sanitary environments.
- Cost efficiency. These belts do not require costly downtime, allowing for more continuous production.
- Energy efficiency. Timing belt drives offer 99% energy efficiency, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. As a result, systems generate reduced operating expenses.
- Low maintenance. Synchronous belts work well in applications where maintenance is difficult to perform. This is because of their lack of a need for lubrication and re-tensioning.
- Low noise. These belts minimize both noise and vibration in their systems.
- Low tension requirements. Timing belts do not require high tension during operation, resulting in minimum bearing loads to help increase the lifespan of bearings and motors.
- Non-slip, positive performance. Belt teeth feature precise meshing with pulley grooves due to tight manufacturing tolerances and compatibility between the parts. This provides consistent output speeds while preventing speed variation, vibration, or skipping in your processes.
- Popular profiles. Timing belts are available in low-noise STD and high-torque profiles, along with conventional trapezoidal and HTD curvilinear profiles.
- Savings on space and weight. Short center distances and small pulleys make timing belts more compact, weighing far less than other alternatives per horsepower transmitted.
- Versatile load and speed capabilities. Varied designs allow for more flexibility, which makes these belts suitable for extensive applications. For instance, the belt’s load-carrying capacity can range anywhere from nominal to as much as hundreds of horsepower, along with speeds of one to more than 10,000 RPM.
APPLICATIONS OF TIMING/SYNCHRONOUS BELTS
With applications from conveyor systems and industrial automation products to treadmills and sewing machines, the reduced maintenance requirements and cost of timing belts have made them alternatives to gears across a variety of applications.
Synchronous belts help align engine components and transfer power between critical vehicle systems. They work in sheet metal destacking, painting lines, stamped metal conveying, tire manufacturing, and many other applications in the automotive industry.
Timing belts can help maintain safe and efficient operations for many types of machining and manufacturing processes. These belts can eliminate the need for frequent maintenance in facilities using CNC machines, drill presses, lathes, or mills. At the same time, they can minimize noise levels for quieter tooling processes, which helps maintain compliance with OSHA noise guidelines.
Certain material handling operations may also use timing belts. Applications for these belts in material handling include ASRS systems, diverters, and the following types of conveyors: delivery, gapping, incline, line, offload, pallet, sorting, and transport platform.