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Shaft couplings provide secure connections between shafts, wheels, and rotary equipment. In addition, flexible shaft couplings are used to prevent misalignment, which can be caused by an unbalanced or bent shaft. Read More…

Driveshafts A driveshaft is a steel shaft that transmits power in the form of torque from the transmission to the wheels on a vehicle. In an automobile, two driveshafts must be connected by a shaft coupling before power can be transmitted.
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Bloomingdale, IL  |  630-980-1133

Our shaft couplings are the best around! Not only do we provide you with exceptional levels of customer service but we also provide you with manufacturing and a repair service that you can count on. We are also capable of providing you with special designs. That’s right! Our design team will work closely with you in order to ensure that you are getting the product that will fit your specific requirements perfectly! Call or email us today for more information!

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DieQua Corporation $$$

Marlborough, MA  |  800-225-4234

Ruland’s carefully made shaft collars, rigid shaft couplings & zero backlash motion control flexible shaft couplings, including beam, Oldham & bellows couplings, are available in both inch & full-metric dimensions. Our line has expanded to include metric shaft collars, metric rigid couplings & step bore rigid couplings. For 70 years, we have supplied custom-made products to meet special needs.

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Ruland Manufacturing Company, Inc. $$$

Orleans, MA  |  508-525-2533

Hersey Clutch has been in business since 1963. With that kind of background and experience we have becomes leaders in application engineering. We specialize in finding solutions to our customer's problems regarding industrial power transmissions, brakes, clutches, couplings, universal joints, gearboxes, speed drives, friction material, crane electrification and more. Let us help you today!

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Hersey Clutch Company $$$

Vancouver, WA  |  800-736-0194

US Digital designs and manufactures flexible shaft couplings for motion control, automation and robotics. We ship standard products directly to domestic and international customers. We also offer optical encoders, inclinometers and switching power supplies plus other products.

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US Digital $$$

Westwood, NJ  |  888-746-4333

Ringfeder is a component and system provider with a global presence. Serving all industries including packaging, automation, energy, mining and transportation and defense. Ringfeder offers premium products including locking devices, shaft couplings and dampening technologies. Included in the coupling line are torsionally rigid disk, elastomeric and backlash-free servo-insert and metal bellows couplings.

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Ringfeder Power Transmission $$$
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Driveshafts range in length and diameter and consist of a shaft with an assembly on either end. They are most commonly used in automobiles to transfer the power from the transmission to the wheels either through a differential or directly to the wheels, depending on whether the car is front wheel drive, all wheel drive, or rear wheel drive. In a four wheel drive vehicle, two piece driveshafts are often used and are connected with a universal joint.

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Driveshafts are also used in motorcycles as an alternative to chain and belt drives; their function in motorized boats is to connect the transmission inside the vessel directly to the propeller. Driveshafts are also often components in semi-trucks, oil rigs, sewage treatment facilities, windmills, irrigation systems, paper mills, tractors, and other industrial and agricultural heavy machinery.

Driveshafts are usually hollow but large in diameter so that they are strong enough to bear torsion and shear stress, while avoiding too much additional weight. Typically, high carbon steel is used in the manufacturing of driveshafts, although this material is very heavy. Aluminum and steel alloys are being experimented with because they are a strong and lightweight alternative. New advancements in composite technology are developing alternatives to driveshaft materials.

The most common polymer matrix composites are fiberglass, carbon fiber, and carbon fiberglass hybrids. Composites are preferable over steel because they can operate at higher rotations per minute than steel of the same dimensions. However, the strengths of some composites are weaker than steel, and therefore more research is needed to make composite drive shafts widely available. The most common construction methods for these important devices are similar to bellow couplings and include electroforming, chemical deposition, mechanical forming and welding.

Electroformed drive shafts are made by adding layers of metal on a mandrel until the desired thickness is reached and the mandrel is melted away to leave behind the shaft. Chemical deposition is a similar method except that the materials are added by electrodeposition. Mechanical forming includes roll-forming or extrusion. Welded drive shafts are made by welding a series of rings or washers on both the inside and outside until smooth and seamless.

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