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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 $$$

Michigan City, IN  |  219-872-9100

KTR Corporation is a wholly owned and operated subsidiary of KTR Kupplungstechnik GmbH. Our extensive product line began over 50 years ago with the BoWex curved tooth gear and the ROTEX torsionally flexible jaw couplings. Today we have grown to 40 subsidiary companies in 21 countries, and over 15 complete coupling platforms.

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KTR Corporation $$$

Downers Grove, IL  |  630-852-0500

Resistant to oils, grease and many solvents our shaft couplings are the product that you have been searching for! All of our products are made of only the highest quality materials to ensure that they will last through all demanding applications. Our products will not let you down when it comes to excellent value and durability. We will have our staff work with you in order to find the coupling that will fit your requirements exactly. Contact us today for more information!

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Lovejoy, Inc. $$$

Jacobus, PA  |  800-394-3466

Coupling Corporation of America is a premier manufacturer of flexible shaft couplings (UltraFLEXX Couplings), flexible drive couplings, clutch couplings, universal joints and drive shafts. Our couplings are engineered for the most demanding applications. Go ahead, put them to the test.

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Coupling Corporation of America $$$

Bensenville, IL  |  630-521-9911

R+W— the leading provider for quality shaft couplings. With the highest precision products available with the broadest variety of mechanical interface imaginable, R+W can meet your needs. Call R+W’s specialists for more information and get the ultimate connection. R+W’s focus is on DRIVE; Dynamic, Reliable, Innovative, Versatile & Expansive, to promote quality service.

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R+W America $$$
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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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