Flexible Shaft Couplings

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A flexible shaft coupling is needed to connect shafts that are slightly misaligned. In parallel misalignment, two shafts are virtually parallel but slightly offset. In angular misalignment, the shafts intersect at angles to each other. Axial misalignment is a combination of both parallel and angular misalignment. Read More…

Flexible Shaft Couplings A flexible shaft coupling is a device that connects two shafts that can transmit torque even if misaligned. In ideal circumstances, shafts are connected by a coupling to form a straight line. However, two shafts can become out of line as the result of poor installation, thermal growth or shrinkage, foundation movement or component wear.

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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 $$$

Freeport, NY  |  888-260-7466

Ondrives.US is world-leading manufacturer and distributors of a broad range of shaft couplings for connecting shaft components and absorbing misalignment. We are ISO 9001:2015 certified, so you can ensure that your product is reliable and built to last. Visit our website today, and our team will be ready to assist you.

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Ondrives.Us Corp. $$$

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. $$$

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. $$$

Alpena, MI  |  800-893-3959

For almost 40 years, Magnaloy has been manufacturing flexible drive couplings plus cylinder rod end alignment couplers, fluid power accessories, pump and motor mounts, and hydraulic manifolds and manifold accessories. We are sure to have the flexible shaft coupling that is right for you.

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Magnaloy Coupling Company $$$

Winsted, CT  |  800-545-7301

Custom orders are the norm for us. We manufacture shaft couplings and shaft collars — jaw couplings; set collars; single and double split collars and threaded collars. These shaft couplings and collars are made in aluminum, steel (cold rolled or stainless) and nickel. They can also be nonmagnetic or metric.

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American Collars and Couplings, Inc. $$$
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The degree of misalignment a coupling can tolerate depends on its material and its application, but in general, up to 5° of misalignment can be tolerated. The most common materials for flexible shaft couplings in automobiles are stainless steel, which protects against corrosion and increases torque capacity and strength, and aluminum, which is a lighter and less expensive option. Certain types of flexible shaft couplings contain a central disk comprised of plastic or rubber that transmits torque. Flexible shaft couplings are cylindrical in shape, and vary depending on the different types and their functions.

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Flexible shaft couplings are used to connect driveshafts in automobiles; they isolate driveline vibration, propeller pulse, and gear chatter in motorized boats. Other industrial applications include use in printing machines, paper making machines, roll forming machines, hydraulic pumps, and wind turbines.

There are many different kinds of flexible shaft couplings. The Oldham coupling consists of three components: two hubs and a central plastic disk. It accommodates slight parallel misalignment, while providing almost zero backlash. Backlash is the amount of lost motion due to clearance or slackness when movement is reversed and contact is re-established. The bellows coupling has two hubs and a thin walled metallic bellows and can accommodate all three types of misalignment.

Single beam couplings are usually made of a single piece of aluminum and have a system of spiral cuts that allow it to bend in order to accommodate angular misalignment. Multiple beam couplings consist of two to three overlapping beams that address problems of torsional rigidity. Jaw, or spider, couplings consist of two metallic hubs, each with a set of interlocking teeth, and a flexible rubber or plastic piece (the spider), in the shape of a star which fits between them.

Jaw couplings have zero backlash and function well at high speeds but do not tolerate a great deal of misalignment. A single disc coupling is composed of two hubs that bend to accommodate angular misalignment. The double disc coupling has two hubs that are connected by an additional center spacer that allows them to bend in opposite directions to manage offset shafts.

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