Gear Couplings

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Gear couplings offer efficient torque transmission in a compact mechanism and permit a high degree of axial movement. However, gear couplings require piloting and may malfunction at very high or very low torques. Crowned tooth flanks allow angular displacement to occur between each gear. Read More…

Gear Couplings Gear couplings connect two shafts together through interlocking teeth that transmit power, absorb vibration and allow for slight angular displacement. Gear couplings transport torque between two shafts that are not coaxial or collinear. Each shaft consists of a flexible joint, which is fixed to the shaft. The joints of the shafts are connected by a spindle, a third shaft.

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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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Two coaxial shafts can also be connected by a single joint gear coupling, known as a gear-type flexible or flexible coupling. Slight misalignments of 0.5° to 5° are tolerated by this type of gear coupling.

Gear couplings and universal joints are used in similar applications, most predominantly in the automobile industry. While gear couplings have higher torque density, universal joints induce lower vibration than gear couplings. The gear teeth in a gear coupling have high backlash, which can contribute to vibration, to allow for angular misalignment. Gear couplings are found in all rear-wheel and four-wheel driven passenger cars.

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In a gear coupling, the two shafts being joined meet in the third shaft which contains gears. The teeth interlock with each other to rotate and, in doing so, they transfer torque, power and energy. Every gear coupling has differing stall speeds, which is the highest speed that the gears can turn when maximum input power is applied. Flexible shaft couplings such as gear couplings are necessary because during operation, some types of shafts tend to shift, causing misalignment.

Shaft movement is caused by bumps or vibration and it results in parallel, angular or skewed shaft misalignment. Flexible shaft couplings provide efficient accommodation for moderate shaft misalignment that occurs when the shafts' axes of rotation become skewed. There are many different kinds of shaft couplings. 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. The Oldham coupling consists of three components: two hubs and a central plastic disk. It accommodates slight parallel misalignment, while providing almost zero backlash.

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