Synchronous belt drive system adds 5% efficiency over V-belts

Baldor’s new Dodge synchronous belt drive system uses Dodge HTR and HTRC Tracker belts; the system is energy efficient, maintenance free.


Baldor Electric Company, manufacturer of energy saving industrial electric motors, mechanical power transmission products, drives and generators, introduces a new synchronous belt drive system uses Dodge HTR and HTRC Tracker belts. The belts have a Reinforced Parabolic Profile (RPP) tooth design allowing the belt teeth to sit deeper in the sprocket compared to standard belts. Combining these belts with Dodge Taper-Lock sprockets yields the most power dense rubber synchronous drive system in industry.

The unique angle of the RPP Tracker belts allows synchronous transmission of power, eliminating slippage and speed variation on high torque applications. TapeLock sprockets are machined to the highest quality standards, ensuring a match between the sprocket and belt. By maximizing performance of the belt and the sprocket, the new synchronous drive system delivers 5% more energy efficiency over properly maintained V-belt systems.

The neoprene rubber belts are manufactured with an advanced fiberglass cord that provides superior tension stability and prevents moisture from being absorbed. With no belt shrinkage or stretch, this belt will not have to be re-tensioned making it virtually maintenance free. Belt construction also helps reduce the belt installation tension, increasing the life of the other mechanical components.

When compared with a QD style product, the Dodge Taper-Lock sprocket design requires less shaft length, offers more bore sizes per bushing size, and delivers more torque. The Dodge sprocket system also minimizes overhung load by positioning the belt’s center line closer to the motor, reducer and bearings. Plus, a new anti-corrosion coating improves rust prevention.

The Dodge line of synchronous sprockets offers more tooth configurations than other synchronous products. Now, combined with the new HTR and HTRC Tracker belts, this belt drive system offers the greatest opportunity for speed and center distance matching, while achieving power ratings up to 1,200 hp.

Designed to meet customer needs in a wide variety of applications, the HTR offering is an average strength belt, while the HTRC is a higher strength belt ideal for high horsepower and high torque applications.

With superior power dense performance that’s easy to install, easy to maintain, and energy efficient, the new Dodge HTR and HTRC Tracker synchronous belt drive system offers the best total cost of ownership solution for the marketplace, the company said.

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