• Advantages and Disadvantages of Synchroflex Timing Belts

    Advantages and Disadvantages of Synchroflex Timing Belts

    What are timing belts?

    A timing belt synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft in a piston engine. Syncing the valves with the pistons ensures that the engine’s valves open and close at the correct times.

    Synchroflex PU Timing Belts

    With the extensive range of polyurethane compounds available, synchroflex belts can be manufactured to operate at low temperatures, in cleanrooms, and in the food industry. The wear-resistant polyurethane and high-strength steel cord tension members used in synchroflex polyurethane timing belts ensure top performance because of the superior quality of the materials used. A highly flexible production process ensures maximum precision in the design of the belt.

    Applications of timing belts

    A timing belt also called a cambelt, includes its applications in:

    In Automobiles

    High-performance toothed timing belts are available in automobile applications.

    In Treadmills

    Here, the timing belt drive mechanism is a toothed synchronous belt that serves to transfer rotary motion from the central motor to the drive pulley.

    In Sewing Machines

    It is used to transfer motion between the sewing pulleys and the motor.

    Advantages of Synchroflex Timing Belts

    The many advantages that timing belts have over flat and round belt drives are listed below:

    • It is resistant to rust, abrasion, chemicals, and contaminants.
    • It has a low vibration and chordal effect, resulting in less noise.
    • The drive design options vary in availability and number to choose from.
    • Its power transmission efficiency is not lost with use.
    • It has an especially wide speed range when the entire speed range is developed from a single source.
    • It has excellent mechanical efficiency and suffers no loss in high torque-carrying capability.
    • There is no slippage and it has a constant velocity ratio.
    • It has a precise motion with accurate timing.
    • It is cheaper in comparison to gears and is safer to use.

    They are economically effective, as is seen in their operations, where:

    • There is no need for costly drive enclosures.
    • There is no need for lubrication systems because of their smooth and clean operation.
    • There is no need for tensioning devices.
    • Since there is no need for lubrication systems, you save money on lubricants and disposal fees.
    • Because they don’t wear out or stretch out easily, there is no adjustment needed.
    • There is no worn-out sprocket replacement.
    • Ongoing maintenance costs for roller chains are prevented.
    • Ecologically speaking, it is better as energy is saved.

    Disadvantages of Synchroflex Timing Belts

    Clients are better able to choose the right timing belt for their application when they are aware of its limitations. Some of the drawbacks of timing belts are:

    • It is necessary to change it at regular intervals.
    • It is more expensive when compared to ropes.
    • It has a relatively low transfer power capacity.
    • It is ideal for transferring at a low power level.


    If you are in need of synchroflex belts, then you can check out the link provided and go through the variety they offer at the best prices!

    Source: Bolton Engineering Products

  • ISB Angular contact ball bearings: 70, 72, 73 series

    ISB Angular contact ball bearings: 70, 72, 73 series

    Quiet Running Performances

    Single row angular contact ball bearings, also identified with the acronym ACBB (Angular Contact Ball Bearing), are units with very peculiar features and constitute the 70, 72, 73 series. Created to support combined radial and axial loads with high rigidity, they have a row of balls working on mutually offset races in the axial direction. This structure generates an angular ball contact with a determined angle over which the load acting on the bearing is transmitted. Precisely for this fundamental constructive structure, the races of the angular bearings are the subject of accurate geometry studies and their machining is particularly challenging.

    For ISB the 70, 72, 73 series angular contact ball bearings range is a strength, precisely because of its excellent functional features.

    With ISB angular contact ball bearings, it is possible to obtain extraordinary performance in terms of running silence and service life, for all applications and needs, relying on qualified technical support fundamental for the selection and assembly of these ball bearing units.

    Discover the full ISB industries range here!

  • Industrial Gearbox Maintenance Checklist

    Industrial Gearbox Maintenance Checklist

    While a gearbox repair service like that provided by YB Components can be very helpful, it is usually better to avoid working a gearbox into a state of disrepair in the first place. Here we run through a gearbox maintenance checklist so you can keep your industrial gearboxes running smoothly for as long as possible.

    Visual Inspection

    The first item on any gearbox maintenance list will be a basic visual inspection. You should carry out visual inspections of all your gearboxes regularly to spot early signs of oil leakage, either on the input or output shafts. Also inspect any paintwork as discolouration could be an indication of overheating which is going to lead to problems down the road, so to speak.

    General Cleaning

    Cleaning your gearboxes regularly also needs to be on any checklist, as they are usually operating in environments featuring a lot of dust and dirt. Without a frequent cleaning schedule, contaminants can get into the geared motor unit and cause issues, plus allowing dust to settle will raise the heat levels and lead to overheating. You can monitor the gearbox’s heat levels with an infrared gun which will show you if there are any noticeable changes that may indicate a problem.


    Always lubricate the relevant gearbox components with the right type of lubricant. The manufacturer should have set out specific lubrication instructions which you can find out about either directly from the manufacturer or from a specialist gearbox supplier like YB Components.

    Vibration Analysis

    Listening closely to the gearbox in operation can reveal any issues with excessive vibrations. However, a vibration analysis tool can be very useful, especially in a noisy environment where listening to the sound of the gearbox isn’t a viable option. The main components to analyse for vibrations are the bearings and internal gears, as any sudden increases in the amount of vibration will most likely be due to an issue that needs resolving.

    Backlash and Endplay

    Use a dial indicator to check backlash as any increase in backlash strongly indicates that the gear teeth have suffered significant wear and tear. Also use the dial monitor to check up on the endplay, as any endplay increase indicates excessive wear and tear on either the bearing or housings.

    You should also monitor the input and output shafts to see if they are lifting or moving in ways that are not normal. Damage to the bearings or the housing of the bearings will cause unusual movements during operation. Regular use of a dial indicator will keep you informed of all backlash increases and irregular shaft movements.

    Gearbox Ratings

    Some gearboxes may suffer excessive wear and tear due to the demands placed upon them changing over time. It is possible that gearboxes performing poorly for this reason can be revitalised by a gearbox repair service, but first you should check the gearbox ratings to make sure the gearbox is actually operating within the manufacturer’s original specifications and power input.

    Source: YB Components

  • Iris Chains join BearingNet!

    Iris Chains join BearingNet!

    BearingNet welcome Iris Chains to BearingNet as a new map member!

    Iris Chains have been manufacturing high-quality roller chains since 1935. With more than 87 years of reinvention they have now become a leading worldwide developer and manufacturer in the chain sector. Iris Chains is able to offer trustworthy solutions to an extensive global portfolio of markets thanks to their extensive experience, great technical know-how and a diversified catalogue in two sectors (industrial chains and motorcycle chains).

    They manufacture in their main hall in Spain where they export to more than 55 countries across all 5 continents with the “best delivery times”. They provide over 7685+ chain models for the automotive, packaging, food, agriculture, construction, wood, textile, mining industries and more.

    You can find out more on the BearingNet platform or via their website: https://www.iris-chains.com/en/

  • CRC join BearingNet!

    CRC join BearingNet!

    A warm welcome to CRC Industries Europe who have recently joined BearingNet as a MAP member

    CRC Industries is a worldwide leader in the production of technical solutions for maintenance and repair professionals. They serve the automotive, heavy trucking, marine, electrical, industrial, hardware and aviation industries.

    The leading company was founded in 1958 in Belgium with a single product and today distribute products all over the world. Their goal is to deliver quality products that meet or exceed customer requirements while always operating “fairly and honestly” with customers.

    You can find CRC on the BearingNet platform, for more information please visit their website: https://www.crcind.com/

  • Focus on sustainable technologies: NKE bearings for wind power

    Focus on sustainable technologies: NKE bearings for wind power

    At this year’s Hannover Messe, NKE Austria GmbH will present bearings for wind turbine gearboxes and generators. The Austrian bearing manufacturer has more than 20 years of experience in the wind energy sector. NKE bearings have been installed in more than 4,000 wind turbines across Europe, the USA and China, equivalent to more than 10,000 MW of installed power.

    “NKE bearings are used in the most important wind turbine components, that is gearboxes and generators, or as main bearings. We have final product approvals with major wind turbine manufacturers and are in the final stages of the approval process with others,” says Matthias Ortner, Managing Director of NKE in Steyr. “The strategic focus on sustainable technologies such as wind power and rail vehicles that were introduced three years ago is now bearing fruit. NKE is gaining a reputation as an innovative supplier of bearings for wind power.”

    For example, NKE bearings are present in all bearing applications of the Envision gearbox: from the carrier (rotor side, generator side) to the high-speed shaft, including the intermediate shaft and planetary gearbox shafts. “For high-speed shafts, NKE cooperates with the customer’s engineering team to design bearings with enhanced profile and contact pressure,” says Michael Rössl of NKE’s Application Engineering department. “Another example are our new bearings with Power-Density technology: they are only 20 percent larger than conventional bearings, but they generate twice as much energy to optimise the output of the wind turbines and extract as much energy as possible from the air stream.”

    At the company headquarters in Steyr, Austria, NKE has established a competence center for large bearings, including the most advanced production facilities and a logistics center. All NKE bearings undergo strict, documented quality control procedures. Besides comprehensive technical consulting services, NKE’s Application Engineering department offers support for obtaining certification to wind standards such as GL2010, IEC61400 or individual customer specifications.

    Besides bearings for wind power, NKE produces standard and special bearings for all industrial applications. Engineering, product development, production and final processing of components, assembly, quality assurance, logistics, and sales and marketing are centralized at its Steyr headquarters. In addition to product development and application engineering, NKE provides a full range of technical services, consulting, documentation and training.

    Cylindrical roller bearings with black oxide finish from NKE. Bearings used in wind turbine gearboxes are commonly coated with black oxide. This special treatment forms a protective layer on the functional surfaces of a bearing. Among other advantages, black oxide finished bearings offer improved run-in and wear and enhanced adhesive wear characteristics.

    Company information:

    NKE Austria GmbH is a manufacturer of high-quality bearings with headquarters in Steyr, Austria. The company was founded in 1996 by a group of senior staff members of former company Steyr Wälzlager. Spanish bearing manufacturer Fersa Bearings, which specializes in the automotive sector, acquired a 49 percent shareholding in NKE in 2016 and completed the acquisition with 100 percent at the end of 2018. NKE offers both standard and special bearings for all industrial applications. Engineering, product development, production and final processing of components, assembly, quality assurance, logistics, and sales and marketing are centralized at its Steyr headquarters. The factory in Steyr is certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001. A wide range of standard bearings is available from stock or with short production lead-times. NKE also provides customized products and solutions. In addition to product development and application engineering NKE offers an extensive range of technical services, consulting, documentation and training. NKE’s products are distributed through 12 international offices and more than 240 distribution outlets in 80 countries.



    Im Stadtgut C4

    4407 Steyr, Austria    

    Tel.: +43 7252 86667

  • Wieland join BearingNet!

    Wieland join BearingNet!

    A warm welcome must go to Wieland, who have joined the BearingNet platform as a manufacturer member!

    As the copper and copper alloy specialist at the top of the world league, Wieland provide support for their customer’s success from many locations and continents – backed by a reliable, flexible supply network and the best services of unvarying quality. In response to the global challenges of our time such as climate change, digitisation, and minimised draw on resources, we design our products, services, and technologies to provide sustainable and innovative solutions.

    In 1820 Philipp Jakob Wieland laid the foundation stone for today’s global Wieland Group with his art and bell foundry.
    Entrepreneurship, a high degree of customer orientation and the constant demand to break new ground are basic values that stand for Wieland’s success, both then and now. We are convinced that copper is not the material of the past and present, but of the future.

    Wieland has been developed over 200 years with thoughtful decision-making, courage, and entrepreneurship. For its anniversary, Wieland told 200 stories about the company’s history, today’s developments and dares to take a look into the future. 

    Slide Bearings

    For more information visit their website here: www.wieland.com/en

    Read the latest news from Wieland: www.wieland.com/en/about/news

  • Inspection and remanufacture of large-sized bearings stored for long periods

    Inspection and remanufacture of large-sized bearings stored for long periods

    Large-size bearings that have been stored for long periods or that have been moved around from location to location could have endured internal damage. As such, we recommend that the bearings are intricately assessed and remanufactured before fitting. 

    Remanufacturing of large-size bearings stored over lengthy periods

    Remanufacturing of large-size bearings stored over long periods can be a complex process, as the bearings may have sustained damage due to rust, corrosion, or several other factors. 

    The B2K Remanufacturing Process

    Units that have been stored for long periods or that have been moved around from location to location could have endured internal damage. As such, the B2K and SKF reman center intricately assess how long the units have been in storage along with the quality of the preservatives still applied.

    Our reman program entails meticulous cleaning, inspecting, analysing, and recertifying of the ball and roller bearings, giving you peace of mind that your large-size bearings are in sound condition and ready to fit.

    • The first step in remanufacturing such bearings is to thoroughly inspect them to determine the extent of any damage. This may involve using non-destructive testing methods such as ultrasonic testing or a magnetic particle inspection to check for cracks, surface defects, or other issues.
    • If the bearing surfaces are found to be in poor condition, they may need to be cleaned and resurfaced to remove rust and corrosion. This may involve using a variety of techniques, such as shot blasting or bead blasting to remove surface contaminants.
    • Once the bearings have been cleaned and resurfaced, they will need to be reassembled and lubricated. The lubrication process is important to ensure that the bearings operate smoothly and that they are protected from rust and corrosion.
    • It may be also necessary to replace some of the internal parts of the bearing such as rings, balls, or rollers if they have been damaged or worn over time.
    • After remanufacturing, it’s essential to test the bearing to assess its performance and confirm that it meets the required specifications.

    Source: Bearings 2000

  • These 10 Things In Your Home Have Bearings In Them…

    These 10 Things In Your Home Have Bearings In Them…

    Alpine Bearing:

    Did you know these 10 things in your home have bearings in them?  

    1. Microwave. Bearings are perfect for reducing friction on objects that rotate. Next time you’re watching a Hot Pocket heat up, know there’s a bearing in the mechanism that spins the plate under it. 
    2. Swivel chairs and stools. Bearings under the seat let a chair swivel, whether it’s a barstool, a chair in your home office, or a highly optimised gaming chair. Casters on the bottom of furniture use bearings to roll smoothly too. 
    3. Food processor. Bearings and spinning things go together like peanut butter and chocolate. There’s a bearing in the motor that spins a food processor’s blade!
    4. Drawers. Drawer slides often include bearings so you can easily pull the drawer open, even when it’s full of heavy items like pots and pans.
    5. Toys. If you have children, you’ve probably slipped on a toy car. The wheels in that car have tiny bearings inside. From high-tech drones to the humble yo-yo, many of your kids’ toys and gadgets have bearings inside.
    6. Exercise equipment. Treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes all have bearings to reduce friction during your home workout…whenever you finally get around to it.
    7. DVD player. A DVD must spin quickly and steadily for the player to read it correctly. A small bearing inside the machine keeps everything stable so you can watch your favourite movie for the 20th time.
    8. Washer and dryer. You may have noticed a pattern among many of these items: rotation. An appliance with a spin cycle would be useless without bearings. And nobody likes dirty clothes.
    9. Vacuum cleaner. Bearings smooth the motion of a vacuum’s suction fan and floor brush. Perfect for picking up all those crumbs that wind up under the couch.
    10. Drill. DIY with confidence. Your power tools have bearings in them to handle the load, friction, and vibration they create during use.

    Bearings usually hide far from your sight, but you’d notice if they were gone. The smooth rotation they provide is essential to keep appliances and furniture working correctly. If you’re not sitting above one right now, try to guess when you’ll use a bearing next. It might be sooner than you expected. 

    Source: https://alpinebearing.com/household-items-ball-bearings/

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  • 4 Advantages Of Electronic Pressure Switches

    4 Advantages Of Electronic Pressure Switches

    Pneumatic pressure switches are a form of control valve which have the primary function of monitoring the pressure within a system and providing an output once a set parameter is met. They play a critical role in ensuring pressure is kept within an acceptable range, also helping to maintain the efficient running of machinery and safeguarding it from suffering damage. Monitoring pressure has never been so important. While it is imperative that the right pressure is delivered to machinery to ensure optimum performance, delivering pressures higher than needed just costs money. With most modern sensors having IO-link capability, it’s never been easier to monitor a system’s status – helping you keep costs under control.

    When a machine’s compressed air pressure starts to fluctuate from its normal pattern, it’s usually a good early warning sign that something is starting to fail, allowing for planned maintenance rather than a critical, and usually, expensive breakdown happening.

    In an age where digital advancements are becoming a key part of manufacturing environments, many industries are moving towards more advanced components and plants are becoming increasingly electrified and digitised. This shift has also improved the amount of choice our customers have when it comes to pressure switches, with the rising popularity of electronic switches.

    It’s important to note that selection must always be guided by a range of factors within the application including operating temperature, pressure type (e.g., positive/ negative) and range, as well as the chemical properties of the process fluid. However, I wanted to use this article to cover some of the main advantages that electronic pressure switches have over mechanical alternatives.

    1. Easily Readable Display

    Electronic pressure sensors such as the 54D Series from Norgren® usually have an integrated LCD/LED display in a prominent, forward-facing position. This makes taking readings at the machinery side, quick and easy for engineers. Current pressure within the system can, therefore, be obtained efficiently and without requiring the use of any additional instrumentation, with signals converted to readable output within the single unit. The display also makes it possible to program parameters locally, giving users the ability to tweak them as necessary while constantly having visibility on the difference that their actions are having on the devices’ settings.

    2. Simple Operation

    Electronic pressure switches are blessed with simple operation and functionality. With its small number of buttons (often two), and a display giving visual feedback of all changes, configuration is easily completed locally. A simple combination of button presses enables switch points to be adjusted, saving time and effort devoted to such tasks by engineers. Some mechanical switches have the adjustment screw hidden in difficult-to access places such as underneath the DIN plug connector, making electronic switches far superior in terms of ease of use. Sensors with IO-link capabilities, such as the Norgren® 54D, make parameters even more convenient to reprogram as this task can be done remotely.

    3. Improved Reliability

    Mechanical switches rely on actuation from pressure-sensing elements to operate the switch, and these elements are often the cause of failures within the instrument. In comparison, the lack of moving components in electronic pressure switches makes them more reliable and permits them a longer, trouble-free service life. Fewer small parts within the electronic switches makes them less susceptible to the negative effects of vibration. Contact wear-out is also less of a concern than with traditional, mechanical switches.

    Long-term stability and reliability can be achieved with electronic pressure switches when used appropriately, saving your business time and money in carrying-out the maintenance activities required to keep your operations running effectively.

    4. Higher Accuracy And Repeatability

    Electronic pressure switches are able to handle thousands of repeated pressure cycles without issue. This ability is inherently due to the high levels of accuracy that they provide and their superior reliability, particularly in applications where vibration is a consideration. The set points are maintained throughout the sensors’ lifetime with any deviation from the parameters not the issue that it is with mechanical switches.

    Typical electronic pressure switch accuracies are around ±0.5% of the full-scale (FS) value, while piston-operated mechanical switches often deliver around ±2.0%, giving users peace of mind when it comes to both the effective pressurisation of their pneumatic system and the reliability of readings taken from the instrument.

    The many advantages of using electronic pressure switches doesn’t mean that their mechanical predecessors should immediately be replaced. While there are many benefits to utilising electronic switches, their mechanical counterparts remain a good solution for handling less complicated tasks. They are also broadly better suited to handling high voltages and amperages than electronic switches. Electro-mechanical pressure switches, such as the 18D series from Norgren® are also on the market and act as a ‘halfway house’ between the two extremes.

    Source: Hayley

  • Transmission Belts Buying Guide

    Transmission Belts Buying Guide

    As experienced transmission belts suppliers in Yorkshire, YB Components are experts in the different kinds of belts available and their suitable applications. There are variable speed belts or v-belts, flat belts and ribbed belts. There are also synchronous slotted belts and a whole range of various models within all of these categories as well.

    Knowing which belt you need for your application can be tricky, and you need to get it right to ensure an optimal performance. Here we present a quick buying guide for transmission belts, explaining what they are and the attributes of the main types.

    Transmission Belt Basics

    Transmissions belts are used to efficiently transmit power or movement. They are mechanical elements that are primarily used for power transmission without phase shift. They generally consist of loops of flexible materials that connect multiple rotating shafts. The shafts are usually parallel to each other, though there are variations to this design.

    Perhaps most commonly known for use with conveyors, transmission belts are also well known for their use in the automotive industry. Vehicles often feature a ribbed belt which helps to synchronise the movements of the valves and pistons in the engine, whilst also driving the alternator, water pump and power steering pump.

    Special heavy duty versions are available through transmission belts suppliers in Yorkshire, which are frequently supplied all over the UK and around the world for various industrial applications that need motion or power transmission in a challenging environment.

    Choosing a Transmission Belt

    To make sure you choose the correct transmission belt for your application, you first need to know the type of section needed along with the belt dimensions.

    Other factors to consider include the amount of torque that needs to be transmitted, the rotational speed and centre distance, as well as the reduction ratio. Also consider the temperature the belt needs to operate in as well as any lubrication conditions.

    Variable Speed Belts

    V-belts are one of the most commonly used belts so there is a good chance this is the type you need. These belts are able to transmit more power than flat belts at the same level of tension. They offer a great combinations of traction, speed, bearing load and service lifespan.

    Variable speed belts also slip less than flat belts, and are usually designed to be thinner than other belts, thus taking up less space.

    Flat Transmission Belts

    Flat belts are extremely efficient, more so than v-belts, though they are best suited to low weight loads. They produce a much quieter operation too, and allow for a large centre distance.

    Ribbed Belts

    Ribbed lengthwise, the ribs of a ribbed transmission belt increases the contact surface between the pulley and the belt. This distributes the tension evenly, allowing for a wide power range and large transmission ratio.

    If you require any variable speed belts, ribbed belts or flat belts, then contact YB Components who are the UK’s leading transmission belts supplier in Yorkshire. They keep local stocks of all such parts and more ready to ship out fast and free all over the UK and the rest of the world.