When designing a new belt drive system it is important to ensure that adequate installation and take-up adjustment is provided to allow the belt(s) to be both properly installed and tensioned throughout the life of the drive. This is a commonly overlooked consideration due largely to poor installation and maintenance practices. These practices include rolling belts on when there is insufficient installation adjustment or lack of a preventative maintenance schedule to ensure proper tension is maintained. Properly installing and maintaining the drive will not only result in increased belt life and performance, but will also increase the overall efficiency of the drive when properly tensioned. A quick reference to the charts below will help to ensure that the minimum center distance allowances for belt installation and take-up are achieved.
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