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Synchronous Belt Troubleshooting

Thursday, April 2, 2015

posted by Tony at 12:48 PM

In the Product Application Engineering department we are often asked how to proper troubleshoot a synchronous belt drive system.  This request commonly arises either when a customer has a brand new drive system and is experiencing problems or has an existing system that has functioned properly for years and has just recently began to have issues.  We are glad to help any customer with their troubleshooting needs however if it is after hours or a quick reference is needed then we offer several resources to assist you.  

First, there is troubleshooting information in each of our Drive Design Manuals and these are directed towards the specific product line covered by the manual.  In addition, our Preventative Maintenance Manual is a great resource for not only troubleshooting the drive via the belt characteristics but also covers the entire system from installation to maintenance. These resources can be downloaded HERE.  

Second, we have developed a drive failure poster which has detailed images of the most common belt wear and failure types along with the probable cause for each type and recommended corrective actions.  This poster is a great reference for instances in which a quick understanding of the causes for belt wear and/or failure is desired.  This poster can be downloaded HERE.

For any additional questions feel free to contact us at ptpasupport@gates.com or 303-744-5800.

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