When designing or retrofitting a belt drive attached to a speed reducer, designers should review the load against published OHL limits to ensure drive success. Manufacturers use different formulas and ratings, so it is important to get information directly from the speed reducer manufacturer.
If the OHL is too high, the belt drive should be redesigned to reduce the load. Some general design guidelines include:
- Selecting larger diameter sprockets
- Minimizing the belt width
- Mounting the sprockets as close as possible to the outermost bearing