Gates Belts & Applications - Tips and guidelines written by Gates Industrial Engineers

Alignment, Tracking, and Flanges

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

posted by Brent at 1:21 PM

If  one side on a belt wears faster than the other, a tracking problem where the belt is riding against a sprocket flange may exist. This condition is typically caused by misalignment. In the most severe cases with heavily loaded drives, side thrust forces can actually push off the pulley flanges. 

If this type of belt wear is seen, or wear varies across the belt width, check the drive alignment and adjust as necessary to achieve proper alignment.

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