TB Wood’s enhances online selection tool

By |  August 30, 2016
TB Wood's Belted Drive Selection Program now checks the arm/web strength of a sheave/sprocket. Photo courtesy of TB Wood's

The TB Wood’s Belted Drive Selection Program now checks the arm/web strength of a sheave/sprocket. Photo courtesy of TB Wood’s

TB Wood’s added enhancements to its online Belted Drive Selection Program. According to the company, the online program now checks the arm/web strength of a sheave/sprocket, as well as the bushing torque rating for suitability of the application.

The program will now automatically drop bushing solutions with torque ratings that are inappropriate. It will also notify a user to evaluate his peak torque applied to the bushing in order to verify acceptability of the application for bushing solutions that are marginal. In addition, the program will check the arm/web strength of the sheave/sprocket to determine if the selected sheaves are acceptable, and it will automatically drop all inappropriate solutions.

According to the company, the new features of the program will help prevent the design of drives where the metal components are not properly sized, which is an issue that has become more prevalent as belt manufacturers increase belt capacity.

The Belted Drive Selection Program works on Mac, PC or tablet platforms. The program includes classic, narrow, light-duty and premium V-belt drives and synchronous plus, QT power chain, power chain II carbon and timing synchronous drives.

TB Wood’s, headquartered in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, offers a range of belted drive solutions, including synchronous drives, V-belt drives, belted variable speed drives and made-to-order sheaves and sprockets. According to TB Wood’s, its comprehensive foundry operations are capable of producing gray and ductile iron parts to satisfy most customers’ casting requirements quickly and efficiently.

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