Denver, Colorado – Gates, a manufacturer of products for power transmission and fluid power, has added a new belt made from thermoplastic polyurethane. The Gates Parabolic Pitch is available in both 8mm and 14mm profiles.
The company claims the belts are stronger and more durable than alternatives such as rubber belts, roller chains and steel cables. They are also said to be quieter, safer to operate, and require less maintenance. Scott Manley, general manager at Gates TPU, said they last up to five times longer than steel cables.
Standard product versions are compatible with Timken RPP sprockets, Gates said, which means they can be used as drop-in replacements in a range of applications. They have nylon fabric on the tooth sides for high abrasion resistance and quieter operation.
An optional low-temperature construction gives an operating range from –30°C up to 50°C. Applications include intralogistics, material handling, vertical lifts, door opening and industrial automation. They are now available in both North America and EMEA regions.