MPT Madison Heights, MI

Chain & Sprocket Drives

Chain & Sprocket Drives

In an industrial facility, motors and turbines use energy to produce rotational mechanical motion. In order to harness this motion to perform useful work, there must be a way to transmit it to other components and machines. One method of power transmission is through the use of Chain and sprocket drives.

Chain and sprocket drives consist of an endless series of chain links, which mesh with toothed sprockets. Chain and sprocket drives are used to perform three basic functions: transmitting power, conveying materials, and for timing purposes.

Transmitting Power

Chain and sprocket drives are used to transmit power from one component to another. Specifically, they transfer speed and torque through the use of a linked chain and sprockets. Chain and sprocket drives are well suited for this task because the sprocket teeth and chain setup results in a positive speed ratio. They are also suitable to transfer a large amount of torque within a compact space.

Implementation of Chain and Sprocket Drives in Industrial Applications

Chain and sprocket drives are used in many types of industrial applications, such as:

  • Rigging and moving heavy materials
  • Hydraulic lift truck fork operation
  • Increasing or decreasing a driver’s output speed by altering gear ratios between the driver and the sprocket being driven
  • Overhead hoists
  • Operating conveyer belts
  • Conveying materials

Chain and sprocket drives are used in many types of industries to move, slide, carry, push and pull a variety of materials. These drives can be used to move objects directly by attaching pockets, buckets, frames, or meshes to the chains. They can also be used indirectly, such as turning rollers, which in turn, move a conveyor belt.

Advantages of Chain and Sprocket

There are several advantages to using chain and sprocket drives over other types of mechanical transmission systems. They:

  • Do not slip or creep, and so are more efficient than belt drives
  • Are more compact than belt drives
  • Operate effectively at high temperatures
  • Are easier to install than belt drives
  • Do not deteriorate due to oil, grease, sunlight, or age
  • Can withstand abrasive conditions
  • Can operate in wet conditions
  • Can be used on reversing drives

Contact MPT Drives, Inc., to assist you in selecting the right chain and sprocket drive system for your application.