APC-019 Roll Form Machine New Drive Design

Roll forming machine manufacturer replaces high maintenance roller chain drives with quieter, cleaner and more accurate Poly Chain® GT® Carbon™ drives.

End Market Industry  
Roll Form Machine

Manufacture of steel frames 

Various high torque, low speed requirements varying per machine

Roll Form Machine Poly Chain GT Carbon

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New Drive Design 
Roll forming requires accurate positioning and involves high shock loads due to stop/start applications requiring pressing and punching of holes. Roller chain is typically used in these applications which requires ongoing lubrication to maintain accuracy otherwise accelerated wear occurs.

Solution Description
37mm wide 14MGT Poly Chain® GT® Carbon™ belt drives

Poly Chain GT Carbon Belt Cutaway

Benefits of Gates Product

An OE company saw the benefits of Poly Chain® GT® Carbon™ as an opportunity to produce an improved roll forming machine. Utilising Poly Chain® GT® Carbon™ belts these new machines require no ongoing maintenance or lubrication.
Machines run more smoothly due to the high positional accuracy of Poly Chain® GT® Carbon™ and accuracy is maintained.
The machines also run at lower noise levels due to accurate meshing of belts providing yet another advantage in the market for this OE. Sprocket wear is approx. 10 times less than roller chain sprockets as there is no metal-on-metal contact.

Submitted by: Neil Thomson

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