November 2017

Hard Lessons for the Old Boy Network: Nothing Wrong with US MFG More Women Wouldn’t Fix

Understand, my best friend in the world is a woman – and she’s been at my side through nearly five decades. What’s more, together we have a daughter, a beautiful and talented young lady who every day blows me away with the wise, witty and deeply insightful things she continues to say, do and believe. So I clearly come at this issue with a unique and, perhaps, particular bias. But it’s hard for me to read a newspaper or watch the news these days and not feel sickened by the number of disturbing items that have at their core the mistreatment and objectification of women.

News Panel

Belden Universal was recently honored as a recipient of the 2015 Annual Awards for Business Excellence in the category for Manufacturing. The AABEs highlight successful Chicago area suburban businesses and organizations and honor the people who make them successful. Belden’s recognition in the Manufacturing category was based on the company’s trailblazing manufacturing processes, visionary leadership, robust growth, corporate culture and community involvement. Read More

Belden Universal announces today that it has achieved AS9100C aerospace quality certification. The AS9100C certification, issued by SAE International, is the highest of global standards for quality assurance in the Aircraft, Space and Defense (AS&D) industries. It combines quality standards for both European and US aerospace manufacturing. Read More

Belden Universal announces that it has been named a winner of two coveted awards: the 2016 Manufacturing Leadership Awards by Frost & Sullivan and the 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards by Design News. Read More

Tube Düsseldorf

April 16-20, 2018, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Tube is the world's leading exhibition for the pipe industry and thus the most important showcase for all professionals manufacturing, processing and using pipes. Focal product groups are including raw materials, pipes and fittings, machinery for pipe manufacturing, process technology tools and related tools, measuring, testing and control technology, profiles and associated equipment as well as used machines for the mentioned areas.

Hannover Fair

April 23-27, 2018, Hannover, Germany.

The world's leading Trade Fair for industrial Technology. All key industry technologies and core areas are represented: research and development, industrial automation, IT, industrial supply, production technologies and services; energy and mobility technologies and more. Take advantage of the synergies that HANNOVER MESSE has to offer. Welcome to the industry’s global hotspot!


Aircraft Fuel Valve Actuator Joint

Reverse-engineered universal joint, connecting the control mechanism with the valves that regulate the fuel tank of the plane's engines.

Helicopter Drone Actuator Shaft

Carburetor actuator for remote-control surveillance drone; capable of carrying a payload of 50 KG.  It is deployed in helicopter-based drones.

Paraplegic Care

Miniature medical joints for wearable robotic exoskeletons. Supports powered hip and knee motion in individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), enabling them to stand upright and walk.


Universal joint used in 'crash test dummies' to help determine the extent of bodily harm caused by the impact. This small component is 0.937 inches in length, with a 0.375 outside diameter, threaded end and is capable of bending in any direction.

Aircraft Torque-Tube Assembly


Custom-designed torque-tube assembly for High-Lift Acutation Systems. Satisfies stringent quality requirements such as the 1.3-degree max. backlash over extended life cycles of 25,000 flight hours (translating to years).

 Subsea Valve Actuation

The joint is mounted on the outside of the ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle). The male end of the joint connects to and actuates the valve - turning no more than 100NM of torque. The spring ensures that the joint remains axially straight and can interface with the valve.

Paper Manufacturing

Universal joint for paper manufacturing machinery, connecting two headboxes to the motor. All components made from 316L stainless steel to resist corrosion from maintenance washdowns. The component was outfitted with a flange connection and mating part to suit the mounting and installation requirements. Lubrication fittings and distribution system was added for re-lubrication after washdowns. 


High-Torque Metal Forming

High-strength, high-torque capacity, short-coupled universal joint. Hubs provide connection between the rollers and the gear box. Ideal alternative for Gray & Prior discontinued universal joints. All components are heat-treated and precision ground. Hubs are outfitted with blind square bores. 

Underwater Testing

The function of this universal joint is the precise positioning of an under-water test probe. The joint rotates less than a revolution and is manufactured for minimal backlash. Xylan coating provides a corrosion and lubrication-free solution.



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Hillside, IL 60162

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