February 2018

On Energy, Policy and the Wisdom of the Marketplace

There are any number of things that decades in manufacturing have taught me, not the least of which is the inherent wisdom of the marketplace. In fact, for a guy whose political bent, sense of environmental responsibility, and pro-social conscience can tilt proudly left at times, my belief in the absolute wisdom of the marketplace is as far right as right can be. That is especially true in matters of energy.

On Energy, Policy and the Wisdom of the Marketplace

ExportsThere are any number of things that decades in manufacturing have taught me, not the least of which is the inherent wisdom of the marketplace.

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OTC 2018

April 20 - May 3, 2018, Houston, TX.

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is where the world’s energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. OTC is the largest global event for the oil and gas sector featuring approximately 2,000 exhibitors and attendees from across the globe.

Aircraft Fuel Valve Actuator Joint

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

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

 

     
 
 

Helicopter Drone Actuator Shaft

     
 
 

Paraplegic Care

 

   
 
 
 
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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Universal Joint Carries Power in Surgical Device

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Riding through the Turns - the History & Applications of Universal Joints

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How to Creatively Replace Discontinued Universal Joints

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SPECIALTY UNIVERSAL JOINTS FOR METAL PROCESSING

LEVELER STRENGTH UNIVERSAL JOINTS (LV)
Specifically designed for extreme torque applications. Enhanced mechanical properties and manufacturing processes increase the strength and extend the operating life of the joints.

  • Reinforced Yoke-Ear Profile;
  • Typically Pin & Block (Friction-Bearing) Design;
  • Higher-Grade Alloy Steel than High-Strength Joint;
  • Hardened & Ground Blocks, Pins & Yoke Ears

HIGH STRENGTH UNIVERSAL JOINTS (UJ-HS)
Recommended for high-torque applications, while accommodating higher operating angles.

  • HIgh-Grade Alloy Steel
  • Typical Design: Pin & Block (Friction-Bearing);
  • Hardened & Ground Blocks, Pins & Yoke Ears.


TELESCOPING DRIVE SHAFTS


Spring-loaded telescoping drive shafts
provide easy on-and-off operation & a fail-safe solution.

 

 

 

 

 


OVERSTRESSING YOUR MILL?
BEWARE OF YOUR
WEAKEST LINK

Universal Joint Customization Necessary for High-Torque, High-Speed Applications

Full Article in the
Tube & Pipe Journal

Typische Anwendungen: 
  • Surgical Instrumentation
  • Imaging Equipment
  • Exoskeletons
  • Hip Flexors
  • Hospital Beds
  • Patient Lifts
  • Wheel Chairs
Fallstudie (PDF): 
 
The Principles of Universal Joint Engineering

White Paper

As medical devices reach new heights of sophistication, OEMs rightfully expect similarly high levels of performance and quality in their device components. Customization, precision, compliance and special materials are amongst the most crucial considerations. This White Paper by Belden Universal addresses the intricacies, challenges and quality issues associated with universal joint engineering for high-complexity applications.

What you will learn:

  • Universal Joint Design Aspects
  • Performance Considerations
  • Torque Calculations
  • Quality Aspects

Complete to
Download White Paper

 

High Complexity Universal Joints
Universal joints for medical applications often require extreeme precision, high angles and RPM. They must be flexible for customization, including the outside diameter, connection methods and materials. Quality requirements must be considered for performance and materials, as required by the Food and Drug Administration. Belden Universal’s miniature joints are suited for applications with space limitations. A variety of stainless steel and special materials and processes deliver high quality compliance.

THE QUALITIES OF A BELDEN JOINT

  • Innovative Design Solutions
  • Superior Lifetime and Performance
  • Sustained Precision at High RPM
  • Minimal Torsional Backlash
  • High Angles of Deflection
  • Miniature to Large Diameters

WHY WORK WITH BELDEN

  • Extensive Testing Capabilities
  • Layered Drawings
  • Proof of Process Stability
  • First Article Inspection Reports (FAIR)
  • Foreign Object Damage (FOD) Control
  • Surface Passivation
  • RoHS Compliance
Typische Anwendungen: 
  • Surgical Instrumentation
  • Imaging Equipment
  • Exoskeletons
  • Hip Flexors
  • Hospital Beds
  • Patient Lifts
  • Wheel Chairs
Fallstudie (PDF): 

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info@beldenuniversal.com

(708)344-4600

4100 Madison Street

Hillside, IL 60162

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