Custom Precision Universal Joints

Custom Universal Joints and High-Complexity Mechanical Components

Belden is constantly striving for customer satisfaction, and our capabilities extend well beyond the standard product line. We deliver high-performance solutions for our customers’ specific applications that meet your exact operating criteria, constructed from a range of materials and platings. We also offer 3D printing solutions for prototying.

Regardless of the challenge, Belden is committed to providing a solution. 

Custom Universal Joint Example


A leading global food processing company experienced failures of its standard needle-bearing universal joints, stemming from the wash-down phase of its automation equipment.

After discussing operating conditions and specifications, Belden custom-engineered a stainless steel, hybrid "pin-and-block / needle-bearing" joint with composite bushings. This hybrid design delivered both the higher torque capacity of a friction-bearing pin-and-block component, and the speed, durability and low backlash of a needle-bearing joint.  The end result was a wash-down-safe component, without corrosion, contamination, burnout, and joint seizure issues, operating at high-RPM over extended periods with low backlash, minimal maintenance.

End Hub Configurations

Belden offers a wide variety of end hub configurations. The six most conventional hub types, in either male or female, are available in inch or metric sizes.

Miniature Joints

Belden offers miniature joints with an outside diameter of 0.315" [8 mm] or smaller if required. Materials include stainless and heat-treated alloy steel. Customization and double universal joints are available for operational angles above 35 degrees.

Large Outside Diameters

Belden is equipped to manufacture universal joints and shaft assemblies with outside diameters up to 10 inches. Just fill out the RFQ to get pricing and more information from one of our application specialists.

Unique Materials for Special Applications

  • AISI 303, 304, 316L, 416, 420, 17-4, 15-5 Stainless Steel
  • Aluminum, Bronze & Brass Alloys
  • Duplex Stainless Steel; e.g. S32760
  • Super Alloys; e.g. Inconel
  • Titanium & others

All materials can be plated or additionally treated to improve corrosion resistance or provide other functionality. Some options for plating and surface treatment procedures:

  • Zinc plating
  • Nickel plating
  • Cadmium plating (for aerospace stainless steels)
  • Black Oxide treatment
  • Electro Polishing


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