The Fenner name is synonymous with drive and power. With over 150 years of engineering drive systems and power transmission behind them, they were well-suited for acquisition by Motion Asia Pacific in 2011.
BSC Product Manager for Drive Systems and Power Transmission, Troy Markland, says with Fenner under his belt, the future of manufacturing is looking alive — and fast.
“Technological advancements in the industrial landscape have come ahead in leaps and bounds,” says Troy. “More and more, factories are looking to increase the rate of their productivity through high-speed applications.”
In the manufacturing segment; the greater the speed of an operation, the higher the productivity and the more profitable the gains.
Fenner demonstrates an understanding of this concept through robust, versatile drive shaft solutions like Fenaflex Tyre Couplings that have high-torquing ability to accommodate the manufacturing industry’s need for speed.
The main job of a coupling arrangement is aligning two drive shafts in order to transmit power between them. A standard coupling arrangement is constructed with two flanges, and a taper lock bush design that secures the connecting shafts in place.
“Drive shafts are what give a machine higher rated horsepower,” explains Troy. “They are a significant component in the design and construction of automotive vehicles. But in a factory setting, they are also required on conveyor belts, pulleys, lifts and mobile plant equipment where machines are running under heavy vibrations.”
“The Fenaflex Tyre Couplings are unique in their design because they have a donut-style rubber tire between the two flanges of the coupling arrangement that has vibration dampening properties and torquing ability that allow for shaft misalignment on operations,” he furthers.
Heavy vibrations can cause cracks and fractures on drive equipment which can lead to equipment failures. “The Fenaflex Tyre Couplings do a good job of softening the impact of heavy manufacturing through shock absorption,” Troy adds.
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