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We want to help you learn everything you need to know when purchasing the right pulleys and gears for your applications. That’s why we created a manufacturing innovation blog to answer some of your most crucial questions related to the products or the industry in general. Relying on over 90 years of combined experience, we offer industry-specific details and tips to help you stay informed.

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Women in Manufacturing

As women in the workforce moved from novel to commonplace to expected throughout the 20th century, their changing roles became the focus of many news articles, documentaries, and blog posts. Women entered new fields, worked longer hours, turned over more domestic tasks to their partners, and essentially reinvented their role in modern western society. This…

Choosing the Best Materials For Your Gears

When choosing the best alloy steel for gears, there’s a lot to consider. Heavy-duty applications are no place for guesswork, which means understanding exactly what you need from your gears and what materials will best serve you. This is true whether you work in aerospace, robotics, packaging and labeling, medical, 3D printing, automotive, machining, agriculture,…

The Pros & Cons of Underdrive Pulleys

When you think of underdrive pulleys, you might think of muscle cars and hot rods. Underdrive pulleys have been used in vehicles since the 1950s and were even used on the Ford Mustang. Today, Underdrive pulleys are a terrific choice for vehicles that don’t require a lot of electrical power to make passes, like track…

Accounting for Belt & Pulley Inertia

Physics and Mechanics: How to Account for Belt and Pulley Inertia in System Design  Newton’s first law of motion states that if an object is at rest or moving at a constant speed in a straight line, it will remain at rest or keep moving in a straight line at constant speed unless it is…

HTD Timing Belts and Curvilinear Tooth Profiles

From flat belts to ribbed belts, curvilinear belts to trapezoidal belts, there are many different types of timing belts! All the different timing belts are like a “family”, with each of the different belts being a different member of the family. Knowing a bit about each will keep you informed and help you make the…

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    Eric BroseProject Manager, Technico Precision Manufacturing, Inc.
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