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Timing Belt Material: Are You Making the Best Choice for Your Next Big Project?

Timing Belt Material

At IPG, our expert team of passionate professionals have years of experience providing many types of timing belt materials to customers in a range of different industries. One critical thing to understand is that depending on what you're trying to accomplish, not all timing belts are created equally.

The material selection will greatly influence a number of factors including the overall lifespan of the timing belt, the temperature range that it is capable of functioning in, the amount of dust you'll be dealing with, and more. This will also impact applications in industries that are subject to government approval by organizations like the FDA, as well as the overall price. Obviously, a timing belt is a core component of the essential equipment your business needs to function, so these are all things that you want to carefully consider so that you're not leaving anything to chance.

Therefore, if you want to make sure that you're choosing the right material to fit your needs, there are a number of important things to keep in mind.

Timing Belt Material

When it comes to your timing belt material selection, there are two main types that you can choose from depending on your needs: those constructed with urethane and those that are made from a neoprene material.


Urethane timing belts are known for many things, including their low elongation rate. Despite this, they still offer a significant amount of tensile strength. They can easily stand up to harsh temperatures during extreme periods of heat and cold, making it a widely used option when it comes to timing belts.

Note that urethane/polyester and urethane/Kevlar timing belts are also an option. The major advantage to this is that these belts will offer superior shock resistance, which adds to their durability and flexibility in many scenarios.

As a material, urethane is also used in other ways because of these properties. It's most commonly employed as a sealant for decorative concrete and stone, but it is also used to protect wood and other items as well.


Neoprene is a type of fiberglass material that is often used in timing belt construction. It's part of a synthetic family of rubbers that is produced through the polymerization of chloroprene.

Thanks to the fact that the material itself is UV resistant in nature, it tends to have a longer lifespan than alternative materials. Likewise, it offers significant resistance to chemicals that, when coupled with its known dimensional stability, make it a perfect choice for applications that require durability in particular.

Thanks to its many unique advantages, neoprene is used in many applications where long-term reliability is a must. In addition to neoprene timing belts, you can also find the material on various types of tubing, seals, gasoline hoses, and even wetsuits, among others.

Benefits of a Urethane Timing Belt

As stated, one of the major benefits of a urethane timing belt comes by way of not just high dimensional stability, but consistency to that end as well. Urethane as a material is known for not only low noise but also low pre-tension, which contributes to a lower overall maintenance requirement as well.

Urethane timing belts also offer high resistance to factors like abrasions and are also sought after because of the high level of flexibility that they bring with them. They're particularly helpful in applications where they will be exposed to oils and greases. All of this contributes to their long overall lifespan, making them a solution that is more than capable of standing the test of time.

Benefits of a Neoprene Timing Belt

By far, one of the most important advantages of a neoprene timing belt has to do with its enhanced temperature stability when it comes to other options. Whether the timing belt will be used with a piece of equipment that generates extreme amounts of heat or if it will be in an environment with very cold temperatures, it doesn't matter - the timing belt will still be more than capable of performing reliably no matter what.

Also notable is neoprene's resistance to various sources of degradation. As opposed to synthetic or even natural rubbers, a neoprene timing belt will still hold up and offer high levels of strength no matter how demanding your equipment happens to be. For many customers, the superior chemical resistance of a neoprene timing belt is also a major selling point. A lot of clients use these timing belts in areas where they will be exposed to oils and other harsh chemicals. Where something like natural rubber might have trouble, a neoprene timing belt will continue to serve you well for years to come.

Are you Making the Right Decision?

In the end, there isn't really one "right" or "wrong" option when it comes to timing belt materials. As always, you should let the needs of the application dictate the selection that you make. Don't choose a material just because it looks good on paper and hope that things work out the way you want. Start with your requirements and what you're trying to accomplish and at that point, the material that you should use will become clear. As always, if you're not sure which option to pick and need a bit of additional assistance, our team is ready and waiting to help.

At IPG, we're proud of the work we've accomplished over the years when it comes to providing timing belt materials on behalf of our clients. Regardless of what your specific needs happen to be, we have the capability and the expertise necessary to develop a custom solution that will exceed your expectations - exactly the way it should be. We also manufacture custom timing pulleys and similar options, all so that you can rest easy knowing that your needs are being taken care of.

If you'd like to find out more information about the various types of timing belt materials that are available, or if you'd just like to discuss your own situation with someone in a bit more detail, please don't hesitate to contact IPG today!