Berg Webinar

WM Berg Belts Webinar

When is a Belt Drive Better for Mechanical Power Transmission?

Recorded:August 29, 201830 minutes

Poor-performing and overdesigned drives can be costly and/or time consuming for any user. Expensive components, complicated assemblies. high repair costs and longer downtime are all reasons to look into making design changes. Whether it is a brand new design or an existing solution, it is a good idea to consider belts when looking to transmit speed and torque. 

In this presentation, we will look into the short- and long- term benefits of belt and molded chain driven systems. Low noise, reduced backlash, simple installation, and low repair cost are just a few of the positive aspects of these systems. While not every application is right for a belt driven system, there are times when it is without question the best option. In addition to benefits, we will look into the specifics of these products. Topics to be covered include material options, proper tensioning, strength calculations and belt length/center distance calculations.

The goal of this webinar is to provide another tool to designers and anyone working in power transmission. Different applications call for different solutions and knowing more about belts and molded chain can help optimize a drive design. 

Key Take-Aways

  • Learn the advantages of using belt drives
  • Identify when a belt driven system can be used vs. when a gear driven system should be used
  • Determine application-specific design considerations - center distances, horsepower calculations
  • Understand how to accurately tension a belt drive system
  • Identify where a specific style of belt can be used


Bill Hubiak Director-Product Engineering and Innovation, Specialty Components Group, and is responsible for the product development and life cycle for three distinct brands including WM Berg. Prior to coming to Specialty Components, Bill held Product Management and Engineering Management roles with the Rexnord Innovation Center, the research and development division of Rexnord. He was involved with many new product developments including Falk V-Class, Thomas XTSR Coupling, Duralon Self-Lubricating bearings and the Rexlon Self-Lubricating bearing. Bill has over 20 years of experience with Rexnord where he has established himself as a proven leader across all facets of product development. 

Bill earned his Bachelor's Degree from Winona State University in both Chemical and Mechanical engineering with a focus on polymer composite materials. 

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