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A Solution to Simplify Maintenance in Traditional Stamping Presses

Climax Keyless Locking Devices eliminate the use of keyed shafts required when mounting bull gears in mechanical steel stamping presses, providing a shaft-to-bore connection that is reliable, increased durability, and supplies infinite timing capability.

Bull gears are widely used in traditional stamping presses. After some time the bore of these bull gears will wear out and require maintenance. The typical maintenance approach is often lengthy and consequently affects production and profitability to the manufacturing facility. This process includes welding the bores to enable the plant to machine them back to the required shaft size and finally add a keyway. In addition, the keyed shafting will oftentimes need to be repaired or replaced which can be difficult and time consuming. Climax provides an exceptional solution that eliminates the need for keyed shafts. Our keyless locking assemblies can be placed in the bore of the bull gear, to lock it to the shaft and provide the necessary torque capacity, while increasing durability, as well as supply infinite timing capability. This keyless solution simplifies the machining required, allows for timing, and provides for infinite service life. When maintenance is required, KLDs are installed and removed using simple hand tools. Climax carries an extensive line of shaft locking solutions from stock. Our engineers have the ability to engineer custom designs to fit any application challenge you may have.

Large Bore Couplings Provide Solution for Line Shaft Timber Applications

Large Bore Couplings Popular for Sawmills:
Bore Sizes 1-15/16”, 2-7/16”, 2-15/16”, 3-7/16”, 3 15/16”, 4 7/16”

Climax large bore shaft couplings provide a higher strength alternative over antiquated traditional approaches in timbering applications while transmitting higher loads necessary for line shafts.

From initial harvesting to final product, machinery used in forestry (sawmill) applications is constantly subjected to some of the harshest environments and strenuous loads for which an engineer can design.

The true workhorse of the coupling family, rigid couplings can be used in many line shaft applications in the timber industry.

Climax’s state of the art facility, located in Mentor, Ohio, manufactures couplings with up to a 5” bore, with the capability to go larger depending on the application. Climax also offers Continue reading “Large Bore Couplings Provide Solution for Line Shaft Timber Applications”

Climax Provides Products for the Construction Industry

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PROBLEM:  Harsh outdoor environments can lead to premature failure of low speed, light duty bearings.

SOLUTION:  Choose Climax ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) self-lubricating bearings with stainless steel housings for tough environments. Great for hand operated levers and cranks found on trailer and other construction equipment.

KLDs Provide Productivity Solutions for High Speed Index Packaging Machinery

Keyless Locking Devices (KLDs) ensure required positional accuracy and repeatability is achieved from drive line components, and eliminate keyed connection failure.

When high volumes are desired the most common approach is through the use of high speed index packaging machinery. These machines are capable of performing simultaneous actions at multiple stages of the production process, consequently reducing cycle times. The strenuous demands on the machines, especially the requirement of positional accuracy and repeatability from its drive line components, can cause keyed connections to wear out, become out of sync, and break down over time.

Climax keyless locking devices are designed to use in place of keyed Continue reading “KLDs Provide Productivity Solutions for High Speed Index Packaging Machinery”

Shaft Collars Used as Locators in Automated Packaging Systems

Shaft collars are used on a shaft primarily in 3 general categories: Positioners, Spacers, and Limiters.  Functioning as locators in automated packaging systems, shaft collars position components in place or work as mechanical stops providing axial holding power for automated packaging systems. Click on the image to read more.

Keyless Locking Devices Used in Wind Energy Applications

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Indexing Motion and Reversing Wear Out Keyed Connections

Wallowed out keyways cause backlash and create downtime.  If you have a customer who is experiencing problems with keyed connections, Climax Keyless Locking Devices can help. KLDs often found in small wind power machinery, eliminate the need for keyed connections. Damage and downtime are a common result of backlash, fretting, and erosion of keyways. Climax KLDs prevent damage and downtime, provide exceptional holding power, and resist torque reversals.

Corrosion Resistant Shaft Collars Provide a Solution to Hostile Environments

On average, corrosion costs the United States an unprecedented one trillion dollars a year. Climax Metal Products can help evade that cost by offering a line of shaft collars specifically targeted for this problem. Our Corrosion Resistant shaft collars are ideal for use in hostile environments where frequent wash-downs are common, such as Food Processing, Pharmaceuticals, Mining, Marine, etc. These collars are made from T316 Stainless Steel or made from steel plated in corrosion resistant yellow zinc dichromate.

For more information on our complete line of corrosion resistant shaft collars, contact Climax at 800-542-6552 and ask how we can help.

For a printable version of this Industry Application click here:  Corrosion Resistant Shaft Collars

Climax Provide Solutions for Timber Industry

From initial harvesting to final product, machinery used in forestry application is constantly subjected to some of the harshest environments and strenuous loads for which an engineer can design. To compensate, many application designers forgo traditional keys and keyways which are subject to failure and rely upon spline interference fits to mount critical components on rotating shafts.

Keyless shaft/hub locking devices, internal locking Continue reading “Climax Provide Solutions for Timber Industry”

Keyless Locking Devices Provide Solutions for Mining Industry

Whether your operation is surface, conventional or longwall mining, your machinery is constantly subjected to some of the harshest environments and torturous loads for which an engineer can design. To compensate, for many application designers forgo traditional keys and keyways which are subject to failure and rely upon splice and interference fits to mount critical components on rotating shafts.

Keyless shaft/hub locking devices, internal locking Continue reading “Keyless Locking Devices Provide Solutions for Mining Industry”

Optimal Solution for Mining Belt Conveyor Systems

Climax keyless locking devices provide advantages over keyed connections. Mining OEMs incorporate keyless connections in equipment design.

Drum pulleys, especially head or tail pulleys, using traditional keyed connections introduce several compromises. Whenever a shaft is keyed, it must be oversized to account for the loss of effective cross section. This adds weight and cost not only to the shaft, but to every component on the shaft. Once assembled, keyways are susceptible to fretting, corrosion, and allow backlash. QD, XT, or taper-lock bushings do not transmit reversing bending moments and are susceptible to shaft fatigue failure originating at the keyways. Climax KLDs eliminate the need for keyways reducing downtime and loss of profit while allowing the use of smaller shafting and components. KLDs provide a longer life for both mine duty and engineered class conveyor pulleys.

Mining machinery is constantly subjected Continue reading “Optimal Solution for Mining Belt Conveyor Systems”

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Since 1946, Climax Metal Products Company has grown into the leading source for engineered shaft locking solutions by providing outstanding customer service. Climax Shaft Collars, Rigid Couplings, and Keyless Locking Devices are manufactured with unsurpassed quality and stocked by distributors throughout North America.

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