Increasing efficiency and reliability between chain and sprocket

Paul Boughton

The efficiency and reliability of a chain driven system highly depends on the interaction between the chain and sprocket. Just the smallest discrepancy in size can lead to stress damage to the chain, while low quality materials can cause the sprocket to wear and require early replacement.

The Tsubaki range of sprockets has been manufactured from high quality steels to integrate seamlessly with all standard chain sizes and ensure a long and reliable service life.

As a manufacturer of power transmission components Tsubaki understands that the physical interaction between chain and sprocket can have a profound effect on the performance of the entire drive system.

All of the carbon steel sprockets supplied as standard from stock feature induction hardened teeth to ensure that the wear life of both the sprocket and chain is maximised. For food grade applications, or applications where corrosion may be a risk, stainless steel designs are also available.

See the table below for an overview of Tsubaki’s stock sprocket range.

                                    Carbon steel    Carbon steel taper bore    Stainless steel

DIN8187    Simplex    √                       √                                         √

DIN8187    Duplex      √                       √    

ANSI    Simplex          √

The quality of the material design and the precision machining of the sprockets allows them to resist abrasion and withstand shockloading. In turn this reduces unplanned downtime, which increases productivity and lowers the overall maintenance and replacement costs of the system over time; leading to a greatly reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).