Slit Beam Couplings
A helical or slit beam coupling is a one-piece coupling that uses multiple machined straight cuts penetrating from the outside diameter to the bore. These helical beam couplings are designed to transmit torque between two shafts while still compensating for shaft to shaft misalignments. Use these zero-backlash shaft couplings in high-speed applications where you need to reduce residual stress.
Slit Beam Coupling Applications and Selection CriteriaSlit beam couplings are frequently used for low torque applications. The versatile design of helical flexible shaft couplings makes them ideal for a range of applications, including machine tools, encoders, pumps, instrumentation, and other motion control applications.
The size, material, and style of your helical flexible shaft coupling ultimately depend on what the coupling will be used for. As the number of starts in the slit beam coupling increase, the torsional stiffness increases, as well as the angular and parallel misalignment capabilities.
Read our whitepaper, Items to Consider when Choosing Shaft Misalignment Couplings, to learn more about selecting the right slit beam coupling for your application.
Benefits of Using Aluminum for Slit Beam CouplingsAluminum is the most common material choice for beam couplings because it has the best mix of attributes for the most common beam coupling applications. This material is not only lightweight but has an excellent strength-to-weight ratio, making it ideal for motion control applications.
Additional benefits of aluminum for helical beam couplings include:
- Lightweight for low inertia
- High level of responsiveness
- Fatigue Resistance
- Long, service-free life
- Electrolytic finish for added durability and corrosion resistance
The Ondrives.US Advantage: Slit Beam Couplings
- Zero backlash
- High rigidity
- High torque and torsional stiffness
- Misalignment and shaft endplay accommodations
- Identical clockwise and counterclockwise rotational characteristics
- Long fatigue life
Contact Ondrives for Your Helical Beam Shaft CouplingsNo matter your application needs, Ondrives.US offers a high-performance helical beam coupling for you. We can also design and manufacture custom shaft couplings in a variety of materials, styles, and sizes. Contact us to learn more about our helical beam couplings or request a quote today.
Attach your precision helical beam coupler to an Ondrives.US Precision Ground Shaft, available from stock.