Zero Backlash Universal Joint Couplings

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Universal joint couplings transmit torque and motion between rotating shafts that intersect but are not parallel. 45-degree universal joint couplings transmit high torque with minimal radial loads for use in driveshafts, control mechanisms, machinery, tool drivers, and various other mechanical applications.

Universal Joint Shaft Couplings Provide Zero Backlash Performance

Universal joints normally have backlash due to the traditional design. Ondrives unique Universal Joints perform without any backlash. Zero Backlash universal joint couplings are a must in motion control applications. Ondrives.US offers Zero Backlash Universal Joint Couplings in single joint, double joint and telescopic double joint types. These universal joint couplings are available in lightweight acetal plastic with brass insert hubs or in stainless steel. Select from inch or metric bore sizes to 1” or 25mm.
 
Ondrives.US engineers developed a White Paper “How to select Shaft Couplings” to assist you in the selection of the most appropriate shaft to shaft coupling for your application.
 
Couple to almost any shaft diameter with our Bore Reducers and attach your universal joint shaft coupling to a Precision Ground Shaft, both available from stock.
 

Universal Joint Shaft Couplings

Ondrives.US offers universal joint shaft couplings in a range of options for high power, zero backlash performance. We also offer customization if you are unable to find the right universal joint for your application. Please contact our application engineers to discuss your particular needs.

Single and Double Acetal U-Joints

Ondrives Acetal U-Joints are zero backlash universal joints with a lightweight, black Acetal / Derlin™ thermoplastic body and a brass cross piece and inserts. Our 101 Series and 103 Series universal joint couplings provide backlash-free performance for up to 108 turns and at a max. speed of 1,000 RPM. Available in inch and metric bore diameters up to 20mm. Single Acetal U-Joints accept angular misalignment up to 45 degrees while our Double Acetal Joints perform at any angle up to 90 degrees. Operating temperatures range from -20°C to +60°C.
 
Telescopic Acetal U-Joints  
Telescopic Universal Joints are basically two single U-Joints coupled together with a set of telescopic tubes. They act as a Double Joint at any angle up to 90 degrees. Telescopic joints solve the problem of extreme parallel misalignment, high axial distance and axial movement. An optional “Nose Bushing” can be supplied to eliminate any torsional free play between the brass telescoping tubes which will make this U-Joint Backlash Free.   

Single and Double Stainless-Steel U-Joints

Ondrives Stainless Steel U-Joints are zero backlash universal joints which allow rigid shafts and rods to “bend” in different directions to facilitate the transfer of rotary motion. Our ZA Series and ZD Series universal joint couplings provide zero backlash at full torque—up to 600 in-lbs., depending on the model selected. Available in bore diameters up to 1” or 25mm. Our Stainless U-Joints accept angular misalignment up to 20 degrees per single joint for joint diameters up to 1 inch. Our larger 1-1/2 inch joints can handle angular misalignment up to 10 degrees. Operating temperatures range from 0°C to +100°C.
 
Telescopic Stainless Steel U-Joints  
Telescopic universal joint couplings are mechanically flexible and feature a telescoping shaft, precision balls, and burnished custom spherical sockets. Handles speed up to 3,600 RPM and torques up to 600 in-lbs., depending on the model selected. Inch and metric available with bore sizes up to 1” or 25mm.

The Ondrives.US Advantage for Universal Joint Couplings

  • Zero Backlash coupling design
  • Up to 90 degrees of angular offset
  • Any bore to bore combination available within the min. max. limit
  • Universal joint shaft couplings are available in inch and metric bores up to 1 inch
  • Torques to 600 in-lbs
  • Instrumentation quality
  • Speeds up to 1000 rpm on Acetal U-Joint couplings
  • Speeds up to 3600 rpm on Stainless Steel U-Joints

Request a Quote for Universal Joint Couplings

Ondrives.US provides a wide variety of U-joint zero backlash couplings for drive components and other power transfer applications. Request a quote for the universal joint couplings that meet your needs or contact us to learn more about customized solutions.

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