MOTION CONTROL: Servometer®/PMG LLC precision, electrodeposited, nickel alloy, bellows-type, flexible shaft couplings provide torque capabilities from 2 oz-inch (1.4 Ncm) to 20 lb-ft (27 Nm), for shaft sizes ranging from .090 to 1 inch. Because of their flexibility, the low torque couplings can handle angular misalignment up to 31 degrees or parallel misalignments (shafts parallel but offset) up to .076 inch. In general, as flexibility increases, torque capacity decreases. For attachment to shafts, standard set screw hub, split hub with clamping collar or integral clamp hub styles are available. Unique characteristics of Servometer bellows couplings include zero backlash; vibration damping capability; zero cyclic speed variation during 360-degree rotation; very low elastic windup, due to torsional rigidity; and low side thrust on bearings because of lateral flexibility. Bellows couplings are for use in critical applications such as resolvers, encoders, servos, motion control devices and computers.
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