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11th November 2022

The Best Power Transmission Products For Motion

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There are a variety of power transmission elements that each have unique and robust characteristics. Whether it’s to quickly and effectively transmit power or to provide support to other components, these products can well and truly transform your systems. This blog will give you a rundown of the top products that can make the most significant difference in powering motion through various mechanical power transmission elements and methods.

Most power transmission elements transfer power that can then fuel motion, between shafts, gears, belts and much more. These products are used in various industries such as construction, industrial and machinery and handling systems.


Mechanical power transmission

Mechanical power transmission moves energy between links and elements so power is given to the most practical and needed part of the system. The advantage of this method is that the power is transferred efficiently to a range of elements, even to elements that rotate or convert into a range of motions, including linear.

These elements include:

  • Shafts

Shafts can be used in most mechanical systems. They pair best with gears and pulleys, as they can be mounted on the shaft directly.

  • Power screws

These screws are one of the most effective link elements to transfer power.

  • Gears and gear trains

Gears can be installed on a range of shafts, so they work in harmony with each other as their teeth can intertwin.

  • Chains and sprockets

Chains and sprockets are known for being precise, they work effectively for exact ratios of speed.

  • Brakes and clutches

Brakes and clutches are effective in stopping and starting the power when needed, the clutches help this engagement run smoothly.

  • Belts and pulleys

When gears aren’t the right solution belt and pulleys can be used to connect the shafts when they are apart. This method is extremely flexible.

Electric Drive

This form parts of the motor and changes electrical energy into mechanical.

Pneumatic Transmission

Pneumatic Transmission uses gas as power energy in the form of pressure, making it easy and low-cost. However, pneumatic transmission is also known as being less reliable due to its stability.

Hydraulic Transmission

Hydraulic transmission works by liquid powering elements.


  • Gear drives

Ideal for short and steady distances.

  • Chain drives

Power is moved through a range of chains.

  • Belt drives

The power here is transferred between shafts that are stabilised by pulleys. 

It’s vital that you use the right equipment for your application’s needs, sometimes a collaborative approach works best. 

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