The Industrial Power Transmission unit of Gates Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of belt drive systems, now constructs its entire molded notch V-belt line with EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer). EPDM is a high-performance rubber compound known for ozone, heat and weather resistance.

Gates is the first manufacturer to implement EPDM technology in the design of industrial V-belts. The company’s molded notch V-belts now withstand a 70 percent broader temperature range, offering longer belt life at extreme temperatures. The belts’ bandless, molded notch construction saves up to 3 percent on energy costs for greater efficiency and the belts also tolerate misalignment better for smoother running performance.

Gates also released two educational resources – a white paper and features and benefits guide that explore V-Belt design. The white paper entitled “Analyze Your Way to Longer Lasting, Better Performing V-Belt Drives,” describes factors affecting V-belt life, details how to recognize problems in V-belt drives and poses corrective actions that plant and maintenance managers can take for improved drive performance, longer belt life and energy cost savings. The features and benefits guide, “Gates V-Belts: Engineered for Performance,” illustrates how a belt’s design can determine whether it succeeds or fails in an application.

About Gates Corporation
Gates Corporation is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial and automotive products, systems and components with operations in 33 countries. Gates maintains sales and marketing operations in every major industrial and automotive market, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Gates is part of the Industrial & Automotive group of Tomkins plc, and with revenue of $4.2 billion in 2009 Tomkins plc has over 25,000 employees worldwide and enjoys strong market positions and technical leadership across all of its business activities and owns some of the best-known brands in their respective markets.