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Drive Roller Manufacturers and Companies

IQS Directory provides a comprehensive list of drive roller manufacturers and suppliers. Use our website to review and source top drive roller manufacturers with roll over ads and detailed product descriptions. Find drive roller companies that can design, engineer, and manufacture drive rollers to your companies specifications. Then contact the drive roller companies through our quick and easy request for quote form. Website links, company profile, locations, phone, product videos and product information is provided for each company. Access customer reviews and keep up to date with product new articles. Whether you are looking for manufacturers of drive roller assembly, flanged drive roller, sure grip drive roller, or customized drive rollers of every type, this is the resource for you.

  • Odenton, MD 800-394-7883

    American Urethane is the premier supplier of urethane rollers for industries around the world. We offer rapid quote responses and fast turnaround times. Our rubber rolls are designed to withstand the toughest rigors, like temperature changes, abrasives, and solvents. We are committed to providing our customers with the very best designs in the industry. Contact us today for more info!

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  • Cuyahoga Falls, OH 330-923-3256

    We take care of all your custom roller needs. Harwood specializes in replacing, repairing, and fabricating new rollers. Roll size up to 48 in. diameter, 20 ft. length and 6,000 lbs and custom options. No minimums or set up charges! We pride ourselves on being able to manufacture the most reliable and cost effective solutions.

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  • Carson City, NV 800-733-2648

    REDCO Rubber Engineering & Development is made up of a dedicated team of designers and engineers. We have nearly 70 years of experience serving industries including paper handling and computers. Our rollers are made in-house, and customization is available upon request. Contact REDCO today!

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Drive Rollers Industry Information

Drive Rollers

Drive rollers are mechanisms that facilitate the movement of many different types of machine parts or systems. Primarily, they are relied upon as either the main motion component in conveyor roller systems or the secondary motion component in chain and belt conveyor systems. These systems and others are found in industries including automotive manufacturing, chemical processing, construction, food and beverage, healthcare, lumber processing, digital machinery, bulk material handling, mining, office equipment design, and packaging. Some of the many specific applications of drive rollers include timing belts and other automotive power transmission systems, imaging equipment including computerized axial tomography (CAT) scanners and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners, plywood machinery (machinery used to rotate logs and peel their wood) and commercial printers and scanners.

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Drive Roller Manufacturing Process

Drive rollers work by providing pulleys upon which products can be propelled forward, often in conjunction with chains or belts. Manufacturers usually use one of two molding processes to create drive rollers, injection molding or compression molding. Injection molding is a process that begins with the collection of raw rubber material, usually vulcanized rubber, silicone rubber, or polyurethane (PU). Once collected, the raw rubber material is heated above its melting point until it becomes molten, and then it is injected into a mold cavity. Once inside the cavity, cool water is run over the mold in order to cool, form and cure the roller. Compression molding begins the same way as injection molding. That is, it begins with the gathering and subsequent heating of a raw rubber material collection. After the melting of the rubber material, however, compression molding follows its own path. Instead of injecting the material into a closed mold, manufacturers pour it into an open and heated mold. Once inside the mold, they apply extreme pressure by closing it with a plug member or top force. This pressure causes the molten rubber to push out against the walls of the mold, taking on its shape. Held in place by pressure and plied with continuous heat, the new roller eventually becomes cured and fully formed. After the roller has cooled and hardened, it may be removed from the mold with both methods.

Secondary Processing for Drive Rollers

After a drive roller has been molded, manufacturers have to put it through secondary processing for aesthetic or functional enhancement. For example, to create better fits or better serve individual applications, drive rollers may be designed with grooved or otherwise altered surface areas. To achieve this, manufacturers often put the rollers through a forming process known as knurling. Knurling is usually performed on a lathe, which is a tool that can create rough patterned textures on the surface area of metal or rubber parts. Another way that drives rollers can be customized for their application, and another way that they differ in general from other types of rubber rollers is through the creation of integral shafts with specialized keyways that allow gears or sprockets to run them. Other types of rubber rollers include polyurethane or urethane rollers, guide rollers, ink rollers, laminating rollers, and industrial rollers. In addition to the surface design area and keyway specializations, manufacturers create different style drive rollers to account for varying material strengths, speeds, load carrying capabilities, and materials. They can also create rollers that meet the requirements of various industry or government-related regulations, such as those outlined by International Standards Organization (ISO), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST), the Federal Drug and Food Administration (FDA), Mil-Spec (military specifications), Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS), and Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

Applications of Drive Rollers

Drive rollers are essential to the functioning of many different types of applications. They improve efficiency and reduce associated costs, reduce labor and labor costs and keep chain and belt conveyor systems from malfunctioning by providing backup. They are available in diverse styles and sizes, making them useful in industries as different as chemical processing and office equipment design. Drive rollers are fairly inexpensive and an investment worth investigating. Interested parties are encouraged to reach out to one or more experienced drive roller manufacturers, such as those listed near the top of this page. Get your application rolling with drive roller services provided by an expert supplier today. The right manufacturer will help guide a customer in the right direction in selecting these and other types of rollers. They will also provide a customer with roller refurbishment services for old or worn-down rollers if need be.



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