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17-4PH Stainless Steel Couplings Double Your Torque

 

The Capabilities of 17-4PH Stainless Steel and the Helical® Flexure

Helical’s 17-4PH stainless steel flexible couplings (couplers) are ideal when high strength, excellent fatigue resistance and high torsional 17-4PH Stainless Steel H, W and MC Series couplingsstiffness are called for in an application. When compared to both 303 stainless steel and 7075-T6 aluminum, 17-4PH provides twice the torque and can operate up to 600F. Helical couplings are machined from a solid piece of material, and when the unique HELI-CAL ® Flexure is incorporated they can compensate for angular, parallel or skewed misalignment, while providing axial compliance, constant velocity and smooth bearing loads. The W Series, World Series, and H Series Stainless Steel Series are general purpose couplings are ideal for heavy duty uses such as pumps, lead screws, positioning systems, and processing equipment. The MC Series, Motor Coupling, has higher torque capacity and torsional stiffness with two sets of flexures for increased parallel offset. It is good for pumps, conveyor systems, and industrial processing equipment where absolute reliability is required.

An array of options, in a variety of OD sizes, enable the designer to tailor each series for their specific application.

An array of options, in a variety of OD sizes, enable the designer to tailor each series for their specific application. The W Series (metric) accommodates shaft sizes from 3mm to 20mm, the MC Series from .156 to 1.75 inches (3.96mm to 44.45mm) and can accommodate option keyways, and the H Series from .059 to 0.75 inches (1.5mm-19mm). All three series include configurations with reliefs, and set screw or integral clamp attachments with inch or metric bores. The W Series is configured with metric fasteners. All 3 series are capable of transmitting torque through 5º if required, and can operate in temperatures up to 600º F (300° C). Order Now! Order your 17-4PH Stainless Steel flexible coupling now! Cant find the part you need?  Complete an engineering proposal form and one of our application engineers will begin designing your custom part. Begin Your Custom Design      
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How are IoT and additive manufacturing impacting couplings?

How are IoT and additive manufacturing impacting couplings?

The influence of the internet of things, IoT, and additive manufacturing has a long reach and it appears to be expanding. To learn more about how these two technological advances are changing motion systems and the coupling industry in specific, Design World talked to Yamil Guerra, Helical Products domestic representative from Design Components, Inc., to get some answers. Here is what he had to say. I don’t see these methods of automation deployment necessarily changing motion system design as much as increasing the number of opportunities for motion control solutions. As the variety of materials leveraged by additive manufacturing increases, the number of system designs that didn’t have the volume or resources to be built, now become a possibility along with greater affordability of proof of concept hardware. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been around for a while (e.g. machine remote access) but together with the Internet of Things making a big splash in consumer products, we’ve entered the era of Big Data, meaning that manufacturers may have more access to direct feedback on their products which in turn may accelerate design improvements in motion design and other areas of a system. We look to see an increase in custom designs with the IoT and additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing has opened the door to alternative means of material production. However, the technology has to trickle down from high-end manufacturing—say printing the curve profile of a plane’s fuselage in lieu of machining it out of an entire piece of metal—to other industries using older manufacturing methods that are less costly and still provide good results. "Innovative manufacturing practices will pave the way towards any company’s future success." With increasing demands of the US consumer to have products in their hands faster than ever before, an integrated supply chain using new innovative manufacturing practices will pave the way towards any company’s future success. We look forward to what opportunities the internet of things and additive manufacturing brings to us in the future. Read the article from CouplingTips.com here.
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Manufacturing Day 2016 at Helical

Helical Products Company, part of the MW Industries family of Companies, is excited to participate in Manufacturing Day 2016, Friday, October 7th. Guidance counselors, teachers and school administrators will begin the day at 9:00 a.m. at Helical Products Company then will leave to tour other local facilities participating in the event.  Information and demonstrations from Santa Maria's participating manufacturing and engineering programs, including mechanical design, energy and electronic instrumentation, will be included. https://youtu.be/XzngKiBr93k Helical Products will open their doors on October 7th to Allen Hancock College welcoming in the students and staff.  Visitors of Helical Products will go through a brief overview of the business, sales, marketing, customer service and will finish their visit touring the facility seeing the machining process.  Helical products makes machined springs, flexible couplings and custom products.  All of the visitors will tour the three product stations seeing and learning how the processes work.   Manufacturing Day 2016 Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.  This annual event has companies opening their doors and allowing people from the communities around them to come see what they do.  MFG Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG Day, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.  MFG Day was created to expand knowledge and change perceptions of the industry, throughout community wide events. Many of Helical Products' machinists have received certificates from Allen Hancock College so Helical is happy to have the college and prospective employees tour the facility. For more information on MFG Day, go to www.mfgday.com.  
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Possibilities with Custom Couplings

Helical custom couplings have an endless array of possibilities. Couplings can be designed to suit whatever your application may require. A new video has been posted to show you how the Heli-Cal® Flexure can be designed to your application needs. Head over to the "Video" page to view some of our latest videos including, "What Does a Custom Coupling Look Like," or sign up for Engineering TV to received notice of Helical's latest videos featuring couplings, u-joints and machined springs.
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Methods of Attachments: Set Screw or Integral Clamp?

AR100USE.83ACR100USE.80 A new video has been posted on the Videos page on "The Best Methods of Attachments for Standard and Custom Couplings." It is very common for people to ask, "what is the difference between an integral clamp and a set screw?" Now, you can learn and see for yourself! In this video, you will see what the different advantages and draw backs may be of the two attachments for your application. To help decide what attachment may work best for your flexible shaft coupling, use our product catalog to view the torque ratings. Need help deciding what method of attachment works best for you? Fill out this form and one of our engineers will be happy to assist you!
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What is a Multi Start Flexure?

Have you ever wondered what is a multi start flexure? It is important to know and consider the differences of a single, double and triple start flexure when choosing or designing the correct coupling or machined spring for your application. Watch our new video on Multi Start Flexures here or over on the "News and Videos" tab.
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Helical in Taiwan!

Visit our distributor, Ace Pillar Co., Ltd., at the 2014 Taiwan AOI Forum & Show this Wednesday.  Stop by their booth for some of the most innovative products on the market.  Ace Pillar is one of the leading distributors for automated electromechanical components and professional automation technology service providers.  Visit Ace Pillar this week for all of your coupling and machined springs needs!
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Helical has your torque covered!

Helical’s 17-4PH stainless steel couplings are ideal when high strength, excellent fatigue resistance and high torsional stiffness are called for in an application.  When compared to both 303 stainless steel and 7075-T6 aluminum, 17-4PH provides twice the torque.  Helical is the only company that claims to manufacture beam couplings out of 17-4PH stainless steel.  They are machined from a solid piece of material.  The W Series and H Series general purpose couplings are ideal for heavy duty uses such as pumps, lead screws, positioning systems, and processing equipment.  The MC Series has higher torque capacity and torsional stiffness with two sets of flexures for increased parallel offset.  It is good for pumps, conveyor systems, and industrial processing equipment where absolute reliability is required. An array of options, in a variety of OD sizes, enable the designer to tailor each series for their specific application.  The W Series (metric) accommodates shaft sizes from 3mm to 20mm, the MC Series from .156 to 1.75 inches (3.96mm to 44.45mm), and the H Series from .059 to 0.75 inches (1.5mm-19mm).  All three series include configurations with reliefs, and set screw or integral clamp attachments with inch or metric bores.  The W Series is configured with metric fasteners.  All 3 series are capable of transmitting torque through 5º if required, and can operate in temperatures up to 600º F (300° C). For more information contact one of our Applications Engineers toll free at (877)353-9873 or by email at engineering@heli-cal.com.
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HELICAL PRODUCTS COMPANY INC. IS LAUNCHING INTO SPACE (AGAIN)!

 For Immediate Release November 18, 2011 -- Helical Products Company, Inc. is proud to announce that several of its parts are present on NASA’s latest space explorer, the Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” rover. Helical’s engineering team designed and manufactured both flexible couplings and machined springs for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, working closely with JPL’s engineers on these precise, custom designs. Among these parts is a custom flexible coupling to be used in the Vibration Mechanism in the Sample Acquisition & Sample Processing and Handling (SASPaH) subsystem at the end of the Robotic Arm. This system, located at the front of the rover, is responsible for gathering soil samples from Mars’ rocky surface. Vibration, aided by the flexible coupling, is utilized to pass the powder through sifters and ultimately through the sampling system.  From there, these particles are then processed and examined with the rover’s analytical instruments. In addition to flexible couplings, the Curiosity Rover is also equipped with several Helical Machined Springs. These particular devices are used as a locking latch in the rocket deploy pivot mechanism. Once the rover is deployed on Mars, the pivot rotates and the latch locks it in place. Helical was able to design the spring to meet the following customer requirements: compression and lateral translation spring rates, end attachments, and titanium material for its lightweight characteristic. Application engineer, Michael Haber, adds, "With this design, we've created a very reliable and elegant solution.  The double-start flexure adds redundancy and confidence that the spring will operate the latch.  The spring also showcases the advantage of Helical Products technology to combine a number of components and features into one part which further increases reliability - a major concern for the Mars Rover especially since parts won't be serviceable." Matthew Bush, Helical’s application engineer responsible for the flexible coupling design, is very excited about the launch, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 26th. He points out the extensiveness of this massive project stating, “I worked with JPL, and our analyst Gary Boehm, on calculations and design of this coupling for about 5 months before we started to manufacture the parts. The engineers at JPL want to make certain that they evaluate every aspect of our part and how it affects the system that they are integrating it into.”   This rover is the biggest one yet to roam the red planet, measuring up to the size of a standard car here on Earth. Mars Curiosity will be joining Mars Opportunity, which has been exploring the planet since January of 2004. The new rover is due to land in the Gale crater by August 2012. Helical Products Company, Inc. has had products launch into space before, including springs on the original Mars “Sojourner” Rover back in 1997. Outside of Mars, Helical currently has parts on the International Space Station (including the ones on the COLBERT Treadmill) and the Hubble Space Telescope that has remained in operation since 1990.
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