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How To Measure Chain Stretch

When it comes to routine maintenance, roller chain is one of the most neglected system components due to its inexpensive cost value. Because they are commonly covered by guards, too, they often fall ‘out-of-sight, out-of-mind,’ only becoming a priority once the chain starts acting up... Read More

V-Belt vs Synchronous Belt — 5 Reasons To Upgrade Your Belt Drive

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Upgrading Your V-belt To A Maintenance-Free Synchronous Belt Could Be The Energy-Conserving Solution You’ve Been Looking For To Improve Your PT Operations V-belts are the oldest, most commonly used power transmission belt style in the industry, and therefore, are often referred to as “classicals.” Whereas,... Read More

PPI Retro Rolls Are Designed For Easy Ehrsam Frame Drop-In Replacement

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» What do you do when the manufacturer of your idlers goes out of business and you can no longer buy the parts you need, that were designed uniquely to their brand? » What if your entire plant was designed around parts with outdated specs?... Read More

Martin Grid Couplings’ Blue-Flex Design is Built to Withstand Extreme Torque

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Your power transmission systems are only as tough as your couplings; Luckily, Martin’s Blue-Flex™ Grid Couplings were designed with strength in mind. Made from high-strength steel tempered for long life, with a blue color for added visibility, this general purpose Martin grid coupling is built to handle... Read More

When A Pump Went Down, We Teamed Up With Depco—Slashing Lead Time & Downtime

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Our customers know that when they’re in a bind and need parts quickly, they can count on IBT. This wouldn’t be possible, though, without the many upstanding manufacturing partnerships we’ve worked hard to build and nurture over the years. We’ve discovered that the key to... Read More

Take Back Your Storeroom Shelves By Switching to the HERA Gearbox

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You might’ve heard how Hub City’s HERA® (High-Efficiency Right Angle) Gear Reducer offers up to 40% energy savings, or how their compact HERA Gearbox performs at 90% efficiency, or even that their FDA-Approved, IP 69K Stainless Steel HERA is the best choice for harsh or... Read More

How To Tension a V-Belt (& How Not To)

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A V-belt’s purpose is to transmit energy between two components. What makes a V-belt pulley stand out from other types of pulleys, such as a round belt or flat pulley, are the V-shaped grooves of the pulley; these grooves guide the belt and allow it... Read More

IBT Announces Key Organizational Changes to Support Growth Demands

MERRIAM, KS — IBT, Inc. creates new parent entity and announces key organizational changes to support current and future growth demands. IBT, Inc. has announced that effective April 1st, 2018, key changes to both its business entity structure and associated organizational leadership responsibilities, will take place.... Read More

OSHA Cold Weather Safety Tips

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Amidst this season of below zero temperatures and freezing wind chills, OSHA offers their recommendations for cold weather safety protection and preventing cold stress. What exactly is cold stress? Cold stress happens by driving down the skin temperature and internal temperatures. When the body is... Read More

Our KC Hose Shop Is Turning Skeptics Into Believers

KC Hose Shop

   When a Kansas municipality customer visited our Hose Shop after being quoted a 3-to 4-week lead time on a 70-piece hose order by a local competitor, he didn’t believe our hose specialists could provide it in one day. We pride ourselves on servicing customers... Read More

How an Automatic Lubrication System Helped Recover Lost Production Time

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When Liberty, MO business, Metals USA—a provider of metal processing and inventory management services, was tired of pouring money into unnecessary labor and production systems, they called IBT. [caption id="attachment_22981" align="alignleft" width="325"] Lubrication Connection Points + Graco Valve Manifolds[/caption] The Problem: 1 Person—106 Lubrication Points... Read More

ContiTech Extended Life Hose—The Benefits + Cautions of This Hydraulic Hose Upgrade

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You’ve heard the phrase “why fix it if it’s not broken?,” but when it comes to maintaining a competitive edge and getting the highest efficiency for your dollar, staying modern with industry standards and equipment is a worthwhile “fix” that will ultimately add value to... Read More

DEWALT Demo Rig—Put Your Abrasive Wheels to the Test

Want to find out if you have the top-performing abrasive wheels for your dollar—without leaving your facility?  The innovative DEWALT Demo Rig will be driven right to your location, where you can test your current abrasive wheel against other models. “We take a wheel right... Read More

Thern Silo Crane Adds Value to Your Business + Pays For Itself

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If you've ever had to move heavy equipment to the top of a silo or grain elevator, then you know that it’s not easy—or cheap. Renting a crane can easily cost $300/hour and, at that rate, a 10-hour repair operation can run you upwards of... Read More

What You Need To Know — New OSHA Silica Standard & It’s Regulations

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It took a wave of worker deaths in the 1930’s to spur The U.S. Department of Labor to first address and investigate the harmful effects of respirable crystalline silica. Today, an estimated 2.3 million workers are exposed to the silica dust and the previous exposure limits... Read More

What Is an Intrinsically Safe Radio—and When Do I Need One?

Intrinsically Safe Radio

What is an “intrinsically safe” radio? A standard 2-way radio generates sparks and heat during normal operation, which can be dangerous in some work environments.  An “intrinsically safe” radio is a special 2-way radio that is designed to prevent fires or explosions by eliminating the sparks... Read More

Drag Conveyors – Higher Throughput and Efficiencies

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Screw conveyors don’t always work best for every application.  In fact, switching to a drag conveyor can sometimes save you a significant amount of money over the life of the conveyor. “There’s no one conveyor that can solve every problem,” said John Coxon, Bulk Handling... Read More

IBT & Affiliated Distributors — The Relationship Behind Your Continued Success

Although many aren't familiar with the name “Affiliated Distributors,”  this organization plays a major role - behind the scenes - when it comes to buying industrial supplies from independent distributors like IBT Industrial Solutions. Our partnership with Affiliated Distributors (AD) allows us to continue providing our customers with the best solutions... Read More

Top 3 Reasons Why Keyless Locking Devices are the Best Choice for Rotating Applications

Climax Keyless Locking Devices (KLDs) are mechanical bushings used to connect power transmission components onto rotating shafts. KLDs work with straight bore and generous tolerances, reducing component machining and complexity cost. In addition, KLDs are installed and removed using simple hand tools; no heat or... Read More

How To Identify Bearings — And Why It’s Important

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In an industry where technology is constantly advancing, best installation and maintenance practices of the parts that keep our applications functioning day-to-day, often get overlooked. That's why we're going back to the basics. With the help of  this easy guide, you'll soon be able to better Identify Bearings in your own workplace.... Read More

Koyo Training Vehicle Delivers Bearing Training — Right to Your Front Door

Looking for inexpensive bearing training that can be done at your location?  The Koyo Training Vehicle brings it right to your doorstep, free of charge—and it can even be customized to your operation or industry. What is the Koyo Training Vehicle (KTV)? The Koyo Training... Read More

Split Spherical Roller Bearings from Schaeffler Increase Uptime and Reduce Costs

If your machines aren’t running, you’re not making money. This is especially true when it comes time to repair or overhaul your machinery, as these tasks often result in costly production downtime while your equipment is offline. Bearing replacement is typically an integral part of... Read More

9 Reasons to Try IBT’s Industrial Training

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Did you know that IBT Industrial Solutions offers in-depth, comprehensive training—12 months a year?  Here are 9 reasons why you should try IBT’s Industrial Training program for your team. Reason #1—It reduces downtime when failures occur. When participants practice fixing equipment failures in a relaxed,... Read More

How-To: Bearing Installation

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We're going back to the basics with your go-to guide for Bearing Installation. When it comes to bearings, the quality of the overall performance, reliability and efficiency they yield, begins with the quality and precision of their installation. If there's one thing to take away from this, it's that nothing lasts forever and it's... Read More

2017 GEAPS Exchange—Record Turnout

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri—May 15, 2017—The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) recently held their annual industry show, the GEAPS Exchange, in Kansas City, Missouri. Hosted at the Kansas City Convention Center, a 270,000 sq. ft. event space in Bartle Hall, the event broke a GEAPS... Read More