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Extend Your Air Cylinder Life With Corrosion-Resistant Coatings

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Understanding The Various Causes Of Corrosion Can Help You Select The Best Protection For Your Application & Environment Corrosion is one of the biggest enemies to industrial applications. Luckily, there are viable solutions that won’t cost you an arm and a leg—corrosion-resistant coatings. By forming... Read More

IIoT Smart Tags Help Drive Efficiencies

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Smart Tags are an intuitive QR Scan interface that delivers a robust and instantaneous list of product-specific features designed for increased efficiency.  Simply put, it is a technology that is paving the way for innovation, convenience and process improvement in... Read More

Let IBT Build Your Next Dodge Quantis Gear Reducer

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Did you know that IBT is an authorized, ISO-certified Dodge Quantis Build Partner? That means IBT technicians are factory-trained to construct assembled-to-order Dodge Quantis reducers in ILH (In-Line Helical) and RHB (Right-Angle Helical Bevel) configurations. What Does That Mean For You? IBT stocks the inventory... Read More

Are Your Shaft Couplings The Best Fit For Your Application?

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Every day, applications all over the world ⎼ like pumps, motors, compressors, gearboxes, blowers, mixers and conveyors ⎼ rely on shaft couplings to operate smoothly and efficiently. But what is it that makes shaft couplings a good fit for a given application? According to Tim... Read More

5 Reasons To Invest In A Stainless Steel Gearbox

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Any time there is a large purchase to be made, it is common to only see the short-term impact. Since stainless steel gearboxes have historically cost almost twice the amount of cast iron, aluminum or epoxy-painted gearboxes, people have struggled to see the long-term value... Read More

What If There Was An Easier Way To Remove Bearings From A Shaft?

With each day, technology and product innovations become more centered around convenience and adding ease to our daily lives. In the industrial world, this translates to discovering new ways to achieve greater operational efficiency, whether that’s improving machine systems or streamlining conventional processes, like the... Read More

Everything You Need To Know Before Buying An Industrial Grease Gun

Before Buying Your Next Industrial-Grade Grease Gun, Compare The Styles And Learn The Features That EVERY Professional Needs An industrial grease gun is used to deliver just the right amount of lubrication to bearings, right where it’s needed. To a shop maintenance professional, a good... Read More

Industrial Air Springs Improve Performance, Add Ergonomic Value

When people hear “air springs,” they often associate them with automotive, truck and trailer applications. However, air springs, also referred to as air actuators, exist in a number of industrial OEM and MRO environments, as well. Industrial air springs may be found in industries such... Read More

Bearing Failure: Why Bearings Fail & How You Can Prevent It

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What’s that awful noise that you just heard from deep within the operating guts of one of your most critical pieces of equipment? That was your bearing━biting the dust and interrupting a critical operation━and you need to fix it, fast, because downtime is a productivity... Read More

You Get What You Pay For━Investing In The Right Power Drill For The Job

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Before You Buy Your Next Power Drill, Learn The Major Design Distinctions Associated With Different Price Points To Ensure You’re Investing In The Right Tool For The Job As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” This is especially true when it comes... Read More

Top 4 Causes Of Electric Motor Failure

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Motor-driven equipment accounts for 64% of the electricity consumed in the U.S. industrial and commercial sectors. All industrial or commercial operations have some type of motor in their facilities, whether it's used to drive fans, pumps, compressors, saws, crushers or conveyors. Regardless of its purpose, though,... Read More

Why Vulcanized Ceramic Lagging Is The #1 Abrasive Material Handling Solution

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Hot vulcanized ceramic lagging offers improved, lasting pulley protection against abuse of abrasive materials, corroding effects of moisture For conveying systems operating in harsh environments, wear is inevitable. By investing in the right protection, you can prevent that wear from damaging the system’s major components,... Read More

Fundamental Guide To Selecting Hazardous Location Motors

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In the industrial sector, safety standards and regulations can add up—especially in the case of an electric motor operating in a combustible environment. But when human casualty, equipment casualty and property casualty are at risk, a thorough understanding and application of those standards and regulations are crucial, because... Read More

The Importance of Proper Coupling Maintenance and Alignment

When It Comes To Coupling Maintenance, Attention To Detail Is Key Depending on the style of coupling, putting in extra time to get it right is crucial to getting maximum life and performance. For example, insert and elastomeric type couplings require little to no maintenance and... Read More

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

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   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