Gates Corporation has debuted its latest range of multi-ribbed belts for accessory belt drive systems. They will be available at the retail level from the second quarter of 2017 and are yet another example of OE level quality products that the company will be providing in the EMEA automotive aftermarket.
Gates is one of the leading manufacturers of power transmission belts and metal parts at the global level and closely collaborates with all major automakers. The company’s OE range sets the quality standard for all aftermarket products and the new generation of Micro-V belts represents the next step in this direction. Gates has used proprietary EPDM rubber compounds in its OE belts and this makes them more reliable and crack-resistant even under the most extreme temperature variations. In its latest generation of Micro-V belts, Gates has used the same compounds and the same OE design technologies. Another distinctive feature of the belts is the use of Gates’ advanced tensile cord materials for OE levels of strength and durability.
Gates Micro-V belts have been designed to fulfill the specifications for a wide range of different engine requirements. Engines might need alternative pulley sizes and positions, an absence of tensioners, or call for the use of double-sided belts.
To make it easier for customers, and unlike other belt manufacturers, Gates has used distinctive branding – on the sleeves and belt labels – to highlight four different types of multi-ribbed belts which can cover the widest variety of replacement applications. The four types of belts are:
This broad product range and user-friendly product branding make it easier to confirm correct part selection and increases the awareness of installers about the alternative fitting techniques that might be needed.
Parts ordering and selection
In order to make the ordering process easier, Gates has left the part numbers unchanged. Parts distributors and installers can access Gates’ online catalog (www.gatesautocat.com) to choose the belt that best suits their needs from this range of products.
The latest generation of Gates Micro-V multi-ribbed belts cover over 98% of the market and makes Micro-V belts the leading choice for OE replacement.
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