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Universal Joint Shafts

High-performance universal joint shafts

    Universal joint shafts from Voith transmit torque from a driving machine to a driven machine and can accommodate a high degree of misalignment. Reliability and efficiency are our top priorities.

    Our product portfolio includes:

    • Custom-made, high-performance universal joint shafts
    • Standard universal joint shafts
    • Center sections
      • with fixed lengths
      • with telescopic length compensation
      • with roller-bearing length compensation (tripod shaft)
      • made of steel or carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP)
    • Connection technology
    • Shaft support systems (spindle support/spindle balance, roll end sleeve support/huggers etc.)

    Our product portfolio

      Voith universal joint shafts ensure productivity and reduce maintenance costs. The torque capacity extends beyond 20,000 kNm (14 million lbf ft).

      Our experts choose the universal joint shaft that precisely matches your application. We consider not only the load data of the universal joint shaft, but also the resonance ranges that are critical for flexure and torsion. As a result, your universal joint shaft is operationally reliable and has a long lifetime. Voith universal joint shafts ensure productivity and reduce maintenance costs for your machine or system. If necessary, the design layout of our universal joint shafts can be adapted to your drive and operating conditions.

      S Series

      De­signed for small- to medium-sized drives

      The S Series is the basic version of Voith universal joint shafts and has been de­signed for small- to medium-sized drives. The connection flanges are friction flanges.
      In building the S universal joint shafts, we use high-strength tempered and case-hardened steels that assure the ability to withstand static and dynamic loads. The universal joint shafts have high torque capacity combined with optimal bending and torsion rigidity.

      Technical information

      Torques with a single load MZ up to 35 kNm
      Torques with a reversing load MDW up to 11 kNm
      Deflection angle up to 35°
      Rotation diameter of the joints 52 mm to 204 mm
      Connections Friction flanges
      Center section Steel
      Length compensation
      • None (fixed-length shaft)
      • Telescopic (involute profile)
      Typical applications
      • Mills and rolling mills
      • Straightening machines
      • Paper machinery
      • Rail vehicle drives
      • Shredders
      • Roller presses
      • Pumps
      • Ship propulsion systems
      • Test rigs
      • Mining machinery
      • Construction machinery and cranes
      • General mechanical engineering
      • Special machines

      Advantages and benefits

      • High torque capacity even at large deflection angles
      • Optimization of all universal joint shaft components enables the withstanding of high static and dynamic loads 
      • Reduced life-cycle costs due to operationally reliable joint shafts that are less sensitive to vibration stress
      • Increased productivity due to less downtime
      • Improved efficiency because of universal joints with roller bearings
      • Reduced energy consumption results in cost savings and protecting the environment with lower CO2 emissions
      • Depending on the operating speed, the universal joint shaft is balanced dynamically in two planes. Therefore, the machine runs very smoothly, the lifetime of the drive is increased and noise emissions are reduced
      • Low-maintenance design reduces maintenance and operating costs

      R Series

      Designed for medium-sized torques, and especially for high-speed drives

      R Series universal joint shafts are the best solution for medium-sized torques, especially for high-speed drives. These universal joint shafts are of modular design and can be integrated into your drives with a great deal of flexibility. The flange con­nec­tions are available in friction and positive locking designs.
      The universal joint shafts of this series have been optimized using FEM. High-strength tempered and case-hardened steels and center sections with a large diameter serve to reduce the weight. At the same time, the bending and torsion rigidity is increased. As a result, the universal joint shaft is highly efficient in operation and less sensitive to vibration stress.

      Technical information

      Torques with a single load MZ up to 1,000 kNm
      Torques with a reversing load MDW up to 500 kNm
      Deflection angle up to 25°
      Rotation diameter of the joints 198 mm to 550 mm
      Connections
      • Friction flanges
      • Flanges with face key
      • Flanges with Hirth coupling
      • Flanges with split sleeves
      • Quick-release couplings
      • Adapters
      Center section
      • Steel
      • Carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP, carbon)
      Length compensation
      • None (fixed-length shaft)
      • Telescopic (involute profile) for sizes 350 and above; SAE-profile is optional available on request
      • with roller bearings (tripod)
      Typical applications
      • Mills and rolling mills
      • Straightening machines
      • Paper machinery
      • Rail vehicle drives
      • Shredders
      • Roller presses
      • Pumps
      • Ship propulsion systems
      • Test rigs
      • Mining machinery
      • Construction machinery and cranes
      • General mechanical engineering
      • Special machines

      Advantages and benefits

      • High torque capacity even at large deflection angles
      • Optimization of all components results in the withstanding of high static and dynamic loads
      • Reduced life-cycle costs due to operationally reliable joint shafts that are less sensitive to vibration stress
      • Increased productivity due to less downtime
      • Improved efficiency because of universal joints with roller bearings
      • Reduced energy consumption results in cost savings and protecting the environment with lower CO2 emissions
      • Depending on the operating speed, the universal joint shaft is balanced dynamically in two planes. Therefore, the machine runs very smoothly, the lifetime of the drive is increased and noise emissions are reduced
      • Low-maintenance design reduces maintenance and operating costs
      • For universal joint shafts size 350 and above, a low backlash and wear-resistant length compensation with SAE profile is optional available. Furthermore, axial forces are reduced hereby

      CH Series

      Designed for high and maximum torques

      The CH Series is the standard for high and maximum torques. CH universal joint shafts are individually designed, that is, they are built to customer specifications to precisely meet the requirements of the drive. Flanges and flange yokes are available in a very wide range of designs and materials. Our customers get a product with the best possible balance of performance, reliability and cost.
      Ensuring low life cycle costs and high operational reliability were the main objectives in developing this series. We were able to achieve this goal using a special bearing concept based on our experience in designing high-performance universal joint shafts over several decades.
      Our engineers will design a complete drive solution just for you. This means you get engineering and products from a single source: Universal joint shafts, connection components and shaft support systems. This saves time and money when building your machine or system.

      Technical information

      Torques with a single load MZ up to 19,440 kNm
      Torques with a reversing load MDW up to 11,910 kNm
      Deflection angle up to 15°
      Rotation diameter of the joints 350 mm to 1,400 mm
      Connections
      • Flanges with face key
      • Flanges with Hirth coupling
      • Flanges with split sleeves
      • Quick-release couplings
      • Connection components for rolling mills (wobblers)
      • Adapters
      Center section
      • Steel
      • Carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP, carbon)
      Length compensation
      • None (fixed-length shaft)
      • Telescopic (SAE profile)
      Typical applications
      • Rolling mills
      • Straightening machines
      • Paper machinery
      • Shredders
      • Roller presses
      • Pumps
      • Test rigs
      • Mining machinery
      • Special machines

      Advantages and benefits

      • Very high flexibility for customized solutions
      • Combined radial and axial bearings form a single unit (cassette bearings)
      • High torque capacity even at large deflection angles
      • Optimization of all components results in the withstanding of high static and dynamic loads
      • Reduced life-cycle costs due to operationally reliable joint shafts that are less sensitive to vibration stress
      • Increased productivity due to less downtime
      • Improved efficiency because of universal joints with roller bearings
      • Individual replacement of the roller bearings and reuse of the journal crosses are possible due to the use of cartridge bearings with bearing inner ring
      • Reduced energy consumption results in cost savings and protecting the environment with lower CO2 emissions
      • The length compensation has a low backlash and wear-resistant SAE profile resulting in low axial forces

      E Series

      Designed for high-performance drives with max­imum torques

      E Series universal joint shafts are intended for high-performance drives with max­imum torques. The principal features of this series are very high torque capacity and increased bearing life.
      In comparison with the other series, E Series joints have the greatest torque cap­acity. A high-performance universal joint shaft can be equipped with an E joint at both ends or one E joint can be combined with a CH joint. An E universal joint shaft transmits a torque up to 20% greater than a CH universal joint shaft with the same joint diameter. The E Series is ideal if installation space is limited.
      Our engineers will design a complete drive solution just for you. This means you get engineering and products from a single source: universal joint shafts, connection components and shaft support systems. This saves time and money when building your machine or system.

      Technical information

      Torques with a single load MZ up to 13,620 kNm
      Torques with a reversing load MDW up to 9,380 kNm
      Deflection angle up to 10°
      Rotation diameter of the joints 580 mm to 1,220 mm
      Connections
      • Flanges with face key
      • Flanges with Hirth coupling
      • Quick-release couplings
      • Connection components for rolling mills (wobblers)
      • Adapters
      Center section
      • Steel
      • Carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP, carbon)
      Length compensation
      • None (fixed-length shaft)
      • Telescopic (SAE profile)
      Typical applications
      • Rolling mills
      • Straightening machines
      • Paper machinery
      • Shredders
      • Roller presses
      • Pumps
      • Test rigs
      • Mining machinery
      • Special machines

      Advantages and benefits

      • The journal crosses have extra reinforcement, and the geometry of the two-part flange yoke is optimized to match for the force flow. The universal joint shaft transmits a torque up to 20% greater than a CH universal joint shaft with the same joint diameter. This series is ideal if installation space is limited.
      • The bearing concept is based on maximum utilization of installation space with the largest possible bearings and journal crosses. The bearing lifetime is up to 80% longer than for CH universal joint shafts. As a result, the time between service intervals is significantly extended. This reduces downtime and maximizes productivity.
      • High torque capacity is possible even at large deflection angles.
      • Optimization of all components results in the withstanding of high static and dynamic loads.
      • Life cycle costs are reduced thanks to operationally reliable joint shafts that are less sensitive to vibration stress.
      • Productivity is increased due to less downtime.
      • Roller bearings improve efficiency.
      • Combined radial and axial bearings form a single unit (cartridge bearing).
      • Roller bearings can be replaced individually, and journal crosses can be reused.
      • Reduced energy consumption results in cost savings, as well as lower CO2 emissions for environmental benefits.
      • The length compensation has a low backlash and wear-resistant SAE profile resulting in low axial forces.

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