Customer Needs a Metric Sheave or Belt?

Emerson's Browning Has the Answer Question: What are the options when a customer needs a metric sheave or belt? Answer: Use stock BROWNING sheaves. Most RMA/MPTA sheaves will accept metric belts and most metric
belts will run in RMA/MPTA sheaves. For specific applications contact EPT Application Engineering.

Introduction In the interest of worldwide unification, the Power Transmission Belt Industry is gradually changing to the metric system. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the Mechanical Power Transmission Association (MPTA) and the Rubber Association of Canada (RAC) have jointly prepared engineering standards that incorporate the metric units approved by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The changeover to metric by the American manufacturers will be gradual. In the meantime, American industry continues to acquire European equipment, which is belted with metric designed and designated Power transmission products. This Cross-Reference Manual was designed to assist the American consumer in his efforts to satisfy his replacement needs for the metric designed European belts with readily available V-belts. European versus American standards European standards are based on the metric system. However, several European manufacturers are using slightly different designation systems. American and European manufacturers have established standard lengths by cross-section. Many of the American lengths are equivalent and/or interchangeable with the European lengths with only minor adjustments in the drive center distance and/or the amount of take-up required. Cross-section Comparison Shown below is a tabulation of European metric cross-sections and the Browning equivalent and alternate cross-section. You can expect equal or improved performance using the equivalent cross-section. If the alternate cross-section is selected, you should expect some reduction in service.

except for the so-called “SP” cross-sections. American manufacturers specify belt length in terms of effective outside length in the case of FHP and narrow (wedge) belts. European versus American Examples The following examples display the nomenclature relationship between a European and American belt: Example 1 European Profile or top width in millimeters 6 x 295 American Top width in multiples of 1/8 inch 2 L 120 Pitch Length in millimeters Effective outside length in inches and tenths of an inch 6mm profile is equivalent to a 2L cross-section Example 2 European Profile or top width in millimeters 9 x 845 3 V 335 American Top width in multiples of 1/8 inch Effective outside length in inches and tenths of an inch Pitch length in millimeters 9mm is equivalent to a 3V cross-section Example 3 European Profile or top width in millimeters 17 x 1785 Pitch length in millimeters 17 mm profile is equivalent to a B section American 11/16 top width B .2 The profile number shown in the table represents the approximate belt top width in millimeters.68 Inside length in inches . Length Comparison European belt manufacturers specify belt length in terms of pitch length in all cross-sections. However. The Europeans use either a profile number or a letter designation. it is more common for the Europeans to use the profile designation. and in terms of inside length for classical belts.

the following tables include the metric nomenclature recently adopted for RMA/MPTA/RAC Standards.CROSS-REFERENCE TABLES The cross-reference tables below have been developed around Browning's standard stock line. The table shows a 3V335 (1) converts to a 9 x 845 except it is 5mm (. The following examples display the methods to use in interpolating the tables: Example 1 European belt identifications---9 x 850 1. These tables equate the European nomenclature to a Browning stock size.197 inches) short. each Browning stock size has been coded as follows: (1) Cross-section equivalent-expect equal or improved service life (2) Cross-section alternate-reduced service life is possible depending upon drive conditions (3) Cross-section alternate-for emergency use only Although the attached tables cover the European equivalent nomenclature for Browning stock belts.197 inches) long. In addition. RMA/MPTA/RAC Standards In addition to the cross-reference of European metric sizes with the traditional RMA size designation. it will be necessary to interpolate for European pitch length sizes not covered by the Browning stock line. 3 2. The table shows a 3L340 (3) converts to a 9 x 855 except it is 5mm (. This nomenclature is as follows: 2L 6Rxxxx A 13Cxxxx 3L 9Rxxxx B 16Cxxxx 4L 12Rxxxx C 25Nxxxx D 32Cxxxx 3V 9Nxxxx 5V 15Nxxxx 22Cxxxx 8V xxxx Belt effective outside length in millimeters .

e. but with reduced service life. Conclusion Since the table shows the 5V800 as the equivalent cross-section.4 Conclusion Since the table shows a 3V335 as the equivalent cross-section and the 3L340 as an alternate crosssection. the proper choice is the 3V335.787 inches) short. you will find European manufactured belts made specifically for sale in the United States. 3. The table shows a 5L810 (3) converts to SPB 2040 or the desired length. you should disregard the tables and reference directly to the RMA number. In this instance. C and N identify the belt type as FHP. Example 2 European belt identification-SPB 2040 1. this is the proper choice if the drive can accommodate the 20mm shorter belt. . B144 and a metric number. They will carry both the American designation i. The table shows a 5V800 (1) converts to SPB 2020 except it is 20mm (. 2. This represents a change in nomenclature for Classical (Hy-T) belts from the traditional inside length system for consistency with the other belt types. The belt length is effective outside length in millimeters. The table shows a B78 (2) converts to SPB 2040 or the desired length. if the drive will accommodate the 5mm length reduction. Caution Occasionally. Classical (Hy-T) and Narrow (Hy-T Wedge) respectively. If not. The first numbers in the metric cross-section designation identify the belt width and are based on sheave groove top width converted from the inch dimension and rounded to the nearest mm. the B78 is the alternate choice. The letters R.