When deciding on the material for any given pulley, the end application will more often than not dictate which material to use. The great thing about pulley material consideration is that nearly any material will do; steel, aluminum, die cast, or nylon they all have advantages.
However, if the application is 2 Hp or less, and when you take into consideration the long list of advantages offered by nylon pulleys, it is glaringly apparent that nylon has a leg up over some of its material competition.
Nylon offers a number of compelling advantages over more traditional construction materials like metal. One of the most important advantages is weight. Nylon is lightweight so it creates pulleys with lower inertia, lower energy requirements. This means that a smaller motor may be used, the time to accelerate and decelerate is decreased, and the machines overall process time is greatly increased.
Working with nylon also makes it easy to accommodate almost any design specification. There are many aspects of the pulley that can be changed to meet customer requirements, including aesthetic considerations.
Learn more about the advantages of nylon over metal pulleys in our newest free whitepaper Nylon versus Metal Pulleys: Application Requirements Drive the Proper Material Specifications.
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