Marley® Cooling Tower Gear Drives vs. Belt Drives

The first known reference to belt driven pullies comes from a Chinese text written in 15 BC. Composed by Han Dynasty philosopher, poet and politician, Yang Xiong, the text spoke to the setup for a quilling machine that wound silk fibers onto bobbins for weaver’s shuttles.

The Chinese were also recorded using belt driven pullies – along with water wheels – to drive piston-bellows for their blast furnaces as early as 100 AD, and later invented the first known mechanized spinning wheel. It also relied on a belt drive.

More than 2,000 years have passed since the first recorded application of the belt drive, an ancient technology that continues to play an essential role in today’s industries, but does this make it the best choice to drive your state-of-the-art cooling tower – or is there a more advanced technology that is cleaner, quieter, and more efficient that has nearly twice the useful lifespan of belt drives, while also requiring a fraction of the maintenance?

Click on the below video from SPX Cooling Technology’s Jerome Jennings to find out.

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