On March 23rd, the Governor of the State of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, announced a “Stay-at-Home” order. This order is currently scheduled to last until April 13, 2020. While this is certainly a challenging time for all, I can assure you BTI is doing our part to be productive in these unprecedented times. Toward that end, we are pleased to support our country and world under the Governments Critical Supplier Designation for specific projects. Additionally, while we understand that some interruptions are unavoidable, we wanted to provide an update on the steps we are taking in an effort to promote health and wellness while minimizing disruptions to our valued customers like you.
Other than limited staff on the manufacturing floor and service we are fully staffed, albeit remotely, in Mechanical, Electrical, Software and Controls Engineering. Additionally, we are partially staffed onsite in other key areas of our business including Operations, Finance, Shipping & Receiving and Purchasing. Lastly our Sales Engineers are available via email, text and phone to answers questions and provide support.
BTI’s Measurement & Testing Services division remains open providing balancing and testing services for designated “Critical Manufacturing Sector Suppliers”.
Our dedication to our customers, employees and country remains steadfast. We have seen this crisis bring out the absolute best in people and are encouraged, by working together, we will come out at the other end of this stronger, more nimble and certainly more adaptable!
Thank you for your time. We wish you and yours the very best!
The best drive shaft is usually constructed with steel, though some Custom Drive Shafts are made from composite materials such as aluminium shafting with the weld yokes welded at both ends.
zerk located on the U-joint that allows grease to be supplied the u-joint cap. The importance of the grease is to ensure low friction in-between the u-joint structure and the cap. A slip yoke connects the drive shaft to the transmission.
Movement between suspension and a surface is ensured by the slip yoke as well as the u-joints inside the Custom Drive Shafts. As the rear suspension moves, the drive shaft must simply get longer or shorter, while the slip yoke will slide back and forth as the output of the drive shaft changes the distance between the transmission and the differential.
When the height of suspension in a vehicle is modified, the driveshaft of the vehicle will become too short or too long as a result of the change in the distance between the rear differential and transmission. This may create an imbalance, and the drive shaft can fall off easily. Hence the drive shaft must be lengthened to make up for the distance between the transmission and differential. Lengthening Custom Drive Shafts is one of the best possible ways of creating more balance in automobiles and other applications involving the use of drive shafts.
Custom drive shafts are applicable in many ways; the most prominent one is the design of extra-fast cars used in drag-racing or competitive sports such as Formula one. Custom Drive Shafts are also used in the design of industrial production machines as well as computerized robots used in performing certain military activities. Drive shafts are very critical to creating a balance between moving metal objects hence they can also be used for heavy agricultural devices.
The drive shaft that is newly developed from the factor is usually out of round, and it is usually balanced but not straightened. This problem will create so much weight on the shaft, and cause it to vibrate.
BTI can develop Custom Drive Shafts by replacing some of the parts of the drive shafts. The u-joints, for instance, are the first components of drive shafts that go bad, and this is caused by the needles becoming dry and worn out- this problem will eventually cause damages to the cap of the u-joint, which in turn wreak havoc on the weld yoke. Once the u-joints have destroyed the weld yoke, then a new yoke must be supplied and welded in the tube.
BTI develop Custom Drive Shafts by straightening the shafts before balancing them. Taking this step will keep the drive shafts within a 10- 1000th tolerance, to ensure that the drive shaft does not vibrate again.
Straightening of the drive shaft is an important step because, as the drive shaft is running at around 3500 rpm( and not straightened), there will be a “jump rope” effect. Once the straightening is performed by BTI, the balancing procedures can be performed. Balancing I a critical step because not all the parts in the drive shafts are machined correctly. The uneven metal problem on the drive shaft will be compensated for by the extra weight created during balancing; this means the weight will simply make the drive shaft equal all through its length.