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Custom Universal Joints

Specialty Universal Joints for High-Complexity Applications

Belden Universal is at the forefront of undertaking custom u joint and driveshaft product development for challenging applications.  We deliver design-engineered solutions meeting highly complex operating criteria. Belden also offers 3D printed prototypes.

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Custom Universal Joint

Regardless of the challenge, Belden is committed to providing a solution. 

Custom Universal Joint Example

A leading global food processing company experienced failures of its standard needle-bearing u-joints, stemming from the wash-down phase of its automation equipment.

After discussing operating conditions and specifications, Belden custom-engineered a stainless steel, hybrid "pin-and-block / needle-bearing" joint with composite bushings. This hybrid design delivered both the higher torque capacity of a friction-bearing pin-and-block component, and the speed, durability and low backlash of a needle-bearing joint.  The end result was a wash-down-safe component, without corrosion, contamination, burnout, and joint seizure issues, operating at high-RPM over extended periods with low backlash, minimal maintenance.

Pin-and-block needle bearing joint


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End Hub Configurations

Belden offers a wide variety of end hub configurations for custom universal joints. The six most conventional hub types, in either male or female, are available in inch or metric sizes.

Universal Joint Hub Configurations

Miniature Joints to Large Outside Diameters

Belden offers miniature joints with an outside diameter of 0.315" [8 mm] or smaller if required. Materials include stainless and heat-treated alloy steel. Customization and double universal joints are available for operational angles above 35 degrees.

We are also equipped to manufacture custom joints and shaft assemblies with outside diameters up to 8 inches. Just fill out the RFQ to get pricing and more information from one of our application specialists.

Unique Materials for Special Applications

We offer an extended selection of special materials, delivering increased strength, improved wear, corrosion resistance, and other qualities with our custom u joints:

  • AISI 303, 304, 316L, 416, 420, 17-4, 15-5 Stainless Steel
  • Aluminum, Bronze & Brass Alloys
  • Duplex Stainless Steel; e.g. S32760
  • Super Alloys; e.g. Inconel
  • Titanium & others

All materials can be plated or additionally treated to improve corrosion resistance or provide other functionality. Some options for plating and surface treatment procedures:

  • Zinc plating
  • Nickel plating
  • Cadmium plating (for aerospace stainless steels)
  • Black Oxide treatment
  • Electro Polishing