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Proper belt tension affects the efficiency and life span of belt drives. If tension is low, slip can occur. If tension is high, it can cause the belt to snap and result in bearing or pulley damage.

The answer to proper tension is to use a belt tension gauge and follow suit with the appropriate adjustments. Follow along with Acoem technical trainer Stan Riddle as he guides us through the process of how to use a belt tension gauge.

To learn more about how to use precision maintenance tools like this one, please visit our training page to learn more about our Reliable Precision Maintenance (RPM) class. This three and a half day intensive training program covers the principles and techniques of shaft alignment, vibration data collection and analysis, balancing, precision measuring tools, lubrication, mechanical seals, and efficient maintenance practices.

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