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New Mechanical Power Transmission Technology

Technology Overview

The technology provider has developed a new mechanical power transmission system. The technology can replace existing drive systems, including current chain, gear and belt-drives in applications across various industries, offering a solution to the problems associated with current technologies, such as large sizes, poor efficiency and lifetime, as well as high levels of noise.

Using a revolutionary method of engagement, the technology is able to distribute transferred power much more effectively leading to step-change increase in efficiency, lifetime and miniaturization. The technology provider is actively seeking partners to conduct pilot projects and licensing opportunities.

Technology Features & Specifications

This hardware technology is a drive system or mechanical power transmission system, with the purpose of transferring power from point A to B as effectively as possible. Similar to a traditional roller chain, this product comprised of various links, pins and rollers. It can be manufactured with a wide range of materials, but typically metals such as titanium, aluminium and steel are used depending on the application.

The key innovation lies in the engagement mechanism, requiring less friction and increased power compared to a roller chain. This means that the technology is more efficient, quieter, lasts longer and requires less maintenance than conventional technologies. It transfers the same amount of power as a roller chain, but at a reduced weight & size.

Potential Applications

The technology can be used to replace current roller chains, belt and gear-drives in extensive range of applications across different markets.

  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Conveying
  • Cycling
  • E-bikes
  • Material Handling, Packaging & Processing
  • Robotics

Market Trends and Opportunities

These are the current drive technologies available, and their respective market size and growth:

  • Roller Chain: The worldwide market for Industrial Roller Chain Drives is expected to grow at a CAGR of roughly 1.4% over the next five years, will reach $3bn in 2024, from $2.8 million in 2019.
  • Belt-drive: The industrial belt drives market will grow by $ 1.31 bn during 2020-2024 progressing at a CAGR of 4%. The global belt-drive market is expected to reach over US$1.9 Billion by the year 2025.
  • Gear-drive: The speed changer, industrial high-speed drive, and gear manufacturing market expected to reach a value of nearly $110.83 billion by 2022, significantly growing at a CAGR of 10.2%.

Since the developed technology can be used in place of existing drive systems, this suggests significant market opportunities for adoption.

Customer Benefits

The technology can increase efficiency, life time and offer miniaturisation and noise reduction benefits:

  • Increased Efficiency: As power is transferred much more effectively, more can be done with the same amount of power inputted. This can mean increased output from conveyors in factories, or increased speed in track cycling races. Hence, increasing production and saving costs as less energy is wasted from things like friction.
  • Increased Lifetime & Reduced Downtime: As reduced wear leads to increased lifetime, this also reduces downtime and saves costs as maintenance and replacement are dramatically reduced.
  • Miniaturisation: As power is transferred much more effectively, it is able to distribute the same power at smaller sizes and weights compared to current technologies. This means fewer raw materials are required to create the product, saving costs and also reducing negative environmental impacts. 
  • Noise reduction: As the engagement mechanism significantly reduces friction and smoothly engages/disengages from the sprocket, there is a significant reduction in noise levels which is key for applications such as in motor vehicles, factories, bicycles.

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