Pre-Engineered Standard Product Offering
The concept of “Solutions Thru Innovation” begins at the initial design stage, through careful and deliberate scrutiny of our standard pre-engineered products. We analyze each design so that it conforms to industry standards while always considering the design for its ability to function for its intended purpose. Additionally, our continuous improvement process encourages product innovation ensuring that all PCI products are providing maximum value and performance.
To assist customers in product selection, PCI developed safeguards to warn a customer at the point of quote that a pulley product may have an inadequate capacity as initially requested. By incorporating tube stress, shaft stress and shaft deflection calculations into our quoting program, PCI is able to alert our customers of potential issues with a quote request, and address them with the customer ahead of time, eliminating failure modes before they occur. When it comes to application assistance, you can count on PCI as your trusted advisor to help you properly select and sized pulleys for your unique application.
Custom Pulleys and Accessories
Our standard products are pre-engineered in 3D solid models allowing us to quickly and economically re-engineer these products to meet specific customer needs. Whether your need is for customized take-up frame dimensions, special crown configurations, special surface finishes, unique shaft details, specialized alloys, custom hub connections, or application-specific wing pulleys, PCI will work with you to provide an innovative solution to meet your needs efficiently and effectively.
Product Development Tools
PCI Eradicator® Wing Pulley.
One of PCI’s primary goals when designing the Eradicator® was to make it easily adaptable to any diameter/length/hub combination, so that customized products could be delivered with the same price and lead time as common sizes. To accomplish this, PCI utilized 3D modelling software to design the Eradicator® with patented features that allow a product of any diameter & length combination to be engineered and assembled without the use of specialized tooling.
Finite Element Analysis
PCI Contoured Integral End Disks.
When PCI Engineers were tasked with eliminating the most common mode of failure in Drum style pulleys (the hub to end disk weld), they were able to utilize finite element analysis to verify the vast reduction in stress concentration at the hub/disk connection achieved by switching to integral hubs. Subsequent finite element analysis also determined that the stress concentration could be reduced even further by introducing a radial contour into the single piece disk/hub combination. PCI has had no reported failures of integral hubs, since their introduction in 2010.