Free your business from the limitations of outdated roller chain. Discover the superior capabilities, uptime, and performance of Gates belts.



Find out how converting to Gates belt drive solutions will benefit your business. Schedule a free, on-site survey and receive an engineer-drafted belt drive design and detailed quote including ROI projections. No strings—or chains—attached.

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Breadth of Portfolio

Creating system solutions that address today’s industrial challenges, including Synchronous Belts, Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU), V-Belts, and metals.

Gates Innovation

Power transmission solutions delivering improved safety, reliability and productivity through advanced research and development.

Coverage and Support

Gates infrastructure supports customers every step of the way, through extensive distribution networks, technical application engineers, and technical sales support.


Time Lapse of a Chain Conversion

Watch a time lapse video of a Chain to Belt Conversion for an Asphalt Plant.

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Time Lapse of a Chain Conversion

Watch a time lapse video of a Chain to Belt Conversion for an Asphalt Plant.

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How Industry Moves

Customer Stories

Gates applies new materials, fresh perspectives, and innovative techniques to discover superior solutions for our customers’ challenges.


Culp Lumber

Find out how replacing roller chain with Gates® Poly Chain® belts improved uptime, productivity, and safety at this North Carolina lumber mill.

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Continental Paving

Learn how this New Hampshire-based paving company eliminated the headaches and downtime of roller chain by converting to Gates® Poly Chain® belts.

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Suzhou SLAC

See how Gates® Poly Chain® belts advance product innovation at this leading manufacturer of precision equipment for the beverage industry.

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Belt-Driven Since Day One

Gates Belts are not only for industrial applications. Founded in 2009, Schindelhauer was the first bike company in the world to completely forego chains and sell only belt drive bikes — a historic innovation in the bike market. Watch the video below to learn the history of our close partnership with Schindelhauer and their pioneering role in helping to introduce Gates Carbon Drive belts to modern cyclists.

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John Force Racing

Find out how Gates powers the John Force Racing team and why they trust Gates Poly Chain Belts to keep their cars safe and competitive.

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Explore Poly Chain

Get a close-up view of the benefits of Gates® Poly Chain® belts and the advanced materials science and process engineering that go into making them.

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Explore Poly Chain

Get a close-up view of the benefits of Gates Poly Chain belts and the advanced materials science and process engineering that go into making them.

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Upgrade to the Modern Standard

Traditional Methods Gates Solutions Benefits
Roller Chain Poly Chain® GT™ Carbon™
  • 3x longer lifetime
  • Employee health and safety benefits
  • Lighter weight
  • Lower maintenance
Gear Boxes/Direct Drive Poly Chain® GT™ Carbon™
  • Equivalent lifetime
  • Shorter lead time
  • Lower maintenance
  • Easier rebuild
  • Reduced spare part cost
Engineered Chain Profile Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)
  • smooth and quiet
  • No rust or grease
  • Less maintenance
  • Lighter weight
  • Run at faster speeds
Plastic Modular Chain Supported Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)
  • HSE (reduced contamination risk)
  • Smooth and quiet
  • Easier and cheaper to clean
  • Reduced maintenance
Lift Cables Flat Belt Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)
  • Reduced stretch and maintenance
  • Smooth+ quiet
  • Lower power consumption
Lead/Ball Screw Systems Linear Belt Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)
  • Faster speeds
  • More cost effective for longer lengths and lighter loads
  • Reduced maintenance
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Gates Poly Chain

Gates Belt-Drive
Solution Portfolio


Gates® Poly Chain®
benefits versus roller chain:

  • 3x longer life
  • Requires no lubrication
  • Virtually maintenance free, with no re-tensioning required
  • Significantly reduced weight and noise
  • Carbon tensile cord does not stretch
  • Belt sprockets good for 2 to 3 belt changes
  • Increased uptime
  • No crane rental to replace the belt
  • Increased safety
  • Can reach virtually any center distance

Benefits of upgrade deliver payback periods as short as 6-12 months

Lengths Available Up to 65.6 FT (pitch dependent)
Pitches Available 5mm, 8mm, 14mm, 19mm
Widths Available 9mm to 300mm
Temperature Range -65F to 185F
Construction Carbon Tensile Cords; Truly Endless
Other Features High-Modulus cord which allows use of backside idler
Gates Poly Chain

Poly Chain® GT™ Carbon™

Poly Chain® GT™ Carbon™ is the profitable solution to replace roller chain, gears and large V-belt drives. Our industry leading power transmission technology drives savings day after day.

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Poly Chain® GT™ Carbon™ Extended Length

Gates’ innovative carbon tensile technology and extended length manufacturing technology enables application of Poly Chain on larger and longer drives than ever before.

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Poly Chain® Carbon™ Volt™

Suitable for high torque, low speed drives and environments with explosive atmospheres, Poly Chain® Carbon™ Volt™ is Static conductive to ISO 9563 at time of manufacture and longer than any other belt on the market. The power you want, now with the safety you never had.

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Poly Chain® ADV™

Higher power than you’ve reached before. Narrower drives than ever before. Poly Chain® ADV™ is designed for significantly reduced weight and maintenance in your high-torque applications with limited space constraints.



Why TPU?

Polyurethane is extremely wear and fatigue resistant and at the same time highly flexible. TPU is abrasion- and chemical-resistant. TPU belts replace engineered chain, plastic modular chain, steel cable, ball screw systems, and more. In all of these applications, TPU offers clean and quiet performance, easier cleaning, incredible strength, and absolute precision. And, like all Gates belt solutions, no lubrication is ever required.

Attribute Construction Offering Applications
Linear Belts Open Ended & Welded Various Pitch, Cord Type, Resins and Coatings Available Linear Actuation, Lifting. Material Handling, Conveying
Wide Belts Welded Various Pitches, Kevlar Cord, Widths up to 450mm Process Conveying, Hygiene, Tire
Flat Belts Open Ended Kevlar or Steel Cord in Most Material Lifts, Live Roller Drives, General Conveying
Flex Belts Truly Endless Various Pitch, Steel Cord, 1.5-22.5m Lengths Up to 65.6ft Endless (Pitch Dependent)
Sleeves Truly Endless Various Pitch. Steel Cord, .12 -2.25m Light Power Transmission, High Performance Conveying (Short Lengths)
Food Belts Welded PosiClean®, CenterClean™, FlatClean™, Kevlar Cord, Various Fabrication. Joining Options Food Handling and Conveying
Gates Poly Chain
Customized Machining
Gates Poly Chain
Customized Backings
Gates Poly Chain
Customized Profiles

Machineworks: Custom Metals

Gates Drive experts get you up and running in no time. Any design, any material, and no minimums.


  • 3x Longer Life
  • Requires No Lubrication
  • Packaging Design


  • Production Sourcing
  • Field Sales Support
  • Distribution and Transportation

OEM Logistics

  • EAU (Estimated Annual Usage)
  • Inventory Management
  • Just-In-Time Delivery
  • Packaging and Container
  • Distribution and Transportation

The Strength of Innovation

See how Gates combines advanced material science and process engineering in pursuit of superior solutions for our customers.

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Belt Selection Matrix

Attribute Poly Chain® PowerGrip® GT™ TPU
Torque High to Low Medium to Low Low (Positioning)
Rim Speed with Standard Sprockets* Max 6500FPM Max 6500FPM Max 3000FPM
Noise Higher at high speeds Medium at high speeds Medium at high speeds
Length (Endless) Up to 65.6ft (pitch dependent) Up to 22.5ft (pitch dependent) Up to 77ft (endless)
Length (Long Length) Up to 900ft (pitch and width dependent) Up to 590ft (pitch and width dependent) Up to 984ft (pitch and width dependent)
Conductivity Volt only Yes (8 and 14mm) Standard No, Special Resin Available
Temperature -65°F to +185°F (-54°C TO +85°C) -30°F to +185°F (-34°C TO +85°C) -23°F to +158°F (-5°C TO +70°C)
Chemical Resistance High Medium High
Food Applications Yes (Not FDA) No Yes (FDA)
Customization Very Low Low (some backings) High (Backings, Profiles, Modifications)
Dual Sided No Yes (Twin Power GT2) No
* Higher speeds can be reached with custom sprockets

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