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S-Flex Couplings

  • Easy to Install
  • Maintenance Free
  • No Lubrication
  • Dampens Vibration and Controls Shock
  • Torsionally Soft
  • Double Engagement
S-Flex Couplings

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The simple design of the S–Flex coupling ensures ease of assembly and reliable performance. No special tools are needed for installation or removal. The S–Flex couplings can be used in a wide variety of applications.

The S–Flex coupling design is comprised of three parts. Two flanges with internal teeth engage an elastomeric flexible sleeve with external teeth. Each flange is attached to the respective shaft of the driver and driven and torque is transmitted across the flanges through the sleeve. Misalignment and torsional shock loads are absorbed by shear deflection in the sleeve. The shear characteristic of the S–Flex coupling is very well suited to absorb impact loads.

The S–Flex coupling from Lovejoy offers combinations of flanges and sleeves which can be assembled to suit your specific application. Thirteen sizes are available with torque capabilities that range from 60 in-lbs (6.78 Nm) to 72,480 in-lbs (8189 Nm). The S–Flex flanges are offered in five models which are made from zinc die cast or cast iron. Sleeves are available in EPDM rubber, Neoprene, or Hytrel® to address a wide variety of application requirements.

S-Flex Coupling Product Selection

Click here to access Lovejoy’s Digital Parts Catalog for S-Flex components.

A standard S-Flex coupling is comprised of 3 parts:

  • 2 flanges (J or S Type)
  • 1 elastomeric sleeve (single piece or split types are available in EPDM, Neoprene, or Hytrel®)

Bushing & spacer S-Flex coupling configurations are also available.

PARALLEL: The S–Flex coupling accepts up to .062 inches of parallel misalignment without wear. The flexible coupling sleeve minimizes the radial loads imposed on equipment bearings, a problem commonly associated with parallel misalignment.

AXIAL: The S–Flex couplings can be used in applications which require a limited amount of shaft end-float without transferring thrust loads to equipment bearings. Axial movement of approximately 1/8 inch accepted.

ANGULAR: The flexing action of the elastomeric sleeve and the locking feature of the mating teeth allows the S–Flex coupling to effectively handle angular misalignment up to 1°.

TORSIONAL: S-Flex couplings effectively dampen torsional shock and vibration to protect connected equipment. The EPDM and Neoprene sleeves have torsional wind-up flexibility of 15° at their rated torque. Hytrel provides 7° wind-up.

J Type – Zinc Die Cast and Cast Iron (Bore Range: .375” to 1.437”)
S Type – Cast Iron (Bore Range: .5” to 5.5”)
B Type – Cast Iron with bushing
SC Type – Cast Iron Spacer
T Type – Cast Iron with Taper-lock bushing

ID1-ID2

EPDM

Neoprene

Hytrel®

 

Min Bore

Max Bore

Torque

Max

Torque

Max

Torque

Max

Size

(in)

(in)

(in-lbs)

(Nm)

RPM

(in-lbs)

(Nm)

RPM

(in-lbs)

(Nm)

RPM

3

0.38

0.88

60

6.78

9,200

60

6.78

9,200

N/A

N/A

N/A

4

0.50

1.00

120

13.56

7,600

120

13.56

7,600

N/A

N/A

N/A

5

0.50

1.19

240

27.12

7,600

240

27.12

7,600

N/A

N/A

N/A

6

0.63

1.44

450

50.84

6,000

450

50.84

6,000

1,800

203.37

6,000

7

0.63

1.63

725

81.91

5,250

725

81.91

5,250

2,875

324.83

5,250

8

0.75

1.94

1,135

128.24

4,500

1,135

128.24

4,500

4,530

511.82

4,500

9

0.88

2.38

1,800

203.37

3,750

1,800

203.37

3,750

7,200

813.49

3,750

10

1.13

2.75

2,875

324.83

3,600

2,875

324.83

3,600

11,350

1282,38

3,600

11

1.25

3.38

4,530

511.82

3,600

4,530

511.82

3,600

18,000

2033.73

3,600

12

1.50

3.88

7,200

813.49

2,800

7,200

813.49

2,800

31,500

3559.03

2,800

13

2.00

4.50

11,350

1282.38

2,400

11,350

1282.38

2,400

47,268

5340.57

2,400

14

2.00

5.00

18,000

2033.73

2,200

18,000

2033.73

2,200

72,480

8189.15

2,200

16

2.00

5.50

47,250

5338.54

1,500

N/A

N/A

S-Flex sleeves are available in 3 configurations, and in 3 materials:

Solid Single Piece Sleeve (standard design)

  • JE – made of EPDM
  • JN – made of Neoprene
  • H – made of Hytrel®

Split Single Piece Sleeve (for easier installation)

  • JES – made of EPDM
  • JNS – made of Neoprene

Two Piece Sleeve w/ Retaining Ring (for applications with difficult shaft separation)

  • E – made of EPDM
  • N – made of Neoprene
  • HS – made of Hytrel®

Characteristics

Temperature
Range

Misalignment
Capabilities

Torsional
Wind-up

 

°F

°C

Angular
(°)

Parallel
(in)

Axial
(in)

inches

EPDM – Unless otherwise
specified, S-Flex couplings
are supplied with EPDM
flexible sleeves. EPDM has
good resistance to
commonly used chemicals
and is generally not affected
by dirt or moisture.
Color is black.

-30°F to 375°F

-34°C to 135°C

up to 0.062

0.125

up to 15°

NEOPRENE – Neoprene
provides very good
performance characteristics
for most applications and
offers a very good resistance
to chemical and oil
conditions. Color is black
with a green dot.

0°F to 200°F

-18°C to 93°C

up to 0.062

0.125

up to 15°

HYTREL® – Hytrel is a
polyester elastomer
designed for high torque
and high temperature
applications. It offers
excellent resistance to
chemical and oil conditions.
Color is orange.

-65°F to 250°F

-54°C to 121°C

0.25°

up to 0.035

0.125

up to 7°

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For additional documentation (in PDF form), please download the S-Flex Coupling catalog or contact Lovejoy customer service

Size

3D
CAD File

Coupling Total
Length

Coupling Outer
Diameter

Hub Max
Bore

in

mm

in

mm

in

mm

3

Download

2.00

51

2.062

52

0.875

22

4

Download

2.38

61

2.460

63

1.000

25

5

Download

2.88

73

3.250

83

1.125

29

6

Download

3.50

89

4.000

102

1.375

35

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For additional documentation (in PDF form), please download the S-Flex Coupling catalog or contact Lovejoy customer service

Size

3D
CAD File

Coupling Total
Length

Coupling Outer
Diameter

Hub Max
Bore*

in

mm

in

mm

in

mm

5

Download

2.81

71

3.250

83

1.250

32

6

Download

3.50

89

4.000

102

1.750

44

7

Download

3.94

100

4.625

117

1.875

48

8

Download

4.39

112

5.450

138

2.375

60

9

Download

5.06

129

6.350

161

2.875

73

10

Download

5.69

145

7.500

191

3.375

86

11

Download

7.13

181

8.625

219

3.875

98

12

Download

8.25

210

10.000

254

3.938

100

13

Download

9.25

235

11.750

299

4.500

114

14

Download

9.88

251

13.875

352

5.000

127

16

Download

14.50

368

18.875

480

6.000

152

* Indicates: Max bore achieved with shallow keyway