World’s first multi-rib V-belt with replacement indicator
optibelt RBK SCC recognized as highly innovative product
Höxter, October 22, 2015. The optibelt RBK SCC (Secured Change Control) V-belt was distinguished during the International Grands Prix for Automotive Innovation at EQUIP AUTO 2015 in Paris in mid-October. The SCC belt received the Silver Trophy in the Spare Parts & Aftermarket category. This was the 16th time that a jury awarded the innovation prize. The 60 journalists that made up this year’s jury picked the winner from among 30 finalists and several hundred nominees in five categories.
The SCC belt is the world’s first and only multi-rib V-belt with an integrated replacement indicator. The Arntz OPTIBELT Group developed this groundbreaking product at its headquarters in Höxter, Germany. They produce the new multi-rib V-belt at the same location.
Visual inspections cannot detect wear in extremely durable materials like EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer). OPTIBELT’s innovation addresses this challenge. It eliminates the need for additional inspection and measuring instruments by using a red strip that shows vehicle owners when a belt is worn and in need of service.
“The replacement indicator greatly simplifies inspections and enables greater mechanic and consumer safety – and that creates significant added value for our customers,” says Reinhold Mühlbeyer, CEO of Arntz OPTIBELT Group. “High-tech materials and special manufacturing processes have made it possible for us to now produce the product here at OPTIBELT.” The new technology also makes service intervals and costs more exact, more reliable and easier to plan. As a result, this new generation of multi-rib V-belt is particularly well suited for fleet operations such as trucking and taxi companies.
Besides its innovative replacement indicator, the new generation of multi-rib V-belts also offers other positive characteristics with proven OPTIBELT OEM quality. These include high temperature resistance thanks to the use of EPDM, which withstands temperatures from as low as -40°C to as high as +130°C. The optibelt RBK SCC is suitable for all modern drive solutions (such as start-stop), and it saves fuel thanks to its high efficiency.