Chain tensioners are used in chain drives to improve the efficiency of the entire pulley system. The chain that is used to turn the sprocket, is kept at a higher tension by these tensioners in order to ensure there is an adequate balance of force with sufficient amounts of friction while the chain goes about its movement. The chain tensioners in effect provide a constant torque for the drive to reduce loosening of the chain with usage which can lead to wastage of energy. Vibration and noise reduction only adds to its benefits.
Such chain tensioners have now been incorporated into the automotive industry that uses two wheels by the OEMs. Two wheel manufacturing process is greatest in Asia, especially in countries like China, Singapore, and Japan. With the high increase in production of motorbikes, the demand for chain tensioners will also increase at a great rate in the immediate future.
The market for such automotive chain tensioners can be divided into seven regions based on geography.
- North America
- Western and Eastern Europe
- Latin America
- Middle East
Asia holds the highest demand for the the tensioners while Middle East and Africa are only starting to develop a market.
The chain tensioners need to be produced with great precision as optimal tension has to be maintained in the chain drive for its efficient functionality. Tensioners cannot be used if the chain drive is already damaged with rust on its surface.
U.S. Tsubaki Power Transmission, LLC, Yamaha Motor Company Limited are a few of the companies involved with the production of these tensioners and would greatly benefit with the predicted market surge in the future.