Timing Belts, also commonly known as a Timing chain or a Cambelt (although the latter is technically a different type of system, as we'll see), are devices usually found fitted to the rotary mechanisms of a power transmission system such as a drive motor or spindle.
They're most often found playing a highly critical role in the smooth running of internal combustion engines such as those found within cars, where they connect the crankshaft to the camshafts to maintain the precise alignments (timings) between these two key components as they rotate at different - but consistent and relative to one another - speeds.
Timing belts can be manufactured out of a range of materials depending on what application they will be used for. Often these belts are constructed from rubber which gives excellent benefit to its user, this is due to its hardwearing nature. Although rubber timing belts have to be frequently maintained and have their tension checked to ensure they're performing at optimum efficiency. The mixture of rubbers flexibility and elasticity paired with their durability and performance under tension make them industry-standard material.
There is a wide range of applications that timing belts can be used vary, to name a few: