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Flexible Shaft Assemblies

 

BuShip Flexible Shaft

BFG Flexible Shaft Assemblies are designed for manual or intermittent power, low speed applications. Two types are offered. For customers requiring a system in accordance with Bu-Ship design we offer an assembly which is constructed with a high strength steel core and is encased in a tough, watertight galvanized steel casing. The end terminations are made of naval brass. The DC terminals are available separately. Bu-Ship Flexible Shafts are manufactured to comply with MIL-S-16059B and can be directly connected to a various control components such as deck boxes, remote stations, gear boxes and valve couplings. The shafts can be adapted to rigid rod systems through the use of SM or SF couplings. Type A and Type B clamps are available support the shafts and reduce deflection. This Bu-Ship type of flexible shaft is shown below.

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VCFX-4000 Series Flexible Shaft

A superior, longer lasting alternative to the Bu-Ship shaft is the VCFX-4000 Series.  These reach rods are far stronger due to an exclusive manufacturing process, permitting the use of smaller diameter reach rods, reducing system weight without compromising strength.  The reach rods are completely self sealed, and are more easily installed.  They are designed to connect to standard Rigid Rod components, which are less complicated and less expensive than their BU-SHIP Flex Shaft counterparts.  A variety of end fitting sizes are available in male and female versions.  Each assembly is constructed with a high strength steel core and is encased in a tough, watertight Hytrel® coated steel casing.  They are available in a form suitable for underwater use, even in salt water.  These shafts are manufactured to comply with MIL-S-16059B and can be directly connected to a variety of control components such as deck boxes, remote operators, gearboxes and valve couplings.  Clamps are available and must be used to support the reach rods and reduce deflection.  An example of this type of shaft is shown below.

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S.S. White® reach rods are manufactured by BFG Marine, Inc., an independently operated company, under license from S.S. White Technologies Inc.

 

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