VDG is the market leader in the design and manufacture of drum motors for all types of belt conveyor applications, providing innovative drive solutions for over 35 years. With in-house engineering and manufacturing facilities in the USA and Canada employing cutting-edge production technology and automation, VDG ensures product quality, fast delivery and after sales support.

The VDG Drum Motor is a motorized head pulley that encloses all drive components inside the drum, while a traditional conveyor drive requires an externally mounted motor and gearbox. The VDG internal drive design significantly decreases energy consumption and maintenance costs, while eliminating external drive components contributes to a safer, space optimized drive solution for belt conveyors.

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Space Maximization

With all drive components enclosed inside the drum, the compact VDG Drum Motor eliminates guarding and allows for more conveyor lines within the same real estate footprint, ensuring a safer, more efficient and space optimized conveyor drive solution. Traditional conveyor drives have an externally mounted motor and gearbox, and require guarding for workforce safety, occupying unnecessary space outside of the conveyor frame.



Lower Cost of Ownership

The internally driven VDG Drum Motor is up to 96% mechanically efficient, consumes 30% less energy and has a service life of 80,000 hours before scheduled maintenance, resulting in reduced downtime with significant cost savings. An external drive is an inefficient way to drive a conveyor due to the mechanical losses with power being transferred from the electric motor through a gearbox via a 90-degree angle to the drive shaft. This configuration consumes more energy and requires regular maintenance.


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New Innovations

Through innovation and engineering, VDG is continuously increasing the efficiency, reliability, and longevity of its drum motors. The new patented IronGrip™ Lagging system was developed to increase belt traction, improve belt tracking, and extend the lifespan of the conveyor belt. In addition, the latest IntelliDrive™ Drum Motor implements new advanced permanent magnet motor technology. This technology delivers increased energy efficiency with more belt speed selection without loss of torque.


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Standard Duty Series Drum Motor Overview


Diameter (inches) HP Range Drum Motor Series Dimensions Specifications
4.00 0.11 to 0.25 Hp TM100 PDF PDF
4.5 0.16 to 0.5 Hp TM113 PDF PDF
5.0 0.25 to 1.5 Hp TM127 PDF PDF
5.4 0.25 to 1.5 Hp TM138 PDF PDF
6.5 0.25 to 1.5 Hp TM160 PDF PDF
8.5 2.0 to 7.5 Hp TM215 PDF PDF