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Gates Draftguard™ Anti-Rotation Device Named Finalist in 2010 ‘Golden Mousetrap’ Competition


Golden Mousetrap

Denver, CO – Gates Draftguard™ anti-rotation device was among the best products of 2010 according to Design News magazine, which named the new product as a finalist in their annual Golden Mousetrap competition.
According to Jennifer Roy, Manager Editor, “Design News congratulates the winners and finalists of the 2010 Golden Mousetrap Awards for the great work they've done to develop new and innovative products for design engineers. These products, as always, showcase the highly imaginative ways that today's engineers are ‘building a better mousetrap,’ and we thank them for their contributions." 
Gates Draftguard anti-rotation device prevents belt-driven air-cooled heat exchanger (ACHE) fan drives from “windmilling” when they are idle. A free-spinning fan poses a safety hazard to maintenance workers and causes wear and tear on belts, shafts, bearings and attached equipment when fan direction is suddenly reversed during start-up.
The Draftguard anti-rotation device uses a high-torque, one-way clutch to prevent backwards fan rotation. The device mounts to either Taper-Lock® or QD® bushings used on ACHE belt drive systems. It adapts to clockwise or counter-clockwise rotation, and fits within most fan cages or guards without modification.
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About Gates Corporation
Gates Corporation is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial and automotive products, systems and components with operations in 33 countries. Gates maintains sales and marketing operations in every major industrial and automotive market, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Gates is part of the Industrial & Automotive group of Tomkins plc, a global engineering group listed on both the London (TOMK) and New York (TKS) stock exchanges, and with revenue of $4.2 billion in 2009 Tomkins plc has over 25,000 employees worldwide and enjoys strong market positions and technical leadership across all of its business activities and owns some of the best-known brands in their respective markets. For more information, visit or email

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