Posted by Samantha Mayer on | Comments Off on Types of Industrial Gearboxes
Industrial gearboxes are embedded systems that deliver mechanical energy to an output device. They modify the torque, speed, and rate of rotation to convert energy into a compatible format. Industrial gearboxes are designed to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, at great speeds for prolonged periods.
The majority of an industrial gearbox is made of brass, aluminum, or iron and while its primary objective is to increase torque, they also lessen the original mover shaft’s activity. This means the output device rotates at a slower speed, which increases the torque. There are several types of industrial gearboxes to choose from, as well as customized options. This blog will discuss the primary types of industrial gearboxes as well as the solutions available from Superior Gearbox.
What Are the Different Types of Industrial Gearboxes?
Industrial gearboxes are used throughout many industries, and there are a variety of types available to meet these diverse needs. Let’s take a look at some of the most widely-used industrial gearboxes.
Worm gearboxes perform heavy-duty functions. They are compact and have a high load capacity while also being the smoothest and quietest gear system available. Worm gearboxes feature a large diameter screw that aligns the teeth in a machine’s periphery. Other key characteristics of worm gears include:
They provide precision linear bearings and reduced noise levels
They offer high ratio speed reduction and can be used to increase torque
They are frequently used in smaller spaces and when large gear refinements are required
Helical gearboxes feature teeth cut to a fixed angle to provide the greatest grind power when it turns in the same direction. They can transmit motion and power between right-angle or parallel shafts. They are smaller in size than other industrial gearbox options, use less power, and are frequently used in high-power and high-load applications. Some common applications for helical gears include rubber and cement production as well as other manufacturing applications. They are also used in low-power applications, such as grinders, coolers, and conveyors. Helical gears provide several unique benefits, such as:
Low oscillation with less noise
Reliable meshing performance
Known as power transmission mechanical components, bevel gears are primarily used to adjust shaft rotational direction. They reduce speed while raising torque in non-parallel rotating shafts. Bevel gears feature curved teeth positioned along cone-shaped surfaces that are adjacent to the rim of the unit. They accommodate rotary motions between irregular shafts and are necessary to many industries, including aeronautics, pharmaceuticals, mining, textiles, and more.
Key advantages of bevel gears include:
Able to transmit great amounts of power efficiently
Reduced risk of slippage
Known for their cylindrical pitch surfaces, spur gears reliably convey power and movement from one shaft to another. Featuring teeth that fit parallel to the shaft, they have no thrust load and can improve machinery’s running speed while increasing torque. They are commonly used in industrial applications that include speed reducers, gear pumps, conveyor systems, transmissions, motors, mechanical transportation systems, and more.
In industrial applications, spur gears provide several advantages, such as:
They work well in limited space environments
They are well suited for driving systems as they transmit greater power efficiently
They don’t have any slippage
They offer a wide spectrum of transmission proportions as well as excellent performance and secure processing
While standard gearboxes can meet the requirements of most mechanical OEM applications, developing a custom-designed gearbox provides many unique performance advantages. Whether your needs are related to size, materials, speed, or low backlash requirements, customization allows for every specification to be met. Developing a custom industrial gearbox solution also allows OEMs to be involved in the entire process from design to production.
Custom gearboxes are ideally suited for equipment featuring unique torque requirements, or to replicate outdated or discontinued components. Since they are tailored to address the needs of even high-performance applications, they easily integrate into existing equipment. Working with a custom gearbox manufacturer like Superior Gearbox provides you with a component fabricated to meet all of your precise needs.
Industrial Gearboxes From Superior Gearbox
Superior Gearbox has been developing market and customer-specific industrial gear drives for over 30 years. In addition to our diverse standard product line, we also partner with customers during the design process to develop specialty products tailored to application-specific needs. Whether a job requires modifying an existing product, reverse engineering, or developing a new design from scratch, our knowledge and experience enable us to deliver perfectly crafted final products.
In addition to all of the standard gearboxes mentioned above, Superior Gearbox offers several other product line options. We provide customized industrial gearboxes with each element tailored to meet the needs of even the most challenging power transmission application. Our custom solutions are developed according to your timeline and budget.
Superior Gearbox: For All Your Industrial Gearbox Needs
There are many varieties of industrial gearboxes to choose from, and depending on the needs of your application, developing a customized solution may be the best solution. Superior Gearbox carries all types of standard gearboxes and can also modify any product to meet your exact requirements. To get in touch with an expert about our solutions,contact us today.
Posted by Samantha Mayer on | Comments Off on Stainless Steel Gear Drives for Sanitary Food Processing
A variety of manufacturing and conveying systems help with the production, packaging, and delivery of products in the food and beverage industry. To ensure this equipment functions properly, these systems require reliable components to facilitate consistent efficiency across the production line. One of these components is a stainless-steel gear drive.
Choosing a gear reducer that provides unmatched performance while also being able to endure the severe chemicals and high-pressure washdown requirements found in the food or beverage industry can be difficult. Understanding the additional features now available in washdown-capable gear reducers made from stainless steel components will assist you in choosing the most durable option.
In this post, we will cover what stainless steel gearboxes are, along with the benefits they offer for a range of sanitary food processing applications, to include applications in other industries that require sterile manufacturing environments.
What Is a Stainless-Steel Gearbox?
Food processing as well as other applications use stainless steel gearboxes when they need to meet strict corrosion and hygiene protection requirements. For instance, environments with high levels of humidity or seawater exposure often use stainless steel gear drives to prevent corrosion. Beyond that, applications in the food and beverage industry use these components because their smooth surface is easy to clean and won’t trap moisture, particles, or bacteria, making them suitable for environments where strict hygiene requirements require daily washdown.
Washdown cleaning destroys typical gear reducers, from the use of high-temperature and high-pressure water jets, corrosive salt water, caustic and acidic chemicals, or chlorine-based sanitizers typically used in the meat, dairy, and ready-to-eat product manufacturing. Chlorine is especially hard on aluminum, causing a whitish-colored rust. In applications that require infrequent washing and sterilization, treated aluminum and cast-iron work well. However, stainless steel is the best choice for your application if components require frequent high-pressure washing and sterilization. Regular washdown cleaning of cast iron and aluminum coatings will eventually separate, creating areas where the water and chemicals used during the cleaning process become trapped and contact unprotected material.
Our stainless-steel gearboxes are entirely constructed from stainless steel. Each unit is sealed and leak-proof to operate safely and reliably in wet, hostile, or sterile environments, so you have the maximum performance while maintaining a high level of sanitation. Many of our competitors utilize a plated or coated housing with some stainless internal components, but this is not a true all-purpose washdown gear reducer. It might be corrosion resistant to a point, but an all-stainless box is foolproof.
Benefits of Stainless-Steel Gear Drives for Sanitary Food Processing
Stainless steel gearboxes come with multiple advantages that make them ideal for sanitary food processing equipment. The food and beverage industry relies on a variety of systems to enable sufficient speed, item transfer, and completion of the product cycle at large.
To meet this industry’s specific needs, gear drives for sanitary food processing offer the following benefits:
The ability to support both dry and wet manufacturing environments
No fear of rust or paint chips entering the food production process
Eliminates the possibility of rust creating a hiding place for bacteria
Requires no repainting or other aesthetic maintenance
Does not attract unwanted USDA scrutiny
Consistently reliable service for many years due to high wear resistance
Designs that meet your unique application around torque, speed, load, and other factors
The integration of gear reducers for minimized power losses and reduced equipment maintenance costs resulting from corrosion or failure
Stainless steel gearboxes eliminate any exterior corrosion
Food Processing Gearbox Applications
With increased automation in food processing comes higher hygiene requirements. To meet these requirements, gearboxes must feature designs that can hold up to regular thorough cleaning cycles if they make contact with food items. Stainless steel gearboxes offer superior corrosion resistance and the smooth cleaning surfaces needed to maintain a hygienic environment.
Some of the many food processing applications for gearboxes include:
Washdown Dough Mixer
General Food Processing
Raw Material Handling
Drying and Cooking Lines
Drying Bottle Washer Machine
Loaders and Unloaders
The wide range of applications for washdown motors go beyond the food and beverage industry. Superior Gearbox Company’s Cleandrive, stainless steel gear reducers, are particularly critical components for use in applications in highly corrosive environments. Pharmaceutical manufacturing equipment and conveyors require systematic cleanliness and sterility for product quality and to prevent cross-contamination. Where motors propel machine-cutting fluids and water-cooling systems in a range of industries or even simulating rain and saltwater spraying in automotive test tunnels, a stainless-steel gear reducer can keep your machinery running.
Superior Gearbox Specific Capabilities
Stainless steel gearboxes help maintain valuable food processing systems and ensure consistently hygienic environments. However, it is important to locate the right components for your application to get the best results.
Superior Gearbox Company is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, cost-effective gearboxes for use in the food and beverage industry, including food processing applications. Depending on your specific application and requirements, we offer a wide range of gearbox designs, including helical, spur, bevel, spindle, and worm gear drives. We also carry a variety of bearings, gears, housings, and shaft materials to customize each component of the gear drive, which provides our customers with the ideal solution for their unique application.
Our engineering capabilities enable us to design a gearbox that can meet specific horsepower, power consumption, and torque requirements. Furthermore, we manufacture gearboxes that offer durable longevity and safety in particularly harsh and hazardous environments. Based on your individual needs, we will provide you with a gearbox design while keeping your desired timeline and budget in mind.
In addition to the food and beverage industry, our gearboxes work with applications in many other industries, including:
Oil and gas
Cement and concrete
Pulp and paper
Lawn and garden
Regardless of our customer’s requirements, we have the resources and expertise needed to meet them. With over 30 years of experience backing us, we offer some of the best gearbox designs available for nearly any application. Our engineering team can modify or reverse engineer an existing product or start from scratch to supply you with an entirely original design.
To learn more about our capabilities, contact us today and we’ll connect you with one of our representatives.
Posted by Samantha Kramer on | Comments Off on Bevel Gear Boxes for Agricultural Harvesters
The high load capacity of bevel gearing makes it widely used in mechanical transmission systems, such as tractor transmission systems. For large agricultural equipment such as modern harvesters, high-performance gearboxes are critical to ensure maximum availability during the harvesting process. This means that agricultural equipment OEMs must use high-performance gearboxes.
For optimum performance, these machines require reliable, efficient drive and control systems that are easy to operate. Leading agricultural equipment manufacture’s worldwide trust Superior Gearbox Company to provide solutions that optimize the performance of the machine to ensure the equipment can yield maximum productivity, all season long.
Our diverse product selection allows Superior gearbox to provide complete systems from a single source. Precision engineering and rigorous testing ensure that every unit meets the most demanding requirements. Field-proven solutions convert the rotational energy supplied by your equipment into energy levels required by each application at the optimal speed and power. In order to maximize performance, most farm machines require custom gearboxes. As part of Superior’s development process, our engineers can work with you to design and develop a custom gearbox solution that perfectly meets your needs and provides a mechanical advantage to improve torque and performance.
What is a Bevel Gearbox?
The name Bevel Gearbox refers to the gearing within the gearbox itself. This commonly used gearbox is used in a variety of applications across many industries as a single-stage unit which simply interlocks the beveled edges of two gears to transfer the rotation or torque from one gear to the other.
In mechanical power transmission, gear drives transmit power and motion by successively engaging and disengaging the teeth of driver and driven gears. Gears can be categorized into four types: spur gears, helical gears, bevel gears, and worm gears. The spur gear and helical gear are applicable for power transmission between two parallel shafts, whereas bevel gear is useful for two intersecting shafts (not necessarily perpendicular). For non-parallel non-intersecting shafts, worm gear can be employed.
Similarities and differences of straight and spiral bevel gears.
As the name suggests, a straight bevel gear has straight teeth like a spur gear that are cut along the axis on a cone. For this reason, it can be quite noisy as the teeth of the mating gears collide upon making contact.
On the other hand, a spiral bevel gear has spiral teeth that are cut in a spiral curve across the pitch cone. Unlike its straight counterpart, the teeth of two mating spiral bevel gears come in contact more gradually and do not collide. This results in less vibration, and quieter, smoother operations.
Due to the sudden contact of the teeth with straight bevel gears, it is subject to impact or shock loading. Inversely, the gradual engagement of the teeth with spiral bevel gears results in a more gradual buildup of the load.
Because of their cone shape, bevel gears produce axial thrust force — a type of force that acts parallel to the axis of rotation. A spiral bevel gear exerts more thrust force on bearings thanks to its ability to change the direction of thrust with the hand of the spiral and its rotation directions.
Bevel Gearing in Harvesters
Agricultural vehicles such as agricultural harvesters convey crop material (grain or MOG) from subsystem to subsystem. The conveyors that move crop material are driven by a variety of means. Various drive arrangements are provided to connect the internal combustion engine (typically the source of power in most agricultural vehicles) to these conveyors. Hydraulic means, mechanical means, and electrical means may be used. One element used, particularly with conveyors that elevate grain (i.e. elevators) such as auger conveyors, are bevel gear drives. The bevel gear drive drives the auger in rotation, rotating the auger and conveying crop upward.
Multiple Row Harvester
A row-crop harvester has a frame displaceable in a predetermined travel direction and formed with a plurality of forwardly open throats each provided with a respective conveyor chain each in turn spanned over a respective drive sprocket. Each such drive sprocket is carried on a respective drive shaft having a drive gear that meshes with the drive gears of the conveyor chains to each side. Each driveshaft with its respective sprocket and gear are together mounted in a respective housing bolted to the frame of the harvester and having a mounting flange whose outer periphery corresponds to the pitch circle of the respective drive gear. A main gear meshing with one of the drive gears rotates all of these drive gears simultaneously, and each conveyor chain has a stretch exposed in a respective throat of the machine which is opposite the stretch of the flanking chains for backward advance of cut crop.
Power Take Off
PTO Drives, or power take-off drives, are used to transfer power from an engine to a secondary source. Often, they are used on heavy-duty equipment that needs to send power to a hydraulic pump. The tractor PTO goes back pretty much as far as tractors. Most early PTOs were driven from the transmission, which being located at the back of the tractor, allows for easy location of an output shaft. The transmission type of PTO is only engaged when the transmission clutch is also engaged and is coupled directly to transmission so that when the clutch is depressed, the PTO isn’t driven.
Choosing the right PTO for your application is important, as the product specifications should vary depending on your industry application, method of PTO engagement, speed output goals, and more. Superior’s Right Angle Bevel gear drives are driven by a PTO shaft at an input speed of 540rpm or 1000 rpm. The traditional simple planetary when driven from output to input will act as a speed increaser, thus, providing the needed speed up to optimize hydraulic pump speed for efficiency.
Even with the high torque able to be transmitted by tractor PTOs, there are occasions when even more torque is demanded than a tractor can transmit (or slower speed than a standard 540 or 1000 rpm PTO). Although implements often employ pulleys and chain drives, which can be used for torque multiplication, the heaviest of demands require a gearbox for reliable and efficient operation. Of course, the use of gearboxes is not limited to farm applications and are most often seen in wheel drives and other massive-torque low-speed applications.
Common Bevel Gearbox Applications in Ag
Superior Gearbox offers bevel gearboxes in a wide range of HP capacities. Choose from existing ratios and shaft configurations or customize them to meet your specific application needs. Our engineers will work with you to fully understand your requirements and size the appropriate gearbox for your application. If your application requires a custom drive solution, our engineers will team with you to design a bevel gearbox that meets your exact application to minimize stress and wear on your equipment and extend service life. Contact us to learn more!
Posted by Samantha Mayer on | Comments Off on MODEX 2022 – The Premier Supply Chain Event
Stop by and see Superior Gearbox Company at MODEX 2022, booth C5275.
The largest manufacturing and supply chain event, MODEX, is returning to Atlanta on March 28th and Superior Gearbox will be there! We are excited to not only attend this event, but to also be one of the 800 exhibitors who will be displaying solutions and innovations for the manufacturing, warehousing, logistics, and distribution industries.
Material handling plays a major role in many industries. Superior Gearbox’s wide range of products have been designed with the goal of providing effective material handling with reduced over all cycle time. We are renowned in this industry for supplying products with High Reliability, Long Life, Mounting Flexibility, Robustness and Compactness. These products play a major role in enhancing the performance of material handling. With our wide range of power transmission solutions, we have covered both indoor and outdoor material handling.
Vibrating Grizzly Screens
Stacker Belt Drive
Stacker Luffing Drive
Stacker Travel Drive
Movable Shuttle Conveyor
Where can you find Superior Gearbox at MODEX 2022?
Booth #C5275 – Stop by our booth to meet with a member of the Superior Gearbox Team to learn more about our products and our capabilities. Make the most of your MODEX 2022 experience! Plan ahead by setting-up a time to talk with us and keep your day moving along!
Posted by Rick on | Comments Off on Custom Gear Drives for Spreaders
Generally, gear drives transfer rotational power from one part to another, often transferring the force into different planes or orientations. Gear drives are complex assemblies of gears and other mechanical parts that facilitate the movement of power from one part to a connected part. By transferring power, they can increase speed, reduce speed, amplify torque, and more.
Gear drives are a critical component in any spreader assembly and are used to drive the spinning discs, fans, and conveyors found in spreader equipment. Spreaders used to deposit even layers of material (such as grass seed, sand, salt, top dressings, prilled/granular fertilizer, and rocks) across the ground by using a conveyor apron to deliver a steady flow of material onto a fan or spinning disc spreading the material.
Spreader gear drives can be powered by a motor (found in industrial fertilizing tools) or by manually turning a wheel (found in hand-powered wagons for depositing grass seed across a front lawn). While all gear drives share the same core design and function, Superior Gearbox offers a variety of gear drives in a wide range of configurations and styles to accommodate varying spreading scenarios. For more than 40 years, Superior Gearbox has been the premier resource for reliable, high performance power transmission solutions for the most demanding spreader applications.
Custom Superior Gearbox Spreader Gear Drives
At Superior Gearbox, we specialize in creating custom solutions that fit the specifications and needs of our clients. Our gearboxes are well suited for a variety of applications on farms, golf courses, food plots, park systems, athletic fields, and even campuses. Regardless of application, commercial, residential, walk-behind, tailgate or hopper salt spreader, Superior Gearbox manufacturers gear drives that can be used on just about any spreader.
For equipment manufacturers requiring specialized customization options for a new or existing project, we provide engineering, machining, and assembly services to create custom gear drives, gearboxes, gear reducers and more.
Four of our most popular gearbox product lines include:
IP39 Series (Single & Dual)
The IP39 series of gearboxes features parallel shaft gear reduction and come in with both a single and dual hydraulic motor input. These assemblies efficiently transmit power from the motor input to a parallel output shaft. Each product is lightweight and made from durable aluminum that offers resistance to corrosion, high thermal capacity, and increased mechanical strength. Both the IP39 Single and IP39 Dual series have been precision machined to prolong the functional lifespan of the assembly and ensure reliable performance.
Each component of the IP39 series can handle high-performance and continual-use applications. Our dual input IP39 series allows for two hydraulic inputs maximum power transmission with limited available space.
Our W260 series of gearboxes feature a worm gear reducer to modify the direction of the rotational force. They come in both left-hand and right-hand options for maximum flexibility. This series is ideally suited for apron drive applications found on spreader wagons and bulk feeders because of their sturdy but compact build and high torque capacity.
The V210 series of worm gear reducers are built for low-input power sources, providing strength, reliability, and complete control over the output. These low input speed reducers provide high ratio speed reduction in a small package, making them the ideal power solution for spreader application. Shafts can be customized and built to your equipment specification to provide a custom fit, reduce installation time, and simplify the design of other components.
Right Angle Bevel Gear Drives
Superior Gearbox offers several right angle bevel gear drives in a variety of shaft configurations and specifications that are ideal for spreader applications requiring an angled gearbox driven by a PTO. These rugged angle power transmission devices are designed to provide a long service life, quiet gear operations, and are offered in a wide range of ratios.
Smaller units such as the R100 and R200 Series are ideal for ground-driven and PTO driven applications that require a heavy-duty gearbox in smaller spaces. However, If your application requires a larger, more robust gearbox design, Superior’s R400, R500, R600, R700, and R800 series are not only engineered to withstand even the most demanding operating challenges, but these units are also site proven in a variety of spreader applications and industries. Each unit is built from high-quality materials and engineered to minimize stress and wear to ensure a long-lasting performance.
Spreader Gearbox Applications
Gear drive spreaders have a wide range of applications across consumer, commercial, and industrial markets. Because they can reliably turn circular disks and release even layers of media across the ground, users employ them for cases ranging from personal landscaping to tightly regulated food production applications. Some of the most common applications for spreader gear drives in commercial and industrial contexts include the following:
● Ag and Turf Spreader ● Fertilizer Spreader ● Lime Spreader ● Litter Spreader ● Manure Spreader ● Rock Spreader ● Salt Spreader ● Sand Spreader ● Seed Spreader ● Shaving Spreader ● Side Discharge Spreader ● Topdressing Mix Spreader ● Truck Mounted Spreader