Superior Gearbox Company manufactures high-quality industrial gearboxes and related products to support a wide range of power transmission systems and applications. For more than 30 years, our experienced manufacturing and engineering teams have enhanced our standard product line with customer-specific gear drives to suit the most stringent application requirements.
Strengths that continue to promote the growth of Superior Gearbox in the industry include unsurpassed quality control and customer-intensive service. Our precise attention to detail in every phase of the manufacturing process ensures every product leaving our facility has been thoroughly inspected, following stringent testing procedures.
Customers have come to rely on the high-quality industrial gearboxes provided by Superior Gearbox Company. As we examine the purpose of industrial gearboxes, we will look at the types of products available along with their most typical uses and the industries we serve.
What Are Industrial Gearboxes?
Industrial gearboxes are mechanical devices that are an essential component of machinery used by various industries. An enclosed housing containing a series of gears and shafts transmits power between devices within a system. The purpose of gearboxes is to increase torque, reduce the rotation speed of the prime mover output shaft and convert mechanical energy to a usable form.
The use of an industrial gearbox is mandatory in a broad range of rotary motion power transmission applications. Unlike mass gearboxes, Superior industrial gearboxes can perform multiple functions, regardless of duration, at the high speeds required by top-performing machinery.
Types of Industrial Gearboxes And Their Most Typical Uses
Superior Gearbox Company offers industrial gearboxes in various designs and specifications to meet our customers’ business needs. Common uses for a gearbox include machine tools, industrial equipment, conveyors, and material handling equipment.
The following describes the different types of industrial gearboxes available along with the common uses for each unit:
Helical Industrial Gearbox
A helical industrial gearbox is considerably smaller than other gearboxes and consumes less power. The low-maintenance units can meet the demands of industrial applications while providing a long service life. Helical gear drives utilize angles teeth gearing rather than the straight teeth of a spur gear. The line of contact between the two mating gears is inclined to ensure gradual engagement of the gear teeth from one end of the tooth to the other resulting in a low noise application.
Industrial applications that require higher speeds and torque, or simply a quieter operation, helical gearboxes have become a popular choice over spur gearing systems. Low-power applications utilize the rolling friction of helical gears to achieve the highest efficiency. A unique fixed angle design allows maximum grind power with same-direction rotation.
Helical industrial gearboxes meet the usage requirements of heavy industrial settings such as plastics, rubber, and cement construction, where heavy mechanical power consumption is an issue. Other typical low-power applications include:
Coaxial Helical Inline
Commonly referred to as an inline gearbox, a coaxial helical gearbox consists of parallel spur gears that can rotate in an opposing direction or the same direction depending upon the application requirements.
Coaxial helical inline gearboxes offer precision, superior quality, and efficiency and are the perfect solution for heavy-duty mechanical operations. Typical application uses include:
Unlike other gearboxes, this type of unit enables maximum output due to the unique arrangement of the input and output shafts.
Bevel Helical Industrial Gearbox
The primary function of a bevel helical industrial gearbox is to provide rotary movement between non-parallel shafts. A cone-shaped base inside the unit, located close to the device’s edge, contains curved teeth that allow high output torques.
Typical applications of this type of gearbox include:
- Turf Equipment and Mowers
- Irrigation Pumps
- Bucket Elevators
- Coal Pulverizing Mills
Bevel helical industrial gearboxes have a long service life and are ideal for high-power applications that require uniquely high output torque provided by whisper-quiet mechanisms.
Every bevel gearbox offered by Superior Gearbox Company offers specific gear ratios and shaft diameters for the intended application.
Skew Bevel Helical Gearbox
Mechanical advantages become apparent when mounting a skew bevel helical industrial gearbox on the proper motor shaft output. The rigid structure is appropriate for heavy load applications and is customizable by changing the number of gears and teeth to meet specification requirements.
The colossal structure can moderate speed and torque by increasing, decreasing, or reversing the number of rotations. The skew bevel helical gearbox is the perfect solution for almost any industrial application.
Worm Reduction Gearboxes
This type of gearbox utilizes a large-diameter worm wheel that meshes with the teeth on the edge of the gearbox. As the worm rotates, it causes the wheel to rotate similar to a screw. Worm reduction gearboxes are ideal for applications that require an enhanced speed reduction between non-intersecting, crossed-axis shafts and are ideal for use in the following industrial applications:
- Conveyor belts
The name describes a gear system where one or more “planets” rotate around the central gear. Planetary gearboxes offer improved performance and a high torque-to-volume ratio that effectively:
- Increases torque
- Reduces speed
- Offers precise positioning
- Controls reproducible machinery
- Extends life of machinery
Planetary gearboxes can be hollow or solid and are mountable on a flange, foot, or shaft. The units are distinctly accurate and offer well-defined functionality.
The sturdy industrial gearboxes are viable in a broad range of industries for various applications, that include:
- Vehicle transmission
- Slew drives
- Winch drives
- Track drives
- Medical scanners
- Operating tables
Industries We Serve
Gearboxes are a crucial component in modern machinery and can handle a multitude of industrial applications. Depending on the functionality required, a mixture of gearboxes can effectively target each specific task. Some of the largest sectors that use Superior Gearbox Company products include:
As the demand for sugar grows, the need for industrial gearboxes continues to grow. The sugar industry relies heavily on varying types of industrial machinery that require a broad range of industrial gearboxes that can manage differing ratios, speeds, and torque capabilities.
For example, processing beets and sugar cane require an increased number of gear ratios to transform the product into sugar.
The utilization of helical, planetary, and many other industrial gearboxes maintains the proper operational need of the variety of machinery used in the sugar industry. Typical applications of industrial gearboxes in the sugar industry include:
- Cane Carrier
- Magma Mixer
- Feeder Table
- Mill Drive
- Under Feed Drive
- Cane Carrier
- Cane Pusher
- Rake Elevator
- Inter Rake Carrier
- Magma Pumps
- Bag Handling Conveyors
There is a global demand for paper products, with many businesses dependent upon the use of paper for daily operations. Every machine that manufacturers paper requires a different style of industrial gearbox that is capable of fulfilling specific functions.
Superior Gearbox Company manufactures industrial gearboxes for the paper industry using cast iron, aluminium alloys, and steel for optimal machinery performance. The paper industry often requires the use of the following gearboxes:
- Paper mixer gearboxes
- Mill gearboxes
- Winder gearboxes
High torque situations are a regular occurrence when processing cement. Parallel shafts and bevel helical gearboxes can reduce engine speed and increase torque as needed.
The cement industry continually needs to alter the torque of gearboxes to help with engine augmentation, speed reduction, and other functionalities common to industrial machinery.
The unique demands of the steel industry require sturdy machines that can adequately handle heavy-duty mechanical tasks such as:
- Mending steel
- Cutting steel
- Bending steel
The machinery used in the steel industry calls for a considerable amount of torque. Planetary, pinion, and other models of industrial gearboxes can produce significant torque allowing for proper operation of the machines.
Contact Your Gearbox Experts at Superior Gearbox
Superior Gearbox Company offers an extensive product line of industrial gearboxes and related products. Our highly experienced team can be an integral part of the design process, helping customers develop tailor-made products that adhere to exact specifications and technical requirements.
Not only can we create products using reverse engineering, but we can also modify an existing product or start at the beginning with an initial concept to create an entirely new design.
Our knowledge and experience allow us to customize every aspect of the gearboxes to ensure the end product meets our customers’ needs.
Contact us today to learn more about Superior Gearbox Company and see how we can help your business develop industrial gearbox solutions to enhance your company’s power transmission applications.