Gears are simple machine used to manipulate the magnitude or direction of a force. They are used in combination and are linked together by their teeth in order to form a “gear train”. These gear trains are useful for transferring energy from one part of a system to another. Gears work using the principle of mechanical advantage, which is the ratio of output force to input force in a system.
Gears serve two main purposes either increase the speed or to increase force. An industrial gearbox is a system in which the mechanical energy is transferred from one device to another and is used to increase torque while reducing speed.
Some of the standard gearboxes used in industries are Helical gearboxes, Coaxial helical line, Bevel helical gearboxes, Skew bevel helical gearboxes, Worm reduction gearboxes and Planetary gearboxes. The large-scale industries where gearboxes are extensively used are Paper Industry, Cement industry, Sugar industry and Steel industry
Materials handling, food processing, textile manufacturing, clock making, heavy industrial mining equipment and oil rigging equipment depend on gears for the transmission of motion. Compared to gears applied in commercial and consumer products contexts, industrial gears are usually characterized by heavy duty construction and durable metal composition.
Gear applications are quite diverse and highly customizable; they appear anywhere that an application requires speed reduction, speed increase, power transmission, motion transmission or force reduction.
Maintenance of Gear box is a crucial factor in long run of gear box. Ensure that the gearbox is operating within its manufacturer’s specification for both mechanical and thermal ratings. Gearboxes should be kept away from operating in a dirty and dusty environment as it could result in an increased operating temperature or even possible contamination of the gearbox. Gearboxes should be regularly dusted and brushed clean. Always check for oil leaks at the input and output shaft of your gearbox. Leaks indicate that seals have failed, thus allowing dust, debris and water ingress from the environment; and for a potential loss of lubrication.
Water, dust and debris should also not be permitted to ingress internally into the gearbox through the breather. Allow the gearbox to breathe with ease. Lubrication should be as per the gearbox manufacturer’s specification for type, grade and quantity..
Always checkfor signs of overheating, which could include discoloured or burnt exterior paint, or dark oil in the sight glass. Monitor the gearbox temperature on a regular basis and look out for any sudden changes in temperature using an infrared temperature gun.
Check the internal gears via the removal of inspection covers for signs of wear such as pitting and spalling. Check for any increase in backlash between the mesh of the gears, and also for any increase in the end play or lift at the input and output shafts. An increase in backlash could be an indication of gear teeth wear, which is not always visible to the naked eye. An increase in shaft end play or lift would indicate wear within the rolling elements of the bearings or even wear in the bearing housings.
If you are in need of industrial gearbox repair, we at American Gears LLC offer complete reconditioning on industrial gearboxes of all OEM brands. We are fully equipped to provide all gearbox services performing a complete evaluation of your gear box. Our in-house design, engineering, and manufacturing services ensure quality workmanship. We provide warranty and guarantee on workmanship and materials. We work on leading brands like Marley, Amarillo, Philadelphia, Lufkin, Rexnord, Falk, SPX, Falk and Siemens and more.
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