If you want your industrial gearbox to last and function efficiently, consistent inspections and maintenance are critical. No matter what industrial setting you are in, you can ensure the long-term functionality of your gearbox with the following three tips.
This equipment is often used in hot, dusty, and grimy conditions. Most of the time, a dirty environment is an unavoidable industry risk. It is a good idea to routinely remove dirt and other particles from the area around your gearbox. These particles can result in problems caused by pollution. Try to regularly remove, clean, and properly reinstall vent plugs and gear oil filters. To help protect against air and water pollution in the gearbox, you can swap the system’s current vent plug with a desiccant filter.
The severe operating conditions most industrial gearboxes are exposed to result in wear to all elements, including lubricants. Stick to the supplier’s specifications for oil type, quality, and amounts and perform routine lubricant flushings to shield against system contamination. You should drain the used lubricant that is already in the gearbox as best as you can while the device remains warm. Draining the lubricant will help eliminate pollutants and oxygenated oil that may disrupt the proper functioning of the fresh gear lubes. If dirty oil is left in the equipment, the new lubricant may foam.
You don’t want to use an unstable or chlorinated flushing solvent to flush out your gearbox. These flushing solvents can cause lubricant to get stuck in the unit’s nooks and create rust. Remove any metal pieces, sand, or anti-corrosive substances before you change out gear oils. To effectively flush your gearbox, select a light viscosity turbine oil and only fill the box to about a third of its advised operating lubricant level.
Inspect your gearbox consistently for typical symptoms of overheating, such as fading exterior paint or blackish oil in the water gauge. The unit’s operating temperature needs to be closely examined and documented so that you can quickly identify any major variations. Using a lubricant that does not have the proper viscosity can cause overheating due to excessive friction between components. Since a vast number of different variables can be the root cause of overheating, the ideal solution is to analyze the oil your gearbox is using. This step will help you identify the oil’s quality, and whether or not it is contaminated or worn out.
Amarillo Gear Service is a division of Amarillo Gear Company, which has been in continuous operation since 1917. When you need affordable, high-quality gearbox repair or renewal, contact the experts at Amarillo Gear Service in Amarillo, Texas. You can reach us by calling (806) 622-1273 or Contact Us by email to receive more information on our Amarillo Gear™ and Marley™ gearbox repair services. We will be glad to tell you more about the regions we service and the quality workmanship we can bring to the repair or renewal of your drive.