Types Of Gearboxes And How To Maximize Their Performance

Types Of Gearboxes And How To Maximize Their Performance

Date: December 22, 2016

Gearboxes are an integral component of many industries. The need for new industrial processes continues to rise, and manufacturers are producing a wide range of gearboxes to meet the demand. Regardless of the type, every gearbox requires maintenance to function properly. The following are some popular types of gearboxes and tips on how you can maximize their efficiency and performance.

Helical gearboxes

Helical gearboxes have gears that are locked at an angle, typically about 90 degrees. These gearboxes are laid out in a parallel or crossed position. Due to their positioning, the gear teeth are engaged little by little and produce limited noise. Helical gearboxes work with higher torques, yet their efficiency ranges are the same at 94 to 98 percent. One disadvantage of this variety is that the degree of medial thrust requires adequately oiled shaft bearings.

Spur gearboxes

Spur gearboxes are the most common and simple variety on the market. Their radial teeth are designed to handle high gear ratios, providing an efficiency level of 94 to 98 percent. A disadvantage of this variety is that it creates a lot of noise and pressure. It is best to use spur gearboxes for low-impact and low-speed jobs where loud noise is acceptable.

Bevel gearboxes

Bevel gearboxes are comprised of two crossing shafts with cone-style teeth. The teeth encourage versatile motion in the area between the shafts. The gears feature axes that are able to handle a significant amount of pressure. The bevel variety has a lower efficiency level of about 93 to 97 percent. These gearboxes work well with lower gear ratios, which is arguably better than helical varieties.

Maximizing performance

In order to function properly, a gearbox must have adequate lubrication. Lubrication is especially important for the bearings to work smoothly and correctly. Friction can lead to a loss of power and expensive repairs or replacement.

Industrial gearboxes should also be examined by a professional regularly so they can ensure everything is operating at optimal efficiency. If a problem is found, it can be repaired before the issue affects the entire gearbox. It is important to note any unusually loud noises or a deteriorating of the machine’s performance. You can contact a professional to evaluate these symptoms before the problem becomes worse.

For more information on gearbox maintenance

At Amarillo Gear Service, we work with our clients to ensure their industrial gearboxes remain operational for the duration of their intended lifespan. We ensure that every unit we refurbish and repair leaves our facilities in like-new condition. If we notice potential causes of failure during the repair stage, we notify clients immediately. The result is that many of our industrial gearboxes perform better once they are returned and are less prone to damage and further problems.

Amarillo Gear Service is a division of Amarillo Gear Company, which has been in continuous operation since 1917. When you or your business need affordable and high-quality gearbox repair or renewal, contact the experts at Amarillo Gear Service in Amarillo, Texas. You can reach us by phone at (806) 622-1273 or Contact Us by email to receive more information on our gearbox 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.

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