Understanding Proper Alignment Of Right Angle Gearboxes

Understanding Proper Alignment Of Right Angle Gearboxes

Date: June 22, 2017

The primary purpose of right angle gearboxes is to decrease an application’s speed. It is essential that your gearbox be properly aligned to function as intended. These gearboxes come in bevel and helical varieties. A laser aligning tool is commonly used to analyze and give the right framework, placement, and angle dimensions of the machine’s internal gear shaft.

How gear shaft plane relates to alignment

The output shaft is situated at a 90-degree angle to the input shaft in right angle gearboxes. With regard to alignment, a gearbox output shaft with a horizontal plane is relatively simple to line up correctly with a machine train. Output shafts with vertical planes, however, can be a bit tricky to align properly due to the more complex principles of up-and-down alignment.

In these situations, the unit is most often kept in place with a flange, which forms the legs of the machinery. The equipment can be checked for misalignment via a technique called shimming. The importance of checking for any asymmetry in the gearbox before performing any alignment procedures cannot be overstated. First and foremost, you need to make a record of the geometry of the gearbox couplings in order to help minimize shimming.

Why alignment is vital for the efficiency of gearboxes

Proper alignment is critical, not only in commercial right angle gear systems, but in all kinds of gearboxes. It effectively lengthens the lifespan of the more intricate parts in a gearbox (the seals, bolts, bearings, and others), increasing the lifespan of the entire system. If a gearbox is not aligned properly, multiple components could wear down or break. A complete failure of the system can even occur, which can shut down your entire operation.

If your gearbox is out of alignment or you think that it may have alignment issues, contacting a gearbox repair and maintenance company can help. If your gearbox is already misaligned, a technician can use a laser shaft alignment system to assess and repair the problem. You can also schedule regular inspections and maintenance to prevent alignment issues in your gearbox.

Amarillo Gear Service ensures the proper alignment of your right angle gearbox

To identify and fix any misalignment issues in your right angle gearbox, don’t hesitate to contact Amarillo Gear Service in Amarillo, TX today. Give us a call today at (806) 622-1273 for more information about our Amarillo Gear™ and Marley™ gearbox repair services. You can also Contact Us by email and view the Regions We Service. We will be happy to give you the answers you need to ensure your industrial gearbox and operations do not come to a halt.

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