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Güdel’s new GAdjuster guarantees error free gear mesh adjustment

13 August 2018

Güdel’s high quality range of linear motion components are the foundation for the company’s range of Gantry Robot Systems. A philosophy of continuous product development by the Swiss manufacturer is behind the latest series of Güdel planetary gearboxes – NGHP.

These use a unique interface, together with a web application, to guarantee simple, precise and error free gear mesh adjustment for rack and pinion drive trains. With Güdel’s GAdjuster concept, the set up and adjustment process for the gearbox is fully defined, creating precise and repeatable results.

The traditional methods for setting up small gearboxes usually involve manually pushing the pinion against the rack, before the screws on the flange-plate are tightened. In applications with larger gearboxes, the pinion is adjusted to a ‘backlash-free’ condition against the rack, usually with the aid of an adjustment screw. Both of these methods depend heavily on the skill level of the fitter, and the set-up procedure can be very time-consuming. Also these procedures offer no qualified method of checking the backlash between pinion and rack, and detecting unwanted preload is impossible.

By comparison, Güdel’s GAdjustment is a defined process for both the set-up stage and a final confirmation check. An easy to follow web-based application - GAdjuster – is used to establish fast and error free gear mesh adjustment.

Güdel’s innovative solution for achieving precise gear mesh adjustment uses an integrated eccentric output flange on their NGHP range of planetary gearboxes. This, combined with the GAdjuster APP, supports engineers with a detailed step-by-step process for setting the gear mesh between rack and pinion. More than 20 years experience in drive train technology makes it possible for Güdel to provide recommended settings based on the customer’s individual configuration. By scanning the QR code on the gearbox, these linear backlash settings are shown on the APP and can be configured by using the easy-to-follow step-by-step process.

The defined nature of the GAdjuster process means that the optimum gear mesh settings can always be easily and accurately re-produced following any maintenance procedures. The eccentric output flange on the Güdel’s NGHP planetary gearboxes also allows the drive to be easily disengaged if required.

Further enhancing a comprehensive range of components

This latest innovation from Güdel further complements the company’s range of linear motion components, which include: linear guide-ways, rack, pinions and gearboxes. The individual products within the Güdel range, by design, complement each other and can be easily combined to form highly efficient and reliable drive trains. These components and assemblies can be used anywhere and offer several advantages over traditional recirculating ball systems, the most important of which are resistance to harsh environments, low friction, quiet operations and high speed capabilities.

The growing demand for the company’s linear motion components has also seen further investment by Güdel, both within the UK in the recruitment of Tom Smith as Sales Engineer for Güdel’s component range, and in the company’s manufacturing base in Switzerland, where additional machining capacity has been added recently.

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