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How to select the correct gear unit for your application

02 May 2023

A species of British insect, called planthoppers, has a row of small teeth on each leg that interlock together. As the planthopper jumps, the teeth ensure its legs rotate and extend at the same time. Essentially, the insect has gears.

Mimicking nature, industrial gears are essential for transferring power and motion, but in industry, the design and specification for this equipment are far more diverse. 

Here, Marek Lukaszczyk, Europe and Middle East Marketing Manager of WEG, explains how to specify the correct – and most energy efficient – gear unit for your application.

Gear units are used to transfer power and motion between two elements, usually a motor and a machine, allowing the two to operate in a coordinated fashion. They are used for providing precise control, reducing noise or vibration, and increasing efficiency. 

Choosing the wrong gear unit can have a whole host of consequences. It can lead to excessive energy consumption, noise, wear and tear, reduced efficiency, and in some instances, breakdowns that lead to downtime of production. The wrong gear unit can even lead to safety issues caused by consequences like excessive vibrations. 

Design engineers must take the time to research and select the right gear unit for each application, to ensure the best possible performance and efficiency. But, where to start?

Read the full article in DPA's May issue

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