To the non-mechanic, just the word gearbox can be mind boggling. Even for the professionals, these sophisticated pieces of machinery require a great deal of understanding, care, and expertise to successfully install or repair. If you’re not accustomed to dealing with these devices, it can be hard to understand the amount of work involved in your gearbox repair and renewal or even your gearbox in general.
In the past, we have offered explanations of what a gearbox is, and the common warning signs that there might be an issue (excessive noise, vibration, fluid leaks, and oil contamination). In this blog, we will help you understand what standards you should be looking for when determining the success and value of a gearbox.
- Minimal Energy Use
Your gearbox is the primary instrument for converting torque, therefore it makes sense that you would want your gearbox to be as efficient as possible. In order to reduce power waste, you will need a gearbox with minimal friction, reducing the amount of heat generated and the number of secondary units and cooling mechanisms needed to mitigate it.
- Low Maintenance Costs
What good is a tool that you need to pay to get fixed every few weeks? A good gearbox will need to be built in a way that reduces wear and tear to a minimum, which again means a reduction of the friction inside the gearbox.
- Compact Size
You might have noticed the way to improve the past two standards was to reduce friction. This is where things get trickier. You can keep friction to a minimal level with a gearbox that is spacious, but a large gearbox means less space for other important components. It then becomes important to have a gearbox that has low friction and is compact so that it doesn’t burden the total machine.
Even for people with a good understanding of how a machine works, understanding each specific piece can be difficult. Hopefully, this guide has imparted a better understanding of what a gearbox should offer.
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