When it comes to choosing a new gearbox, customers are faced with several different options. And while it’s always good to have options, buying the wrong gearbox can be problematic. There are already a few problems you should be concerned about with gearboxes, with the four most common warning signs being vibration, fluid leaks, oil contamination, and excessive noise. But with the right gearbox, you can experience smooth functioning. So how exactly do you choose the right gearbox? Let’s take a look at a few factors to consider when selecting and sizing a gearbox.
Shock load: When a gearbox is subjected to high shock or impact loads, it can experience increased wear. If this wear is not accounted for when sizing, the gear could undergo premature failure or an increased need for industrial gearbox repair. High shock loads require an increased service factor, which is the application’s required value over the rated value of the part. When thinking about shock load, conditions like non-uniform loads as well as hours of operation should be considered. If the gearbox can’t handle the load, it’s going to show wear earlier than expected. So make sure the gearbox is equipped to handle the appropriate load.
Mounting: Along with size and capability, it’s also important to consider how the gearbox will be mounted. There are several options for mounting, including mounting feet or tapped holes on the sides of the unit. The housing style, or mounting options, can affect how a gearbox functions or what kind of additional parts are required. Mounting is important to consider because there could be multiple mounting options for one gearbox so you need to ensure you choose a gearbox that can adhere to your mounting needs.
Motor integration: And lastly, it’s crucial to consider how the gearbox will be integrated with the motor. Some manufacturers provide services that integrate a motor onto the gearbox before shipping. But if this is not the case, it’s important to know the specifications and calculations that are needed to ensure the gearbox and motor will fit together. This is especially important when following a gearbox rebuild guide or performing any sort of industrial gearbox repair services. Overall, the chosen gearbox should integrate flawlessly with the motor.
Choosing a gearbox involves making a lot of important decisions. But if you keep these factors in mind and work with a reputable manufacturer, you’re sure to find the right gearbox for your needs.