5 Maintenance Tips to Help Keep Your Industrial Gearboxes Working

industrial gearboxIn 2012, machinery manufacturing shipments accounted for 7.1% of all manufacturing shipments. However, that doesn’t mean that every industrial machinery owner takes care of their machines like the expensive machines they actually are.

Industrial gearboxes are important to the proper functioning of all kinds of machinery, and they need to be treated as such. To keep your industrial gearbox in tip top shape, here are five maintenance tips.

Breathers
You don’t need gearbox repair specialists to tell you that water, dust, and other debris shouldn’t enter a gearbox. All breathers should be of the correct style and size to ensure the machine can breathe properly.

Lubrication
Perhaps the most important part of any machine maintenance routine, lubrication is an absolute must. If you want all of the machine’s parts to function properly and without difficulty, this is an important step in the process.

Check Gearbox Ratings
To ensure your gearbox is running properly, make sure it’s operating within its manufactures specification of both mechanical and thermal ratings. Many times gearboxes are used for situations above their working capacity, which can lead to issues later on. A gearbox, if made out of steel, which has 90% recycled content, can be recycled at the end of its life, but the goal is to keep your gearbox running for as long as possible.

Good Housekeeping
It goes without saying that most gearboxes operate in dirty, dusty sites. However, you should take every possible measure to ensure that the area your gearbox is placed in, as well as the equipment itself, is cleaned regularly in order to avoid costly industrial gearbox repair or gearbox rebuilds.

Shaft Seals
Always make sure to check for oil leaks at the input and output shaft of your gearbox. Leaks indicate the seals have failed, thus allowing entry of dust and other debris.

Above all else, keep an eye out for signs of malfunction. Four of the most common red flags to watch out for include strange noises, heavy vibration, unexpected fluid leaks, and oil contamination. If you notice any of these four things, it might be time for a repair.

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Prolong the Life of Your Gearbox With These 4 Tips

gearbox repair specialistsAs you may know, some of the most common warning signs of gearbox problems include excessive noise, unexplained vibrations, sudden fluid leaks, and oil contamination. It is important to identify these red flags so that you can take care of issues before they result in total gearbox failure.
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3 Most Common Gearbox Problems

gearbox repairIndustrial gearboxes are at the center of various industrial fields, including construction machinery, farm machinery and equipment, and mining and oil and gas field machinery. In 2012, the manufacturing and shipping of products in these industries reported revenue of $43.9 billion, $38.3 billion, and $32.7 billion, respectively. In total, machinery shipments made up 7.1% of all manufacturing exports, or $407.4 billion in revenue. Continue reading

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