Solutions in Motion™

    [VIDEO] Introduction to DURATRK™ Rodless Cylinders

    Posted by Troy Branham on Feb 1 ,2021

    W.C. Branham President and CEO Troy Branham introduces our pneumatic actuator line, specifically our new DURATRK™ slot tube style rodless cylinders in this edition of Solutions in Motion.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators, Videos

    6 Telltale Signs You Need Air Cylinder Repair

    Posted by Troy Branham on Dec 1 ,2020

    A lot can go wrong with air cylinders, and when any problem could lead to downtime, damage, or equipment failure, troubleshooting each issue can get complicated. Preventive maintenance can keep air cylinders running at optimum performance levels and reveal telltale signs that you might need to repair them. Look for these six telltale signs you may need air cylinder repairs.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    4 Cost Benefits of Prototyping for Custom Design

    Posted by Troy Branham on Nov 13 ,2020

    When designing a custom solution, mitigating risk and margin for error is critical. One mistake and the fallout in expense can be substantial. This is why prototyping is a common practice in manufacturing. It allows manufacturers the ability to assess, qualify, and minimize risk. But if you need to justify the expense of prototyping, it’s worthwhile to weigh the advantages of prototyping against the associated costs.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearbox

    6 Factors in Choosing the Right Gear Drive Lubrication

    Posted by Troy Branham on Oct 29 ,2020

    Every part in a complex machine presents a chance for failure, especially if they're not designed or maintained properly. Sometimes the simplest parts get overlooked. A right angle gearbox needs less attention than many more complex parts, but it still can bind, grind or fail without proper lubrication.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearbox

    6 Benefits of Helical Gearbox Design Over Straight Tooth

    Posted by Troy Branham on Oct 14 ,2020

    Most often, helical gears are associated with transmissions in the automotive industry. But they can also be used across many different industries, and are a good substitute for the commonly utilized spur gears — especially if noise is a factor.

    Noise control is just one of the advantages of using a helical gearbox design in your application, but it's far from the only one. Here are some other benefits of helical gearboxes.

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    Topics: Custom Manufacturing, Right Angle Gearbox

    [VIDEO] What is a Fail-Safe Brake?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Oct 9 ,2020

    What is a fail-safe brake and when are they most commonly used?

    In this video, W.C. Branham's VP of Engineering and General Manager, Chad Randleman, will walk you through the basic functions of fail-safe brakes and their most common applications. Enjoy!

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes, Videos

    [VIDEO] Right Angle Gearboxes: Answers to Common Questions

    Posted by Troy Branham on Aug 31 ,2020

    In this video W.C. Branham’s Chad Randleman answers some of the most common questions we receive regarding right angle gearboxes.

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    Topics: Videos, Right Angle Gearbox

    How to Select the Right Gearbox Supplier

    Posted by Troy Branham on Aug 25 ,2020

    If you’re in the market for a right angle gearbox, you need to find a high quality gearbox supplier. But how can you determine whether someone is the “right” gearbox supplier? Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

    Look at their Past Work

    Do they have a website? If so, check to see who they’ve worked with in the past and what they’ve accomplished.  If the work they’ve done in the past lines up with the requirements of your application, they might be the “right” gearbox supplier for you. Be sure to also check their reviews online, if they have any!

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearbox

    [VIDEO] A Deep Dive into W.C. Branham's Right Angle Gear Drive Product Line

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jul 22 ,2020

    W.C. Branham was industry-first with right angle hollow bore helical gearboxes that package an all ball bearing configuration in a leak-proof, sealed gearcase with a pre-lubricated design. The immediate benefits were achieving higher thrust and radial loads, lower operating temperature for greater efficiency, no leakage, and longer service life.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearbox

    [VIDEO] Industrial Engineering: How to Size and Select the Appropriate Right Angle Gearbox

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jun 24 ,2020

    Right angle gearboxes are useful across a broad range of industrial applications. To choose the best gearbox(es) for your design, you’ll need to consider size, capability, mounting, and environmental requirements.

    All of these factors affect sizing and selection of right-angle gearboxes:

    • Input speed and horsepower
    • Target output speed, or output torque (this helps determine gear ratio requirements)
    • Service characteristics, such as how many hours per day the gearbox will operate and whether it will need to withstand vibration and/or shock
    • Overhung loads, axial loads, and external moment loads should be supported by bearing block supports. Unsupported loads can transfer to the internal gears and push them out of alignment and accelerate wear and tear
    • Shaft versus hollow-core input (and output)
    • Gearing orientation (shafts can protrude vertically or horizontally, and with a right-angle worm gearbox, the worm can be positioned over or under the wheel. If the shaft will protrude downward, you may want to add redundant seals)
    • Special-needs working conditions that require stainless-steel shafts and housing or corrosion-resistant paint
    • Mounting requirements
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    Topics: Right Angle Gearbox