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    Helical or Spiral Bevel: Commonly Used Gearboxes in Packaging Machinery

    Posted by Troy Branham on Oct 25 ,2017

    At W.C. Branham, we're all about "Solutions in Motion." For more than three decades, we have engineered and manufactured components that enable all sorts of machines to move, many of them in industrial applications. Providing versatile components and choosing the right pieces for the intended motion is vital when creating the most appropriate solution. Take packaging machinery, for example.

    Packaging facilities might handle anything from sealing roasted peanuts in bags to shrink-wrapping pallets. Processes involve multiple steps, and machines have to move in a multitude of ways as they transport and coordinate products and wrapping materials. Gearboxes are the “traffic cops” that keep things moving so processes function smoothly and seamlessly. Helical and spiral bevel gears are both used in packaging machinery but for different purposes.

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    Gearbox Selection: 4 Things to Consider During Your Engineering Design Process

    Posted by Troy Branham on Sep 15 ,2017

    During the engineering design process, you have to map out every component you'll need. If you need a gearbox for your application, how do you know which type? These products are very popular with design engineers because they are extremely versatile, but that also means there's a lot to choose from.

    Some styles are particularly well-suited for certain applications. For instance, W.C. Branham makes continuous recirculation lubrication (CRL) models that are an excellent choice for heavy-duty, high-cycle applications, whereas our spiral-bevel models are ideal for high rpm applications. For packaging and similar applications, you may want to consider our Include-A-Shaft gearboxes.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearbox

    4 Common Mistakes Made When Sizing a Right Angle Gearbox

    Posted by Troy Branham on Aug 2 ,2017

    Every design engineer knows that you have to get all of the details right. If not, the device or equipment you’ve designed won’t perform as expected. Or, at least, not as well as expected. That won’t do, especially when you’re designing machinery for industrial applications.

    Right angle gearboxes are a good example of this. They're popular because of their versatility and value for a wide range of industries and specific applications. However, that versatility can be your downfall during the design phase.

    Right angle gearboxes fit many different situations because they can be configured and installed in multiple ways. It is essential to spec your gearcases correctly in order to avoid unfortunate design errors. So, let's look at four of the most common mistakes.

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    Worm Gears 101: A Breakdown of Common Functions and Applications

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jul 20 ,2017

    Worm gears work like a screw, with “teeth” that form a continuous helix. Worm gears are not necessarily the most efficient choice, but for certain industrial applications, they offer distinct advantages.

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    What are the Gearbox Options for Food-Grade Grease?

    Posted by Troy Branham on May 18 ,2017

    For some industrial applications, gearbox design has to consider more than the functionality of the gears themselves. The gearbox may have to withstand particularly harsh or wet operating conditions. Or it may have to operate in a sterile environment. Or it may have to be lubricated with food-grade grease. In some cases, all of these factors apply.

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

    Posted by Troy Branham on May 10 ,2017

    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.

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    How Worm Gears Help Regulate Speed in Industrial Machinery

    Posted by Troy Branham on Apr 26 ,2017

    Worm gears can be found in everything from acoustic guitar tuning pegs to heavy machinery. Here at W.C. Branham, we specialize in manufacturing worm gears for industrial applications. Typically, these are applications where space is a concern, such as packaging equipment, small machinery, and conveyors.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearbox

    [VIDEO] Right Angle Gearboxes: Answers to Common Questions

    Posted by Troy Branham on Feb 15 ,2017

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

    Posted by Troy Branham on Dec 7 ,2016

    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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    What is a Worm Gear Set and What Does it Consist Of?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Nov 30 ,2016

    A worm gear set actually looks a lot like it sounds — there's a worm that drives a gear. The worm — a shaft with a spiral thread — engages with and drives the gear — a toothed wheel. The worm screw and worm wheel are aligned at a 90-degree angle, forming the simplest kind of right angle gearbox. In fact, a worm gear was one of the original six simple machines. No matter how simple, though, the worm gear is an effective, time-honored way to manage power and torque.

    Uses for Worm Gears

    Worm drives create a compact means to substantially decrease speed and increase torque.A worm gear can have a massive reduction ratio with little effort — by simply adding more circumference to the wheel. That technique can either greatly increase the torque, or greatly reduce the speed. By comparison, it would take multiple reductions of a conventional gear set to achieve the same results — so worm gears have fewer moving parts and fewer places for failure.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearbox