Solutions in Motion™

    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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    Topics: Right Angle Gearboxes, Packaging Machinery

    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 Gearboxes

    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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    Topics: Right Angle Gearboxes

    Food Grade Grease in Stainless Steel Gearboxes

    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.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearboxes

    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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    Topics: Right Angle Gearboxes

    [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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    Topics: Right Angle Gearboxes, Videos

    FAQ: What Gearbox is Available with Food Grade Grease?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Feb 8 ,2017

    The food and chemical processing industries require specialized equipment as well as highly-controlled working environments. Choosing the right gearbox to keep processing equipment moving smoothly is crucial. But there are other factors you have to consider. With that in mind, we have answers for some of the most frequently asked questions.

    Why does the gearbox have to be different for these applications?

    Sanitation is everything in industries such as food and beverage processing as well as pharmaceuticals manufacturing. Maintaining a sterile environment is critical to avoid contamination. But machinery needs lubrication in order to function. Both the products being processed and the industrial equipment itself must be protected from contaminants.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearboxes

    [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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    Topics: Right Angle Gearboxes

    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 Gearboxes

    Everything You Need to Know About Spiral Bevel Gear Design

    Posted by Peter Wold on Oct 12 ,2016

    Where they were once an expensive and difficult configuration to make, gearboxes today can be made from spiral bevel gears. The precision necessary to craft such beautiful and intricate pieces is still tricky, but with the right attention to design and fabrication, their many benefits can be had by all. In order to fully appreciate their many advantages, here is everything you need to know about spiral bevel gear design.

    The most common form of this kind of gearbox is a differential, like that found in a car. That is a much more complicated design which allows each wheel to turn at different rates. It also relies on a pinion and ring gear assembly, where the driving and driven gears are very different in size. But the simplest form of a right angle gearbox uses the same elegant spiral bevel gear cut with gears much more similar in diameter and number of teeth.

    The gears in a spiral bevel gear design are cut in a helix, which is very complicated and intricate. Before computer controlled machines, it took an expert machinist many hours to be able to craft gears like this from raw stock. The helical cut runs either clockwise (right hand) or counter-clockwise (left hand). For this reason, they always have designed, fabricated, and used in pairs. A gearbox, once fabricated, should be considered sealed.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearboxes