Solutions in Motion™

    How to Determine Which Bevel Gear Design is Right for Your Application

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jan 8 ,2020

    Simple gears are used to transfer power from one shaft to another, but when the shafts intersect at odd angles, they don’t intersect at all, or you need to change rotational direction of a shaft, things become complicated. It takes a bevel gear to keep things moving. Bevel gear design is commonly used in many industrial applications as well as in all types of vehicles.

    On a standard gear, the pitch surface (that carries the teeth) is cylindrical. On a bevel gear, the pitch face is conical. The angle formed by the pitch pace and the axis on which it’s mounted to is called the pitch angle. Often, bevel gears work at right angles, but they can be designed to function at any pitch angle. A hand drill is an example of a tool that uses a 90o bevel gear.

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    What is a Right-Angle Gearbox?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Dec 4 ,2019

    What is a right angle gearbox?

    A right-angle gearbox is one in which the driveshaft and the output shaft meet at a 90o angle, using rotation to transfer power.

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    Best Ways to Maximize the Service Life of Your Right Angle Gearbox

    Posted by Troy Branham on Nov 6 ,2019

    The nature of automation and the facts of physics dictate that all moving parts wear out over time, and your right angle gearbox is no exception. Industrial settings are demanding and unforgiving. High speeds, high temperatures, wash down requirements, and other factors take their toll.

    Right angle gearboxes require less maintenance than many other industrial components, but less maintenance doesn’t mean "no maintenance." Developing problems can damage seals, bearings, bolts, and other internal components or even cause the entire gearbox to fail. You can prevent untimely problems and extend right angle gearbox service life with a few simple precautions.

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    Right Angle Gearboxes: Does My Design Call for a Right or Left-Hand Rotation?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jun 11 ,2019

    Right angle gearboxes are used throughout dozens of industries in hundreds of applications that require a reliable transfer of speed or power.

    They're versatile, but the name can be a bit of a misnomer — the “right” in "right angle" comes from their 90-degree angle — but they can be right- or left-facing.

    If your application demands a right angle gearbox, it’s important to know if your design calls for a left-hand or right-hand rotation.

    Right-Hand or Left-Hand Rotation

    The main differentiation between the right-hand and left-hand versions of right angle gearboxes is the rotation of the gear drives.

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    Everything You Need to Know About Spiral Bevel Gear Design

    Posted by Peter Wold on Jun 7 ,2019

    Years ago, it was expensive and very difficult to make spiral bevel gearboxes. And while the precision necessary to craft such beautiful and intricate pieces is still tricky, with the right attention to design and fabrication, it's much more doable.

    In order to fully appreciate the many advantages of spiral bevel gearboxes, here is everything you need to know about spiral bevel gear design.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearbox

    Gearbox Repair: What To Do If Your Gearbox Breaks Down

    Posted by Troy Branham on Mar 5 ,2019

    Wear and tear is a fact of life for machinery operating in industrial settings that feature high temperatures, high speeds, outdoor dirt, or harsh washdowns. Even the highest quality components eventually break down. Right angle gearboxes are generally low-maintenance, but if something goes wrong, how can you tell if you’re looking at gearbox repair versus replacement?

    The sooner you detect emerging problems, the better your chances of a less costly repair instead of an untimely, expensive gearbox failure. Developing problems can also push gearbox components out of spec, which weakens performance and speeds further damage. Here are some signs to look for and steps you can take to troubleshoot gearbox problems.

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    When Do You Need Stainless Steel Gearboxes?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jan 30 ,2019

    Nothing looks more professional than stainless steel gearboxes. They’re so shiny and clean-looking. And that might actually matter if your working environment sees visiting guests or official inspectors. Other equipment that needs re-painting or a new powder coating can make the entire facility seem sub-standard.

    But a pretty face isn’t enough, especially in certain industrial applications. You need gearboxes that can perform reliably as spec’d, for a long time, with minimal fuss, so there are serious functional reasons to choose stainless steel gearboxes.

    It All Comes Down to Corrosion Resistance

    Stainless steel is a necessity in sanitary and washdown environments that require the utmost in both product protection and gearbox performance. It is uniquely weather-proof, water-proof, and longer-lasting. It costs more on the front-end but creates fewer headaches on the job.

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    What Applications Require a High-Speed Right Angle Gearbox?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Apr 19 ,2018

    Reliability is crucial for any industrial equipment, but most of all when machinery is operating under high-speed, high-torque conditions. For these applications, a high-speed right angle gearbox is often the best design choice to ensure cost-effective, long-lasting, safe performance. Right angle gearboxes are also compact, an important advantage when space limitations are a design factor.

    High-speed automation is common in applications such as packaging, bottling lines and other food processing operations, pulp and paper manufacturing, heavy manufacturing such as cement or steel, and mining. And locations such as car washes, food and beverage operations, or medical facilities typically use high-speed roll-up doors.

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    Wash Down Solutions: Finding Industrial Components That Meet Sanitation Standards

    Posted by Troy Branham on Nov 22 ,2017

    Cleanliness matters in all manufacturing facilities, but in certain situations, extreme sanitation is priority number one. Food and beverage processing, for instance, cannot allow contaminants to accumulate on equipment because they could get into products. And pharmaceutical manufacturing requires sterility down to the microbial level. Therefore, in all these environments, equipment must be washed down frequently.

    Wash down involves high-pressure cleaning with very hot water and/or chemicals. This process is designed to kill bacteria and other microorganisms. Since it is both frequent and intense, it’s imperative to have industrial components that can withstand such harsh conditions as well as deliver desired performance reliably. Food packaging equipment, for instance, generally requires components that can achieve high-speed actuation and withstand the rigors of repeated, caustic washdown.

    Equipment often has to meet stringent standards set by an array of government and industry entities. Those standards also directly affect equipment design and component choice.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators, Right Angle Gearbox

    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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