A gearbox is a piece of equipment containing an enclosed gear coupled to an output device for the purpose of changing mechanical energy to a usable format. This process can result in a change in speed or torque, as is the case for speed reducers. This gearbox is a series of connected gears coupled to a motor and a piece of equipment, and its purpose is to reduce the rate per minute (RPM) of the two points. IPTS is able to offer clients speed reducers and a variety of other gearbox types to improve the operation of your transmission equipment.
Different Types of Gearboxes
Each variety of gearboxes has its specific usage and function. They include:
- Helical gearboxes: Due to its compact size and low-power usage, this gearbox is ideal for low-power applications. It’s commonly used in industrial settings, including crushers, extruders, coolers, and conveyors.
- Coaxial helical inline gearboxes: Features four parallel spur gears that rotate in the same or opposite direction, dependent on the application requirement. This gearbox is high-quality and efficient, and it’s recommended for usage in heavy-duty equipment.
- Bevel helical gearboxes: This gearbox is used for high-power equipment, including in mining quarries, as well as conveyors. It is able to provide significant torque, and provides rotary motion in non-parallel shafts.
- Skew bevel helical gearboxes: This gearbox is known for its rigid design and monolithic shape. It can be modified to match any industrial requirement and is ideal for heavy loads and other like applications.
- Worm reduction gearboxes: This gearbox is applied when a need to increase speed reduction with non-intersecting axis shafts exists. It’s designed to operate and drive high-power applications.
- Planetary gearboxes: This gearbox has the ability to extend the life span of equipment and increase performance. Commonly used for unique precision applications because of its accuracy, planetary gearboxes are designed in either a hollow format or with mounting options including flange, shaft, or foot.
The main function of a gearbox is to transmit mechanical energy to an output device. This is done by coupling a driving gear to a driven mechanism. The gearbox can increase or decrease the speed of a driven mechanism, depending on the size and diameter of the coupled gears. The diameter is very important in how the gearbox functions. If the driving gear is smaller than the driven mechanism, the speed will be decreased. If the driving gear is larger than the driven mechanism, the speed will be increased.
Gearboxes are also versatile. They can be produced in a variety of sizes and shapes, and can be connected together.
Gear heads, part of a gearbox, can be used to reduce vibrations of a machine by being attached to a timing belt or chain with a gear ratio of 1:1. The gear ratio is important, as it tells what impact the gears will have on torque. Gear head types include:
- Spur-epicyclic (cycloidal)
Contact IPTS for Your Gearbox Needs
At IPTS, we are proud to have served the power transmission needs of our clients for more than 30 years. Our dedicated team specializes in the production of worm gear and helical gear speed reducers. Our standard models are made of close-grained cast iron to provide bearing support and feature double-lipped seals to prevent oil from entering the reducer. If needed, we are able to create modifiable designs and can quickly ship across the United States. All of our products are tested prior to delivery. Contact us for your gearbox and power transmission solutions today.