In this monthly recurring column we would like to put a transmission or related product into the spotlight, our GearTopper. In this way, we like to share our product knowledge with our readers. After a short holiday, we focus on industrial gearboxes in this edition.
Industrial gearboxes are usually the big brothers of geared motors. Industrial gearboxes are mostly used in more heavy duty applications, such as conveyor belts, winches, cranes, trolley drives, extruders, material handling, water treatment, mixers, shredders etc. There are two different kinds of housings for industrial gearboxes, the split housing and the monobloc housing. Both of them are having advantages and disadvantages.
The monobloc housings are very strong, solid and have a high resistance against shock loads, but the maintenance on monobloc housings is much more difficult then split housings. There are many different kind of shaft arrangements available, like parallel shaft, bevel helical with horizontal or vertical input shaft, with extruder output etc. Many kinds of male and female shafts are available, as well as options like direct motor inputs, reinforced bearings, forced lubrication and/or cooling etc.
I.Mak newest serie industrial gearboxes is the MA-MK serie. At the moment they are available in six different sizes but the number of sizes is growing fast. The lead times are relatively short compared to the market which gives good opportunities in the current worldwide situation.