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Philadelphia Gear Acquires New Test Stand

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December 1, 2003—Philadelphia Gear announced the availability of a new 1500 HP test stand at its Eastern Regional Service Center in New Castle, DE.

According to the company's press release, this acquisition extends their diagnostic testing capabilities for high speed and high torque gearboxes to the East Coast. A similar test stand is in place in the Lynwood, CA facility.

The stand is powered by the company's own hydro-viscous clutch in order to run qualification testing on repaired gearboxes prior to reinstalling the units. It provides no-load testing of gearboxes up to 60,000 HP and speeds up to 120% of the tested gearbox speed as rated by the American Petroleum Institute.

In addition, it can facilitate better repair and maintenance service at the Philadelphia Gear locations because the company can now spin larger gearboxes at higher speeds.