For this year’s exercise in large gears, we’re not going to dwell on size range or length, merely look at the fundamental challenges and latest technologies required to manufacture large parts in the gear industry. This could be a gearbox assembly for the construction, mining or oil and gas industries or simply a large standalone gear pinion set for a custom application. Whatever the industry or application, large gears require more preparation, planning and precision than other areas of gear manufacturing.
under pressure from numerous
market forces. The oil sector's
decline, weakened global economies
(particularly China) and local government policies outnumber and outweigh relieving forces such as the FAST Act, leaving the industry in a general downturn. The outlook has yet to become truly grim, but companies are beginning to scale back.
Market needs push in 2013, but will it get one? The construction/off-highway
industries have been here before. New equipment, technologies and innovations during an economic standstill that some have been dealing with since 2007.