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There's a reason they call it catastrophic gear failure: For example, if the line goes down at a large aluminum rolling mill because a gear set goes bad, the cost can run up to a whopping $200,000 a week. Even in smaller operations, the numbers alone (not to mention all the other problems) can be a plant manager's worst nightmare.
How machine tool maintenance has evolved in recent years in gear manufacturing.
This paper presents two new techniques for aligning and maintaining large ring gears. One technique uses lubricant temperature analysis, and the other uses stop action photography.
What are the ins-and-outs of quality inspection of girth gears, from both a manufacturer and buyer perspective? Our experts respond.
Although a comprehensive on-site gearbox inspection is desirable in many situations, there may be constraints that limit the extent of the inspection such as cost, time, accessibility and qualified personnel. This article describes the equipment and techniques necessary to perform an on-site gearbox inspection.
This article covers preventive maintenance and modification to machinery to induction harden different types of gear.
Machine tool companies are expanding capabilities to better accommodate the changing face of manufacturing. Customers want smaller-sized equipment to take up less valuable floor space, multifunctional machines that can handle a variety of operations and easy set-up changes that offer simplified operation and maintenance.
The type of lubricant and the method of applying it to the tooth flanks of large open gears is very important from the point of view of lubrication technology and maintenance. When selecting the type of lubricant and the application method, it is important to check whether it is possible to feed the required lubricant quantity to the load-carrying tooth flanks, This is necessary to avoid deficient lubrication, damage to the gear and operational malfunctions. It is important to determine the type of lubricant, which may be fluid or grease-like. The consistency of the lubricant will have a direct impact on the ability of the lubrication system to feed adequately the lubricant to the gear. The interactions between the common types of lubricant and the lubrication application methods for open gear drives are shown in Fig. 1.
Nondestructive examination (NDE) of ferrous and nonferrous materials has long proved an effective maintenance and anomaly characterization tool for many industries. Recent research has expanded its applicability to include the inspection of large, open gear drives. Difficulties inherent in other NDE methods make them time-consuming and labor-intensive. They also present the user with the environmental problem of the disposal of used oil. The eddy current method addresses these problems.
Three years ago, coated gears seemed to be the perfect solution for the Micro Marine Corporation. The early designs for the gear drive of their MicroCAT human-powered boat used a combination of thin-film dry gear coatings with lubrication and wear-resistance properties. These coatings simplified their design, provided corrosion resistance, made the gear drive environmentally safe and eliminated the need for gear drive lubrication and maintenance. It was a success story in the making.
Historically, wind turbine gearbox failures have plagued the industry. Yet an effective oil analysis program will increase the reliability and availability of your machinery, while minimizing maintenance costs associated with oil change-outs, labor, repairs and downtime. Practical action steps are presented here to improve reliability.
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," goes the hoary bromide. But what if the time comes - and it most surely will - that in fact it is broke? Do you fix it or replace it? And when does gearbox maintenance and repair arrive at a point of diminishing returns and buying new is the answer?
News Items About maintenance
1 Drake Manufacturing Offers Preventive Maintenance Program (March 5, 2019)
A machine tool investment is intended to boost productivity but also requires maintenance to ensure that it continues working at an optim... Read News
2 Holroyd Precision Absolute Care Maintenance Program Offers CNC Upgrade Packages and Machine Refurbishment Services for Holroyd Machines (April 6, 2017)
As part of its ‘Absolute Care' machine tool maintenance program, Holroyd Precision is offering a range of CNC upgrade packages ... Read News
3 PTG Revises Maintenance and Support Services (July 6, 2014)
U.K.-based Precision Technologies Group (PTG) has totally revised its range of machine tool maintenance and support services, to provide ... Read News
4 Okuma Introduces Maintenance App (September 6, 2013)
Okuma America Corporation has released a new app that displays scheduled maintenance and inspection reminders. Depending on the particula... Read News
5 Marposs Electrical Gauge Actuators Provides Increased Control and Reduced Maintenance time for E-Fenar and BlĂș Systems (January 4, 2018)
Marposs has enhanced its gauging solutions for grinding machines with new electrical gauge actuators. As compared to former hydraulic and... Read News
6 Ipsen Offers Furnace Maintenance Best Practices (October 30, 2013)
The recent tightening of process regulations, such as Nadcap and AMS 2750E, have been in the spotlight for a few months now. Customers lo... Read News
7 Danaher Motion Planetary Gearheads Require No Maintenance (April 1, 2006)
[photo]Danaher Motion's Micron ValueTRUE planetary gearheads are a more economical extension to Danaher Motion's family of Micron... Read News