The WX gearhead from Bodine Electric Company is a high-torque gearhead built to provide longer life and higher performance than similar gearmotors in the same size range. It is being introduced in conjunction with its upgraded 34B-frame brushless DC motor. It is designed to drive applications such as conveyor systems, packaging equipment, metering pumps, medical devices, commercial appliances and solar powered outdoor equipment.
The exterior of the WX gearhead is identical to Bodine's old W models, but the inside has been completely redesigned. The gearmotors feature all-steel helical gear trains and synthetic lubricants, so the type 34B-WX can produce up to 65 percent more torque than previous models. The steel gearing is designed to AGMA 9 standards or higher for quiet operation. The lubricant used improves efficiency and allows the gearmotors to operate in a range of temperatures. Forty-eight stock models feature 12 available gear ratios, ranging from 4:1 to 312:1 and rated output speeds from 658 to 8 rpm.
The WX gearhead is available with Bodine's type 34B, TENV, 1/5HP (149 watts) brushless DC motors. The BLDC motors require less maintenance and last longer than other brush-type PMDC motors. They can be used in place of brush-type motors in applications where high starting torque and linear speed-torque characteristics are critical. The 34B-WX gearmotors are available with 130 VDC and 24 VDC windings and are available with or without accessory shafts for external encoder or brake installation.
"Bodine Electric has over 20 years experience in design and manufacturing of brushless DC motor and control systems," says Terry Auchstetter, manager of business development. "We also manufacture a complete line of matched 24V or 130V brushless DC motor speed controls. When customers purchase the 34B-WX with a control, they get a complete drive system from one source."