The Latest in Gearmotors

The Latest in Gearmotors

Nord Clincher Gear Units Maintain Equipment in Severe Applications

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Whether your application involves mixing, agitating, conveying, moving bulk material or another high torque manufacturing process, reducing downtime is of the utmost importance. To meet this need, Nord Gear Corporation introduces its new high capacity parallel shaft Clincher gear units. The new offering, for case sizes 10 and 11, is ideal for keeping rugged, high demand equipment running longer in the most severe applications.

The new product design uses many of the same gears as Nord’s Maxxdrive large industrial gear units, which improves reliability and durability to lengthen service intervals and reduce downtime. The housing redesign has an optimized strength to weight ratio, allowing for easier handling and installation. The SK10382.1 and SK11382.1 gear housings maintain all the dimensions and flexible mounting options from the legacy product, enabling seamless crossover and quick installation when replacements are needed.

“By applying our expertise at designing and manufacturing parallel shaft gearboxes, we’ve enhanced the performance of our large gear units,” said Jim Alt, product manager of mechanical products at Nord. “In addition, the use of premium, wear-free gearing provides excellent value and performance by offering increased efficiency and higher torque for an overall lower cost.”

The size 10 and 11 Clincher gear units have torque capacities as high as 414,300 lb-in, a ratio range of 12.22:1 – 343.19:1, and output speeds as low as 5.1 rpm and as high as 125 rpm. The product is assembled at the Nord U.S. headquarters in Waunakee, WI and can be delivered within Nord’s standard delivery time.

For more information:

Nord Drivesystems

(608) 849-7300


Lenze Machine Modulation Keeps Pace in Age of Industry 4.0

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Lenze offers modular software, scalable hardware and modern interfaces to minimize engineering requirements and expedite machine motion control. Lenze modular solutions offer substantial benefits by breaking down complex motion sequences into functional mechatronic units — and seamlessly linking mechanics, electronics and software.

“Why modular? That’s easy. By adopting a modular concept, machine builders can keep pace in this dynamic age of Industry 4.0,” said Doug Burns, director of sales and marketing, Lenze Americas. “Our portfolio of modular drive solutions and software tools supports flexible design and shorter lead-times to bring innovative machines to market faster.”

Structured control technology, modern field bus networking and software-based motion control are the key elements of a Lenze modular motor drive control solution. Lenze right-sized and optimally equipped drive and control modules use manufacturer-independent standards and modern communication interfaces — Ethercat or CANopen and such standards as IEC 61131 (PLCopen), OPC UA or OMAC PACKML — to ensure machines communicate seamlessly and synchronously.

Bus architectures must accommodate the addition or elimination of modules and devices. Lenze simplifies this function by integrating an ‘optional device’ function allowing for the widest basic configuration—so, engineers can easily customize via selection or de-selection. The process saves time and paves the way toward virtual machines and virtual commissioning. Vital to synchronous production, Lenze drive solutions define cycles according to a valid time stamp via an Ethercat bridge to synchronize clocks of different devices. The sync bridge assumes the function of a master clock for a network.

Lenze FAST Software makes it easy to develop motion control concepts by adding individual modules using an application template. The software toolbox provides a complete range of standard software modules for positioning, cam profiling, multi-conveyor coordination and other synchronized motion control tasks, including modules for feeding, unwinding, sealing, cross-sealing and discharging programming. Designed to expedite machine programming, preconfigured FAST Software modules only require parameter setting, thereby eliminating traditional programming. Up to 80 percent of machine software engineering requirements are covered by FAST modules.

“Intelligent modular concepts from Lenze give engineers more freedom to focus on developing a machine’s exciting performance factors,” adds Burns.

For more information:

Lenze Americas

Phone: (508) 278-9100


Brother Gearmotors Launches New Online Product Configurator

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Brother Gearmotors has launched a product configurator on the homepage of its website, The handy tool provides manufacturers with an intuitive, step-by-step guide for determining ideal gearmotors and reducers to suit their particular equipment and production needs.

Brother’s gearmotors serve many industries that demand smaller, lighter, highly reliable and energy-efficient power transmission components. The new product configurator helps manufacturers choose from a wide array of standard options and mounting configurations to ensure compatibility.

Site visitors can choose to perform a quick search by product style, output RPM and horsepower or part number, or to conduct a more advanced search. Here, an expanded set of parameters includes searches by product style, product type, mounting style, gear ratio, horsepower, output rpm, voltage and frequency, output torque, frame size, shaft bore diameter and phase and shaft direction. Customers can compare up to ten different products at a time, and more detailed 3D, 2D and technical data is available, complete with specs, on the individual product pages.

The new configurator complements Brother Gearmotors’ recently revamped website, which provides visitors with a clean, user-friendly interface and powerful search functionality. It includes an energy efficiency calculator, which helps visitors to calculate the annual cost savings of a Brother IE3 motor over a standard IE1 motor; the ability to search for local sales representatives by state; and case studies that demonstrate the high value that Brother gearmotors have brought to customers in various industries.

“Brother Gearmotors’ new product configurator will greatly aid our customers in determining the ideal product for their needs,” said Matthew Roberson, senior director of Brother Gearmotors.  “Thanks to their compact size, high durability and superior sealing capabilities, our gearmotors continue to serve a wide variety of industries well, helping to increase operational efficiencies and eliminate costly downtime.”

For more information:

Brother Gearmotors

(866) 523-6283

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