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Food Industry Executive spoke with Jose Ibanez, a regional sales manager at STOBER Drives, about the challenges and opportunities they see in the food industry today and in the future.
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STOBER Drives is investing in people to create a lasting return, both for the business and the community.
The force that powers food processing equipment — everything from pumps and conveyors to slicers and mixers — is housed within industrial gearboxes. Though these parts are small enough to be picked up by hand, they’re still not pieces you want to replace regularly, especially when a breakdown means stalling production and losing profits.
This is the second time the manufacturer of high-efficient helical gearing has been honored with the award. It was also selected in 2016. The award is sponsored by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management and Best Companies Group. About 100 Kentucky companies were chosen for the award. A ceremony will be held April 17 at the Lexington Center in Lexington, Ky.
Stober USA, which has around 120 employees, is located in Maysville, Ky., a town of 9,000 about an hour’s drive from both Cincinnati and Lexington, Ky. The company has hosted 32 apprentices since it launched the program 10 years ago, including 16 current apprentices.
In the early 2000s, STOBER Drives Inc. of Maysville, Kentucky, faced a problem many American manufacturers are confronted with in rural America today: finding skilled workers and retaining them over time.
A Maysville business has been named one of the best places to work in Kentucky.
Stober Drives, Inc. was listed as one of about 35 small business that were the best places to work in the company, according to Stober Drives, Inc. Marketing Coordinator Amy Appelman.
Each year, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce allows companies to send in employee and human resource surveys to help decide the best companies to work for in the state.
Clean, efficient production of food and beverage products has never been more important. Just one product recall or serious outbreak of disease can ruin a brand's reputation or even shut a company down.
STOBER Drives, Inc., of Maysville, Ky., has developed the PSS, a new stainless steel inline planetary unit that helps alleviate worry about sanitation during food and beverage processing. "The highly-efficient unit can handle ratios from 4 to 100:1 and is adaptable to several NEMA C-frame motors," said Mike Mitchell, business development manager at STOBER. It also withstands the harshest of wash down environments.
STOBER Inc. recently released STOBER FITS, an online motion-design configuration tool that lets engineers quickly and easily specify and select STOBER power-transmission and control products.
The new PE helical gearboxes from Stober Drives Inc., Maysville, Ky., handle more torque, generate less noise, and provide smoother motion than spur-gear units. The units come in four case sizes ranging from PE2 to PE5, and can have single or double stages with ratios from 3:1 to 100:1.
Rockwell Automation has rebuilt Motion Analyzer software as a Web tool. The tool offers new user-friendly features and a vastly expanded product catalog to help engineers more easily specify, design and validate complete motion control systems.
STOBER Drives, Inc. has released the second generation of its PE helical unit family featuring ground helical gearing.
Factory-automated machines and conveyors have two basic modes of operation: running efficiently and earning money versus down and unproductive, losing money. Equipment downtime costs factories from 5 to 20 percent of capacity each year, according to Intech magazine.
Listening to fellow members’ ideas, hosting plant tours and learning from improvement activities and best practices in others’ facilities are among the learning opportunities for members of the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati Chapter, AME Consortium for Business Excellence. Lee Thomas, plant manager for Stober Drives in Maysville, KY, and Kyle Maddox in industrial engineering, shared their consortium experiences during a recent interview. Stober Drives manufactures MGS (modular gear systems) gear reducers and Servofit Precision Planetary Gearheads.
Servo motors come in many shapes and sizes, from small horsepower hobby motors to larger horsepower industrial motors. Most servo motors have the look and operation of a classical motor; that is, stator, rotor, and an output shaft which is connected to some other component to transmit motion. But not all applications have a need for an output shaft; in other words, in some applications, the shaft only gets in the way.
Gearbox manufacturer Stober Drives Inc. has added a 50,000 square foot building to its Maysville, KY, campus. “We believe in unsurpassed customer service support, including fast delivery,” said Peter Feil, general manager at Stober Drives. “We have a standard delivery of one day. The fast delivery is not the result of a stock of preassembled gearboxes. Every unit is built to order to match customer specifications.
The hard-working servomotor is being asked to do ever more these days, and it’s stepping up to the challenge in a lot of different ways.
The challenge isn’t new; more power, more torque, in a smaller package for less cost. And that’s exactly what’s been happening. Servomotor manufacturers are indeed increasing motor torque density while managing to decrease motor size.
STOBER Drives, Inc. of Maysville, Kentucky has introduced its EZF /PY hollow-bore pipe drive into its new product line. Only a few manufacturers in the world manufacture a similar product. The hollow bore servo motor ranges from a zero to 3,000 rpm output speed, and 4.2 Nm to 350 Nm stall torque. It features an inside diameter ranging from 28 to 42 mm.
STOBER Drives, Inc. has developed a new KL helical bevel gear unit, a compact right-angle drive that meets the packaging manufacturing industry’s latest machine requirements. The space-saving gear reducer comes in sizes 1 and 2, and is perfect for packaging, filling, conveying, general automation and wash-down.
Gears have evolved over the last decade. Worm gears have sliding surfaces but thay can have higher friction. Spur gears have rolling surfaces, but because the teeth are cut straight across on a face; one or two teeth at a time are in contact with another gear, which can create high noise. Worm and spur gears are less expensive to manufacture, but they typically last about three years before they need to be replaced.