Power Tips Energy Efficient

How to Save on Energy Expenditures with Efficient Gear Reducers

Are you wasting thousands of dollars in energy consumption every year? Are inefficient gear reducers increasing your operating expenses? In this episode of STOBER’s Power Tips, we will share ways to reduce energy expenditures and improve your plant’s operating efficiency.

Why you don’t want to use worm gear reducers

In today’s high-tech manufacturing environment, you’re only as good as your gear reducer. You need durable, highly efficient gear units to help minimize production downtime, produce less heat, and reduce maintenance. Many plants are still using worm gear reducers. Worm gears have sliding surfaces, resulting in high friction and creating heat.

Worm reducers not only cost more in energy consumption, but can also create other maintenance issues. Excessive heat from the sliding gears can break down lubrication and sealing materials, causing brittleness and premature seal wear, which leads to leakage and contamination.

Why helical bevel gear reducers are better than worm gear reducers

A better solution is helical bevel gear reducers. These reducers are 97% efficient and utilize helical gears, compared to 60% efficiency in worm units. The improved efficiency not only reduces energy consumption, but it also runs cooler, eliminating heat danger for your employees. Additionally, helical gear reducers help minimize factory downtime.

The cost of worm gear reducers versus helical bevel gear reducers

Let’s look at the cost for running a worm reducer versus a helical bevel reducer. A line location using a 50:1 ratio worm reducer with a 2HP motor could be changed to a helical bevel reducer using the same ratio. Your savings will continuously increase each year.

Why STOBER uses helical bevel gearing

STOBER utilizes helical bevel gearing in our products. Our reducers are 97% efficient, meaning for every $1 of energy you put into the reducer, you will get 97 cents of energy out of it. That extra savings adds up, year after year. On top of that, our application support team can visit your plant to see how efficiently your gear reducers are running and recommend ways to optimize efficiency. Want to learn more? Check out our free download below.

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