L&S Electric provides a plethora of services and new products. So much so that it may be difficult to wrap yourself around how each may work. Case in point, gear reducers. What do they do?
Luckily enough, Mar-Industrial provides an answer:
At the most basic level, gearbox reduction allows designers and engineers to slow down the output of a motor. Why would an engineer want to reduce a motor’s power, you ask? Here are some of the most common reasons:
Reducing a motor’s output. Gearbox reduction is needed when the motor is just too powerful for the current application. The world of robotics provides one example of this situation. Even a small motor can deliver an output of 3,000 rotations per minute (RPM). If you were to hook up a robot with a 6-inch wheel to this motor, the robot would be moving at a rate of 54 miles per hour. (To find the speed of a wheel in miles per hour, you multiply the wheel’s diameter by the RPM and divide the result by the constant 336.1352.) This motor is just too powerful for this application. Similar situations may be found in many factories; a Falk Gear Reducer can help fix the problem of having too much power in a system.
Varying outputs within a system. Another situation that requires gearbox reduction is when you need to have variable outputs in the same system, according to the circumstances. For example, your car’s normal motor output is appropriate for the higher velocities you might reach on a highway. However, that same output is much too powerful for the lower speeds of city streets. The car’s transmission uses gearbox reduction to adjust the speed for the current driving conditions. A Falk Gear Reducer can serve the same purpose in an industrial setting.
Gearbox reduction is based on the mathematics of gear ratios. A system that uses gear ratios pairs different sizes of wheels, belts, or chains and sprockets to shift motor output. At their most basic, all of these parts are circles. From here, the article delves into the mechanical aspect of gear reducers.
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