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Putting less strain on our resources with worm gears

In the world of power transmission engineering, sustainability and energy efficiency are rapidly gaining importance. Gearbox manufacturers and the makers of other parts for power transmission engineering are increasingly searching for ways to reduce the reliance on raw material consumption and increase energy efficiency. Greater efficiency and better CO2 balance can be achieved by making machines more efficient. It can also be attained by extending the maintenance intervals and the lifetime of internal components such as Dinal gel couplings, Desch clutches and Csv41 senotex switching amplifiers.

Increasing power transmission efficiency through gear lubricants

Changing from mineral-oil-based to synthetic lubricants is a direct and effective way to increase gear efficiency. Synthetic lubricants also help protect the likes of Pujol geared units and Sirem gearboxes. Although having said this the potential efficiency increase is significantly dependant on the type of gears. Generally speaking, gears that feature a low volume of sliding friction – namely beval or spur gears – offer considerably little potential. By contrast changing gears with a high percentage of sliding friction to a synthetic-based oil will enable significant improvements.

Increase worm gear efficiency by up to 35 percent

It has been noted that when worm gears are transferred to a polyglycol oil, their efficiency has been increased by as much as 35 percent. In facilities such as filling stations, logistics centres, airports or breweries, in which a large volume of worm gears are being operated, a change to synthetic oils provides huge saving potential.

So how exactly does converting to a new lubricant effect aspects of sustainability and energy efficiency?

Reduced wear of a gearbox

By reducing the wear and tear of Spaggiari gearboxes, worm gearboxes or other types of industrial gears, ultimately results in the extended life of components. Consequently this means there is less demand to make new components to replace the old ones, which ultimately results in less exploitation of resources as the use of fewer raw materials are required.

Similar to how transferring from mineral-oil-based to synthetic lubricant can prolong the life of your worm gears, repairing gearboxes instead of purchasing new ones will also put less demand on our planet’s resources.

If you are located in the UK and your gearbox needs repairing, you can benefit from YB Components’ gearbox repair service. Simply send us your gearbox and we’ll give you a full free inspection and report.

Have you got any advice on how to prolong the life of worm gears and other industrial components? If so, we’re all ears.