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Coupling Fluid: Motor Oils and Transmission Fluids

A fluid coupling is used for a number of motorized applications, most notably cars, boats and aviation structures. Because it so often works with transmissions and engines, the fact that coupling fluid is usually specialized for that purpose is no surprise. Motor oils and automatic transmission fluids come in quite a variety, and are fascinating substances.

Gear Couplings: What Big Teeth You Have

Gear couplings are a subcategory of shaft couplings but look very much like gears, which is why the word was incorporated into their title. It reminds me of the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood, hiding in Grandma’s clothes to trick the little girl so he could eat her up. Gear couplings are nowhere near as dangerous as wolves in pajamas, though they are known for their very large spindle teeth that so resemble the teeth of a gear. Rather then eating up little girls and grandmas, gear couplings connect two shafts together in automatic systems, most commonly within car operations having to do with brakes and wheels.

Flywheel Coupling: The Energy Carrier

All shaft couplings operate by way of a couple key foundational characteristics. They serve to connect two moving parts within motion oriented machinery, often equipment in the construction, agricultural or automotive industries. These shaft couplings are also flexible so they might shoulder the weight of the equipment structure when the two parts of the machine they connect are moving. The final major characteristic is that shaft couplings translate the power from one part to another. Variations of shaft couplings have created a variety of specialty pieces with specific characteristics for specific flexible shaft coupling applications. One of these variations is known as the flywheel coupling. It takes on the three characteristics of basic shaft couplings described above, as well as being manufactured specifically to be heavy and only contain one or two parts.

The Applications of Shaft Couplings

Every industrial product has a major application that it is either known for best or whose patronage put it on the map. The same is true for shaft couplings, which are specifically designed to connect rotary equipment into larger systems of machinery. As an industrial part that must be incorporated into a bigger picture it may seem like shaft couplings are not super significant. However, without the variety of shaft coupling models available, many machines would not be able to function, since shaft couplings are the perfect connection between rotary parts and the non-rotary parts that need to have access to them.

The Strong Arm Driveshaft

It is automatically assumed that any industrial product made of steel is going to be strong, whatever context it is used in. However, some steel products are more impressive then others, particularly when their strength is utilized in such a common consumer item that is also vital for the survival of most industrial companies. Vehicles are owned by most Americans as well as utilized by nearly every industry, and so the strong arm of a vehicle is the strong arm of our nation. A driveshaft is a steadfast connector piece that shoulders large amounts of physical stress and provides the vehicle’s system with stability.

Universal Joints: The Problem Solver

As a manufacturer, if you are in need of a shaft coupling to stabilize the connection of rotary equipment within a machine, your best bet is the universal joint. Commonly found in competition with gear couplings, universal joints have a variety of positive characteristics that make them a perfect match for many shaft and rotating stabilizing applications. The automotive industry regularly utilizes universal joints as does the military, food processing, printing, aerospace, medical and machining industries, all of which use equipment that benefit from universal joint placement.

Motor Couplings: The Automotive Industry

The industry that utilizes shaft couplings the most is one that captivated imaginations during its early years and now has woven its way onto the necessity list of every company and individual. Manufacturers of automobiles use motor couplings in every vehicle made, whether it is for the residential market or one of the many industrial ones. Shipping companies require trucks as do most manufacturing factories. The marine industry utilizes the same sort of motor couplings for boats as do aerospace and aviation crafts. Therefore motor coupling models are the most popular shaft coupling version.

Gear Couplings: The Oldham Couplings Edition

Gear couplings come in many forms, all of which are compact to suit the mechanisms they are inserted within. The shape of a particular compact coupling involves thick disks rather then the crowns and spider combination of jaw couplings or the rotating hubs of universal joints. With a long history and a particularly cool name, Oldham couplings are one of many shaft coupling models, although they stand out in the industry just as much as their fellow models. The three part coupling fits together like a puzzle, which when it is attached to a shaft and piece of rotary equipment is what allows the range of motion to occur. A torque disk in the center with two hubs fitting into it on either end is what makes up the major parts of this coupling.

Flexible Couplings: Stretch Easy

When the whole point of an industrial part is to provide stability and allow a large range of motion, it makes sense that this part needs to be flexible, which is exactly what flexible couplings are. Although the ability to stretch only helps these shaft couplings to get one of their three major responsibilities accomplished, it is none the less a vital task. Rotary equipment is always attached to a shaft by way of a flexible coupling, the rotary equipment being the movement part of the system that requires a degree of motion while the shaft is a stationary piece of machinery.

Understanding Gear Reduction

A gear reduction box is a little box that contains a variety of gears that help reduce the amount of revolutions that a gear must go through to produce the same amount of power. This is done by adding additional gears of various sizes that cause the output of the final gear to be reduced. How much a gears rotations are reduced varies by the number of gears inside the box. Gear reduction can have ratings between 2:1 to over 1000:1. What this means is that the input gears travel 2 times to 1000 times before the output gear travels once. This creates a highly efficient system that collects the torque power from the gears without placing undue stress on the final output gear. A properly-used gear reduction box can create a system that weighs less than 100 pounds that has an output power of over 500 pounds. This is extremely useful in industrial manufacturing and in the automotive industry.

The Benefits of Manual Gear Boxes

For some time now, most vehicle manufacturers have used automatic gear boxes in their vehicles. An automatic transmission and gear box is easier to use than most manual systems and can provide a higher level of safety on the road. However, some luxury retailers are adding manual gear boxes back into production for a variety of reasons.
Many luxury vehicles are manufactured for their power and “cool factor.” Manual transmissions are seen as much cooler than automatic transmissions, and it is easier to feel the power of the vehicle when you control it with your own hands.

Increases in Gear Box Production

In 2010 and 2011, there was an increased manufacturing output over previous years, according to IMS Research. In fact, the increase in manufacturing was so much greater, there was a 69 percent rise in the number of precision gear boxes manufactured in 2011 over 2009. This was due to the increased demand for precision parts and machines than in the past.

Improve Energy Efficiency with Lubrication

Did you know that changing the kind of lubrication used with a speed reducer or gearbox can actually have a significant influence on the amount of energy consumed by your factory each year? According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), about 70 percent of the energy consumed each year in the United States comes from electrical motors inside factories and other facilities across the United States. This is a huge amount of energy use that is a necessary part of the world today, but can also be a strain on the environment and the cost of operating a factory.

Gear Reducers Creating Force

Speed reducers are devices that are found between the motor and the machine that it powers to decrease the speed of the power that is transmitted. There are many different kinds such as cyclo reducers, gear drives, gear reducers, inline gear reducers, planetary gearboxes, gear boxes, right angle gear boxes, worm gear reducers and several others. Each of these types comes with its own unique application as well as different load and torque capacities for the amount of work it can handle. These are commonly found on the input shaft on any piece of industrial equipment. Some industries that use speed reducers commonly are construction, automotive, food and beverage processing and aerospace just to name a few. Their use can be found on machinery like printing presses, pumps, conveyors and generators as well as other similar equipment. A speed reducer can allow for machinery to have a longer lifetime, perform at its peak and produce speed optimization. It is an added benefit on any piece of equipment that can use this application.

All About the Transmission

After I graduated high school I decided I wanted to learn more about cars because my father had been a mechanic for a large chunk of his life. I had always envied his extensive knowledge and yearned for more of my own. I already knew more than the average person, but not enough to disassemble an entire car and put it back together. Therefore, my dad and I bought a 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner. This was a monster task and it took us a little over a year to go through everything and reassemble the car.

Shaft-Mounted Conveyor Drivers

If you’ve ever been inside an airport, then chances are you’ve seen and probably have used a moving sidewalk. Most airports have these to regulate the flow of foot traffic and aid passengers who must carry heavy luggage a considerable distance. Airports are probably the most common place to find these people conveyors but many malls, zoos and museums have them as well. Moving sidewalks are only a small genre of the overall conveyor category (if they can even be technically considered a conveyor). Conveyors are mainly used in material handling and typically either have a series of metal rollers or a rubber belt on which materials are conveyed.

Bevel Gears: The Angled Gear

Many years ago I journeyed across the world with my mother to visit my father in Shanghai, China. He was away for six months for his job. If you don’t include Canada, it was my first time outside the United States. However, the initial cultural shock was dampened a bit because Shanghai is pretty modernized. It also didn’t hurt that i was prepared with stories from my brother and father of what to expect. Even so, one thing that amused me while I was in China was the shops. They looked like merely garages where people set up their store inside. At night all the stores pulled down and looked their shutter doors until morning. Actually, it can be likened to stores in a super mall, but flipped inside out.

Inducing Lift With Gearboxes

There are a lot of helicopters that fly around where I live. I never noticed until two couch surfers from Oregon brought it to my attention, but you can constantly hear the buzzing of a helicopter just about everyday. I’ve come to the conclusion that this phenomenon is directly correlated to the large number of medical facilities in the area. The helicopters are probably medevac either training or rescuing someone. A girl in my freshmen dorm room actually had to be medvaced after a nasty car crash. It was probably one of the helicopters that fly around all the time.

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