FASTENING: Fastening rotating components to shafts becomes easier by incorporating Fairloc®, the integral fastener from Stock Drive Products (ISO 9001 registered) and Sterling Instrument (ISO 9001:2000+AS9100B registered) into your design. To demonstrate this all-in-one fastening device, SDP/SI produced a 2-minute video entitled “Fairloc® - The Integral Fastener.” Fairloc® is designed to solve phasing, timing, positioning and frequent removal problems which conventional fastening methods, such as clamps, keyways, pins or set screws cannot properly handle. The patented system offers several advantages including: built-in overload protection; full use of the bore; easy adjustment; and compact, self-contained design. With the very economical Fairloc® system, the shaft remains smooth. Being self-contained, there is no additional inventory to stock. The component can be easily adjusted and is fully supported.
The choice between helical and spur gears in gearboxes may seem straightforward. But with planetary gearboxes, however, the choice between helical and spur gears requires some additional thought. Here’s what you need to know to make the right choice.
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