Flexible mounting arrangements, and the ability to accept a variety of inputs, make the "Bevel Buddybox" a strong candidate for a variety of material handling applications such as conveyor drives. Built by Sumitomo Machinery Corp. of America, the new drive combines the company's cycloidal speed reducer with a right-angle, bevel gearbox in a compact, versatile housing.
"The demand for high efficiency, right angle drives is increasing," says Gerhard Antony, VP of engineering. "Because the right angle drive arrangement needs less mounting space, it 'snugs-in' in better in tight spots." Antony also notes that the integral design eliminates the need for belts and pulleys, saving maintenance costs and improving reliability.
Available in six models rated from ½ to 30 hp, the drive features output torque ratings that exceed industry standards for overload capacity or continuous operation. Mounting configurations include shaft mount with keyless bushing, foot or flange mount, and optional output shaft.
Other features include:
Efficiency to 94%
500% shock load capacity.
Cycloidal speed reduction for quiet operation.
Zero maintenance, lubricated for life.
Inputs are available as motor, brakemotor, free shaft, "C" face adaptor, and both the SM-BEIER and SM-BEISTER mechanical variable speed drives.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.