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4 Tips For Properly Maintaining Industrial Gearboxes

A gearbox is a device that transmits energy to a motor and they are used in a variety of industrial applications. When a gearbox is properly maintained and taken care of, it can last a long time without needing major repairs. If you are a manager of a facility where gearboxes are used on a regular basis for different things, use the following tips to keep the gearboxes in good working condition:

Prevent Environmental Impacts

The area where an industrial gearbox is located can make a big difference in how well it works and how long it lasts. It is very important to keep the work space surrounding gearboxes clean and free from dust, dirt, and other debris that can clog the gears. Before opening a gearbox inspection port, always make sure that the ports are clean. Ideally, you should have all gearboxes stored on a solid surface in an area that is dry and not humid.

Make It a Point to Lubricate the Gearbox Regularly

One of the most important aspects of maintaining gearboxes is regular lubrication of the gears. Regularly lubricating the gears will help ensure that they will move freely and not get stuck or jammed. Always use the type of lubricant recommended for the make and model of the gearbox, and take care to use the right amount. Gearboxes may need different types of lubricant depending on the season and temperatures inside the work space.

Keep Track of the Temperature of the Gearbox

Overheating can cause a lot of damage to an industrial gearbox, so the internal temperature needs to be monitored. It is a good idea to keep records of internal temperature readings and any temperature fluctuations that are observed. Some signs that an industrial gearbox is overheating can include burned paint on the housing, smoke or foam visible in the sight glass, or melting plastic components. In the event that you notice signs of an industrial gearbox overheating, immediately turn it off to prevent major damage.

Watch Out for Gear Tooth Breaks or Damage

In order to operate properly and transmit power efficiently, the gears inside a gearbox must be able to spin smoothly. If a gear tooth inside an industrial gearbox breaks off, gets bent, or becomes damaged, the gearbox is likely to break down. Take the time to regularly inspect the inside of the gearbox to see if there are any broken or damaged gear teeth. Do not operate a gear box that has problems with the gear teeth -- always have the gearbox repaired before starting it up again. 

For more maintenance and repair tips, contact a company like Hackworth Electric Motors, Inc.