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Importance of Gear Inspections and Maintenance for Max Lifespan
Tue 14th Jan 2020 at 7:43am, 0 comments

Like with many other industrial or manufacturing products, one of the key factors in any gear purchase that buyers will be concerned about is long-term lifespan and durability. No one wants to spend money on gears that will only last a year or two - you want quality gear materials that will stand the test of time and remain in place for decades.

At Butler Gear, we share these desires for all our clients. We offer a wide variety of custom gear types, from bevel gears and pinion gears to herringbone gears, spur gears and many others - and all of our gear products are made using only the highest-quality materials. Our manufacturing facility is designed to create gears of any size or project need, including customized options.

In addition to ensuring you only purchase high-quality materials from manufacturers like ours, it's also important to consider standard maintenance needs to get the most out of your gears for many years. Here are some basic maintenance tasks to keep an eye on, plus potential gear conditions to look out for.

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General Maintenance Needs

When it comes to general maintenance of gears and their related components, the name of the game is just basic attention. You don't have to spend hours every day maintaining gears - just the occasional check a few times per week, or even less often, will do the trick.

This begins with quality employees who understand gear safety and operational needs, which will ensure you don't risk premature wear or other dangerous conditions. In addition, think about regular lubrication for gears; many companies that utilize gears regularly set up a schedule for lubrication to ensure grinding doesn't take place. Also perform periodic inspections for any signs of damage or small imperfections, which can quickly grow into larger issues if they aren't addressed.

Conditions to Look For

When inspecting your gears, here are some general conditions or factors to keep an eye on:

  • Gear materials: Certain gear materials and types are generally longer-lasting than others, such as phosphor bronze. This material is known to tolerate wear especially well. Other materials, though, might have lower tolerances.
  • Speed: For obvious reasons, high-speed gear applications tend to wear gears down faster than low-speed ones. If you use many such applications, keep a close eye on lubrication.
  • Load: Heavier loads also bring faster wear, though we have several gear types designed to handle heavier loads.
  • Temperature: Most gears tolerate a wide range of temperatures, but it's good to know the breakdown point of your gear material just in case.

For more on how to inspect and maintain gears to ensure you get the absolute most out of them over their lifespan, or for information on any of our custom gear manufacturing, CNC milling or turning needs or any of our other services, speak to the staff at Butler Gear today.

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