This article was originally published in December 2020 and has been updated to include a video guide on MITRPAK gearboxes.
A spiral bevel gear drive is much more than just a commodity part. While the function of right angle gear drives is universally straightforward, introducing customization will elevate your RAGB from a simple mechanical device to a sophisticated custom component tailored to suit your exact needs. With so many options to choose from, customization can become a daunting task that leads many to settle for readily available, standardized gearboxes. But taking the time to apply strategic customization can optimize performance and extend the lifetime of your right angle gear drive, as well as the equipment it powers.
Finding A Right Angle Gear Drive Supplier
The first thing you’ll need to do is identify the right angle gear drive producer that will be able to satisfy your unique needs. The ideal manufacturer for your right angle gear drive should fit the ‘Goldilocks’ model— not too big, nor too small. Larger drive vendors are not typically the best source when it comes to customization. Such suppliers often lack the logistical capacity to respond to limited, specific demands, instead focusing on turning out products in huge quantities. If these orders are accommodated, they may combine it with other mid-volume orders to achieve economies of scale, causing shipping delays that could take weeks or months longer than desired.
A small operation, however, may lack the capabilities for customization or responsiveness required to keep up with demand. The ideal manufacturing partner to produce customized right angle gear drives should be small enough to provide personalized attention and collaborative engineering support, but large enough to offer the capabilities and customization options you require.
Customization Options for Right Angle Gear Drives
A good gear drive supplier will be able to walk you through the various customization options and how they may impact your RAGBs performance.
Those options should include modifications to:
- Roll pins/dowel pins
To determine which of these modifications will best help you achieve your objectives, you’ll want to speak with an engineer not only about the customizations themselves but also the outcomes you are trying to achieve with them.
Common concerns and adjustments in right angle gear drives may include customizations to reduce gear noise and backlash, to safeguard operations against challenging operating environments, or to protect your gear drive from harsh or repetitive cleaning procedures.
MITRPAK Right Angle Gear Drives Customized To Your Precise Specifications
The easiest way to ensure that your right angle gear drive will be the optimal match for your application is to contact MITRPAK and speak directly with an engineer. As experts on spiral bevel gear drives, our engineers will help you determine the right angle gearbox that will optimize equipment performance and maximize the lifetime of your gear drive. Want to take the DIY approach? Download our guide, Five Things To Consider Before Buying Spiral Bevel Gear Drives, and find the perfect gearbox for your application in just 5 simple steps.