How to Identify Common Gearbox Problems

Written by Small Business Magazine on June 23rd, 2018. Posted in Conveying and propulsion systems repair and renewa, Gearbox rebuild guide, Plate rolling

In 2010, the United States exported industrial machines to the value of around $42.7 billion. Additionally, machinery manufacturing shipments totaled $407.4 billion, approximately 7.1 percent of all manufacturing shipments in 2012.

In 2012, the construction machinery, farm machinery and equipment, and mining and oil and gas field machinery industries led machinery manufacturing with $43.9 billion in shipments (11 percent of all machinery shipments), $38.3 billion (9 percent) and $32.7 billion in shipments, respectively.

At the heart of all these industrial machines are gearboxes and gear drives. In its simplest form, a gearbox is a collection of gears that increases either speed or torque on a given machine. Depending on the industry, companies use a variety of gearboxes and they can be found in industries such as steel and paper.

As important as an industrial gearbox is to industrial operations,