How Green is Your GearboxMonday, January 12, 2009
Rising energy costs and concerns about global warming are at the forefront of today’s news. Turn to local or national TV programming, browse the internet or read the paper and one can find numerous stories about the seemingly irreversible energy costs and the subsequent impact that these costs have on simply doing business. As a result, we as individuals are becoming increasingly aware of the cost of energy and we are being introduced to a variety of methods and/or products that will minimize the impact of these costs.
In industry, power consumption in the manufacturing environment accounts for approximately 1/3 of all energy consumed annually within the United States. In the enclosed gearing industry, questions such as “how efficient is product X” is becoming increasingly common.
Several factors influence how efficiency is lost during operation of the gearbox system. This paper will address some of these factors and it will further provide recommendations/ideas for obtaining a highly efficient gearbox while still taking into consideration application constraints.
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