SEW-Eurodrive South Africa gears up for local assembly of helical bevel units
August 2018, News
SEW-Eurodrive South Africa has introduced a new assembly line at its Johannesburg head office for local production of its K19 and K29 helical bevel gear units. This forms part of the company’s strategy to diversify its product range, and also to offer end-to-end solutions.
Helical gears in this new range are 90% to 96% efficient, as opposed to a 40% to 80% efficiency rating for traditional worm gears. Combined with SEW’s IE3-compliant DRN electric motors, the manufacturer is now able to supply its customers with complete high efficiency systems.
“Local assembly of the K19 and K29 series will give us increased competitiveness in small right-angled gear units, in addition to expanding our product range in this regard, particularly in the low to medium torque range of up to 130 Nm,” comments operations manager, Greg Perry. “These highly-efficient right-angled gear units are especially suited to be combined with our energy-efficient motors, for example.”
The gearing with infinite fatigue strength means that the drive itself is almost wear-free, which means minimal maintenance. In addition, three standard base strips ensure an optimum connection to a client’s machine, even in critical mounting situations. A universal housing allows for both foot and shaft mounting.
Apart from the high efficiency, another outstanding feature of the K19 and K29 series is its compactness and all-aluminium construction, which has resulted in a considerable uptake in the food-and-beverage industry, especially bakeries. Other diverse applications are lifting stations and baggage-handling systems for airport logistics, and the automotive, transportation, pharmaceutical and brewery sectors.
The brand-new assembly line has been commissioned in-house in accordance with the quality standards of SEW’s German parent company, which visited the facility to issue the necessary certification. The assembly line is focused on rapid production and lean manufacturing principles so as to minimise waste during the assembly process.
For more information contact Jana Klut, SEW-Eurodrive, +27 11 248 7000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sew-eurodrive.co.za