Motion Control & Drives

Power for the Cape Town brick industry

April 2003 Motion Control & Drives

In Cape Town, the Apollo Brick Co will be taking delivery of a new clay-blending machine from Baxters Engineering. One vital element of the machine is the gearbox required to relay the power to a screw-type mixer that blends the raw clay with water before it is transferred to an extruder that forms the bricks. The gearbox is a SEW-Eurodrive type MC2 size 8 compact, heavy-duty helical industrial unit - a series that is designed for ultra-heavy drive conditions in harsh environments.

The MC2 size 8 compact unit supplied for the clay blending application is rated for an input power of 220 kW, and provides an output speed of 33 RPM. In general, the SEW M Series is available in both helical and bevel-helical arrangements, horizontal or vertical shafts, with torque ranges from 6 kNm to 180 kNm and ratios 6:3 up to 1 800:1. All shaft positions can be provided with a selection of mounting positions.

While the M Series is designed for conditions expected in a brickyard, it is also used in the timber, pulp and paper industries, as well as for large conveyor systems for building materials, chemicals, food and feed industries.

For more information contact John Hainsworth, SEW-Eurodrive, 011 248 7000,


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