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Australian assembly means faster delivery

Following an upgrade to its Melbourne-based assembly facility, leading drive solutions group, SEW-Eurodrive, has announced it will now assemble its X Series industrial gear-unit range on Australian soil—slashing gear-unit turnaround times in the process.

Suitable for motor powers up to 700kW, locally assembled X Series gear units are available with torque ratings ranging from 58,000 to 131,000Nm, while larger sizes from 131,000 to 475,000Nm continue to be offered via the company’s offshore production network.

Suitable for use in heavy duty applications such as mining conveyors, bucket elevators, crushers, mixers, agitators and shipping cranes, the X Series features helical and bevel-helical gear technologies. It is offered in a range of mounting arrangements, configuration options and user-specific requirements, providing Australian industry with unrivalled gear-unit access, choice and flexibility.

According to SEW-Eurodrive national product manager industrial gear units, Ian Tribe, the Australian assembled X Series boasts a modular design and is assembled from a range of standard components. “The modularity of the X Series allows shortened delivery times, as units are assembled from stock parts,” Tribe said. “Unlike gear units manufactured overseas, the Australian-assembled X Series can be supplied in just a few weeks, allowing users to streamline their own project timelines.”

The flexibility of the X Series goes further still: the industrial gear-unit range boasts a modular design and is assembled from a range of standard components. “The modular component commonality concept results in fewer spares required to be held by a user to cover the entire range of gearboxes they have on site,” explained Tribe. “It also means that when parts need to be ordered, they will be more readily available, with a quicker turn-around time.”

The ‘big brother’ to SEW-Eurodrive’s MC Compact industrial gear-units (torque range 16,000 to 48,000Nm), the entire X Series (up to 475,000Nm) boasts the finest torque-graduation on the market, allowing users to closely match an X Series gearunit to their application. “With competing gear-unit manufacturers offering fewer gear-unit models and torque-ratings, users often have no choice but to select an oversized unit to accommodate their drive application,” he said. “To combat this, the X Series provides more models with finer torque-graduation, allowing users to select a model more closely matched to their needs. Users are therefore able to make savings in space, capital expenditure, operating costs, and in the structural supports that would otherwise be required for heavier units.”

However, matching the gear-unit to the application’s torque requirements is only half the story. The X Series has been designed with a number of versatile options, including a revolutionary housing that allows the gear-units to be inverted. “The X Series can be ‘flipped over’ to produce a mirror-image gearbox. Facilities can utilise a single spare to replace both left-and right-hand drive gear-units, thus reducing the number of complete gear-unit spares needed to be kept on site,” Tribe said. “The larger units in the range have also been designed with a horizontal-split gearunit housing. Regardless of which way up the unit is orientated, the upper housing can be simplylifted off to allow for ease of servicing.”

The entire X Series is 100 per cent SEW-Eurodrive designed with all parts manufactured in-house. “The extended X Series complements our already extensive range of industrial gear-unit solutions,” said Tribe “SEW-Eurodrive prides itself in being able to provide Australian industry with the country’s most comprehensive selection of industrial gear-units.”

SEW-Eurodrive’s Australian-assembled X Series will be on show at SEW-Eurodrive’s stand at AIMEX 2011: Stand no. 1311, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, 6th to 9th September 2011.

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