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How to Design Longer-lasting, Better-performing Gear Drives

Premature gear failure can be a problem in any application, resulting in unplanned downtime. Attendees of this webinar will have a better understanding of which gear design inputs lead to optimal gear design choices early in the development process, which along with testing can extend the operating life of every gear drive.

Date: January 31, 2018
Time: 11 AM EST (8 AM PST)
Duration: 1 hour
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Know what you're designing for. Extend the life of your gearing system. All gearing systems undergo failure over time; however, there are preliminary and preventative best practices to prolong performance, minimize repair costs and boost productivity.

This presentation covers the fundamentals of gear design for efficient, long-lasting gearing systems. It will explain how torque, size limitations, shaft orientations and backlash calculations affect wear and how you can prevent this early on.

Attendees will learn gear design best practices and receive practical guidance on gear, shaft and bearing ratings to verify they have an ideal configuration for their intended application. An explanation of the AGMA Gear Quality Scale and some examples of applications associated with the level of quality required for specific industry sectors will also be discussed.

Key Take-Aways

  • Fundamentals of choosing gear design for a long operating life based on application constraints
  • The level of quality through explanation of the AGMA Gear Quality Scale with key industry sector examples
  • Key calculations to consider when designing high-accuracy gears including bearing, shaft and gear ratings
  • How to determine center to center distance and backlash requirements
  • Gear drive maintenance and preventative care to improve the lifespan of your gearing system and protect against the leading causes of premature gear failure


Bill Hubiak, Director of Engineering Specialty Components Group of Rexnord

Bill Hubiak is the Director of Engineering of Specialty Components group, and is responsible for the product development and life cycle for three distinct brands including WM Berg. Prior to coming to Specialty Components, Bill held Product Management and Engineering Management roles with the Rexnord Innovation Center, the research and development division of Rexnord. He was involved with many new product developments including Falk V-Class, Thomas XTSR Coupling, Duralon Self-Lubricating Bearings, and the Rexlon Self-Lubricating bearing. Bill has over 20 years of experience with Rexnord where he has established himself as a proven leader across all facets of product development.

Bill earned his Bachelor's Degree from Winona State University in both Chemical and Mechanical engineering with a focus on polymer composite materials.