AUS-assembled X-Series industrial gear-units launched

22 February, 2010

Following an upgrade to its Melbourne-based assembly facility, leading drive solutions group, SEW-Eurodrive, has launched its Australian-assembled X-Series industrial gear-unit range, slashing gear-unit turnaround times in the process. Suitable for motor powers up to 700kW, the first release of the locally assembled X-Series comprises four distinct sizes, with torque ratings ranging from 58 to 90kNm.

The X-Series features helical and helical-bevel gear technologies, and 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," said Tribe.

"This allows users with multiple X-Series gear-units with component commonality to minimise spare parts inventory. 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 'big brother' to SEW-Eurodrive's MC Compact industrial gear-units (torque range 16 to 48kNm), the entire X-Series (up to 475kNm) boasts the finest torque-graduation on the market, allowing users to closely match an X-Series gear-unit 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."

Like all members of the X-Series family, the Australian-assembled 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," said Tribe.

"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."

The Australian-assembled X-Series complements our already-extensive range of industrial gear-unit solutions. SEW-Eurodrive prides itself in being able to provide Australian industry with straightforward access to 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 National Manufacturing Week 2010: Stand no. G104, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, 11 to 14 May, 2010.