Advanced technology heavy drives are being custom-engineered by Bonfiglioli in Australasia to achieve optimum cost-efficiency and reliability with clean and robust service to aerate or mix liquids.

Bonfiglioli Transmission (Australia) Managing Director, Malcolm Lewis said Bonfiglioli’s HDP parallel shaft helical gear drives are an outstanding new generation of large industrial gearbox assembled in Australasia to produce exceptional reliability and torque densities to record values.

The drives feature excellent torque distribution across their entire ratio range, with gear ratios laid out in close progression and the drives having a rugged capacity to cope with the shock and impact of intermittent loads.

The full range of Bonfiglioli large parallel shaft gearboxes has been extended for the Australian marketplace, with output torque ranging from 4720Nm to 215480Nm.

Bonfiglioli’s HDP range features a housing made from spheroidal cast iron; monobloc from HDP60 to HDP120 and horizontally split HDP130 to HDP160.

Bonfiglioli’s Australian Drives Service Centre (DSC) enables Bonfiglioli to respond rapidly to local industry’s needs for drives required for prompt delivery to avoid costly delay or downtime.

Reliability in service is enhanced by the HDP drives’ Finite Element Analysis and Multi Body Simulations conducted extensively to identify the stress pattern on each of the main components and to optimize the design for:

  • System structural stiffness
  • Gear geometry
  • Shaft deflection
  • Extended gear and bearing lifetime.

An Australasian example of the drives locally engineered for a wastewater application cost-effectively integrated 55kW six-pole motors with HDP helical parallel series drive featuring output shaft dry well construction and a mechanically driven OP2 lubrication pump.

Aerator in action 1The drives – specified for 55kW power and 10 kNm output torque –incorporated an integral mechanically driven OP2 lubrication pump to ensure optimum bearing performance in vertical motor mounting arrangements.

They were also epoxy coated for optimum corrosion protection, cleanliness and durability.

The drives incorporated an output shaft dry well feature to safeguard against oil leaks into process liquids as seals age and wear.

“While these particular drives were for aerators at a wastewater treatment plant, many of the features apply equally well to similarly robust process applications involving other infrastructure applications as well as challenging applications in food and beverage manufacturing and minerals processing liquids,” Mr Lewis said.

One of the outstanding flexibility features of Bonfiglioli’s new Australasian production and testing line for HD drives is that the company can readily adapt specific drives to particular applications.

“For example, drive bearings were engineered to accept greater loads generated by the long shafts found in aerator applications. The drives are also specifically configured for applications where they are mounted vertically,” Mr Lewis said.

Bonfiglioli’s HD series drives are also being incorporated into Bonfiglioli’s unique locally engineered drives including Hi Torque, Alignment-free and Power Pack innovations.

Bonfiglioli has invested tens of millions of dollars in state-of-the-art production technology, backed by in-house technical expertise with major investments in stocking and service.

Bonfiglioli Transmission (Australia) is part of the international Bonfiglioli group, with 2500 employees worldwide.

The full Australian branch is part of a global network of 14 full branches and eight production plants supported by nearly 80 national distributors and an Australasian network of distributors complemented by offices in Australian States and New Zealand.

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