While motor efficiency and speed control currently enjoy the majority of media coverage, the fact is that mechanical optimisation accounts for the majority of potential savings in most existing drivetrain solutions. In fact, the opportunities are so vast that Bauer has split it into two further sub-categories: Gear Technologies and Drivetrain Optimisation.
Bauer has been manufacturing Gear Technologies since 1927, throughout these nearly 90 years it has always strived to offer the most efficient and reliable solutions possible. To best service this aim it has developed a standard, modular gear programme as well as a bespoke design and manufacturing service.
Modular models include the helical BG series, parallel shaft BF series, bevel BK series and worm drive BS series. Each series includes low torque products (<100NM) to avoid unnecessary oversizing. The range also includes application specific models – including the world’s first modular stainless steel IE4 permanent magnetic synchronous geared motor for the food and beverage industry complimenting the already successful Aseptic™ range – offering features and capabilities designed for the specialist requirements of differing environments.
Each product is specified by application experts, with the help of Bauer’s technical centre, to optimise for the specific application in terms of energy efficiency, smoothness, noise, impact resistance and other attributes. Where bespoke solutions are required, Bauer is able to provide the shortest time to market possible thanks to continued investment in its rapid prototyping capabilities.
Drivetrain Optimisation is the last piece of the puzzle, but no less important than the considerations that have come before it. Once each aspect of the drivetrain has been specified, it must then be integrated into the machine with as much efficiency as possible. This requires an in-depth understanding of the drivetrain as well as the specific demands of a given industry, which is why Bauer has a team of application experts who specialise in different industries.
Simple installation solutions, such as gearing that takes over the bearing functions, thus reducing the number of components, can offer improvements in efficiency that are equivalent to the step-up between an IE1 and an IE4 motor in the same drivetrain. As part of Altra Industrial Motion, Bauer is also able to work closely with the Altra Coupling division, which includes brands such as Bibby, Huco and Ameridrives, to specify coupling solutions which integrate the drivetrain with minimal energy loss.