SEW unveils energy efficient Mining Drive at AIMEX 2011

SEW-Eurodrive has released an important new addition to its industrial gear unit range at the Asia-Pacific International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) in Sydney.

The Mining Drive is a large gear unit in a purpose-designed thermal housing designed to significantly reduce energy use in heavy industry through the lessening of thermal losses.

SEW-Eurodrive Industrial Gears National Product Manager, Ian Tribe, says the Mining Drive will fill the need for heavy-duty applications with high-transmitted loads, such as those in mining, mineral processing and quarrying processes.

“This industry needs energy saving measures as much as the next, maybe even more-so,” Tribe says.

“Heavy industry as a rule requires machinery with more torque and more power, hence requiring larger amounts of energy to run their facilities. The Mining Drive will provide a significant increase in thermal ratings, driving down heat losses and reducing overall energy consumption.”

As well as a purpose-designed cast-iron housing, the Mining Drive incorporates several internal energy reducing features that are selected specifically for each application, depending on the operating conditions.

“These features result in less heat to be dissipated by the housing,” he said. “The special housing is then designed with larger dimensions and extensive ribbing on both sides and underneath in order to dissipate the heat that is generated more effectively.”

Combined with an axial fan and further efficient internal devices, the Mining Drive makes significant increases on thermal ratings previously only achievable by gear units fitted with complex oil pump and external heat exchanger systems.

“Not only does this create a more energy efficient drive, but the achieved lower running temperature leads to further advantages such as longer oil life and safer surfaces to touch, says Tribe. “All-in-all the Mining Drive will be an ideal solution for more demanding applications.”

Available as a standalone gear unit or as part of a complete drive assembly (including gear unit, motor, drive base and guardings), the Mining Drive is based on SEW-Eurodrive’s groundbreaking “X Series” industrial gear unit, with identical internal gears meaning that spare parts are shared across the standard “X Series” range.

“This is sure to create savings in terms of economies of scale and numbers of spares necessary to be kept by the user,” says Tribe.

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