10 May 2016: Gearboxes and motors are costly items of equipment, however, if proper care and maintenance is provided, the
units will ensure years of productivity and long-term return-on-investment. SEW-EURODRIVE provides some useful tips and advice
on how to get the most out of a gearbox or motor.
The benefits of regular gearbox and motor care and maintenance include; extended product lifespan, efficient and cost-effective
service, reduced downtime and safer working environments.
According to SEW-EURODRIVE works manager Peter McEvoy, effective care and maintenance means using the correct unit for the
correct application, and servicing it according to specified standards and OEM operating instructions.
"SEW-EURODRIVE operating instructions come with every unit, and can also be downloaded from the internet, and provide the
end-user with comprehensive information on operation and maintenance," he explains.
Genuine parts and spares are also essential. McEvoy adds: "This provides the user with the peace-of-mind that all parts conform
to SEW-EURODRIVE'S international standards, thereby ensuring a maximised lifespan."
McEvoy indicates that SEW-EURODRIVE boasts an extensive stockholding to ensure minimal turnaround times. "In the event that
the part is not available, we are committed to sourcing or importing it," he continues.
What's more, a correctly-specified, high-quality lubricant is vital to the performance of a geared unit. A damaged or contaminated
lubricant will severely impact on the performance, lifespan and maintenance costs.
"As part of its value-added service offering, SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa provides clients with a qualified field service team
to do the required lubricant change on site and assist in any other ways possible," McEvoy concludes.
The table below stipulates inspection and maintenance intervals, and serves as a useful guideline for the appropriate measures
to be taken: