July 13, 2009 by intechpower
Intech Corporation is committed to lowering the impact of manufacturing on the environment. We like to think of our self-lubricating plastic gears, rollers and cam followers products as “Clean, Green and Lean”.
Recently Intech has been working with a food processing machine manufacturer to improve performance in their semi-frozen and frozen vegetable product slicer machines. Intech designed a Helical Gear Drive with a polygon bore to meet the strict criteria for hygiene and precision which the customer’s team required for its slicing wheel gearbox. Given the importance in food processing of reducing the likelihood of bacteria accumulation, the Power-Core™ material and its cast-in stainless steel core was machined to create a tri-lobe polygon profile for the input gear, this would prevent such build up occurring.
Helical Gear Drive with polygon Bore
We also assuaged concerns our customer had in terms of the strength of teeth on the helical gears and their ability to handle repeated breaking and stopping of machines over continuous 24-hour run cycles.