Pack­house gets su­per-sized mo­tor

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One of New Zealand’s largest ap­ple pack­ing com­pa­nies has su­per-charged its ap­ple siz­ing/ grad­ing equip­ment with a drive up­grade.

This pack­house had re­lied on one gear drive since it was in­stalled on a Com­pac six-lane Sizer in the late 1990s. How­ever, gen­eral wear and tear and a need to work con­stantly, was putting the gear drive un­der im­mense pres­sure.

With at least two break­downs due to gear fail­ure dur­ing the 2013 sea­son, the decision was made to re­place this crit­i­cal piece of equip­ment.

“The sizer was re­quired to move more ap­ples at a faster rate, there­fore the gear drive was work­ing re­ally hard, and it was just a mat­ter of time be­fore it gave way again,” says An­thony from EQM.

A fruit sizer takes ap­ples across a weigh­bridge and then sorts/sizes ap­ples into lanes so it’s a crit­i­cal part of any pack­house

“We as­sessed the sit­u­a­tion and rec­om­mended a re­place­ment geardrive from the STM range, which had the same foot print and shaft sizes so that the sizer would not need any en­gi­neer­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions to fit it. Also, we could fit a big­ger mo­tor and still be well within the gear­box in­put power rat­ings.”

An STM AMP 100/2 In­line gear­box fit­ted with an 11kw mo­tor was spec­i­fied. With the ex­ist­ing drive still op­er­a­tional this al­lowed EQM to im­port the op­ti­mum ra­tio for this sit­u­a­tion.

Let your geardrive is­sues be re­solved by EQM’s ex­per­tise.

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