Food fa­cil­ity blasts off with EQM gear­boxes

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MOTORS & DRIVES -

The Rockit food fa­cil­ity in Have­lock North was of­fi­cially opened by the Min­is­ter for Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment the Hon. Steven Joyce and is re­port­edly re­garded as one of New Zealand’s best state-of-the-art fruit pack­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

EQM had a small but im­por­tant role to play, sup­ply­ing gear drives and con­veyor com­po­nents for the unique pack­ing sys­tem that has been de­vel­oped spe­cially for han­dling Rockit ap­ples, a small fruit mar­keted in plas­tic tubes and ex­ported to su­per­mar­kets through­out the world.

The fa­cil­ity has sev­eral ro­tary ta­bles at the end of its pack­ing lanes, which are driven by a com­bi­na­tion of STM UMI & RMI Se­ries gear­boxes. EQM rec­om­mended th­ese to the en­gi­neer­ing firm at the de­sign stage as they are a smart gear­box that would eas­ily drive the ta­bles smoothly and pre­vent the tall tubes from be­ing knocked over.

EQM tech­ni­cal staff guided the de­sign en­gi­neer through the process of down­load­ing mod­els from the www.stm­star.com web­site so that the cor­rect com­bi­na­tion of stan­dard worm gear­boxes were used to de­liver the sta­bil­ity re­quired.

The UMI range of gear boxes has been de­vel­oped to cut down on main­te­nance and there­fore min­imises pro­duc­tion down­time. The outer gear case is to in­dus­try stan­dard di­men­sions, but the real ben­e­fit – and where UMI stands apart – is the use of a non-cor­ro­sive in­put cou­pling bush.

This sys­tem, which con­nects the elec­tric mo­tor to the gear­box, pre­vents fret­ting of the key way, vi­bra­tion and also cor­ro­sion caused by en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions such as mois­ture.

Sizes range from .09 KW to 7.5KW and with hol­low shafts from 14mm to 42mm out­put.

The UMI comes with many ac­ces­sories in­clud­ing out­put f langes, torque arms, and sin­gle or dou­ble out­put shafts.

The STM RMI Se­ries of worm gear boxes are popular with many com­pa­nies, says EQM, es­pe­cially those within the food pro­cess­ing sec­tor like Rockit.

RMI gear boxes are of­ten used on con­veyor sys­tems and pack­ag­ing equip­ment, such as ro­tary ta­bles.

EQM’s An­thony Blox­ham says the RMI se­ries has been round for a long time and re­mains popular based on the abil­ity to add a large range of ac­ces­sories.

EQM can help you by dis­cussing your drive re­quire­ments and rec­om­mend­ing the STM most suit­able to take your in­no­va­tions from de­sign to the lat­est pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

Freep­hone 0800 147 847 – Email sales@eqm.co.nz – www.eqm.co.nz

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