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Gearbox and frequency inverter combinations

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BONFIGLIOLI has introduced gearbox and inverter combinations that combine state-of-the-art frequency inverter control with the reliability and performance of its gearbox types most preferred by different industries.

Bonfiglioli's latest VVVF advanced process control technology is being coupled with established gearbox and gearmotor lines, such as W series worm, F and C series helicals, A series helical bevel and Trasmital 300 series planetary reducers to provide an integrated solution to the customers mechanical and electronic requirements.

Bonfiglioli Transmission (Australia) managing director Malcolm Lewis said the new combinations tied together the best solutions that could be engineered to the particular needs of individual customers and industries, in high performance packages.

“Rather than engineers having to compromise with traditional solutions that frequently involve tradeoffs between the electronic, electrical and mechanical suppliers, the new combinations can be tailored to total solutions," he said.

Bonfiglioli recently completed a major expansion of its Victorian branch to accommodate rapidly expanding interest in automation and mechatronic drives technology throughout Australia and New Zealand.

It appointed Sean Richardson as national manager of its Electronic Automated Division (EAD), heading the newly built facility in Notting Hill, which is three times the size of the previous branch office.

Now in full operation, the facility is Bonfiglioli's centre of excellence for new ranges of products that integrate state-of-the-art mechanical and electronic process control, says Mr Richardson.

"The new combinations capitalise on the advanced process control capabilities of VVVF drives to refine and expand the capabilities of our gearbox types, many of which are increasingly being integrated into production automation and mechatronic applications,” he said.

"We have had extensive experience combining gearbox types such as the 300/A planetary/bevel helical for customer applications. This philosophy is merely extended further to now supply the V.V.V.F drive.

"By bringing under one roof major strengths in new technology with major capabilities in traditional markets, we have opened up a new dimension of service and capability.

"Rather than client engineering staff having to go out to search for different providers of the optimum motor control technology, ideal gearbox ranges and ongoing backup, we bring these capabilities together," he said.

"We are even able to design and supply complete electrical cabinets tailored to customer's requirement for use with our ACT series of inverters and the geared motor that has been carefully selected to suit the application."

To assist engineers in evaluating options when designing machinery, Bonfiglioli is producing tabulated data sheets for combination solutions. These show torque/speed curves for ACT/VCB and LMD inverters when combined with preferred types of gearboxes.

Complementing the company's expanded engineering capabilities, it is also expanding stocking and local assembly of the company's broader ranges in mechanical products, offering rapid delivery to a growing customer base, including OEM clients.

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