SEW Eurodrive , is continuing to slash gear-unit turnaroundtimes with the launch of its Australian-assembled X-Series industrial gear-unitrange. Currently undergoing an upgrade to its assembly facility at thecompany’s national headquarters in Melbourne, SEW-Eurodrive will be able to offerlocally assembled X-Series gear-units by December 2009, providing Australian industrywith unrivalled gear-unit access, choice and flexibility.
SEW-Eurodrive’s Melbourne facility will be the firstX-Series gear unit range assembly plant outside of Europe. Local assembly will initially focuson four distinct sizes, with torque ratings of 58,000 to 90,000kNm. TheAustralian-assembled X-Series gear unit range features helical and helical-bevel geartechnologies, and is suitable for motor powers up to 700kW. The entire X-Series(up to 475kNm) is available now and is offered in a range of mountingarrangements, configuration options and user-specific requirements.
According to SEW-Eurodrive national product managerindustrial gear units, Ian Tribe, the Australian-assembled X-Series boasts amodular design and is assembled from a range of standard components. “The modularityof the X-Series allows shortened delivery times, as units are assembled fromstock parts,” said Tribe. “This allows users with multiple X-Series gear-unitswith component commonality to minimise spare parts inventory. Unlike gear unitsmanufactured overseas, the Australian-assembled X-Series can be supplied injust a few weeks, allowing users to streamline their own project timelines.”
The ‘big brother’ of SEW-Eurodrive’s MC Compact industrialgear-units, the entire X-Series boasts the finest torque-graduation on themarket, allowing users to closely match an X-Series gear-unit to theirapplication. “With competing gear-unit manufacturers offering fewer gear-unitmodels and torque-ratings, users often have no choice but to select anoversized unit to accommodate their drive application,” he said. “To combatthis, the X-Series provides more models with finer torque-graduation, allowingusers to select a model more closely matched to their needs. Users aretherefore able to make savings in space, capital expenditure, operating costs, andin the structural supports that would otherwise be required for heavier units.”
Like all members of the X-Series family, theAustralian-assembled X-Series gear unit range has been designed with a number of versatile options,including a revolutionary housing that allows the gear-units to be inverted.“The X-Series can be ‘flipped over’ to produce a mirror-image gearbox,” saidTribe. “Facilities can utilise a single spare to replace both left- andright-hand drive gear-units, thus reducing the number of complete gear-unitspares needed to be kept on site.”