Gear Manufacture


The materials that are used for gear manufacturing depend massively on the conditions that the gears will be operating under, conditions like wear and noise etc. Gear manufacturers use metallic or non-metallic materials.

The Metallic materials used in gear manufacture are normally available in cast iron, steel and bronze. Steel is used when there is a need for a high strength design. But cast iron is mainly used because of its good wearing properties, excellent machineability and the ease that complicated shapes can be created due to the casting method. Castings are created by pouring molten metal into a mould and once the metal as cooled it takes the shape of the mould.

The non metallic, materials used are generally wood, rawhide, compressed paper and synthetic resins like nylon. These types of materials are generally used when there is a need for the reduction in noise from the gears.

Since not all transmission problems can be solved with steel or cast iron gears, we provide a comprehensive service in alternative materials:

  • › FIBRE GEARS
  • › NYLON
  • › DELRIN
  • › BRONZE
  • › ALUMINIUM BRONZE
  • › ALUMINIUM
  • › STAINLESS STEEL

These have become firmly established for many applications where exceptionally low noises at high speed, dry running, or safety and wear resistant is required.

A right hand helical gear or right hand worm is one in which the teeth twist clockwise as they recede from an observer looking along the axis. The designations, right hand and left hand, are the same as in the long established practice for screw threads, both external and internal. Two external helical gears operating on parallel axes must be of opposite hand. An internal helical gear and its pinion must be of the same hand.

A left hand helical gear or left hand worm is one in which the teeth twist counterclockwise as they recede from an observer looking along the axis.