During the process of manufacturing gears there are many different materials that are used. Their use is dependent on what kinds of design the gear is to be made to. Although steel is used in for high strength designs, the ease of making complicated shapes out of cast iron, makes it one of the most common materials used. The process of casting involves pouring molten metal into a casting mould and, as it cools, the iron takes on the shape of the mould. When there is a need for noise reduction in the gears, non metallic materials are more often used. These range from rawhide, wood, synthetic resins like nylon and compressed paper.
Where low noise at high speed, dry running and excellent wear resistance is necessary, materials such as aluminium, bronze and stainless steel are also used. The range of materials available may seem like a complicated process and at Hopwood Gear Ltd, we provide a complete service that includes alternative materials for specific types of gears. With over 30 years of experience in making gears, we are able to provide our customers with our expertise in choosing the right materials to suit the conditions in which they will be used.
Hopwood Gear’s 20,000 square feet facility is based in Oldham, a central North West of England town. This is an ideal location to provide next day delivery for most of the UK. Our extensive range of machinery means we are able to provide equipment for a diverse range of industries from gears less than an inch big to ones that would fill your entire office space.
For more information on the services available please visit our website: www.hopwoodgear.com, or we are always pleased to answer your queries over telephone: 01706 841154.