In the world of precision gear manufacturing, there are often many opportunities to increase efficiency simply by changing one of the elements of your gear production process. Many gear manufacturers may not realize that there are several instances where helical gears may be superior to spur gears. Continue reading below to learn about some of the advantages of helical gears.
1) Noise Reduction
The first benefit of a helical gear train is that the teeth of the gear engage in small increments as opposed to the entire face engaging at once. This reduces the noise that is normally caused as gears transfer power.
2) Transfer of Power Between Non-Parallel Shafts
Another aspect to think about is whether or not your project requires power to be transferred between non-parallel shafts. Helical gears allow for this happen, but sometimes this comes at the cost of efficiency, which is another element to consider.
3) Strength Output
The final advantage that helical gears provide over spur gears is the strength output. Helical gears can handle more load than spur gears because the helical gear tooth is diagonally positioned and therefore effectively larger. For same tooth size and equivalent width, helical gears will provide superior strength.
If you’re in the precision gear manufacturing industry, there are a lot of ways to increase the efficiency of your unique gear production project. Gear Motions has many years of gear design and gear manufacturing experience, and we can work with you to find the best solution for your application. Contact us to speak to one of our sales engineers about your project today.