What Could Cause a Gear to “Fail” in a System?

August 21, 2018 / Tuesday

In an ideal world, your machinery would run forever, and you wouldn’t have to worry about its internal components no longer performing optimally. Unfortunately, you may eventually experience gear failure, or the inability of a gear to do its job.

Gear failure can result when a gear is unable to turn, or when it isn’t connecting quite right, but in any case, it can cause a number of headaches for you—including the damage or destruction of other machine components.

So how does gear failure happen in the first place?

  • Gear design or manufacturing defects. If the gear isn’t designed or manufactured correctly, it could cause the gear to fail eventually—even if it seems to work initially. Gear manufacturing requires precision, so any small deviation in the material, such as a small burr, or an improperly measured fit, can wreak havoc on your machine.
  • Ongoing wear. When your gear is used often, or in exceptionally high-stress environments, it can suffer wear and tear. Small scuffs or chips can rapidly add up to much bigger defects, which could eventually cause the gear to fail.
  • Corrosion. Though not typical, if your gear is exposed to certain substances, like chemicals (or even water) it could cause corrosion that makes the gear unable to turn.

Fortunately, there are some steps you can use to prevent your gears from failing. Everything starts with your gear manufacturer; make sure you choose a reputable manufacturer who will design and produce your gear to perfection, so you don’t have to worry about tiny flaws interfering with your productivity. Next, you’ll need to be aware of the conditions of your machine; if your gears are operating under intense conditions, they need to be maintained regularly, and inspected for damage.

If you’re ready to get a quote on your next gear manufacturing job, contact us today!

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