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News | Cycloidal gears for SMEs

Automation with Nabtesco: Efficient, user-friendly, and future viable - To remain competitive, small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) have no other choice but to rethink their machine concepts. Automation, flexibility and efficiency are the decisive issues here. Nabtesco, the world’s biggest manufacturer of cycloidal gears, supports SMEs with user-friendly, flexible and economic automation solutions. The result: faster processes, higher productivity and lower costs.

Nabtesco is best known as a supplier of major robot manufacturers. In addition to excellent performance in robots, however, the drive systems also enhance peripherals and numerous other high-tech applications. Especially for automation in small and medium enterprises, cycloidal gear technology can really boost efficiency, since the high precision and power density of the gearboxes makes it possible to shorten processing times, improve product quality, boost productivity and reduce costs.

The perfect balance between performance and cost effectiveness 

Cycloidal gears use cams and rollers for power transmission. This ensures high efficiency, a long service life and extremely low backlash of less than one arcminute. In addition, their special design achieves excellent behaviour with respect to dynamics, load capacity and smooth operation. In particular, the servo gearboxes of the new Neco® series provide for increased performance and efficiency. They achieve high precision with a hysteresis loss of 0.5 arc.min and are extremely robust, due to double-bearing eccentric shafts and a bearing-mounted drive shaft. Motor shaft adaptation is achieved by means of a radial locking ring in a low-inertia version. This reduces the inertia of the motor shaft by up to 39 percent to enable extremely dynamic cycles. An economical solution for the highest standards.

Fast and easy product configuration and installation

Neco® also offer significant advantages in terms of user friendliness. A flexible system with modular bushings and flanges guarantees easy adaptation of all standard servo motors. With respect to procurement and handling Nabtesco’s Neco® series likewise offers innovations: An intuitive product configurator makes selection and dimensioning of gears fast and easy, and supportive tools facilitate assembly and utilisation. 

Automation of handling and positioning tasks

Whether the requirement is for flexible handling and machining tasks or dynamic pick-and-place applications: Wherever production, assembly and packaging processes require exact positioning and absolute reliability, Nabtesco gears are the first choice. Especially if precision and positioning accuracy are important, cycloidal gears offer better performance specifications in comparison with planetary gears. They are not only more durable, but also more rigid and able to withstand overloads (by 500 %). In addition, they are much more compact (about 50 % shorter) and lighter than planetary gears. Another advantage: Even over extended periods the increase in backlash is very low with cycloidal gears – a decisive advantage over normal planetary gears, which often suffer from increased backlash during the course of their service life.

A strong partner for SMEs

The company’s precision portfolio, extensive know-how and high level of engineering expertise make Nabtesco a strong partner for innovative automation solutions in small and mid-sized enterprises. In coordination with the customer the cycloidal gear specialist with European headquarters in Düsseldorf develops custom-tailored drive solutions that are precisely adapted to the requirements of the particular application.