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Bonfiglioli wins Bulk Handling Award

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Bonfiglioli has won the Gears, Motors and Drives category at the Bulk Handling Awards for the third year in a row. Bonfiglioli was recognised for its low backlash drives, which are ideal demanding applications like bulk handling where there are often lots of stops and starts during operation.

“Drives are at the heart of all bulk handling operations, so Bonfiglioli is constantly striving to improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of products vital to its customers,” said Mr Malcolm Lewis, Managing Director, Bonfiglioli Australia. “To win this category three years running is a special honour for us. It rewards the hard work and dedication of all the staff at Bonfiglioli.”

Low backlash drives

The new low-backlash TQF series of precision planetary flanged gearboxes from Bonfiglioli is engineered with outstanding torsional stiffness for applications such as industrial automation. It is the latest in the versatile TQ series of Bonfiglioli gearboxes that are ideal for applications demanding high dynamic characteristics and the ability to handle a high number of start-stops and reversals with outstanding reliability.

The TQF flanged design is suited to machine tools, packaging machines, precision rotary axis drives, traveling gantries, columns and material handling axis drives, as well as tasks requiring high positioning accuracy, dynamic cycling operations, tilting movement and compact solutions for motion control.

The TQF series – which joins the TQ in-line series and TQK right-angle series – comes in five sizes delivering rated output torque ranging from 30 to 800 Nm and acceleration output torque from 45 to 1200Nm, covering the needs of most industrial automation applications requiring the high dynamic performance offered.

Bonfiglioli Australia Drives Specialist Harry Singh says the TQF has the highest torsional stiffness in the TQ family of drives.

“TQ in-line, TQK right-angle gearboxes, and TQF flanged series require only limited maintenance to guarantee life-long low backlash and reliability. Their high overload capacity represents an important safety factor for many applications,” commented Mr Singh.

“Various innovative solutions have been introduced in these new series to ensure high performance and outstanding torque density. Such solutions include new tooth profiles, a new lubrication and seal system, an integral planet carrier shaft, and their upgraded bearing system.”

“Owing to its design and innovative manufacturing process, it is possible to get the TQF series’ backlash lower than 3 arcmin (minute arc). Two backlash classes are available for even more flexibility.”

Features of the TQ range include:

  • Highest flexibility for input flanges to match Bonfiglioli servomotors and most typical servomotors available.
  • Modular design to comply with individual needs due to features such as smooth shaft/key shaft, standard and reinforced bearings; standard and low backlash and universal design allows any mounting orientation.
  • Reliable sizing and accurate, clearly defined catalogue rating together with application optimisation achieved by Bonfiglioli’s servo sizing tool, which is designed to avoid over-sizing that increases initial system cost as well as ongoing operating costs of s servo system.
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