AquaTrue Planetary Gearhead

Inmoco Introduces Stainless Steel Precision Planetary Gearheads For Arduous Hygiene- Critical Applications

Posted Date: 27th Jul 2011

Inmoco has expanded its Thomson range of precision planetary gearheads with the introduction of the Micron® AquaTRUE™ Planetary gearhead. Manufactured in 100% stainless steel, Micron AquaTRUE™ gearheads are designed specifically to satisfy the demanding performance requirements of food, beverage and pharmaceutical handling, packaging and dispensing applications.

The new Micron AquaTRUE™ units fulfil a specific requirement in hygiene-critical industries. Until now, no gearheads have been available to operate in harsh processing environments where cleanliness is essential. The Micron AquaTRUE™ changes this situation, providing manufacturers with an application- specific solution that can be installed anywhere in their processes, eliminating the cost – and bulk - of watertight enclosures or shielding.

Micron AquaTRUE™ Planetary gearheads are designed with 300 series stainless steel external housings for maximum corrosion resistance, and are IP67 protected to provide reliable operation and long life in environments subject to caustic cleaning chemicals and high pressure washdowns. The external housing is circular with no external seams, a design that eliminates the potential for bacteria collection or ingress, which would otherwise result in interior damage, compromised performance and shorter operating life.

AquaTRUE™ Planetary Gearheads are available in 60, 80, 120 and 160 mm frame sizes, with ratios from 3:1 to 10:1; they offer torque capacities up to 876 Nm and precision to 13 arc-min. Their robust construction and performance features make them ideally suited for use in washdown and/or corrosive environments, such as meat/poultry slicing, beverage dispensing, medical hygienic and pharmaceutical applications - among others.

The new AquaTRUE™ series is part of the Micron® range of TRUE planetary gearheads all belonging to Thomson. These units are used in high precision motion control applications that require a high torque to volume ratio, high torsional stiffness, and low backlash. All Micron gearheads are self-lubricating and have high radial load capacity for any given size. The ability to match inertias with a large variety of ratios provides stable and well controlled servo systems.

Inmoco is supporting the Micron AquaTRUE™ range with a number of Thomson gearhead-specific training and design tools to help machine builders specify the right gearhead for their next machine. Micron MOTIONEERING® is a gearhead sizing and selection tool to help machine builders correctly specify gearheads for high precision motion control applications that require a high torque to volume ratio, high torsional stiffness, and low backlash.