Did you know: You can Replace Metal Gears with Self-Lubricating Nylon?

nippon-new-sl-gear.jpg  Our chip stream splitter (there are four of them at the mill) consists of two screws that turn opposite of each other to supply chips to the refiner.   These screws are turned by gears.  The original gears consisted of steel on steel gears that are encased in an oil bath enclosure.  The problem that this system created was due to the damp atmosphere coupled with no way to check the oil level (the oil would mix with water and leak out) the steel on steel gears would seize up crashing the system.  This would happen at least once a month, and it was very labor intensive to change out the gears.  Also, the down time this created cost the us lots of $$$$.  Redwood Plastics came up with a new system that eliminated the oil bath thus exposing the gears for visual inspection, and with its strength and self lubrication we added one Redco Nylon SL gear running on a steel gear.  The new package consists of a new steel gear assembly, a hub and web for the nylon gear, and the SL gear.  Now that the gears are visible, daily maintenance checks are made, and if the gear fails, it would take about ½ hour to change out.  The new system was installed in March, and as of today, we have had no problems.  We are very pleased with the new system, and we have placed another order to re-fit the other three chip stream splitters as the replacement gear is one quarter the cost of a new gear set. Thanks Redwood Plastics for results!
Submitted by Joe, Fabricator        

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Since 1971 Redwood Plastics and Rubber has worked directly with customers to find solutions for a variety of problems including shock, abrasion, noise, wear, & friction. In partnership with our manufacturing divisions, Redwood Plastics and Rubber molds, machines, and fabricates a wide-range of high quality, custom components. Our dedication to ethical and respectful interaction with our customers, suppliers and each other is the key to our long standing relationships. Relationships that are enabled by the pride, enthusiasm and commitment of each member of our organization.

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