As an end user, we expect more and more from our digital lives. Whether it’s how much of our lives we can fit into our mobile devices, how hard our laptops can perform for the remote worker or how fast our internet connections will run. We demand perfection and continually look for the next innovation to enhance our lives.
At David Brown Santasalo, we have embraced digitalisation to enhance our design, engineering and manufacturing processes. In an industry where we constantly create, innovation is key. Our gearboxes operate in harsh environments from extreme heat to freezing temperatures, where failure is not an option. We find synergies between highly skilled operatives and how their methods can be enhanced with the introduction of state of the art machinery.
Take our new 3.5m gear diameter Klinelnberg machine, which uses state of the art technology to check the profile, lead and pitch of some of the largest high quality gears in the world, following machining. The only machine of its type in the UK, it can also be used as a Coordinate Measuring Machine, and to do some basic NDT checks, which means we can check fabrications, gear cases and gears all on the same machine. Checks are completed to ensure that the gear teeth have been machined correctly and that the gearbox meets strict design criteria. This, alongside our stringent test processes ensures that David Brown Santasalo gearboxes are robust and reliable.
But, what happens after the gearbox has left the production line and is in its natural habitat? How do we ensure the gearbox is performing to the high specification it was designed to and how do we continue to deliver added value in a tangible way? The answer in part, is condition monitoring. A way to remotely monitor the health of a gearbox whilst it is in operation.