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Gearbox redesign leads to improved performance

Gearbox redesign leads to improved performance JBS Baking Solutions in Peterborough is continuously developing its products to achieve better performance, and its latest design is the Rollmaster. Engineered for 24-hour operation, this latest generation divider and moulding system is designed to process a variety of dough products. These can range from fruited rolls to baguettes, buns, pizzas, naans and tortillas. Modular construction, based on standard components, allows Rollmaster to be configured to suit the needs of the individual product and the required output.

Reliability and process efficiency are key attributes in the baking industry, so with the Rollmaster JBS had the  aim of extending the service life of the system and enhance product quality. Within the unit is a gearbox which oscillates as the product moulding drums rotate and it was a re-design of this component which JBS felt could lead to improved performance.

To address the re-design, JBS sought the help of RA Rodriguez. As the European master distributor for the high quality range of KHK Stock Gears, RA Rodriguez could make the best recommendation to suit the application from an exceptionally wide range of standard products. KHK has been producing gears for over sixty years and are one of the largest and most respected manufacturers in the field. The company sells more than three million gears annually and invests heavily to ensure its brand retains its high quality status.

From this extensive range RA Rodriguez proposed the use of KHK high precision spiral bevel gears. These strong gears have high load ratings and run at speed with minimal noise and vibration. They are therefore the ideal choice for high speed and high torque applications. Available ex-stock, they can also be customised to meet the precise needs of the application. For JBS Baking Solutions this included altered bore diameters, fully hardened key ways, grub screw and threaded locating holes.

Gordon Green of JBS Baking Solutions comments: "We needed a reliable, high quality product from a source that gave us confidence and service to match.  With the help of RA Rodriguez and KHK our Rollmaster system can now achieve an output of up to 30,000 items per hour at a weight range from 35 to 300 grams." RA Rodriguez has over 40 years experience in the supply of precision components to manufacturing industry in the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia.
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