REDwire Rapid Gear gives new life to aging gearboxes

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For one of its customers, Rapid Gear took an aging and ill-performing gearbox system from a demanding marine application and gave it new life.

Companies across the globe — from small to international businesses — rely on Rapid Gear’s custom power-transmission services to fulfill their unique requirements. The Kitchener, Ont.-based company specializes in the rebuilding, maintenance and replacement of gearboxes and associated machinery, as well as the design and manufacture of new machinery. It has earned a reputation for saving its customers time and money in the process.

Case in point

For one of its customers, Rapid Gear took an aging and ill-performing gearbox system from a demanding marine application and gave it new life. This custom crane gearbox system required unique gear reducers for a high-stress and corrosive marine application. Rapid Gear made high horsepower custom gear reducers, bull gears, king pins, pinions, shivs and other components, to get the customer back up and running as efficiently as possible.

Saving companies money

Rapid Gear’s capabilities include designing and machining new gears to meet and exceed the manufacturer’s specifications, and machining new housings and components to ensure the highest level of reliability and performance. However, new is not always necessary. Rapid Gear’s innovative rebuilding program has been designed to save its customers both time and money — up to 75 per cent of their gear replacement costs. The company’s experienced craftsmen have the knowledge and the expertise to restore and/or redesign old gears and gearboxes. This service is ideal for companies that have: multiple drive components in need of an overhaul but the OEM is out of business; units that have been discontinued or replaced with a new series; parts that are only available from overseas with long deliveries; equipment without manufacturing drawings; or existing equipment that requires improvement.

“Our experienced craftsmen restore and/or redesign old gears and gearboxes to meet or exceed original specifications,” the company says, adding that quick turnaround with minimum downtime is part of its commitment.

To learn more, contact Rapid Gear

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