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AGma V O I C E S

Standards Development:
Enclosed Drives
Todd Praneis, Cotta Transmission Co.

Who doesn’t like Spur, Helical, and

to see their name in Herringbone and
print, or words that Bevel Enclosed
they’ve written be Drives.” AGMA
included in part of an 6 013 /61 13 co v -
international docu- ers topics dealing
ment? It’s an amazing with both gear rat-
feeling to be part of a ing specifics from
group that helps shape AGMA 2001-
worldwide activities. D04 and general
What am I talk- enclosed gear drive
ing about? Well, it’s component design
membership and and configurations
activities in a com- such as service
mittee in the AGMA factors, preferred
Technical Division ratios, shaft diame-
of course. I original- ters, standard shaft
ly became interested configurations,
in finding out what lubricant selec-
exactly happens in one tion and others.
of these committees, This was an admi-
and now I am chairman on one com- bearing components in a geared drive: rable effort by all involved to not only
mittee and contributing to two others! shafting, keys, fasteners, bearings and combine standards and resolve any
I currently hold the chairman housings. AGMA 6001/6101 went inconsistencies, but to incorporate an
position of the Enclosed Drives com- through a major edit for its “D” revi- entirely new lubrication section based
mittee. We have responsibility for sion released in 1997. Since then, the on AGMA 9005-D94. During the cre-
AGMA standards 6001-E08 “Design committee was tasked to review the ation of the new standard, the ther-
& Selection of Components for content and make improvements and mal rating section of AGMA 6010-F97
Enclosed Drives” and its metric coun- modernization where possible. A lot was removed and incorporated into the
terpart 6101-E08; 6013-A06 “Standard of work was put into making the shaft AGMA information sheet 14179-1. As
for Industrial Enclosed Gear Drives” deflection example more “program- with most standard revision, efforts
and its metric counterpart 6113-A06; ming friendly” and to continue the were made to incorporate the latest
as well as information sheet 14179-1 great work done for the D97 release. information from other AGMA stan-
“Gear Reducers – Thermal Capacity Another significant amount of time dards. This required an update to the
Based on ISO/TR 14179-1.” Our com- was spent on refining the key and fas- rating formulas based on AGMA 2001-
mittee also provides a technical adviso- tener sections to align more with other D04 and also added some updates to
ry group (TAG) response to ISO work- international standards. the stress cycle factor.
ing group 10 activities. This basically AGMA 6013/6113 is a “new” stan- AGMA/ISO 14179-1 was an
provides the U.S. position on any pro- dard in that it combines and supersedes extract from AGMA 6010-F97 with
posed standards or documents that ISO two other standards: AGMA 6009- an update based on the referenced ISO
is revising or creating. A00 “Standard for Gearmotors, Shaft standard. We felt that the subject mat-
AGMA 6001/6101 deals with Mounted and Screw Conveyor Drives” ter was deserving of its own informa-
design of the major non-geared, load- and AGMA 6010-F97 “Standard for tion sheet and shouldn’t be tucked
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away inside of another standard. At the monitoring and service functions. We industry, and am continually impressed
time of creating the information sheet, have also begun discussions on creat- with the dedication of the AGMA staff.
we were able to incorporate the great ing a new document that will cover No matter what your level of expe-
work done by ISO and fellow AGMA geared units specifically for crane rience, there is always a home in a
member companies within the docu- service. We are at the very beginning Technical Division committee. Find
ment. Information sheets are differ- stages of this discussion and would something that you know a lot about,
ent from standards in that they may be welcome any input from the crane something you know a little about or
focused on one aspect of an enclosed community on the viability and subject something you’d like to know more
gear drive, or are on a narrow scope of matter. about and get involved! Who knows,
application and therefore are not suit- So what’s it like to be on an you may end up being chairman…
able for an entire standard. AGMA Technical Division committee?
So you can see that the enclosed In a word: great! I’ve met some really
drives committee is involved in a lot great people involved in the gearing
of different aspects of a geared system
from gear design and rating to com-
ponent design, lubrication and all the
other bits and pieces that a designer
must consider for the total geared pack-
age. We rely on the experience and
involvement of everyone on the com-
mittee to contribute not only their time
and company’s expertise, but their
willingness to help create what you
read in the standard. If you’ve heard
of the old adage that “you don’t truly
know a subject until you teach it,” you
can definitely apply that thinking to
“…until you have to write a clause
in a standard.” There’s no better way
to understand a subject than to have
to create the illustrative example. I’ve
found it a great way to refresh and
reaffirm my design practices, and it
is a comfortable feeling knowing that
we may help a gearbox purchaser to
better communicate with his vendor,
or to help guide a gearbox manufac-
turer in the proper design methodol-
ogy for his product. Contributing on
a standard also allows a company to
voice its opinion on the subject, which
will benefit not only that company,
but the gearing community in general.
Member companies can come to a con-
sensus on the best practice for a par-
ticular subject, put it in writing, and
publish the subject for all to use.
Committee 6b, the enclosed drives
committee, is currently working on fur-
ther enhancing 6001-E08 “Design &
Selection of Components for Enclosed
Drives” by expanding on recommen-
dations for housing and other static
or interface design considerations.
Equally as important as rotating ele-
ments, the static components must be
able to maintain gear position, carry
shaft loading, be able to be assembled
and allow a user access for various
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