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Right Angle Gear Motors Versus Parallel Shaft Gear Motors

November 08, 2021

One of the major factors influencing the performance of a gear motor is the position of the shaft’s motor in relation to the shaft of the speed reducer. There are two major variations in this respect, the worm gear motors, otherwise known as right angle gear motors, and the parallel shaft gear motors. The key differences between these two variants lie in their specific properties, durability, and efficiency.

Here’s how right angle gear motors differ from their parallel shaft counterparts:

Right Angle Gear Motors

As the name suggests, right angle gear motors have a motor shaft and output shaft of the speed reducer which are positioned perpendicular to each other. The axis of motion of these two shafts can span a single or double parallel plane. In terms of design, different types of teeth as well as different kinds of gears can be combined to achieve this configuration.

These types of gear motors are perfect for applications where compactness is highly valued. When used optimally, they deliver the perfect amount of torque, speed, and efficiency in tight spaces, offering a fantastic alternative to conventional gear motors.

Parallel Shaft Gear Motors

These types of gear motors work best with flat gearboxes since both the shafts of the motor and the speed reducer are parallel to each other. Unlike right angle gear motors that use bevel gears in their design, parallel shaft gear motors use other gear types such as helical gears, spur gears, and double helical gears.

The key advantage of using parallel shaft gear motors is their ability to generate a high range of power and torque, reaching as much as 300 kW and up to about 20,000 Nm in most cases. This makes them very efficient and well-equipped to bear high radial forces. And lastly, they also produce less sound and vibration.

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