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Understanding Gear Reducer Basics

April 20, 2020

Gear reducers are used for a range of applications many of us rely on, on a regular basis. However, when asked about the reducer, many might come up with a question mark. We understand that gears are used to generate power, but we don’t quite understand the role a reducer plays in that arrangement. It is for this reason that today’s blog will broaden the reader’s horizons when it comes to the reducer by outlining its definition, various types, and applicable uses. 


What is a gear reducer?


A gear reducer, otherwise known as a reduction gear, describes one gear in a configuration where the input speed can be lowered (reduced) for a specific slower output speed, while still maintaining the same torque. A gear reduction assembly features a set of gears that rotate and are connected to a wheel in order to work. The initial higher incoming speed of the wheel is transferred to the set of rotating gears to alter the torque, and slow down (reduce) the initial speed. 


Reduction Gear Assembly Variations


The assembly of reduction gears working in tandem with the wheel to reduce speed is known as a reduction gear box. The amount of reduction gears used in this assembly will largely depend on the size and scope of the speed demands of the application. 


There are two broad types of reduction gears that exist: the single reduction gear, and the double reduction gear. Single reduction gears are used for applications that require simple speed reduction and typically feature only one or a pair of gears. In contrast, double reduction gears are used for high-speed applications, and can feature many reduction gears in its assembly. 


Common Applications 


From large scale industrial uses to smaller-scale individual uses, reduction gears are useful in a host of applications. Common applications include use in mixing equipment, conveyor systems, boat lifts, and logistics and packaging machinery.