EC: SIMOGEAR Gear Motors
Motion Control - Motors: SIMOGEAR, the new Siemens gear motor series, is specifically designed for automation and motion control applications. This is a Control Engineering 2014 Engineers’ Choice award winner.
SIMOGEAR gear motors help users save time, effort and energy. Quick configuration, drawings on demand, fast delivery from the assembly plant, easy installation, simple unit identification, 24/7 support, highly efficient designs—these are just some of the ways SIMOGEAR can help deliver the results a company expects.
SIMOGEAR is designed for automation engineering. As such, it integrates smoothly with Siemens drives and automation products, resulting in simpler commissioning and faster start-ups.
Options such as encoders and brakes give users the tools to meet the exacting demands of a wide breadth of applications. The patented Modulog mounting system allows users to add these motor options even after installation. Other options like motor connectors and SIMOLOC—Siemens keyless tapered bushing hollow shaft mounting system—support fast installation.
Energy efficiency was one of the key design criteria for the new series. The SIMOGEAR two-stage helical bevel unit, with a mechanical efficiency of up to 96%, averages 2% higher efficiency than competitive three-stage units. It is available in a wide range of ratios, so it is ideal for replacing inefficient worm and spiroid units commonly found in conveying applications.
SIMOGEAR integral gear motors incorporate high efficiency or NEMA Premium motors. Notably, stepping up from high efficiency to NEMA Premium does not involve an increase in motor frame size or diameter.
When it comes to ease of use, online configuration and tracking of shipments is only the beginning. RFID name plates, readable from several feet away, contain pertinent identification and service data. Smart Numbers completely identify each unique standard configuration down to the mounting position and color. The Smart Number is all that is required to get an exact duplicate of any standard SIMOGEAR unit. Couple this with Siemens extensive 24/7 service network for easy-to-access support around the world.
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