STOBER Employees Kiss a Pig to Raise Money for Relay for Life

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STOBER promotes not only our employees but also our community.  We wanted to raise money for the Relay for Life, so our activities committee came up with the fun idea of having our management team smack lips with a pig!

Each manager had a jar placed in our break rooms with their picture on the jar.  Employees could put money in the jar of the person they wanted to see kiss a pig!  The top three earners would kiss a pig, which was sponsored by Second Chance Thrift Store in Maysville.

The lucky winners were Adam Prater with $331.30, Chris Breeze with $323.68, and Jeff Frodge with $280.09.  The gentlemen donned their finest lipstick to smooch the pig on Friday, April 21.

In total, STOBER raised $1,525.45 for the Relay for Life.  Thanks to all who participated and a special thanks to our three winners for being good sports!

Next Generation of Hollow Bore Motors

Synchronous_Servo_Motor_Group_W640xH0The next generation of STOBER’s hollow bore motors has been released. These motors are available as direct drive or with an integrated planetary gear for ratios of 3, 9, or 27:1. This series is an ideal solution for passing cables, tooling and pipes through the motor.

The compact motor allows for minimum space between rolls/spindles.  Mounting options include flange mount, shrink ring mount and coupling mounts.  Options for this series include magnetic brake, water or forced air cooling, and manual handwheel.

EZM_EZS_Synchronous_Servo_Motors_W640xH0In addition to the hollow bore offering, STOBER also has a Ball Screw servo motor. It is designed to directly rotate the ball screw nut as the shaft of the ball screw passes through the motor.  Our ball screw motor accepts many common ball screw nuts from various manufactures.

STOBER Hollow Bore motors are designed to interface with several 3rd party drives, including B&R, Beckhoff, Bosch, Control Techniques, Kollmorgen, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, and more.

For more information on Hollow Bore motors, please visit http://www.stober.com/motion_control/pipeDrive/

For more information on Ball Screw motors, please visit http://www.stober.com/motion_control/EZM_series/

 

Reducing Inefficiencies in the Food and Beverage Industry

Food and beverage processing facilities provide big challenges for OEMs and machine component manufacturers.

Factory-automated machines and conveyors have two basic modes of operation: running efficiently and earning money verses down and unproductive, losing money.  Equipment downtime costs factories from 5 – 20 percent of capacity each year, according to Intech magazine.

Several components are culprits for maintenance and down time that is so expensive to U.S. factories: bearings, belts, chains, wiring, electric motors, and yes– gearboxes.

Gearboxes are high wear items, transforming power from electric motors (high speed, low torque) to the requirements of the load application (lower speed and higher torque).  There is a general assumption in power transmission: “Speed is cheap, torque is expensive.” Using motors to generate high torques required by many loads (direct drive technology) is typically much more expensive than generating the torque with a motor/gear reducer combination.

Gearboxes can be used creatively to eliminate other mechanical components, such as bearings, belts, chains and pulleys. Possibilities are limited only by designer imagination and various geometries of the gear reducers.

Any time we convert power from one state to another, losses occur in the conversion process, generating unwanted heat and wasting energy. “Power out” is always lower than “power in.”  In the case of a gear reducer, rotational power is converted from high speed/low torque to low speed/high torque.  Energy losses are primarily from friction in the gearing, bearings, between the seals and shaft surfaces. Oil turbulence also causes losses.

Superior gear reducer efficiency is achieved by high efficiency gearing, such as helical, bevel, and spur gearing. Premium lubrication reduces friction in all internal moving parts.  Premium quality bearings– roller, ball, or cylindrical– also limit friction losses.

High-efficiency gear reducers have many benefits. They reduce the heat generation, which prolongs a gear reducer’s life increasing the application reliability and reduced cooled space cost.  Superior gear reducer efficiency also decreases total machine cost by allowing the use of smaller motors, and reducing energy consumption. Environmentally, efficiency means a reduced carbon footprint and lower electrical power consumption.

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Automotive Manufacturing Industry

“69% of machine designers state that shorter product development schedules is the top machine design challenge.”The Aberdeen Group

Are you driven by shorter product development cycles and faster cycle times? Need quick delivery and response?  STOBER has 24/7 customer service and can build and ship your gearbox in one day.  Our applications engineers will get you a drawing and answer any questions you have.  Don’t waste time waiting for your gearbox to arrive.  Call STOBER today!

Learn more about STOBER’s ideal solutions for for the automotive manufacturing industry at www.stober.com.

Don’t use a catalog for your gearbox selection! Try STOBER FITS

STOBER FITS, an online tool, will help you find your STOBER solution and get a quote.

Simply put in your NEMA motor and see possible STOBER matches. Use the filters to narrow down your results. Then, you can easily choose your output style, mounting position, and more.

Need help with your finding your frame size or service factor? No problem. FITS has several built-in calculators to determine your ratio, service factor, frame size, duty cycle and more.

Don’t have a motor? Browse our products and use the filters to find one that can fit your needs.

Try it today at fits.stober.com!

Packaging Solution

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69% of machine designers say shorter product development schedules are their top challenge, according to the Aberdeen Group. Optimize Floor Space. Reduce Components. Simplify Design. STOBER can help you do all of that and more. Talk to our engineers who have done tens of thousands of packaging machines.

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Standard Solution

Traditional planetary gearboxes require additional components, such as belts, pulleys, mounting brackets, guards, and more. These extra pieces mean longer installation times, more cost, and increased operating danger.

Contact us today at 606-759-5090 to learn how we can reduce your development schedule for your packaging machine.

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STOBER Video Shows Why its High-Efficiency Gearboxes are Premier Food and Beverage Manufacturing Solutions

STOBER Drives, Inc., a leading provider of high-quality gearboxes with more than 80 years of gearing experience, has released a video aimed to appeal to the food and beverage industry.

The two-minute video at http://bit.ly/1H4176w and the company website showcases the KSS, STOBER’s IP69K Certified stainless steel gearbox.

“The video is part of an ongoing campaign to help plant managers and maintenance managers learn more about STOBER solutions that can solve a number of common manufacturing and production line issues,” said Mike Mitchell, business development manager at STOBER. “The video’s enhanced content includes an overview of STOBER products, all of which can be assembled and shipped in one day.”

The 3D animation provides an in-depth look at what makes STOBER’s gearboxes more durable in harsh environments. STOBER’s products can withstand high pressures, deep cleaning, extreme temperatures, and other rigorous conditions in food and beverage production, said Mitchell.

“Our high efficiency, tough gearboxes will save manufacturers money,” he added, “as costly downtime and maintenance is eliminated.”

STOBER offers a standard, three-year warranty and its products have an extended mean time to failure of more than eight years.

“At STOBER, we take pride in our personal customer service as well as our products,” said Mitchell. “We feel our food and beverage products are the gold standard for the industry.”

For more information about STOBER’s gearbox solutions, please visit www.stober.com, or call (800) 711-3588.

PODS

STOBER has launched an inside sales system to provide you with the best possible service. Geographic regions will now have an entire team dedicated to provide customers in that area with seamless quotes and orders, quick answers for questions, and consultative engineering support.

Each pod is comprised of 2 applications engineers and 3 customer service representatives. You will get to know your account managers quickly and know exactly who to go to when you need a STOBER solution. This is all part of STOBER’s dedication to you!

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Need a gearbox? Want to size it online without using a catalog? You can with STOBER FITS! This easy tool combines visuals and sizing to provide your optimal STOBER solution. You don’t need to be a STOBER expert to use it.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNdxAOE9vVo

International Production & Processing Expo

Find your ultimate high quality products at the IPPE and you won’t have to deal with maintenance issues again!

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How much time and expense does your company face due to downtime?  Wouldn’t it be great if you could find high quality belts, pulleys, mounted bearings, gearboxes, and chain? Come to the IPPE in Atlanta Jan. 31-Feb.2 and find all your answers in one spot.

Fenner belts and pulleysPTI bearingsSTOBER gearboxes, and Webster chain provide a reliable, lower total cost of ownership for you. All four companies have products in stock and ready to ship to you. Our customer service teams are available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week to support your Industrial Power Transmission needs.

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Visit our block of booths (Fenner–C1251PTI–C1350STOBER–C1247Webster–C1346) to learn more and have a chance to win $250!