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

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!

Packaging Solution


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.

STOBER Solution

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 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, or call (800) 711-3588.


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!

International Production & Processing Expo

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


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!

People Development

Why should a company invest in its’ employees? Hear it from our general manager, Peter Feil.

“Giving people the chance to grow and develop has had a positive impact on our corporate culture. Employees trust we want the best for them and aspire to become the best version of themselves. People development, wellness, job creation, and other initiatives offered in house inspire more people to participate in the process– and more company loyalty. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Making an investment in people is a great opportunity for our employees, but it also benefits the company as a whole. Retention increases, job satisfaction rises, and the company performs at a higher level. This also creates a virtuous cycle of talent and promotes local initiatives.

Education reimbursement, onsite classes, and apprenticeships, are just some of the opportunities offered here at STOBER.  We want our people to be the best version of themselves.  Watch our video to learn why developing your people is just good business.

National Apprenticeship Week


By Maysville Community and Technical College

November 20 marks the second annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), proclaimed by President Barack Obama to recognize apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy, nationwide. The United States currently has approximately 375,000 apprentices working with more than 150,000 employers.

Kentucky has its share of apprenticeship programs in a variety of industries, including advanced manufacturing. The KY FAME (Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education) program was started by Toyota in 2009 and has spread throughout Kentucky to help fill the need for multi-skilled technicians.  Over 120 employers statewide are participating in the program and the purpose is to implement dual track, apprenticeship-style training that will create a pipeline of highly skilled workers.

Currently there are ten KY FAME chapters across the state of Kentucky. In 2015, the Northeast KY FAME chapter was formed. Peter Feil, Vice President and General Manager of Stober Drives, is the chair of the Northeast chapter and also serves on the state KY FAME board. “Establishing a FAME chapter in our region is the first step by the private sector to create opportunities for individuals to gain needed job skills and work experience to help our economy grow,” said Feil. “Private sector leadership in collaboration with our education, workforce and economic development partners is essential for our region to meet the current and future workforce demands.”

After being accepted into the program, students earn a two-year degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) while attending classes at Maysville Community and Technical College two full days per week and working in a paid position at a local employer three days a week. This gives students the opportunity to graduate with a degree and two year’s work experience with little to no debt and a potential job.

In August, fifteen students paired up with ten Northeast KY FAME companies to begin their two-year journey. Companies participating in the program are Cooper Standard (Mt. Sterling), CTI Foods (Owingsville), East Kentucky Power (Maysville), KDMK (Mt. Sterling), Morehead Wood Products (Morehead), Regal Beloit (Morehead), SRG (Morehead), Stober Drives (Maysville), the Walker Company (Mt. Sterling) and Tyson Foods (Claryville). “We’ve learned many things in the class room, from hydraulic models to electrical circuits, but the one thing the KY FAME program has taught me the most is how to be a professional.” Austin Blythe, apprentice currently working with the Walker Company in Mt. Sterling.

“Not only do we cover the technical requirements of the program in the classroom, communication and professional behaviors are being taught as well,” claims David Hatton, KY FAME Instructor at MCTC. “The ability to communicate both verbally and written is a must in this modern fast paced industry and the skills the students are learning in this program they will be able to use the rest of their lives.”

“Today’s sophisticated equipment requires highly trained technical skills for operation and/or maintenance,” stated Regal’s Plant Manager Randy Norwood. “Regal believes that KY FAME, working in partnership with Kentucky manufacturers will fill this ever increasing need.  A solid education combined with real world work experience is a perfect combination! Regal Supports KY FAME.”

If your company would like to learn more about participating in the KY FAME program, if you would like to become a KY FAME participant or if you just want to learn more information, call MCTC’s Workforce Solutions at 606-759-7141, ext.66120 or visit

Veterans Day

veterans daySTOBER is grateful for the service of our armed forces and would like to thank all our veterans. Here is a list of our employees and their family members who have served:

Stacy Berry
Husband of employee Stephanie Berry
Army 1986-1994
1st Gulf War

Larry Pitts
Father of employee Stephanie Berry
Army 1969-1971
Vietnam War

Richard Justice
Father of employee Brandon Justice

Charles Hardymon
Grandfather of employee Brandon Justice
Air Force

Rudy Justice
Grandfather of employee Brandon Justice

James Donald Benedict
Father of employee Kenneth Benedict
Army WWII, fought in Germany

Gregory Michael Benedict
Brother of employee Kenneth Benedict
Marine Corp
Vietnam War

Edwin Benedict
Brother of employee Kenneth Benedict
Korean War

Herman Frodge
Father of employee Jeff Frodge
Army Reserve 1962-1968

Derrick Frodge
Cousin of employee Jeff Frodge
Army/KY National Guard
Active duty 1989-present
Operation Enduring Freedom

Jerry Mack
Navy 1988-1992
Operation Desert Shield/Operation Desert Storm
Bahrain (Persian Gulf)/Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

Ernie Hamm
Marines 1979-1987

Adrian Bauer
Grandfather of employee Chris Bauer
Army 1944-45

Bill Bauer
Uncle of employee Chris Bauer
Army 1970-76

Eugene F. Grigson
Grandfather of employee D. Clay Graves
Army-Airforce 1946-1949

Jeremiah D. MacRoberts
Brother of employee D. Clay Graves
Army/Army Reserve 1997-current

Terry Vice
Spouse of employee Melissa Vice
Army 1967-1970
Vietnam War

Earl Bennington
Air Force 1972-1992

Simon Smith
Father of employee Doris Gallenstein

Cecil Smith
Uncle of employee Doris Gallenstein

John Shanklin
Grandfather of employee Amy Appelman
Army 1950-1952
Korean Conflict

James Cristiano
Grandfather of employee Scott Moulis
Army 1942-1944
Stationed in Philippines

Jason Prater
Brother of employee Adam Prater
Air Force 1999-present
Operation Iraqi Freedom/War on Terror

Robert Prater
Grandfather of employee Adam Prater
Army 1943-1945

Kenneth Hamilton
Grandfather of employee Adam Prater
Army 1953-1958
Navy 1958-1961
Korean War

Jerry Littleton
Grandfather of employee Megan Fulton
Army 1969-1970
Vietnam War

James F. Ishmael
Father of employee Angie Ishmael/Grandfather of employee Luke Buchanan
Air Force 2 years
Korean War

Charles M. Ishmael
Uncle of employee Angie Ishmael/Great uncle of employee Luke Buchanan
Army 2 years
Korean War

Michael K. Montgomery
Fiancé of employee Angie Ishmael
Air Force 6 years
Desert Shield/Desert Storm

Ky M. Covert
Nephew of employee Angie Ishmael
Air Force 2009-present

Bill Marshall
Retired employee
Army Reserve 8 years

Barry Fields
Retired Employee
Army 1972-1974

Donnie Black
Army 20 years
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Mitch Riley
Army 3 years

Ryan Forman
Army 1987-1994
Gulf War

Ryan Kissell
Son of Retired Employee Karen Foister
US Army 1993-2004
Iraqi War Operation Iraqi Freedom

Gerald Foister Sr.
Spouse of Retired Employee Karen Foister
US Army 1969-1971
Vietnam War

Gerald Foister Jr.
Stepson of Retired Employee Karen Foister
Army National Guard 1988-1989
Desert Storm

Robert Douglass
Father of Retried Employee Karen Foister
US Army
WWII Decorated

George Barnes
Brother of Retried Employee Karen Foister
Navy Career

Poppy John Kinzer
Uncle of Retired Employee Karen Foister
US Army
WWII Decorated

Raymond Barnes
Brother of Retired Employee Karen Foister
US Air Force

Denver Barnes
Brother of Retired Employee Karen Foister
US Air Force

Michael Barnes
Nephew of Retired Employee Karen Foister
National Guard 2003 – present

William Purdon – Deceased
U.S. Army 1939-1943
World War II
Father of Sue Purdon

Michael A. Purdon – Deceased
U.S. Navy 1969-1974
Vietnam War
Brother of Sue Purdon

John K. Highfield- Deceased
U.S. Army 1940-1944
World War II
Uncle of Sue Purdon

Sunshine and Jason Polk
Niece and her husband of
Employee Pat Calchera
Air Force Career

Stanley Moran
Father of Employee Pat Calchera
Air Force/Korean War

Donald Moran
Uncle of Employee Pat Calchera
Navy 10 years