Updating your shop floor with new equipment and personnel is standard trade magazine fodder today—and for obvious reasons. Any feasible upgrades can make a significant impact on a company’s bottom line. So you’ll find an article or two (or three or four) in our industry that will examine the importance of investing and upgrading in your personnel and your machines.
STOBER, a company specializing in motion control and power transmission, recently published the following article to help plant managers determine if a manufacturing infrastructure update is necessary. Following the article, there’s a Q&A with Scott Alles, manufacturing manager and Landon Garrison, manufacturing engineer at STOBER.
STOBER serves a variety of industries, including printing. We had a customer who had problems with their flexographic printing machine.
Customer was using a competitor’s gearbox. The application required very high input speeds. The competitor’s units were overheating and destroying the seals, causing oil to leak.
STOBER went to the customer and evaluated the machine. We recommended our P series unit with the servocool option to improve airflow and reduce seal wear. This eliminated the issue and allowed the customer to save money by extending the gearbox’s life, minimizing maintenance, and reducing inventory.
Call us at 1-888-786-2371 or visit www.stober.com to learn how we can help you with your application needs!
Our Maysville employees are committed to being philanthropic community leaders. They take part in charitable actions as part of their everyday routine and are proud of being able to invest in the people beside whom they live and work. Every year, STOBER employees raise money to give back to the community. In 2017, we held a “Kiss the Pig” contest and gathered internal donations to support Cancer Fighters United and Mason County Relay for Life. As a result, STOBER donated over $5,500 to both groups. The employees truly are what makes STOBER the gold standard.
How do you make the world’s toughest gearbox, requiring no maintenance? It starts with the gearing. Our high precision gears are machined after hardening to provide the best quality. This minimizes metal shavings in the oil. We use magnetic drain plugs to remove any particles from the oil.
No breathers or vents prevents any contaminants from entering the gearbox and keeps oil in. Our units are sealed for life, eliminating leaking.
STOBER works with the best suppliers to provide the ultimate quality. We use SKF bearings to eliminate premature failure, Freudenberg seals that can withstand harsh environments, and Mobil lubricants that do not create pressure that blows out seals.
Learn how you can free up your maintenance team to do other preventative maintenance instead of working on leaking gearboxes. Call us at (888) 786-2371 or visit www.stober.com
STOBER Drives, Inc. of Maysville, Ky., has been selected to receive a 2018 Best Places to Work award for the state of Kentucky.
This is the second time the manufacturer of high-efficient helical gearing has been honored with the award. It was also selected in 2016. The award is sponsored by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management and Best Companies Group. About 100 Kentucky companies were chosen for the award. A ceremony will be held April 17 at the Lexington Center in Lexington, Ky.
Small, medium and large sized businesses were selected for the award based on an assessment of employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey. STOBER won in the small business class, with fewer than 149 employees.
Employees of STOBER Drives Inc. in Maysville raised over $800 for charity by simply not shaving.
“Every year for the last few years my son has told me that I have to compete in No-Shave November,” said Scott Moulas, a member of the Activities Committee at STOBER. “I said ‘What do you win?’ and he said, ‘You don’t win anything, it’s just to signify that you respect people who have cancer.’”
Moulas said he figured that if he was going to do it, why not make it a competition?
“People can put their votes in and, even though it’s judged, the person with the most votes, STOBER will throw them a pizza party,” Moulas said.
The 12 contestants were clean-shaven on Nov. 1.
“STOBER’s also matching the money we received,” Moulas said. “Right now we’re up to $416. So $832 dollars is going to be donated to the cancer charity the winner chooses.”
Moulas said the contest has been fun as well as charitable.
STOBER’s EZHD, EZHP, and EZM are all Rockwell Enabled. They work with the Kinetix 6500 Version 23 and up as well as the Kinetix 5700 Version 2 and up. They utilize Heidenhein Endat 2.2 digital single turn absolute positioning.
To enable the motor, choose the correct STOBER motor from the drop-down menu. On the feedback tab, choose alignment = motor offset. This will trigger the drive to use the commutation offset that is stored in the nameplate.
If you wish to test the motor, you can highlight the motion group you are using and select motion direct commands. Select the command you want to use and click execute to start the command.
If you need any assistance, please contact STOBER at 606-759-5090.
Rockwell Automation Fair will be held in November 15 and 16 in Houston, Texas. STOBER will be exhibiting at the show. We are a recognized Encompass Partner and also have products that are Rockwell Enabled.
At the show, STOBER will be highlighting our ATEX certified gearboxes. ATEX certified units have zone 2 and 3 protection level for gas and dust and T3 and T4 (275-392°F) temperature class. Our gearboxes are assembled and shipped in one day from Maysville, Kentucky.
Visit STOBER in Booth 2133!
To register to attend, visit http://www.rockwellautomation.com/global/events/automation-fair/overview.page
“At an average of $175/sq ft, space requirements can easily be a million-dollar problem.”
Floor space is expensive and uncompromising, limits the ability to place more machines, and increases production. STOBER can reduce equipment footprint by 20%, along with minimizing maintenance and components. STOBER’s large selection is ideal for the diverse needs of packaging. Continuous/intermittent applications can be filled for dry, wash-down, and ready to eat environments.
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The new version of the STOBER ServoFit Catalog is now available. This version features new product sections, such as combining advanced lines with the regular series. The P and PA are now in one section along with the PH, PHA, PHQ, and PHQA. Other products have been put in combined sections to allow customers to easily see what the differences are between series and which product can fill their needs.
Order your free copy today at www.stober.com