Chain drives could be slowing you and your materials down, costing you in safety and energy, as well as downtime. Here are some reasons to switch to a direct drive package.
Easy speed changes
Direct drive packages allow for increased or decreased speeds at the turn of a dial with variable speed drives/variable frequency drives (VSD/VFD) that are mounted onto the direct drive motor. As a result, you’re saving power and increasing efficiencies.
Safer drive, safer plant
Chain drives use a chain and sprocket to drive the motor. This means:
- More parts to maintain, and more downtime
- Reduced safety for your workers if the chain were to break or elongate
- Hazardous friction that comes from the chain assembly
In direct drives, there are fewer parts that have the potential to fail. This means:
- Longer lifetimes and increased safety in your motor
- Direct mounting onto the rotor shaft, instead of separate, side-mounting
- Feedback given to a sensor for more precision, fewer pinch points and fewer safety hazards.
One less part to look after
Chain drives require precise mounting and careful maintenance of its separate parts, including chain tightening and lubrication. In the food industry, lubrication can put products at risk of contamination and recall.
Direct drive packages allow the valve to be more compact and easier to install, because there are no side-mounted chains and sprockets. Direct drives make it easy to remove end plates to get inside the valve for cleaning—meaning reduced risk of contamination in your end product.
Check out the video below to see how easy it is to remove endplates and valves with direct drives, watch this short video:
Will it Clean?
More drive, more bonuses
- Direct drives produce higher torque at lower rpm due to the elimination of chain friction
- No chain means fewer vibrations and much less noise
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