R. A. Rodriguez has become the sole UK distributor for the Cone Drive range of slewing drives and harmonic products and, in so doing, has significantly extended its ability to provide products for performance-critical applications.
Cone Drive's slewing drives are designed to accommodate combined tilting, radial and axial loads and employ worm gear geometry that provides high-ratio single-stage gearing. The bearing and gears are assembled into a low-profile housing that optimises weight against performance. Available in sizes ranging from 7 to 25 inches, these drives are described as highly cost-efficient and supremely reliable; examples will be shown for the first time at Drives & Controls 2016.
Cone Drive slewing drives are highly suitable for applications in defence, aerospace, medical, power generation, oil and gas, and production engineering - markets that R. A. Rodriguez has served for many years with its Kaydon range of thin-section, turntable and custom bearing designs, and also its own-brand of European manufactured turntable bearings.
Harmonic transmission products
The new partnership with Cone Drive also introduces a range of industry-standard and customised harmonic power transmission products to the R. A. Rodriguez product programme. The design is an in-line motion control system consisting of three main components: a wave generator and a flexspline through which speed reduction and torque amplification are executed as it engages with the third element, the circular spline that is the mounting interface for the assembly.
With ratios ranging from 30:1 to 160:1 in a single reduction, and efficiencies up to 90 per cent, these harmonic transmissions can be more efficient with a shorter overall length than traditional planetary options; another advantage of harmonic gearing is ultra-low to zero backlash. As Cone Drive can design and manufacture components, sets and gearsets – with customised input, output, size and ratio – harmonic transmissions can now be supplied by R. A. Rodriguez for a very wide range of applications.
Contact R A Rodriguez (UK) Ltd to request more information about Cone Drive slewing drives and harmonic gearing, and to discuss specific applications.