There are various factors that we look at when a customer considers the repair or replacement of an existing industrial gearbox. The main ones are:
- Repair or replace?
- Production downtime
Repair vs. Replacement
Cost is always a consideration when looking at the repair vs. replacement equation. Depending on what is involved in the repair and the nature of the reason for the failure in the first place, in many cases a straight replacement makes the most sense. Unfortunately, this is not always feasible.
Repairing gearboxes is labour intensive. It is for this reason that smaller units are usually replaced without much consideration for repair, as the percentage of labour to the overall cost of the gearbox is quite high. Larger gearboxes that require only new bearings and seals and have not too much gear wear, are the perfect candidate for repair. We always consider the cost when replacement is an option.
Not all gearboxes (or even spare parts) are always readily available. Delays in replacement can keep production lines idle, so we also consider what is required to get production running again. Sometimes, this may mean substituting the original unit for something that is available and then utilising engineering to ensure fitment and function are identical. At other times, we may be able to assist with a partial-repair, until the proper replacement unit is available.
There is no doubt that the Australian manufacturing landscape features a hodgepodge of industrial equipment, sourced from all over the world. The availability of equipment on imported machinery can be hit and miss, especially with some product sourced from the US and its continued usage of imperial dimensions.
All Torque has both a thorough understanding of the equipment being used by most machinery manufacturers and the ability to either replace with original or substitute as time factors dictate.
Regardless of the reasons why you need a new gearbox, All Torque will always offer a breakdown service to minimise production delays. We even utilise our own in-house machining capability to stretch the range of the standard product that is available.