Mechanical drives training system – Metric edition and Workstation package

Mechanical drives training system – Metric edition and Workstation package

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Machinery maintenance
Skilled industrial mechanics are in demand worldwide. We rely on them to install, maintain, repair, and ­replace a vast array of mechanical equipment.

Manual skills involving a variety of machine elements are most valued. With this in mind, we have designed a mechanical drives training system that exposes students to the hardware, tools, and methods used by industrial mechanics to keep plants running.

Versatile workstation

A workstation equipped with movable T-slotted extrusions is included and is the foundation of the system. Learners use it to assemble a variety of mechanical drive set-ups. They test them with the included variable frequency drive and prony brake to control the motor speed and load, creating various ­usage scenarios.

Safety you can rely on
Safety is maintained with a detection circuit that cuts power when the polycarbonate cover of the workstation is opened. Learners are asked to perform a lockout/tag out procedure on the main switch to prevent accidental activation of the motor while they are working. The cover can ­also be locked when closed to further improve safety during operation and allow instructors to control access to the components.

Topics
Instructors can rely on a ­turnkey learning solution that includes ­suggested experiments to teach the fundamentals every industrial ­mechanic must master. Most topics are combined in packages called “Levels” and include:

  • Belt, chain and gear drives
  • Couplings and shaft alignment methods
  • Bearings and seals
  • Linear slides
  • Gearboxes and clutch-brake units
  • Vibration metering and analysis

Foundation of the system
The Workstation package includes, besides the workstation itself, elements common to most experiments of the mechanical drives training system. Shafts, basic couplings, pillow block bearings, most required fasteners, basic tools, and measuring apparatus are part of this package. A three-phase motor and an adjustable-height motor mounting base are also included.

Topics

The job sheets offer exercises involving components commonly found in mechanical drives. Topics include:

  • Introduction to mechanical drives
  • Familiarization with the ­workstation
  • Safety
  • Pillow blocks bearings and shafts
  • Motor, variable frequency drive and tachometer
  • Shaft alignment and couplings
  • Torque, power and efficiency

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