Neptune upgrades mixer gears for improved, quieter operation
Dec 7, 2011 11:31 AM
Neptune Mixer Company, a division of the Neptune Chemical Pump Co, has made a commitment to providing mixers that offer the longest service life. This longevity is designed into the product through the use of steel helical gears, high-quality bearings, and high-grade lubricant.
Recent feedback from customers highlighted an opportunity for Neptune to reduce the perceived sound levels being emitted from the gear-train on several of its mixer lines. Specifically, this was an occurrence during the early stage of the mixer’s product life when it was still in the “break-in” period.
With that in mind, Neptune worked closely with its gear supplier to optimize the gear-tooth profile by increasing the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) Quality Class from a level 6 to a level 9, resulting in tighter manufacturing tolerances on the mesh and backlash, and an improved running-surface finish. This upgraded, quieter gear operation was incorporated on Neptune mixers that went to market in September 2011.
The changes also meet the tenets under which Neptune operates within the ISO 9001:2008 quality management system standard, specifically that Neptune solicited and responded to feedback concerning this issue, and that it has undertaken continuous improvement of mixer products and processes.
All Neptune mixers have been designed to provide long life and troublefree service for a variety of blending and mixing operations. They are ideal for waste treatment, water treatment, and batch-chemical operations where paints, varnishes, polymers, textile sizes and dyes, pharmaceutical, soaps, and other materials with viscosities ranging from 1 to more than 25,000 cPs need to be mixed or blended.
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