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Dimensional drawings Presentation of the views according to the projection method E (ISO). All dimensions in [mm]. Mounting in plastic Screwed connections on motors with plastic flanges require special attention. M A Max. tightening torque [Ncm] A torque screwdriver may be adjusted to this value. L Active thread depth [mm] The relation of the thread depth to the thread diame- ter must be at least 2:1. The screw-in depth must be less than the usable length of the thread! Gearhead data Values are based on an ambient temperature of around 25°C (known as cold data). Key Data (GPX) Maximum values identified as key data represent the maximum for all stages/reductions. Technical data Max. continuous/intermittent* input speed It is based on service life considerations. If this value is greatly exceeded, the service life can be shortened, the gear heats up more and more noise is generated. Temperature range The temperature range may be extended for some gears to –40°C and +100°C, but in extremely low tem- peratures, much greater power consumption must be expected. Special lubrication can be supplied on re- quest, even for other temperature ranges. Radial play The radial play test value depends heavily on the mounting, measuring point and adjoining force. For this reason, the clearance of the measuring point to the flange is always given. Measurement is always carried out under a test force that is smaller than the maximum radial load. Max. permissible radial load Is stated in a specific distance from the gear flange. If it is not specified in stages, radial load is based on a reference speed of 1000 rpm on the gear drive shaft.

Weight [g]

8 9

Axial play The value for the axial play of a gear is determined be- tween the two axial end positions of the output shaft. This measurement is determined by the type of bear- ings and may be zero for preloaded ball bearings and low axial forces. Minimum play is required for any kind of friction bearings otherwise they will jam. Max. axial load (dynamic) Corresponds to the permissible axial load of the drive shaft without damaging the gear. Below the given load, axial play can be kept. Max. permissible pressing force Corresponds to the force with which, for example, a coupling element may be mounted to the gear drive shaft. 1 Reduction ratio The reduction indicates the ratio by which the speed of the gear output shaft is smaller than the motor speed. 2 Absolute reduction ratio Provides the reduction as an exact ratio of two natural numbers. 3 M ax. motor shaft diameter [mm] The max. motor shaft diameter is based on the motor pinion’s internal diameter. 4 Number of stages States the number of gear stages engaged in series. 5 Max. continuous torque [Nm] The continuous torque provides the maximum load permanently applied to the output shaft. If it is ex- ceeded, the service life is significantly shortened. 6 Intermittent* torque [Nm] The short-time torque is the maximum torque that may be output on the output shaft for a short period of time without damaging it. 7 Efficiency [%] The specified efficiency is a maximum value that is valid for maximum continuous torque. The efficiency is greatly reduced with very small loads (see diagram). The efficiency is stage-dependent, but is unaffected by the motor speed.

Average backlash no load [°] Gear backlash is the turning angle of the gear out- put shaft which, when the input shaft is blocked, the gear output shaft covers when it is turned from one end position to the opposite position. The end po- sitions depend on the torque applied to the output shaft. It should be noted that if the gear output shaft is blocked, based on the reversed reduction ratio, the motor shaft will turn through a much greater angle from stop to stop. 10 Mass inertia [gcm²] The gear moment of inertia is given at the motor shaft. It is required in order to calculate the additional torque needed for acceleration of the gear components in the case of highly dynamic drives. Variations may arise depending on how lubrication is distributed. 11 Gear length L1 [mm] L1 describes the gear length down to the motor’s axial mount area (reference C in motors). 12 Direction of rotation The Direction of rotation of our planetary gears is al- ways the same as that of the motor shaft. With spur gears, it depends on the number of stages. With even numbers (i.e. 2, 4, 6, 8), the Direction of rotation is the same, but the opposite if the numbers are odd. 13 Max. transmittable power (continuous) [W] This value gives the maximum constant output avail- able on the output shaft. If it is exceeded, the service life is considerably shortened. 14 Max. transmittable power (intermittent*) [W] This value gives the maximum intermittent output available on the output shaft. This range may be used intermittently and repeatedly. 15 Max. overload torque The maximal permitted torque that can be applied for a short period of time (a few seconds) without de- stroying the gear. It can be considered as break free torque, for example, to overcome static friction of a mechanically jammed drive. *intermittent Short-term operation is defined as follows: – during 1 second – during max. 10 % of the operating cycle If these values are exceeded, a reduced service life must be expected.

Gearhead efficiency as a function of torque (schematic)

Gear play measurement

Efficiency η G

Twisting angle [degrees]




0.2 0.4



Backlash no load

Backlash load




-2000 -1500 -1000 -500 0 500

1500 2000 Test torque [mNm]





Max. continuous torque at gear output M N


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