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Gear Technology - Helical Gears


Helical gears offer a refinement over spur gears. The leading edges of the teeth are not parallel to the axis of rotation, but are set at an angle. Since the gear is curved, this angling causes the tooth shape to be a segment of a helix. Helical gears can be meshed in a parallel or crossed orientations. The former refers to when the shafts are parallel to each other; this is the most common orientation. In the latter, the shafts are non-parallel.

The angled teeth engage more gradually than do spur gear teeth causing them to run more smoothly and quietly. With parallel helical gears, each pair of teeth first make contact at a single point at one side of the gear wheel; a moving curve of contact then grows gradually across the tooth face to a maximum then recedes until the teeth break contact at a single point on the opposite side. In spur gears teeth suddenly meet at a line contact across their entire width causing stress and noise. Spur gears make a characteristic whine at high speeds and can't take as much torque as helical gears. Whereas spur gears are used for low speed applications and those situations where noise control is not a problem, the use of helical gears is indicated when the application involves high speeds or large power transmission.

HMC's helical gears can be custom made to your gear needs and application specifications, or selected from our standard helical gear designs. As a premiere gear manufacturer, we use the most advanced technology to develop long lasting helical gears, delivering you reliable performance and reduced downtime. Our commitment to the most advanced technology begins with our Hofler 6000 CNC Form Grinder, the largest in the world. Our unsurpassed helical gear quality is backed by our unprecedented warranties.

HMC's approach to helical gear manufacturing the quality standards applied to all of the gears we produce. We've supplied gears for a vast range of industries, and are widely recognized as gear specialists for over forty years. We are trusted choice for precision gears such as helical gears, double helical gears, spur gears, and custom gears.

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