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Thomas J. Chaump
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Increased durability, easier maintenance the focus of drive upgrades


April 21, 2003 (Norristown, PA) - Philadelphia Gear Corporation, a full-service provider of gearing and power transmission solutions, announces product improvements to its durable and reliable line of automotive conveyor line gear drives.


Bulls-eye sight flow indicators have been added to both the 55 and 155 CDR conveyor units. These new indicators allow for the oil level to now be determined at a glance, removing the possibility of the old-style standpipe breaking in operation. In addition, the new sight flow indicators virtually eliminate the possibility of overfilling gearboxes in operation.

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Shaft lip seals for these units have been upgraded from "Buna N" material to "Viton," providing longer service life and more tolerance to field conditions. In addition, all shaft keys (input and output) are now captured by drilled and tapped socket head cap screws, making installation easier and avoiding the potential for losing loose parts.


The 55 CDR model also features an enlarged drain plug arrangement, allowing for faster, more reliable drainage of the gearbox.


"These improvements increase the durability and reliability of our conveyor drives, making maintenance an easier, simpler task," says Barry Hall, Director of Operations at Philadelphia Gear's Midwest Regional Service Center. "In addition, the improvements should provide longer service life for these conveyor drives, ultimately saving our customers both time and money."


Philadelphia Gear is known for its long-lasting and reliable selection of automotive conveyor gear drives. Such drives can be found in wide use in automotive plants throughout the United States.


A founding member of the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA), Philadelphia Gear offers products and services found in use worldwide; from conveyor gear drives used in long wall coal mining operations, to emergency repair services critical to the power generation industries. The company serves thousands of customers across the globe from its regional service and manufacturing facilities in New Castle, DE; Birmingham, AL; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; and Los Angeles, CA. Philadelphia Gear is headquartered in Norristown, PA.


For more information on Philadelphia Gear, call 1-800-766-5120, fax 610-337-5637.




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