With well over a century of gear drive design, manufacture
and trouble-shooting behind it, Philadelphia Gear is proud to undertake
the challenge of educating the maintenance and engineering staffs
of its customers.
Everyone is busy. Everyone is asked to do more with
less on a daily basis. That's why when we designed our Gear 101
course: An Introduction to Gearing Concepts and Elemental Gearbox
Operation, we focused on delivering the basics in a clear, concise
and highly relevant format.
The basic program takes only four hours to complete,
yet offers a comprehensive overview of some of the most complex
rotating equipment - and the operating principles behind it - that
maintenance and engineering personnel depend on to keep their plants
We make participation in Gear 101 as convenient as possible because
we bring the program to your location. We work closely with you
to schedule the event around outages, pre-determined training schedules
and shift changes so that everyone who has an interest has ample
opportunity to attend the seminar.
A typical Gear 101 session lasts about half a day, which our
customers tell us is the preferred timeframe. Because there
is far more material
than can be covered in such a concise
format, Philadelphia Gear has made the program customizable.
Working with our technical team, you'll be able to select
from a long list of topics that you want to see covered during
Because we consider this a service to our customers and not
a profit center, Philadelphia Gear makes the Gear 101 training
available in the most cost-effective manner possible. To partially
recover the cost of travel, time and materials, we charge
only a flat fee of $2995 for up to 10 people to attend the
training. No adders, no hidden charges.
The Gear 101 Course Curriculum
Types of gears
Arrangement and geometry
Heat treating techniques
Gear ratings and quality
Fixed, floating, ball, etc.
Hydrodynamic fluid film bearings
Gearbox Lubrication & Principles
Viscosity index and pour point
Types of lubrication systems
Key lubricant characteristics
Modes of lubrication failure
Gear Instrumentation Measurements
Gear design and rating
Bearing and shaft analysis
Unbalanced response program
Finite element analysis
Partial load testing
Full load testing
Full torque testing
Post-test disassembly and inspection
Gear Element Failure Modes
Bearing Failure Modes
Gearbox Selection Requirements
Frequently Asked Questions About Gear 101
Who is the Gear 101 course intended for?
Because the content of Gear 101 is technical in nature, it
is primarily recommended for the maintenance mechanics, supervisors
and engineers who are tasked with keeping rotating equipment
available and on-line. However, Philadelphia Gear designed
the course such that it can serve as a good primer for someone
who would like a general understanding of fundamental gearing
issues. If fact, every Philadelphia Gear employee, regardless
of their area of expertise, is required to take the Gear 101
Who performs the actual training?
The training is conducted by one of the engineers
from Philadelphia Gear's central
engineering department at company headquarters. If the
group is particularly large or if the program is expanded
by the customer, we will often add a field service technician
or technical sales representative at no additional cost. In
all cases, your location is guaranteed a gear expert capable
of handling whatever questions and concerns your audience
Can the program be tailored to meet my needs?
Yes. When discussing the content of the program
with your Philadelphia Gear sales
representative you should be clear on what areas to emphasize,
which to stay at a high level on and, in some cases, which
to skip altogether. The point of the program is to make sure
you get out of it exactly what you want to get out of it.
No more, no less.
How many people can attend a session?
There is no specific cap on the number of people who can attend
any particular session. We have performed the training for
groups as small as three people, all the way up to groups
in excess of 50 people.
Can the program be conducted at my location?
In fact, this is the way in which we prefer
to conduct the training for three chief reasons. One, it keeps
the groups to a more manageable size; two, the attendees all
know each other and tend to speak more openly about challenges
they face; and three, it can be difficult to get people to
an off-site event in a down economy.
If I attend an off-site program who else
will be there?
We sometimes hold the Gear 101 training program in a general
location, such as a hotel conference room, that is convenient
to several facilities. In such cases, the attendees may be
from a variety of industries. We realize that occasionally
this may mean that competitors might be taking the course
at the same time. If you are sensitive to this issue, your
Philadelphia Gear sales
representative will help you plan a contingency that will
ensure the utmost level of comfort for you and your organization.
What kind of materials are left behind for
Regardless of what topics you choose to include in your customized
seminar, each attendee receives a complete Gear 101 textbook
for future reference.
What is the cost of the Gear 101 program?
Gear 101 is not a profit center for Philadelphia Gear and
is intended to be a value-added service that we can provide
to our customers. In that spirit, we price the course only
to partially recover some of our costs. Therefore, up to 10
people may attend the course for the flat fee of only $2995.
Each additional person is charged the nominal fee of $250.
There are no hidden charges for our travel expenses or for
course materials that are given to the attendees.