Menu
Hilchenbach, May 05, 2021

One customer, two continents, four gears

Challenging supply of four gear boxes for Novelis accepted and performed

Novelis placed an order with the SMS group for the supply of four spare gear boxes for two Tandem Cold Mills. These are spur pinion gear units, in which the two gear unit types, spur gear unit and pinion gear, are combined in one housing. The challenge was not only to complete them within a delivery time of 12 months, but also to adapt them specifically for the two locations of use in South Korea and Brazil.

The specification was that the existing interfaces to the foundations, the transfer points to the central lubrication system and the electrical connections of the temperature sensors and the extension to vibration sensors should continue to be used for Genius CM® . This was a prerequisite for a 1:1 replacement of the existing gearboxes with the new ones without any problems and without long downtimes.

During the project phase, there was regular and close contact with Novelis in order to work out the drive concept with the customer. The greatest advantage of the new gear sets is that up to 30% higher torques can be transmitted with the same external dimensions. This is a result of the double-helical design of the drive stages and the application of SMS group's Advanced Gear Design. Here, tooth profile and flank profile are calculated individually which results in a uniform pressure distribution over the entire load flank. The maximum contact pressure is much lower than the pressure on the standard tooth. Furthermore, optimized housings with higher rigidity and an improved bearing and housing screw design ensure reduced vibrations, which leads to an improvement in the overall performance of the gear unit and the plant.

Realization
SMS group team at Hilchenbach with the four spare gear boxes for Novelis. SMS group team at Hilchenbach with the four spare gear boxes for Novelis. SMS group team at Hilchenbach with the four spare gear boxes for Novelis.
SMS group team at Hilchenbach with the four spare gear boxes for Novelis.

An overall project management team consisting of one technical and two commercial project managers for the two continents carried out the entire implementation together with colleagues from design, work preparation, purchaising, workshop assembly, production planning and logistics. Despite different designs of the gear units, they were manufactured in parallel in the SMS group workshop. Thanks to the resulting synergy effects, it was possible to keep to the tight schedule of just under 12 months from order placement to shipment. In addition, there was the close exchange with the customer, who always accompanied the progress of the work with digital meetings.