Category Archives: Gearmotors

DC & AC Gear Motors: Terminology Overview

Gear motors—like AC and DC gear motors—have two main components in their integral assembly: a speed reducer and motor. The speed reducer is the part that contains the gears. The motor is AC or DC powered. Gear motors are available … Continue reading

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AC vs. DC Gear Motors: What’s the Difference, and Which Offers More Gear Motor Advantages?

Ask an engineer to list the differences between AC gear motors and DC gear motors, and you can expect a quick, concise answer: AC motors are generally smaller, less expensive, lighter and more rugged than DC motors. DC motors, on … Continue reading

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Gearmotors: Understanding Planetary Gears

Also called an epicyclic gear, a planetary gear is a system containing one or more outer (planet) gears that revolve a central (sun) gear. The outer gears are mounted onto a carrier (moveable arm) that rotates in a manner that’s … Continue reading

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Advantages of the AC Gear Motor

AC gear motors and DC motors each have their own distinct characteristics, applications and benefits. However, when you need to make a choice between the two, you may find the AC gear motor to be far superior. The following is … Continue reading

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Selecting a DC Gear Motor: Uses and Design Features

When you need a DC gear motor, it can be hard to know the right one to choose. The next time you find yourself in this situation, refer to this list of common features of DC gear motorsto help you … Continue reading

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Understanding AC Gear Motor Design

AC gear motors are electric motors that use an alternating current. They generally have two parts: the outside stationary stator and the inside rotor. Slip rings or a permanent magnet generate the magnetic field on the rotor. The stator has … Continue reading

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5 Great Tips for Working with Gearmotors

Whether you’re using a traditional model or a gearmotor with encoder, using it the right way will help extend its life and give you better results. The next time you work with a gearmotor, keep the following in mind:

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