Low-backlash gearboxes, racks and pinions

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How does a gearbox end up in an opera performance? Dutch National Opera & Ballet opted for the whisper-quiet gearboxes from the ATB- and AE-series from Apex Dynamics for the set of two productions. Both in 'Porgy and Bess' and 'The boy who grew too fast' decor movements are controlled by our gearboxes. The most important feature is of course a whisper-quiet operation, in the second instance the reliability of the gearboxes.

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Why does Apex Dynamics advise about 20 teeth for the pinion, why not more or less? Why doesn't the values of the feed force simply increase with a larger number of teeth? We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of pinions with both more and fewer teeth and how this is determined to a significant extent by the application. We also share the various solutions, interfaces and quality levels in a handy overview. After reading this article you know exactly which pinion you need!

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Team Rembrandts has become world champion at the FIRST Robotics championships in Detroit on Sunday 28 April! In the past few days they have left behind no less than 407 (!) Other teams. The total of 408 teams competed against each other in 6 divisions, the winner competed in the most important "Einstein" division. Team Rembrandts won the 'Darwin' division before successfully competing against the other winners.

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Easy and quick selection of a servomotor gearbox combination? Timesavers recently used the design tool to select a matching gearbox for a new deburring machine. The specialized manufacturer of metal finishing and deburring machines could immediately download all drawings and send her request. Together with the team from Apex Dynamics they could then come to the optimal solution for this application. In this article we will discuss the application and choice of Timesavers extensively.

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Team Rembrandts arrived back in the Netherlands on Monday afternoon March 11. Last week they were in America for a number of regional Robotics competitions in California. Among other things, they won the Engineering Inspiration Award and made it to semi-final in 2 games. In addition, it is the opportunity for the student teams to qualify for the FIRST Robotics world championships taking place in Detroit at the end of April.

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How do you maintain flexibility when adjusting gearboxes? Sometimes the adjustment of gearboxes in a frame has to be very accurate, for example when adjusting a pinion on a rack or when aligning an over-determined construction. In that case it would be easy to give the gearbox not a fixed position in the frame but to make the gearbox relative adjustable to the frame.

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Team Rembrandts is ready! The team left this week to the USA for the FIRST regionals. Team Rembrandts has worked hard in recent weeks to prepare the robot for the race. You can see how the Team Rembrandt robot came about in the video.

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Apex Dynamics expands its product range with two new series of high-quality gearboxes, specifically developed for high-dynamic applications: The AFX and AFH series. The dimensions of the familiar high-end AF/AFR series have been maintained in both cases, so that the geometry on the output side has remained the same. The main differences with the existing series are: Backlash, lubrication, sealing (AFX), and material with shaft options (AFH).

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As a sponsor of Team Rembrandts we follow the developments of the team closely. Team Rembrandts has worked hard in recent weeks to build the robot with which they will participate in the regionals in America. The robot is not 100% ready yet and is constantly being tested and optimized. In the construction site, the team has recreated the playing field of the competition, where they can practice the actions and performance of the robot to perfection.

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How do I ensure automatic supply and removal of sheet metal in my innovative laser cutting installation? Many companies like to outsource a question of this complexity, but HVL Metaalbewerking from Liessel chose to solve this themselves. It resulted in the development of a fully automatic, vertical warehouse that is controlled directly from their ERP system. Apex Dynamics contributed its expertise and products to this unique solution.

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