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Boston Gear 700 Series Double Reduction Gearbox for Amusement Ride Conveyor
A major amusement park located in Orlando, Florida, needed a replacement drive for
use on one of its attractions. The ride features boats that transport passengers through a
series of greenhouses and gardens where many of the plants are grown hydroponically.
The plants are suspended from a slow overhead looped conveyor system that operates
24/7. The conveyor moves the plants through the skylighted exhibit spaces where they
are sprayed every few feet with water and nutrients.
The conveyor’s original reducer was showing signs of wear. While other competitor
reducer manufacturers declined the challenge, Boston Gear, working closely with a
distribution partner, was able to provide a custom solution.
With limited upfront information, the Boston Gear support team met onsite during early
AM downtime hours to diagnose the situation and extract the necessary data for product
selection. Ultimately, the Boston engineering team recommended a Series 700 double
reduction speed reducer to provide long life in the tough 24/7 operational environment.
The compact, non-flanged Model 738 unit supplied features a 600:1 ratio and a rated
output torque of 5,900 lb.in. All 700 Series units feature high-strength bronze worm gears
mounted between heavy-duty, tapered roller bearings. Large oil reservoirs provide efficient
heat dissipation for a low operating temperature, which combined with a highly effective
sealing system, yield a long operating life despite the 24/7 operating conditions. The
modular worm gear construction of Boston Gear 700 Series speed reducers is the
standard in the industry.
Photo courtesy of Jim Ewing/ShooFlyFarmBlog
- Double reduction
- 600:1 ratio
- 5,900 lb.in. rated
- Cast iron housing
- High-strength bronze
- Large oil reservoir