The innovative core at the centre of the Galaxie Drive System is a revolutionary gearhead of the same name. In contrast to conventional gearhead technologies with typical linear gear tooth contact, the Galaxie transmits power via a ring gear which generates significantly larger hydrodynamic surface contact. As a result, the Galaxie drive system can reach previously unattainable performance capabilities. This in turn opens up a new universe of high performance drive system possibilities for the manufacturing and handling technology sectors.
A "no compromise" approach was the guiding principle throughout the design and development of the Galaxie Drive System. Instead of constraining the design when technical challenges arose, the key performance characteristics were optimized independently but realized in concert. The drive system boasts zero backlash, even at the zero crossing, while retaining full stiffness and no reduction in the transmittable torque. The Galaxie Drive System has more than six times the internal hydrodynamic surface contact area of a traditional gearhead with the same outer diameter; this allows the Galaxie to achieve torque and stiffness characteristics many times greater than was previously possible!
The Galaxie represents a radical innovation and a huge leap forward in compact high performance drive technology, a claim that is backed up by its performance ratings*:
- Max. torque: +70 ... +170%
- Emergency stop torque: +150 ...+300%
- Torsional rigidity: +340 ...+580%
- Hollow shaft / outer diameter: +3 ...+70%
- Efficiency: +18 ...+29%
At the press briefing in Hanover on April 14, 2015 WITTENSTEIN will provide further insight into the new Galaxie Drive System's numerous features and exhibit future interactive Industry 4.0 scenarios with the aid of a demonstration model. A key prerequisite of Industry 4.0 is the cross linking of drive systems with people and system environments, the Galaxie Drive System is preparing to fulfil this role.
Pioneering spirit at its best
In short, the Galaxie Drive System marks a genuine pioneering achievement by WITTENSTEIN AG. The engineers did everything differently this time and achieved a fundamentally better design. Their excellent work will propel the Galaxie to stratospheric performance ranges never before attainable. In a realm where extreme precision, maximum positioning accuracy, repeatability and absence of vibration are all vital, the Galaxie forges the way.