Benzler Industrial Gears for the Pulp and Paper Industry

May 26, 2017

In yet another effort to demystify a processing platform that employs several discrete power chains, we're delving into the pulp and paper industry. Chemical and mechanical systems live in harmony here, with the working equipment extending from forests to factories. Beginning with the lumber reserves, here's a peek into Benzler industrial gears in the paper production industry.

High-Performance Lumber Processing

Forestry work and lumber processing mills use nearly indistinguishable raw materials. Out among the trees, compact chainsaw drives cut down the wood, strip the branches, and prepare the lumber for the sawmill. Excavators and flatbed trucks then take on conveyance duties, until the stripped trunks are deposited at the mill. Evidently, raw refined hydrocarbons provide liquid fuel for these excavators and chainsaws, but it's the gear chains that provide the drive energy.

Deconstructing the Paper Processing Power Chain

As a general example that every process and every machine relies on gearing, we didn't do this manufacturing chain any disservice by starting back at the forest. However, it's in the pulp separating machinery that we really see true power transmission efficiency at work. In here, high ambient temperatures and rivulets of moisture are working their way into machine frames, but the labyrinth seals on the modular Benzler-derived housings easily stop these parts-fatiguing fluids. The fibrous substance has entered the wet end of the manufacturing line, then it's been exposed to compression rollers. The wood chips are no longer separate bits of cellulose. Instead, they're a pulpy, saturated liquid mush that requires processing muscle if dry paper is to roll out of the other end of the machine line.

Distinguished Mechanical Motivators

Like a laundry service that continually stretches and squeezes its material load, the pulp and paper industry uses heavy rollers and smooth operating bearings to convey the wide, solidifying strips of processed media. Stoutly applied torque lays at the heart of the equipment, with the meshing gearing packages generating rotational force for the drums and compressing plates. Indeed, those parts work relentlessly to transform milky pulp streams into refined paper stock. In that paper factory, rotational motion dominates, so flexible couplings, helical inline gearing units, and adaptable shaft mounted gearing units rule above all else.

It's relatively straightforward, this gearing configuration, one that's spread throughout a pulp and paper processing factory. The essential movement blocks transmit power, scale torque, and generally disburse manufacturing potency to pinch rollers and crimp rollers, stretch rollers and wet felt rollers. They do so without ever succumbing to certain industrial challenges, including the humid, high-temperature conditions that arise as a result of the presence of the cellulose soup.

Kelmar Engineering

95 Wayo St, Goulburn, NSW 2580

Phone: (02) 4823 9931


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