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How Matex Gears Can Help Universities

By Matex Gears
August 06, 2019 Category: Engineering, Universities

Matex Gears provides planetary gears to companies that oftentimes are testing products, creating prototypes, or have new products going on the market after they tested it with our gears. We are proud that our planetary gears play such an instrumental role in the growth of so many industries, including those who are still getting their education. How Does Matex Gear Help Universities? Matex Gears offers a discount to universities who need planetary gears for their engineering students. One field in particular that we often supply our gears to is the automotive engineering area such as Formula SAE. Providing Discounted Planetary Gears We have worked with universities such as Oklahoma State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Auburn University, Princeton University, and many more. The programs from the schools have engineering students who design and build from the ground up, a small formula car which they then compete in races with other university teams. These programs are great

Accessories for Your Planetary Gear Systems

By Matex Gears
June 27, 2019 Category: Accessories

Matex Gears is a provider of planetary gear systems including plastic, sintered metal, and stainless-steel planetary gears, planetary shafts, and planetary gear accessories. Output Shafts We offer output shafts in a variety of sizes to accommodate many differentapplications. Our output shafts allow for easy mating of our spline output with customers products. Take the hassle out of cutting your own spline while ensuring your connection is as strong as possible We have output shafts for a 35-millimeter gear, 75-millimeter gears, 146-millimeter gears 446-millimeters, and more. Some gear systems and applications require heavy duty torque output shafts, in which case we can work with you to ensure you are getting the right tools for the right applications. Custom Shafts Many times, customers will need a custom shaft made. We can give you all the information necessary so that you can cut your own custom shaft. Couplings Couplingsallow an easy way to meet with our male input shafts.

What are the Advantages of Matex's Plastic and Sintered Metal Planetary Gears?

By Matex Gears
June 13, 2019 Category: Plastic Planetary Gears, Sintered Metal Planetary Gears

At Matex Gears, we supply you with the high-efficiency planetary gear systems you need to keep your applications running long and hard. We offer plastic planetary gears, sintered metal planetary gears, and steel planetary gear, each with their own unique advantages per application type. Plastic and Sintered Metal Planetary Gear Systems Our plastic planetary gears are actually a combination of plastic and sintered metal. This use of plastic and metal allows them to carry more torque through the gear ratio. For instance, in our plastic gears, the ring gear is made out of plastic, and the internals and oftentimes the carrier plate is made out of sintered metal. This allows the gears to be lightweight but still take a lot more torque. Plastic Planetary Gear Systems Plastic Gears without sintered metal cost less as well, but they have the lowest capacity and the shortest life. Sintered Metal Planetary Gear Systems Sintered metal gears are also cheaper compared to stainless steel planetary

What are the Advantages of Matex's Steel Planetary Gears?

By Matex Gears
May 30, 2019 Category: Steel Planetary Gears, Sizes

At Matex Gears, we supply you with the high-efficiency planetary gear systems you need to keep your applications running long and hard. We offer plastic planetary gears, sintered metal planetary gears, and steel planetary gear, each with their own unique advantages per application type. Steel Planetary Gears Carry Larger Torque Loads The main advantage of steel planetary gears is that they are able to carry larger torque loads. Although some of our sintered metal gears can carry a pretty large torque load as well, steel planetary gears are much more customizable and can still handle large torque loads. Space Requirements in Your Application In order for sintered metal gears to handle large torque loads, the gear must increase in size. The width of each tooth size on the sintered metal gears is increased, which makes them more resilient but also makes the gear much larger. Steel Planetary Gear Sizes Our steel planetary gears range from 75 millimeters up to 200 millimeters, so we

What is the Life Expectancy of My Matex Planetary Gear System?

By Matex Gears
May 16, 2019 Category: Planetary Gears, Life Expectancy, B10 Life

Life Expectancy of Matexs Planetary Gear Systems At Matex, we supply our customers with quality planetary gear systems for a number of applications in many different industries. Because are gears are so versatile, we want to let our customers know the answer to one of our frequently asked questions; What is the life expectancy for my gear? The answer is not as straightforward as you may like but that is because there are many factors that determine the life of a planetary gear system. However, we do have a system to predict the life expectancy of each type of gear we offer. What is B10 Life? Our gears range in size from 26 millimeters up to 200 and from plastic to sintered metal and steel. Each type of gear has a different B10 life that can help us understand how long our gears will last. B10 life means that after a certain percentage of hours of use that 10 percent of the product could fail. B10 for Plastic Planetary Gear Systems: Plastic gears have a B10 life of about 1,000

Proper Housing for Your Planetary Gear System

By Matex Gears
April 02, 2019 Category: Housing, Planetary Gears

There are few things that you need to do in order to maintain your planetary gear systems, but they are crucial to keeping your gears working as well as they should for as long as they should. In our last blog, we told you about the importance of lubricating your planetary gears. Today, we want to inform you on how to properly house your planetary gear systems and why it is necessary to do so. We do not sell housed units as we sell our gears a la carte if you will. Our gears do not come pre-assembled because more often than not our customers need their planetary gears for a specific function. This allows you to build to suit your needs. The Importance of Bearings in Housing Your Planetary Gear System Example of a Two-Stage Gear Reduction Unit As you can see in the diagram above, there is a set of holes that go around the outside ring. That is where you secure the planetary gear inside the housing. Its imperative that the shafts are inserted with bearings for support. You may need

How to Properly Lubricate Your Planetary Gears

By Matex Gears
March 19, 2019 Category: Planetary Gears, Lubrication

One of the most important things you can do for your planetary gear systems to keep them working exactly how you want and need them to is to make sure you are properly lubricating them. The amount and even the type of lubrication you use for your gear depends on how you are using your gears and the size you are using. Smaller Gears Many of our smaller planetary gears come pre-lubricated with the proper amount of grease. While others are just lightly oiled. The amount will vary depending on your application and how you are housing those gears as well. In a grease lubricated unit, we suggest you follow the manufacturers recommendation of using a lithium soap grease, NLGI number 1 (this is a Japanese industrial standard), and fill the casing 50 to 80% full. Larger Gears Larger planetary gears are often lubricated with oil instead of grease. The manufacturer suggests using an ISO VG between 100 and 150, thats the weight of the oil. Improper Lubrication It is essential to keep your

Affordable Pricing for Planetary Gears

By Matex Gears
March 12, 2019 Category: Planetary Gears, Sizes

We want to provide you with the best planetary gears on the market for the best price. At Matex Gears, we offer affordable quantity pricing for our customers who buy in bulk because we believe in helping you stay in your budget. The More You Buy the More You Save We have a variety of gears that are available in three different materials (plastic, sintered metal, and steel) and various sizes depending on the type of job. The main thing to keep in mind is that if youre ordering one or two gears, youre going to pay a premium because it costs us to do so. However, if youre in a production situation where youre ordering a bulk quantity of gears, thats when you start to save. Quantity Pricing Options Quantity pricing will vary depending on the size of the gear. For example, a 35-millimeter gear is available for price reduction after 30 pieces, and then it lowers after 100, then 500-1000. Whereas for larger gears, the price break starts at a much smaller quantity like 1-4 gears, 5-9, 10-19,

How to Setup Your Matex Planetary Gear for Your Application

By Matex Gears
March 08, 2019 Category: Planetary Gears, Application, How To, Setup

We want our products to work optimally for you and last as long as you need them to. Longevity is a concern for many engineers, because its affected when things arent set up properly. The first thing to look at here is alignment and we have a setup process for you to follow. With just a little care, your planetary gears will go a long way. Considering Alignment in Your Setup Those of you who know gears know that an overhung load will chew up a planetary gear pretty fast. To avoid this, you want to have proper bearings coming in and out to make your gear last a little longer. This takes the alignment concern out of the equation. We provide on the ring gear, which is what we fix on. We also provide through holes and a guide cut. If youre stacking, this ensures that everything is in the right spot and can get easily fixed within your housing. Stackable Gears to Hit Your Reduction Ratio The big benefit to our planetary gears is that they are easily stackable. If you have a 3:1 ratio,

What Are the Advantages of Working with Matex Gears for Planetary Gears

By Matex Gears
March 01, 2019 Category: Custom Gears, Planetary Gears

The Advantages of Working With Matex Gears for Planetary Gears The advantage of working with Matex Gears for your planetary gears is really about how we can fit our gears to your specific application. We have so many different options in our materials, sizing, torque range and much more. Custom Planetary Gears for Your Unique Applications When clients come to us they typically have a specific material, RPM, torque or weight restriction that they need their planetary gear to meet. Were able to achieve almost any reduction ratio with the products we have by stacking, or using different accessories or material. Our planetary gears are made out of plastic, sintered metal or steel and we offer different accessories to take the engineering work out of it for you. Learn more about our unique applications by clicking here. Our Products Are Not Housed Another advantage of choosing Matex for your planetary gears is our gears are not housed. You dont have to take a square-peg and fit it

How Much Time and Money Can You Save on Planetary Gears?

By Matex
January 25, 2019 Category: General

How Much Time and Money Can You Save On Planetary Gears? Matex Gears is a planetary gear provider. Our planetary gears and products have a wide span of applications. They can be used by many different industries, and are made of 3 different materials: plastic, steel sintered and steel. We also offer a wide variety of accessories for these products. If youre anything like us, you want to be operating at high efficiency, while staying on-budget. We have a great way for you to start saving on planetary gears that will ultimately save you time and money. How can I save money ordering Planetary Gears? The biggest way to save money when ordering planetary gears is to order in quantity. For our business, especially, we dont keep a lot of stock on the shelves. Its expensive for us. Thats not to say we dont keep any stock on-hand -- we do because we want to be there for you in the event of an emergency -- but if youre making larger orders take a moment and use a little bit of vision and look

How to Customize Planetary Gears on the Matex Gears Website

By Matex Gears
January 04, 2019 Category: General

How to Find the Right Planetary Gear on Matex Gears has partnered with Virteom to engage our customers in our products and the technology behind the scenes that makes it all happen. In this video, Jacqui and James talk about using our website,, to customize your planetary gears. Watch or read the transcription below! Matex Gears is in the business of selling planetary gears. We have put a lot of thought into the website, trying to make this easy to get around in and something everyone would feel comfortable using. Lets take a look! Matex Gears: Website Navigation The first section we see on the main navigation of our website (pictured left) is a menu item called Planetary Gears. Under this dropdown menu, youll find that our planetary come in three different materials. These materials include plastic, metal and steel gears. Once you select a category, youll land on a new page that offers different variations of that material planetary gear. On the left

Get a Custom Planetary Gear for Your Unique Application with Matex Gears

By Matex Gears
December 14, 2018 Category: Planetary Gears, Custom Gears

Matex Gears has partnered with Virteom to engage our customers about our products and the technology behind the scenes that make it all happen. In this video, Jacqui and James talk about the great capability to get customized planetary gears with Matex Gears. Watch or read the transcription below! Planetary Gear Customization Matex have a very extensive line of planetary gears and accessories. In addition to this great variety, you can also get customized gears. These products arent necessarily a one size fits all. We have a wide range of planetary gear and accessory products that might fit your specific application, but every once in a while, we get the people asking us, Can we customize this product for our very specific need? And the answer is yes, but there is a caveat. Generally, we dont do any one-off projects because the expense would just be astronomical. But, if you have the volume that could justify them, we would certainly take a look at working with you on that. We have

Stacking Planetary Gears for Multiple or Higher Reduction Ratios

By Matex Gears
December 07, 2018 Category: Planetary Gears, Stacking Gears

Matex Products is a maker of planetary gears and accessories. Weve partnered with Virteom to showcase our unique ability to sell these stack-able components for use on any project, to hit any reduction-ratio. Through video interviews with the leaders of our company, we discuss our parts, applications, and new technology. Matex Creates Easily Stack-able Gears, Made to Fit Matex Gears manufactures and sells planetary gears and accessories. When engineers and product or project managers are trying to hit that right reduction ratio, it can be hard to find gear components to do that without buying a full part. One of the many great things about our product is that its very easily stack-able. So if you needs multiple reduction or a higher reduction ratio, we can stack our gears together very easily. Our video shows a little demonstration of how that works and looks. Demonstrating the Stack Ability of Our Gears In this demonstration, were looking at an MLD, a 75 millimeter gear. This

Accessories for Planetary Gears that Stack and Do the Engineering Work for You

By Matex Gears
November 30, 2018 Category: Planetary Gears, Accessories, Engineering

Matex Products Company is your one stop shop for Planetary Gears. Stacking gears can be key for engineers and unqiue projects to hit the right reduction ratio. Matex offers many accessories including couplings, spacers, output shafts, and joint shafts. What Accessories for Planetary Gears does Matex Have? We do offer input and output shafts, and some shafts can be used for both! Our spacers come in plastic, aluminum, and some in steel. We also have our couplers that can help mate your motor shaft to our inputs if you need it. These make your planetary gears really easy to stack and use for your specific project or engineering needs. Stacking Planetary Gears with Couplers, Spacers, and Input/Output Shafts Here we have an MLD planetary gear with a spacer applied to it to stack the gears. This is a 75mm MLD planetary gear. Now, after the planetary gear is stacked with the spacer, we look at the input side, addingthe coupler. The input side can go directly into your motor. You

New Gear Announcement! Matex Welcomes New Compact Planetary Gear

By Matex Gears
November 16, 2018 Category: Planetary Gears

Matex Gears has partnered with Virteomto answer customer questions and show our planetary gears and explain their applications through video. Matex Gears offers planetary gears and accessories that are coded to make it easy for engineers and companies to find the right gear for any job or project. In this article and video, we are showcasing one of our new gears.Watch and read below! *below is a transcription of the video. Matex Gears Newest Addition Its all about customer needs at Matex Gears where we focus on how we can work with you to get you exactly what you need. Currently, we have a new gear thats coming out which were very excited to tell you about. Its a very compact gear with extreme high rate reduction ratio of 30 to 1 in a single stage. Its lightweight with very low backlash. It boasts input speeds of about 3000 RPM and is a housed unit that does not need any grease. A look on the other side of it shows that its definitely more compact than most gears. What Makes

What Size Range Does Matex Offer for Planetary Gears?

By Matex Gears
November 08, 2018 Category: Planetary Gears, Sizes

Matex Gears has partnered with Virteom to answer customer questions and showcase the power of our planetary gears through video. Matex Gears offers planetary gears and accessories that are coded to make it easy for you to find the right gear for your project. In this video blog, we are looking at the variety of sizes we have with our planetary gears, from very small to larger gears for your project needs. Watch and read below! *below is a transcription of the video. Planetary Gears in Many Sizes These are the gears we are looking at to see the various sizes. Youll notice a quarter sitting in the top left next to our smallest gear - this is to help you scale the sizes your seeing on screen. This is our smallest gear which is a 26 millimeter gear and you can see its not much bigger than a quarter. And then we move to 35 millimeters. This is a 54 millimeter plastic here. Then we move into a 75 millimeter range which we have in plastics and sintered metal and steel. And then we also

Education in Engineering: Matex Gears Partners with Universities for Formula SAE

By Matex Gears
October 17, 2018 Category: Industry Growth, Applications

Our video series continues with Dan and Christian Van Hala discussing a new topic. A lot of our videos and blogs are about our products, planetary gears and all that. But this week, we thought wed talk about something fun that Matex is doing. *below is a transcription of the video. Matexs Application for the Formula SAE Competition Matex Products has a neat application where we help universities here in North America and across the world with something called a formula SAE competition. This is where students get together, its like a club activity, and they build small scale formula racing cars (hybrid technology). Its great for getting these kids into STEM and engineering. We help with some partnerships inside this program: giving the kids a discount, making sure they can get their car rolling down the track, and ensuring this great opportunity pans out for them. Gearing Up for a Bright Future in Engineering Its a great opportunity for Matex to make contacts for future. These

Matex Product Codes Explained

By Matex Gears
October 04, 2018 Category: Planetary Gears

below is a transcription of the video Hi everyone Im Dan Carbone, and with me I have James Van Hala of the Matex Product Corporation. Today were going to discuss how Matex Gears product codes their planetary gears. There seems to be a lot of confusion around the product codes for our planetary gears. We want to make sure you have the proper measurements before you order. So, can you tell us whats going on here? Get us up to speed: How Does Matex Products Code Their Planetary Gears? Well be looking at the graphic (above) to discuss how planetary gears product codes work. Understanding Our Product Codes: Outside Diameter: The first box is always going to represent the outside diameter of the gear. We have them ranging from 26mm up to 200mm. In this case, the 75 represents a 75mm OD (outside diameter). Reduction Ratio: The second box, is always going to be the nominal reduction ratio and we carry that in 3,4,5,6, and a 7:1 ratio. Material of Planetary Gear: The third box is

What Are Planetary Gears Used For?

By Matex
September 19, 2018 Category: Planetary Gears

In todays mini series, we have Dan Carbone of Virteom talking with James Van Hala of Matex Products. Todays topic is what can planetary gears be used for? Or what industries can use planetary gears? Without further ado, lets dive in: How Are Planetary Gears Used? The variety and efficiency of Matexs planetary gears allow them to apply to be used in many applications across numerous industries. Our planetary gears can be used in something as delicate as medical applications, all the way to hoists / cranes and conveyors. While planetary gears are used in many industries, and in many facets - today were going to be looking at two real life applications of our planetary gears. The first, is in a hazardous duty bomb squad robot. Planetary Gears: Military Use Matex has been involved with the bomb squad industry for quite a few years. Our gears (in the photo above) are driving the wheels and tread, gears that drive the robotic arm, and the manipulator at the end and the cameras are

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