EXCEL-LENT software quickly determines optimum product parameters for various industries; time savings in hundreds of engineering hours being realized
In response to the gear market's need for optimization software, which has been lacking for many years, EXCEL-LENT™ gear/gearbox design and analysis software has been developed by longtime builder of gears and gearboxes, Excel Gear, Inc. (Roscoe, IL) and written in Visual Basic.Net. This software has been written by engineers who also design and manufacture gears for their own use, according to company president N.K. "Chinn" Chinnusamy.
Mr. Chinnusamy further comments, "Although commercial software has long been available in the gear industry, it has been too expensive or too complicated to be used by engineers without specialized gear design knowledge. Our software is specifically designed with a user-friendly interactive input screen providing defaults and options in accordance with the AGMA 2001 standard (American Gear Manufacturers Association)." The users of Excel-Lent software can easily navigate through the input screens to edit, analyze and produce reports on the optimum gear and gearbox design for various industrial and other applications.
"This software is not designed for any specific industry," continues Chinnusamy. It can be used for machine tools, heavy materials handling equipment or even the wind turbine industry. For the wind turbine industry, for example, the designer needs a full understanding of all the operating loads on the gear members to arrive at the required power rating.
The key calculations performed are the AGMA power rating and load calculations, including bending strength geometry factor (J) and pitting resistance geometry factors (I). Output from the software is a single page of data printed in a format that is easy to read and interpret. Other commercial software typically prints five or six pages of information, which may be confusing to most design engineers unless they are gear experts, Chinnusamy further observed.
The users of EXCEL-LENT need not be familiar with AGMA standards to use this software. Those who are not gear engineers can also benefit from the gear engineering knowledge embedded in the software package.
EXCEL-LENT contains three sections - design, analysis and gear dimensions. Any of the sections can be used individually to run calculations. On a typical job, according to Excel Gear, hundreds of hours typically spent doing the calculations can be saved.