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The New STOBER Configurator

STOBER has released the next version of STOBER FITS with the STOBER Configurator. This project has been in development for over 2.5 years and meets many of the requests our users had, such as on-demand CAD drawings.

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STOBER Drives, Inc. Selected for 2018 Kentucky Best Places to Work Award

This is the second time the manufacturer of high-efficient helical gearing has been honored with the award. It was also selected in 2016. The award is sponsored by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management and Best Companies Group. About 100 Kentucky companies were chosen for the award. A ceremony will be held April 17 at the Lexington Center in Lexington, Ky.

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Beating the Drum for Apprenticeships

Stober USA, which has around 120 employees, is located in Maysville, Ky., a town of 9,000 about an hour’s drive from both Cincinnati and Lexington, Ky. The company has hosted 32 apprentices since it launched the program 10 years ago, including 16 current apprentices.

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Five advantages of establishing an apprenticeship program

In the early 2000s, STOBER Drives Inc. of Maysville, Kentucky, faced a problem many American manufacturers are confronted with in rural America today: finding skilled workers and retaining them over time.

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Stober listed as one of Kentucky’s Best Places to Work

A Maysville business has been named one of the best places to work in Kentucky.

Stober Drives, Inc. was listed as one of about 35 small business that were the best places to work in the company, according to Stober Drives, Inc. Marketing Coordinator Amy Appelman.

Each year, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce allows companies to send in employee and human resource surveys to help decide the best companies to work for in the state.

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Robust, efficient STOBER PSS gearbox

Clean, efficient production of food and beverage products has never been more important. Just one product recall or serious outbreak of disease can ruin a brand's reputation or even shut a company down.

STOBER Drives, Inc., of Maysville, Ky., has developed the PSS, a new stainless steel inline planetary unit that helps alleviate worry about sanitation during food and beverage processing. "The highly-efficient unit can handle ratios from 4 to 100:1 and is adaptable to several NEMA C-frame motors," said Mike Mitchell, business development manager at STOBER. It also withstands the harshest of wash down environments.

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New online configuration tool STOBER FITS for design

STOBER Inc. recently released STOBER FITS, an online motion-design configuration tool that lets engineers quickly and easily specify and select STOBER power-transmission and control products.

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Premier Food and Beverage Manufacturing Solutions

New STOBER video shows why its high-efficiency gearboxes are premier food and beverage manufacturing solutions.

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Helical Gearboxes Handle Higher Torque with Less Noise

The new PE helical gearboxes from Stober Drives Inc., Maysville, Ky., handle more torque, generate less noise, and provide smoother motion than spur-gear units. The units come in four case sizes ranging from PE2 to PE5, and can have single or double stages with ratios from 3:1 to 100:1.

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Motion Analyzer Web Tool Helps Machine Builders Design Motion Control Systems

Rockwell Automation has rebuilt Motion Analyzer software as a Web tool. The tool offers new user-friendly features and a vastly expanded product catalog to help engineers more easily specify, design and validate complete motion control systems.

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STOBER debuts second generation of “PE” helical gearing unit

STOBER Drives, Inc. has released the second generation of its PE helical unit family featuring ground helical gearing.

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STOBER Adds New Sizes to PHQ Gear Series

STOBER Drives, Inc. has added two additional sizes to its Servo-Fit PHQ gear unit line.

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High Efficiency Gearboxes Optimized for Food and Beverage Applications

Factory-automated machines and conveyors have two basic modes of operation: running efficiently and earning money versus down and unproductive, losing money. Equipment downtime costs factories from 5 to 20 percent of capacity each year, according to Intech magazine.

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Stober Drives, Inc. Gains from AME Consortia Activities

Listening to fellow members’ ideas, hosting plant tours and learning from improvement activities and best practices in others’ facilities are among the learning opportunities for members of the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati Chapter, AME Consortium for Business Excellence. Lee Thomas, plant manager for Stober Drives in Maysville, KY, and Kyle Maddox in industrial engineering, shared their consortium experiences during a recent interview. Stober Drives manufactures MGS (modular gear systems) gear reducers and Servofit Precision Planetary Gearheads.

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Hollow-bore Servo Motors

Servo motors come in many shapes and sizes, from small horsepower hobby motors to larger horsepower industrial motors. Most servo motors have the look and operation of a classical motor; that is, stator, rotor, and an output shaft which is connected to some other component to transmit motion. But not all applications have a need for an output shaft; in other words, in some applications, the shaft only gets in the way.

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Gearbox maker expands assembly facility

Gearbox manufacturer Stober Drives Inc. has added a 50,000 square foot building to its Maysville, KY, campus. “We believe in unsurpassed customer service support, including fast delivery,” said Peter Feil, general manager at Stober Drives. “We have a standard delivery of one day. The fast delivery is not the result of a stock of preassembled gearboxes. Every unit is built to order to match customer specifications.

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Servomotors: More for Less

The hard-working servomotor is being asked to do ever more these days, and it’s stepping up to the challenge in a lot of different ways.

The challenge isn’t new; more power, more torque, in a smaller package for less cost. And that’s exactly what’s been happening. Servomotor manufacturers are indeed increasing motor torque density while managing to decrease motor size.

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STOBER Rolls Out EZF Hollow Bore Servo Motor

STOBER Drives, Inc. of Maysville, Kentucky has introduced its EZF /PY hollow-bore pipe drive into its new product line. Only a few manufacturers in the world manufacture a similar product. The hollow bore servo motor ranges from a zero to 3,000 rpm output speed, and 4.2 Nm to 350 Nm stall torque. It features an inside diameter ranging from 28 to 42 mm.

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Manufacturing Today

At a time when many of its competitors and manufacturing peers have needed to resort to staff and inventory cuts as well as outsourcing to maintain their bottom lines, STOBER Drives is taking the opposite approach.

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STOBER Introduces KL Version of Helical Bevel Gear Unit

STOBER Drives, Inc. has developed a new KL helical bevel gear unit, a compact right-angle drive that meets the packaging manufacturing industry’s latest machine requirements. The space-saving gear reducer comes in sizes 1 and 2, and is perfect for packaging, filling, conveying, general automation and wash-down.

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Helical Gears Versus Traditional Worm and Spur Gears

Gears have evolved over the last decade. Worm gears have sliding surfaces but thay can have higher friction. Spur gears have rolling surfaces, but because the teeth are cut straight across on a face; one or two teeth at a time are in contact with another gear, which can create high noise. Worm and spur gears are less expensive to manufacture, but they typically last about three years before they need to be replaced.

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