Research and development
The company’s research strategy comprises the basic research of potential new power transmission solutions and the optimisation of existing solutions, as it is our opinion that this area has been neglected in the recent decades, which we wish to change, as, globally speaking, drive assemblies are used in virtually every segment. We have also established our own research and development team at the Slovenian Research Agency.
Objectives and focus of research and development
In recent years, we have begun to conduct basic and development research, as we find research and development to be a very important segment in the global market. Our research is primarily focused on developing new gear tooth profiles – we are certain that there is still room for improvement in this area, as it has not seen any changes in recent years. In the initial stages, our research activities in relation to tooth geometry were focused on the theoretical research of the advantages of new shapes and profiles, and later also on the development of algorithms, which is a very time-consuming process. All of our information and expertise are then combined to create the optimal drive assembly according to the requirements.
We also wish primarily to improve the general understanding of material properties, which has been rather poor in the past, especially with regard to power transmission solutions, our focus being on the significance of different parameters and the potential for recycling materials when the useful life of the product has expired. We want to use visualisations and simulations as a bridge to get the required solutions as quickly as possible without the unnecessary use of materials. Of course, in order to make proper and accurate predictions, it is necessary to have proper test rigs, which we will use to build our material database so that we are able to exactly determine the design of new constructions for individual components and final products. All of this reduces the consumption of materials for the transfer of equal loads to a minimum, which will have a very positive long-term impact on the environment. We also wish to recycle products that have served their purpose in order to ensure their reuse.
The company’s key objectives include strengthening cooperation with universities and institutes in the areas of:
- design and construction,
- production and technology and
- simulations, visualisations and calculations (VDI, CFD and FEM analyses).
In addition to cooperating with Slovenian educational institutions and research institutes, we also wish to cooperate with European and other international research teams and faculties (the Technical University of Munich – TUM).
Our entire vision and strategy are based on the belief that combining our knowledge, technologies and research will bring us to the desired solution in due time.
We also have modern, technologically advanced and rare measuring and production equipment, as well as technological expertise, which will help us achieve our objectives and get positive results.
The establishment of a new research and development team in the company is closely connected to our research strategy. It is in line with our policy, as we are planning investments in young engineering and science personnel and investments in new measuring and production technologies so that we can maintain and improve our competitive position in the global market.
By making the transition to the production of driveshafts with integrated sprockets, we have entered the market of shafts and drive units with parts with machined spur and helical gears and worms and worm gears. CNC machining technology and precision milling technology enable us to produce special tooth profiles and achieve excellent surface roughness.
This includes the production of plastic gears made from thermoplastics by specialised toolmakers, wherein we assume the task of optimising the tools on the basis of measurements obtained using our measuring equipment.
Our research and development is focused on the basic research and optimisation of the geometry of gear tooth flanks and predicting optimal tooth flanks on the basis of loads and other environmental parameters. Gear pairs with optimal tooth flanks are also tested using different polymer materials, for which we produce injection-moulded physical models ourselves. Our testing activities provide us with data for our material database, which is very important for polymer materials.
Results and objectives of our research and development strategy
Our R&D results can be summed up as follows:
- development of our own software algorithm for examining different tooth flank profiles,
- construction of test rigs for gear pair testing,
- automated optimisation and visualisation of any element of any drive system,
- patenting of new tooth profiles for drive systems,
- creation of a database of metal and non-metal materials,
- construction of test rigs for drive system testing,
- decreased material consumption, reduction of noise levels and recycling of used materials, which constitutes an environmental advantage.