Steve Hittmann Tag

Prior to the Gates® revolutionary BIRD™ (Belt Installation + Rotation Device), no product existed to address the risks associated with drive inspection and installation. “The occupational health and safety implications of this technology is significant,” explains Steve Hittmann. “Rather than manually rotating the belt, the BIRD™ does the work for...

In a food production plant, managing the risk of incidental contamination is top priority for operators, according to Steve Hittmann. “Many of our customers operate wineries, bakeries, sugar refineries, or deal in fresh produce so they need their entire system to perform in conditions where there are regular maintenance cycles,” he explains. On...

Rosynes Hernandez, Product Manager – Power Transmission for Gates® says that there is a lot of exciting innovation coming out of the United States and Europe with relevance for the Australian market. “Gates® and CBC frequently work together to do joint site calls to assess drive designs,” Rosynes says. “We have reps in every state in Australia and...

“The importance of safety guards is underrated, which is likely why their cost and construction isn’t considered as carefully as it should be,” says CBC’s Steve Hittmann. “Safety guards are designed to cover coupling shafts and pump connections — not only to protect the application, but also to protect nearby personnel from being injured by a high-speed rotating mechanical device or occasional pump...

A couple of days before Christmas, CBC was approached by a customer who had experienced a sudden breakdown on their mine winder, the hoisting application they were running underground. “The mine winder is usually located in a shed nearby the recognisable scaffolded tower operation that runs the cables,”...

Innovative technology for the remote analysis of mechanical motor and drive systems could mean that the future of motor tech support will be at the tip of the touch screen, according to Steve Hittmann, CBC National Product Manager for Mechanical Drive Systems. “Motion Industries has partnered with TECO to promote the launch of the new TECO MAXe3 mobile app, geared at improving the customer experience when selecting motor and drive systems for various...

The Rexnord Falk Steelflex couplings house tapered grids that are constructed from high-strength alloy steel, and are quenched, and tempered to spring hardness. The grid surface is then precision shot peened. This precision technology was originally used in the production of sophisticated aircraft components, according to Steve Hittmann, CBC’s National Product Manager for Mechanical Drive...

How can a site or reliability manager ensure belts are achieving their life expectancy and that drives are working at optimal efficiency? According to Steve Hittmann, who is the National Product Manager for Mechanical Drive Systems at CBC, the Gates® Design Flex™ Pro™ free software tool...

The belt is arguably the most understated worker of the mining industry, according to CBC’s Steve Hittmann. The Gates® PowerGrip™ GT4™ is the latest in materials science for belt design. “The belt is made from ethylene-propylene elastomer rubber (EPR) which is resistant to heat, oxidation, weather, brake fluids, oils and...

Adjusting tension in a drive belt can be a lot like tuning strings on a guitar. That is given the right tools are at hand to provide correct tension readings on the belt, and accurate calculations to determine the tensioning parameters. As Gates Australia Business Development...