01 December 2021
TechWorks is the brand UK Industry Association for ‘Deep Tech’; the underpinning technologies such as AI, robotics, 5G, machine vision, IoT, analytics and automation that drive the new economy. The […]
TechWorks is the brand UK Industry Association for ‘Deep Tech’; the underpinning technologies such as AI, robotics, 5G, machine vision, IoT, analytics and automation that drive the new economy. The TechWorks awards showcase excellence within the industry – rewarding the innovation, expertise and ambition of businesses. Kabel.Consult.Ing is proud to be a finalist in one of these prestigious awards: the “Green Technology” category. The high-calibre jury was composed of Paul Brookes (Head of Innovation, Siemens Mobility, ITS [Intelligent Traffic Systems]) and Matt Boyle OBE (Chair, Diving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres).
A mechanical CVT transmission consists primarily of two pairs of cone pulleys that are installed on parallel shafts (driving and driven shafts) and can be displaced relative to each other. They are connected to each other by a rigid yet flexible or elastic chain or V-belt. The faces of the chain or V-belt transfer torque by engaging positively or frictionally into the cone pulleys in the radial direction. Each of the pulleys is displaceable crosswise on the respective shaft. A mechanically, electrically, or hydraulically adjustable rocker permits infinite variation of the distances between the pairs of cones, causing displacement of the rigid, flexible chain or V-belt. This causes changes to the effective transmission diameter of the pulley pairs and thereby to the transmission ratio. The principle behind “mechanical adjustment of the transmission ratio” can be observed on a typical bicycle shifter, with all of its benefits and tradeoffs.
An electronic CVT drive consists of a planetary gear whose sun gear is driven by an electric motor and ring gear by a second electric motor, whereby the output occurs over the planetary gears’ bearings. The electronic part of the drive system is characterized by a torque balancing system to provide a tight/slack connection without excessive tolerance, slippage, and vibration. Electronic CVTs are generally suitable for applications with highly variable drive-speed and drive-torque, such as: coiling machines, extruders, all types of presses (high gear, low gear, precision gear), conveyance machines (high load, low load, idle), as well as applications that require high breakout torque, and of course for automobiles. Energy savings of up to 40% are possible compared to conventional drive systems. Kabel.Consult.Ing currently has a large number of electronic CVT drives in operation powering twist stranding machines for data cables and hybrid cables as well as wrapping systems for high-voltage cables and electronic wires. The potential for CVT drives is tremendous, in our opinion, having a potential impact similar to that of mechanical CVTs at one time.
The winners of the Techworks will be presented at the annual TechWorks Summit where the great and the good of the UK industry will gather to celebrate their best achievements of the year. This year the event returns to the Leonardo Royal Hotel, London St Paul´s, Thursday 9th December.