Conax Machine Solutions has an agreement with VARIBOX, the intellectual property owners, to manufacture and commercialize the RADIALcvt gearbox. The RADIALcvt is an incredible innovation that solves a lot of the problems experienced with existing CVT gearboxes.
The first unit produced by CMS is a 30kW, 200N.m gearbox. Our intention is to deploy this unit into a Conveyor or other Material Handling application. The gearbox is currently undergoing testing at the University of the Witwatersrand.
The advantages of the RADIALcvt over conventional drive systems are profound. The RADIALcvt has a very high mechanical efficiency, in excess of 90%. It is a variable ratio, mechanical gearbox that is continuously variable. The ratio can be varied under full load anywhere from 3 : 1 to 1 : 1. Ratio actuation can be manual or automatic. As a result, the following are some of the distinct advantages:
- The need for a mechanical or electrical soft start device is done away with, the RADIALcvt acts as a soft starter
- As a result, smaller electric motors can be selected
- Smaller motors require less start up power, lowering power demand charges and switchgear overhead
- Due to the >90% mechanical efficiency of the RADIALcvt, power consumption is lessened, which can be a very significant cost-saving over the lifetime of the installed equipment.
CMS is actively looking for a willing business, operating in the bulk material handling space, where we can run a trial project on a non-critical part of their operation. For example: a discard conveyor or other process with redundancy.