GEAPS Exchange 2023: Why Gear Reducers Fail – How to Select, Maintain & Properly Guard Gear Reducers

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Speaker: Brad Droegmiller

Session Description

Often downtime is blamed on poor maintenance or lack of maintenance. Undoubtedly proper maintenance is important in keeping conveyors in uptime and not downtime. However, there are several operators with exceptional maintenance that struggle with downtime. A contributing and often overlooked cause of downtime is the conveyor’s gear reducer selection. A mechanical failure is not always a result of poor maintenance, but rather a lack of knowledge of the components that make up the conveyor. In this session you will learn how to select a gear reducer, the difference between class of service and service class, common application errors, best practices in maintaining gear reducers and safety practices.

Speaker of this session was Brad Droegmiller.

Meet The Speaker

Brad Droegmiller

Senior Territory Manager

Dodge Industrial

Brad Droegmiller has more than 30 years of experience in bulk material handling and mechanical power transmission. Prior to joining Dodge Industrial, Brad worked for a conveyor manufacturer that supplied and engineered belt conveyors, screw conveyors, live bottom bins, ship loaders, belt feeders, bucket elevators, drag conveyors, screening/crushing equipment and complete conveyor systems globally.
Droegmiller has been with Dodge Industrial more than 16 years and now works as their Senior Territory Manager. He has served on various engineering/sales committees and was an instructor for Dodge’s Advanced Conveyor Training Program. Droegmiller’s past and present professional affiliations include, AED, CEMA,GEAPS, NSSGA and SME.
He is a graduate of Wayne State College and is a past lecturer of SME and GEAPS. Brad has authored and published four industry and equipment related papers. His extensive knowledge of bulk material handling and mechanical power transmission is beneficial to OEMs as well as end users in the industry.