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Concrete Equipment Company (CON-E-CO) has standardised on the Baldor-Dodge motorised torque arm (MTA) II shaft-mounted speed reducer, receiving the first units as they come off the assembly line.

CON-E-CO, located in Blair, Nebraska, engineers, manufactures and supports a line of portable and stationary concrete batch plants.

The company has used Baldor-Dodge bearings and torque-arm reducers for many years and was comfortable adopting the new MTA.

The new design has no exposed sheaves or V-belts, which adds an additional level of safety to the product.

As batch plants are highly mobile, space is a prime commodity, making the compact MTA a suitable option.

An international customer recently purchased eight CON-E-CO plants and requested that the new MTA be used on the equipment.

’European customers are used to seeing this style of unit,’ said Don Hansen, CON-E-CO engineering manager.

’When they realised that we were using MTA on other systems, they made the request that we include them on their plants,’ he added.

The Baldor-Dodge MTA shaft-mounted speed reducer is a right-angle gearbox with a flanged motor interface, specified for use with two-pole or four-pole motors.

A choice of 12 gear reduction ratios and three case sizes allows the unit to deliver a wide range of speed reductions from 18:1 to 75:1 for class 2 applications from 3kW to 55kW, with efficiencies up to around 95 per cent.

The MTA has been optimised for robustness and is developed in accordance with European design practices.

The reducer is rated to meet the 6010 AGMA (American Gear Manufacturers Association) standard.

This specifies a Class 1, 5,000 hour L-10 bearing life, approximately twice as long as comparable DIN design practices.


Baldor Electric Company, a member of the ABB Group, designs, manufactures, and markets the broadest line of industrial energy-efficient electric motors, power transmission products, adjustable speed drives, linear motors, motion control products, gear products, industrial grinders and generators. The Baldor range provides a complete motion solution for machine automation and utilizes our acclaimed MINT motion language.

Range includes:.

* Rotary and linear servo motors.

* Intelligent Servo drives.

* Inverter and vector drives.

* Multi-axis motion controllers: Boxed and board level solutions.

Baldor is the largest motor and mechanical power transmission company in North America and the second largest worldwide.

Baldor-Reliance motor products now range from 15 watts to 11,000 kW and includes:.

* ‘Super-E’ motors that exceed the new IEC 60034-30, IE3 efficiency level.

* NEMA Premium Efficiency rated motors, meeting the new EISA legislation covering motors supplied into the USA.

* Custom motors to meet client specific requirements.

Dodge power transmission products offer a wide variety of engineered mounted bearings including Grip Tight Adapter range and enclosed gear products including the Quantis modular, High Efficiency range. Baldor operates plants in the USA, United Kingdom, China and Canada with products available from our worldwide network

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