Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a new technology?

Yes, it is brand new and is based on a unique idea that provides a fundamentally different approach to gears and transmissions design.  

Is the technology patent protected?

Yes, patents have been received in six European countries: Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, plus in seven others: China, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the USA, and applications are pending in four more countries.  

What is new and unique in this technology?

The gearing mechanism that is at the core of this technology employs rollers (balls) in pure rolling motion to transmit the movement. The technology provides for a universal and very different framework, a tool-kit, that can be used to design gears for absolutely any geometries: various axes angles and offsets, ratios, sizes and shapes, including worm gears, any torque, rpm, precision, application etc. One can say this is a new paradigm in mechanical gearing  -  "BEARINGS FOR GEARING..."  

Is there anything similar in the market?

While there have been numerous attempts in the past 30-40 years or even further back to try to use rollers in gears and transmissions to reduce frictional losses no one has ever succeeded to achieve pure rolling motion and benefit from the resulting high energy efficiency. The only exception is ball-screw drives but they only work in the special case of collinear shafts while this technology is completely universal and works for any shaft angles and set-ups.  

What is the significance of this technology?

This technology provides for an alternative to all existing gear and transmission technologies and offers major advantages and improvements in performance. Involute-tooth gears have been with us for literally hundreds of years and this technology could prove to be the first major and universal attempt to break this particularly long-lasting hegemony.  

What are the advantages compared to conventional involute-tooth gears and transmissions?

First of all, since the technology is based on such a fundamentally different approach there are a lot of advantages that may look insignificant at first sight yet could be of major importance in some applications. For example, since our technology does not require or require very little lubrication and cooling it looks very useful in the cases of low-temperature and super-clean or high-vacuum technological applications.

Major advantages of our technology are as follows. 

  • Very high efficiency (practically no sliding friction) - any shaft geometry (angles and offsets) and any gearing ratio (high ratio too)
  • No back-lash  -  using four contact points between balls and wheels (preloading)
  • Low noise  -  due mainly to pure rolling and especially due to lack of back-lash
  • High engagement factor
  • High ratio density  -  i.e. gearing-ratio per weight
  • High torque density  -  high in most cases, especially for high ratios
  • Robust performance  -  efficiency lifetime, noise etc similar for any shaft geometry and ratio
  • Special envelope  -  shaped like a thin rectangular box in some cases
  • Flexibility of design  -  many ways to adjust and fine tune design
  • Complex systems  -  many ways to construct complex systems  
  • High reliability  -  no risk of jamming, in general, similar to ball bearings
  • Long lifetime  -  in general, similar to ball bearings
  • Lubrication, maintenance and manufacturing  -  in general, similar to ball bearings

In short, sincroll gears are really "BEARINGS FOR GEARING..."

Some of the consequences of these advantages are

  • Smaller capex and lower operating costs
  • Less heat generated and thus less need for lubrication and cooling
  • Low noise and vibrations mean: useful for high-precision machine tools
  • Less abrasion, less wear, longer lifetime, cleaner operation
  • Very precise, smooth and steady movements
  • Small and compact size
In particular, the flexibility of the technology and the resulting diversity of the possible design solutions make the technology applicable to ANY 
  • shaft geometries, arrangements and angles such as intersecting or offsetting shaft axes of any angles and also including parallel shafts
  • internal and external coupling arrangements
  • planetary drive arrangements
  • gear rack arrangements
  • roller types such as balls and cylinders etc.  

What are the applications of this technology?

Our technology is applicable everywhere where gears and transmissions are needed. This is a huge market of about $100 billion and includes all vehicles: cars, trucks, bikes, trains, trams, ships, airplanes, helicopters etc, all material handling equipment such as cranes, lifts, conveyors, escalators and ropeways etc, machine tools, mills, mixers, windfarms, turbines, generators, and all kinds of other industrial machinery.  

What is the Company's business model?

We are developing a new family of gearing and power transmission technologies and their industrial applications based on our fundamentally new, patent-protected roller gearing mechanism and several years of accumulated know-how. We market these technologies through license and partnership agreements and small-scale production. We also offer design and advisory services, prototype manufacture and testing, and provide tailor-made solutions to our customers.

Who are the Company's potential customers?

Our customers come from any industries where gears and transmissions are used such as gear manufacturers, OEMs or end product users.  

How can the Company be contacted?

We can be contacted in both the UK and in Hungary

 

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