- Mounting Position: The orientation of the gear unit determines the amount of oil. M1 contains the least; M2 and M4 contain the most. Whenever possible, design your system for M1.
- Input Speed: The faster the oil churns, the higher the churning losses. Therefore, a gear unit with 4-pole motor (~1475 rpm) will run cooler than with a 2-pole motor (~2800 rpm).
- Synthetic Oil: Synthetic oil is known to reduce friction by 25%, which can be significantly on worm gear units or large gear units. Synthetic oil allows the gear unit to run cooler, doubling the oil service life, which reduces your maintenance interval and costs.
- Viscosity: The “thicker” the oil, the more resistance it has to flow and the more energy it requires moving. Always use the correct viscosity, considering the type of application and ambient temperature.