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    Voith Turbo gear units
    Labyrinth seals ensure eco-friendly operation
     
    Safety and standard conform
     
    Optimized installation space
     
    Noise optimized
     
    Low life cycle costs
    Optimally matched to their application and individual solutions
    Voith Turbo gear units
     
     
    Function tests, driving simulations, endurance runs and precise measurement of noise emissions − our unique test benches in Heidenheim and Brno provide the best conditions for the optimum further development of our gear units.
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    Gear units for any application

      Gear units from Voith are operating all over the world. They are optimally adapted to individual customer requirements and all rail applications.

      Gear units for light rail vehicles and trams

      Longitudinal drive

      Bevel gear unit KSH-type with two stages, fully suspended

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      • Motor located alongside the bogie
      • Motor shaft and wheelset shaft orthogonally to each other
      • Motor rigidly linked with the gear unit
      • Motor output shaft and Gear unit input shaft connected by a membrane coupling
      • Gear unit fully suspended
      • Total gear ratio effected by two gear stages (one helical and one bevel gear stage)
      • Power transmission from the hollow output shaft of the gear unit to the wheelset shaft by a flexible 2-level rubber wedge coupling
      • Compensation of relative movement between Motor-Gear-unit and wheelset shaft by the flexible 2-level rubber wedge coupling
      • Suspension elements between Motor-Gear-Unit and bogie frame

      Transversal drive

      Helical gear unit SZH-type with two stages, fully suspended

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      • Motor located in the bogie
      • Motor shaft and wheelset shaft parallel to each other
      • Motor rigidly linked with the gear unit
      • Motor output shaft and Gear unit input shaft connected by a membrane coupling
      • Gear unit fully suspended
      • Total gear ratio effected by two helical gear stages
      • Power transmission from the hollow output shaft of the gear unit to the wheelset shaft by a flexible 2-level rubber wedge coupling
      • Compensation of relative movement between Motor-Gear-unit and wheelset shaft by the flexible 2-level rubber wedge coupling
      • Suspension elements between Motor-Gear-Unit and bogie frame

      Basic principle

      Gear units for metros

      Transversal drive

      Helical gear unit SE-type with one stage, axle mounted

      • Motor located in the bogie
      • Motor shaft and wheelset shaft parallel to each other
      • Gear unit axle riding
      • Total gear ratio effected by one helical gear stage
      • Compensation of relative movement between motor and Gear unit by a gear coupling
      • Torque reaction rod between Gear unit and bogie frame

      Transversal drive

      Helical gear unit SZ-type with two stage, axle mounted

      • Motor located in the bogie
      • Motor shaft and wheelset shaft parallel to each other
      • Gear unit axle riding
      • Total gear ratio effected by two helical gear stages
      • Compensation of relative movement between motor and Gear unit by a gear coupling
      • Torque reaction rod between Gear unit and bogie frame

      Basic principle

      Gear units for high-speed trains

      Transversal drive

      Helical gear unit SE-type with one stage, axle mounted

      • Motor located in the bogie
      • Motor shaft and wheelset shaft parallel to each other
      • Gear unit axle riding
      • Total gear ratio effected by one helical gear stage
      • Compensation of relative movement between motor and Gear unit by a gear coupling
      • Torque reaction rod or C-bracket between Gear unit and bogie frame

      Transversal drive

      Helical gear unit SZ-type with two stage, axle mounted

      • Motor located in the bogie
      • Motor shaft and wheelset shaft parallel to each other
      • Gear unit axle riding
      • Total gear ratio effected by two helical gear stages
      • Compensation of relative movement between motor and Gear unit by a gear coupling

      Longitudinal drive

      Bevel gear unit KE-type with one stage, axle mounted

      • Electric traction motor located outside the bogie underneath the car body
      • Motor drive shaft and wheelset shaft orthogonally to each other
      • Power transmission to the gear unit input shaft by cardan shaft
      • Gear unit axle riding
      • Total gear ratio effected by one bevel gear stage
      • Compensation of relative movement between the gear unit and traction motor by cardan shaft
      • Torque reaction rod between gear unit and bogie frame

      Basic principle

      High speed trains

      Gear units for diesel multiple units

      Longitudinal drive

      Bevel gear unit SK-type with two stages, axle mounted

      • Mechanical or hydrodynamic transmission located outside the bogie underneath the car body
      • Engine drive shaft and wheelset shaft orthogonally to each other
      • Power transmission to the gear unit input shaft by cardan shaft
      • Gear unit axle riding
      • Total gear ratio effected by two gear stages (one helical and one bevel gear stage)
      • Compensation of relative movement between the gear unit and transmission by cardan shaft
      • Torque reaction rod between gear unit and bogie frame

      Longitudinal drive

      Bevel gear unit KE-type with one stage, axle mounted

      • Mechanical or hydrodynamic transmission located outside the bogie underneath the car body
      • Engine drive shaft and wheelset shaft orthogonally to each other
      • Power transmission to the gear unit input shaft by cardan shaft
      • Gear unit axle riding
      • Total gear ratio effected by one bevel gear stage
      • Compensation of relative movement between the gear unit and transmission by cardan shaft
      • Torque reaction rod between gear unit and bogie frame

      Gear units for electric multiple units

      Transversal drive

      Helical gear unit SE-type with one stage, axle mounted

      • Motor located in the bogie
      • Motor shaft and wheelset shaft parallel to each other
      • Gear unit axle riding
      • Total gear ratio effected by one helical gear stage
      • Compensation of relative movement between motor and Gear unit by a gear coupling
      • Torque reaction rod between Gear unit and bogie frame

      Transversal drive

      Helical gear unit SZ-type with two stage, axle mounted

      • Motor located in the bogie
      • Motor shaft and wheelset shaft parallel to each other
      • Gear unit axle riding
      • Total gear ratio effected by two helical gear stages
      • Compensation of relative movement between motor and gear unit by a gear coupling
      • Torque reaction rod between gear unit and bogie frame

      Transversal drive

      Helical gear unit SZH-type with two stages, fully suspended

      .
      • Motor located in the bogie
      • Motor shaft and wheelset shaft parallel to each other
      • Motor rigidly linked with the gear unit
      • Motor output shaft and gear unit input shaft connected by a membrane coupling
      • Gear unit fully suspended
      • Total gear ratio effected by two helical gear stages
      • Power transmission from the hollow outputshaft of the gear unit to the wheelset shaft by a flexible 2-level rubber wedge coupling
      • Compensation of relative movement between motor-gear-unit and wheelset shaft by the flexible 2-level rubber wedge coupling
      • Suspension elements between motor-gear-unit and bogie frame

      Longitudinal drive

      Bevel gear unit KE-type with one stage, axle mounted

      • Electric traction motor located outside the bogie underneath the car body
      • Motor drive shaft and wheelset shaft orthogonally to each other
      • Power transmission to the gear unit input shaft by cardan shaft
      • Gear unit axle riding
      • Total gear ratio effected by one bevel gear stage
      • Compensation of relative movement between the gear unit and traction motor by cardan shaft
      • Torque reaction rod between gear unit and bogie frame

      Basic principle

      Gear units for diesel-hydraulic locomotives

      Longitudinal drive

      Bevel gear unit SK-type with two stages, Axle mounted

      • Hydrodynamic transmission located outside the bogie in the loco frame
      • Engine drive shaft and wheelset shaft orthogonally to each other
      • Power transmission to the gear unit input shaft by cardan shaft
      • Gear unit axle riding
      • Total gear ratio effected by two gear stages (one helical and one bevel gear stage)
      • Compensation of relative movement between the gear unit and transmission by cardan shaft
      • Torque reaction rod between gear unit and bogie frame

      Longitudinal drive

      Bevel gear unit KE-type with one stage, axle mounted

      • Hydrodynamic transmission located outside the bogie in the loco frame
      • Engine drive shaft and wheelset shaft orthogonally to each other
      • Power transmission to the gear unit input shaft by cardan shaft
      • Gear unit axle riding
      • Total gear ratio effected by one bevel gear stage
      • Compensation of relative movement between the gear unit and transmission by cardan shaft
      • Torque reaction rod between gear unit and bogie frame

      Gear units for electric and diesel-electric locomotives

      Transversal drive

      Helical gear unit SET-type in cannon box design with one stage, axle mounted

      • Motor located in the bogie
      • Motor shaft and wheelset shaft parallel to each other
      • Motor rigidly linked with the gear unit
      • Motor-gear unit axle riding
      • Total gear ratio effected by one helical gear stage

      Transversal drive

      Helical gear unit SE-type with one stage, axle mounted

      • Motor located in the bogie
      • Motor shaft and wheelset shaft parallel to each other
      • Gear unit axle riding
      • Total gear ratio effected by one helical gear stage
      • Compensation of relative movement between motor and gear unit by a gear coupling
      • Torque reaction rod between gear unit and bogie frame

      Basic principle

      Gear units for special purpose vehicles

      Longitudinal drive

      Bevel gear unit SK-type with two stages, axle mounted

      • Mechanical or hydrodynamic transmission located outside the bogie underneath the car body
      • Engine drive shaft and wheelset shaft orthogonally to each other
      • Power transmission to the gear unit input shaft by cardan shaft
      • Gear unit axle riding
      • Total gear ratio effected by two gear stages (one helical and one bevel gear stage)
      • Compensation of relative movement between the gear unit and transmission by cardan shaft
      • Torque reaction rod between gear unit and bogie frame

      Longitudinal drive

      Bevel gear unit KE-type with one stage, axle mounted

      • Mechanical or hydrodynamic transmission located outside the bogie underneath the car body
      • Engine drive shaft and wheelset shaft orthogonally to each other
      • Power transmission to the gear unit input shaft by cardan shaft
      • Gear unit axle riding
      • Total gear ratio effected by one bevel gear stage
      • Compensation of relative movement between the gear unit and transmission by cardan shaft
      • Torque reaction rod between gear unit and bogie frame

      Transversal drive

      Helical gear unit SE-type with one stage, axle mounted

      GearUnit
      • Motor located in the bogie
      • Motor shaft and wheelset shaft parallel to each other
      • Gear unit axle riding
      • Total gear ratio effected by two helical gear stages
      • Compensation of relative movement between motor and gear unit by a gear coupling
      • Torque reaction rod between gear unit and bogie frame

      Piano for the Red Arrow

      For Bombardier's high-speed train ZEFIRO, which takes passengers to their destination in Italy at top speeds of up to 360 km/h, Voith supplied SE-390 gear units. Especially at these top speeds, they meet the high acoustic requirements that Trenitalia places on its Red Arrow, the Frecciarossa.

      Reliable gear units for Rio

      No matter if Ipanema, Copacabana or Christo Redentor: Rio's Metro takes locals and tourists to their destination on time. We contribute to this with our reliable SE-362 gear units.

      Rain-resistant gear units for the Pramexs

      The commuter train "Pramexs" built by INKA brings the residents of the Indonesian volcanic island Java safely to their destination. Voith supports this with climate-insensitive SK- KE-485 gear units, which run reliably despite high humidity and monsoon.

      Custom-fit solution for French ultrasonic test trains

      The integrity of the rails is necessary to ensure safe travel. Thus, the precise measurement of the rail geometry is essential. This is exactly what the ultrasonic test trains from Matisa, which are in service for the French state railway, do. Voith makes its contribution with SK-KE-553 gear units, which are precisely matched to the requirements of rail service vehicles.

      Full suspension to protect the rail

      In parts of Europe, wear-related components are included in the calculation of track access charges. Voith's SZH-595 gear units, which are used in the electric railcars of the Croatian national railway company HŽ, are the right answer to this development. They make a significant contribution to reducing the unsprung mass. The fully suspended gear unit acts as a shock absorber and thus protects the tracks. In addition, all drive components are protected against impacts.

      Fully sprung gear units for maximum driving comfort

      The Karlsruhe tram, which also runs interurban to Heilbronn, 60 km away, is known for its high passenger comfort. Voith contributes to this with gear units of the SZH-435 type. They are fully sprung to ensure that passengers and commuters arrive at their destination comfortably and relaxed and to improve the workplace ergonomics of train drivers.

      Large sizes for Korean freight transport

      With the gear units in cannon-box design for the Korail Class 8500 electric locomotive, Voith proves its competence in the field of oversize. The robust, 1.10m m high gear units from Voith are optimally designed for the six-axle locomotive that is used in Korean freight traffic. The enormous starting tractive force is provided reliably over a long service life.

      French style for Korea

      The KTX II operated by Korail has a special technical feature. Voith developed a special gear unit arrangement for it. The SE-530 and SE-340 gear units are connected to each other by a tripod drive shaft and thus transmit the enormous force of the powerful engine to the wheelset shaft. This was inspired by a system used in the French TGV. The scope of delivery for the Korean high-speed train also included a Voith SafeSet coupling to protect the drive line from overload.
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      Compact gear units for high speeds

      For Hitachi's high-speed train AT300 and AT800/801, Voith delivered large quantities of the SE-369 gear unit. However, the installation space into which it had to fit was small. Voith therefore developed a customized solution for Hitachi: SE-369 gear units with a cranked gear design.

      Gear units for quieter rail traffic

      The reduction of traffic noise is increasingly of concern to the rail industry. With the development of gear units that meet the increasing acoustic requirements, Voith is making its contribution to reducing noise emissions in rail traffic. One example is the gear unit SZ-440, which the DB class 463 trains are equipped with.

      More than 5,000 SZ-400 for rail transport worldwide

      Voith supplied SZ-400 gear units for Alstom's Coradia Continental, which is also known under the nickname "Cheshire Cat" due to its front end. What makes us smile: We have already delivered more than 5,000 of these gear units worldwide. Meanwhile, our partners are pleased about their reliability even under harsh climatic conditions.

      Customer-oriented production for Bombardier

      Bombardier received an order for 75 electric railcars from the Australian operator QNGR 2014. Voith contributed SZ-440 gear units. In order to keep the logistical effort and thus delivery time and routes to a minimum, Voith handled the production in India, where Bombardier also manufactured the EMUs.

      On site for Delhi's Metro

      Voith has a very close partnership with DMRC, not only geographically.

      Our service experts take care of maintaining the Voith SE-344 gear units installed in the vehicles of the Delhi Metro. DMRC benefits from fast response times. After all, the Voith Service Center is located in Delhi’s' suburb Faridabad and thus only a one-hour ride on the Violet line.

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      Couplings for rail vehicles

        Whether it's a standard coupling or a new design, Voith offers you the right solution. The following overview shows you our most important products. However, our full range of bespoke solutions goes beyond those listed here.

        Gear couplings

        Gear coupling

        With metal bellow seal

        Gear couplings
           
        Max. speed up to 5,500 RPM
        Operation torque up to 5,500 Nm
        Short-circuit torque up to 17,000 Nm
        • Double cardanic, torsionally rigid and self-centering gear teeth 
        • Metal bellow seal for zero leakage of the coupling 
        • Suitable for high axial, radial and angular misalignments 
        • Suitable for high-speed and very high-speed trains 
        • Easy mounting and dismounting of gear coupling half without interference fits loose 
        • Easy lubricant (oil) change without disassembly of the drive 
        • Self-lubricated (oil) 
        • Long lifetime and wear resistant 
        • Long interval between overhaul (lower service cost)

        Optional

        • Overload protection by slipping element
        • Electrical insulation
        • Extra seal against very dusty environment

        Gear coupling

        With flexible seal

        Gear couplings
           
        Max. speed up to 5,500 RPM
        Operation torque up to 5,500 Nm
        Short-circuit torque up to 17,000 Nm
        • Double cardanic, torsionally rigid and self-centering gear teeth 
        • Suitable for axial, radial and angular misalignments 
        • Easy mounting and dismounting of gear coupling half without interference fits loose 
        • Self-lubricated (grease) 
        • Long lifetime and wear resistant 
        • Long interval between overhaul (lower service cost)

        Optional 

        • Overload protection by slipping element
        • Electrical insulation

        Membrane couplings

        Membrane coupling

        Membrane coupling
           
        Max. speed up to 5,000 RPM
        Operation torque up to 10,500 Nm
        Short-circuit torque up to 25,000 Nm
        • Torsional rigid and bending flexible coupling 
        • Suitable for minor axial and angular misalignments 
        • High radial stiffness 
        • Easy mounting and dismounting of gear coupling half without interference fits loose 
        • Wear-free 
        • Delivery possible as an assembly motor-coupling-gear unit

        Optional

        • Overload protection by slipping element
        • Electrical insulation
        • Engine speed sensor toothing

        Double membrane coupling

        Double membrane coupling
           
        Max. speed up to 5,000 RPM
        Operation torque up to 10,500 Nm
        Short-circuit torque up to 25,000 Nm
        • Torsional rigid and bending flexible coupling 
        • Suitable for minor axial and angular misalignments 
        • High radial stiffness 
        • Easy mounting and dismounting of gear coupling half without interference fits loose 
        • Wear-free 
        • Delivery possible as an assembly motor-coupling-gear unit

        Optional 

        • Overload protection by slipping element
        • Electrical insulation
        • Engine speed sensor toothing
           

        Membrane coupling

        With fan

        Membrane coupling with fan
           
        Max. speed up to 5,000 RPM
        Operation torque up to 10,500 Nm
        Short-circuit torque up to 25,000 Nm
        • Torsional rigid and bending flexible coupling 
        • Fan function 
        • Suitable for minor axial and angular misalignments 
        • High radial stiffness 
        • Easy mounting and dismounting of gear coupling half without interference fits loose 
        • Wear-free 
        • Delivery possible as an assembly motor-coupling-gear unit

        Optional

        • Overload protection by slipping element
        • Electrical insulation
        • Engine speed sensor toothing

        Couplings for fully suspended drives

        Rubber wedge coupling

        With one joint

        Rubber wedge coupling with one joint
           
        Max. speed up to 1,100 RPM
        Operation torque up to 20,000 Nm
        Short-circuit torque up to 55,000 Nm
        • Single cardanic and torsionally flexible elastic coupling 
        • Suitable for axial and angular misalignments 
        • High radial stiffness 
        • Change of rubber elements without drive disassembly

        Rubber wedge coupling

        With two joints

        Rubber wedge coupling with two joints
           
        Max. speed up to 1,100 RPM
        Operation torque up to 40,000 Nm
        Short-circuit torque up to 110,000 Nm
        • Single cardanic and torsionally flexible elastic coupling 
        • Suitable for axial and angular misalignments 
        • High radial stiffness 
        • Change of rubber elements without drive disassembly

        Gear couplings with two joints

        Coupling combination

        Gear coupling - Gear coupling

        Coupling combination: Gear coupling - Gear coupling
           
        Max. speed up to 900 RPM
        Operation torque up to 7,000 Nm
        Short-circuit torque up to 23,000 Nm
        • Double cardanic, torsionally rigid and self centering gear teeth 
        • Direct interface to wheel axle 
        • Ring gear is part of gear unit hollow shaft (reduces installation space and additional cost) 
        • Suitable for axial, radial and angular misalignments 
        • Low maintenance cost 
        • Self-lubricated (grease)

        Coupling combination

        Gear coupling - Rubber wedge coupling (wheel interface)

        Coupling combination: Gear coupling-Rubber wedge coupling (wheel interface)
           
        Max. speed up to 900 RPM
        Operation torque up to 7,000 Nm
        Short-circuit torque up to 23,000 Nm
        • Combination of torsionally rigid gear teeth with self-centering and torsionally flexible elastic coupling 
        • Direct wheel connection (single-wheel driver) 
        • Ring gear part of gear unit hollow shaft (reduces installation space and additional cost) 
        • Suitable for axial, radial and angular misalignments 
        • High axial misalignments compensated by gear coupling half 
        • Gear coupling half self-lubricated (grease)

        Coupling combination

        Gear coupling - Rubber wedge coupling (axle interface)

        Coupling combination: Gear coupling-Rubber wedge coupling (axle interface)
           
        Max. speed up to 900 RPM
        Operation torque up to 7,000 Nm
        Short-circuit torque up to 23,000 Nm
        • Combination of torsionally rigid gear teeth with self-centering and torsionally flexible elastic coupling 
        • Direct connection to wheelset axle by face gear 
        • Ring gear part of gear unit hollow shaft (reduces installation space and additional cost) 
        • Suitable for axial, radial and angular misalignments 
        • High axial misalignments compensated by gear coupling half 
        • Gear coupling half is self-lubricated (grease)

        Rubber wedge couplings

        Rubber wedge coupling

        (Wheel interface)

        Rubber wedge coupling (wheel interface)
           
        Max. speed up to 900 RPM
        Operation torque up to 7,000 Nm
        Short-circuit torque up to 23,000 Nm
        • Double cardanic and torsionally flexible elastic coupling 
        • Suitable for axial, radial and angular misalignments 
        • Coupling through gear unit 
        • Connection directly to the wheel 
        • Gear unit connection with face gear

        Rubber wedge coupling

        (Axle interface)

        Rubber wedge coupling (axle interface)
           
        Max. speed up to 900 RPM
        Operation torque up to 7,000 Nm
        Short-circuit torque up to 23,000 Nm
        • Double cardanic and torsionally flexible elastic coupling 
        • Suitable for axial, radial and angular misalignments 
        • Coupling through gear unit 
        • Connection directly to wheelset axle

        Bionic toothing

          Voith's innovative bionic toothing is inspired by nature. The optimized tooth root profile makes the toothing more durable and allows for narrower design or a reduction of noise emissions.

          Voith Service for gear units

            Gear units are key components of the driveline. For maximum availability and service life, we support you with our manufacturer-independent service. With our exchange concept, we offer you a solution for minimum downtime and maximum predictability, even in the event of an unplanned breakdown. Highest quality is our commitment. Therefore, we provide a final functional test for all gear units and, in addition, test runs for motor-gear units with original electric motor.

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            Consulting & training
            Retrofit & modernization
            Retrofit & modernization
            Voith Service expert performing preventive maintenance on the gear unit.
            Why Voith Service?

            • Decades of product experience as original equipment manufacturer and service provider 
            • Fast and smooth cooperation thanks to worldwide locations
            • Long-term partnership and planning reliability guaranteed thanks to corporate stability

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            Service

              Voith offers customized service for gear units. With customer needs in focus our service experts ensure minimized downtimes and highest availability.

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