custom Precision Gears

WM Berg has been an industry leader in high quality gear solutions for over 50 years. Our enginners can aid in the design of custom gearing or modify one of our standard gears to meet your specifications.

  • Types: Worm, Bevel, Miter, Spur, Helical, Internal, Anti-Backlash, Gear Racks
  • Pitch:  12DP -120DP (Imperial)
  • Pitch: .25Mod - 1.5Mod (Metric)
  • Output Torque: 48 in. oz. – 500 in. oz.

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materials

Additional alloys and materials may be available depending on the custom gear and application.

Custom Stainless Steel Gear

Custom Stainless Steel Gears

Stainless steel is corrosion resistant, making it ideal for applications where rust contamination must be prevented (for example medical or laboratory equipment). Stainless steel is also very strong and durable, even in extreme temperatures.

  • 303 Stainless Steel
  • 302 Stainless Steel (18-8)
  • 17-7PH Rockwell C38-C44
  • 17-4PH Rockwell C32-C38
  • 416 Stainless Steel
  • 410 Stainless Steel
  • 440 Stainless Steel
  • 420 Stainless Steel
  • 301 Stainless Steel
  • 304 Stainless Steel
  • 316 Stainless Steel
Custom Phosphor Bronze Gear

Custom Non-Ferrous Metal Gears

Aluminum alloys and other non-ferrous metals are non-magnetic because they don't contain any iron. Aluminum isn't as strong as stainless steel, but it's very lightweight, giving it a higher strength-to-weight ratio. Aluminum alloys are also easier to machine. Phosphor bronze is an alloy made of copper, tin, and phosphorus. Phosphor bronze has high wear resistance, making it a good option for high-friction applications. Sintered bronze is heat treated, quiet, and slides easily (low friction). Naval brass (464 brass) is strong, corrosion resistant, and an excellent choice for high-temperature environments. 

  • 2024 T4 Aluminum
  • 2024 T351 Aluminum
  • 6063 T5 Aluminum
  • 6061 T6 Aluminum
  • Phosphor Bronze
  • Bronze, Sintered
  • Brass, Naval, Alloy 464
Custom Steel Gear

Custom Steel Gears

Steel (aka carbon steel or mild steel) is a little stronger than stainless steel because it has less carbon in it, but it's less heat resistant. Steel costs less than stainless steel, making it a good choice for applications where high strength is needed, and corrosion resistance is not a concern. 

  • 12L14 Steel
  • 4140 Steel
  • 1018 Steel
  • 1045 Steel
  • 8620 Steel
custom plastic gear

Custom Plastic Gears

Polyacetal (aka acetal, POM) is an engineering thermoplastic offering the strength and durability of metal at a much lighter weight. Polyacetal gearing is ideal for applications involving high temperatures and/or harsh chemicals. Polycarbonate is also an engineering thermoplastic with excellent strength, rigidity and impact resistance. Polycarbonate with glass reinforcement increases its durability and reduces friction.

  • Polyacetal
  • Polyacetal, with lubricant fibers
  • Polycarbonate
  • Polycarbonate, Glass filled-10%, Black

GEAR types

Custom Helical Gear

Custom HELICAL GEARS

WM Berg produces custom right angle gear options including helical gears, or dry-fixed gears, which are designed to manage a smooth transition of force with minimal axial thrust and sliding friction for a quieter mechanical flow. Customizable helical gear attributes include: type, helical hand, pitch, gear bore and teeth count. Custom helical gears can be designed to be meshed in parallel or non-parallel shaft orientation.

Common Applications Requiring Custom Helical Gears

  • Applications suitable for spur gears that have non-parallel shafts
  • Low-power systems including extruders, crushers, cranes, coolers & mixers
  • Higher-friction scenarios that standard gears don’t have the wear to support

WM Berg also offers pre-manufactured helical gears.

Custom Anti-Backlash Gear

CUSTOM ANTI-BACKLASH GEARS

Choose from custom spur, worm, and bevel zero backlash gear styles to eliminate inaccuracies and minimize backlash in low-torque gear train scenarios. Custom anti-backlash gears can be engineered to meet the criteria for precision rotary motion control applications with any of the following inputs: type, style, pitch, pitch diameter, material, bore size, and number of teeth. 

Common Applications Requiring Custom Anti-Backlash Gears

  • Rotary encoder drives
  • X-ray scanning, laser cutting, satellite tracking, lens grinding and other precision positioning tasks
  • Other light-duty applications requiring high positioning accuracy

WM Berg also offers standard anti-backlash gears.

Custom Gear Rack

CUSTOM GEAR RACKS

Tailored to achieve mechanical simplicity, WM Berg’s custom gear racks seamlessly transform rotational motion into linear, forward and backward motion. Custom gear racks are ideal for providing an economical way of sustaining long run production. 

Common Applications Requiring Custom Gear Racks

  • Machine tools that move linearly
  • Pic-and-balance mechanisms
  • Applications with pneumatic cylinders
  • Applications with quarter-turn butterfly & ball valves where arc of travel is limited to a fixed angle

WM Berg also offers standard gear racks.

Custom Internal Gear

CUSTOM INTERNAL GEARS

Custom internal gears provide designers with the ability to achieve higher contact and drive ratios than standard spur gears at shorter center distances. Custom internal gears also enable a velocity change without a directional change, which would require an idler gear with standard spurs. 

Common Applications Requiring Custom Internal Gears

  • Planetary gear trains
  • Applications where physical space is a constraint
  • Applications for high power transmission within small overall dimensions

WM Berg also offers standard internal gears.

Custom Spur Gear

CUSTOM SPUR GEARS & RATCHETS

With WM Berg you can reengineer the pitch, pitch diameter, gear bore, face size, number of teeth, and material of the single most common type of gear. Custom spur gears and ratchets maximize power transfer efficiency by minimizing loss, and sustain reliable operations by reducing the likelihood of slip. 

Common Applications Requiring Custom Spur Gears & Ratchets

  • Belt drive replacement scenarios
  • Metal cutting machines
  • In conjunction with gear rack mechanisms

WM Berg also offers standard spur gears.

Custom Worm Gear

CUSTOM WORMs

Customize the helix angle, length, outside diameter, material, number of threads and number of leads of a worm, with right or left-handed threads. We can also reverse engineer a worm from a worm gear if needed, or design a custom gearbox with worms and worm gears.

Common Applications Requiring Custom Worms

  • Packaging equipment
  • Conveyors
  • Applications that require zero or minimal back driving
  • Small, space-saving machinery

WM Berg also offers standard worms.

Custom Worm Gear

CUSTOM WORM Gears

Customize the pitch, thread style, material, bore size, pressure angle, and number of teeth of a worm gear. WM Berg can customize worm gears for your existing worm and wheel assembly or other mechanical mechanisms that require high gear ratios, fast braking and stopping, and easy shock absorption. 

Common Applications Requiring Custom Worm Gears

  • Packaging equipment
  • Conveyors
  • Applications that require zero or minimal back driving
  • Small, space-saving machinery

WM Berg also offers standard worm wheels.

Applications

Our custom precision gears are designed to interface seamlessly in applications requiring extremely high accuracy, including:

  • Custom gearboxes for machine tools & general machinery
  • Industrial controls, motion control, robotics & packaging machinery
  • Aerospace/aircraft instruments, controls & components
  • Medical, dental & laboratory equipment, including imaging & surgical devices

WM Berg offers a complete line of custom engineered gears to accommodate virtually all precision assembly requirements and operating conditions within the aerospace, healthcare, motion control, communications and other industries. Contact us with questions about custom precision gears for your project.

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Benefits of Precision Gear Customization from the Original Manufacturer

For over 50 years, WM Berg has been the leader of premium precision gear engineering, production and manufacturing process automation. That’s what makes us the go-to source for questions around spec requirements, application objectives and precision part installation.

Pre-manufactured precision gears are well suited for applications powered by newer machinery. The value of custom OEM gears comes from extending the use of existing machinery, and providing greater flexibility to optimize mechanical operations as business needs evolve.

Advantages of custom precision gears from WM Berg include:

High-precision custom gears from WM Berg have a long part life, exhibit low operational maintenance, and help maximize equipment performance by ensuring high indexing precision, transmitting high torque values and minimizing downtime when changing direction of motion from a power source.

Our Process

Working with a custom gear manufacturer to create unique, high-precision gears has never been so easy. From concept to prototype to production, our on-site product experts are with you every step of the way to achieve innovative manufacturing solutions that last. Our precision gear customization process is simple:

  1. Our mechanical engineers make it.
  2. Our shipping team delivers it.
  3. Our technical support agents guide you through installation.

Partner with WM Berg to Define Your Custom Gear Design Needs

WM Berg delivers technical resources that put function first through innovative solution design, development, operation and production, achieving the highest levels of precision part quality. If you have an inquiry about custom precision gears, reach out today. We’ll be in touch within 24 hours.

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