How To Find Small Planetary Gearbox Designs To Save You Space And Time

  • Free custom small planetary gearbox design
  • Custom designs with set parameters are done in a week.
  • On-time, on-budget every time
  • Orders for standard products ship within 2 days
  • Save on shipping: 100% USA made
  • 48+ years in business

Carson Manufacturing Provides Small Planetary Gearbox Products Built To Last

Our small planetary gearbox designs have many engineering advantages, including high output torques, enhanced efficiency, impressive precision, compact size, and minimal noise level. 

If you’re wondering how the planetary gearbox system works, we can explain. With the centrally located sun gear transmitting torque to the fixed planet gears, the moveable carrier orbits the ring gear, forming the output shaft and providing axle relief. This well-balanced solar system is why about 95% of our clients require small planetary gearbox designs. 

We offer our “S” Series planetary gearbox for light-duty applications, which can be made in sizes 17, 23, 34 with standard ratios from 4:1 to 100:1. We also offer our Eliminator Series for more strenuous applications, which can be made in sizes 17, 23, 34 with standard ratios from 3:1 to 100:1.

  • We don’t charge a design fee for custom line drawings and calculations
  • Our planetary gear products are the result of more than 40 years of industry research, development, and testing
  • We can produce small planetary gearboxes for lightweight and more strenuous applications.
  • Our products arrive on time and on budget.
  • Our planetary gearboxes are designed and manufactured 100% in the USA.
  • We can engineer planetary gearboxes to mount practically any motor for any ratio, configuration, and size.

Solve All Your Motor Concerns With A Custom Small Planetary Gearbox

  • Why risk damaging a single gear with ineffective output torques?
  • Why pay high-cost fees for custom planetary gear sets when you don’t have to?
  • Why suffer long delays in production and shipping?.
  • Why accept expensive shipping fees from overseas companies?
  • Why work with unreliable machine shops that don’t deliver what they promise?
  • Why risk durability by not investing in a small planetary gearbox?

At Carson Manufacturing, we take pride in our ability to provide exceptional service and unequaled quality to our customers. With more than 40 years of experience, our machine shop in Carson City has redesigned and revolutionized the design of planetary gearboxes. Not only do we keep the city’s gears turning, but we also serve clients and companies across the globe. From aerospace to medical to robotics to top-secret military equipment, we can provide custom designs.

So, if you’re in the market for a small planetary gearbox or a planetary gearbox with specific configurations, we’ve got you covered. Plus, we won’t charge you a design fee, unlike other manufacturers. We do this because we care and want to help you reduce the risk of one-off parts, long lead times, and costly design fees.

As a three-generation family-owned business, we are incredibly well-versed and qualified to meet all your diverse engineering needs. And with our team of experts, every design is tested under multiple variable conditions and technical requirements for increased durability, precision, and repeatability.

How It Works

Step 1. Contact A Carson Representative

Tell us what you’re looking for by calling 775-883-3366 or filling out this form. We’ll get back to you promptly within three business days.

Step 2. Get Expert Engineering Advice

Consult one of our trained experts to help you choose the right small planetary gearbox for all your business and engineering needs.

Step 3. Receive A Custom Small Planetary Gearbox

Carson Manufacturing has the skills and knowledge to design a custom planetary gearbox with sizes ranging from large to small.

5 Impactful Industries That Benefit From Small Planetary Gearbox Designs

1. Aerospace

When designing products that operate within and out of the earth’s atmosphere, they need to be innovative, reliable, and safe. And while the aerospace industry needs various types of motors and gearboxes, a small planetary gearbox can provide more efficient torque outputs, compactness, precision, and lower noise. Manufacturers also need to optimize design criteria for specific and unique motor requirements. At Carson Manufacturing, we can engineer planetary gearboxes to mount practically any motor for any ratio, configuration, and size.

2. Robotics

Many robots in the robotics industry require highly efficient motorized wheels to meet high-performing and technical requirements. At Carson Manufacturing, we are proud of the space-saving small planetary gearboxes that we designed for the startup company, Attabotics to assist them in achieving revolutionary results in robotics. Because without our design, Attabotics would not have become well-known, well-funded, and highly decorated for developing machinery that reduces the space needed in fulfillment warehouses by 85%. The company’s “3D” storage system uses robots to store and retrieve items while transforming rows and aisles of warehouses into a single, vertical storage structure. This innovative approach earned Attaboitics recognition as TIME‘s Best Inventions of 2019 and Fast Company‘s 32nd most innovative company in 2020.

3. Medical

In 2020, Carson Manufacturing began mass-producing a customized, planetary gearbox to help oncologists test human tissue for cancer more quickly. The gearbox, one of our custom Eliminator Series products, is explicitly designed to support a precision machine position and sort soft tissue samples. Because of its lightweight and compact design, this small planetary gearbox provides indispensable accuracy and smoothness. This design is one example of how we’ve helped the medical industry drive innovation and scientific advancement. Planetary gearboxes are also featured in blood pumps, dental equipment, infusion pumps, kidney dialysis machines, lifting equipment, and lung machines.

4. Automation

The planetary gear design is widely used in automation systems to increase torque and reduce load inertia while simultaneously slowing down the speed. Small planetary gearboxes can also ensure that the energy is efficiently transmitted and not wasted on mechanical losses. Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) are an excellent example of this. These self-driving haulers require compact and lightweight internal components to travel long distances while carrying heavy warehouse products. Many of these AGV devices use brushless motors, which offer better heat dissipation and lower operating temperatures. Brushless motors can also help prolong the life and duty cycle of the planetary gearbox. Other motor options include stepper motors and servo motors. However, conventional stepper motors typically generate significant heat, and servo motors often come at a higher cost.

5. Motorcycles

Although some may not consider motorcycle engines to be small, the epicycle gear train needs to be much more compact than a diesel truck. This is because the size of the planetary gear steer—especially for motorcycles—largely influences the range of speed and can provide more power density than simple parallel axis gear. With its compact size, a small planetary gearbox is more durable and highly efficient, ensuring that a high section of about 97% of the energy is being transferred through the gearbox. Small planetary gearboxes can also provide more stability to the motor because of their compact size and increased rotational stiffness. And since the weight is shared among multiple planet gears, there is more load ability and higher torque density.