Gear racks
Gear racks are utilized to convert rotating movement into linear motion. A equipment rack has straight tooth cut into one surface area of a square or round section of rod and operates with a pinion, which is certainly a small cylindrical gear meshing with the gear rack. Generally, gear rack and pinion are collectively known as “rack and pinion”. There are numerous ways to use gears. For example, as demonstrated in the picture, a equipment is used with the apparatus rack to rotate a parallel shaft.
To provide many variations of rack and pinion, Ever-power has various kinds of equipment racks in share. If the application requires a long length requiring multiple gear racks in series, we’ve racks with the tooth forms properly configured at the ends. These are described as “gear racks with machined ends”. When a equipment rack is produced, the tooth cutting process and heat treatment process can cause it to try & go out of true. We are able to control this with unique presses & remedial processes.
There are applications where in fact the gear rack is stationary, as the pinion traverses and others where in fact the pinion rotates upon a fixed axis while the gear rack moves. The former is used widely in conveying systems as the latter can be used in extrusion systems and lifting/lowering applications.
As a mechanical element to transfer rotary into linear movement, gear racks tend to be in comparison to ball screws. There are benefits and drawbacks for using racks instead of ball screws. The advantages of a gear rack are its mechanical simplicity, huge load carrying capacity, and no limit to the space, etc. One drawback though is the backlash. The benefits of a ball screw will be the high precision and lower backlash while its shortcomings include the limit in size due to deflection.
Rack and pinions are used for lifting mechanisms (vertical movement), horizontal motion, positioning mechanisms, stoppers and to permit the synchronous rotation of many shafts in general industrial machinery. On the other hand, also, they are used in steering systems to improve the direction of cars. The characteristics of rack and pinion systems in steering are the following: simple structure, high rigidity, little and lightweight, and superb responsiveness. With this system, the pinion, installed to the steering shaft, is usually meshed with a steering rack to transmit rotary movement laterlly (converting it to linear motion) to ensure that you can control the wheel. In addition, rack and pinions are used for many other purposes, such as toys and lateral slide gates.
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Gear rack, when used in combination with spur gears, converts rotary movement into linear motion. Equipment rack from Ever-power is made to operate with our share 14 1/2° and 20° PA spur gears.
Often, gear rack is modified to match specific applications. This may include drilling and tapping installation holes, cutting to particular lengths or matching ends of two bits of rack to make a continuous length longer than stock.
· Ever-power’s gear rack comes in 14 1/2° and 20° PA to match a wide range of application requirements.
· Stocked in 4ft and 6ft lengths
· The choice of 48 to 3 DP meets an equally diverse array of needs.
· Length tolerance allows ends to become matched for easy modification.
· Our in-share inventory of nylon, and steel ensures availability – and compatibility.
· Because it is properly matched to Ever-power’s spur gears, our gear rack promises superior efficiency.
Gear Racks – Changes Rotational Movement into Linear Motion

Racks are portions of a cylindrical disk with an infinite radius which has involute shaped the teeth cut into its face. Racks mate exclusively with spur gears which have the same module, pressure angle and preferably face width. EVER-POWER offers gear racks in many components, configurations, modules and lengths. One unique feature of our racks is usually that most are supplied with finished ends. This type of production permits multiple racks to end up being butted, end-to-end, to produce one continuous length of rack. Many of the products that we offer enable secondary functions such as reduction of the length, the adding of tapped holes, or the use of heat therapy. Our offering also contains products which have already had a few of these secondary functions completed. These products are recognized by a “J” within their part number plus they are available within 10 calendar times.
The straight tooth cylindrical gear for which the radius of the pitch cylinder is infinite and in a bar form is named a gear rack. If it is sorted by the positions of the apparatus shafts, it is one of the parallel shaft category. The spur gear that meshes with a gear rack is generally called a pinion.
Besides gear racks with straight line the teeth, there are helical racks which have slanted tooth. Helical gear racks are paired with helical gears, but because of the slant of the tooth path, as in helical gears, the mesh creates axial thrust forces.
Among the gear racks’ main applications are machine equipment and transport devices and when the applications involve transmitting linear motions, they are generally compared with ball screws. In those situations, the main advantages of gear racks can be named such as being able to satisfy a heavier load by using larger modules and having no size limitation by connecting gear racks with completed ends. However, a good example of the disadvantages of equipment racks includes the occurrence of backlash.
When manufacturing gear racks, due to their bar form, bending often outcomes. In these cases, corrective procedures using presses are often employed.
As for the kind of gear racks, besides the usual bar shape, there are circular racks where the cross sections are circular and flexible racks which may be bent into free curve shapes.
Racks Categories
EVER-POWER stock racks are made for high precision linear motion applications. We offer a large selection of racks which range from module 0.5 to 10 and lengths from 100 to 2000 mm.
Hardened Ground Racks (MRGF – MRGFD)
Has the highest power and precision in the EVER-POWER standard rack series. Bolt holes could be remachined as carburizing is usually applied only within the tooth area. J Series products are also available.
Hardened Surface Racks (KRGF-H – KRGFD-H)
Heat treated ground gears with high precision and power has superb cost-performance ratio. J Series products are also available.
Steel Racks (SR)
Low cost, large selections of modules and quantity of teeth. J Series products are also available.
Stainless Steel Racks (SUR·SURF·SURFD)
Ideal for food machinery because of SUS304 material\’s rust-resistant quality.
Brass Racks (BSR)
Small pitch racks made of free-cutting brass, excellent workability and high rust resistance.