by Juan Carlos González Villar
The past several decades have seen impressive refinements to gearboxes for industry and automobiles. Engineers have developed innovative approaches to problem solving such as transmission solutions optimized for specific tasks, greater integration of electronic submodules, new functionality and the ability to network transmissions with other machine components. These changes are reflected in the IP as well. During the past ten years, several patents have been published that describe ways to reduce the ecological footprint of machines and vehicles.