Dana to Supply Motion Systems for New York Observation Wheel | Construction News


Dana Incorporated is providing driveshaft assemblies and gearboxes for the New York Wheel, which will be the world's tallest observation wheel.

Currently under construction on the north shore of Staten Island in New York City, the wheel stand 630 ft. tall when completed in early 2018.

The New York Wheel features 36 pods that will each hold 40 people for a leisurely ride with a view of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.

Production automation company VDL Steelweld is manufacturing those capsules, and Dana is supplying driveshafts to support a leveling system that allows each pod to stay balanced as the wheel rotates.

Dana is also supplying custom-made adaptors to convert the end of the shaft to fit the drive.

Dana is also supplying its motion system products to engineering company Starneth for the New York Wheel. Thirty-two planetary gearboxes will be used to rotate the wheel. The gearboxes are typically designed to move continuous chain-tread vehicles or other heavy machinery and feature a custom cylindrical input shaft to fit the needs of this specific application.

Dana gearboxes were also supplied for the 550-foot tall High Roller observation wheel in Las Vegas, which opened in 2014.

"When Dana was approached about the New York Wheel, we knew there would be very specific requirements for this distinctive project," said Aziz Aghili, president of Dana Off-Highway Drive and Motion Technologies.  "Dana offers a competitive advantage with a truly global footprint that supplies specialized driveshaft solutions, power-transmission products, and support all over the world.  Since every project is different, we work closely with customers to deliver reliable and highly engineered, custom-made solutions."

The New York Wheel is expected to draw more than 3.5 million visitors annually and will be visible from the New York harbor.