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June 2003

FEATURES

Company Profile: C-B Gear & Machine, Inc.

From humble beginnings, this Houston company is poised for growth.

According to Jack Nowlin, his father was known for his strong work ethic. It’s what led C.B. Nowlin to found his own company, in fact. “He’d get to work in the morning, and everybody would have to take a break,” he says. “And then they’d have lunch, and then they’d have to take another break, […]
Russ Willcutt

Software Solutions for Unknown Gears

M&M Precision Systems’ “unknown gear” software is precise, reliable, and makes solving the mystery as easy as punching a button.

Ever have a gear that you wanted to inspect, but didn’t have drawing data to define the part? M&M Precision Systems has developed a program for measuring gears with unknown parameters, otherwise known as an “unknown gear.” It allows for the input of partial parameters or for a complete inspection, including counting the teeth and […]
Peter Grimsley

The Next Dimension in Detecting Tooth Distortion

Process Equipment has developed new equipment and software that makes finding flaws a breeze.

The conventional CNC gear inspection machine will measure and evaluate helix and involute tooth flank deviations that are relative to a theoretically perfect helix or involute form. Any information relating to the actual mean tooth size, relative to a desired tooth thickness, is lost when plotting the traces. This is because the software is designed […]
Mark E. Cowan

DEPARTMENTS

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Proper cleaning procedures and an awareness of ergonomics can limit injuries and improve worker morale.

This month, my column is kind of a “hodge-podge” of thoughts on various techniques that I’ve seen used in plants over the years, along with other random thoughts that you might find useful. Cleaning the Chips out of the Machine –First of all, I have found that using compressed air to clean the work area […]
Terry McDonald

Kurt Medert: Gear Expo 2003

A report from Germany’s Hannover Fair and an update on the upcoming Gear Expo convention.

Before I discuss our own show, I’d like to tell you about Hannover Fair 2003, which was held April 7-12 in Hannover, Germany. It’s the largest capital goods trade show in the world, and AGMA has now exhibited in this biennial event four times in a row. At this year’s six-day show, AGMA President Joe […]
Kurt Medert

Q&A with David Genest

The director of marketing for Brown & Sharpe takes readers on a walk through the past, present, and future of this global metrology giant.

I think it’s fascinating that a metrology company has its roots in something so precise as watchmaking. Could you walk us through how the company has evolved over the years? The company was founded in 1833 by Joseph Brown, who was a tinkerer and liked to take things apart to figure out how they worked, […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

NEWS

New FARO Gage Provides Increased Accuracy

According to a press release dated March 17, 2003, FARO Technologies, Inc., announced an industry first: a .0002-inch accurate portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) known as the FARO Gage Personal CMMÅ. "The Gage’s .0002-inch accuracy now provides a clear alternative to traditional CMMs, hand tools, and other portable inspection equipment," says Simon Raab, the company’s […]
June 1, 2003

Certification Upgraded at mG miniGears

In a press release dated April 2, 2003, mG miniGears disclosed that AQSR International, Inc., of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has reviewed its quality management system and found it worthy of ISO 9001:2000 accreditation for automotive and non-automotive applications. "AQSR’s thorough examination and image as the leading auditor of quality programs validates our commitment to overall […]
June 1, 2003

Dana Supplying Rear-Steerable Axles For Revolutionary Steering System

The Dana Corporation announced in a press release dated April 16, 2003, that it is supplying light-duty rear steerable axles for Delphi’s revolutionary Quadrasteer four-wheel steering system for a number of current General Motors trucks. "We are proud to include our expertise within the Quadrasteer system, and we look forward to working on additional opportunities […]
June 1, 2003

ATS Announces $9 Million in Automation Orders

Automation Tooling Systems, Inc. (ATS), announced on March 18, 2003, that it has been awarded two separate contracts valued at $9 million for the design, manufacture, and supply of automated manufacturing systems from two major multinational tier-one automotive customers. The largest of the two contracts will be completed, shipped, and installed over the next six […]
June 1, 2003

MIC Acquires Six Coating Application Facilities

In a release dated April 2, 2003, the Metal Improvement Company (MIC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation, announced the acquisition of the assets of six USA E/M engineered coatings solutions facilities. The six facilities have a total of 237,000 square feet and approximately 278 employees. They are strategically located across the United […]
June 1, 2003

Mahr Federal Joins Joe Gibbs Racing Technology Team

Mahr Federal, Inc., has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Joe Gibbs Racing, two-time winner of NASCAR’s Winston Cup Championship, company officials recently announced. Under the terms of the agreement, Mahr will install a number of its dimensional metrology systems at the JGR Race Shop headquarters in Huntersville, North Carolina, providing its expertise in precision […]
June 1, 2003

New Batch Atmosphere Line Installed at Bodycote

Bodycote Thermal Processing, Inc., has installed a new batch atmosphere furnace line at its facility in Highland Heights, Ohio. The surface combustion integral quench furnaces have working dimensions of 36" x 48" x 36" and can accommodate load sizes of up to 5,000 pounds. The line also incorporates a state-of-the-art endothermic gas generator. The new […]
June 1, 2003

JRM International Announces New Alliances

For many years, JRM International, Inc., has been known for the sales and service of Schrem hydraulic locknuts and Burka-Kosmos grinding wheels. JRM, which has been an importer and distributor of German machine tools and accessories since 1984, announces a new alliance and addition to its current line of machinery for the gear industry. JRM […]
June 1, 2003

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