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February 2008

FEATURES

Company Profile: Canton Drop Forge

From producing buggy parts at the turn of the last century to aerospace and wind-power applications today, this company's growth reflects the evolution of U.S. manufacturing.

In 1903 a group of investors came together to found Canton Drop Forge, located in the Ohio city of that same name. Soon afterwards Charles A. Brauchler purchased a significant amount of stock, and within a few years he had taken the company’s helm. “He was really the driving force behind the company’s growth in […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Case Study: Allison Transmission Test Drives Gleason Genesis

A field test of Gleason’s Genesis 130H hobbing machine surpasses even the most demanding customers’ requirements, resulting in quicker throughput and less changeover downtime.

Somewhere in Europe a driver is enjoying his new Renault refrigerated truck, and the particularly quiet, smooth–shifting automatic transmission running beneath him. Little does he know that this Allison transmission is the five millionth produced since the company virtually invented the commercial–duty category some 50 years ago. Today, Allison Transmission supplies over 250 OEMs with […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Microgeometry and Bias in Helical Gear Noise Excitations

While excitation usually originates within the gear mesh, it then radiates throughout the mechanism and is amplified by the housing. Understanding this will lead to better design.

The prediction of gear noise may normally be treated as a classical source/path/receiver problem. Usually the excitation occurs in the gear mesh and the path includes the transmission of forces and motions through the shafts and bearings to the gear housing, which in turn radiates the noise. This paper focuses on the source aspect of […]
Donald R. Houser, Ph.D.

DEPARTMENTS

Q&A with Stephen Korosec

President Koro Sharpening Service

Why should people come to you to have their hobs sharpened? Because we’ve specialized in hob sharpening for more than 20 years, and we have the right equipment to do the job. Some companies send all of their cutting tools—including hobs, end and shell mills, and drills—to a regular tool sharpening company, and that’s fine […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Have you avoided establishing an official company safety program because you think it will take too much time, or cost too much? In reality, you can save money in the long run—here's why, and how.

I don’t know how many times I have been told “my boss (management) wants us to be safe, but will not allow us to invest any time or money in a formal safety program. He just doesn’t believe that there is a reasonable payback.” I fully understand where these statements come from. There is no […]
Terry McDonald

Part 2: Epicyclic gearing — when it works, where it doesn’t, and why that is

This installment is the conclusion of a two-part series on epicyclic gearing-when it works, where it doesn’t, and why that is.

The application range of epicyclic gearing has now become unlimited. As an example, shuttle astronauts were required to break loose some large bolts on an instrument panel during a space mission. A torch was not practical, and the bolts were sheared using a glove with a built-in drive socket turned by a planetary drive—proof that […]
William P. Crosher

Chris Chlon: Buy Laws

In the first installment of this new column, four ways to reduce the cost of gear cutting machinery before the purchase order is issued are discussed.

Purchasing machinery for cutting gears is an expensive undertaking. In many instances the price tag for a new broaching or honing machine is over one million dollars. When tooling, options, and unique specifications are included, the final purchase cost is significant. In addition to these, machinery automation is often required, which can include conveyors, robots, […]
Chris Chlon CPM

NEWS

SKF Certified Electric Motor Rebuilders

SKF® certified rebuilders have been uniquely equipped to provide electric motor repair services supported by highly specialized training, technology, and engineering support. Their expertise in delivering quality SKF certified motor rebuilds can help prevent recurring motor failures, extend motor service life, and reduce continual repair costs and downtime. Eligible shops undergo in–depth and ongoing training […]
February 1, 2008

Low-Temperature PVD Coatings from Oerlikon Balzers

Oerlikon Balzers has introduced BALINIT® ARCTIC, a new low-temperature line of PVD coatings for molds and components. An innovative arc technology allows BALINIT ARCTIC Coatings to be applied at 200°C (390°F), substantially lower than standard PVD coatings that are applied between 400 and 500°C (750 to 930°F). This makes it possible to coat cold-working steels […]
February 1, 2008

MAG Fadal Introduces FX Series of VMCs with Infimatic Control

Vertical machining center producer MAG Fadal has announced that their FX series of machines will be available with the new Infimatic Freedom NC200TM, a digital control designed specifically for metal-cutting machine tool applications, with three highly-intuitive navigation choices. The control is compatible with standard G Codes as well as part programs that have been created […]
February 1, 2008

New Catalogs of Mechanical Components from Misumi

Misumi USA, Inc., announces the immediate availability of its 2008 metric and inch catalogs of mechanical components. The metric and inch catalogs feature over 3,000 pages filled with 500,000 fixed and configurable mechanical components and other products for enhanced factory automation. Plus these Misumi catalogs include over 6,000 new products, as well as over 3,000 […]
February 1, 2008

New MarCator 1081 from Mahr Federal

For those who need the basics in a digital indicator, the new MarCator 1081 Digital Indicator from Mahr Federal offers an excellent price/performance ratio. With a measuring range of 0.5 in. (12.5 mm) and resolution to 0.00005 in. (0.001 mm), the gage features a high contrast LCD display with 10 mm high digits, and provides […]
February 1, 2008

Methods Machine Tools Fills Newly-Created Position

Methods Machine Tools has hired James J. “Jamie” Hanson as director of corporate development. In this newly created position he will be responsible for critically evaluating every aspect of Methods’ business—from current operating procedures to supply chain oversight—with an eye toward future growth of the company at all levels. He will work out of the […]
February 1, 2008

Danfoss Drives Offers New FCD QDrive

Danfoss Drives introduces the FCD QDrive—a complete IP66/NEMA 4X enclosed decentral drive solution engineered for wall or rail mounting in any position, or atop the motor itself when ordered without a circuit breaker or output contactor. Because FCD QDrives require no cabinet space, they are ideal for bus communication across a number of industry standard […]
February 1, 2008

Weiler Provides Automated Deburring Educational Brochure

Weiler Corporation’s 12-page educational brochure is an informative guide to automated deburring with brushes. The implementation of wire brushes and Nylox® abrasive nylon filament brushes in automated deburring environments has become increasingly common in recent years. This guide will help you determine the best brush and system design for your specific application. One of the […]
February 1, 2008

SEW-EURODRIVE Cited for Operational Excellence

A commitment to manufacturing practices that support productivity, empower people, and protect the environment has earned the SEW-EURODRIVE plant in Lyman, South Carolina, a 2007 Top Plant award for operational excellence from Plant Engineering magazine. The SEW facility was one of three plants to be honored with the Top Plant award this year. SEW-EURODRIVE is […]
February 1, 2008

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