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March 2008

FEATURES

Company Profile: Chamfermatic, Inc.

The year was 1999, and the company had just enjoyed the best year in its relatively short history. Founded just three years earlier, in 1996, Mike Magee recalls being amazed by how many orders for his deburring machines were flowing in, and he quite naturally began dreaming of expansion. “I was talking to Dixie, my […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Measuring Excellence in Polymer Gearing

While the art may be found in the manufacturing of polymer gears, the science involves measurement, and Kleiss Gears is the expert in combining the two.

At Kleiss we refer to polymer gear making as a “subtle science and exacting art,” and 20 years of experience has shown that a gear is a very special shape that is not well understood from a polymer point of view. Handbooks and textbooks don’t address the subtleties needed to replicate these shapes in high […]
Douglas Felsenthal

Reducing Gear Whine in Planetary Gear Transmissions

In an article penned by a technical specialist at the Ford Research Laboratory, two assembly techniques to reduce transmission error in planetary gear systems are examined.

Gear whine is an annoyance for automotive consumers. For all practical purposes it cannot be eliminated, but only minimized. Gear whine stems from transmission error that is a result of manufacturing variation, among other things. Random assembly used in current mass production can be a hindrance to reducing transmission error and, therefore, the gear whine. […]
Shounak M. Athavale, Ph.D.

Selecting the Right PFPE Lubricant

Extreme environments call for extreme lubricating measures, and perfluoropolyethers, or PFPEs, provide the characteristics required for these—and other—demanding applications.

If a mechanical or electromechanical component has to function for extended periods in an extreme environment, a perfluoropolyether (PFPE) lubricant just may be the key to long life and smooth performance. PFPEs are a family of fluorinated synthetic fluids that are used to formulate the most thermo-oxidatively stable lubricants available today. They are slippery, long-chain […]
George Mock

The Rules for Successful Rotary Broaching

When is rotary broaching applicable, and how is the operation performed? What materials can be used, and which manufacturers benefit from this process? You’ll find the answers ahead!

The process of rotary broaching has been around for a long time, but there are still many machinists in the field who have never heard of the process, or are skeptical to try it due to a lack of understanding of how the system works. As an example, many machining applications call for hexagonal shapes, […]
Scott Laprade

DEPARTMENTS

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Wearing the proper footwear in an industrial environment prevents slippage and provides impact protection, and there is a wealth of free information available to help remind employees of these and other concerns.

I’ve been thinking lately about the necessary protective footwear that should be worn in a gear manufacturing environment. I suppose that the reason for these thoughts has to do with certain recent visits to shops where I noticed that the footwear of choice seems to be what I used to call sneakers or tennis shoes. […]
Terry McDonald

Evaluating and defining hardness, and the evolution of testing methods

In this installment the author discusses tests devised for evaluating hardness, how hardness is actually defined, and the evolution of testing methods over time.

Hardness is not a single, clearly defined, physically changeable value, but a complex combination of diverse concepts. In gears we need to know surface hardness, hardness depth, hardness at depth, and case depth. What is hardness? The relative abilities: 1) of different substances to penetrate one another; 2) of materials to take and keep a […]
William P. Crosher

Q&A with Tom Treuden

President of Butler Gear.

Employee retention is more important than ever before. How is your relationship with the company’s employees structured? We have about 50 employees, and I spend the first hour of my day touching base with each of them. Not only does that convey I’m interested in what they’re doing, but it’s also important for me to […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

NEWS

Rotary Broach News from Slater Tools

Growth in a variety of custom and specialty forms used in fasteners for the medical and aerospace industries is being supported by Slater Tools, Inc., through expansion of their hexalobular shaped rotary broaches. The contour of the hexalobular broach’s lobed recesses makes it a desirable form for fasteners. Like Slater’s popular line of standard hexagon […]
March 1, 2008

Kapp Technologies Names New Manager of Manufacturing

Kapp Technologies has announced that Michael Ruppert has joined the company as manager of manufacturing. He will oversee a staff of over 25 shop technicians for the manufacturing of KAPP CBN plated tools and Coroning(R) Rings. Ruppert brings his experience working with Kapp Tools directly from Coburg, Germany, where he worked for several years before […]
March 1, 2008

Overton Gear Unveils Expanded Heat Treatment Facility

Overton Gear Corporation has completed a 10,000 square-foot expansion of its heat treating facility. New additions include two state-of-the-art carburizing furnaces that employ the latest U.S. and European technologies, along with an 84-inch quench press. This complements the company’s existing five pit furnaces and five integral quench furnaces. “The expansion gives us capabilities unrivaled in […]
March 1, 2008

Drake Gear Grinder Makes Impact in Asia

Drake Manufacturing, a mid-sized U.S. machine tool builder, is steadily developing a reputation in Asia as a premier supplier of precision grinding equipment. Okamoto Corporation of Singapore produces an excellent line of surface, internal, cylindrical, and centerless grinders. But when Okamoto wanted to lower costs and improve quality of worm gears for their machines by […]
March 1, 2008

Philadelphia Gear Appoints New Sales Representative, Western Region

Philadelphia Gear, a full-service provider of gearing and power transmission solutions, has appointed Darren Keehn as sales representative for the Western Region of Canada, encompassing the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. In this role Keehn will be responsible for various business development initiatives in the region and adding value to the partnership between PGC […]
March 1, 2008

IMTS Announces Plans for a “Green” 2008 Exhibitor Kit

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) announces plans to take its 2008 exhibitor kit to a greener state. The exhibitor kit will be provided on a memory stick that can be returned to show management for re-use for IMTS 2010. “We believe it is our responsibility to reduce the ecological and environmental impact of IMTS […]
March 1, 2008

Precision AGMA Quality Gears from Perry Tool & Research

Perry Tool & Research specializes in manufacturing high-quality gears up to 12 AGMA. These close-tolerance, precision gears are ideal for use in applications where a higher pitch is critical to produce a finer movement. AGMA gears are frequently used in electrical instrumentation, business machinery, fractional gear motors, medical equipment, aerospace components, consumer appliances, and robotics. […]
March 1, 2008

Growth Leads to New Staff at Ipsen

Due to strong customer demand and a positive outlook, Ipsen, Inc., added 12 new hires to its North American team in the fourth quarter of 2007. The engineering and production departments were both expanded by four each while the remaining talent is assigned to quality control, purchasing, and aftermarket services. Ipsen’s HR Manager John Menne […]
March 1, 2008

Low-Noise Gear Modules from IMS Gear

IMS Gear Planetary Gears, Inc., has recently completed the development and introduction of a new line of low-noise gear modules for their range of planetary gear units. By capitalizing on the modular gear system, it has been able to expand on its existing product range adapting low-noise helical gear modules in the first stage. These […]
March 1, 2008

Gleason Introduces Bevel and Cylindrical Gear Tester

Gleason has introduced the 360T Universal Gear Tester, the only product of its kind capable of completely automatic roll testing of spiral, hypoid, and cylindrical gearsets of virtually any configuration and shaft angle. The 360T—equipped for either fixed 90° gears or with a CNC–controlled swinging gear head for testing angular bevel, cylindrical, and off-angle cylindrical […]
March 1, 2008

Bodine Electric Company Expands Mechatronics Motion Control

Mechatronics, or combining electronic and mechanical devices into one integrated system, has become increasingly common. Complexity and economics are behind this trend: one recent survey of engineers showed that 71 percent of their designs include microprocessors, sensors, actuators, circuit boards, or other electronic products used to control mechanical components. However, 63 percent of the engineers […]
March 1, 2008

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