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August 2009

FEATURES

Company Profile: X-R-I Testing, Inc.

Whether you want to send your gears in for non-destructive testing, handle it yourself, or to establish a—co-located—facility on-site, here's the company to contact.

In 1941 Detroit was a hub of the aerospace industry, with bombers being manufactured at the nearby Willow Run Airport and elsewhere, and non-destructive testing (NDT) was a promising new technology that drew the attention of a few local investors who started a business by the name of X-Ray Industries, Inc. The company became a […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Duration Through Diversification

A wide range of capabilities at work in diverse markets helps companies like Forest City Gear to remain competitive and thrive during tough economic times.

As the gear manufacturing industry weathers the economic downturn along with everyone else, one key to survival involves remaining active in a wide range of markets, in terms of their activities and geography as well. Forest City Gear Co. serves as a case study in this type of market diversification, further defining its reputation by […]
Everett Hawkins

Gear Tooth Temperature Measurements

Much can be learned from measuring the temperature of gears under load. The following paper describes an experimental technique developed specifically for this purpose.

This paper presents the technique developed to measure the temperature on various active portions of a gear operating under load, at high speeds, and the results obtained. Comparison of the measured temperatures to computed temperatures utilizing standard AGMA methods is also presented. This experimental technique was developed as a part of a larger project to […]
Douglas R. McPherson, Suren Rao, Ph.D.

Gear Cleaning Goes Ultrasonic

Ultrasonic baths can optimize gear cleaning in terms of safety, quality, and cost. The following tips will help you get the most out of this application.

The techniques for manufacturing gears and gear components do not differ dramatically from other industries. Precision cutting, grinding, polishing, and buffing are all part of the process. But manufacturing is not complete until the gear assemblies and other gearing components are cleaned and thoroughly prepped for shipment. Gears’ blind holes, threaded holes, and precision teeth […]
Del Williams

Automated Gearbox Testing

Gearboxes manufactured for the U.S. Navy must exhibit high stiffness, maximum efficiency, and low backlash. Here’s how Excel Gear is achieving that goal.

Any gear manufacturing company that has worked with the United States military realizes how demanding their requirements can be. That’s certainly the case with Excel Gear, Inc., which is building gearboxes for the control of a missile launch system on the new DDG1000 series of U.S. Navy ships. These gearboxes are the drive elements for […]
William L. Winterbauer, Ph.D.

A Software Solution for Gear Noise Problems

The development of a Continuous Variable Transmission, and the precision required by its gearing, was enabled by the professionals at LMS International. Here’s the story.

Finnish-based tractor manufacturer Valtra’s continued drive toward innovation remains imperative for its future success. With tractor sales falling worldwide in 2009, they must continue to meet customer’s growing demands in the face of stiff competition from the likes of John Deere and Case New Holland, while at the same time making inroads into emerging markets. […]
Jennifer Schlegel

DEPARTMENTS

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Drug and alcohol addictions can wreck a person's life, but if either is being abused in an industrial setting that life can be lost, as well.

I guess it’s something that can happen in any workplace, whether it’s a law practice, a restaurant, or an insurance agency, but when someone is abusing alcohol or drugs in the industrial environment they can lose their life. It’s a simple fact that you don’t want to be groggy after a wild night, or actually […]
Terry McDonald

With large gears in demand for tough applications, the properties imparted by nitriding may lead you to choose that over carburizing

Nitriding is an alternative to carburizing, but it differs in that the nitrogen is added into ferrite and not austenite. Because it is not heated into the austenite phase and quenched the process has minimum distortion and excellent dimensional control. A 1980 ASME paper states that “nitriding imparts a resistance to scoring failure enabling gears […]
William P. Crosher

Q&A with Alois Mundt

Managing Director of Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH

When was the Sigma Pool formed, and what was its original purpose? Our customers are found worldwide, and in the early nineties we were looking for a more economical way to service their needs, so we started considering other companies that it would make sense for us to partner with in reaching out to them, […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

NEWS

New Multan Metal Removal Lubricants from Henkel

Henkel Corporation has introduced two new water-soluble Multan® metal removal lubricants formulated to generate minimal foam and be used continuously for years with minimal biological degradation. Users of traditional metal cutting fluids often experience problems with foam buildup and bacteria growth. Excessive foam causes lubricant overflow and waste while bacteria growth generates odors, degrades the […]
July 22, 2009

Bonfiglioli USA President Receives Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Bonfiglioli USA President and CEO Greg Schulte was recently named a finalist in Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year awards for South Central Ohio and Kentucky. The Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards recognize business leaders who take their business to the next level and find creative ways to achieve their goals, […]
July 22, 2009

Danfoss Names Exclusive N.A. Distributor

The Industrial Automation Division of Danfoss has named FLODRAULIC as its exclusive distributor for the motor control gear product line in North America. FLODRAULIC Canada, Georgetown, Ontario, will distribute Danfoss contactors, overload relays, circuit breakers, timers, and motor starters to markets in the United States and Canada. The company will also distribute Danfoss industrial controls, […]
July 22, 2009

Application-Specific Conical Ball Nose End Mills from Emuge

Emuge Corp. has announced the introduction of conical ball nose end mills that are uniquely designed for the machining of specific components in several key manufacturing segments including automotive, aerospace, energy, and HVAC. The end mills are conical in shape, with a highly accurate ball nose capable of completely machining impellers, blisks, turbine blades, and […]
July 22, 2009

New Inverter Duty Gearmotors and Motors from Bodine

Bodine Electric Company added over 20 new 230/460 VAC, variable speed, three-phase gearmotors and motors to their Pacesetter™ product line. These new models are ideal for factories where various power supply options are present. They provide a wide range of torque, speed, and horsepower to fit a wide variety of applications such as conveyor systems, […]
July 22, 2009

Sandvik Coromant Appoints New Global President

Sandvik Coromant has announced the appointment of Tom Erixon to the position of president of its global operations in Sandviken, Sweden. Effective September 1, 2009, he will replace Kenneth Sundh, the current president.Erixon currently serves as executive vice president of Sandvik Tooling and president of Sandvik Hard Materials, a product area within Sandvik Tooling. Prior […]
July 22, 2009

Preventive Maintenance Gauges from GMP

Global Machine Parts (GMP) is adding to their extensive part inventory by including preventive maintenance gauges. These gauges enable optimum machine performance, provide troubleshooting, maintain machine accuracy, and help prevent accidents. GMP offers a wide variety of these gauges to test many variables of production, and customized gauges are also available for special applications. They […]
July 22, 2009

Triumph Signs Contract with Gear Technology

Gear Technology has signed a five-year manufacturing agreement with Triumph Gear Systems, a group company of Triumph Aerospace Systems. Terms and conditions of the agreement provide a mutually beneficial business relationship between the two companies, according to Tom Marino, president of Gear Technology. “We are pleased to be working with Triumph Gear Systems,” he says. […]
July 22, 2009

High-Torque Jack-Up Drives from Fairfield

Fairfield Manufacturing recently introduced its new line of high-torque jack-up drives at the May 2009 Offshore Technology Conference. Fairfield’s complete line of Torque-Hub® jacking drive products are designed and developed to meet the specialized needs and requirements of rugged marine applications with maximum jacking torque ratings from 700,000 in-lbs to more than 20,000,000 in-lbs.Special features […]
July 22, 2009

Series 300P Indicating Snap Gages from Mahr Federal

Mahr Federal’s series 300P indicating snap gages are an excellent choice for highly accurate and reliable measurement results on cylindrical parts with narrow tolerance ranges. The gages are available in a variety of sizes with measuring capacity increasing in 1" (25 mm) increments up to 9" (229 mm). Series 300P snap gages can be configured […]
July 22, 2009

New Thin Section Contact Series Ball Bearings from QBC

Quality Bearings & Components (QBC) announces a new line of thin section four point contact series of ball bearings. This dynamic new series also comes in the innovative Conrad style that features Conrad radial contact points and the angular contact style that utilizes angular contact single bearings, which are both reliable and cost-effective. This new […]
July 22, 2009

The Association For Manufacturing Technology Elects New President

The Association For Manufacturing Technology’s board of directors has announced that it has elected Douglas K. Woods as AMT president. He comes to AMT from Parlec, Inc.—a company that specializes in tooling, workholding, and presetting solutions—where he was president. Prior to that post he was president of Parlec International. Woods was a member of AMT’s […]
July 22, 2009

Romax Technology Celebrates 20 Years

This year marks the 20th anniversary of leading independent drivetrain consultancy Romax Technology. Established in 1989 by world bearing expert Dr. S.Y. Poon, MBE, Romax is a leading name in transmission consultancy. During 2009 it will be announcing a number of activities that will form its anniversary celebrations.Romax has been providing engineering services and advanced […]
July 22, 2009

Global Gear Seminars from Sigma Pool

Klingelnberg and Liebherr supply machines and metrology needed for the production of cylindrical and bevel gears. Under the name Sigma Pool they have worked together successfully and effectively in worldwide marketing since the early nineties. Apart from supplying high-precision, high-productivity products, both concerns regard it as their task to communicate extensive production, application, and design […]
July 22, 2009

Onsite Calibration from Agilent Technologies and Davis Calibration

Agilent Technologies announces that it has entered into a long term partnership with Davis Calibration, a leading third party calibration services provider offering a comprehensive set of calibration and repair services for test, measurement, and control equipment. Together the companies will operate from over 35 locations in the United States and Canada to provide high […]
July 22, 2009

New GM at American Gear Tools

American Gear Tools (AGT), a recently launched division of American Broach & Machine Company, has hired Leon Koslov as general manager. With more then 30 years of experience designing and developing gear cutting tools, he was formally with Barit International as the vice president and chief engineer before beginning his position with AGT in Septemer […]
July 22, 2009

MTConnect Institute Seeking New Members

The MTConnect Institute, a newly established organization that seeks to promote manufacturing system interoperability, seeks new members to assist in developing and promoting the standards and materials required to fully implement MTConnect.The development of MTConnect—an open, royalty-free standard—began in early 2007. It is a means of improving the ability to collect data across manufacturing technologies […]
July 22, 2009

New Programmable Magnetic Encoder Chip designed and manufactured by Renishaw

Renishaw’s new AM4096 On-Axis™ magnetic encoder provides 4096-counts/rev of absolute position feedback for high-speed digital motor and motion control applications. A non-contact 12-bit IC with no moving parts and programmable zero position, it delivers accuracy of 0.1 degrees, at speeds up to 60,000 rpm—ideal for commutation, high-speed motor control, position/velocity control, and replacement of potentiometers […]
July 22, 2009

High Capacity Torque Functional Test Systems from Promess

Promess, Inc., has announced the addition of high capacity models to its line of Torque Functional Test (TFT) systems intended for intelligent assembly and test applications. The new TFT-HC series will initially include 500 Nm, 1000 Nm, and 2500 Nm models, with others to be added in response to future customer requirements. In addition to […]
July 22, 2009

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