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March 2010

FEATURES

Company Profile: American Broach & Machine Co.

This company's growth and evolution over time is woven into the annals of American history, with its roots in the heydey of the U.S. automotive industry.

In the late 19th century, J.L. Lapointe immigrated to the United States in order to manufacture and market a rudimentary broaching machine he’d developed while living in Europe. Known as the Lapointe Broach Company, it was established in 1901 in New London, Connecticut. Some years later he was approached by a man named Henry Ford, […]
Russ Willcutt

Synthetic Gear Lubricants Go Green

In addition to being environmentally friendly, synthetic lubricants impart many beneficial qualities to the gears and components they coat and protect.

With global industry moving toward environmentally friendly “green” lubricants, some very challenging issues have been created for lubrication in gearing applications. Over the last decade gears have been pushed to design limits as they are required to run at higher speeds, under heavier loads, and for longer periods of time. Along with new materials and […]
Jason T. Galary

Small Package, Big Broaching Results

American Broach & Machine introduces a new tabletop design, combining the best established broaching principles in an efficient, reliable, and cost-effective package.

In a customer-driven pursuit of design concept solutions to make broaching relevant to lean manufacturing, the lower lot sizes associated with reduced work in process, and one-part flow manufacturing goals, American Broach & Machine has developed a broaching machine designed to address customer complaints with traditional broaching machines. Our customers want a broaching machine that’s […]
Ken Nemec

Black Oxide Finishing for Gears

An automated in-house black oxide process line allows the manufacturer to finish machined gear components and ship them out the same day. Here’s how.

The True Cost of Outsourcing Due to the hazardous nature of most black oxide processes, manufacturers have  traditionally been forced to ship parts to an outside plant for black oxide finishing. In the process they incur extra costs and turnaround times that make it difficult to satisfy customer shipping demands. In addition, this outsourcing requires […]
Mark Ruhland

DEPARTMENTS

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

The economic downturn has everyone stressed out, including your employees. Watch closely for signs of unreasonable anger, and act accordingly.

We’ve all dealt with employees who have a “bad attitude.” You’d like to weed out such people before you bring them onboard, of course, but that’s not always possible, especially when certain situations can sour a person’s outlook on life and affect their job performance as well. This is especially true during trying times like […]
Terry McDonald

Any gear manufacturer understands the need to inspect the end product, but there are more benefits than might initially be realized

The one essential requirement in the operation of every gear is reliability, and that can only be achieved with systematic inspection methods. Inspections confirm that the finished gear is within the specified tolerances and will materially assist in warranting the gear’s performance prior to it being placed in service. The final inspection procedures will also […]
William P. Crosher

Chris Chlon: Buy Laws

When considering estimates it's a good idea to view them from all angles, rather than rejecting or accepting them based on the price quote alone. Here's why.

Consider the following scenario: A cross-functional team has a project to purchase a widget maker. A “statement of work” has been developed, specifications written, four requests for quotes were issued to existing suppliers, and the quotes received. Now the team must analyze the quotes and select the supplier for the project. Bidder A submitted a […]
Chris Chlon CPM

Q&A with Jake Angell

Executive Vice President Osborne Technologies

How did you get into the rawhide gear business? It will probably make more sense if I give you some background information. Our parent company, C.S. Osborne & Co., manufactures a wide selection of industrial hand tools. Late last year we had the opportunity to acquire the rawhide maul and gear-making assets of a company […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

NEWS

OLS Deburring Systems Changes Hands

The Mutschler family has purchased the assets of OLS Deburring Systems from McNeil Industries. OLS was launched in 1993 by Eric Mutschler and sold to McNeil Industries in 2007. The company was purchased back on December 23, 2009. Mutschler has been involved in deburring equipment since 1984 and has been a major part of the […]
March 8, 2010

New Sales Manager at JRM International

uergen Walters has been hired as the sales manager for the gear products division of JRM International, Inc. He comes to JRM International with 14 years of experience as a sales and application engineer with Saint-Gobain Abrasive products in Germany. During this time he has worked with the gear industry and automotive industry in that […]
March 8, 2010

Worthington Steel Acquires Strip Steel Assets of Gibraltar

Worthington Industries, Inc., announces that its Steel Processing business segment has acquired the steel processing assets of Gibraltar Industries, Inc. The acquisition will expand the capabilities of The Worthington Steel Company’s cold rolled strip business and its ability to service the needs of new and existing customers. The acquisition is expected to be accretive in […]
March 8, 2010

New British Gear Association Research Projects

The British Gear Association (BGA) announces two research projects:Project 6 Phase 3: Reducing the Micropitting Wear Rate and Increasing the Micropitting Threshold Stress in Gears. The previous two phases of this project enable BGA consortium member to gain a better understanding of the micropitting phenomenon in gears. The next phase will concentrate on investigating the […]
March 8, 2010

New Product Manager at AME Division

During the last two years, AME’s Speedcut Division has invested in new production and measuring equipment and concentrated heavily on R&D and saw blade innovations to improve the tool life of carbide- and cermet-tipped circular saw blades. The company now announces the promotion of Christian Schedler to the product manager position at this division. In […]
March 8, 2010

R&M Mfg Broadens Precision Machining Capabilities

R&M Mfg, Inc., has recently installed two new Mazak Nexus lathes (350 & 450) in its facility. This new equipment complements and expands upon the company’s current capabilities and employs the latest technology available on the market today. Continuous improvement and customer satisfaction are paramount to R&M. The Mazak Nexus lathes help to support those […]
March 8, 2010

Inductoheat Receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Inductoheat, Inc., the world leader of induction heating technologies, has received ISO 9001:2008 certification. The certification covers the company’s manufacture of induction heating coils, power supplies, and ancillary equipment, which both improve workflow and optimize heat treating performance. The ISO certification confirms that Inductoheat has successfully implemented a quality management system that adheres to the […]
March 8, 2010

SME Elects First Female President

For the first time in its 78-year history, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has elected a woman to lead the organization. Barbara M. Fossum, Ph.D., FSME, will serve as 2010 president and was officially sworn in—along with the rest of the 2010 SME Executive Committee—at the society’s awards and installation banquet held last November […]
March 8, 2010

New Marketing Manager at Methods Machine Tools

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., has appointed Phil Janiszewski as marketing manager. “We’re pleased to have Phil on board,” says Jamie Hanson, director of corporate development. “He brings over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing, machine tool, and tool accessories business, and he will be a valuable addition to our team.”Prior to joining Methods Janiszewski […]
March 8, 2010

Bison Gear Celebrates 50th Anniversary

On January 25, 2010, more than 200 employees of Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. gathered to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. Bison was established in 1960 by three Chicago-area entrepreneurs who derived the company’s name from their last initials of B-S-N. The company began as a producer of gears and today manufactures gearmotors, electric motors, […]
March 8, 2010

New Nordex Ultimate Design Guide 50

Nordex, Inc.—manufacturer of the “building blocks of machines and instruments found from the depths of the ocean floor to the reaches of outer space”—is proud to announce its new, easy-to-use Ultimate Design Guide 50 in print or online at its e-commerce Web site.This latest 850-page edition offers hundreds of new and expanded lines of inch […]
March 8, 2010

ALD-Holcroft Expands Sales Representative Network

ALD-Holcroft, a leading vacuum furnace system provider and systems integrator to the heat treating market, announces further expansion to its’ sales representative network in North America. Del Sol Industrial Services Inc., of Canyon Lake, Texas will be providing sales representation in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, and New Mexico. Their primary contact is Lee White, president.Del […]
March 5, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Titanium Milling Performance from Sandvik

Not one but two new grades to tackle the extreme demands of titanium milling are now being launched by Sandvik Coromant. Together these grades amount to a new level of reliable long lasting performance. Grades S30T and S40T are available for a variety of CoroMill cutters for face, shoulder, long-edge, and high feed milling, plunging, […]
March 5, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Renishaw QC20-W Wireless Ballbar

The QC20-W ballbar is an all-new design featuring a Renishaw-developed linear sensor and Bluetooth® wireless technology. This provides greater ease of use and enhanced durability and allows for testing even in “closed door” manufacturing, where access for wiring can raise safety and procedural issues. The new design also allows testing in three orthogonal planes through […]
March 5, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Gleason Spheric Power Honing Machine

Gleason has introduced a next-generation 150SPH power honing machine that uses the latest Gleason patented Spheric® honing process to finish hardened spur and helical gears up to 150 mm in diameter in as little as half the time required by existing machines. The 150SPH is well suited for production environments requiring higher volume finishing of […]
March 5, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: VibeMaster Deburring from ALMCO

A portable, labor-saving, round-bowl machine with a ½ cubic-foot capacity for deburring and finishing small metal parts in job shops and metalworking departments has been introduced by ALMCO, Inc. The model VM-1 VibeMaster, available with or without pedestal, is a quiet-running, maintenance-free unit that features a solid urethane bowl that is easily removed from the […]
March 5, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Broaching Tool Holder from Slater Tools

Slater Tools 3700 series adjustment free rotary broaching tool holder with half-inch tool bore is the largest holder of its type ever produced by the company. Unlike the first two series of adjustment free holders that were produced for Swiss type machines, the 3700 series features a larger bearing capacity capable of producing forms up […]
March 5, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Electric Bench Oven from Grieve

The no. 991 is an electrically-heated 350°F (~177°C) bench oven from Grieve, currently used for heating parts, including those with emissions of flammable solvents. Workspace dimensions are 28” wide x 24” deep x 18” high. Four KW are installed in Nichrome wire elements to heat the workload. The oven features 2” insulated walls, leg support […]
March 5, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: MMQ 200 Formtester Cylindricity Machine from Mahr Federal

Mahr Federal will be featuring a new version of its MMQ 200 Formtester Cylindricity Machine with automated T7W probing system at WESTEC, March 23-25, 2010 at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles, booth #2545. The T7W is a +/-360° motorized by-directional probe intended to reduce operator involvement and improve measurement capability. Complete with Mahr’s […]
March 5, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New CYCLO Technology from MAG

MAG offers a wide range of CYCLO CUT cutting tools and CYCLO COOL metalworking fluids designed and blended for all aspects of aerospace machining. CYCLO CUT tools and CYCLO COOL fluids have proven capability to increase material removal rates in titanium aerostructures by as much as 300 percent, resulting in faster cycle times, 33 percent […]
March 5, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Cleaner/Degreaser Replaces Multiple Cleaning Solutions

Eco-friendly Oil Eater Original is a new water-based, biodegradable cleaner/degreaser formulated to eliminate the need for multiple cleaning solutions. Non-corrosive, non-toxic, and non-flammable, the low VOC cleaner cuts through oil, grease, carbon, sludge, and dirt, encapsulating them into a solution that rinses off easily and leaves no residues. Harmless to the skin, it is effective […]
March 4, 2010

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