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May 2010

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Company Profile: Carl Zeiss IMT

Whether you're producing tiny gears for medical applications or huge yaw rings for wind, this company supports your quest for quality.

There are some companies that have existed for so long, and are active in so many areas of our lives, that their name has become part of our shared language. Carl Zeiss is one of those companies. If you’re a scientist or photographer, you’re familiar with their microscopes and lenses, and if you’re a physician […]
Russ Willcutt

New Opportunities with Open Die Forging

In their never-ending search for ways to increase production efficiency and develop new capabilities, gear manufacturers should take a look at this time-proven process.

True, the unsteady recovery and realigning markets mean business is more difficult for the entire gear industry. Order volumes are lower, sales in historically profitable markets are down, and competition is stiffer. But it’s also true that opportunity is out there, it just might not be in the same places it was before. Today’s gear […]
Sharon Haverstock

The Benefits of Bio-Based Lubricants

Bio-based cutting oils improve tool performance, reduce environmental impact, and are safe and convenient for use in a wide variety of manufacturing applications.

If your company is interested in increasing factory throughput, reducing tool costs, and improving product quality in a safer environment, you may want to consider switching to bio-based metalworking fluids. They have excellent lubricity and superior viscosity vs. temperature characteristics. The use of vegetable, or bio-based, oils can contribute to the goals of energy independence […]
Dwight Smith, Bob Frazier

Grinding Large Module Gears

An ever-increasing range of grinding applications from Kapp/Niles are geared toward achieving lower noise, longer service life, and improved performance.

This article reviews the technologies, products, and factors leading to the transformation of gear production for parallel-axis gears 400 mm to 2,000 mm in diameter, and modules 8 to 40. Higher productivity, lower costs, and superior reliability are realized over this wide range of gears, now making gear grinding a preferred tooth finishing method even […]
Sascha Ungewiss, Bill Miller

DEPARTMENTS

Depending on the material being tested, attributes and qualities to be determined, there are several material-testing methods to be used

Material tests should be representative of the complete gear. For example, a test on a separately cast bar of the same material can differ in properties from the principal casting. Mechanical properties are frequently variable and require statistical analysis to provide the most reliable information at minimum cost. Heat treatment departments rely on statistical methods […]
William P. Crosher

Q&A with Jeff Barnes

President, New England Gear

You worked on Fellows equipment for a long time before you started selling it, didn’t you? Yes, I did. I went to work for Perry Technology when I was 17 years old and a junior in high school. Even though I started out basically shoveling snow off the sidewalks, I eventually worked my way up […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Cutting tools are sharp by their very nature, but they present potential dangers far beyond that of edge exposure. Here are additional points to consider.

It’s been awhile since we discussed the safety issues surrounding cutters, blank parts, and cut parts. There are a number of potential dangers involving these peripheral components of gear cutting that are often overlooked when safety concerns are discussed. First we’ll look at the cutters. Whether they are hobs, shaper cutters, thread milling cutters, single […]
Terry McDonald

NEWS

Methods Named Exclusive Feeler Machine Tools Importer

Methods Machine Tools, Inc.—a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools—has announced that they are the exclusive importer of Fair Friend Group’s (FFG) FEELER line of machine tools throughout North America. FFG of Taipei, Taiwan, is one of the largest machine tool manufacturers in the world. Methods has simultaneously introduced a totally new range of […]
May 7, 2010

Fairfield Partners with Engrenage Provincial in Canada

Fairfield Manufacturing is proud to announce the appointment of Engrenage Provincial, Inc., as an authorized distributor for the Torque-Hub® product line in the Province of Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. As a full-service distributor and integrator of hydraulic and electro-hydraulic products, Engrenage Provincial has provided comprehensive, value-added services such as design, manufacturing, supply, training, and […]
May 7, 2010

New Metals Processing Laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has released $1 million for an initial round of federal government-supported research to be conducted in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Engineering Metals Processing Laboratory, set to come online this August. The federal funds will support the development and production of innovative materials on scales […]
May 7, 2010

Nikon Metrology Launched

Nikon announces that it has formed Nikon Metrology, Inc., a new company that combines Nikon Instruments, Inc.’s, industrial instruments business with the former Metris business acquired by Nikon Corp. in 2009. Nikon Metrology, headquartered in Brighton, Michigan, will focus specifically on the industrial and manufacturing business markets for precision measuring and industrial microscopy.“The formation of […]
May 7, 2010

New Furnace Line by J.L. Becker

The J.L. Becker Co. recently installed a 20,000 lb/hr. roller hearth annealing furnace line for a major manufacturer in Ohio.  The furnace processes 5/8” OD – 6 5/8” OD tubing in lengths ranging from 10 feet to 40 feet long. The furnace line is approximately 7 feet wide inside x 315 feet in overall length, […]
May 7, 2010

Paulo Upgrades to ISO 14001:2004

The Kansas City, Missouri, facility of Paulo Products Company has successfully passed the audit and has been awarded certification to ISO 14001:2004. Created by the International Organization of Standards, ISO 14000 represents the environmental standards for organizational excellence throughout all industries. Critical activities involved in achieving ISO’s environmental standard are developing systems to identify key […]
May 7, 2010

Shaft Mount Reducers from Cleveland Gear

Cleveland Gear Company, Inc., is broadening its product offerings to the industry with a new line of shaft mount reducers and accessories including tapered bushing kits, belt guards, torque arms, motor mounts, and backstop assemblies.With eight CGSM sizes (2-9), input HP from 1/3 to 125, and output RPM from 4-6 up to 118-125, Cleveland Gear […]
May 7, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Solid Carbide Thread Mills from Emuge

Emuge Corp. has expanded its line of solid carbide thread mills from their popular THREADS-ALL™ Program. The new thread mills require minimal tooling and quickly adapt to a wide range of threading requirements to easily and safely machine with unsurpassed thread quality and tool life. Requiring only eight standard tool sizes it is now possible […]
May 1, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: WX Gearhead from Bodine Electric

Bodine Electric Company introduces its new WX gearhead in conjunction with a new three-wire reversible 34R frame AC induction motor. The WX is a new high-torque gearhead built to provide longer life and higher performance than similar gearmotors in the same size package. The exterior of the WX gearhead is identical to Bodine’s old W […]
May 1, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Overhead Crane Kits from Demag

Demag Cranes & Components offers pre-engineered single girder crane kits in either top running or under running configurations that allow installers to do their own on-site crane assembly. The kits are shipped complete with all necessary components except the steel beams, which can be purchased locally to save freight cost. The kit comes complete with […]
May 1, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Massive New Mill from MAG

MAG’s new U5-3000 universal machining center combines massive platform capacity with long-reach three-meter Z-axis and five-axis, five-side contour machining for efficient processing of “really big” aluminum and composite parts. The newest addition to the U5 family of gantry mills, the U5-3000 is engineered to machine at extreme limits and into deep cavities of large prismatic […]
May 1, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Upgrade Package for Gleason GMM Series

Gleason’s GMM series of analytical gear inspection systems now can be equipped with a powerful new Windows-based applications software suite called GAMA™—Gleason Automated Measurement and Analysis—and the Renishaw SPH180 probe, making GMM the fastest, most user-friendly inspection systems in their class. Both GAMA and the Renishaw probe system are available for the full line of […]
May 1, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Disk Finisher from ALMCO

A state of the art centrifugal disk finisher with competitively superior features and benefits has been added to the broad line of metal parts finishing equipment from ALMCO, Inc. Key to the new model ACDF-75 is its advanced design that includes a smaller opening between spinning and stationery components at the base of the machine, […]
May 1, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Spectroline Marksman from Spectronics

Spectronics Corporation has introduced the Spectroline® Marksman™ ultrasonic diagnostic tool, a highly accurate instrument that converts and amplifies inaudible ultrasonic sound into audible “natural” sound. Now service technicians can easily hear sounds that signify problems such as compressed air leaks and electrical discharge, as well as vacuum, natural gas, propane, refrigerant, and seal and gasket […]
May 1, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: CoroTurn HP from Sandvik Coromant

To meet rising demand for the ability to apply high pressure coolant at point-of-cut when using negative inserts, Sandvik Coromant has extended its CoroTurn® HP range of turning toolholders with integrated high pressure delivery capability. The new toolholders can offer up to 20 percent increase in cutting speed when roughing difficult materials, and up to […]
May 1, 2010

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