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April 2011

FEATURES

Company Profile: Banyan Global Technologies, LLC

With decades of combined experience in the gear manufacturing market, this company is taking a specialized approach to serving its customers.

Anyone who works in the gear manufacturing industry knows that it is a world unto itself, with its own language, history, techniques, processes, and cast of knowledgeable characters. Anyone who has tried entering that world under false pretenses knows they will be found out, and the charade will not last. In many ways, that understanding […]
Russ Willcutt

Better Bevel Gear Production

Gleason’s newly designed Phoenix 280C bevel gear cutting machine is faster and easier to use than ever before, providing dependability and boosting productivity.

Gleason revolutionized bevel gear production in 1989 with the introduction of the first fully CNC controlled cutting machine, called the Phoenix® 250HC. In 2001 the Phoenix II was introduced, featuring a breakthrough monolithic column design that optimized dry machining, significantly reduced floor space requirements, and greatly improved cycle times. Now, with the introduction of the […]
Michael Hayes

Milling Tools for Bevel Gears

Close collaboration between industry partners creates efficient, productive, and high-quality solutions for gear milling, according to Sandvik Coromant.

Curved bevel gears are one of the most complex components in mechanical engineering, and special machines and tools have therefore been required to make them. The most significant disadvantages for manufacturers are the cost for expensive machinery, the large amount of programming, and the time involved. In particular, this has big effects on the production […]
Guenter Wermeister

Clamping Large Turned Parts

Many industries, such as renewable energy, require large parts, so machine shops should review their workholding equipment to make sure they’re up to the task.

Increased demand for large-size parts such as gears and turbine blades, mostly coming from the energy sector, requires machine shops to reinvestigate their clamping methods. Machine tool development kept up with the demand, but the clamping technology is still mostly manual, which is time consuming and requires a lot of maintenance. Chucks for Precision During […]
Steve Hartung

DEPARTMENTS

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

The improper handling of cutting tools with sharp edges isn't the only way they can cause injury, as manufacturing flaws or environmental influences can cause breakage.

Spring has finally sprung! Isn’t that one of the nicest things you’ve read today? Just think, it’s the start of grilling season (remember to follow all the proper safety procedures when doing so), the start of fishing season (don’t hook yourself), camping season (look out for snakes), baseball season (don’t get beaned by a flyball), […]
Terry McDonald

Electric Discharge Method, Electro Chemical Machining, and laser and abrasive water jet machining among ways to handle material removal

The Electric Discharge Method (EDM) is based on an electrically conductive material being eroded by a continuous spark discharge to its surface. Using special generators, pulsed DC or AC current is used to vaporize and melt away the conductive material. The electrode that delivers the heat can be a small diameter wire or a pre-shaped […]
William P. Crosher

Interest in high-pressure gas quenching (HPGQ) increases

Hydrogen for high-pressure gas quenching (HPGQ) has the highest thermal conductivity and heat capacity of any commercially available gas, but currently is not used due to safety concerns in commercial high pressure cooling applications. Somewhere, however, in a secret laboratory it receives research activity. A truly inert gas, helium is the next best choice, with […]
Jack Titus

Q&A with Allan Arch

President, Southern Gear & Machine, Inc.

I understand there’s an interesting story behind your company’s name and location. That’s true. My father, Joseph Arch, founded Southern Gear in Miami. He was originally from New England, where I grew up, and he’d worked for Fellows as a tool and cutter design engineer until 1933, when he lost his job because of the […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

NEWS

Hexagon Metrology Opens New Factory and R&D Center

Hexagon Metrology, Inc., announces the completion and opening of its newest facility located in Oceanside, California. The state of the art factory and research and development center will serve as the North American manufacturing headquarters for the ROMER® brand of portable coordinate measuring machines. The new 14,000 square-foot facility was designed specifically for the production […]
April 1, 2011

Schafer Gear Announces Joint Venture with Somaschini

Schafer Gear Works, Inc., with headquarters in South Bend, Indiana, and Somaschini S.p.A. of Italy announce a joint venture to produce gears for engines for the heavy-duty truck market in North America. A new manufacturing facility will be located in South Bend under the name of South Bend Gear LLC. The plant will utilize the […]
April 1, 2011

Promotion at American Broach

American Broach announces the promotion of Neal Henrique to broach department floor supervisor, responsible for all broach cutting tool processes and manufacturing schedules. He has been making broach tools since 1973 and is a dedicated craftsman with hands-on knowledge of broaching that only comes with 38 years of experience. He is committed to serving the […]
April 1, 2011

Mazak Appoints New Service Manager

Mazak Corporation has appointed Steve Mackay to the position of service manager at Mazak Corporation Canada in Cambridge, Ontario. Mackay has an extensive background in the machine tool industry, with responsibilities at previous positions encompassing service, installation, and project management. “Steve brings over 20 years of experience and service expertise that is invaluable,” says Ray […]
April 1, 2011

Keynote Speakers at LMS European Vehicle Conference Announced

LMS International, a leading partner in testing and mechatronic simulation, is pleased to announce the keynote speakers at the 2011 LMS European Vehicle Conference to be held at the Kempinski Hotel Airport in Munich, Germany, May 11-12, 2011. The conference will host Prof. Dr. Ludger Dragon, head of vehicle dynamics simulation at Daimler; Eric Landel, […]
April 1, 2011

Showroom on Wheels by DE-STA-CO

DE-STA-CO announces the debut of its “Showroom on Wheels” traveling, exhibiting vehicle. The Showroom on Wheels will be visiting North American industry trade shows and customer sites beginning in March, with initial stops planned for the Southeast. It debuted at Automate 2011, which took place at the McCormick Place in Chicago.The vehicle is 24 feet […]
April 1, 2011

New Brochure from Advanced Machine & Engineering

Advanced Machine & Engineering Co. (AME) announces the new “Workholding Solutions” brochure. The 12-page overview brochure describes modular components, Self-Aligning Fixture Elements (S.A.F.E.), grids, force cartridges, tombstones, locating systems, and high-density workholding systems. AME’s wide variety of workholding solutions are tailored to your needs; dedicated or modular, manual or hydraulic, machining or inspection fixtures, incremental […]
April 1, 2011

Metallurgical Reference Booklet for Vacuum Furnace Users

In a joint effort, Solar Atmospheres and Solar Manufacturing have produced an updated booklet titled “Critical Melting Points and Reference Data for Vacuum Heat Treating.” This handy reference manual allows the vacuum furnace user to quickly find and understand essential data on various metals and alloys to be processed in a vacuum environment.According to Roger […]
April 1, 2011

C&B Machinery Lands Order from Allison Transmission

C&B Machinery has been awarded an order by Allison Transmission to build a “flexible” double disc grinding cell for its facility in Chennai, India: Allison Transmission India Private Limited. The grinding cell is designed to grind the faces of transmission pinion gears for Allison’s 1000 and 2000 series transmissions. Double disc grinders remove equal material […]
April 1, 2011

Engis Plans Expansion of World Headquarters

Engis Corporation announces expansion plans that will nearly double the size of its world headquarters in Wheeling, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. The company will expand its state of the art manufacturing and warehouse facilities and create space for the new Engis Technology Center.  The 54,000 square-foot, multimillion-dollar expansion will bring total space to 121,500 square-feet […]
April 1, 2011

New High-Speed Laser Controls from FANUC

FANUC Factory Automation America (FANUC FA America) introduces the Series 30i/31i-L MODEL B high-speed laser controls capable of supporting advanced levels of high speed laser processing. They have the capacity to deliver seamless choreography between axes motion and power modulation, even in cases of extremely high speeds when processing thin gage materials. Internal laser power […]
April 1, 2011

Latest Powder Metallurgy Trends at PowderMet2011

PowderMet2011, an annual conference sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) and APMI International, will highlight the latest developments and trends in metal powders, as well as powder metallurgy (PM) processes, products, and applications. This International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials will be held May 18-21 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis […]
April 1, 2011

Tektronix Service Solutions Opens California Facility

Tektronix Service Solutions announces the opening of its newest Next Generation instrument services lab in Santa Clara, California. The new facility provides enhanced service options and added flexibility for central California companies that rely on test, measurement, and control instrumentation for day to day operations.“The new Santa Clara facility is staffed by the industry’s most […]
April 1, 2011

Good News at FMA Annual Conferences

Two spirited keynote speeches that offered bullish perspectives on the future of U.S. manufacturing—with specific caveats—highlighted The FABRICATOR®’s Leadership Summit, 6th Annual Metal Matters, and FMA’s 15th Annual Toll Processing Conference, held in early March in Orlando.Emily DeRocco, president of The Manufacturing Institute and the new National Center for the American Workforce, and Dan DiMicco, […]
April 1, 2011

Promotion at Emerson Bearing

Emerson Bearing—a Boston-based bearing company catering to OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) markets nationally and internationally—has recently promoted Bob Piracini to marketing specialist.As marketing specialist he will lead the new machine tools division and assist clients in determining which bearing technologies would be most suitable by taking into consideration the […]
April 1, 2011

New Direction for Chevalier in 2011

Chevalier Machinery has a new sales direction for 2011, focusing on selling “Large Capacity and Heavy Duty Machining,” and there are some specific models being focused on for both for their grinding and chip cutting divisions. The FVM-3016 is the top of the line DCL type double column vertical machining center offered, and it features […]
April 1, 2011

SME Announces Green Manufacturing Program

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has partnered with Purdue University Technical Assistance Program (TAP) on a Green Manufacturing Specialist Certificate Program. Purdue TAP has developed an extensive training program and SME has developed the outcome assessment. Each program component was built to work together or to use independently, creating a highly flexible workforce development […]
April 1, 2011

Mazak Certifies SME Tooling U for VIP Technology Partnership Program

Mazak has announced that SME Tooling U, the leading provider of online manufacturing training programs, has been named the newest member of Mazak’s Value Inspired Partners (VIP) program. Created from a desire to provide manufacturers with total solutions, the VIP program promotes higher levels of cooperation among companies offering complementary manufacturing products.“SME Tooling U is […]
April 1, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Solid Carbide Drills from Seco Tools

Seco Tools has announced additions to its line of Feedmax™ solid carbide drills that avoid delamination upon entry or exit when drilling in carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) materials. The new –C1 geometry features a sharp optimized double points, while the –C2 geometry is specifically designed to drill stacked CFRP with an aluminum or titanium […]
April 1, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New ZE15B Gear Grinding Machine from MHI

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), has developed a new gear grinding machine, the ZE15B, suitable for volume production of gears up to 150 millimeters (mm) in diameter. The machine’s high-speed and high-accuracy machining capability will enable further enhancement of productivity, coupled with shorter time not used in machining operation, such as time required for workpiece […]
April 1, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Versatile Gaging System from Renishaw

Equator™ is a radical new alternative to traditional dedicated gaging, filling a gap in the market never before addressed. It is more than just a new gaging system, it marks the launch of Renishaw’s first gaging product line. The patented low-cost design, unique in construction and method of operation, is capable of high-speed comparative gaging […]
April 1, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Welding Apparel from Lincoln Electric

Whether it’s welding in the field, in the shop, or in a garage Lincoln’s new personal protection clothing line Red Line™ welding apparel offers the ideal gear for every application. “Whether someone welds for a living or is an occasional backyard welder, safety is always at the forefront, and that especially includes body and eye […]
April 1, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Precision Toolholding Solutions from REGO-FIX

REGO-FIX’s swissQuick toolholding system provides a wide range of flexible models in various types (ER 8 – ER 25) and clamping ranges (0.5 mm – 13 mm). The swissQuick system allows for faster tool changes and allows pre-setting of tool assemblies offline to maximize production time. swissQuick products are made from high tensile strength case-hardened […]
April 1, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: ISCAR Expands HELIDO Milling Line

A major expansion of the ISCAR HELIDO 845-13 mill family brings the efficiency and economy of these popular tools to a wider size and application range. Key additions to the cutter line include extra-fine pitch cutters in the diameter range 2.0”-5.0” and coarse-pitch models with coolant ports serving every pocket. New HP and PL inserts […]
April 1, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New USB Input Tool from Mitutoyo

Mitutoyo America Corporation announces the availability of a new USB input device that streamlines the interfacing of Mitutoyo Digimatic hand measurement tools with PCs. The new USB Input Tool Direct: USB-ITN includes seven models, with each dedicated to a specific type of cable plug/ connector pin configuration. The new design negates the need for two […]
April 1, 2011

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