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July 2011

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Company Profile: Davall Gears

Launched more than a century ago, this company has the institutional knowledge that allows it to tackle the most challenging custom gearbox and spiral gear-form designs.

The year was 1884 and the setting was Clerkenwell, in the heart of what was then London’s manufacturing center, when a young man by the name of Stephen Davall opened his watch-making business. He was just 21 years old, and by the time four years had passed he’d already been awarded his first patent. Such […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Bearing Solutions for High-Speed Gearbox Applications

Lufkin-RMT has developed a tilting pad bearing that’s able to withstand high gear loads and ultra-high surface velocities.

With performance considerations driving gearbox design, pinion (high speed shaft) operating speeds have increased greatly in recent years, often exceeding generally accepted design limits. For high performance gearbox applications, the tilting pad pinion bearings are subjected to both high speeds and high loads. The challenge for the bearing designer is to insure that these high […]
John C. Nicholas, Ph.D.

Clamping Onto Increased Production

Versatile workholding solutions can decrease setup times and increase productivity, allowing gear manufacturers to improve process efficiency.

In order to efficiently manufacture more than 12,000 toothed parts with a wide range of dimensions, having lot sizes of one to 50, one needs to focus not only on the cutting parameters but also developing a strategy for handling the tremendous volume of setup time. The manufacturing engineers at Voith Turbo succeeded in this […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Integrated Heat Treating

Recent developments allow the integration of heat treatment into the gear manufacturing line and to synchronize heat treatment with gear machining.

For decades the gear industry has faced the challenge of producing high performance components in a cost-effective manner. To meet quality specifications the components need to be heat-treated, which traditionally takes place in a central hardening shop. However, this separation between machining and heat treatment leads to high costs resulting from transportation and logistics within […]
Dr. Volker Heuer, Karl Ritter, Gunther Schmitt

DEPARTMENTS

Transporting carburizing media to the target

In last month’s column I touched on some aspects of atmosphere and vacuum carburizing furnaces. The following is a comparison of the physical relationship between the process mechanics and the furnace design in transporting the carburizing media to the parts to be carburized. I mentioned that the evolution of the hot zone in vacuum furnaces […]
Jack Titus

Q&A with Ken Woodbine

President, Wilcox Associates

I know that Wilcox Associates developed the PC-DMIS measurement and inspection software that serves as the interface of many metrology devices currently on the market. Talk about what went into that, and why it’s been so successful. In the early eighties coordinate measuring machines were either highly labor intensive to operate or required a specialist […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Summers seem hotter than ever, so it's extra important to keep your employees hydrated and their workspace ventilated in order to avoid "sweaty hands" syndrome.

We are approaching—if we’re not already into—the hottest and most humid time of the year. The vast majority of gear shops that I have seen over the years do not have air conditioning. This presents a variety of safety issues that must be dealt with. There are, of course, the issues of our employees becoming […]
Terry McDonald

Hobs and hobbing, Part 3: The results of research into materials and processes that have led to modern-day capabilities

Hobs have continued to develop over the last 150 years, but it was not until the 1980s that major advances in design and materials were made. The first in this three-part installment covered the early history and development of hobs. In the second column we continued our outline of their evolution and continued development, and […]
William P. Crosher

NEWS

Solar Atmospheres Raises the Bar with a New 20 Bar Furnace

Solar Atmospheres of Western Pennsylvania will soon welcome a custom-built horizontal 20 bar vacuum furnace (40” wide x 50” deep x 36” high, 3500 max load) to its Hermitage facility. Designed and built by sister company Solar Manufacturing this new furnace is the fastest cooling furnace in the Solar fleet and one of only a […]
August 3, 2011

Emerson Bearing at GlobalSpec Virtual Trade Show

Emerson Bearing, a leading distributor of bearings and related parts to OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) markets throughout the world, will be the featured bearing company at GlobalSpec’s Machine Tools & Metal Working Virtual Trade Show on Wednesday, August 10, 2011. There is no cost to attend.Emerson Bearing will be […]
July 21, 2011

Solar Atmospheres of California Receives AS9100/ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Solar Atmospheres of California (SCA) is proud to announce the successful completion of the AS9100/ISO 9001:2008 certification—the premium quality system standard for companies operating in the aerospace industry. The AS9100 quality standard was established in 1999 from the desire of leading businesses and organizations in the aerospace and defense industries to identify quality suppliers. AS9100 […]
July 12, 2011

Star SU Adds Engineering and Sales Staff

Grady Knight has joined Star SU as a project engineer for the machine tool division. He will work closely on large projects with vice president of sales and engineering Mark Ritchie and will be based in the Hoffman Estates, Illinois, office. He earned both of his degrees—bachelor of science in manufacturing engineering technology and master’s […]
July 12, 2011

Manufacturing Technology Suppliers Commend President’s Skills Initiative

The Association For Manufacturing Technology President Douglas K. Woods reacted positively to the news that President Obama is endorsing a manufacturing skills credentialing system to boost manufacturing jobs growth as part of his Skills for America’s Future initiative launched last year. Skills for America’s Future is an effort to improve industry partnerships with community colleges […]
July 12, 2011

THINC Welcomes Quaker Chemical as a New Partner

Okuma America Corporation is pleased to announce that Quaker Chemical Corporation, a global provider of process chemicals and services, has joined Partners in THINC. “Quaker’s broad industry experience, technical expertise and extensive service make them a terrific fit for the Partners in THINC program as we bring complete machine tool and manufacturing solutions to companies […]
July 12, 2011

Sandvik Coromant Supports SkillsUSA

Sandvik Coromant is pleased to announce its support for America’s skilled workforce at the annual 2011 SkillsUSA National Championships, which was held June 21-24 in Kansas City, Missouri. This is the tenth consecutive year that Sandvik Coromant has participated in the Precision Machining Technology Championships.SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization consisting of students, teachers, and […]
July 12, 2011

Renishaw Chairman Elected Fellow of the Royal Society

Sir David McMurtry, chairman and chief executive of global engineering company Renishaw plc, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science. The formal admission ceremony will take place in London on July 15. Sir David will join a Fellowship that is made up of the most eminent scientists, […]
July 12, 2011

Coordinate Metrology Society Announces 2011 CMCS Measurement Study

The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) announces that it will conduct a largescale interactive measurement study during the 27th annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) July 25-29, 2011, at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. The study, titled “How Behaviors Impact Your Measurement,” will be coordinated by the National Physical Laboratory (UK) and […]
July 12, 2011

Reishauer Helps Raise Money for the Respiratory Heath Association

While the celebrities of Hollywood were climbing the stage to collect their Oscars a few months ago, the celebrities of Reishauer were climbing the Hancock building in downtown Chicago to raise money for the Respiratory Heath Association of Metropolitan Chicago. Reishauer Corporation sponsored and assembled a team of elite climbers—also known as employees—just for the […]
July 12, 2011

CAMIO7 CMM from Nikon Metrology

CAMIO7 is a major software release, in many ways. This multi-sensor CMM software now reflects the latest from Microsoft Windows, featuring the ribbon style toolbar. This serves as the central location where all software functions are logically grouped into tabbed sections, containing all required operations. This eliminates the need to search through long menu structures. […]
July 12, 2011

Drake Manufacturing Services Ships Internal Thread Grinder

Drake Manufacturing Services Co. is enjoying a surge in exports to Chinese manufacturers, with orders in hand for more than 25 machines. This latest machine is a GS:TI-LM 200, a four-axis internal thread grinder with a 200mm maximum grinding length and 350mm swing over the table. It was tooled and programmed to grind recirculating ball […]
July 12, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Universal Testers from Gleason

Now roll testing and single flank testing of bevel, angular bevel, and parallel-axis gears with diameters up to 2,500 mm can be completed much faster and easier than ever before with the introduction of the Gleason 1000T, 1600T, 2000T, and 2500T Universal Gear Testers. The new series of Gleason six-axis fully CNC Universal Gear Testers […]
July 12, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Famatec Ergonomic Manipulator

The pneumatically powered Famatec Friendly ergonomic manipulator precisely counterbalances heavy loads to allow an operator to effortlessly suspend, rotate, tilt, and transfer product with precision. Equipped with appropriate end-of-arm tooling, it is the ultimate “friend” for manipulating, transferring, or installing product from automotive assembly to pallet loading. Three different models offer load capacities of 330, […]
July 12, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Enhanced Burr-Rx Deburring Brush from Weiler

Weiler Corporation, the leader in nylon abrasive filament brushes, is proud to introduce an expanded offering of Burr-Rx™ deburring tools. With the addition of power tube brushes, small-diameter wheels, and Bore-Rx internal deburring tools to its existing line of large-diameter wheel, disc, miniature disc, and banded end brushes all manufactured with an advanced ceramic-grain abrasive […]
July 12, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: High-speed In-line Contour Inspection from Hommel-Etamic

The new Opticline CA614 noncontact shaft measuring system is designed for fast, easy, economical, and robust submicron measurement of all contour features on complex shaft-type parts up to 600mm in length, 140mm diameter. The stroke is driven by a motorized tailstock, freely positionable over the full holding range, permitting easy, fast, and precise workpiece loading […]
July 12, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Five-axis Gantry Mill from MAG

MAG adds a new dimension to its universal gantry mills with the new adjustable-rail U6 Series, providing a vertical W-axis to accommodate extremely tall parts. The U6 universal machining center is engineered to bring the lean machining revolution to large, high-value, complex-geometry parts, enabling five-axis machining and contouring with automatically interchangeable heads to minimize machine […]
July 12, 2011

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