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August 2011

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Company Profile: Kennametal, Inc.

A focus on gear manufacturing has resulted in a line of gashers, hobs, and end mills that will help this company's customers meet their production goals.

A world leader in the metalworking industry since it was founded 73 years ago by metallurgist Philip M. McKenna in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Kennametal has turned its attention—and considerable expertise—to the challenges faced by gear manufacturers, launching a line of gashers, hobs, and solid carbide end mills specifically designed to meet their needs. “We began marketing […]
Tim Peterson CMfgT, Juergen Kempf

Putting Teeth into Gear Inspection

Today's measurement technology from Hexagon Metrology is up to the task of inspecting the complex forms of a wide variety of gears and related components.

The history of gears goes back millennia. For a long time it was believed that the differential gearbox was invented in the 13th Century. Then comes the discovery of a wreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, where an archaeologist discovered a mysterious gadget that contained a differential gearbox. Today scientists presume the Greeks calculated […]
Belinda Jones

Designing Powder Metal Gears

In this article Hoganas demonstrates some design aspects that can—and need to—be considered when working with powder metal gears.

Powder metal (PM) gears are a cost efficient alternative for machined gears in larger series. Synchronizer gears, oil pump gears, and engine gears are all examples of where the auto industry has converted from wrought steel to powder steel. The next step will be power transmission gears. When designing PM gears, and especially power transmission […]
Dipl.-Ing. Jannik Henser, Dipl.-Wirt.Ing Tobias Rothlingshofer, Christof Gorgels, Dipl.-Ing., Christian Brecher, Dipl.-Ing., Anders Flodin

A Portable Chamfering Powerhouse

The Gear Chamfering Robot from Banyan Global Technologies is flexible enough to fit a broad range of gear modules while also meeting daily production requirements.

The Gear Chamfering Robot (GCR) is a portable powerhouse, designed to be flexible enough to fit a broad range of gear modules while also reliably carrying out its duties in daily production. Weighing in at just over 300 pounds, it is dwarfed by competing machines that demand large amounts of floor space, energy, and dedicated […]
Jay Adams

DEPARTMENTS

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

With Gear Expo coming up this November, start making your plans to attend so that you can ask OEMs about the safety features of their new products and equipment.

Gear Expo is fast approaching. This is the time to network with your peers on safety issues, as well as the many other issues you have on your mind. If you are going to Gear Expo with the intent of purchasing new equipment—be it machines, tooling, inspection equipment, and/or cutting tools—please approach the salespeople with […]
Terry McDonald

William Crosher: Tooth Tips

This is the first in a three-part series in which the author shares his thoughts on castings, discussing how the process has progressed from a crude art to a controlled science.

Consider iron castings. This form of metal casting, which involves pouring molten metal into a mold until it solidifies, is an ancient process. Early civilizations learned that by using this method the mold shape would be duplicated. In early times little was known about solving casting problems, which can include shrinkage, cavities, inclusions, sulfur content, […]
William P. Crosher

Heat treating has evolved, but all involved must still choose the most cost effective and application-appropriate process

Look around you sometime. Whether you’re in a car driving to work or shopping in a mall, metal is everywhere. Dental tools are made from martensitic stainless steel, hardened, quenched, and tempered, as are the latches that hold bombs on carrier-based aircraft. Legs of chairs are extruded and annealed, and automobiles have thousands of pounds […]
Jack Titus

Q&A with Steve Prahalis

Experience Manager, imX-The Interactive Manufacturing Experience

The imX team has basically created a new paradigm, in terms of the traditional tradeshow experience. Could you explain your reasoning? I’d be glad to. For many years tradeshows have focused on the exhibitor’s experience, thinking that a high volume of attendees was the primary proof of a successful event, but many of the attendees […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

NEWS

Sandvik Coromant and Medallia Partnership Focuses on B2B Customer Relationships

Sandvik Coromant has announced a partnership with Medallia, the global leader in software as a service Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions, to power new initiatives in managing its customer relationships in the U.S. In an effort to become a more customer-centric company, Sandvik Coromant decided to implement a CEM program as a part of its […]
August 29, 2011

Complete Tail Stock Rebuilding Program from Riten

Riten Industries now has the capability to repair and remanufacture tail stocks for lathes and grinders from all manufacturers. The service includes repair or replacement of all worn parts, in-house fabrication of obsolete or unavailable components, expert replacement of bearings, and requalification of ID and OD to guaranteed concentricity that meets or exceeds the manufacturer’s […]
August 23, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Versatile Mobile Surface Measurement from Hommel-Etamic

Light and compact in design and easy to operate with long-lasting battery power, the Hommel-Etamic W5 surface roughness measuring system is ideally suited for measurements on the production line. Capable of a wide range of measuring tasks using an extensive array of probes and accessories, the W5 can match the performance of more expensive stationary […]
August 21, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: REGO-FIX to Unveil New Products at imX

REGO-FIX will be debuting brand new additions to its powRgrip toolholding system product family at imX 2011. The company will occupy booth 1644 at the show, which will take place September 12-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.REGO-FIX’s new slim-nose powRgrip 6 series and secuRgrip tool-locking option and expanded line of HSK 40 E holders […]
August 21, 2011

EXSYS Tool, Inc. to Showcase PRECI-FLEX Adapter System at imX

EXSYS Tool, Inc. is the company to see at imX 2011 for a leading line of high precision modular tooling systems. The company will occupy booth 1514 and highlight its revolutionary PRECI-FLEX system at the show, which takes place September 12–14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.PRECI-FLEX is the first tooling […]
August 17, 2011

SME Announces New Members of College of Fellows

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the world’s premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking, has elected 10 outstanding members  to the Society’s prestigious College of Fellows. The 2011 class joins 268 other SME members who have been elected as Fellows since the program’s inception in 1986, and represents various segments of the manufacturing […]
August 17, 2011

Mitsubishi Laser Introduces New Generation of Hybrid: the HVII

MC Machinery Systems, Inc. has introduced its newest series of 2D hybrid laser processing machines. The new line builds on the success of the HV series, offering easier setup, expanded processing area, enhanced productivity and improved operability and maintenance. A new M700 series control comes with a 15-inch, color, touch-screen display for better visual recognition […]
August 16, 2011

Mori Seiki Breaks Ground on North American Manufacturing Plant

On June 22, 2011, Mori Seiki broke ground on a 200,000 square-foot factory to be situated on 14.5 acres in Davis, California. The plant will be Mori Seiki’s first manufacturing facility in North America and will employ between 100-150 personnel. At capacity the new facility will produce as many as 100 units per month, focusing […]
August 5, 2011

Sandvik Coromant to Provide Concept-to-Completion Strategies at imX

Sandvik Coromant will bring its extensive metal-cutting knowledge and expertise to the imX: interactive manufacturing eXperience September 12-14, 2011. As one of the eight eXperience partners at the show, Sandvik Coromant will offer a holistic and consultative approach to the machining process, with start-to-finish strategies that can enhance customers’ productivity and profitability.The company’s commitment to […]
August 5, 2011

Mazak Optonics Signs On Action Machinery As New Distributor

Mazak Optonics has announced its latest distributor is Action Machinery International, based in Denver, Colorado. Action Machinery is the leading distributor of metal fabricating equipment and machine tools in the Rocky Mountain Region and Northern California. The company serves manufacturers and job shops in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming, along with Northern California, and […]
August 5, 2011

Nanocomposite Coated Saw Blades from ICO Surface Coatings

ICO Surface Coatings, a Division of Tru-Cut Saw, has developed a new nanocomposite PVD coating that will increase blade life for circular ferrous and non-ferrous saw blades. The new coating is called ViTA-Nano. Saw blades coated with this material will run a minimum of 30 percent faster with lower cycle times and increased production rates […]
August 5, 2011

Leadership Changes at FMA

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA) announces the retirement of Gerald M. Shankel as president & CEO, effective October 1. The FMA Board of Directors has appointed Edward S. Youdell, group publisher of FMA Communications, Inc., FMA’s publishing arm, to succeed him. Shankel will serve as president emeritus to ensure a successful transition before […]
August 5, 2011

NASCAR and NFL Legend Welcomes New Mitsubishi Distributor

Three-time Super Bowl champion, three-time NASCAR Cup Champion, and New York Times best-selling author Joe Gibbs spoke at the grand opening of Advanced Technology Sales & Service Inc. (ATS)—the newest Mitsubishi distributor—May 25 in Greensboro, North Carolina. The appearance by Gibbs was a highlight of the two-day grand opening event, which also included machine demonstrations […]
August 5, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Hybrid Metalworking Fluid from CIMCOOL

CIMCOOL Fluid Technology, offering some of the most technologically advanced fluids available for use in industrial operations, has created CIMTECH 609®, an innovative hybrid developed for superior grinding performance and excellent machining ability. Designed for moderate to heavy-duty operations, CIMTECH 609 is an ideal metalworking fluid concentrate for most aluminum alloys, titanium, exotic alloys, cast […]
August 5, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: MDT 2MM Small Tools from Seco

Seco has released the MDT 2MM for grooving, parting, and profiling of small and micro parts. An extension of the successful MDT family of tools, the MDT 2MM offers a cutting edge width of just 2 mm (0.078”). The MDT 2MM is available in two sizes of inserts and toolholders. Designed primarily for Swiss machining […]
August 5, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Live Centers for Small Workpieces from Riten

Riten Extra-Light live centers are designed specifically to turn or grind parts weighing as little as two ounces. These parts are commonly found in the medical and aerospace industries, as well as the manufacture of small engine components. Parts of this size are often too light or too flimsy to turn the larger bearings found […]
August 5, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Quick-Clamping Shaft Collars from Ruland

Ruland has recently developed and manufactures quick-clamping shaft collars. They are used by themselves for various applications, including mechanical stops, locating components and bearing faces, and are frequently accessories to other components to create assemblies for many types of power transmission equipment, including motors and gearboxes. These new shaft collars are uniquely designed with a […]
August 5, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: TIGERV-CW Grooving Inserts from ISCAR

ISCAR TIGERV heavy-duty grooving inserts with a new chipformer design, ensure better tool security, chip control, and ejection in difficult grooving operations on carbon and high alloy steel, even at slow speeds. They also can handle a wider range of applications and operating conditions. Deep grooves in workpieces especially raise the risk of sudden tool […]
August 5, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: High Temp Walk-In Oven from Grieve

No. 905 is an electrically-heated 1200°F(~648.89°C) high temperature walk-in oven from Grieve, currently used for heat treating. 120 KW are installed in Incoloy sheathed tubular heating elements. Workspace dimensions are 48” wide x 180” deep x 72” high. The oven has 10” thick insulated walls comprised of 2” of 1900°F block and 8” of 10 […]
August 5, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Versatile Mobile Surface Measurement from Hommel-Etamic

Light and compact in design and easy to operate with long-lasting battery power, the Hommel-Etamic W5 surface roughness measuring system is ideally suited for measurements on the production line. Capable of a wide range of measuring tasks using an extensive array of probes and accessories, the W5 can match the performance of more expensive stationary […]
August 5, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: REGO-FIX to Unveil New Products at imX

REGO-FIX will be debuting brand new additions to its powRgrip toolholding system product family at imX 2011. The company will occupy booth 1644 at the show, which will take place September 12-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.REGO-FIX’s new slim-nose powRgrip 6 series and secuRgrip tool-locking option and expanded line of HSK 40 E holders […]
August 5, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: DMU 60 eVo 5-Axis Machining Center from DMG/Mori Seiki

The DMU 60 eVo is the newest model in DMG’s successful eVo Series, having already sold more than 3,000 units throughout the world. In recent years there has been growing demand for manufacturing complex workpieces, particularly in the aircraft and medical equipment industries. Mori Seiki and DMG, the world’s largest manufacturers of 5-axis machines, have […]
August 5, 2011

FANUC Corporation named as one of the Top 100 companies on the “World’s Most Innovative Companies”

FANUC Corporation—the world’s most diversified manufacturer of CNC systems, robots, and machine tools—has been named as one of the Top 100 companies on the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list recently published in Forbes magazine. This list recognizes the world’s leading-edge corporations that are most likely to continue to succeed today and in the future. This […]
August 4, 2011

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