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October 2011

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Company Profile: Hexagon Metrology

With a vast portfolio of coordinate measuring brands and machines, this company can meet the requirements of the most demanding applications.

Comprised of some of the most well-known metrology brands in the world—including Leitz, Leica Geosystems, and Brown & Sharpe, just to name a few—Hexagon Metrology is a global leader in measurement systems used in a wide variety of applications. “When you have a product portfolio as extensive as ours, there’s really no market we aren’t […]
Russ Willcutt

Controlling the Process

Using Siemens’ CNC technology on advanced machine tools helps Forest City Gear remain an industry leader worldwide.

Gear manufacturers have always embraced the latest technologies, constantly fine-tuning their operations to eliminate glitches and optimize efficiencies. This has become even more important in recent years, with an economy still struggling toward recovery and competition from around the world becoming increasingly aggressive. In response smart companies streamline their production processes, explore new markets, and […]
John Meyer

A New Paradigm in Gear Hobbing

A new tooling concept from Sandvik Coromant lowers machining times and costs for hobbing gears, maximizing quality and increasing efficiency.

The transmission of rotating movements without gear wheels is unthinkable. Whether in mechanical engineering, in automotive and transport technology, in railways, in shipbuilding, and even in energy production, without gear wheels nothing would turn anymore. Transmissions also have to be efficient, as does the manufacture of gears. Increasing speeds in all areas, with longer running […]
Guenter Wermeister

Thin Rims for Internal Gears

KISSsoft examines the effects of thin rims for internal gears and their consideration in the calculation of ISO and VDI standards.

In today’s applications it is increasingly important to use space and resource-saving gears. One possibility is to design the rim of internal gears as thin as possible in order to reduce the overall space as much as possible. This goes along with a significantly greater utilization of the material strength for tooth root fracture,. Instead […]
B. Eng. Benjamin Mahr

Single-Source Solutions

Gear-cutting and finishing solutions from a single source simplify process planning and open up far-reaching synergies. Gleason explains how.

The quality requirements of the automotive industry for gears and transmissions are rising steadily. Compact designs and the trend toward higher-torque engines result in very high performance for manual, automatic, and differential transmissions. At the same time maximum running smoothness is required for driving comfort and the impression of quality of the vehicle as a […]
Karl-Josef Schaferling, Dipl.-Ing., Claus Kobialka, Dr.-Ing.

Special Report: New England Gear

For remanufactured Fellows gear shapers—including CNC controls, user-friendly software, and custom accessories—call the man with hands-on experience.

According to Jeff Barnes, founder and president of New England Gear, there’s a very good reason why his company is known as the go-to source for remanufactured Fellows gear shapers, custom accessories, technical information, and advice. “For the first 15 years of my career I worked in a gear shop operating these exact machines,” he […]
Claus Kobialka, Dr.-Ing., Karl-Josef Schaferling, Dipl.-Ing.

Cryogenic Treatment of Gear Steel

The following technical paper examines the effect of cryogenic treatment on the impact behavior of case-carburized En 353 steel.

Case carburized steel (En 353) is the material commonly used for making crown wheels and pinions. The reasons for the frequent failure of these components are due to the tooth bending impact, wear, and fatigue. The modern processes employed to produce high durable component includes cryogenic treatment as a supplementary process to conventional heat treatment […]
D. Senthilkumar, Pete Paulin, A. Rajadurai, S. Harish, A. Bensely, D. Mohan Lal, G. Nagarajan

DEPARTMENTS

Concluding the discussion of the history, applications, and attributes of different types of castings and related treatments.

Continuing our conversation on different types of castings and related treatments, let’s turn our attention to bronze treatments. The heat treatment of a gear bronze is rare, because such treatment dissolves the hard delta phase. This dissolving occurs at 1100ºF; if lower temperatures are used it is possible to relieve the segregation of tin in […]
William P. Crosher

Thinking of bringing heat-treat process in-house? Benefits exist, but there are many factors to consider first

“Show me the money!” Rod Tidwell challenged Jerry Maguire with that line in the movie of the same name, and it’s also the comeback from senior management when the transmission product manager says “we’ve got to bring heat treating in-house.” There are two sometimes competing methodologies used to case harden transmission gears: induction hardening and […]
Jack Titus

Q&A with Dan Goodman

Vice President of Sales, Surface Combustion, Inc.

Surface Combustion has played a central role in the growth and evolution of thermal processing. Tell us a little about its history. The company was founded in 1915 on the patented principal of surface combustion, which involved the discovery that when a burner is fired into an envelope you get more-uniform heating if it radiates […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Most businesses rely on temporary staffing services from time to time, but have you looked into your responsibilities from a safety standpoint?

Whether you’re reading this column while attending Gear Expo or after you’ve returned, I hope this year’s event has proven to be a productive experience. And, of course, I hope that you enjoyed yourself. As we discussed in a previous column, it is the ideal way of meeting and exchanging ideas with your counterparts in […]
Terry McDonald

NEWS

Romax to Raffle iPad2 at Gear Expo

Visit the Romax Technology booth at Gear Expo 2011 to enter to win an iPad2! Romax is giving away an iPad2 to one lucky winner at Gear Expo 2011, to be held November 1-3 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Stop by booth 226 and ask for a demonstration of RomaxDesigner in […]
October 18, 2011

Kapp to Showcase Niles ZE 800 Gear Center at Gear Expo

The Kapp Group will display their Niles ZE 800 Gear Center at booth #723 at Gear Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 1-3, 2011. Grinding demonstrations will also be shown via live video links from different locations including, Indiana Tool and Machine Company’s facility, where their Niles ZPI/E 25 machine will demonstrate grinding very large gears.The […]
October 7, 2011

AMT and AMTDA Explore Product, Service Integration

AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA-The American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association have announced the formation of a committee to explore ways to integrate their products and services to better serve the members of both associations. This committee, which will be made up of staff and board members from both organizations, will meet and discuss […]
October 7, 2011

ALD-Holcroft Partners with Dibalog

New vacuum furnace manufacturer ALD-Holcroft of Wixom, Michigan, is announcing a newly formed technology relationship with the leading energy management company dibalog USA, Inc., of Simpsonville, South Carolina, and the parent company dibalog GmbH of Heidelberg, Germany. The innovative vacuum furnace manufacturer with an established foothold in the NAFTA market can now offer integration of […]
October 7, 2011

New Operations Manager at South Bend Gear

Doug Fozo has been named operations manager for South Bend Gear, a new joint venture of Schafer Gear Works, Inc., and Somaschini S.p.A. of Italy. South Bend Gear will produce gears for engines for the heavy-duty truck market in North America. A new 50,000 square-foot plant is currently under construction on the Schafer Gear campus […]
October 7, 2011

Waukesha Industrial Supply Now Applied Tooling Technologies

Applied Tooling Technologies, formerly Waukesha Industrial Supply, has changed its name to better reflect the innovative changes taking place within the company and the metal working industry. The company touts a new vision, highly trained expert staff, and inventory management systems that enhance production tooling and operations for manufacturers and metal processing companies in multiple […]
October 7, 2011

DMARK to Represent Drake in Southern California

Drake Manufacturing Services Co. and DMARK Corporation have formally established a new Sales Agreement for southern California. This agreement provides improved sales and marketing support related to all manufacturing equipment offered by Drake Manufacturing Services.Drake is recognized globally as a market leader for designing, building and servicing state-of-the-art precision CNC thread, worm and profile gear […]
October 7, 2011

Mazak To Participate in First MTConnect Conference

Mazak has been an ardent supporter of MTConnect since its inception several years ago, and that initiative continues with the company’s participation in MC2 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference, the first-ever MTConnect conference. Scheduled for November 8-10, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency in Cincinnati, Ohio, the event will focus on both the business and technical aspects […]
October 7, 2011

Illuminated Pushbuttons for OEMs from EAO

EAO Corporation announces the Series 84 PCB, bringing multicolor “halo” illumination capabilities to design engineers working on HMI Systems and control panels. The Series 84 PCB offers a range of 22.5 mm, PCB-mounted pushbuttons and indicators that can be quickly and easily programmed to change color, pulse, flash, and illuminate at the edge, creating a […]
October 7, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Reliable and Efficient Skiving from Klingelnberg

Klingelnberg AG presents its latest innovation, skiving. This newly developed tool system can be used on bevel gear milling machines and allows for a productive, stable and precise production process, particularly for internal gears. Despite high productivity and system-inherent accuracy, the breakthrough of skiving has been denied due to the the tool problem. The chip […]
October 7, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Hexagon Metrology Offers Agilent Laser Calibration System

Hexagon Metrology Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of the entire line of Agilent laser calibration parts and accessories in its online store. The Agilent Dynamic Caibrator laser calibration system is used to verify machine tool and CMM accuracy, with many large companies and service providers including Hexagon Metrology, using the system to ensure […]
October 7, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: TRU TEMP Black Oxide Finish from Birchwood

Black oxide finishing for the times calls for TRU TEMP low temperature black oxide process. It’s the safe, non-boiling, and easy to operate process that uses no EPA regulated chemicals. The TRU TEMP system operates at 200° F and produces a high quality black finish without the drawbacks of ordinary high temp black oxide. The […]
October 7, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Silent Tools Milling Adaptors from Sandvik Coromant

Sandvik Coromant has launched an extension to its range of Silent Tools milling adaptors. Available in lengths 4-5xD these new dampened adaptors can provide more than 50 percent productivity increases over undampened assemblies. The full benefits of the patented dampening mechanism can be seen when applied to a wide variety of milling operations. The adaptors […]
October 7, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: VIKING Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet from Lincoln Electric

The new VIKING™ 3350 series auto-darkening welding helmets from Lincoln Electric feature top-quality LCD optics for a clear, natural view in varied ambient light settings. The solar-powered helmets, augmented with a user-replaceable lithium battery, have a substantial 3.34-in. height viewing area in a U.S. standard 5.25- x 4.50-in. sized cartridge shell. VIKING helmets are ideal […]
October 7, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New High-Speed Horizontal Machining Center from Mori Seiki

Mori Seiki has started taking orders for the NHX10000 high-precision horizontal machining center. This machine is the latest and largest model in the NHX Series of X-class horizontal machining centers. With a maximum workpiece size of 78.75 in. x 63 in. and a maximum loading capacity of 11,023 lbs, the NHX10000 is an ideal solution […]
October 7, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: INDEX Introduces Double End Multi-Spindle CNC Lathe

The new INDEX MS40P CNC multi-spindle automatic lathe includes a quillstock with six tool carriers and one counter spindle opposite the main six-spindle drum, making it possible to machine complex workpieces requiring many tools with highest precision in a single process. A new concept, the INDEX multispindle affords contract manufacturers the ability to outproduce—by up […]
October 7, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gleason Unveils Gear Production and Inspection Solutions at Gear Expo

In its mission to be the industry’s Total Gear Solutions Provider, Gleason will introduce a host of advanced new machines, tooling, and global customer support services at Gear Expo 2011, covering a wide array of processes for the complete production and inspection of all types of bevel and cylindrical gears. Visitors to booth #815 will […]
October 7, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Sunnen Multi-Feed Honing Technology at Gear Expo

Sunnen’s patented multi-feed honing technology gives gear manufacturers a choice of tool-feed modes to achieve the shortest cycle times, lowest part cost, and longest abrasive life. Multi-feed combines Sunnen’s new controlled-force tool-feed with its controlled-rate feed system. The two different tool-feed modes allow the user to select the better option to suit the workpiece geometry, […]
October 7, 2011

Renishaw Process Control Seminar: The Start to a Better Finish

Renishaw and Okuma will present a metrology seminar to address the need for increased process control and provide details on “The Productivity Pyramid™,” Renishaw’s systematic approach to reducing waste and variation in manufacturing processes via a variety of innovative technology, proven methods, and expert support. The 90-minute seminar will be presented twice—at 10:00 a.m. and […]
October 7, 2011

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