Archives September 2012


September 2012


Company Profile: Forest City Gear

Forest City Gear continues to excel at producing world-class gears after 50 years at its Illinois facility.

People may say Forest City Gear has its ‘head in the clouds’ these days since some of the gears for the Mars Rover ‘Curiosity’ were manufactured at their facility. Forest City Gear produced 75 different types of gears for the nuclear-powered Curiosity, which recently touched down on Mars. Curiosity will spend several weeks in tests before it begins […]
Sherri Mabry

The Surgeon and the Gear Maker

The very best surgeons perform the most difficult procedures—those requiring extreme skill, precision, deftness and experience. The same is true of the very best gear makers—they gravitate toward the most difficult jobs—those requiring the very best technology, extreme skill, precision and experience.

Delta Gear bought TIFCO Gage & Gear, a maker of master gears, spline gages, aerospace gears, and automotive prototype gears in 2004. In 2005, Delta Gear joined forces with Delta Research Corp., which since its inception more than a half-century ago has earned a reputation as the leader in prototype transmission and engine components and […]
Robin Yale Bergstrom

New Cutter Heads Increase Tool Life

Highly productive cutter heads with new clamp blocks allow movement of the blades axially for higher productivity and enhanced production stability.

Introduction A system problem of stick blade cutters with rectangular blades is the clamping principle. Rectangular stick blades are pressed radially against the slot bottom of the cutter head body. Because the average cutting force is tangential to the slot bottom, the clearance between the slot sidewalls and the blade sides allows the cutting force […]
Dr. Hermann J. Stadtfeld

Calculating Inverse of Involute Angle in Microsoft Excel Without Programming

Gear calculations can be determined using Excel Circular Referencing, but users should know how to form correct equations and the limits of input for the equation yield to obtain correct results.

A lot has been written and discussed about how to calculate the inverse of involute angle in technological magazines and publications in the past with the help of a simple Computer Program. There are three ways with which inverse of involute angles can be found in Microsoft Excel without Programming, including: 1. Excel Circular Referencing […]
Aditya P. Khemka


Powder Metal Gears, Part I

The author focuses on material characteristics and the effects of porosity on powder metal gear technology.

This will be the first in a series of smaller articles on Powder metal gear technology. Each article will focus around a topic that is related to gearing and how it is affected by the use of powder metal (PM). Gear technology using powder metal instead of wrought steel sometimes requires different practices. There are […]
Anders Flodin

Even environment and location are important to determine application stresses on gears

It was once a simple matter to select a gear reducer from a catalog. In order to allow for the application and the inaccuracy of the rating, selection factors were applied. At that time in North America the catalogs reflected basic dimensions and design criteria. The gear units were built to order and not available […]
William P. Crosher

Orders increase for pusher furnaces for those planning to employ oil press quenching to control distortion

Several columns ago I said we were receiving indications that there was a renewed interest in pusher furnaces for carburizing … well that sure was an understatement. Recently without mentioning names the orders for pushers have exploded and yes they are for gears and associated drive components. And most will be employing oil press quenching […]
Jack Titus

Q&A with Daniel Herring

The Heat Treat Doctor, The Herring Group Inc.

As the “Heat Treat Doctor” how has your work impacted the industry? I feel my greatest contribution is having the opportunity to share the technical knowledge and practical insights I have gained in the industry over that last 25 years or more with the current and (hopefully) next generation of heat treaters. Please tell us […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


PRODUCT SHOWCASE: ZEOZORB: Innovative Desiccant Breathers for Gearbox Protection

Drytech Inc., a manufacturer of moisture control systems for the aerospace and defense industry, is proud to announce the launch of its ZEOZORB desiccant breathers for long-term protection from oil contamination and harmful effects of moisture. Contaminant prevention has always been a concern within the fluid system industry. Contaminants will enter industrial equipment as pressure, […]
June 11, 2013

Mazak Showcases QUICK TURN NEXUS 450-II MY/LBB at IMTS

Mazak announces that it will showcase its QUICK TURN NEXUS 450-II MY/LBB (Long Boring Bar) turning center at IMTS.The machine features an optional 40” long boring bar for rigid and precise deep-hole boring to depths of 31.5”, and because the machine brings unmatched productivity and reduced cycle times across a wide range of long, large-diameter […]
September 6, 2012

Methods Machine Tools Addresses Shortage of Skilled Manufacturing Workers

On June 15, 2012, Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools and automation headquartered in Sudbury, MA, hosted approximately 70 Massachusetts vocational technology students at a manufacturing event at its headquarters. Students from Westfield Vocational Technical (Westfield, MA), Assabet Valley Regional (Marlborough, MA) and Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, MA) […]
September 6, 2012

RP Machine Announces Distribution of Hera CNC Line

RP Machine announces it’s exclusive North American distribution of the Hera CNC Gear Hobbing line. The new line consists of hobbing machines from 60mm – 750mm diameter capacity.All vertical machines are rigidly designed using heavy-duty cast iron bases with hardened and precision ground ways. Its state of-the- art-design uses high-quality parts and components required to […]
September 6, 2012

Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 8.8% in 2012

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $462.95 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 0.6% from May and down 1.8% when compared with the total of $471.49 million reported for June 2011. With a year-to-date total of $2,682.37 million, […]
September 6, 2012

Reshoring Takes Center Stage at IMTS 2012

Bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States will be a hot topic at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2012.Harry Moser, a 45-year manufacturing industry veteran and founder of the Reshoring Initiative, will present on the topic during the show to help U.S. manufacturers recognize the profit potential of utilizing local sourcing and production […]
September 6, 2012

Lion Technology Launches New TSCA Online Course

The U.S. EPA’s TSCA rules are complex and enforcement is stringent, making a comprehensive understanding of the regulations critical for compliance. The law has broad applicability, subjecting all companies that “manufacture, use, process, distribute, import, or export chemical products” to complex reporting and management requirements.In 2012, more companies became subject to TSCA with a recent […]
September 6, 2012

Control System Integrator Guide Explains Benefits of CSIA Certification

When industrial automation clients have questions about how to invest in new or updated infrastructure to improve production capacity, a CSIA Certified control system integrator can provide answers. This is according to a new guide, “CSIA Certification: What are the benefits to clients,” found at www.controlsys.org/certification.“CSIA Certification sets our members apart from other control system […]
September 6, 2012

REGO-FIX® Enhances Manufacturing Capabilities

REGO-FIX recently completed its 75,000 square-foot manufacturing facility expansion in Tenniken, Switzerland, increasing manufacturing capacity for its toolholder manufacturing facility and realizing significant cost savings from its environmentally conscious design.The expansion project increased manufacturing floor space by 140 percent, allowing REGO-FIX to fully automate its processes, increase manufacturing capacity, enhance quality control, boost production to […]
September 6, 2012

OMAX® Names ICS 2000 New Distribution Partner for Spain and Portugal

OMAX Corporation recently named ICS 2000 as its new distributor of premium OMAX JetMachining® Centers and versatile MAXIEM® JetCutting Centers in Spain and Portugal.With more than 20 years of experience selling waterjet technology to shops of all sizes, ICS 2000 provides everything from individual machines to complete turnkey manufacturing solutions. By taking an engineering-based approach […]
September 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Mitsubishi Demonstrates Machines at IMTS Booth N7046

Mitsubishi is showcasing the ZE40A generating / form gear grinder and the SE25A CNC gear shaping machine. Long known for its flexibility in job shop use, the SE25A will be put through its high-speed paces, dry shaping gears up to 1800 strokes per minute. The live demo will highlight the dynamic and static stability of […]
September 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: RTE Akustik + Pruftechnik Introduces Sonic™

RTE Akustik + Prüftechnik from Germany will be at the IMTS 2012 trade fair, booth E-5275-7, to demonstrate its new Sonic™ component-testing technology. The scalable system allows the noise and vibration testing (NVH), the non-destructive acoustic materials testing (acoustic resonant testing, ART) and the frequency measurement of assemblies and components during production and development.The Sonic™ […]
September 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Norton QUANTUM X Creepfeed Grinding Wheels at IMTS, Booth N-7051

Saint-Gobain Abrasives, the world’s largest abrasives manufacturer, has recently introduced Norton QUANTUM™ X Creepfeed Wheels featuring three proprietary technologies to create the “ultimate” wheel for free-cutting. The leading Norton technologies that comprise QUANTUM X include a patented pore-induced construction, Norton Quantum ceramic abrasive and the latest, strongest patented bond from Norton.The QUANTUM X wheels are […]
September 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: KAPP-NILES Demonstrates Capabilities of ZX 1000 and KX500 FLEX Machines

Two grinding machines with flexible process capabilities will be on display at booth N-7036 at IMTS along with KAPP CBN and Diamond-plated tools, and scale models of numerous other machine types for special applications.The  KX 500 FLEX demonstrates how process flexibility optimizes cost and delivery for prototype through medium-to-high volume production. The KX 500 FLEX […]
September 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Banyan Global Technologies and IBS GmbH Returns to IMTS

Banyan Global Technologies and IBS will showcase a number of new products at IMTS Booth N-6670.Some equipment on display includes a new indexable hobbing product line for mid-to-large module gears. Module: 5 to 40 (5DP to 0.63DP) class “B” is suitable for protuberance style pre-grinding applications, which provides a 30 to 50 percent
improvement in cycle […]
September 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Technifor Introduces the TFG20 Fiber Gantry Laser

The TFG20 gantry enclosure is Technifor’s latest laser marking solution. The table (12″ x 24″ x 6”) with its X and Y axis numeric references, simplifies large batch marking and part serialization. This compact Class 1 laser enclosure (26” x 40” x 18) sits on a bench or cart. The large, ergonomic access door makes […]
September 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Zagar Workholding Group Features Rotary and Indexing Tables

Zagar Workholding Group adds a complete line of rotary and indexing tables to its product offering. Sold under the Zagar brand, the tables are available in various diameters and with right hand or back-mounted AC or DC motors. Standard table diameters range from 4.72 to 12.6 inches (120 mm – 320 mm). Special large size […]
September 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: MAG Learning Lab Details Recent Advancements in Minimum Quantity Cryogenics Machining

MAG will demonstrate its Minimum Quantity Cryogenics (MQC) machining technology and explain its capabilities and advantages in a Learning Lab at the company’s booth during the IMTS show in Chicago. MQC will be demonstrated on a new MAG 5-axis HMC 1600, as well as on a customer’s VMC that has been retrofitted, utilizing various difficult-to-machine […]
September 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Royal Products’ New Econo-Rack™ Prevents Damage

Royal Products, a leading manufacturer of metalworking performance accessories, has introduced the Econo-Rack™, a device that safely collects finished parts as they come off of any bar-fed CNC lathe. It prevents damage to finished parts and reduces mess, feeding products onto a turntable covered by a low-friction UHMW material instead of into an oil-filled collection […]
September 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New 20 Bar Furnace Expands Vacuum Heat Treating Capabilities

Solar Atmospheres is using a new custom-built horizontal 20 bar vacuum furnace (40” wide x 50” deep x 36” high, 3500 max load) at its Hermitage facility. Designed and built by sister company Solar Manufacturing, it is the fastest cooling furnace in the Solar fleet.The excessive pressure and high speed gas velocities of the 20 […]
September 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Sunnen’s SHO-965 Honing Oil Introduced

Sunnen Products introduces its new SHO-965 honing oil, a low-VOC formulation based on its most widely used general-purpose oil, MB-30.The new SHO-965 oil has a more pleasant odor, yet retains all of the high-performance qualities of industry-standard MB-30 oil, including maximum cutting rates and increased abrasive life when honing difficult materials like stainless steel. SHO-965 is also highly versatile, working on virtually any metal […]
September 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Hyundai WIA L800A Big Bore CNC Turning Center

Hyundai WIA introduces the new L800A Big Bore Heavy Duty CNC Turning Center. With a 12.5” thru hole capacity, the L800A is designed for machining large cylindrical parts. A dual chuck design offers support of the work piece, especially on long shafts or pipe. Standard capacities include: a 41.3” swing over the bed; a 32.3” […]
September 6, 2012