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Archives December 2012


December 2012


Company Profile: Custom Gear & Machine, Inc.

The Illinois-based Custom Gear's manufacturing process was designed to maximize efficiency without sacrificing quality, and their focus is simple: Making high-class gears.

Roscoe, IL’s Custom Gear knows how to adjust to new circumstances. In an industry that never stays the same for long, this has served them well.  Mike Rasmann and his partner, Dave Patterson, started Custom Gear in 1994 out of a small, 15000 sq. ft. building right in the middle of Rockford, IL. Patterson recalls […]
Tim Byrd

The Real Truth Behind Cpk and Ppk Capability and Potential Process Studies

What is Cpk & Ppk—really? How do you appropriately use these statistics to measure and improve your process? What do they really mean?

The most common definition of Cpk and Ppk is this: Cpk is the short-term capability of a process, and Ppk is the long-term. The truth is that these statistical indices are much more than that, and it is important to understand what process and capability statistics really mean. However, in order to reveal the true […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Exploiting the Potential of Plastic Gears

Plastic gears are now being used in drives of higher power and higher precision than in the past.

Plastic gears afford appliance designers dramatic opportunities to reduce drive cost, noise, and weight. However, due to the properties of engineering resins, plastic gears require a greater engineering effort than metal gears. This paper examines current applications of plastic gears and explains the payoffs in reduced cost, weight, and noise. It also provides insight into […]
Andy Ulrich

Horror Stories of Costing

How “Costing” Costs Gear Manufacturing Companies Money.

My pet peeve is seeing companies lose money needlessly in the process of costing and pricing. This happens for four reasons: 1) They don’t have a good handle on material, parts, and job costs. 2) They don’t keep up with the changes to those costs over time. 3) They don’t stick to their guns when […]
David Senkfor


Q&A with Tom Spedding

Sales Engineer, C & B Machinery

Would you give me some background on the company? We’re in Livonia, MI, located in the greater Detroit area. We’re right in the hub of all the major U.S. based automotive companies – they’re our customers. We make precision production disc grinders. There are different models: Double-disc, single-disc, both with horizontal or vertical orientation. The […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Powder Metal Gears, Part III

This third article on Powder Metal (PM) gear technology discusses micro design of the gear flanks to maximize robustness of the gears.

Since the Young’s modulus and Poisson’s number are density-related, it is important to use the PM relevant numbers in the design phase of the tooth profiles. A thorough study of this was made by WZL RWTH University in Aachen Germany; this article will discuss the methodology and the PM relevant results from this work. Here […]
Anders Flodin

Bevel gears, pressure angles and their relationship

In this edition of “Tooth Tips,” I’d like to examine straight-tooth bevels, the oldest form of a true bevel gear. It is one of several popular bevel designs that are in common usage. AGMA has standardized three basic types: straight, spiral, and Zerol. Of all the forms, the straight form is the simplest, easiest to […]
William P. Crosher

Common methods and processes for heat-treating equipment

Over the course of months, I’ve discussed furnace equipment mostly related to the carburizing, hardening, and quenching of gears and other drivetrain components, but there’s a lot more to heat-treating equipment than those processes. A few more common ones that come to mind are: Annealing, normalizing, tempering, and austempering. Annealing is a term that means […]
Jack Titus


Learn to Reduce Die Soldering in Die Castings!

Aluminum has a high affinity for iron which can cause aluminum casting alloys to stick or solder to the die cavity surface. NADCA has created a webinar that will address the various factors that influence die soldering. These factors include die temperature, aluminum alloy composition, molten metal angle of impingement during fill, die materials and […]
January 3, 2013

Mazak Webinar to Examine the Productivity Powers of MTConnect

Mazak continues to actively support MTConnect, and one of the many ways in which the company backs this open-source, royalty-free manufacturing protocol is through awareness. On Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. ET, Mazak will host a free webinar that examines how this protocol can help Mazak customers improve the utilization of their manufacturing equipment and […]
December 21, 2012

Klingelnberg Group Once Again Awarded Renowned Documentation Prize

The Klingelnberg Group has received awards for the second year in succession for the quality of its operating instructions. The company received prizes for all four of its submitted operating instructions. “Due to the technical complexity of our machines, we naturally provide the users with very complex operating instructions, and precisely for this reason it […]
December 5, 2012

Hunter Automated Makes Donation to Foundry Scholarship Fund

Hunter Automated Machinery recently announced a donation to the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF), raising the current endowment to $25,000, in memory of Al Hunter, founder of the company and father of current owner Bill Hunter. Bill made this donation on August 9, presenting a check to the FEF Executive Director, Bill Sorensen. Hunter Automated has […]
December 5, 2012

Gleason and SMT Form Strategic Partnership for Gear Design and Manufacturing Systems

Gleason Corporation (Rochester, New York) and Smart Manufacturing Technology (SMT) (Nottingham, UK) have formed a global strategic partnership to provide gear manufacturers worldwide a complete design-to-manufacturing system. Gleason and SMT will offer a system that seamlessly integrates SMT’s premier System Design and Analysis Software (MASTA) with Gleason’s industry-leading software for bevel gear design and manufacturing […]
December 5, 2012

New CEO Takes Helm at EFD Induction Group

Bjørn Eldar Petersen, a Norwegian executive with over 20 years of experience in the global automotive industry, has been appointed CEO of the EFD Induction Group. Petersen takes over from Eivin Jørgensen, who, as planned, has stepped down on his 60th birthday. “I’m honored and flattered to be made CEO of this great company,” said […]
December 5, 2012

Ipsen Ships 12 Bar TITAN—to Indonesia

Ipsen, Inc., continuing its strong overseas partnerships, shipped a TITAN H2 12 bar furnace to a die-manufacturing customer for the medical industry located in Bandung, Indonesia. The furnace had a work zone size of 18” x 18” x 24” (455 mm x 455 mm x 610 mm) and a hearth gross weight capacity of 4,000 […]
December 5, 2012

New Website and IMTS Follow-up for GMTA

German Machine Tools of America (the former American-Wera) has rolled out its new website,, which includes details on the name change and all the lines of high-quality German machine tools represented by the company, with links to those manufacturers’ sites, operational videos, full machine specifications, and a complete listing of the GMTA network of […]
December 5, 2012

Seco Tools Among Best Companies to Work For

For the fourth year in a row, corp! Magazine has named Seco Tools one of “Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For,” an honor that comes by providing a highly motivating and rewarding work experience to employees.   Seco, a leading provider of metalcutting solutions for milling, turning, holemaking, and toolholding makes […]
December 5, 2012

Ipsen Hires New Vice President of Finance

Ipsen, Inc. welcomes Kenneth Maher as the new Vice President of Finance, replacing Matt Arndt, who was recently promoted to CEO of Ipsen China.Maher’s office is located at Ipsen’s facility in Cherry Valley and he reports to Geoffrey Somary, president and CEO of Ipsen USA. Maher is responsible for both Ipsen USA Finance and I.T. […]
December 5, 2012

Machine Tool Builders Expands its Manufacturing Facilities

Centrally located near Rockford in Northern Illinois, Machine Tool Builders, a remanufacturer and re-controller of gear-cutting and grinding equipment, is expanding its facility to accommodate growth and provide ample space for rebuilding numerous large machines simultaneously. MTB’s new 20,100 square-foot addition includes a new 25-ton overhead crane, which spans half the shop width (50-feet x […]
December 5, 2012

New VP of OEM Sales at Inductoheat, Inc.

Inductoheat, Inc. Madison Heights, MI, has appointed John B. Maher as the vice president of OEM Sales. Mr. Maher has worked in industrial sales & management for more than 23 years, most recently as marketing manager for Marposs Corporation & President of Artis Systems, Inc. He has a BBA from Western Michigan University specializing in […]
December 5, 2012

Manufacturing Executives Call for a Clear Strategy

Recently, the Mid-South chapter of the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) held its 2012 Manufacturing Summit, “Closing the Divide Between Jobs, Policy and Growth.” The event, which was attended by 100 members and their customers, was moderated by MSCI President and CEO M. Robert Weidner, III, and hosted by Chapter President Mike Glover, division manager at Chatham […]
December 5, 2012

Gilman USA Adds Witt & Associates to Provide Sales Support in the Ohio River Valley

Gilman USA has added Witt & Associates, Inc. as an outside manufacturers’ sales representative to cover portions of the Ohio River Valley.Witt & Associates ( will be promoting Gilman USA’s machine spindles, slides, and other products to Kentucky, most of Indiana (except the far northwestern part of the state), and the southern half of Ohio. […]
December 5, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Precision Honing Supplies Catalog Available from Sunnen

Sunnen Products’ new 192-page Precision Honing Supplies catalog is a complete guide for making perfect holes. Broken into 12 tabbed sections, the catalog opens with a handy selection guide and follows with full details on mandrels, tooling, abrasives, machine accessories, gaging, filters, honing oils, and coolants. The catalog features custom tooling lines – such as […]
December 5, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Romax Launches Next Generation Gearbox and Driveline Conceptual Design and Optimization Package

Romax Technology has launched a revolutionary new concept design software package that will dramatically increase speed, quality, creativity, and innovation when designing gearboxes and drivelines. Called ‘Concept’, the new product delivers on the Romax vision of streamlining the end-to-end planning to manufacture process with open, easy to use software solutions. The result is a highly […]
December 5, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Polygon Solution’s New Rotary Broaching Brake

The rotary broaching brake is a new mechanical solution for aligning broached forms in machined products. Rotary broaching is fantastic for making small forms like hexagons and squares in soft materials like aluminum, brass, and mild steel. However, when it comes to aligning multiple holes using a rotary broaching tool, the operation becomes extremely challenging. […]
December 5, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: SandvikCoromant Introduces New Versatile, High-Performance CoroDrill 460-XM

SandvikCoromant has overseen the launch of the CoroDrill 460-XM. The new drill is a multi-application, high-performance drill that can be used across a wide range of materials. This drill provides high capacity utilization, flexibility, and versatility. With one drill for all materials, stock holding can be reduced and greater machine flexibility offered, leading to reduced […]
December 5, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Acculube Selected by Castrol to Distribute Elite New Bio-based Lubricants

Acculube, distributor for Castrol, Exxon Mobil, and other leading global brands of industrial fluids, has been appointed one of just a few distributors nationwide who are authorized to sell and service Castrol’s new Performance Biolubes product line. The Performance Biolubes technology platform adds a range of bio-based (vegetable) lubricants and metalworking fluids to Acculube’s extensive […]
December 5, 2012