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September 2016

FEATURES

Dynamic Megabytes Inc.

Dynamic Megabytes develops cost-efficient, results-oriented software packages with customized solutions to suit the needs of its customers in the gear manufacturing and automotive industries.

With the manufacturing suite of products from Dynamic Megabytes, customers can achieve their goals by defining their own requirements and executing them with customized software tailored to their specific business for better efficiency and improved competitiveness. In addition, customers benefit from the expertise of software programmers who are knowledgeable of the manufacturing industry. This expertise began […]
Molly J. Rogers

Polymer Composite Bases for Machine Foundations

Vibration damping is just one of the many benefits of using polymer composite (or mineral cast) bases or filled structures in modern machine tool design.

A properly designed base foundation is crucial to the success and longevity of the machine. Designers have historically resorted to steel, cast iron, fabricated tubular steel, and granite as machine foundations. These structures are designed to provide a solid platform to mount sensitive componentry specific to the individual performance of the machine. While these designs […]
Justin Sly

Adopting Vision Systems: Technology Geared Toward Cost Savings and Boosting Quality

Many top gear manufacturers are adopting machine vision systems as a means of seamlessly yielding higher productivity, as the system can operate inline with existing manufacturing processes.

First-tier gear manufacturers are now embracing machine vision technology to streamline production lines, which, of course, ultimately leads to significant cost savings. However paradoxical it may seem, this is possible while actually improving product quality. Top gear makers are attracted to the ease of operation, agility, and flexibility in inspecting various parts that can be […]
Dr. Joseph Poon

Calculating the Risk of Micropitting Using ISO Technical Report 15144-1:2014 – Validation with Practical Applications

This paper describes the definition of micropitting, the actual calculation method, and its application to practical examples if and where micropitting has occurred. The examples give evidence that the Technical Report reliably predicts the risk of micropitting where it is later found on the gear flanks.

For high-performance gear transmissions, case-carburized and ground gears are used in most cases. International standards have been developed to provide standardized calculation methods for safety factors against: Macropitting (ISO 6336-2) [3] Tooth breakage (ISO 6336-3) [4] Scuffing (ISO TR 13989) [5] Tooth flank fracture (ISO DTS 19042-1) [6] Tooth breakage is a serious damage, causing […]
Dr.-Ing. Michael Heider, Dr.-Ing. Burkhard Pinnekamp

Non-Contact Gear Defect Detection Is Now Possible

Combining the technical synergies of a laser company, a gear measurement company, and a software development company resulted in the development of an innovative product that is a game-changer in the way gear defects can be detected — non-contact involute profile measurement to microns in a matter of seconds.

In 2012, Slone Gear International Inc. and Mound Laser Inc. began experimenting with combining laser technology with gear manufacturing and gaging knowledge to bring about non-contact measurement capability for additive manufacturing and gear applications. On May 20, 2014, Slone Gear was awarded a technology accelerator grant from the State of Ohio to help bring to […]
Richard Warns, Brian Slone

Case Study: Gleason Corporation and Schafer Gear Works

Single sourcing a highly automated gear-finishing system from Gleason results in multiple benefits for Schafer Gear Works, including significantly more hard-finishing capacity, minimal non-productive time, and much easier setup and operation.

When the operations manager at Schafer Gear Works, Paresh Shah, visited the Gleason booth at Gear Expo 2015, he wasn’t looking for a new Gleason gear grinder. Schafer Gear’s hard-finish grinding cell at its 100,000-square-foot South Bend, Indiana, facility, managed by Shah, was already equipped with two Gleason Genesis® 160TWG threaded wheel grinding machines, and […]
Richard Warns, Brian Slone

DEPARTMENTS

Scuffing

The risk of scuffing, a non-fatigue-based failure mode, can be reduced via isotropic superfinishing.

Gear meshing is one of the most complex areas of study in tribology. Meshing consists of both sliding and rolling motion and can be affected by a number of other operating parameters. This complex combination of parameters can result in a number of different gear failure modes — one of which is scuffing. The Theory […]
Martin McCormick

Attending Industry and Association Trade Shows

To keep your design and manufacturing personnel up-to-date, energized, and connected, don’t miss the opportunity to proactively attend industry shows and exhibitions.

Every two years, the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is held during the month of September in Chicago. It is one of the world’s largest trade shows and assemblies for new technologies. The 2014 show reported over 2,000 exhibitors from 112 countries covering 1.25 million square feet with over 110,000 registrations. This year’s 2016 show […]
Matt Mondek

Trend Talks: Industry Standards

It takes dozens of countries, hundreds of companies, and thousands of people to keep the world “standard.”

To say that standards are crucial could be the understatement of the century. And the word “century” becomes particularly symbolic — not to mention, appropriate — in the world of gear-manufacturing standards. A hundred years ago, there were no standards. Each manufacturer had its own methods, sizes, materials, tolerances — the list goes on. AGMA began […]
Kenneth Carter

Energy Efficiency

Examining your company’s energy consumption can reduce costs for you and your customers.

“Hey, close the door — what do you think, we’re heating the neighborhood?” These are words I heard uttered by Mom and Dad over and over when I was a little boy. As intended, and probably for you too, it instilled upon me the need to be a little more aware of our family’s heating […]
Stephen Kowalski

Q&A with Curt Christensen

Manager of CNC Aftermarket Support
FANUC America Corporation

Please tell us a little about yourself and your role at Fanuc America. I have been with Fanuc for over 25 years in a variety of roles including applications support, field service management, business development, and aftermarket support. Fanuc products have been around since the advent of numerical controls in the 1950s. Today, Fanuc is […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

NEWS

SMT Announces New Office in Japan

Smart Manufacturing Technology (SMT) recently announced the formation of Smart Manufacturing Technology Japan Ltd. (SMTJ), a subsidiary of SMT. The new office in Japan is the latest installment of the company’s expanding reach worldwide. SMTJ will support engineers from Japan’s leading development and manufacturing companies in aerospace, automotive, bearing, marine, off-highway, rail, and wind industries, […]
September 30, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Liebherr Demonstrates New Single Table Gear Grinding Machine At IMTS 2016

With a one-table design and a new-design grinding head, the new Liebherr LGG 280 gear grinding machine greatly reduces grinding times for twist-free profile and generating grinding of workpieces to 280 millimeters in diameter. Presented for the first time in North America in the Liebherr Booth #N-6930 at IMTS 2016, the machine is the second […]
September 28, 2016

Laser Design Demonstrates CyberGage360 3D Scanning Inspection System at IMTS 2016

Laser Design, Inc., a fully owned subsidiary of CyberOptics and premier provider of ultra-precise 3D scanning systems and services, will showcase its CyberGage360™, a metrology-grade, ultra-fast, one-button automated 3D scanning and inspection system at IMTS 2016 in Booth #E-5810 and will demonstrate the latest in 3D scanning. CyberGage360 greatly facilitates quality assurance by allowing anyone […]
September 16, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Siemens Introduces New Operator Panels for High-End CNC Applications

The Sinumerik blackline panels OP 015 black and OP 019 black are a new generation of operator panels for the Sinumerik 840D sl CNC system and offer new options for machine operation. The inductive sensor technology enables rapid interaction with the user interface even when the operator is wearing gloves. Similarly, it prevents incorrect entries, […]
September 16, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Siemens Introduces New Operator Panels for High-End CNC Applications

The Sinumerik blackline panels OP 015 black and OP 019 black are a new generation of operator panels for the Sinumerik 840D sl CNC system and offer new options for machine operation. The inductive sensor technology enables rapid interaction with the user interface even when the operator is wearing gloves. Similarly, it prevents incorrect entries, […]
September 16, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Methods Showcases 3D Printing and Automation AT IMTS 2016

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools, 3D printing technology, automation, and accessories, will demonstrate the latest developments in manufacturing technology in Booth #S-9119 at IMTS 2016 on September 12-17, 2016. From additive manufacturing (3D printing) to automation cells, robots, and advanced CNC machining centers, Methods will have over 40 […]
September 16, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Sumitomo Develops HF PCD Milling Cutter for High Efficiency Aluminum Cutting

Sumitomo Electric Carbide, Inc.’s new HF PCD milling cutter provides highly efficient cutting of aluminum and non-ferrous materials. For exceptional milling efficiency, the HF series features a high-density design (3 teeth per inch). In addition to productivity, the HF-series cutter is engineered for precision. The unique double-chamfered cutting edge of the insert eliminates burrs and […]
September 16, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Mazak Will Demonstrate New Innovations on HCN-4000 at IMTS 2016

As a leader in machine tool technology, Mazak will showcase its popular HCN-4000 horizontal machining center with enhanced multitasking and automation at IMTS, Booth #S-8300. With new high-precision honing and orbital machining capabilities, the machine now provides multitasking, Done in One® processing that is especially beneficial for producing pump and valve-type components. The HCN-4000 easily […]
September 16, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: GF Machining Solutions Offers Faster SetUps with Clamping System

The System 3R Delphin Zero Point system from GF Machining Solutions provides an affordable clamping system for use during heavy milling operations on a variety of machine tools. With the Delphin system, manufacturers can increase their overall productivity by streamlining setups and reducing machine idle time. The System 3R Delphin system has been optimized to […]
September 16, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: HAAS Presents Compact All-Rounder for Precision Tools and Components

Haas Schleifmaschinen GmbH in Trossingen, Germany, manufactures universal grinding machines, which offer significant versatility for full-sequence production of complex precision tools and workpieces. At IMTS 2016, U.S. subsidiary Haas Multigrind LLC will present its new, compact all-rounder that completes its range of grinding machines: the Multigrind® CU, destined to replace the AF series due to […]
September 16, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Tooling offered from Heimatec

Heimatec Inc., a world leader in live tools and multi-spindle drill heads, recently announced immediate availability of live tooling for all popular models in the Hyundai, Miyano, and Nakamura turning center lines. “We’re carrying a substantial inventory of live tools for our customers’ machines now, and it represents a substantial financial and warehouse space commitment […]
September 16, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Affolter launches Worm Screw Power Skiving Technology

Affolter Technologies SA, a technology leader in micro-gear hobbing centers for the watchmaking and micromechanical industries, launches a groundbreaking innovation: Worm Screw Power Skiving (WSPS). “This cutting-edge technology was developed by our engineering experts in an intensive R&D process,” said Managing Director Vincent Affolter. “Worm Screw Power Skiving allows us to finish a high-precision worm […]
September 16, 2016

AIMS Metrology Acquires Englewood-Based Tool and Die Shop

AIMS Metrology, an OEM for coordinate measuring machines, announced it has acquired Englewood, Ohio-based CMI Technologies. The recent purchase is one of several investments AIMS has made this year to better serve its customers. Headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, the company completed a second expansion in April 2016, building out assembly areas and climate-controlled laboratories. In […]
September 14, 2016

Vacuum Heat Treating for Space Exploration

Vacuum furnaces are highly flexible tools capable of providing numerous thermochemical conditions with various reactive gases at elevated temperatures and extreme pressures to alter the chemical or mechanical properties of materials. Conditions inside vacuum furnaces are equivalent to conditions found on the planets in the solar system. Given the challenging environmental conditions on Venus, the […]
September 14, 2016

Stenhøj and Ever Sharp Tools Form Broaching Machine Agreement

Stenhøj Hydraulik A/S of Barrit, Denmark, and Ever Sharp Tools of St. Clair, Michigan, recently reached an agreement to sell and support a full line of broaching machines in North America, including helical and hard broaching. Since its founding in 1917, Stenhøj has manufactured and marketed innovative products. Stenhøj Group has a worldwide staff of […]
September 14, 2016

Mahr Federal Debuts New MarShaft Scope 600 Plus 3D at IMTS 2016

Mahr will introduce the new MarShaft™ Scope 600 Plus 3D at IMTS 2016, Booth #E-5614, making its U.S. debut appearance. Also on display will be the MarGear GMX 400 and the MarSurf® CNC premium surface finish system. Combining optical and touch sensors in the same unit, the MarShaft Scope 600 Plus provides 3D functionality and complete inspection […]
September 14, 2016

United Grinding Brings Industry-Leading Technology to IMTS 2016

At IMTS, United Grinding will showcase one of its most advanced surface and profile grinding systems paired with an advanced robot that can work side-by-side with humans. Also in Booth #N-6800, the company will debut several other new grinding systems, including an innovative ID machine with radius grinding capabilities to generate precise radii, spheres, balls, […]
September 14, 2016

Omax Highlights Possibilities of Waterjet Technology at Fabtech 2016

Omax Corporation will provide a comprehensive and customized machining experience through real-world cutting demonstrations, live applications assistance, and interactive educational opportunities at the upcoming Fabtech 2016 show on November 16-18, in Las Vegas. In Booth #C27047, Omax will feature the robust bridge-style Omax 80X, equipped with Tilt-A-Jet® and rotary axis, along with the accurate, cost-effective […]
September 14, 2016

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