July 2016
Features

Company Profile: American Steel Treating

For over 25 years, American Steel Treating has provided leading OEMs and suppliers with heat treating solutions, while continuously broadening its capabilities in the thermal...

Tribological Coating Wear and Durability...

By: Ryan D. Evans, Carl H. Hager Jr., Ph.D. & Randy Kruse

While it is generally known that extreme contact pressure and sliding velocity operating conditions can lead to coating wear, a better understanding of the thresholds that...

INSPECTION & METROLOGY: Today’s Technology...

By: Bradley Miner, Caitlin Chandler & Robert Johnson

While the requirements for more precise gears increase and production methods grow in number and sophistication, metrology provides the link that lets producers generate the...

Departments

Trend Talks: Wind Turbine Gearboxes

By: Anna Claire Howard

As the wind energy industry continues to expand across the United States following the recent PTC extension, gear manufacturers can look forward to opportunities for growth, too.

Hot Seat: Distortion Engineering of Gears

By: Dr. Edward Rolinski

Various thermal operations can be used to prevent distortion induced from any stage in the manufacturing process, whether it’s before or after heat treatment.

News

Ken Nemec Joins Ever Sharp Tools

July 28, 2016

Ken Nemec Joins Ever Sharp Tools Ever Sharp Tools has announced a new president, Ken Nemec, aka “The Broachman.” Founded by the Chen family in 1990, Ever Sharp Tools is now one of the world’s largest specialty cutting tool and spline gage companies, with over 500 employees, and...

Suhner Introduces Machining Block Spindle for High-Speed Operations

July 27, 2016

Suhner Industrial Products Corp., Automation division, recently introduced the Suhner PowerMaster® BEX8, a high-speed machining block spindle capable of maintaining rigidity, precision, and reliable performance at extremely high-speed operations, up to 25,000 rpm. The BEX8 is a smaller version...

GKN Sinter Metals Wins Award at Powdermet 2016

July 15, 2016

Auburn Hills, Michigan-based GKN Sinter Metals recently won the grand prize in the automotive and transmission category at the Powdermet 2016 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials. The award was given for five components — a side gear, two pinion gears, a...

Bodycote To Open New Heat Treatment Facility in Mexico

July 15, 2016

Bodycote, a leading thermal processing services provider, recently announced that it will open a new state-of-the-art heat treatment plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Mexico is one of the largest automotive manufacturing countries in the western hemisphere with many of the world’s leading car...

Construction of the Largest Commercial Vacuum Furnace Is Nearing Completion

July 15, 2016

Solar Atmospheres of Western Pennsylvania and Solar Manufacturing Inc. have built the world’s largest vacuum furnace. The working hot zone of this high-vacuum (35" Varian diffusion pumps) furnace is 80" diameter by 48' long with a maximum operating temperature of 2400°F....

Joel Neidig of ITAMCO Receives AGMA Next Generation Award

July 15, 2016

Joel Neidig, an engineer and lead technology developer with Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies (ITAMCO), received the 2016 Next Generation Award from the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA). This award, presented annually since 2011, recognizes innovative work by an...

Successful Premiere for Bearing World

July 15, 2016

FVA (Forschungsvereinigung Antriebstechnik e.V.) — the German research association for drive technology — hosted Bearing World, the first international conference dedicated to bearings that took place on April 12-13 in Hanover, Germany, under the motto “Industrial Research and...

Hitachi Automotive Systems Presents Quality Excellence Award to C&U Americas

July 15, 2016

C&U Americas, LLC, the North American subsidiary of the C&U Group, which is one of the world’s top 10 bearing manufacturers and China’s largest bearing producer, was recently honored with the 2015 Quality Excellence Award by Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas Inc. The award was...

Bourn & Koch Celebrates 40 Years of Building American Machine Tools

July 15, 2016

Located in the heart of the Rockford, Illinois, industrial zone, Bourn & Koch has been manufacturing new machine tools and refurbishing its legacy in the United States for more than 40 years. The company’s production machine tool shop includes over two dozen American-made horizontal...

Mitutoyo Announces Grand Opening of Huntersville Facility

July 15, 2016

Mitutoyo America Corporation recently announced the relocation and grand opening of the M3 Solution Center in Huntersville, North Carolina. This new 7,700-square-foot facility is conveniently located for customers to schedule appointments for product demonstrations and to acquire assistance with...

Tecno Team GmbH Represent Drake Manufacturing Services in Europe

July 15, 2016

Drake Manufacturing Services Co., LLC and Tecno Team GmbH have formally established a sales agreement for Europe, specifically Austria, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Eastern Europe. This agreement provides sales, marketing, and service support related to all thread grinding...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: SKF Upgrades Spherical Roller Bearings for Vibratory Applications

July 15, 2016

Upgraded SKF Explorer spherical roller bearings for vibratory applications have been newly engineered to provide ideal performance and longer service life compared with conventional types. Typical applications include vibrating screens, compactors, road rollers, and similar end uses that are...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Kapp Niles To Exhibit Gear Grinding Solution and Unveil New Metrology Machine at IMTS

July 15, 2016

Kapp Niles will feature three machines at Booth N-7036 at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) on September 12–17 in Chicago. The KX 100 Dynamic gear center is uniquely designed for mass production of external planetary gears up to 125 mm. Its independent twin...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gleason Introduces 200GX and 260GX Threaded Wheel Grinding Machines

July 15, 2016

Gleason Corporation recently introduced the 200GX and 260GX threaded wheel grinding machines, its latest addition to the Genesis® series. The twin spindle concept combines maximum productivity with minimum idle and setup times.  The fast and easy software-guided setup of the machine...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Lucifer Delivers Red Devil Box Furnace for Heat Treating Small Loads

July 15, 2016

Lucifer Furnaces, a manufacturer of industrial heat treating furnaces and ovens, recently delivered a bench-style box furnace for batch heat treating small loads of low-carbon steel. Model RD7-KHE24 with 7 KW power heats to 2200°F with easy-to-replace wire wound heating elements in removable...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Samag Machine Tools Are Now Available in North America from GMTA

July 15, 2016

Now available from German Machine Tools of America (GMTA), a full line of Samag machining centers, including multi-spindle, horizontal machining centers, deep hole drilling machines, and combination milling/drilling machines is offered for the North American market.    Samag —...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Siemens Offers Simple Setup of Automated Cells

July 15, 2016

With the Sinumerik 828 CNC family, Siemens is now offering a simple solution for connecting robots to machine tools, which has become an integral part of automated production cell setup.   Different types of robots designed by different manufacturers can now be connected to CNC machines...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Schunk Offers the World’s Smallest and Strongest Clamping System

July 15, 2016

For the production of small precision components, such as in the medical technology or mold-making industries, Schunk has expanded its line of modules for efficient workpiece clamping. With a height of only 20 mm, the Vero-S NSE mini pneumatic quick-change module is extremely thin, making it...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Niagara Cutter Sets New Benchmark in Solid-Carbide Thread Mills

July 15, 2016

Niagara Cutter has launched a new portfolio of solid-carbide thread mills that bring strength and process reliability to a broad range of general purpose machining applications. Overall, the portfolio comprises thread mills for the cost-effective, highly accurate production of Unified,...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gleason Introduces 500CB Cutter Build Inspection Machine

July 15, 2016

Gleason Corporation introduces its latest innovation, the 500CB Cutter Build inspection machine. The 500CB delivers more accurate and highly automated build, truing, and inspection of all types of stick-blade bevel gear cutters. The 500CB features automated closed-loop blade positioning,...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Marposs Introduces Ultra-Precision Mida Diamond Probing Line

July 15, 2016

Marposs offers a new Mida Diamond line of high-precision machine tool touch probes and tool setters. The Mida Diamond line has been developed to assist in controlling the entire production process in all its phases: from workpiece setup and inspection, to tool pre-setting and control. The...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Alicona Releases MicroGear Measurement Module

July 15, 2016

Global supplier of optical 3D surface management solutions, Alicona has released a new MicroGear measurement module aimed specifically for the measurement of micro gears up to 5 mm diameter. Developed in conjunction with German gear and spline specialist Frenco and using Alicona’s...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: KISSsys Simplifies Modeling

July 15, 2016

In the latest release from KISSsoft, modeling in the KISSsys has been radically simplified. Now, for example, when elements are added, the part geometries are prefilled with default values. At the same time, the shafts are positioned intelligently to suit the gearing types involved, such as...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Mahr Federal Offers Integrated Wireless Data Transmission with Digital Calipers and Indicators

July 15, 2016

Mahr Federal wireless data transmission capability is now integrated within its families of MarCal digital calipers and MarCator digital indicators using proven wireless technology. Both MarCal digital calipers and MarCator digital indicators send data to a small i-stick receiver, resembling a...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Releases PC-DMIS Upgrade

July 15, 2016

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence recently launched PC-DMIS 2016, the latest edition of a leading measurement software. This release introduces new tools and technologies to help metrology equipment users collect, evaluate, manage, and present actionable manufacturing information in more...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Nikon Metrology Introduces New HN-C3030 3-D Measuring System

July 15, 2016

Nikon Metrology has introduced the HN-C3030, a new non-contact measuring system for high-speed, 3D measurement of gears, impellers, hobs, turbine blades, and other complex components in single-figure micron accuracy. Featuring an advanced laser scanner, the HN-C3030 represents a major step...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Mitutoyo Releases Renewed IP67 Coolant-proof Calipers

July 15, 2016

Mitutoyo America Corporation recently announced the renewal of its 500 Series IP67 Absolute Digimatic coolant-proof calipers. Product highlights include: Incorporates Mitutoyo’s Absolute measurement system, so there’s no need to reset the origin. The automatic power on/off...

Schafer Industries Acquires Assets of Custom Gear and Machine Inc.

July 7, 2016

Schafer Industries Inc. through its wholly owned subsidiary, Schafer Gear Works Rockford, LLC, has acquired the assets and business of Custom Gear and Machine Inc. of Roscoe, Illinois, effective July 1, 2016. The acquisition was announced jointly by Bipin Doshi, president of Schafer Industries, and...

Third Edition Recently Released of Dudley's Handbook of Practical Gear Design and Manufacture

July 7, 2016

The third edition of "Dudley's Handbook of Practical Gear Design and Manufacture" by Stephen P. Radzevich is now available through CRC Press. The book, focused on gear design and gear production, is a revised, updated, and enlarged version of the earlier published book by Darle W....

Motion Industries Breaks Ground for Expanded Distribution Center Near Dallas

July 7, 2016

Motion Industries Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, recently announced the building of a new, expanded distribution center (DC) near Dallas in Grand Prairie, Texas. The facility is scheduled to...

SKF Shaft Alignment Tool Performs with App To Enable Precise Machinery Alignment

July 7, 2016

The new SKF Shaft Alignment Tool TKSA 51 performs with a dedicated, easily downloaded app to enable precise alignment of shafts in rotating machinery across industries. The tool — the first instrument of its kind designed for intuitive shaft alignments using tablets and smartphones —...