December 2016
Features

Company Profile: Felsomat

By: Molly J. Rogers

As an innovative leader in production technology, Felsomat provides highly efficient and flexible systems for the transmission and engine manufacturing industries.

Pitch Factor Analysis for Symmetric and...

By: Alexander Kapelevich

Pitch factor analysis is an analytical tool that can be used for comparison of different gear geometry solutions by exploring the characteristics of involute gear mesh parameters...

Accelerated Testing and Temperature Calculation...

By: Dr. Aljaz Pogacnik & Joze Tavcar

Comparing different material combinations and testing conditions, results are presented from an accelerated testing procedure for polymer gears to provide a more accurate...

Application of Advanced Mesh Analysis To...

By: Terry Klaves

A case study demonstrates the benefits of advanced mesh analysis, including design and application of optimized microgeometry through precision tooth form grinding....

Departments

Tooth Tips: Requirements for Gear Design

By: Rick Miller

The following steps help ensure a successful gearbox is designed and specified, and all of the customer’s desired attributes and design inputs are met.

News

Klingelnberg Adopts Industry 4.0 Through Compatibility Among Systems

January 9, 2017

Unlike a number of companies in other industries, machine manufacturer Klingelnberg is banking on compatibility, not a self-contained solution, in its quest to adopt Industry 4.0. According to the company, it’s not about networking in-house machinery alone. It’s about integrating a...

ITAMCO Attends White House Event

January 9, 2017

ITAMCO, a manufacturer of precision-machined components, specializing in gears, attended an event at the White House hosted by the National Economic Council on December 21, 2016. The function was held in recognition of the progress made by ITAMCO and other U.S. manufacturers in the Manufacturing...

Emuge and Mastercam Establish Partnership

January 9, 2017

Emuge Corp., a manufacturer of high-performance taps, drills, end mills, and other rotary tools, announced it has established a partnership with CNC Software, Inc., developers of the manufacturing industry’s well-known Mastercam® CAD/CAM software. Emuge and Mastercam are planning training...

Index Develops New G200 Turn-Mill Center

January 9, 2017

Index has developed a new generation of its turn-mill center G200, a compact machine offering higher performance in the same footprint as the earlier generation. The redesign resulted in an increase of the maximum turning length to 660 mm, a higher performance milling spindle, and expanded live...

Samputensili Appoints Deniz Sari as New Gear Technology Manager

January 3, 2017

Samputensili announced the recent appointment of Dr. Ing. Deniz Sari to the newly created position of gear technology manager for Samputensili and its joint venture Star SU. According to the company, Deniz is a talented leader and industry expert who brings significant experience, knowledge, and...

Gear Motions Relaunches Pro-Gear Division and Offers Gear Grind Only Service

December 15, 2016

The Pro-Gear division of Gear Motions Inc. is being relaunched as a gear grind only division. Pro-Gear will focus exclusively on providing high-precision, high-quality gear grinding services with quick turnaround time and low tooling cost. This service will appeal to gear manufacturers that need...

Klingelnberg Debuts New Cylindrical Gear Machining Technology at In-House Event

December 15, 2016

At a two-day in-house event on November 9-10 at the Ettlingen Oberweier (Germany) Works, gear industry experts from Europe, Asia, and the United States had the opportunity to take a close look at the Höfler cylindrical gear machines of the system provider Klingelnberg. The company’s...

Koepfer America Teams with TecnoMacchine To Offer CNC Deburring and Chamfering Solutions

December 15, 2016

Koepfer America has expanded its robust line of gear manufacturing solutions by partnering with TecnoMacchine of San Salvo, Italy. TecnoMacchine manufactures CNC deburring and chamfering machines, and the company offers several options for flexible automation. Consequently, North American gear...

Wickert's Hardening System Receives Prestigious 2016 Innovation Award

December 15, 2016

Wickert Hydraulic Presses of Landau, Germany — a global manufacturer of fixture hardening systems for heat treated and high-tolerance parts that require forming and hardening — was recently honored by the Ministry of Economics (RLP, Germany) with an Innovation Award of 2016. Left:...

Mahr Federal Inc. Announces Expansion Plans in the Southeast

December 15, 2016

Mahr Federal Inc. has recently announced plans to expand its direct sales coverage for metrology system products in the Southeast. Effective immediately, Mahr metrology system products will be sold directly by the Mahr Federal Inc. sales team in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gleason Introduces 300GMSL Multi-Sensor Inspection Machine

December 15, 2016

Gleason Corporation recently introduced its latest innovation in gear inspection technology with the 300GMSL Multi-Sensor Inspection Machine, providing the capabilities of four instruments on one platform. Designed for manufacturers of automotive, aircraft, and other like-sized gears, the 300GMSL...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Toyoda Unveils First-Ever Synchronous Control of Gear Machining with Skiving Technology

December 15, 2016

Toyoda’s new GS300H5 Gear Skiving Center is the first in the world to equip a skiving function to a general-purpose horizontal-type machining center, through which mass production of gear parts is achieved. CNC controls and a high-speed rotary table were developed specifically to achieve...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Liebherr Introduces Compact, Flexible Gear Shaping Machine

December 15, 2016

Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH has expanded its machine portfolio for small workpieces with the small-footprint (Platform 1) LS 180 F shaping machine equipped with an electronically operated, movable cutter head slide. The machine can shape smaller gears in different axial positions with only short...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: KISSsoft Release Determines Misalignment of Bevel Gears

December 15, 2016

The relative position of the pinion and the ring gear is critical in determining the wear patterns of bevel gears. To determine the bevel gear misalignment, the displacements of the shafts can be directly determined in KISSsoft Release 03/2016 by linking the shaft files to the bevel contact...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Methods Introduces Innovative, Compact KIWA Horizontal Machining Center

December 15, 2016

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a leading supplier of high-performance machine tools and automation solutions, recently announced the addition of the KIWA-Japan Triple H40 horizontal machining center with a column traverse structure to its KIWA line. One of the most unique design features of the...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: AIMS Pairs Renishaw 5-Axis Scanning Technology with the Industry's First Linear-Motor Driven CMM

December 15, 2016

When it comes to coordinating measuring machines, manufacturers want less downtime and lower cost of ownership. In response to customer feedback, OEM AIMS Metrology has designed and introduced the industry’s first linear motor-driven CMM with 5-axis measurement capabilities. AIMS’...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gear Break-In Lubricity And Rust Protection Achieved With Tru Temp Black Oxide

December 15, 2016

Gear component manufacturers can easily achieve break-in lubricity, robust corrosion protection, and galling resistance on critical components. Birchwood Technologies’ Tru Temp® low temp black oxide process meets demanding finishing requirements while creating a non-dimensional finish,...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Ipsen's MetalMaster Furnaces Shipped to Customers Worldwide

December 15, 2016

Ipsen has recently shipped five MetalMaster® vacuum furnaces to companies in locations around the world: Washington, South Carolina, Mexico, and China. Comprised of both horizontal- and vertical-loading systems, these shipments will be used to process parts for the commercial heat treating and...

Forest City Gear Adds Continuous Generating Grinding Capability for High-Volume Gear Production

December 13, 2016

Forest City Gear has expanded its high-volume gear production capabilities with the addition of a Reishauer RZ 160 gear grinding machine and Felsomat FRC 600 high-speed load/unload automation. The system is part of a new 8,500-square-foot facility located in close proximity to Forest City...

Des-Case Launches Redesigned Product That Improves Contamination Monitoring

December 7, 2016

Des-Case Corporation recently launched an entirely redesigned oil sight glass (OSG) that pushes the boundaries of what oil sight glasses can do. The new sight glass — a clear cylinder that can be installed in the drain port of the oil reservoir of pumps, gearboxes, bearing housings, and other...

Koepfer America Announces 2017 Gear School Dates

December 7, 2016

The seminar “Fundamentals of Parallel Axis Gear Manufacturing” on May 23–25, 2017, is designed for entry-level gear manufacturing personnel. Attendees include manufacturing management, industrial engineers, supervisors, set-up personnel, operators, and quality control. It’s...

Mazak to Open New Technical Center in Texas

December 7, 2016

Mazak announced the opening of a second facility in Texas. Joining the company’s Southwest Technology Center in Houston, the new Mazak Dallas Technical Center will serve the Northern Texas region. To celebrate the expansion, Mazak is hosting an Open House on February 1, 2017, which will...