January 2017
Features

Optimizing Gear Macro and Microgeometry To...

By: Neil McNab, Greg Mitchum & Erik Ostergaard

A system approach is used to optimize the macro and micro design to minimize the transmission error while ensuring that robustness (bending, contact, scuffing, and micropitting)...

Gear Design Relevant Cleanness Metrics

By: E. Buddy Damm & Dr. Peter C. Glaws

A method is presented to characterize premium quality clean steels using statistics of extreme values (SEV) and quantitative stereology. The data can be used to perform gear...

New Refinements to the Use of AGMA Load Reversal...

By: Ernie Reiter P.Eng

This paper suggests two ways to calculate a load reversal factor that would be material-specific, based either on Modified Goodman or Gerber failure theories, and further provides...

Departments

Q&A with Matt Croson

Gear Solutions talks with company leaders so they can share their experiences in the industry. We had a chance to sit down with Matt Croson, AGMA’s new president, to learn...

News

Gleason Acquires KISSsoft AG

February 13, 2017

Gleason Corporation recently announced that it has acquired KISSsoft AG, located in Bubikon, Switzerland. KISSsoft is a leader in the development of design software for gears and power transmission systems, serving customers globally across a wide spectrum of industries. “We are excited...

Elgeti Engineering Becomes Strategic Testing Partner of Aetna Bearing

February 6, 2017

Aetna Bearing Company, headquartered in Franklin Park, Illinois, entered a strategic partnership with Elgeti Engineering GmbH to be its dedicated bearing and system testing solution provider. Aetna Bearing, founded in 1916, looks to continue advancing its engineering and support capabilities to...

Ipsen To Offer One-Day, Maintenance-Focused Seminars in South Carolina and Ohio

February 6, 2017

With 2016’s successful conclusion of customer seminars in California, Texas, and Connecticut, Ipsen will begin 2017 by continuing to provide one-day expert-taught classes throughout the U.S. Ipsen’s next available seminars will occur on Wednesday, February 22, in Greenville, South...

Moventas Announces Increase in Gear Manufacturing Capacity

February 6, 2017

Moventas is expanding its wind gearbox assembly and testing capacity at its manufacturing locations in Jyväskylä, Finland. The investment includes expansion of component manufacturing, serial production facilities, and new 6 MW testing facilities. The investment expands existing gear...

Dana Completes Purchase of Brevini Power-Transmission and Fluid Power Businesses

February 6, 2017

Dana Incorporated announced that it has completed the acquisition of the power-transmission and fluid power businesses of Brevini Group, S.p.A. The combination of Brevini into Dana’s business creates opportunities for profitable growth. Customers of both companies will benefit from two...

Seco/Vacuum Technologies Appoints New VP of Sales

February 6, 2017

Seco Vacuum Technologies, LLC announced the appointment of William (Bill) Warwick to vice president of sales. Warwick will be responsible for sales of capital equipment, spare parts, and aftermarket services throughout North America. Warwick joins a team of technical specialists selling and...

Machine Tool Builders Represents Diablo Furnaces LLC

February 2, 2017

Diablo Furnaces LLC is a new startup company manufacturing, retrofitting, upgrading, servicing, and supplying parts for atmosphere heat treating equipment. Operating under the name Diablo LLC, the infrastructure has been in place for 1 1/2 years working with Machine Tool Builders (MTB). Separately...

AGMA Foundation Releases 2017 Scholarship Guidelines

January 31, 2017

The AGMA Foundation 2017 Scholarship Guidelines are available on the AGMA and AGMA Foundation websites (www.agma.org and www.agmafoundation.org). The AGMA Foundation Scholarship Program is open to students who are interested in a career in the gear industry and/or a career in power transmission as...

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

January 17, 2017

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 in close proximity to Forest City Gear’s main...

GMTA Names Scott Knoy as Vice President

January 17, 2017

Walter Friedrich, president of GMTA (German Machine Tools of America) recently announced the promotion of Scott Knoy to vice president for the company. Knoy joined GMTA on July 1, 2005, back when the company was known as American Wera. Since then, Knoy has played a large role in the growth of the...

Sandvik Coromant Becomes DMG MORI Premium Partner

January 17, 2017

Cutting tool and tooling systems specialist Sandvik Coromant has signed an agreement to become a premium partner of leading machine tool manufacturer DMG MORI. The deal, which makes Sandvik Coromant the only tooling manufacturer to be named as a DMG MORI premium partner, will further strengthen the...

Wenzel's Manufacturing Day Sparked Students' Interest in Metrology

January 17, 2017

Wenzel America, a leader in providing metrology and automotive styling solutions, provided another first: the first company to sponsor a Manufacturing Day for 2016. Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to shine the spotlight on 21st century manufacturing and inspire the...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Koepfer America Introduces MZ 500 D-drive CNC Gear Hobbing Machine

January 17, 2017

The Monnier + Zahner (MZ) 500 D-drive gear hobbing machine offers CNC technology in a compact footprint for top-quality fine- and ultra-fine pitch gear manufacturing. Introduced by Koepfer America at IMTS 2016, the 500 D-drive is the latest in precision machine design from the Swiss company,...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Evaluations in the KISSsoft Contact Analysis

January 17, 2017

The contact analysis is used for further noise and strength optimization. Based on the determination of tooth stiffness according to Weber/Banaschek, the local contact is calculated considering the tooth bending. The shaft deformations and tooth corrections are also included, which allows a...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE:Rohm Power-Operated Chucks Deliver Secure Holding for Gear Grinding

January 17, 2017

Röhm Products of America now offers a powered external clamping chuck for gear surface face grinding. The KZF-S collet chuck is especially well-suited for clamping gears/workpieces that have an external plane or gear teeth geometries accessible from the outside. Additionally, the chuck allows...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: GTI Unveils Upgraded Wired iPad Vibration Analyzer System

January 17, 2017

GTI Predictive Technology, headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, has announced a new version of its classic wired iPad Vibration Analyzer. The new version is equipped with an upgraded DAQ box that accepts input from any standard accelerometer. A great deal of engineering went into this...

Erwin Junker Machinery Expands Capabilities with Showroom

January 11, 2017

Erwin Junker Machinery Inc. is inviting visitors to its showroom in Elgin, Illinois.  The company is showcasing world-class grinding machines from JUNKER and Zema as well as industry-leading air filtration units from LTA Industrial Air Cleaning Systems Inc. Numerous Best Supplier awards...