June 2017
Features

Company Profile: Wenzel America

By: Molly J. Rogers

Wenzel America is an innovative provider of customized metrology and styling solutions, built on a solid foundation of German precision engineering and strong partnerships as a...

Worm Screw High-Speed Manufacturing

By: Jean-Laurent Feutren

A comparison of standard worm hobbing to the worm screw power skiving (WSPS) process is discussed, including cutting speeds, axis rotational speeds, machine kinematics, and...

Impact of Surface Condition and Lubricant on...

By: Suren Rao, Ph.D., Gary J. Sroka Ph.D., Aaron C. Isaacson & Matthew E. Wagner

An experimental study, with variables including superfinishing, coated gear teeth, and two different lubricants, evaluates the effective coefficient of friction in a gear mesh,...

The Internet of Gears: New Perspectives Through...

By: Peter Boiger & John Amendola

This approach from Renk AG allows manufacturers to form a network with their products, allowing operators and gear designers an accessible set of data and providing advantages to...

Departments

Materials Matter: Common Gear Failures

By: Anne Koutsis

A systemic failure analysis aids in identifying the root problem of a gear failure, and once identified, there are ways to avoid the most common culprits.

Hot Seat: Surface Engineering of Steels

By: D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Surface engineering draws upon chemistry, material science, metallurgy, tribology, and biology to enhance surface properties for improving parts.

News

The Route To Successful Composites Machining

July 7, 2017

New CoroMill® Plura routers unveiled by Sandvik Coromant offer optimized milling and slotting operations in composite materials such as CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) and GFRP (glass fiber reinforced plastic). Production engineers, machine shop managers and operators will...

Everything from a single source with Skiving3

June 30, 2017

Gear skiving according to the Liebherr concept has proved itself. Specialists from Kempten, Ettlingen, and Collegno offer competences from a single source in a full-service package.  “For successful gear skiving, users need more than just a good machine,” said Dr.-Ing. Oliver...

REM Surface Engineering Appoints Justin Michaud as New CEO

June 19, 2017

REM Surface Engineering announced the appointment of Justin Michaud as CEO. He assumed responsibilities January 2017, and will succeed Mark Michaud, who stepped down into a reduced role as a Technical Fellow supporting research and sales. Justin Michaud has been part of the REM Surface Engineering...

Oerlikon Graziano Presents New Technologies in High-Performance Automotive Transmissions

June 19, 2017

High-performance transmission specialist Oerlikon Graziano, brand of Oerlikon Drive Systems Segment, presented its range of hybrid transmission systems at the 2017 CTI Symposium and Transmission Expo in Novi, Michigan, in May. The focus was on the hybrid transmission concept, which promises a step...

Sandvik Coromant Appoints Nadine Crauwels as New President

June 19, 2017

Nadine Crauwels has been appointed president of Sandvik Coromant and will be responsible for continuing to develop the company as the leading supplier of tools, tooling solutions, and know-how to the manufacturing industry, effective May 15, 2017. Crauwels has a solid background with Sandvik...

Liebherr Hosts 7th WZL Gear Conference

June 19, 2017

In continuation of a successful tradition to present the research results from the WZL Gear Department to the North American gear industry, WZL invites members of the gear manufacturing community to the 7th WZL Gear Conference hosted by Liebherr Gear Technology, July 18-19, 2017, at the Sheraton in...

Mid-South Metallurgical Invests in Afc-Holcroft Equipment To Expand Existing Production Capability

June 19, 2017

Commercial heat treater Mid-South Metallurgical in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, purchased new AFC-Holcroft furnace equipment to increase its production capability for carburizing, carbonitriding, neutral hardening, normalizing, annealing, and stress relieving of metal components. The new furnace...

Ipsen Adds September Class with Special Atmosphere Session to Ipsen U Lineup

June 19, 2017

Ipsen announced a new addition to its 2017 Ipsen U lineup — a course on September 19-21. Plus, those who attend the September Ipsen U course can extend their training at no extra cost with an additional day dedicated to atmosphere heat-treating systems. This atmosphere session will be from 1...

Matrix Design Breaks Ground on New Manufacturing Facility

June 19, 2017

Matrix Design LLC recently announced the start of construction on its new facility at 1361 Schiferl Road in Bartlett, Illinois, about 10 minutes east of South Elgin. With a November 2017 completion date, Matrix will move from its two locations into this 50,000-square-foot facility designed for its...

Rego-Fix Tool Corporation Opens New Facility in Whitestown

June 19, 2017

Nearly 100 guests including customers, Whitestown and Boone County officials, members of the media, and a representative from the Swiss Consulate joined Rego-Fix Tool Corporation (RFTC) executives and employees on May 5 to celebrate the opening of the company’s new North American headquarters...

MC Machinery Systems Completes Move to New Headquarters in Elk Grove Village

June 19, 2017

MC Machinery Systems has moved into its new headquarters at 85 Northwest Point Boulevard in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The new 175,000-square-foot facility honors the history and stability of MC Machinery while supporting the growing future. The new facility is a 76-percent increase in square...

JTEKT Toyoda Americas Opens Great Lakes Technical Center

June 19, 2017

Nestled at the heart of the U.S. automotive industry and just under 40 miles from the Canadian border, Toyoda’s new Wixom, Michigan-based tech center will provide local sales application, turnkey, and service support to manufacturers in the Great Lakes region. At the grand opening in April,...

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Offers New Industrial Robotic Calibration and ISO-Based Performance Test Solution

June 19, 2017

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence announced its new solution for the calibration and performance testing of industrial robot systems. The RoboDyn software package, created in collaboration with the developers of SpatialAnalyzer, works in conjunction with a Leica Absolute Tracker to allow for the...

Okuma Corporation Completes Dream Site 2 Parts Factory

June 19, 2017

Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, announced the completion of the company’s new Dream Site 2 (DS2) parts factory in Oguchi, Japan. This facility improves the company’s ability to respond to customer needs by shortening lead times and adding value...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Schunk Expands its line of Micro-Machining Products

June 19, 2017

Tribos polygonal clamping technology has been used in high-precision micro-machining for many years by medical and dental technology, watchmaking, and jewelry, as well as mold-making and optical engineering companies. Due to the high demand of the patented toolholding system, Schunk has further...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: EMAG Offers Compact Gear Manufacturing with Modular Machines

June 19, 2017

EMAG’s compact production line for gear manufacturing consists of just three machines, all from the EMAG modular series, demonstrating the flexibility and performance capacity of this series. The VL 3 Duo, a dual-spindle vertical turning machine, the VL 4 H, the vertical hobbing machine, and...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Cortec Corporation Introduces Breakthrough in Temporary Rust Preventive Technology

June 19, 2017

Cortec Corporation has developed a water-based rust preventative (RP) that reduces applied cost by 40 percent compared to a bestselling oil-based RP. Cortec’s innovation offers excellent corrosion protection while reducing carbon footprint and cutting common labor or disposal costs associated...