September 2017
Features

Company Profile: Felsomat-USA

By: Kenneth Carter

With a history of engineering ingenuity and manufacturing innovation, Felsomat has become a world leader in automated gear manufacturing.

A New Wave in Virtual Machining

By: Cory Arthur

Finite element gear cutting simulation helps identify process solutions more quickly than conventional trial-and-error testing.

Departments

Hot Seat: How Parts Cleaning Maximizes Heat...

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

The impact of proper cleaning and rinsing on part quality prior to heat-treating is critical to the surface finish and overall quality of the finished gear.

News

Liebherr Introduces New Generation In Hobbing Machines

October 6, 2017

The new, compact LC 280 α gear hobbing machine, introduced at EMO 2017, provides Liebherr quality with maximum flexibility, economy of operation, and short delivery times — three to four months. In recent years, the gear market has been experiencing a trend toward outsourcing. As a...

Seco Offers New Steadyline® Tooling For Large Diameter Work

October 5, 2017

Seco Tools has expanded its Steadyline vibration-dampening tooling system to include large-diameter turning/boring bars that provide a reliable, plug-and-play solution for increased productivity in large and deep bore operations. The new 2.36 inch (60 mm) and 3.15 inch (80 mm) diameter sizes are...

SMT Releases Updated MASTA Software

October 5, 2017

SMT has released the latest version of its MASTA software. It is available for all users and evaluators. This latest release builds on the strengths and successes of previous versions and includes several innovative enhancements that ensure SMT remain at the forefront in providing cutting edge...

Milltronics USA Introduces New SL-II Series

September 28, 2017

Milltronics USA, Inc. is introducing its new SL-II Series CNC lathes, fast, accurate and affordable slant bed CNC lathes. The new SL-II Series are available in three models, the SL6-II, the SL8-II and the SL10-II. Designed as machines that anyone in the shop can run, they feature Milltronic’s...

Renk Roller-Bearing Test Systems Delivered

September 13, 2017

Augsburg-based Renk Test System GmbH, a subsidiary of Renk AG, has delivered two unique test rigs to serve as the critical components in the world's most powerful test center for large bearings. Commissioned by SKF in Schweinfurt several weeks ago, the test rigs will help to optimize the...

Matrix Design, LLC To Demo Robotic Deburring Applications System At Gear Expo

September 13, 2017

Matrix Design, LLC will be exhibiting at Gear Expo 2017 from October 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio. Thousands of gear industry professionals are expected to attend the event to discover cost-effective solutions and new technologies. Gear Expo, owned by the American Gear Manufacturers Association, offers...

Mazak Adaptive Gear Machining Solutions To Take Center Stage At Expo

September 13, 2017

At Gear Expo 2017, Mazak will demonstrate recent advancements in manufacturing systems and processes that make the business of producing high-quality gears an easier, faster, and highly profitable endeavor for job shops across all industry segments. Visitors to booth 123 will discover how...

HBM Holdings Completes Platform Acquisition Of Schafer Industries

September 13, 2017

HBM Holdings (HBM) announced that it has acquired Schafer Industries (Schafer) of South Bend, Indiana. Schafer is a leading producer of high-precision, custom-engineered gears and machined parts for a wide range of applications, as well as transaxles, brake assemblies, and other components for...

Hexagon Engineer Earns Recognition For CNC Systems Optimization Work

September 13, 2017

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence announced one of their young achievers has earned recognition in the Fifth Annual “30 under 30” issue of Manufacturing Engineering, a publication of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and Advanced Manufacturing Media. Tim Pheland, a...

Kapp Niles Presents Rocky Mountain Profile Grinding School

September 13, 2017

The Rocky Mountain Gear School is celebrating its 10th year and is all about profile grinding. The school takes place October 11-13, 2017, in Boulder, Colorado. Officials have worked methodically through this decade to fine-tune the program, so experienced experts can meet...

Seco Partners With Local University For Engineering Internship Program

September 13, 2017

Seco Tools, LLC has partnered with Ferris State University (FSU) in Big Rapids, Michigan, to offer local area engineering students an opportunity to participate in a multi-year internship program at Seco. The program invites the top three engineering applicants to participate for an initial...

Senvol President To Join SME’s Additive Manufacturing Community Advisers

September 13, 2017

SME recently announced that it has selected Senvol President Zach Simkin to join as an adviser to SME’s Additive Manufacturing Technical Community. Selections for the advisory board are based on a combination of active industry contributions, reputation, and personal commitment to expand the...

POWDERMET2018 Issues Call For Papers

September 13, 2017

An official call for papers and posters has been announced for POWDERMET2018: International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials, June 17–20, 2018. This leading North American powder metallurgy (PM) conference will be at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Texas, and is seeking...

AMPM2018 Conference Issues Call For Presentations

September 13, 2017

An official call for presentations has been announced for AMPM2018: Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy, June 17–20, 2018. This leading North American metal additive manufacturing (AM) conference will take place at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Texas, and will feature top industry...

Huron Touts Growth, Innovation As Keys To Success

September 13, 2017

While Huron is proud of its 130-year history of technical and industrial culture and of being a member of the exclusive club of the three leading French manufacturers of machine tools, it is not about to become complacent. Huron’s MU Series universal-head milling machines, revered by several...

API Services Announces Accreditations

September 13, 2017

Automated Precision-Services Division (API Services), a company specializing in three-dimensional measurements and high-value metrology solutions, announces that it has been awarded A2LA Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and ANSI/NCSL Z540-1-1994 Awarded by the American Association for Laboratory...

Schunk USA Begins Headquarters Expansion

September 13, 2017

Schunk USA announced the start of construction of an expansion at its US headquarters that will more than double the size of existing facilities. Schunk’s US headquarters is already the largest facility outside of Germany. This expansion will provide space for a state-of-the-art tech center...

Breakthrough In Digital Transformation: Thyssenkrupp Connects Machinery

September 13, 2017

Thyssenkrupp connects the machinery of the materials division via a new digital platform. “Toii” is an in-house development that connects machines of different makes and generations. Thanks to toii, all machines can communicate with each other. Due to predictive maintenance, the...

Set Adjustable Bore Gages Quickly, Accurately With New Mahr Tool

September 13, 2017

A new bore gage setting tool from Mahr Inc. makes setting up adjustable indicating instruments, such as Mahr’s 844 N Adjustable Bore Gage and 844 T Universal ID/OD gage, quick and accurate. The Multimar 844 S Bore Gage Setting Tool uses gage block combinations and a simple hand clamping...

ABM Drives Doubling China Plant For New Self-Powered Hub Wheel Drive

September 13, 2017

Offered as a .6 kW version, this powered hub wheel drive package includes the wheel with tire, AC motor, gearbox and brake. Typical applications include moving 1,000 ‑5,000 pounds at speeds from 1.5 to 2.5 mph. The max wheel diameter is 230 mm. This is one of the most frequently sold products of...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gleason Introduces Versatile New Cutter System

September 13, 2017

Gleason’s new Pentac®Mono-RT is the world’s first cutter system which uses identical blades in both the outside and inside slots. The unique blade geometry — in conjunction with the patent-pending cutter head design — makes the blade which is placed in an inside slot an...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Haas Multigrind Focuses on Precise, Reliable Grinding

September 13, 2017

Hob cutters for manufacturing gears and worm gears need to meet the highest standards when it comes to precision and service life. Haas Multigrind customers require gear qualities q1–q3. This is true whether it’s a very small tool, or a 600-kilogram gear-cutting tool used to manufacture...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Koepfer America to Feature New Technology at Gear Expo

September 13, 2017

Koepfer America continues to supply gear manufacturers with the latest technology in machines, tools, and services, and will demonstrate that at Gear Expo 2017. At the Expo in Columbus, Ohio, the company will show three important features for hobbing, shaping, and deburring that all gear...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Liebherr Debuts Turnkey Skiving3 Program

September 13, 2017

At Gear Expo 2017, Booth 1015, Liebherr Gear Technology will introduce gear skiving machine series LK 300 and 500 based on the tried-and-tested components of the corresponding large hobbing machines but with greater rigidity and more powerful spindles. A gear skiving machine requires a table with a...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Rohm to Feature Powerful Workholding Technologies at CMTS 2017

September 13, 2017

Rohm Products of America will make its case as a one-stop clamping and gripping supplier with exhibits of its top workholding innovations at CMTS 2017 in Hall 2, booth 2200. Those innovations will include the Captis clamping system, the DURO-NCSE power chuck, the RZM 5-axis centric vise and the...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Seco Face Milling Cutter Body Doubles Tool Life

September 13, 2017

The new R220.88 face milling cutter family from Seco features inserts with eight cutting edges and optimized geometries that provide excellent tool life and reduced cutting forces. The cutter body’s 88-degree lead angle allows for large depths of cut with smaller insert sizes, as compared to...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Shop Floor Automations Talks Software Benefits

September 13, 2017

One of the items decision makers may have been mulling over as 2017 nears its end is investing in machine monitoring software for the shop floor. You have likely heard about how monitoring machine utilizations will help improve productivity. The truth is, there are three other benefits to machine...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: High-Performance Toolholder for Micro Machining

September 13, 2017

Special consideration must be made for micro-machining, which is why Schunk is offering the Tribos-RM precision toolholder as the best solution for micro machining with the ISO interface. The one-piece, rotationally symmetric design ensures long life of the machine spindles and the complete...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Reduce Jaw Change-Over Time to Five Seconds

September 13, 2017

Schunk Pronto quick-change jaw system could shave minutes off of your current set-up times, drastically improving your productivity. In addition to the time-saving benefits, there is also considerable versatility and extended clamping range to the Pronto quick-change system. The complete system is...