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Increasing surface contact with ground gears

Older drivers probably owned a car during a time when most automobiles in the United States had a manual transmission. For those people, learning...

Forging the next generation in gear quality

Forging and casting are commonly used processes in gear manufacturing. While both provide product close to near net shape, forging offers several benefits casting...

Water in oil-based quenchants can be problematic

The continuing retirement of “old hands” in the heat treatment industry has a growing generation of operators, supervisors, and engineers not knowing the severe...

Q&A with Erik Spurling

What do you do with FCG? I am director of sales for Forest City Gear. My primary responsibility is to add structure and greater efficiency...

Cones are not just for ice cream

At this time of year, as we are transitioning from the doldrums of winter through the rebirth of spring and the eventual sunshine of...

Corrective actions for degraded quench oil

  In the past several columns, the various components of a quench oil have been described. Illustrations on how the various components, such as the...

Optimizing gear performance

Throughout the past several months, our technology experts at TimkenSteel have discussed various topics in Materials Matter around steel used in the gear industry...

Q&A with Douglas Beerck

How has Gleason advanced gear metrology in the past 15 years? Gleason Metrology Systems joined the Gleason organization as M&M Precision Systems in June 2005....

Q&A with Kris Renner

What’s a typical day like at Slater Tools? A typical day at Slater is very busy and productive. In the front office, our technical staff...

Optimizing Gear Performance

Our technology experts at TimkenSteel have discussed various topics in Materials Matter around steel used in the gear industry – clean steel and why...

Is it Strong Enough?

While walking through a field of wildflowers one might find a feather nestled amongst the flora. The feather is light, airy and delicate. Beneath...

Oil Quenchants – Understanding the Chemistry (Part III)

In the last two installments, the effects of base oil and additives on the performance of quench oil were described. In Part III, the...

Q&A with Mike Helm

What are your duties with Oerlikon Fairfield? What’s 
a typical day like for you? I am responsible for our manufacturing engineering that supports our shop...

Oil Quenchants – Understanding the Chemistry (Part II)

In this installment we will focus on base oils. Engineered quench oil is governed by the desired quenching performance; the necessary thermal and oxidative...

Controlling Distortion by Choosing the Right Materials

Perhaps the most costly factor in the manufacture of high-precision components like gears is that of unplanned dimensional changes or distortion of the final...

What Are You Made Of?

If you have ever sat down for Sunday dinner in an authentic Italian-American home, you know not to question the red sauce known as...

Q&A with Will Terry

What’s a typical day like as JTEKT Toyoda Americas Corporation’s product manager of special purpose machines — and the leading expert on the award-winning...

Oil Quenchants: Understanding the Chemistry (Part I)

Oil quenchants have been used extensively to harden steel in excess of 100 years. There are a wide variety of commercially available quenchants on...

Making the best selection

In today’s online dating world, you are asked several pointed questions in order to determine your perfect match. Just like human relationships, gears work...

Machinability and the Cost of Manufacturing Gears

When it comes to material-associated gear manufacturing costs, machining and gear-tooth cutting costs stand out as primary contributors. The gear blank and tooth machining...
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