Departments

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

What did we see at IMTS that should interest us in the safety field? The thing that I noticed the most is that...

Q&A with Jeffrey L. Lay

When I visited your website, I was surprised to learn that Nye Lubricants is 160 years old. That's right. The company was founded by William...

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

"Am I going to get in trouble if I point out what I think is an unsafe practice?" If you are like me...

Tooth Tips: Andy Milburn, P.E.

When failures occur, especially on a piece of critical equipment, the first priority is usually to get the equipment operating again. Unfortunately this can...

Q&A with Chris Vian

I understand that you had a booth at IMTS. What was it like this year? A lot better than 2002. There was more optimism, with...

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Compiling a company's safety handbook is an ongoing process, in constant need of being updated, and the best way to make sure it's accurate...

Tooth Tips: Andy Milburn, P.E.

Most mechanics are familiar with the concept of checking gear contact on bevel gear sets to ensure that they are set up correctly, but...

AGMA Tech: Bill Bradley

In previous columns we've discussed the continual standards-development work of AGMA and ISO committees, so their role as contributors to reliable gear products through...

Q&A with Bob Hodge

I know that SETCO is the largest independent manufacturer and rebuilder of spindles and slides in North America, and that you work with special...

Tooth Tips: Donald R. McVittie P.E.

What load can you expect a gear set to carry? An accurate answer would be too complicated for this column, and while a simple...

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

"Safety is as safety does." Do you really follow stringent safety practices in your facility? During the course of conducting our business, there are...

Q&A with Mike McKernin

I know that Circle Gear been around for 53 years now, and that you're located in Cicero, Illinois. Are you still at the original...

Tooth Tips: Donald R. McVittie P.E.

Everyone knows that a pair of gears needs some backlash so that the teeth aren't "pinched" (running with both flanks touching). Many people, though,...

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

In the last year or so that I've been contributing my thoughts on safety in this column, I've pretty well stuck to the accepted...

AGMA Tech: Bill Bradley

This column will focus on recent activities for the development of an international wind turbine gearbox standard and report on an organizational meeting of...

Q&A with Zen Cichon

How long has your company been in business, and how did you get started? My brother, Jerry, is the vice president, and the two of...

Tooth Tips: Donald R. McVittie P.E.

A favorite gear engineer's saying is "if the input shaft turns and the output shaft doesn't, the gear drive has failed." That "definition" implies...

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

What is the single most important issue that affects all of us who are involved in this industry? Is it the work environment,...

Q&A with Ray Jaeger

How long has your company been in business? I spent 34 years working for a division of Allied Signal, and when they had the big...

Q&A with George Tahan

When was MicroCheck gear software first developed, and what does it do? We launched MicroCheck about 10 years ago, and it's a software program that...
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