Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Departments

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.

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

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...

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.

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,...

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 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...

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,...

AGMA Tech: Bill Bradley

In my earlier columns, the role and continual development of AGMA and ISO standards was discussed, in general, as a contributor to reliable gear...

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...

Tooth Tips: Donald R. McVittie P.E.

Sometimes there simply is no easy fix for a misalignment problem. Maybe the box is bored out of line, the gears weren't matched originally,...

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

I tend to be forgetful. I like to tell the story that there are three sure signs that you're getting old. The first...

Q&A with Robert L. Handwerk

How long has your company been in business, and what are your primary activities? We've been in business for the past nine years, and we...

Tooth Tips: Donald R. McVittie P.E.

When gears are worn, they lose their accuracy. Like an engine camshaft, gears need a smooth, accurate shape to carry their load. When the...

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Last month we discussed data retrieval in this column. I thought it might help if we discussed what the courts would be looking...

Gear Opinions: Marriage, Love and War

Just as it is with most things in life--including marriage and military operations--both clear communications and the collection of the right information are...

Q&A with George Taylor

I would assume that Fairfield's wide range of capabilities, including its design/build services, allow you to feel fairly confident when you call on a...

Tooth Tips: Donald R. McVittie P.E.

Most gear tooth failures provide clues that help us make replacement gears that outlast the originals. Sometimes it's simple, like "no oil," but more...

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Is a safety program an income producer? Of course not, but it does contribute to our infamous "bottom line." An active, documented safety program...
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