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A Brief Overview Of Splines

Splines provide a connection between two shafts or other components that transmit torque and rotation. Splines may be straight sided, tapered, or have an...

Non-Design Engineering Considerations

The function of design interacts with non-design engineering considerations and functions of a product. Four key elements include: design for manufacturing, design for assembly,...

Designing Quiet Gears

In today’s industrial and commercial environment, gear noise is increasingly undesirable. Conversely, quiet gears are necessary and important in nearly every industry and for...

Designing High Contact-Ratio Gears

High contact-ratio (HCR) gears are gears defined with a contact ratio greater than 2.0. Standard gears have a typical contact ratio of 1.2 to...

Achieving Gearbox Design Excellence

In this month’s column, general concepts related to design excellence are discussed. The first one is simplicity in designs. Always seek the simplest and...

Micropitting

Micropitting is a topic that has generated a lot of interest, discussion, research, and many technical papers in the last few years, but it...

Achieving Gear Design Success

After a gear design is completed, enough of the gear, stress, and life data is established so that the gear set can be completely...

Requirements for Gear Design

A gearbox design program includes technical and non-technical requirements, including legal and regulatory as well as commercial considerations. The process starts with a description...

Driving Creativity and Innovation

Even in the best design teams, day-to-day repetitive tasks can foster stagnation and diminish creativity and efficiencies. Without creativity and new approaches, your team...

Attending Industry and Association Trade Shows

Every two years, the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is held during the month of September in Chicago. It is one of the world’s...

Recruiting Millennials

If you’ve attended any industry function lately, you’ve noticed that conversations invariably include discussions about the shortage of skilled gear designers and the difficulty...

Developing Your Gear Design Team

Translating your customer’s needs into a product requires a well-rounded and practical approach that balances four key areas: engineering expertise, the ever-changing technological advances...

Variables for Quality Design: The Manufacturing Process

In the May Tooth Tips column, we covered design — the third major element that dictates the ultimate performance of the required gearing. In...

Variables for Quality Design: The Design Process

In the April Tooth Tips column, we covered specifications — the second major element that dictates the ultimate accuracy of gearing and how well...

Variables for Quality Design: Specifications

In the March Tooth Tips column, we covered applications — the first major element that dictates the ultimate accuracy of gearing and how well...

Variables for Quality Design: Application

In the February Tooth Tips column, an overview was presented of the four major elements — application, specifications, design, and process — that dictate...

Variables for Quality Design

As the most demanding yet common mechanical system in a gear train, gearing provides a mechanical interaction to transmit power while changing torque and...

Analyzing Product Failures

In the design and manufacturing of any product, there will always be failures, and whether anticipated or not, you can bet that they will...

Gear Expo 2015 Recap

Most of you know that the gear production machines today are much more capable and productive than those of even 10 years ago. However,...

Recycling and Reusing

Unfortunately, every company makes scrap parts, and many of these parts are kept long after all MRB (Material Review Board) efforts to sell the...
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