Drake Gear Grinder Makes Impact in Asia


Drake Manufacturing, a mid-sized U.S. machine tool builder, is steadily developing a reputation in Asia as a premier supplier of precision grinding equipment. Okamoto Corporation of Singapore produces an excellent line of surface, internal, cylindrical, and centerless grinders. But when Okamoto wanted to lower costs and improve quality of worm gears for their machines by producing them in-house, they turned to Drake.

Drake supplied Okamoto with its Model GS:G2-LM 200 Linear Motor CNC Worm Grinder equipped with Pneumatic Tailstock and ~{!@~} 45° CNC Wheel Helix. The machine was programmed at Drake for Okamoto’s worm shafts and produces them to an AGMA Class 14. A GS:G2 equipped with Drake’s worm grinding hardware and software lets manufacturers source near net shaped or hobbed gears from low cost suppliers yet still gives them control over the final product. Lower costs and improved quality is something any manufacturer can get excited about, and it’s paying off for Drake. The company now estimates that 25 percent of its business is derived from Asian manufacturers.

Drake Manufacturing designs, builds, and services state-of-the-art precision CNC grinding, rack milling and gear hobbing machines that help maximize productivity, improve quality, and reduce production costs for a wide variety of demanding applications. To learn more contact Jim Vosmik at (330) 847-7291, or go online to [www.drakemfg.com].