Gleason Introduces High-Speed Gear Shaper


Gleason Introduces High-Speed Gear Shaper
Gleason Corporation announces the introduction of the 100S Gear Shaping Machine, featuring a class-leading stroke rate of up to 3,000 strokes per minute. The 100S is ideally suited to small face widths gears, including spur and helical gears, both internal and external, as well as automotive synchro rings and tapered gears.  It is a compact and robust machine requiring significantly reduced floor space.  The 100S is easily moved, quickly installed and powered up.

Some of the significant features of the 100S include:
• High productivity, with stroke rates up to 3,000 strokes per minute
• Static and dynamically stiff machine concept, aided by a twin-bearing crankshaft design
• Offered with standard dry machining cycle; optional wet machining is available.
• Optional automatic adjustment of stroke position after re-sharpening of the shaper cutting tool
• Fast, tool-less setup
• Fast clamping and unclamping system HSK 63 for high repeatability, and manual activation for minimized weight
• Extremely short chip-to-chip times with cam driven loader that drastically reduces work piece change times



Walter Surface Technologies Unveils Redesigned Corporate Website
Walter Surface Technologies, an industry leader in surface treatment technologies, announced the launch of its newly designed and fully-featured website at

Walter Surface Technologies new website offers visually-optimized, user-friendly interface with faster ability to search and purchase Walter solutions via desktop and mobile devices
The Walter Surface Technologies website has been updated to deliver an enhanced user experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout. The new site enables Walter customers to quickly access comprehensive product information, technical specifications, application guidelines, videos, blogs, a robust media centre and dealer locator links – with the ability to easily share content across all major social networking sites.

The launch of the new interactive website, which offers quick and easy access to essential information on Walter products and distributors, is part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of online information to Walter customers and distribution partners worldwide.

Future website structure enhancements will include even deeper integrated purchase capabilities within Walter distributor website pages. The new site also features improved navigation and responsiveness for both desktop PCs and mobile devices.

“We are pleased to offer our customers simpler navigation and sharper visuals to more quickly access our extensive product information. The refreshed multimedia site is designed to help our customers work better with comprehensive product specs, application guidelines and streamlined purchasing options for Walter’s complete range of metalworking surface technology solutions,” said Dan Pirro, VP Marketing, Walter Surface Technologies.

Special Vertical Airflow Cabinet Oven from Grieve
No. 814 is a 500ºF (260ºC), electrically heated cabinet oven from Grieve, currently used for various plastic and metal part heat-treating operations at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 22” W x 21” D x 85” H.  18 kW are installed in Nichrome wire tubular elements to heat the oven chamber, while a 750 CFM, 3/4-HP recirculating blower provides a vertical downward airflow to the workload.  

This Grieve cabinet oven features 4”-inch insulated walls, aluminized steel exterior and interior, three integral metal shelves, plus all safety equipment required by NFPA Standard 86 for handling flammable solvents, including a powered forced exhauster, airflow safety switch and purge timer.   

Other controls on No. 814 include a fused disconnect switch, digital temperature controller and manual reset excess temperature controller.   

For more information, please visit them online at or contact the Grieve Corporation by phone at (847) 546-8225, by fax at (847) 546-9210, or by email at

New Integrated Contouring Head Enables Multi-Tasking MEGA 800 HMCs to take on More Work and Variety

Fives introduces a new integrated contouring head for its Cincinnati 6-axis MEGA 800 HMC by announcing the sale of a two-machine cell that includes first use of the head on this machine size. Purchased by a European machine tool manufacturer, the new cell will replace an existing two-machine cell in 24-hour operation, taking on 30 to 50 percent more work, including work currently processed on boring mills. The machines’ servo-controlled, U-axis cross-feed spindle can produce circular features up to 540-mm diameter that require turning, boring, co-boring, facing, threading, tapered boring, and helical thread milling. The new MEGA cell eliminates the need to produce these features on other machines, dramatically reducing work piece transfers, setups and work-in-process inventory, while improving accuracy and manufacturing velocity.

The cell includes a 14-pallet work queue, two vacuum-equipped load/unload stations, storage for 640 tools and floor-mounted mist collection for each machine. Each machine stores 120 tools, while an integrated storage/retrieval system holds an additional 400, which are transferred to the machines via overhead robot.

“The combination of the U-axis head and main W-axis milling/boring spindle eliminates the need for boring machines and turning centers by combining both capabilities in a single multi-tasking machine,” said Fives Cincinnati Product Manager Ken Wichman. “The U-axis head produces 2,475 Nm torque (S6-60) and has a Sandvik Coromant® Capto C8 tool interface, capable of carrying a tool weight of 30 kg (66 lb). The range, power, accuracy and tool-handling capability of this contouring head give the customer a much wider range of processing capabilities than possible with contouring attachments or other options. The integrated head is much more rigid than attachments bolted on or held by the spindle taper, resulting in superior part quality, surface finish and dimensional accuracy. The standard tool interface eliminates the need for special tools, and the integrated head eliminates manual head changing and storage. This extends the successful integration of this head from the larger Giddings & Lewis HMC 1250 platform.”

Both MEGA HMCs in the first sale are equipped with a 4,000-rpm, 45-kW (S6-60 hp) W-axis live spindle with 130 mm bar diameter and 800 mm travel. The massive machines accept parts weighing up to 2,200 kg (4,840 lb), 2,000 mm (79”) tall and 1,300 mm (51.2”) in diameter. The three-point-leveled, T-design base moves the work piece in a straight line to and from the spindle for precision boring, with X, Y and Z axes all driven by dual ball screws using absolute scale feedback. The B-axis rotary table with high-accuracy absolute encoder allows infinite contouring, producing 5,100 Nm (3,300 ft lb) torque.

The machines utilize the Siemens 840D Solution Line CNC with Windows® 7 OS and operator interface, and the cell complies with all European and U.S. safety/health standards.

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