Archives July 2004


July 2004


Company Profile: Midwest Gear

With economic indicators pointing upward, Midwest Gear is poised to make the most of its newfound activity.

It’s a simple economic fact: A large company locates in a particular area, operates for a number of years, and dozens of smaller companies are spawned as a result–often by employees longing to start their own businesses. Such were the beginnings of Midwest Gear, which was founded in Twinsburg, Ohio, in 1972 by a man […]
Russ Willcutt

What to Know About ISO

You’ve built your company into a profitable enterprise, so it may be time to consider ISO certification. Here’s why… and how.

There comes a time when every manufacturer should consider attaining ISO certification. Not only can it lead to greater market penetration–specifically reaching those companies who require ISO certification from its vendors–but it can help to streamline your company’s internal processes as well. The following is a list of questions presented by Gear Solutions to Patrick […]
Patrick Hall

Moving Measuring to the Machine

With the cost of testing and measurement equipment more reasonable than ever before, why not move your measuring to the shop floor?

Take a peek into the machining cells at progressive large-volume gear manufacturers these days and you’ll likely see more measuring devices cropping up on the shop floor right next to the machines, measuring noise, roundness, surface roughness, or contour virtually in real time. Then take a peek at those same manufacturers’ productivity, yield, and customer-reject […]
Robert Wasilesky

As the Worm Turns… Toward Rolling

Precision, excellent surface finish, and high fatigue strength are just a few of the advantages to be achieved using cylindrical die worm rolling.

Cylindrical die worm rolling is a proven high-speed process which can produce precise worms with excellent surface finish and high fatigue strength when correctly applied. In this process, a surface of revolution such as a thread, knurl, spline, worm, or gear is formed in a deformable material by a set of cylindrical rolling dies which […]
Howard A. Greis

AGMA: The Industry’s International Advocate

You’re an AGMA member, and you’ve attended Gear Expo, but this feature describes activities—especially those having to do with ISO–of which you may not be aware.

Editor’s note: In this special feature I’ve decided to depart from our usual format and allow Joe Franklin to speak in his own words about AGMA’s international advocacy of its member’s concerns and interests. This feature merely scratches the surface of our lengthy conversation, but I feel that it’s an important opportunity for you to […]
Joe T. Franklin, Jr.


Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Equipment maintenance plans aren't just about making repairs, they're about avoiding breakdowns in the first place—at the same time keeping employees safe.

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 definitions of safety as we all think of it. This month I would like to discuss a safety area that applies to all of us in the gear industry but is […]
Terry McDonald

Tooth Tips: Donald R. McVittie P.E.

Opinions vary on the amount of backlash required between mated gears. Here are some points regarding geometry and materials to take into consideration.

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, firmly believe that the amount of backlash in a gear set is a measure of gear quality. What is the real story on backlash? Figure 1 shows it. Why do we […]
Donald R. McVittie P.E.

AGMA Tech: Bill Bradley

Efforts are being made to develop new standards to address the manufacture of gearboxes in wind turbines.

This column will focus on recent activities for the development of an international wind turbine gearbox standard and report on an organizational meeting of a Joint Working Group (JWG) formed to develop such a standard. First a little background. There is a recognized need to have an international standard for the design and specification of […]
Bill Bradley

Q&A with Zen Cichon

President, Innovative Rack & Gear Co.

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 us started the business in 1995. We’d worked together at another aerospace gear company, and we eventually had the opportunity to create something of our own. So we started off […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


High Production Piston Ring Profile Grinder from Drake

Drake Manufacturing’s latest Model GS:RP Ring Profile Grinder grinds the external profile of up to 10 piston rings at a time. High production with high accuracy results from a Drake-engineered compound hydrostatic work head which maintains ring compression while grinding, eliminating the effects of base deflection. The GS:RP work head performs three functions: clamping the […]
July 1, 2004

R.P. Machine Named Five Star Machine Tool Retrofitter by GE Fanuc Automation

GE Fanuc Automation Americas, Inc., a unit of GE Infrastructure, has announced new Machine Tool Retrofit solutions, which help machine tool users leverage existing equipment assets to cost effectively improve productivity and quality, and increase competitiveness in today’s challenging business environment. Available through GE Fanuc and GE Fanuc-certified retrofitters, these Machine Tool Retrofit solutions revitalize […]
July 1, 2004

Mitutoyo Announces New Coolant Proof Digimatic Calipers

The new IP66-rated Coolant Proof DigimaticTM Caliper from Mitutoyo America Corporation sets a new world standard for performance in applications that require taking accurate digital caliper readings in severe manufacturing environments. The Ingress Protection (IP) rating of 66 signifies that the new caliper’s housing is sealed dust-tight and has also passed a test wherein water […]
July 1, 2004

ISO Assistance from Global QA

Finally a firm of ISO professionals has come up with a package that dispels the myths and confusion that surrounds the implementation of quality systems, while at the same time saving corporations tens of thousands of dollars on gaining ISO 9001:2000, AS9100, TS16949, ISO/IEC 17025, and 14000 environmental certification. An interesting and well-kept secret is […]
July 1, 2004

Ohio State Presents Basic and Advanced Gear Noise Short Courses

The Basic Gear Noise Short Course has been offered for more than 20 years and is considered extremely valuable for gear designers and noise specialists alike who encounter gear noise and transmission design problems. Attendees will learn how to design gears to minimize the major excitations of gear noise: transmission error, dynamic friction forces, and […]
July 1, 2004

LeCount Honored by the Vermont International Business Council

LeCount, Inc., a White River Junction tool manufacturer, has been named Exporter of the Year by the Vermont International Business Council (VBIC), a standing committee of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. LeCount expanding mandrels and hydraulic workholding tooling are purchased by gear manufacturers in the United States, Europe, Latin America, India, Japan, Canada, and China. […]
July 1, 2004

Philadelphia Gear Completes ISO 9001:2000 Recertification

Philadelphia Gear Corporation has announced the completion of ISO-9001 (2000 Standard) recertification of its quality management systems standards. "Completing ISO recertification shows our commitment to the manufacturing, calibration, and design portions of our business," says Rod Francis, director of quality for Philadelphia Gear, "and considering the strong emphasis ISO now puts on customer satisfaction, it […]
July 1, 2004

American Stress Technologies Launches CamScan 300

In a recent press release, American Stress Technologies, Inc., announced the new CamScan 300 stand, which allows users to check the grinding or heat treatment quality of camshafts quickly and easily. Simply load the camshaft onto the stand between centers, move the sensor under the lobe, start the motorized rotation, and view the quality of […]
July 1, 2004