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Archives September 2004


September 2004


Company Profile: Clarke Gear Co.

From humble beginnings, Clarke Gear has spent the past 50 years building its reputation—and its success—on a passion for manufacturing.

In many ways, it’s a story worthy of a Hollywood screenplay: a young man–only a teenager at the time–learns the gear-manufacturing business alongside his father, then deciding to carry the legacy forward after his father’s untimely death, even when various advisors were urging him to liquidate. A bit farther down the road he hires a […]
Russ Willcutt

The New Face of a Fine Fellows

Since its acquisition of the Fellows Corporation, Bourn & Koch has breathed new life into a well-known and respected product line with the HS650 Gearless Shaper.

Bourn & Koch, Inc., has been on a growth path for the past number of years. The growth has been accomplished by acquisitions and new product development, both during times when the market has been shrinking. One of our latest acquisitions was the Fellows Corporation, in July 2002. The product line was well respected in […]
Tim Helle

Back to the Broaching Future

A fascinating history of the broaching process—and how old techniques have been made new again—by the industry expert, Broaching Machine Specialties Co.

Although it’s not one of the most common machining operations, broaching has been around the metal working industry for well over a century. The process–one of the quickest and most precise metal removal methods available–has come a long way since the first broach “drift” was hammered through cast iron well over 100 years ago. Curiously […]
Matt Egrin

Expert Advice on Expanding Mandrels

The original expanding mandrel was patented by William J. LeCount in 1847, so there’s no better source of advice than the president of LeCount, Inc.

Brace yourself, because your workday is about to undergo a significant change. As hard as it may be to believe, after reading this article, you will never again have to stress out over selecting the proper expanding mandrel for a particular job. Gears come in all shapes and sizes, and they come with all sorts […]
Chip Brettell

An Optimized Approach to Straight Bevel Gear Design

Exhaustive research supports new methods for designing and manufacturing straight bevel gears that are stronger and more cost-effective than ever before.

The optimal–or “rational”–design of gears can be a challenge due to the high number of variables, limitations, and interrelationships involved. And also because, in each separate case, the objective functions, restrictions, and independent variables are generally different. Many of the specialists who have approached gear optimization by means of exhaustive search methods [Dana (1969), Escanaverino […]
Dr. Gonzalo Gonzalez Rey

Laser Heat Treating Advances for the Gear Industry

The thought of using lasers for heat treating may seem a bit too high-tech for some, but Preco makes an excellent case for its many benefits in a wide variety of applications.

Laser technology has been used for many years with much success in industries such as power generation, hydraulics, hand tools, and machine tools. Showing great promise for the gear industry, laser heat treating is an emerging trend, especially for a gear manufacturer who needs short runs, specials, or limited treatment requirements. Benefits include lower tooling […]
Joel DeKock, PhD,


Terry McDonald: Site Safety

A company’s safety handbook should evolve constantly, and the best way to make sure it’s accurate is to keep employees involved.

Compiling a company’s safety handbook is an ongoing process, in constant need of being updated, and the best way to make sure it’s accurate is to involve each and every employee in its creation. “I wonder what went wrong?” How often do we make this statement when discussing an accident that occurred in our plant? […]
Terry McDonald

Tooth Tips: Andy Milburn, P.E.

Gear contact checks can detect profile and misalignment errors before they become a problem during production.

Most mechanics are familiar with the concept of checking gear contact on bevel gear sets to ensure that they are set up correctly, but many are unaware of the benefits of making contact checks on spur and helical gear sets. An old axiom used in failure analysis is that “the metal doesn’t lie,” and gear […]
Andy Milburn P.E.

AGMA Tech: Bill Bradley

Providing better standards for the gear industry requires keeping up with technology. Learn more about the study of tribology in this installment.

In previous columns we've discussed the continual standards-development work of AGMA and ISO committees, so their role as contributors to reliable gear products through progressive changes and refinements should be well understood. In this column I will discuss whether standards should lead or trail the "state of the art" within the area of micropitting, gear […]
Bill Bradley

Q&A with Bob Hodge

A conversation with the vice president of engineering/development/quality for SETCO Sales Company.

I know that SETCO is the largest independent manufacturer and rebuilder of spindles and slides in North America, and that you work with special machine tool builders, power train machinery manufacturers, and general industrial end users. Anyone else? Yes, quite a few. We also supply the semiconductor and aerospace industries as well as testing/research facilities, […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


Stahli Introduces New Generation of Flathoning Machines

Stahli USA has introduced the next generation of high performance Flathoning machines into North America. The Model DLM 705, which will be on display at IMTS 2004, features a whole new construction and allows for processing speeds in excess of twice that of existing models in the market. While maintaining the same sub-micron tolerances that […]
September 1, 2004

Drake Unveils Linear Motor Thread Grinder at IMTS

Unlike the auto industry’s concept cars that rarely go into production, Drake Manufacturing has built, sold, and will show off its "concept" thread grinder at IMTS 2004 (Booth B-7407). The GS:TE-LM is a full helix thread grinder equipped with a host of advanced machine design and grinding technologies. Drake wants its customers to be able […]
September 1, 2004

ATS Receives $10.7 Million in Medical Device Orders

In a recent press release ATS Automation Tooling Systems, Inc., announced it has recently received a total of $10.7 million in orders from one of the world’s largest manufacturersof self-use medical diagnostic systems. This brings the value of orders for automation systems ATS has won over the past year from this particular customer to more […]
September 1, 2004

Balance Systems to Showcase Line at IMTS

Balance Systems, which will be located in booth B-7247 at IMTS 2004, has provided cutting edge balancing solutions to their customers for almost 30 years. Balance Systems offers machines for the majority of balancing applications, and measurement and control systems for machine tools. On display will be their Best Balance line of machines, which balance […]
September 1, 2004

Columbia Gear Awarded ISO/TS-16949:2002 Certification

As one of the first U.S. custom gearing suppliers to achieve ISO 9002 certification in 1994, Columbia Gear continues its role of industry leadership with the announcement that it has been awarded ISO/TS-16949:2002 certification, achieved through audited performance in meeting the new international automotive quality standards. As part of its ongoing commitment to total quality […]
September 1, 2004

Brown & Sharpe Promotes Leitz PMM-F Coordinate Measuring Machine

The Leitz PMM-F coordinate measuring machine available from Brown & Sharpe is described in a new 12-page brochure. The PMM-F CMM provides high speed, laboratory measuring precision for shop floor inspection applications. It is designed as an enclosed gantry machine, making it easily adaptable to manual and automatic work handling systems for in-process inspection operations. […]
September 1, 2004

Rixan Associates Introduces Mitsubishi RV-S Series

The RV-S Series (RV6S/6SL… RV12S/12SL) of high speed, enhanced precision, and increased payload capabilities is now available from Rixan Associates, the authorized North American Distributor for Mitsubishi robots. "This truly is the ‘next generation’ of 6-axis, vertically-articulated robots," according to Stephen Harris, the company’s president. "They are the fastest, most affordable, and most precise 6-axis […]
September 1, 2004

New England Gear Redesigns Web Site

In a recent press release, New England Gear announced that it has redesigned its Web site to provide its customers with more information on its history, inventory, and capabilities in a format that’s both easy on the eye and easier to navigate. "We’re pleased with the way it has turned out, and we hope that […]
September 1, 2004