Archives January 2006


January 2006


Company Profile: Allied Sinterings, Inc.

As an established expert in miniature powder-metal gears, this company has spent 46 years focusing on the prospect of “infinite smallness.”

Allied Sinterings is a company with an appetite for success, which is perfectly in line with its physical origins. “We started out in a converted diner out on Route 7,” Mark Foster, who is the company’s president, says with a laugh. “My father, Gifford Foster, and his partner, Axel Madsen, wanted to start a company […]
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Case Study: Hard Finishing at Nixon Gear

Well-known for its hard finishing capabilities, Nixon Gear–a member company of Gear Motions–outlines its evolution toward earning a reputation for excellence.

How does a small private job shop work its way into a premier hard finishing shop? As Nixon Gear approaches its 90th birthday–with 36 of those years focused on gear grinding–it just may have become one. The following is the history of gear grinding at Nixon Gear and some of what we’ve experienced and learned […]
Sam Haines

Pure Powder, Pure Power!

ASP steels–now produced by the newly developed DVALIN process–from Erasteel help users manufacture efficient, long-lasting, precision machine tools.

In many of today’s applications for powder metallurgical steels, the requirements on the material increase consistently. Tool users are seeking improvements to achieve increased cutting speeds and feed rates, greater reliability, longer life, better tolerances, and finer surface finish. These in turn call for better substrate materials to be able to optimise parameters and enhance […]
Lars Taflin

SPECIAL SERIES | Layout Guides

This series is intended to provide design engineers working on right angle geared applications with the knowledge necessary to further their work in-house with minimal input from inside or outside gear specialists.

This series is intended to provide design engineers working on right angle geared applications with the knowledge necessary to further their work in-house with minimal input from inside or outside gear specialists. This is the first of a three-part series of instructions to assist engineering designers and detailers with the process of correctly laying out […]
Russell Beach


Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Sometimes you have to ask your employees to work a few extra hours. Make sure they’re rested and alert, or they may be an accident just waiting to happen.

Well, here it is again, another new year. I hope that all of you had a very happy and safe holiday period, and that you’re ready to tackle the new year with enthusiasm and plans to improve your workplace safety. Even if we have a safety program in place, we have to realize that with […]
Terry McDonald

Tooth Tips: Nick Sudzum

This month’s column is the fifth installment of six on bevel gearing, and the conclusion will cover new finished products.

My last column covered the basics of the reverse/inverse engineering process, which is only the tip of the iceberg. Let’s assume that everything went as planned, and the customer has given you the approval to proceed using the drawings that you have submitted. Now is when the planning phase of the actual manufacturing process begins, […]
Nick Sudzum

Joel DeKock, Ph.D.: Laser’s Edge

When designing for laser welding, the materials to be used must be taken into consideration–especially their specific properties and how to overcome the challenges they present.

This column covers joint design for laser welding. Last month joint access and restraint were discussed, and next month material considerations are to be presented. After completion of this series on design, columns relating to the weld process will follow. In previous columns on designing for laser welding the topics of access, restraint, and joint […]
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Q&A with Jerry Hendrickson

Sales Manager, Willman Industries

Give us a little background information on the company. Our president, Clay Willman, purchased the company from Medallist, Inc., in 1987. Prior to that it was called State Foundry, and it was owned by a man named Ed State. But there’s been a foundry on this site for nearly 100 years. We currently have 150,000 […]
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Sunnen Introduces New SV-10 Vertical Honing Machine

Sunnen’s new SV-10 vertical honing machine combines the latest technology with the consistency and dependability of Sunnen’s legendary CV-616. With two motors–one for the spindle and one for the stroker–the SV-10 has the capability to run traditional tools, as well as Sunnen’s new DH-series diamond hone head. Sunnen’s expertise, with multiple-diamond honing on the top-of-the-line […]
January 1, 2006

Sigma Pool Concentrating Cylindrical Gear Grinding Activities

In order to secure market leadership and extend the quality of the OPAL/SIGMA OPAL series, the Sigma Pool partners have decided to merge all activities in the field of cylindrical gear grinding under the auspices of Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH in Kempten, Germany. For many years Liebherr cylindrical gear grinding machines have been very successful in the […]
January 1, 2006

Philadelphia Gear Opens New Regional Facility in Houston, Announces Appointment

Philadelphia Gear Corporation, a full-service provider of gearing and power transmission solutions, has announced the opening of its new Gulf Coast Regional Service Center in Houston, Texas. Philadelphia Gear had served the U.S. Gulf Coast for over 20 years from its original Houston location. The new state of the art facility encompasses over 40,000 square […]
January 1, 2006

Makino Holds Die/Mold Technology Expo

The "Built for Die/Mold" Technology Expo held at the Makino Die/Mold Technologies Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan, was a huge success. Over 450 people were in attendance from October 4-6, 2005. The Expo brought together various leaders of the die/mold industry under one roof to address the state of the North American tool/die/mold manufacturing market. […]
January 1, 2006

Dynamic Five-Axis Fixture Offset by Mitsui Seiki

Mitsui Seiki USA announces the availability of an advanced dynamic five-axis fixture offset function on its Fanuc controlled five-axis CNC machining centers. This feature allows tremendous versatility and reduced part changeover for high precision four- and five-axis simultaneous machining, in addition to five-sided and polyhedral machining. One of Mitsui Seiki’s newest machines, the Vertex 550-5X, […]
January 1, 2006

BIG Kaiser Introduces Sphinx Quadro Plus Drill Line Addition

BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling, Inc., introduces the newest addition to its high-performance Sphinx Quadro Plus drill line. With its specially-designed point geometry, Quadro 15 PLUS is ideal for cutting steel, cast iron, and other non-ferrous materials. The sophisticated engineering behind the Quadro 15 PLUS makes it ultra-rigid, requiring less cutting force and increasing feeds and […]
January 1, 2006

Curtiss-Wright Receives F-35 JSF Contracts

Curtiss-Wright Corporation–through its Motion Control segment, Curtiss Wright Controls Inc.–has received contracts from Lockheed Martin Corporation for the Joint Strike Fighter program with an initial value of $2.2 million for the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase and a potential value of $120 million for the total program requirements. Curtiss-Wright will supply the Ordnance Hoist […]
January 1, 2006

Industry Week’s SMART/MFG 2005 Conference Visits Bison

Industry Week’s SMARTMFG 2005 three day conference kicked off with an on-site tour of Bison Gear and Engineering. Hosted by Senior Vice President of Operations George Thomas, over 30 manufacturing colleagues were given an in depth behind the scenes look at Bison’s proven plant strategies and lean manufacturing operations. Attendees learned how Bison has successfully […]
January 1, 2006