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Archives January 2007


January 2007



Two men built an Australian company that’s become a global powerhouse. This profile tells the story of a manufacturer you need to know about.

In the early seventies, two engineers met while working for a government ordnance factory in Australia. Although one had an academic background, and the other had been more involved in the technical side of engineering, they found that their professional interests meshed, and they decided to become the first Australian manufacturer of CNC controls. After […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Acoustic Properties of Industrial Machinery: Part I

The manufacturing environment can be a fairly noisy place, and these sounds can both cause and signal problems. This feature provides a greater understanding of the issue.

In the early 1970s the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) generated more awareness, concern, and a need to control industrial noise (sound levels). This in turn created a need to advance technical knowledge on industrial product sound generation and to set sound standards on all types of equipment. However, the complexity of the subject […]
Bill Bradley, Richard Schunck, Jules DeBaecke

Special Report: AGMA Objectives

If you’re already a member of the AGMA, then you need to know about what the association is doing for you. If you haven’t yet joined, here’s why you should.

During the Fall Technical Meeting held in Orlando last October, members of the AGMA’s board of directors took time out from their primary concerns to discuss the association’s activities and goals in the coming year. Those attending included Stan Blenke, chairman of the association’s board of directors and executive vice president of Schafer Gear, Inc., […]
Jules DeBaecke, Richard Schunck, Bill Bradley

A Proven Process for Plastics

When plastic is the material, crowned molding can present a new solution to an old problem. Allow an industry leader to help you combat gear tooth misalignment.

It’s an old problem: the common condition of misaligned mating parallel-axis (spur and helical) gear tooth surfaces. The solution—new to molded plastic gears, but old in machined gear practice—is the modification of gear flanks by making them full thickness at mid-face width and tapered off to each face (see Figure 1). This modification, extending over […]
Glenn Ellis


Terry McDonald: Site Safety

One New Year's resolution that should be kept is to conduct a careful review of your company's safety plan, focusing on any changes made in the past year.

Member of the ANSI Subcommittee on Gear Safety Well, it’s the beginning of a new year, and I hope that all of you had a very joyous and happy New Year’s celebration. This is the time of year to revisit our safety plan. We should begin by taking into account equipment that we’ve added or […]
Terry McDonald

When figuring gear capacities, the load capacity of the lubricant must be considered in addition to strength and wear

In addition to strength and wear, a third criteria—that of the load capacity of the lubricant—must be considered when figuring gear capacities.

We consider gear capacities from the effects of loads on strength and wear, but we should not neglect the “third” criteria; the load capacity of the lubricant. This determination is equally complex and can involve more factors than are considered for a material’s load. The viscosity of the lubricant is high on the list of […]
William P. Crosher

AGMA Tech: Bill Bradley

Aimed at providing up-to-date information on gear technology and standards development, some of today's activities are reviewed.

Vice President, AGMA Technical Division January is used by some to reflect on what has happened the year before, and by others to predict the future or set the goals for the New Year. I intend to do some of each. Last year was a “banner” year for both AGMA and ISO standards development. Many […]
Bill Bradley

Q&A with Michael Rasmann

Vice President, Custom Gear & Machine, Inc.

GS: When was the company founded? MR: Dave Patterson and I started Custom Gear & Machine in 1994. We had worked together previously at Patterson Gear—which he owned, and where I was the vice president of finance—until 1989, when he sold the company. We both did consulting work for a number of years, but we’d […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


New Light Metal Parts Machining Concept from Alfing

Alfing introduces its new AL-series multi-spindle five-axis machining center concept designed especially for machining complex, light metal parts in medium to high volumes. The AL 204 is the leading machine in the series, with four individually driven box spindles arranged for HSK 63 tooling with separate anti-friction ways. The major new production advantage to the […]
January 1, 2007

Makino Introduces V99 and V99L High-speed Vertical Machining Centers

Makino’s V99 and V99L vertical machining centers (VMC) are engineered to provide superb accuracy and high-speed performance previously unobtainable with large die/mold milling machines. These capabilities of the V99 and V99L help eliminate or reduce benchwork and post-production polishing on large die and mold work. “The V99 and V99L provide the speed, accuracy and stability […]
January 1, 2007

Charles S. Fischer Appointed VP of the AGMAs Technical Division

The American Gear Manufacturers Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Charles S. Fischer as vice president of the association’s Technical Division, effective March 1, 2007. Fischer joined the AGMA in 1994 after 19 years at Philadelphia Gear. As a senior engineer and assistant manager of the AGMA’s Technical Division, he has been responsible […]
January 1, 2007

Leading Gear Rating Software Providers Join Forces

KISSsoft AG, the Swiss specialist in gear calculation software, and GEARTECH Software of the United States are pleased to announce the introduction of a new and updated version of GEARCALC, a user friendly gear design program originally released in 1986. GEARTECH Software has been providing rating programs for spur and helical gears since the 1984 […]
January 1, 2007

ANCA Appoints Riddiford President

ANCA has appointed Russell Riddiford president of ANCA, Inc., the North American subsidiary of ANCA Pty Ltd, an Australian company headquartered in Melbourne, Victoria, that is a leading global designer and builder of high precision CNC grinding machines and software. The move was confirmed by the ANCA board in November and is a response to […]
January 1, 2007