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May 2008

FEATURES

Company Profile: Toolink Engineering, Inc.

For reliable hydraulic and manual workholding solutions, this company’s line of Konig devices is providing maximum repeatability to some of the world’s top manufacturers.

It was an offer that Tom Lang found hard to refuse, so he didn’t. Having owned one third of Toolink Engineering, Inc., in the mid-nineties, he’d sold his shares in 2006. Then, in early 2007, he was approached by Horst König, the owner of König MTM—the German workholding manufacturer the company represented—who said he wanted […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Forged Gears for Structual Integrity and Product Reliablity

For a primer on the differences between cast and forged gears, who better to turn to than the Forging Industry Association? Read on to learn more.

For a primer on the differences between cast and forged gears, who better to turn to than the Forging Industry Association? Read on to learn more. The combination of today’s clean steel melting practices and advanced forging technology has resulted in exceptional performance and reliability in forged components ranging from a fraction of a pound […]
George F. Mochnal

Next Generation Gear Grinding

Reishauer’s continuous generating gear grinder, the RZ 1000, provides greater accuracy, faster setups and changeovers, and onboard inspection capabilities.

What do the gears that end up in trains, wind generators, speed reducers, marine transmissions, off-road equipment, and printing presses have in common? They must run quietly, carry heavy loads, have excellent pitch variation, be very accurate, and offer a long service life. This would normally dictate a post heat-treat process of tooth finishing, the […]
Dennis Richmond

Static and Fatigue Calculations of Wind Turbine Gearboxes: Part I

Design knowledge must be utilized and cultivated in all aspects of gear manufacturing, and this first installment in a two-part series describes useful tools and techniques.

1 Abstract Wind turbine manufacturers have a vital interest in carrying out gearbox calculations on their own, and for multiple reasons: • Influence on the design proposed by the gearbox supplier • Plausibility considerations for the calculations submitted • Quality control in case of less known/experienced suppliers • Comparison of various standard gearboxes from different […]
Dipl. Ing. ETH Hanspeter Dinner, Dan Kondritz

DEPARTMENTS

Chris Chlon: Buy Laws

Beware of "backdoor buying," involving verbal agreements without the official—and necessary—supporting documentation. The following scenarios illustrate the potential dilemmas.

Consider the following scenario: A manufacturing engineer has been working on a new project, bids have been received, evaluated, negotiated, and the supplier tentatively selected by the engineer and purchasing. In order to kick off the project the engineer calls the selected supplier and verbally authorizes the supplier to begin work. A few days pass, […]
Chris Chlon CPM

Coatings are important. Here’s how they came about, and how they fit into the future.

Coatings impart a number of important properties to metal gears that can be tailored according to the end use. Here’s how they came about, and how they fit into the future.

On August 12, 1902, Professor Thurston patented “a method for carrying out the process of coating one metal with another.” A further advance was made with Schoop’s thermal spray patent on March 13, 1915. The concept of using a carrier gas jet to accelerate solid particles had been in use for a century or more. […]
William P. Crosher

Terry McDonald:Site Safety

Although it may affect productivity, if you keep an employee who is clearly ill on the job you're running the risk of contaminating everyone in the shop. Is it worth it? Not unless you're looking for an empty building.

Should we wave, salute, or maybe just ignore making any formal gesture when greeting customers, friends, and our fellow workers? If you listen to the pundits worried about a possible flu pandemic, the best way to avoid it would be for us all to just stay home, isolated from all contact with everyone, including our […]
Terry McDonald

Q&A with Justin McCarthy

Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing Ajax Rolled Ring and Machine, Inc.

You joined Ajax in February of this year. Has it been a challenging transition? The hardest part involved deciding whether to leave a job that I loved with Clifford-Jacobs Forging Co. for a new position with Ajax, which is an enterprise that I’ve truly come to admire. When I was first approached I told them […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

NEWS

Internal Deburring Brushes from Weiler

Bore-Rx™ internal deburring brushes from Weiler Corporation are designed to increase productivity of in-machine deburring in CNC machining centers. Bore-Rx brushes easily remove all burrs found at intersecting holes and other internal edges of the workpiece and can also be used for bore finishing applications.Bore-Rx brushes provide a solution to the problem of removing internal […]
June 20, 2008

Gleason Introduces OPTI-CUT of Indexable-Insert Cutters

Gleason has introduced a new line of gear gashing, shaping, and hobbing cutters that employ the latest in replaceable, indexable carbide insert technology to make significant improvements in the speed and efficiency of large spur and helical gear production.The new OPTI-CUT™ series of cutters is one of the first in its size range—as large as […]
June 20, 2008

Gleason Introduces OPTI-CUT of Indexable-Insert Cutters

Gleason has introduced a new line of gear gashing, shaping, and hobbing cutters that employ the latest in replaceable, indexable carbide insert technology to make significant improvements in the speed and efficiency of large spur and helical gear production.The new OPTI-CUT™ series of cutters is one of the first in its size range—as large as […]
May 6, 2008

Wind Energy Spurs Moventas’ Growth

Moventas, a supplier of wind turbine gears and industrial gears, has increased its net sales in 2007 by 40 percent. Profitability has improved, and the number of employees grew by 120. The strong growth of Moventas’ net sales is due primarily to wind turbine gears. Net sales for the wind gears business area grew by […]
May 2, 2008

SME and AMTDA to Collaborate on MTELV

The American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) have announced they will collaborate on the Machine Tool Experience-Las Vegas (MTELV) event to be launched in 2011. “We think this collaboration is an exciting development for MTELV,” says Brian Papke, president of Mazak and a member of both organizations. “AMTDA […]
May 2, 2008

Growth Leads to Expansion for Ipsen

Ipsen, Inc., welcomes a new year of growth and expansion at its U.S. plant locations, having just completed a yearlong project in developing, designing, and constructing a new stockroom and inventory management system.With its new material management system it is able to realize dramatic improvements beneficial for both internal and external customers through material flow, […]
May 2, 2008

Ajax Rolled Ring & Machine Acquired by Prospect Capital

Simon Ormerod, CEO of Ajax Rolled Ring & Machine, Inc., has announced that the company has been acquired by Prospect Capital Corporation of New York. Headquartered in York, South Carolina, Ajax is a specialty manufacturer of contoured seamless rolled rings used for critical industrial components such as bearings, gears, and flanges used in construction equipment […]
May 2, 2008

Internal Deburring Brushes from Weiler

Bore-Rx™ internal deburring brushes from Weiler Corporation are designed to increase productivity of in-machine deburring in CNC machining centers. Bore-Rx brushes easily remove all burrs found at intersecting holes and other internal edges of the workpiece and can also be used for bore finishing applications.Bore-Rx brushes provide a solution to the problem of removing internal […]
May 2, 2008

Haas Automation Celebrates 25 Years of Affordable Technology

In 1983 Gene Haas founded Haas Automation, Inc., to manufacture the industry’s first fully automatic programmable collet indexer. Designed to increase production in his own machine shop, the Haas 5C indexer was an instant success, and over the next four years the product line expanded to include a wide selection of fully programmable rotary tables, […]
May 2, 2008

Dura-Bar Products Get Bigger

Dura-Bar, the company that pioneered continuous cast bar stock in North America, is now offering round bars in extra-large sizes up to 25” in diameter. The new larger product line, Dura-Bar XL, is available in 65-45-12 ductile and G2 gray iron. The new extra-large bars are expected to widen Dura-Bar’s appeal as an alternative to […]
May 2, 2008

Gear Solutions Announces Web Site Upgrade

After months of research into the latest available technologies, Gear Solutions magazine is pleased to announce the launch of its revamped Web site. The site has been completely redeveloped, presenting every technical article, profile, column, and special feature that has appeared in the magazine since the first issue was published as a free, searchable resource […]
April 3, 2008

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