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Archives October 2008


October 2008


Company Profile: The Flaming Treating & Engineering Co.

This family-run business sets itself apart by focusing on the best methods for producing premium, custom-hardened parts for customers who’ve come to depend on its reputation.

He was only a boy when his father died, and his mother needed help keeping the family afloat financially, so Arthur Benoit finished the fourth grade and soon left Canada for America. He landed a position with U.S. Steel in Worcester, Massachusetts, and after years of hard work rose to the position of master mechanic. […]
Russ Willcutt

Powder Metal for Precision and Performance

The P/M process provides quality and repeatability for gearing manufactured for a wide variety of applications. This article provides insights into how, when, and why it works.

While the powder metal process is becoming increasingly popular with gear designers because it is a cost-effective alternative to traditional manufacturing processes, the powder metal manufacturing process is ideally suited for the production of cluster and pinion gears used for reduction drives on miniature and fractional horsepower motors. Fractional horsepower motors are found in any […]
Dave Burton

The Flexibility of Spindle Finishing

For precise, controlled deburring and surface improvements when finishing gears and other metal parts, consider the process developed—and described here—by ALMCO.

In recent years, an increasing degree of specialization in the metalworking industry has created a need for equipment that can meet complex finishing and deburring demands. Numerous types of equipment with varying degrees of sophistication are available. However, a mechanical finishing concept often overlooked is found in spindle finishing. Spindle finishing is ideally suited to […]
Larry E. Beavens

Overcoming the Chamfering Technology Impasse

Utilizing a patented process SENJO SEIKI seeks to provide accurate, repeatable chamfering to the gear-manufacturing market. Read on for an introduction.

While the gear-making industry has seen many technology advances with respect to the sophistication of other necessary equipment, the process of gear chamfering in North America has made few—if any—real strides forward in the past decade. Even in the most sophisticated gear shops, as high as 95 percent of the gears are manually chamfered or […]
Ed Weinberg


Part 1 of a discussion on Hertzian fatigue modes begins with a discussion of pitting, including the types, causes, and results

Experience has led us to rate gears by calculating their pitting resistance and bending strength. These calculations do not provide for other types of destructive gear conditions. The standards that we use provide design information for the “pitting resistance of gear teeth, based on the contact stresses that arise when the teeth are in mesh.” […]
William P. Crosher

Q&A with Mike Smith

Vice President of Sales Capstan Atlantic

Capstan Atlantic has been around for quite awhile, hasn’t it? Yes, it has. It was founded by Don Paulin in the forties, and his son Mark is the current owner and CEO along with his partner Chris Doughty, so it’s been a privately held organization all along. Although the company has gone through many changes […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Don't grow complacent just because you have a standard-issue first aid kit on site, because you may find yourself without the types of supplies your particular working environment requires.

It occurs to me that in all of the safety columns I have penned for this publication, I have not expressed my thoughts on a major safety topic. This topic is first aid. I know that some of you, particularly the larger companies, have well-trained safety personnel in your employ. But much of the gear […]
Terry McDonald


New Centrifuge Recycling System from ALMCO

A unique, self-cleaning centrifuge system that automatically separates fine particulate from water-based solutions in most metal parts deburring equipment has been developed by ALMCO and is now available from the Minnesota manufacturer. The revolutionary system, which can be purchased with new equipment or can be retrofitted to nearly any deburring machine in the field, solves […]
October 3, 2008

Forest City Gear Achieves ISO 13485 Medical Certification

Forest City Gear has announced it is one of the first gear manufacturers to successfully complete the achievement of ISO 13485, the process quality management certification for manufacturing medical devices. CEO Fred Young and President Wendy Young—along with Patrick Keeley, quality manager, who jointly coordinated the certification process—made this announcement. Everett Hawkins, director of sales, […]
September 29, 2008

AGMA Presents Popular Gearbox: CSI Course

Determining the cause of a failure in a gearbox is a bit of a mystery. What caused the failure: the bearings, a gear, the lubrication, or a shaft problem? Where do you start, and how can you tell? You’ll find answers during “Gearbox CSI: Forensic Analysis of Gear & Bearing Failures—Useful Tools for Optimizing Gearbox […]
September 29, 2008

New Die Forming Tools Service from U.S. Union Tool

U.S. Union Tool, Inc.—a wholly owned subsidiary of Union Tool Co, Japan, a leading manufacturer of cutting tools and equipment—announces a new range of rack and round dies for cold forming rolled parts such as worm drives, lead screws, and splines which are now becoming available in North America and Canada.These forming dies are made […]
September 29, 2008

New Gear Deburring Machine from OLS

Featuring a compact (52 in. x 47 in.) platform design, a range of interchangeable tooling options, and user-specified control and power options, the new OLS Model 1100 deburring machine from McNeil Industries offers users an exceptionally flexible, configurable solution for deburring a wide range of gears, sprockets, and other machined parts with diameters of up […]
September 29, 2008

United Stars Acquires GearTec

United Stars, Inc., announces the acquisition of GearTec, Inc., a 115 year-old company based in Willoughby, Ohio. The company began as the gear-making shop of a Cleveland manufacturer, which was later purchased by the management team and incorporated in 1997 as an independent company.GearTec specializes in the custom fabrication of a wide range of short-run […]
September 29, 2008

Rotary Fixture from KwikTurn

The KwikTurn rotary fixture is ideal for marking around cylindrical or multi-sided parts. The modular construction features a base with an adjustable headstock and tailstock. The KwikTurn is the only cylindrical attachment that can accommodate large and miniature products. A hand operated chuck requires no tools and is removable for special tooling applications. The software […]
September 29, 2008

New FANUC RoboDrill eco VMC from Methods Machine Tools

The new heavy-duty FANUC RoboDrill eco™ vertical machining center from Methods Machine Tools offers high-speed milling, drilling, tapping, deburring, and chamfering. Named for its economical price and ecological spindle that returns energy to the machine in the intervals between cutting, the RoboDrill eco is designed and built in Japan for years of continuous duty.With a […]
September 29, 2008

New Director of Global Sales at Sunnen

Tom Dustman, a 29-year veteran of Sunnen Products Company, has been named director of global sales for the St. Louis-based leader in precision bore machining technology. Prior to this promotion he was was Sunnen’s global manager-premier accounts.Throughout his career at Sunnen Dustman has been an integral part of company growth and development of new products. […]
September 29, 2008

ZPS America Formed to Market Multispindle CNC Machines

ZPS, a company of the Milan-based TAJMAC Group, has formed a new venture, ZPS America, LLC, to support and sell directly its line of multispindle CNC machines, branded Mori-Say, in North America. Olaf Tessarzyk will be the managing partner in this company, which will be a unit of TAJMAC Group. ZPS America will officially begin […]
September 29, 2008

Wasino Becomes Amada Wasino America, Inc.

Wasino Corp. USA is now Amada Wasino America, Inc. As part of the Amada Group, this change brings dynamic manufacturing resources and a high standard in customer service to the industry. “Amada Wasino will provide our customers with even more advanced technical solutions and a complete commitment to support,” says Bob Malmen, COO at Amada […]
September 29, 2008

New Regional Sales Manager at Worldwide Superabrasives

Worldwide Superabrasives, a global supplier of high quality diamond and cBN grinding products, is pleased to announce that Dan Herzog has joined the company as regional sales manager, taking responsibility for customers in the U.S. Midwest region. He brings some 40 years of experience in the superabrasives industry to Worldwide.After receiving his BSME degree he […]
September 29, 2008

Preco Names New Head of Metals Market

David Krattley has joined the team at Preco, Inc., as vice president of sales for the metals market within the laser equipment division. He is a veteran in the laser industry with over 19 years of experience in the industrial laser market. His career started at LMI—currently Preco—and most recently had been working for an […]
September 29, 2008

Kitamura Machining Centers Ideal for Lights-Out Manufacturing

Kitamura Machinery—the premier manufacturer of precision horizontal, vertical and five-axis machining centers—recently featured two models that incorporate flexible manufacturing systems at IMTS 2008 in Chicago. Visitors were able to view the Mycenter-HX400iF horizontal with 12-station Flexible Pallet Container (FPC) System and the Mytrunnion-1 five-axis machining center with a seven-station Automatic Work Change Device.With their rigid […]
September 29, 2008

Gas-Fired Belt Conveyor Oven from Grieve

The No. 956 is a gas-fired, 800ºF (~427ºC) belt conveyor oven from Grieve, currently used for preheating steel parts at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions measure 30”W x 108”D x 39”H. 400,000 BTU/HR are installed in a modulating natural gas burner to heat the unit, while a 4200 CFM, 3-HP recirculating blower provides vertical downward […]
September 29, 2008

IEMCA Partners with York Technical College

IEMCA recently partnered with York Technical College’s Institute of Manufacturing Productivity (IMP) in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Students are trained on state-of-the-art machining centers and other high-tech machining systems. IEMCA is providing the college with a Prodigy 551 bar feeder, which will operate on an Okuma ES-L lathe. The Prodigy supports a wide range of […]
September 29, 2008

Schafer Gear Adds Two to Rockford Team

Schafer Gear Works has appointed Kevin Piefer as quality manager and Carl Wedig as manufacturing engineering manager. Both men will work in the Rockford production facility. One of Piefer’s primary responsibilities is the development and implementation of quality procedures to meet ISO 9001:2000 standards. Wedig will be in charge of the planning, development, implementation, and […]
September 29, 2008

Boeing Recognized as NASA’s Large Business Contractor of the Year

The Boeing Company has been recognized by NASA as the Kennedy Space Center’s 2008 Large Business Contractor of the Year for providing quality service and support on the Checkout, Assembly, and Payload Processing Services (CAPPS) program. NASA said Boeing was recognized for the company’s effort to include small businesses in the program and for effective […]
September 29, 2008