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February 2010

FEATURES

Company Profile: The Woodworth Group

Whatever market you serve, you can count on this company to go the extra mile to make sure your gears and components are heat-treated properly and made of the right stuff.

When Pierce Woodworth launched his new company in 1968, it was a small tool and die shop generating some $250,000 in sales annually. These days The Woodworth Group has five locations, and with more than $20 million in revenue in 2009 it ranks as one of the top-five commercial heat treaters in the country. What’s […]
Russ Willcutt

Troubleshooting Wind Gearbox Problems

In order to prevent in-service failures in wind turbine gearboxes, an in-depth understanding of how and why they occur is required.

As the growth in wind energy continues, the average size and capacity of wind turbine generators is also increasing, stretching designs and materials to new and unproven limits. As of 2009 the new generation of 4.6MW wind turbines are being deployed, and 10MW machines are prototyped. With this increase in size comes an increase in […]
Jarek Rosinski, David Smurthwaite

Designing a Bulletproof Manual Transmission

Having a hard time finding a transmission that can withstand your aggressive driving techniques? One answer is to design and build your own. Here’s a man who did just that.

The following paper provides a detailed look at the creation of an innovative, brutally strong manual transmission for high performance street-driven cars and trucks. To my knowledge this is the first time that a manual transmission has surpassed the input torque capacity of the strongest automatics in such applications. Background Back in the early seventies […]
Roy L. Wireman

BIG GEARS Better Inspection

Gleason’s new analytical gear inspection system helps Schafer Gear Works meet its big gear production challenges, opening the door to more opportunities.

Even in this tough economic environment opportunity continues to knock on the doors of companies like Schafer Gear Works Rockford LLC. This division of the company, which is headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, has both the expertise and the willingness to take on the production challenges of large, custom, and very high precision spur and […]
Michael Hayes

DEPARTMENTS

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

The industrial workplace can be cold and drafty in winter, and people can't be blamed for trying to stay warm. But keep a close eye on how they go about doing it.

Are you prepared for the fire hazards that exist in any machine shop? We all know that fire extinguishers, a sprinkler system, an alarm system, and proper documentation is a requirement for shops such as ours that always have a large amount of oil in use in various ways. I hope that you are all […]
Terry McDonald

We all know lubrication is critical to the operation of any collection of moving parts, but there’s a lot more going on in there than first meets the eye.

Today, more than ever, efficiency is on everyone’s mind. It applies everywhere—in production, the transmission of power and, yes, lubrication. Excess lubrication increases churning and affects the lubrication system, increasing inefficiency. One of the most misunderstood and studied subjects is the dynamics of fluids. Turbulence is the least understood of all. The pressure and velocity […]
William P. Crosher

Q&A with Jeff Gribble

Operations Manager, UVLM, Inc.

Give us a sense of how UVLM came into being. My grandfather, Lowell Gribble, started an industrial maintenance service company called Ultrasonic Predictable Maintenance, Inc., or UPM, in 1968. My father, Doug, and my uncle Stuart joined the company soon after, and they spent the next two decades using infrared and ultrasound devices to inspect […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

NEWS

Contract Machining Services from Rotek

Rotek Incorporated, the leading North American manufacturer of slewing bearings and seamless rolled rings, is now offering contract machining services utilizing advanced machining cells at its Florence, Kentucky, facility. The multiple-machine cells, complete with pallet transfer systems and 120 magazine tool changers, offer competitive solutions for larger workpieces produced in high-volume runs and for smaller, […]
March 5, 2010

Acetylene LPC Processing from Bodycote

Bodycote has recently added acetylene gas as an alternative to propane for low pressure carburizing at its Livonia, Michigan, plant. Acetylene offers many advantages including uniform carburizing of dense loads, blind holes, and small parts that may have part-to-part contact.Biji George, general manager of the Livonia plant, says that “Acetylene allows us to achieve exceptional […]
March 5, 2010

Latest Powder Metallurgy Trends at PowderMet2010

PowderMet2010, an annual conference sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) and APMI International, will highlight the latest developments and trends in metal powders as well as powder metallurgy (PM) processes, products, and applications. This International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials will be held June 27-30 at The Westin Diplomat hotel in […]
March 5, 2010

ABA-PGT Receives Certification

ABA-PGT, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has attained ISO 13485:2003 certification as well as re-certification to ISO 9001:2008 at its headquarters in Manchester, Connecticut. ISO 13485:2003 is the internationally recognized quality management system standard for the development and production of medical devices.“ABA-PGT has always provided a product of consistently high quality and the […]
March 5, 2010

Wenzel Geartec Equipment sold at Gear Expo

“The 2009 Gear Expo was truly a success for Wenzel Geartec,” says Keith Mills, president of Xspect Solutions, Inc., the wholly owned subsidiary of Wenzel GmbH of Germany. “We sold over $2 million of new equipment and drew significant attention from the wind energy community with our new LH2600 Hybrid CMM that we showcased measuring […]
February 5, 2010

Star SU Appoints VP of Sales Engineering Machine Tools

Mark Ritchie was named vice president of sales engineering machine tools of Star SU LLC effective January 11, 2010. His duties include managing machine sales engineering and machine parts and service operations. He began his career at Star SU in 2005 as a gear tool project engineer and has since filled the roles of GM […]
February 5, 2010

New Book by Joseph Arvin of Arrow Gear

Joseph Arvin, president of the Arrow Gear Co., has written the book A Nation on Borrowed Time. “This book, which I have written with Scott Newton, president of APEX Media Solutions, addresses the problems of our economy and the critical impact our declining industrial base is having on the standard of living in America,” he […]
February 5, 2010

United Process Controls Consolidates Manufacturing Operations

In a move to streamline operations, United Process Controls (UPC) has consolidated its probe/sensor manufacturing and testing facilities in the United States. Operations at Furnace Control Corp. (FCC) in Milwaukee were relocated and integrated into UPC’s North American automation hub in Cincinnati, Ohio. FCC will continue to work, develop, and market their individual brand from […]
February 5, 2010

LAI Upgrades Web Site

LAI International, Inc., announces that it has upgraded its Web site to highlight its advanced capabilities for precision contract manufacturing. The improved site includes more images of LAI’s advanced machining processes along with finished components and subassemblies. It also features current articles, a newly published brochure, and a company overview presentation.“We overhauled the site to […]
February 5, 2010

Radzevich Pens Gear Cutting Tools: Design and Computation

Gear Cutting Tools: Design and Computation is for every mechanical engineer and manufacturing engineer who is interested in the scientific basis as well as in the practical aspects of the gear machining advances, according to author Stephen P. Radzevich, Ph.D. “This book is neither a text book nor a manual,” he says. “It combines science […]
February 5, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Trigger Pro from WD-40

WD-40 Company is introducing WD-40 Trigger Pro, a non-aerosol product with the same WD-40 formula, to better meet the needs of its industrial end users. The latest innovative delivery system in the WD-40 brand product line, WD-40 Trigger Pro features an easy-to-hold ergonomic can and a multi-action nozzle that allows users to spray WD-40 as […]
February 4, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Gleason Titan Grinding Machines

Gleason has introduced a new line of Titan® grinding machines designed to reduce finish grinding times by as much as 50 percent on cylindrical gears up to 1,500 mm in diameter. Titan machines are unique in their ability to offer users, on a single platform, both pure profile grinding for the greatest flexibility when producing […]
February 4, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Drake CNC Grinder Features Automated Loading, More

Drake Manufacturing recently delivered a fully automated pallet changing and robotic loading system for its line of CNC linear motor external thread grinders. This particular machine, a GS:TE-LM200, is for production grinding taps from M1 up to 200mm diameter x 330mm grind length (350mm overall length). The pallet changing system can hold up to 9 […]
February 4, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Hypoflex Process from Klingelnberg

The Hypoflex® process can be used to manufacture straight bevel gears in a cutting operation. It is a continuous-indexing cutting process, employing a face cutter head with stick blades as the tool. Apart from its pioneering use of the latest dry cutting technology in the straight bevel gear sector, it has the further advantage of […]
February 4, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Right Angle EG Planetary Gearheads from Sterling Instrument

A new series of right angle EG planetary gearheads from Sterling Instrument features low cost and is offered in four standard NEMA sizes: 17, 23, 34, and 42. These gearheads, identified as the S91..SREG.. Series, feature the planetary system, high torsional stiffness, case-hardened spiral bevel gears, and are sealed to extend service life. They offer […]
February 4, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: BIG Kaiser Introduces HSK Turning Tools

BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling, Inc., announces the expansion of its turning tool line to include HSK-T63 for mill-turn centers. As popularity of these machines has increased over the years, so too have their tooling options. With this development BIG Kaiser’s extensive modular turning cartridge system now includes holders to support any MTC spindle interface. The […]
February 4, 2010

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