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April 2010

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Company Profile: Alpha Workholding Solutions

Once you’re aware of the many benefits of permanent electromagnet workholding and lifting devices you’ll wonder why it’s done any other way. Allow the experts to explain.

Picture this: You’re transporting a vast sheet of metal high in the air across the shop floor using an electromagnetic material-handling device when your facility suddenly loses power. Although the device has switched over to its backup battery, it is quickly being drained, and you know that thousands of pounds of hard steel will soon […]
Russ Willcutt

A Study in Asymmetric Plastic Spur Gears

This paper presents a theoretical analysis of a procedure to determine the Lewis Factor, which can play a major role in the fracture of asymmetric plastic gear teeth.

The basic weakness of plastic spur gear teeth is tooth fracture brought on by the accumulation of stress at the root of the tooth and by the geometry of the tooth. Tooth width and height play a major role in failure, as does the Lewis Factor, which has a direct effect on the expression to […]
J.L. Moya, J.M. Sierra, J.E. Fernández, A.E. Hernández, R. Goytisolo, J.A. Velásquez, A.S. Machado

Fixturing and Workpiece Articulation

One way to survive—and even thrive—during an economic downturn is to help your customers increase their productivity. Here’s how AME achieves that goal.

It would be unwise to challenge some companies in the Rockford, Illinois area to an engineering contest if the subject is machining metal parts. This is home to a wealth of engineering firepower, and it all results from real-world, hands-on experience, building the machine tools and related equipment that won a couple of world wars, […]
Alvin Goellner

A New Edge On Gear Milling

New insert manufacturing techniques from Sandvik Coromant play a critical role in elevating production results for an increasingly demanding marketplace.

What does a new generation of indexable inserts mean to the gear manufacturing industry? Minimizing lead times in gear production is becoming an increasingly competitive factor, and for many machine shops cost-competitiveness while maintaining or improving quality consistency will be decisive in achieving success in new and existing markets. And, as is always the case […]
Christer Richt

DEPARTMENTS

Quality gears, other components are the product of many different factors. But it all begins with the materials chosen, especially when it comes to inspection.

Probably the most critical aspect of inspection is making sure the part has been produced as specified and is flawless. The detail of this inspection is dependent upon the documents and test certificates received from the supplier. The following certificates may be required: chemical composition, physical properties, hardness, ultrasonic or equivalent test results, furnace times […]
William P. Crosher

Q&A with Ron Bullock

Chairman/Owner, Bison Gear & Engineering Corp.

Bison is celebrating its 50th year. Tell us about its background and how you came to man the helm. The company was founded in 1960 by three mechanical engineers who took the first letter of their last names—B, S, and N—to create our name. They began by designing custom gearboxes, among other things, and eventually […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Along with the pleasures of springtime come the challenges, including allergies, which can make this a miserable season for your employees who suffer from the condition.

How do you investigate safety violations and incidents? Is there a formal procedure in place that defines the steps that must be taken when a violation, incident, or even an accident occurs? Do you even have an established procedure for investigations? I often wonder how many of us in the gear-related industries actually have a […]
Terry McDonald

NEWS

New Direct Sales Manager at MC Machinery Canada

MC Machinery Canada has hired a new sales manager to lead sales efforts for multiple Mitsubishi product lines and to provide better support to the entire sales team. Darren Carroll has been named new direct sales manager in Canada and will focus primarily on Ontario and Quebec markets. Carroll’s expertise and extensive knowledge of Mitsubishi […]
April 3, 2010

President of Greenerd Introduces President of The United States

Tim Dining, president and CEO of Greenerd Press & Machine Co., Inc.—a Nashua, New Hampshire-based manufacturer of hydraulic press equipment—had the distinguished opportunity of introducing President Barack Obama before an audience of 1,600 people at Nashua’s North High School Auditorium. The nationally televised event was the second Town Meeting-style forum that President Obama has held […]
April 3, 2010

BeaverMatic Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

BeaverMatic, Inc., a Rockford, Illinois manufacturer of industrial heat processing equipment, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, 2010. Since purchasing the company, the new owners have successfully carried on the vision of quality that Jack Beavers began in 1960 in Paramount, California.As president of BeaverMatic, Kary Peterson and a devoted team of skilled employees continue […]
April 3, 2010

New VP of Sales and Marketing at Goellner

Goellner, Inc., announces the promotion of Greg Champion to vice president of sales and marketing. Goellner is the holding company for Advanced Machine & Engineering (AME) and Hennig, Inc., two leading suppliers to the machine tool, power generation, primary metals, and other industries.Champion has many years of experience with Hennig, and more than 20 years […]
April 3, 2010

Forest City Gears on BMW Oracle Racing Yachts

The winches on a racing yacht are critical items of equipment. Speed, reliability, and weight are important factors when determining which winch packages will be installed on a racing yacht. Forest City Gear supplied crown gears and splines of special high-strength, lightweight, and corrosion-resistant titanium for use in the engine and winch system of the […]
April 1, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: The SMARTON from Konecranes

Konecranes, a global leader in the manufacturing of overhead lifting equipment, introduces the SMARTON®, an industry-shaping overhead crane designed to minimize total lifecycle costs and maximize customer productivity. SMARTON is a rugged and flexible crane built to operate in a range of challenging—and often changing—industrial environments. Depending on the setup, SMARTON can lift loads ranging […]
March 30, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: ATI Stellram Launches New Turning Geometry

A new, highly versatile turning geometry for the finish turning of components manufactured from steel to the most difficult to machine materials, such as high-temperature alloys, has been launched by ATI Stellram, an industry leader in metal cutting solutions. The Stellram 1B insert is available in a choice of hard-wearing grades comprising of SP0819, which […]
March 30, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Digital Linear Gage from Ono Sokki

The EG-225 digital indicator from Ono Sokki is a multipurpose inch/metric switchable gage used for a variety of applications, whether as a bench top unit or for inline measurement. The compact unit conforms to AGD Group 2 mechanical specifications, which makes it directly interchangeable with existing mechanical gages and the compact design ensures easy installation […]
March 30, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Five-Axis Volumetric Error Compensation from MAG

MAG introduces the industry’s fastest volumetric error compensation (VEC) system capable of analyzing and correcting positioning errors in all machine-tool axes simultaneously to achieve machining accuracies never before possible on large parts. The MAG VEC methodology reduces the time to determine needed error compensations from days to hours, and integrates both linear and rotary axes […]
March 30, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gear Surface Quality Control from Wenzel

In a continuing effort to enhance the capabilities of its gear measuring equipment, Wenzel has introduced a new feature that detects any presence of grind burn or pits on gears that are being measured on any Wenzel GearTec gear measurement machine. (seen here mounted to a Renishaw probe) The integration of this new grind burn […]
March 30, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: AGILUS 180TH Multi-Functional Machine from Gleason

Gleason’s new AGILUS® 180TH multi-functional machine performs turning, drilling, milling, hobbing, and chamfering/deburring operations in a single setup for all types of shaft- and disc-type cylindrical gears up to 180 mm in diameter, with shaft lengths up to 500 mm, delivering a host of significant benefits over conventional multi-machine processes. Contemporary gear production is characterized […]
March 30, 2010

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