Archives July 2010


July 2010


Surface Combustion, Inc.

Founded on the basis of a proprietary technology, this company has continued to lead the way in developing cutting-edge thermal processes and equipment.

Just five years shy of celebrating a century in business, Surface Combustion is a remarkable company that has remained true to its innovative roots. A manufacturer of thermal systems and equipment, since it was founded in 1915 based on the proprietary technology for which the company is named it has received more than 645 equipment […]
Russ Willcutt

Analyzing Bearing Failure

No one wants to experience bearing failure, but close study of all the factors involved will allow you to help avoid the associated costs and downtime in the future.

The accurate diagnosis of a bearing failure is imperative to prevent repeat failure and additional expense. Rolling bearings are precision machine elements found in a wide variety of applications. They are typically very reliable even under the toughest conditions. Under normal operating conditions, bearings have a substantial service life which is expressed as either a […]
Steven Katz

Insights Into Ultrasonic Cleaning

As is the case with any manufacturing process, choosing the right ultrasonic cleaning method can mean the difference between wasting time and making money.

If you’re looking for ultrasonic gear-cleaning equipment, you may begin your search by logging onto the Internet or poring over spec sheets in hopes of finding a solution that best suits your needs. Chances are you may quickly become mired in a blizzard of technical terms and specifications about transducers, frequencies, harmonics, and chemistry that […]
Ed Sullivan

Heat Treat Processes for Gears

Different heat treating processes’ as well as the materials being treated, impart particular qualities in your gears. Allow Bodycote to provide a deeper understanding of your options.

Heat treatment is a critical and complex element in the manufacturing of gears that greatly impacts how each will perform in transmitting power or carrying motion to other components in an assembly. Heat treatments optimize the performance and extend the life of gears in service by altering their chemical, metallurgical, and physical properties. These properties […]
Nicholas Bugliarello, Craig Zimmerman, Steve Richardson, Ron Perkins, Dan McCurdy, Don Giessel, Biji George


Terry McDonald: Site Safety

One key to implementing a successful safety program is to make sure that it's as convenient as possible for everyone involved, including those who enforce it!

I’ve been thinking about ways that we can simplify our safety systems and procedures. What made me think about this was a conversation I had recently with the owner of a small company concerning his safety program. He was concerned about the amount of time and energy that would be required to maintain the program […]
Terry McDonald

What is the true definition of “surface finish” — and how can the extremes of roughness be minimized?

The term “surface texture” is used to describe the deviations from what is considered as a nominally perfectly smooth surface. The term can be further defined as “the repetitive or random deviation of the normal surface that forms the three-dimensional topography of the surface.” The surface roughness does not follow a true geometric pattern; there […]
William P. Crosher

Q&A with Trace Hill

President, Loudon Industries, Inc.

Tell us how you came to found the company. In the early days we were just doing subcontract work, taking on anything we could handle just to keep the doors open. Then one of our clients needed us to manufacture gears for overhead hoists, and that was a real education in terms of the nomenclature, […]
Craig Zimmerman, Steve Richardson, Ron Perkins, Dan McCurdy, Don Giessel, Biji George, Nicholas Bugliarello


Okuma Tech Center and Hartwig Host SME Chapter

The Houston chapter of the Society for Manufacturing Engineering (SME) held their monthly meeting and enjoyed a facility tour last May at the Okuma Tech Center. SME members and guests attended a presentation by Hartwig, Inc. Team leader Gary Frick and Bryan Newman, THINC product specialist, gave a presentation on the THINC control, illustrating its […]
July 7, 2010

New Release of RomaxDesigner for Transmission Design

Design engineers are increasingly presented with more challenging scenarios, especially given automotive industry trends towards more efficient, quieter, and higher performing vehicles. The need for confidence in simulation technology has never been greater. With Romax’s latest release of RomaxDesigner R12.7, it delivers such confidence by offering a more in depth level of analysis than ever […]
July 7, 2010

New Appointments at Excel Gear

Excel Gear, Inc., announces the appointment of Denis Bermingham as the manager of manufacturing engineering and special projects and William “Bill” Powers as the company’s marketing manager. Both appointments were made by company president N.K. “Chinn” Chinnusamy, who noted that they were made as the result of the company’s recent growth and anticipated expansion into […]
July 7, 2010

Conference Spotlights Precision Measurement/Inspection

The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) announces that the organization has chosen 25 technical white papers to be presented at its annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) from July 12-16, 2010, at the Grand Sierra Resort located in Reno, Nevada. White paper submissions were received from metrology experts and scientists from research laboratories, universities, and leading […]
July 7, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New NBV Vertical Machining Center from MAG

The new NBV vertical machining center is as noteworthy for what it doesn’t have as what it has. Eliminating all hydraulics, this compact VMC is flush with modular application flexibility, including configurations for three-, four-, and five-axis contouring or five-axis mill/turn work, integrated CAM support and program simulation, and four spindle options ranging up to […]
July 6, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Multifunction Gear Shaving Machine from SICMAT

Designed for finishing high quality gears for various markets, the Raso 200 CNC shaving machine from SICMAT shaves gears with diameters ranging from 6 to 200 mm and module from 0,8 to 5 mm. Thanks to its lathe-like structure, the Raso 200 provides performance levels and stiffness comparable to larger machines in a much smaller […]
July 5, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: High Precision Tooling Adapters from EXSYS

EXSYS Tool, Inc., will be showcasing a variety of its high precision tooling adapters at IMTS booth #W-1474. The company’s PRECI-FLEX is the first tooling system on the market with a single base holder and multiple tooling adapters that utilizes the ER collet pocket, making lathe tooling changeovers quick, accurate, and cost effective. The product’s […]
July 4, 2010


FANUC CNC America will display advanced CNC control innovations at IMTS 2010 booth #S-8919. The 30i-B Series Control is an upgrade from the 30i-A Series, offering newly enhanced features and functions with advancements in operability and maintainability. The 0i-D/0i-D Mate Control offers newly enhanced features and functionality that are powerful, yet cost effective. The new […]
July 3, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: NTG Tool and Cutter Grinder from Star Cutter

Armed with NUMROTOplus software, the NTG tool and cutter grinder from Star Cutter is designed for manufacturing and reconditioning end mills, drills, step drills, taps, and form cutters quickly and precisely. NTG’s three-station wheel and manifold changer switches grinding wheels in 10-15 seconds. The high volume auto load/unload system holds up to 288 parts and […]
July 2, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: General Purpose, High Performance Tap from Emuge

Emuge Corp. introduces the MultiTAP™, the industry’s first high performance tap designed to cut a wide range of materials including carbon steel, steel alloys, stainless steel, aluminum, cast iron, copper, brass, and bronze. MultiTAP is also uniquely designed to produce threads within both 2B and 3B classes of fit, eliminating the guesswork of calculating H-limits. […]
July 2, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Bevel Gear Grinding Wheels from Gleason

Gleason Corporation has broadened its line of bevel gear manufacturing solutions with a new line of high performance grinding wheels for bevel gear applications. The new wheels have been developed to Gleason standards, using the latest, most advanced abrasive materials and wheel designs, enabling faster, more aggressive metal removal rates. With the new high-performance series […]
July 2, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New High-Feed Cutter from Ingersoll

The new Power-Feed+Mini high feed cutter from Ingersoll Cutting Tools features high-speed geometry with a double-sided, four-edge insert. This innovative insert was engineered specifically for high-speed machining to deliver economy, strength, and performance. The robust insert has an exceptionally strong cutting edge. The infusion of proven Power-Feed+ technology into a smaller insert provides high-feed capabilities […]
July 2, 2010