Archives September 2010


September 2010


Ajax Rolled Ring and Machine, Inc.

Adopting the principles of Six Sigma and other proven operational strategies has resulted in a company that’s smarter, stronger, and more efficient than ever before.

Many companies undergo major transformations over the years, but it’s usually the result of an acquisition or a new market direction. And while Ajax Rolled Ring and Machine has certainly experienced many changes since it was founded in 1933, its most recent improvements are remarkable for at least two reasons: they involve a radical reworking […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Improvements in Precision Turning

Precision machining of drivetrain components such as gear and blank faces is more efficient than ever before, requiring improved cutting tools from Sandvik Coromant.

The outcome of performance, and of achieving the results you require when turning precision features on parts, depends on getting a number of factors right. Stability and accuracy are the basics, but getting these to the right level and making use of new developments make a considerable difference in both performance as well as the […]
Christer Richt

Continuous Generation Grinding

Precision gear manufacturers searching for a grinding machine that’s fast, accurate, and reliable need to know about the RZ 260 from Reishauer.

When I first heard the word “generation” as a kid it was used in a family context: my grandmother, my mother, and even me. I had no clue that the clever people at Reishauer located in a Swiss city near Zurich were also using the term, but in a slightly different context. In this instance […]
Dennis Richmond

CONIFACE Face Gear Cutting and Grinding

The new CONIFACE process, based on standard cutting tools and standard bevel gear machines, results in short cutting times comparable to straight CONIFLEX bevel gears.

According to the traditional definition, face gears are plane ring gears with a face angle of 90° that mate with a spur or helical pinion. Such a face gear pair transmits motion and torque between two shafts that intersect at an angle of 90° (Figure 1). The axes of the pinion and gear intersect or […]
Dr. Hermann J. Stadtfeld

Carbon Coatings for Transmission Components

Sulzer provides a glimpse into the world of diamond-like carbon coatings, their properties, and the benefits and potential applications for gears.

The use of carbon-based coatings has steadily increased over the last decade. It all started with high-tech applications in high-end racing series like Formula 1, but it is gradually finding its way into more and more common and mass-volume applications. As the number of carbon coatings available on the market increases, these coatings not only […]
Mark Boghe


Terry McDonald: Site Safety

While OEM representatives are always available to answer safety-related questions about their equipment, take advantage to ask them in person at IMTS this month!

Bubble gum and baling wire… shop rags and duct tape… do these items ring a bell? Many of us in the gear-cutting industry are still using machines that have been in service for many years. Over that period of time we have often had to make do on repairs to this equipment with whatever we […]
Terry McDonald

Part 1: Powder metallurgy, in use since 3,000 B.C., gains additional prominence in gear manufacturing each year

Powder metal technology is older than that of cast iron. Although the use of powder metals has been in existence since 3,000 B.C., and utilized by both the Egyptians and Incas, it is only in the 20th century that it has gained widespread use in gear manufacturing. It was in the early 1900s that the […]
William P. Crosher

Q&A: Giles Gaskell

North American Sales Manager, 3D Imaging Products, Wenzel/Xspect Solutions, Inc.

I understand that you studied mechanical engineering. What led you to metrology? Once I’d graduated from the University of Aston in Birmingham, England, I actually worked in computer-aided design for a number of companies, and finally for the Parametric Technology Corporation. At that point I launched my own consultancy in 1995, Professional Engineering Support Services, […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Wenzel/Xspect Solutions to Feature Wide Variety in Chicago

Wenzel/Xspect Solutions will be exhibiting a wide variety of CMMs and CMM related accessories, as well as new 3D imaging products and Wenzel GearTec gear measuring products, at IMTS 2010. A New Wenzel X-Orbit CMM equipped with the new Renishaw PH20 probe will be on display in booth #E-5157. New 3D imaging technologies that include […]
September 8, 2010

Carl Zeiss IMT and Koepfer America Form Business Partner Agreement

Carl Zeiss IMT and Koepfer America have formally joined with a new Business Partner Agreement for the United States and Canada. This agreement will provide improved technical and marketing support related to all areas of CMM gear metrology offered by Carl Zeiss. Recognized globally as a market leader for CMM equipment, Carl Zeiss will expand […]
September 8, 2010

Sulzer Acquires DLC Coatings Activities from Bekaert

The DLC activities of Bekaert have been acquired by Sulzer Metco, covering thermal-spray and thin-film coating technologies. The acquisition, which includes Bekaert’s diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings and racing activities, will deliver significant technological benefits to Sulzer and Bekaert customers, as both companies have a strong presence in complementary markets and produce complementary technologies.Bekaert DLC produces […]
September 8, 2010

News from American Broach & Machine Company

In 2009 the American Broach & Machine Company patented the “Table Top” and “Table Top Special” broaching machines. To date six have been built, and they are quickly being recognized as the best deal in broaching. Electromechanically powered, they are clean, quiet, and everything customers said they wanted in a small econmically feasable broaching machine. […]
September 8, 2010

Gleason Hosts Gear Solutions Forum

Gleason Corporation showcased its latest gear manufacturing technologies at its Gear Solutions Forum, held June 9-11, 2010, at its Gleason-Pfauter facility in Ludwigsburg, Germany. More than 360 visitors from 21 countries around the world took advantage of the opportunity to see first-hand the latest machine and process technologies, as well as the supporting cutting tools, […]
September 8, 2010

Inductoheat Designs Induction Billet Heating System

Inductoheat, Inc., has designed, manufactured, and shipped a Uniforge® Induction Billet Heating System to a leading manufacturer of hand tools including hammers, wrenches, and fubars, etc. This machine was designed specifically for heating carbon steel billets for a #8 die forger.This system is designed to heat 0.50” to 0.875” diameter x 13” long billets to […]
September 8, 2010


Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools, has introduced high-performance FEELER vertical machining centers featuring extensive engineering by Methods, designed to provide users unsurpassed performance and value. The FEELER VMC line is backed by Methods’ application expertise, support, and extensive network of technology centers. The VMC line includes the HV-Series, […]
September 7, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Nagel ECO Series 80 Dual Expansion Honing System

Combining roughing, finishing, and gauging in one station is a distinctive capability of the ECO Hone’s dual-expansion honing system, which will be on display at IMTS booth #N-7040. It can finish bore sizes ranging from 10 to 80 mm. Honing systems typically require separate stations for roughing and finishing because each operation requires different grit […]
September 6, 2010


Liebherr will exhibit their LCS 1200 gear grinding machine at IMTS. LCS 1200 combines both generating and profile grinding into one machine. It is able to handle workpieces up to a diameter of 1200 millimeters. Gears up to module 12 can be economically processed with the generating grinding method. The machine has the capacity to […]
September 5, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Lightweight Clamping Devices from HAINBUCH

Higher productivity, lower energy consumption, and offloading of the machine-drive are the highlights of the new carbon ultra-light clamping devices that HAINBUCH now offers for machine tools as well as machining centers. Thanks to the new material the carbon fiber clamping devices are as much as two thirds lighter than the standard versions, but they […]
September 4, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New VTP-1000 Vertical Lathe from FUJI

FUJI Machine America Corporation’s new large VTP-1000 Vertical Lathe performs hard turning so precise that grinding is eliminated. Featuring gearless spindle technology and an RS-Slide structure, the VTP-1000 realizes contour and profile cutting accuracies within ±1µm on up to 40” (1m) OD gears and bearing components. With the VTP-1000, precise roundness on high hardness materials […]
September 3, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: BOHLE Introduces Five-Axis Gantry Milling Machine

The ENDURA® 700 linear gantry milling machine is the newest addition to a family of modular-designed five-axis simultaneous, high-speed linear gantry milling machines by FOOKE GmbH. They are especially suitable for the efficient machining of five sides of parts made from plastic, composite materials (e.g. CFRP and GRP), ureol, and aluminum, as well as for […]
September 2, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gleason to Display Agilus Combined Process Machine

Gleason will introduce a host of advanced new machines, tooling, and global customer support services at IMTS 2010, covering a wide array of processes for the complete production and inspection of all types of bevel and cylindrical gears. Visitors to Gleason Booth #N-7000 will be introduced to a number of new products and technologies, such […]
September 1, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Emuge to Display Full Range of Workholding Solutions

Emuge Corp. will showcase their comprehensive line of clamping solutions at IMTS booth #W-1536. Emuge’s workholding division specializes in providing highly accurate, almost maintenance-free customized solutions for applications from low volume job shops to high volume automotive production environments. Shown here, the SV-01-0614 (top) is a device designed for the machining of the bearing seats […]
August 31, 2010