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October 2010

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Company Profile: Cone Drive Gearing Solutions

Now celebrating its 85th year in business, this company has an illustrious past that’s sure to presage a remarkable future.

Although Leonardo da Vinci is credited with sketching the first rudimentary “double-enveloping” worm gear, Cone Drive Gearing Solutions has perfected it with a design that provides the torque and extended service life demanding applications require. “Our double-enveloping worm gearing design brings as many as eight teeth into contact, compared to 1 or 1.5 for traditional […]
Russ Willcutt

The Compass Points to Automated Gear Deburring

Deburring gears is time consuming and can be labor intensive. That’s why Compass Automation has developed a robotic system to speed the process.

“Now, more than ever” seems to be a common phrase in this economic environment, and to manufacturers it can mean so many things. Perhaps now, more than ever, there is an opportunity to look at yourself and audit your company’s manufacturing operations to see exactly where your weaknesses lie. We all have them, yet there […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Powder Metal Gear Conversion

In recent years powder metal and process technologies have progressed so that high-strength gear applications have become achievable. Capstan Atlantic explains.

There are many different processes performed in the “powder metal” arena. They range from conventional compacting with sponge iron (low-density, high green strength) for self-lubricating bearing manufacture all the way through powder forging (fully-densified), which is used for such applications as manufacturing automotive connecting rods. Capstan Atlantic uses the most common and versatile process, which […]
Chris Gaulin

A Seal of Approval for Gearboxes

SKF’s new rubber outside diameter radial shaft seals increase worm gear efficiency while also reducing temperature. Here’s how one customer is benefiting.

Fixedstar Power Transmission Group, the leading small sized worm gear reducer manufacturer in China, has extended the performance of a number of its successful aluminum case worm reducers by specifying SKF’s new rubber outside diameter radial shaft seals. Gearbox efficiency has increased around 6 percent, and temperature decreased by around 25 percent. The designers at […]
Colin Roberts

DEPARTMENTS

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Established four decades ago, OSHA has played an important role in helping elevate the level of safety practices in the U.S. manufacturing environment.

I hope that you had the opportunity to attend IMTS last month, and that you enjoyed the experience and learned a great deal. I also hope that you took advantage of the opportunity to improve and expand your expertise in the area of safety. As I have mentioned before in this column, an opportunity such […]
Terry McDonald

Conclusion: The growing use of powder metal in gear manufacturing, exploring the applications as well as the limitations

Manufacturers are increasing the number of P/M gears in their designs thanks to new alloys and powder metal processing methods. Market expansion lies in increasing the density of the material. When gears require complex shapes and tolerances, powder metallurgy is an excellent solution, but it leaves much to be desired in strength. Surface densification by […]
William P. Crosher

Q&A: Mark Hoper

Show Co-Manager, FABTECH International

First tell us about who is involved with presenting the show. I’d be glad to. As North America’s largest metal forming, welding, fabricating, and finishing exposition, there are really seven entities that are currently involved. Cosponsors are the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the American Welding Society (AWS), the […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

NEWS

SECO/WARWICK Retech Thermal Equipment Manufacturing Opens in China

The SECO/WARWICK Group has established a new manufacturing facility, SECO/WARWICK Retech Thermal Equipment Mfg. Co. Ltd. in Tianjin, China. The 5,000 square-meter office and manufacturing facility has been established to provide Chinese customers with local service and manufacturing. The company’s market concentration includes vacuum heat treatment, vacuum metallurgy, and controlled atmosphere aluminum brazing (CAB) technologies. […]
October 6, 2010

Automated Transmission Analysis from Romax Technology

Engineers are increasingly using a wide variety of software tools throughout the product lifecycle. To address customer requests and the need to integrate software for the automation of highly complex tasks, Altair Engineering, Inc., and Romax Technology developed a new interface between their respective RADIOSS and RomaxDesigner software tools to allow the transportation industry to […]
October 6, 2010

Philadelphia Gear Opens Santa Fe Springs Service Facility

Machinists and assemblers from Philadelphia Gear Corporation’s (PGC’s) Western Regional Service Center in Lynwood, California, moved into their new permanent home; a recently renovated 120,000 square-foot facility in Santa Fe Springs, California. Located 10 miles from the former service center, the newly-refurbished facility will serve as the base for PGC’s West Coast gear manufacturing and […]
October 6, 2010

Curtiss-Wright Breaks Ground on Texas Manufacturing Facility

Curtiss-Wright Corporation has announced that TapcoEnpro International (TEI), a business unit of its Flow Control segment, broke ground to officially commence construction of a $36 million, state of the art manufacturing facility in Chambers County, Texas. The company will build large vessels and equipment for the refining and petrochemical industries as well as support the […]
October 6, 2010

Rockwell Automation and FANUC FA America Collaboration Announced

FANUC FA America, the largest CNC organization in the Americas, and Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation solutions, have announced a collaborative effort to offer closer integration between CNC and programmable automation controller (PAC) environments. The effort will result in the ability for both companies to deliver integrated automation solutions to […]
October 6, 2010

New Machine Tools Division Launched by Emerson Bearing

Emerson Bearing, a Boston based bearing company catering to OEM and MRO markets throughout the U.S. and internationally, has recently announced a new Machine Tools division. Customer care representatives in the new division are trained to accommodate the unique needs of machine tool clients. The division was created to meet increased demand and significant growth […]
October 6, 2010

New Finishing Technologies Pavilion at FABTECH

A new Finishing Technologies Pavilion & Conference debuting at FABTECH 2010 Nov. 2-4 in Atlanta allows manufacturing executives to review finishing equipment, processes, services, and gain valuable technical insight. Sponsored by the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), the pavilion will feature exhibitors displaying a wide-variety of finishing technologies including liquid finishing, powder coating, electrocoating, pretreatment, […]
October 6, 2010

Ronson Gears Announces Key Staff Moves

In preparation for anticipated accelerated growth over the next few years, gear manufacturer Ronson Gears has announced a reshuffle of management to better service new and existing customers both in Australia and overseas. Stephen Bell moves to a key role in internal sales/estimating after eight years as production manager. He has played an integral role […]
October 6, 2010

New Headquarters for Motoman Robotics

Ground has been broken for Motoman Robotics’ new facility in Miamisburg, Ohio. It will serve as the company’s headquarters and main manufacturing facility for its North and South American operations. A groundbreaking ceremony was hosted by Steve Barhorst, president and COO of Motoman Robotics, a division of Yaskawa America, Inc. Additional speakers included Jay Tsuda, […]
October 6, 2010

Machine Tool Service and Support from Konecranes

Machine Tool Solutions Unlimited (MTSU)—a part of Konecranes, Inc.—provides comprehensive services and support for all types and brands of machine tools in the manufacturing industry. The experienced and highly skilled machine tool service professionals at MTSU can provide a variety of solutions for a single machine or an entire production facility. MTSU offers flexible resources […]
October 6, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Gear Milling Center from Heller

Manufacturers of gear components and bevel gears have been looking for alternatives to traditional hobbing processes for larger gears. In addition, improving machine tool flexibility has become more important because many gear makers can no longer afford to depend on dedicated gear machine tools. They want the capability and flexibility typical of a machining center. […]
October 6, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Shaft Collars from Ruland

Ruland Manufacturing Co., Inc., offers a full range of shaft collars with controlled face tolerance and high holding power. Shaft collars can be used on a variety of equipment including motors, gearboxes, linear actuators, packaging equipment, printing presses, medical devices, and precision instruments. Ruland shaft collars are single point faced during the boring process to […]
October 6, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Wenzel Scantech Brings Portable Laser Scanner to North America

MobileScan3D is a mobile CNC laser scanning solution allowing fully automatic reverse engineering and part inspection verification. Its portability and rapid setup provides a unique opportunity to scan on location without the tedious and time consuming effort required by other portable scanners. Giles Gaskell, North American sales manager for 3D Imaging Products for Wenzel/Xspect Solutions, […]
October 6, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Permanent Magnet DC Gearmotors from Bodine Electric

The new WX gearhead is now available with two 33A permanent magnet DC (PMDC) motors. The WX is a high-torque gearhead built to provide longer life and higher performance than similar gearmotors in the same size range. These gearmotors are designed to drive applications such as conveyor systems, packaging equipment, metering pumps, medical devices, commercial […]
October 6, 2010

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Energy-Efficient Ball Bearings from SKF

SKF energy-efficient ball bearings for electric motors introduce ideal alternatives to standard bearings by generating significantly less friction and subsequently reducing energy consumption. These deep groove ball bearings join a growing family of SKF energy-efficient bearing solutions engineered for a wide range of applications. The bearings exhibit 30-50 percent lower friction compared with conventional types […]
October 6, 2010

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