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Archives February 2011


February 2011


Engineered Tools Corp.

A relative newcomer to the gear manufacturing market, this company is showing its respect for the industry by providing the best cutting tools available.

As someone who enjoys the challenge of learning new things, John Ketterer was delighted by what he found when Engineered Tools Corp. — or “ETC,” where he is director of operations — entered the gear-manufacturing market about six years ago. A trained metallurgist who’d already spent many years working for a carbide manufacturer when he […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

New Dimensions in Metrology

Nikon Metrology takes non-contact multi-sensor 3D metrology to the next level, realizing faster investigation and serial inspection by capturing full-part geometry with a single system.

As components get smaller and more complex, and the demand for high precision rises, manufacturing companies are challenged to produce high-quality products in a shorter time. Relying solely on tactile inspection requires excess overhead in terms of measurement preparation and execution, and it covers only a small portion of the entire part surface. This makes […]
Rob Snoeijs

Comparing AGMA and FEA Calculations

Developing technologies have made Finite Element Analysis software affordable for small gear companies. The following compares FEA calculations with AGMA standards.

Current AGMA standards provide information about the calculations of loose gears and gearbox components, with recommendations primarily based on the “traditional” methods of mechanical engineering. However, new methods for calculations of mechanical engineering components like FEA (finite element analysis) are becoming widespread. Once these techniques were only used by big companies due to their complexity […]
Dr. Vanyo Kirov

Big Business in Large Gear Inspection

Gleason GMM analytical gear inspection systems with “big gear” capabilities are for gear manufacturers seeking to tap into the hottest industrial markets worldwide.

The winds of change are blowing throughout Asia. Hungry for new sources of clean energy to power their fast-growing markets China, India, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and the Philippines are all making enormous investments in their wind power capacity. Innovative gear manufacturers like Iwasa Tech Co., Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan, are reaping the rewards. The […]
Michael Hayes


Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Customer service counts, and making pickups and deliveries can be part of that package, but be sure to train your drivers for the benefit of everyone on the road.

Remember, it’s not too late to get a flu shot. It is one of the nicest things you can do for your fellow employees, as well as your family. February is the shortest month of the year, and for many of us it’s also the coldest with the nastiest weather, and the most boring. Is […]
Terry McDonald

Estimates say more than 30 basic forms have been produced, and this number continues to grow

Gear design and manufacture was simplified with the introduction of hobbing more than a century and a half ago. The hob’s cutting edge represented the generating gear rack. The geometry, dimensions, and angles of involute teeth could be determined from the basic rack. The rack dimensions are the same as in the gear. The rack […]
William P. Crosher

The inside story of ionitriding in the United States

When ionitriding—or generically speaking, plasma nitriding technology—was being transferred to the United States from Germany in the mid eighties I was managing an R&D metallurgical laboratory and was asked to help solve a problem. At the time the company for which I worked sold twin horizontal vacuum chambers to ionitride ductile iron synchronizer rings for […]
Jack Titus

Q&A with Talion Edwards

Executive Committee Chairman, Coordinate Metrology Society

Tell us a little about the society’s background, and the annual conference. The first Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) was held in San Antonio, Texas, in 1984, with the Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) established as a professional organization soon after. We hold the conference in a different location each year. The society has been a […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


MAG Expands Large Machine Tool Product Range

MAG IAS, LLC—one of the world’s largest machine tool and factory automation companies—having successfully weathered the economic challenges of recent years, is investing to develop a range of larger and more versatile machine tools which will be added to the product lines already produced at its facility in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. MAG has secured […]
February 4, 2011

Induction System for Drivetrain Components from Inductoheat

Inductoheat, Inc., the world’s leading induction heating equipment manufacturer, recently shipped an induction hardening and tempering system to a major drivetrain component supplier. This machine is designed specifically for hardening and tempering hub spindles and outer ring hubs. This equipment is comprised of a STATISCAN® IV system for induction hardening, using alternating coils for two […]
February 4, 2011

Northwire Appoints Eastern Regional Sales Manager

Northwire Technical Cable, an innovative solutions provider in the marketing, design, and manufacture of technical and retractile cables and cable assemblies, has hired Greg Reese as eastern regional sales manager. He has more than 16 years of experience as a product manager, sales manager, and design engineer for cable assembly and electrical connection systems. He […]
February 4, 2011

Seco Tools Makes U.S. Acquisition

Seco Tools has signed an agreement to acquire the American companies NC Industries (NCI) and Diamond Tool Coating (DTC). NCI is a producer of solid carbide end mills under the Niagara Cutters and Arch Micro Tools brands and is among the largest local producers of these products in the United States. DTC is a producer […]
February 4, 2011

Gleason Opens New Subsidiary in Russia

Gleason Corporation has opened a new wholly-owned subsidiary in Russia, Gleason Sales (CIS). Strategically located in Korolev near Moscow, Gleason Sales (CIS) will provide sales and service of Gleason’s full line of gear production solutions to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and all of the CIS member countries.Gleason has served the Russian and CIS markets for many […]
February 4, 2011

Fairfield to Make Significant Corporate Investment

Fairfield Manufacturing Co., Inc., will make a $53.1 million capital investment over the next three years at its Lafayette, Indiana, plant. The announcement was made at a news conference Monday, December 6, at the facility, which currently employs 1,032. The investment comes as Gary Lehman, Fairfield’s chief executive since 2003, takes over as chief executive […]
February 4, 2011

Coordinate Metrology Society Announces Call for Papers

The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS), the preeminent membership association for measurement professionals, has announced their “Call for Papers” in anticipation of the 2011 Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC). This 27th annual event will be held in Phoenix, Arizona from  July 25-29, 2011. Metrology professionals are invited to submit abstracts for presentations and technical papers covering […]
February 4, 2011

Mazak Certifies Parlec for VIP Technology Partnership Program

Parlec, Inc., has been named the newest member of Mazak’s Value Inspired Partners (VIP) program. Created from a desire to provide manufacturers with total solutions, the VIP program promotes higher levels of cooperation among companies offering complementary manufacturing products.“Parlec is looking forward to teaming with Mazak to develop tooling and presetting solutions that will complement […]
February 4, 2011

TUS Paper from Solar Atmospheres and Solar Manufacturing

Solar Atmospheres and Solar Manufacturing have released a procedure for Temperature Uniformity Surveying of vacuum furnaces. This document has been created to provide a surveying method that complies with the AMS2750D requirements.This newly written Temperature Uniformity Survey (TUS) illustrates the proper method recommended to meet the requirements of AMS 2750D. Solar Atmospheres and Solar Manufacturing—sister […]
February 4, 2011

CNC Gear Measurement System from The Adams Company

The Adams Company has established an outstanding reputation for quality gear production, continuing to acquire the latest equipment to produce the most efficient, economical, and high quality gears and shafts. The company has purchased a Process Equipment Company (PECo) ND430 CNC gear measurement system, which is used to ensure the quality and consistency of gears, […]
February 4, 2011

Exsys-Eppinger is New Partner at THINC

Okuma America Corporation is pleased to announce that Exsys-Eppinger, a supplier of fixed and rotary tool holders, has joined Partners in THINC. Exsys-Eppinger specializes in developing state of the art solutions to manufacturing problems and has numerous patented applications in the metal working industry. The Exsys innovative design approaches have aided customers in reducing manufacturing […]
February 4, 2011

Haas Multigrind Names New Business Development Manager

Haas Multigrind LLC, a manufacturer of high-precision, multi-axis, CNC grinding centers, has named David Drechsler as its new business development manager for North America. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he will be responsible for expanding sales in current markets served by Haas […]
February 4, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: SD600 System from Seco Tools

The SD600 system comes in a diameter range of 60-160mm and drilling depths of up to 10xD. It features Seco’s strong square inserts with four cutting edges available in universal grade T2000D offering both wear resistance and toughness, or T3000D for applications requiring a tougher grade. The new modular system relies upon a Graflex connection, […]
February 4, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: UV Leak Detection Lamp from Spectronics

Spectronics Corporation announces its industry-leading BIB-150P ultraviolet inspection lamp. This handheld UV lamp, with its unique 150-watt Built-In-Ballast™ bulb, is ideal for pinpointing any industrial leak such as oil, hydraulics, refrigerant, gasoline, diesel fuel, or water. Simply add the appropriate fluorescent dye and let it circulate with the specific lubricant. The dye will escape with […]
February 4, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Emuge Expands End Mill Line

Emuge Corp. introduces new High Productivity Cutting (HPC) end mills designed to address a broader range of applications. Building on the success of the MULTI-Jet Cut end mills, which permit rapid material removal of a wide range of materials, Emuge has added new designs that extend the range of application to include the ability to […]
February 4, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Push Pull Environmental Systems from Lincoln Electric

A Push Pull system from Lincoln Electric captures shop air and welding fume within a given perimeter, filters it, and then pushes the filtered air back into the working air in the same area. This method reduces energy costs, as the heated or cooled air from the shop is circulated back into the manufacturing location […]
February 4, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Pallet Handling System from Liebherr

Liebherr Automation Systems’ pallet handling system PHS-1500 is a solution for automatic loading and unloading of machining centers for parts mounted to fixtures. It is available in three basic sizes with payload capabilities ranging from 500 to 6,500 kilograms. The system can be used for a single machine or for a cell consisting of several […]
February 4, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Chevron Long Edge Cutter from ATI Stellram

ATI Stellram introduces a new chevron-style milling cutter, the Stellram® 5230VS12, designed specifically for machining titanium and other difficult to machine materials such as nickel- and cobalt-based alloys. In comparison studies the Stellram 5230VS12 cutter achieved metal removal rates up to two times greater than comparable cutters on the market. This is vital in aerospace […]
February 4, 2011


Despite all the other machining operations having been optimally coordinated, the deburring operation continues causing the economic viability of the whole process to decline, owing to the fact that it has not been included in the process stream from the start. With EMAG ECM GmbH the EMAG Group now closes that loophole and offers—as the […]
February 4, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Electromechanical Actuator from HAINBUCH

If you are looking for a hydraulic unit or complex technical control synchronization for the new hollow-spindle clamping cylinder from HAINBUCH, you are looking in vain. This product impresses users with ecological and economical qualities. The technology looks simple, but it is extremely effective. Because the clamping cylinder has no hydraulics, there is no energy […]
February 4, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Tru-Cut Web Site Eases Choosing Saw Blades

Tru-Cut Saw, Inc., has redesigned its Web site to make it easier for customers to identify and select the right saw blades for their applications from the large variety of blades offered. For customers who are unsure of the type of blade they need, Tru-Cut offers a “Build A Blade” section where they can input […]
February 4, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: MarForm MMQ 200 Upgrade from Mahr Federal

Mahr Federal has introduced a new option package for their well-known MarForm MMQ 200 Formtester which provides the measurement of surface finish parameters according to accepted ISO, ASME, and JIS standards. With the combined hardware/software MMQ 200 Surface Finish option, operators will benefit from reduced set-up and measurement cycle time, and reduced cost by needing […]
February 4, 2011