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Archives March 2011


March 2011


Lufkin Industries, Inc.

Established more than a century ago in Texas, this company has evolved into a global entity known for its engineering, manufacturing, and testing expertise.

There are many smallish towns scattered across the country whose roots are interwoven with a particular company, but few of these businesses get their own historical marker. One in Lufkin, Texas, is of particular interest, however. It describes the Lufkin Foundry & Machine Company, which was launched in 1902 by J.H. Kurth, Frank Kavanaugh, Sr., […]
Russ Willcutt

Essential Lubrication Aspects

Higher productivity and reduced machine tool life cycle costs can be achieved by considering total system efficiency, as Kluber Lubrication explains.

Empirical studies prove that 70-85 percent of the expected life cycle costs of a machine are determined during its development stage. Synthetic lubricants constitute a valuable contribution in the quest to minimize these costs, as they provide extended relubrication and lubricant change intervals or even lifetime lubrication. At the same time, they contribute to significant […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Expert Broaching Services

When it comes to servicing and remanufacturing broaching machines, there are very good reasons why you should contact the experts—like Broaching Machine Specialties.

Machine tool rebuilders—or those who consider themselves to be machine tool rebuilders—are commonplace nowadays. Rebuilding everything from CNC lathes to machining centers to presses, many of them have no particular specialty or intimate knowledge of any type of machine tool in particular. When the manufacturing sector was running at full capacity, and general machine tool […]
Matt Egrin

Recommendations for Reverse Engineering

Reverse engineering can be just as demanding as original product development, presenting many of the same challenges. Here’s a checklist for doing the job right.

Reverse engineering is a necessary activity in the modern industrial world. Rather than mount a defense against those who label it “copying,” the author would prefer to point out the long and honored history of the practice of studying a competitor’s product and using the knowledge gained to improve your own products. The largest, most […]
Charles D. Schultz


Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Chemical fumes, truck exhaust in confined spaces, particulate matter drifting through the air—all dangerous to the lungs, and all easy to protect your workers against.

In a report issued late last year covering the period from Oct. 1, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2010, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) listed the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites. 1. Scaffolding 2. Fall Protection 3. Hazard Communication 4. Respiratory Protection 5. Ladders 6. Lockout/Tagout 7. Electrical, […]
Terry McDonald

Research and development into nanotechnology and molecular engineering are resulting in gear types and sizes unimaginable not so long ago

The Bell Corporation identified five characteristics of what they termed the post-industrial society. They are: 1) the majority of the labor force is in the supply services; 2) an increasing number of professional and technical qualified people will be required in engineering and science; 3) theoretical knowledge of science and technology will be the basis […]
William P. Crosher

Carburizing vs. nitriding: Where does the future lie?

In last month’s column I highlighted difficulties in applying the plasma nitriding process. In many ways the process’s expected outcome had the right idea; attempting to control the presence or absence of the compound layer. It’s just that the means to that end are not easily applied to different loading configurations, whereas atmosphere nitriding is […]
Jack Titus

Q&A with Ken Ahlgren

President, Apollo Broach, Inc.

I understand that broaching runs in your family. You’re right. My father, Kenneth, and my grandfather Raymond “Guss” Ahlgren both worked at Federal Broach & Machine Company when they were located near where we are now in Westland, Michigan, so I’m a third-generation broachman. My son is only six and he’s reading micrometers, so it’s […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


Gleason Expands Coating Facility

Gleason Corporation has announced a new investment to expand the Advanced Coatings Facility at its Gleason Cutting Tools Corporation (GCTC) facility located in Loves Park, Illinois. The expansion just completed includes an enlargement of the coating department that will accommodate an additional Balzers coating system and an additional automated computer controlled cleaning line.The additional coating […]
March 1, 2011

Timken to Invest in Faircrest Steel Plant

The Timken Company will invest approximately $35 million to install a high-volume, in-line forge press at its Faircrest rolling mill facility in Canton, Ohio. This investment comes on the heels of the $50-million commitment in capital improvements initiated at the end of 2010 at the company’s other steel facilities in Canton. The investments reflect the […]
March 1, 2011

Curtiss-Wright to Acquire BASF’s Surface Technologies Business

Curtiss-Wright Corporation announces that through its Metal Treatment segment, it has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire the assets of BASF’s Surface Technologies business from BASF Corporation. The Surface Technologies business is a leading supplier of metallic and ceramic thermal spray coatings primarily for the aerospace and power generation markets.“The acquisition of BASF’s Surface […]
March 1, 2011

New Vice President of Heat Treating at Inductoheat

Inductoheat, Inc., has appointed Robert Madeira as vice president of heat treating. He has worked in the induction heat treat industry for more than 26 years, most recently as the director of sales for Fluxtrol, Inc. He has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State and a master’s degree from the University of Detroit. In this […]
March 1, 2011

LAI International Earns Boeing Performance Award

LAI International, Inc., strategic supplier of precision components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers, has received a Boeing Performance Excellence Award. LAI maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct. 1, 2009, to Sept. 30, 2010. This year, Boeing recognized 558 suppliers who achieved either a Gold […]
March 1, 2011

FARO Celebrates 30 Years with a Custom Chopper

The world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions, FARO Technologies, Inc., celebrates 30 years in 2011. With three decades of innovation and helping its customers’ products and processes be the best in the world, FARO celebrated this milestone by having one of their valued customers, Paul Jr. Designs, build a custom FARO-themed chopper. […]
March 1, 2011

SME Education Foundation Supports STEM Education Programs

In a recent study, the Kauffman Foundation found that in any given year the top-performing 1 percent of firms is generating roughly 40 percent of all new jobs. The SME Education Foundation accelerated its efforts through relationships with this 1 percent of major companies to deliver its STEM-based programs and expand job growth. Managing an […]
March 1, 2011

Rexnord Opens New Gearbox Repair and Remanufacturing Facility

Rexnord Industries has opened a fully renovated 29,000 square-foot gearbox repair and remanufacturing facility in Salt Lake City. The facility is part of Rexnord’s Falk™ RENEW® Prager® product services, which repairs or rebuilds gearboxes of all makes, brands, and sizes. “Rexnord’s gearbox repair services offer our customers cost-effective solutions when downtime is critical and long-term […]
March 1, 2011

New Sales Manager at ICO Surface Coatings

ICO Surface Coatings has appointed Al Brooker as sales manager. He has sold PVD coatings for over 25 years in all major markets including cutting tools, automotive tier 1 and 2 suppliers, aerospace, plastics, and die and mold industries. He has an extensive background with TiN, AlTin, TiCN, DLC, SiN, and diamond coatings, and he […]
March 1, 2011

Davall Gears Invests in Improved Production Methods

Davall Gears Ltd has recently taken delivery of a newly commissioned Gleason-Pfauter P400ES CNC shaping machine tool. This investment will enable Davall to more efficiently produce both spur and helical gearing, utilizing electronic controls to remove the need for expensive mechanical guides. This electronic guide system will increase flexibility by eliminating the requirement to change […]
March 1, 2011

NBT Announces Manufacturing Camp Grant Winners

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), announces the winners of its 2011 manufacturing camp grant awards. Nine grants of $2,500 each were awarded by NBT to community and technical colleges that offer day camp experiences that introduce young people ages 12 to 18 to careers in […]
March 1, 2011

Mazak Receives Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award

Mazak has received a 2010 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Mazak maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010. This year Boeing recognized suppliers who achieved either […]
March 1, 2011

Rohde & Schwarz Announces New Relationship

Rohde and Schwarz, a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, has formed a relationship with Tektronix Service Solutions to offer customers in North America a single source for calibration services. This represents the first time that two major test and measurement manufacturers have joined forces to provide customers with a […]
March 1, 2011

AME Completes Asset Purchase of Metalcut

Advanced Machine & Engineering (AME), the Rockford, Illinois-based manufacturer of various machine tool components and auxiliary equipment, has announced the asset purchase of the Metalcut Carbide Saw Division of Centro-Metalcut, also of Rockford, and a longtime global industry leader in the design and manufacture of heavy-duty carbide sawing systems for the metalcutting industries.AME is also […]
March 1, 2011

Personnel Changes at Okuma America

Okuma America Corporation has made personnel adjustments to put a heightened focus on advanced technology. The newly created Technology Group will allow an increased emphasis on the THINC®-OSP control, the formation of technology partnerships, and the utilization of the Partners in THINC and Okuma Tech Center facilities, to the ultimate end of providing solutions to […]
March 1, 2011

Latest Powder Metallurgy Trends at PowderMet2011

PowderMet2011, an annual conference sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) and APMI International, will highlight the latest developments and trends in metal powders, as well as powder metallurgy (PM) processes, products, and applications. The International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials will be held May 18–21 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis […]
March 1, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Ingersoll Introduces 2-Start Hob

Ingersoll has introduced a 2-Start Indexable Carbide Insert Hob, which nearly doubles productivity for machining gears with large numbers of teeth when compared to single-start ICI hobs. The Ingersoll 2-Start Hob features inserts with four cutting edges and simple set-up with no shims or adjustment required. The unique segmented design provides an expandable assembly, and […]
March 1, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Mist Control for Industrial Gearboxes

The OILMISER™ Vapor Guard (OVG) is designed for lubricated gearboxes and bearing housings that are vented to atmosphere. High working loads, continuous operation, and internal moving parts, will generate oil mist and fumes inside a gearbox. Temperature fluctuations and thermal expansion cause these fumes to vent through the air breather into the workplace. The most […]
March 1, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Mahr Linear 100 Now Faster and Easier to Use

Mahr Federal has introduced a new MarCheck measuring and evaluation unit for its high precision Linear 100 universal length measuring instrument. MarCheck allows both measurements and calibrations to be performed quickly and reliably at the touch of a button. Results are clearly shown in large digits on the display screen and can be output via […]
March 1, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Universal Gear Grinder from Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), has developed a universal gear grinding machine, the ZE40A, which is capable of high-precision machining of various sizes of gears up to 600 millimeters (mm) in diameter. The new machine can accommodate both generating grinding and profile grinding, and also enables modification of biased flank shapes, i.e. tooth surface torsion. […]
March 1, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Emuge Introduces High-Performance JIS Tap Line

Emuge Corp. has introduced a new line of high-performance JIS taps for tapping applications at companies manufacturing products with Japanese-specified standards. The new Emuge JIS Line includes a selection of taps and cold-forming taps. Shank diameter and square dimensions are in accordance with Japanese standards, and all Emuge JIS taps are uniquely designed to produce […]
March 1, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Chip Removal for CNC Machines from PRAB

PRAB now offers a lighter-duty version of its proven drag conveyor technology that easily integrates under certain types of CNC machines for removal of chips at the source. “We’ve redesigned our drag conveyor in a low-profile format to easily integrate under machining centers,” says Mike Porter, systems project engineer. “PRAB’s new lighter-duty drag conveyor is […]
March 1, 2011