Archives May 2011


May 2011


Luren Precision Co., Ltd.

With roots in gear research, this company continues developing new designs for its cutting tools and gear-manufacturing equipment.

Seventeen years ago a group of gear specialists from Taiwan’s government-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) recognized a local market need they were equipped to fill. As specialists in designing and manufacturing gears and cutting tools, while also working in the area of heat treating, they realized the need for a high-quality gear cutting tool […]
Russ Willcutt

Increasing Efficiency with Synchronized Systems

Already known for its expertise in forging, castings, and a host of gear-manufacturing processes, Custom Gear upgrades with technologies provided by Reishauer and Siemens.

Every manufacturer is faced with the decision at some point: is it time to upgrade equipment and expand my capabilities? The real question, however, is how soon you’ll begin to realize a return on that investment, which is often tied to efficiencies leading to a reduction in the time it takes to manufacture a part. […]
John Meyer

A Grinding Solution

A customer had a problem using their existing gears in a new application. Ontario Drive & Gear provided the solution. Here’s how they did it.

A company approached Ontario Drive & Gear (ODG) concerning a problem they were experiencing with a gear set used in a new application. It was found in a speed-increasing drive for a mobile air compressor application, traditionally coupled to a six-cylinder diesel engine. The company had been using them for years without any problems, but […]
John Donkers

The Case for Cold Rolling

For many gear and spline applications requiring high strength and a smooth surface finish, cold roll forming may be the preferred process.

Powdered metal, extruded, hobbed, rack rolled, or cold roll formed… which manufacturing method produces the best gears and splines? That largely depends on evaluation and selection methods. However, for gear and spline applications with some or all of the following requirements, cold roll forming may be the preferred process: • Optimum tooth strength; • Severe […]
Steven Van Dyck


Terry McDonald: Site Safety

You can save money by purchasing remanufactured equipment, but don't cut corners by trying to install it yourself, and also remember to train those who'll be operating it.

In my experience, many gear manufacturers purchase used equipment for their shops. While this is a feasible method of acquiring the equipment we need to stay competitive, it can present an unexpected list of safety issues. One issue is that we tend to believe that we are capable of installing the equipment ourselves. As well […]
Terry McDonald

Hobs have developed over the 150 years, but it was in the 1980s that major advances in design and materials were made

An essential part of the gear art is in selecting the correct hob for the required gear. The hob diameter, length, number of gashes, material, feed and speed, and need to be chosen are based on the desired accuracy, the material, and hardness of the gear. The cutting action comprises an unused length of hob, […]
William P. Crosher

When considering vacuum carburizing, audit post heat-treat processing cost to determine if the costs are worth it

I have nothing against vacuum carburizing, I’ve spent a good deal of my career developing and selling the process, it’s just that few applications demand its benefits, like eliminating IGO. To justify the process, however, one must audit their post heat treat processing cost and determine if the upfront capital, operating, and maintenance costs are […]
Jack Titus

Q&A with Michael White

Director of Sales, Services, and Wind Gearing, Brad Foote Gear Works

Brad Foote is such a well-known name in the gear manufacturing industry, could you give us a little background? I’d be glad to. Bradford Foote launched the company in 1924, so it’s been around for 87 years now, and it was one of the founding members of the American Gear Manufacturers Association. He led the […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


Shuttlelift Celebrates Anniversary SB Series of Gantry Cranes

Last year Shuttlelift broke ground with the launch of a revolutionary new series of cranes designed to provide state of the art material handling solutions and a broad range of cost-saving benefits. The new SB Series rubber-tired gantry crane provides users with a highly economic solution in a competitive marketplace. Driven by superior engineering innovations […]
May 5, 2011

New Multi-Sensor 3D Inspection System for Gears from Nikon Metrology

Nikon Metrology introduces the HN-6060, a next-generation non-contact inspection system providing the latest in metrology capabilities. Advanced laser scanning, five-axis synchronized hardware control, ultra-stiff design, and powerful processing software, the HN-6060 sets the standard for fast, ultra-precise inspection of complex shapes. This includes gear teeth, turbine blades, appliance housings, and much more.“The HN-6060 multi-sensor system […]
May 5, 2011

Reishauer Strengthened by Acquisition of Felsomat Group

Reishauer develops and manufactures high precision gear grinding machines, diamond dressing tools, and CBN tools for hard finishing of transmission gears. By acquiring 100 percent of the internationally active Felsomat Group—based in Königsbach-Stein, Germany—Reishauer strengthens its market presence and its competence in the area of the complete gear manufacturing chain. Both companies have been working […]
May 5, 2011

ABA-PGT Awarded ISO TS 16949 Automotive Certification

ABA-PGT Inc., the leading producer of high precision tooling and precision-molded plastic gears, has been awarded the ISO TS 16949 Automotive Certification. The company currently provides a variety of plastic gear solutions for automotive applications including dashboard instrumentation, lift gates, windshield wiper motors, door latch, and seat adjustor mechanisms for Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, […]
May 5, 2011

SECO/WARWICK Announces Seminar Speakers

SECO/WARWICK Corp. has announced the following lineup of guest speakers for the 2011 Furnaces & Atmospheres for Today’s Technology seminar, an educational event that presents a basic primer on heat-treat furnace technology.• Daniel Herring, “The Heat Treat Doctor,” keynote speaker—Current Industry Trends;• Franklin Switzer, S-afe, Inc.—Furnace Safety, NFPA 86;• Bob Esper, Praxair—Bulk Atmospheres;• Bill Dewey, […]
May 5, 2011

Outside Processors Council and FMA Merge

The Outside Processors Council (OPC) has merged with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) in an effort to further strengthen two leading industry organizations and add value to members. The merger was announced at FMA’s 15th Annual Toll Processing Conference in March in Orlando. “Adding OPC’s experience in the metal processing sector to our […]
May 5, 2011

MAG Develops Novel Process for Producing Giant Gear

As proof that it can use machine tools as well as build them, MAG has developed a process that used a horizontal boring mill (HBM) and specially designed tools to cut 588 teeth in a 19-meter (62.5 ft) diameter gear assembly weighing 60 tons (54,836 kg).The two-piece gear assembly, made of ASTM A290 steel, consists […]
May 5, 2011

LAI International Representative Named to Nadcap Council

LAI International, Inc., announces that Rick Scott—quality manager of Rich Technology International, an LAI company—was appointed to the Nadcap Management Council at the recent Nadcap Performance Institute’s Supplier Symposium in Barcelona, Spain. Scott also represents LAI International on two special task groups and as a member of a supplier support committee for non-conventional machining suppliers.The […]
May 5, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: CoroDrill 452 Drills from Sandvik Coromant

Sandvik Coromant has introduced a range of drills used for rivet and bolt holes in carbon reinforced plastics and metallic stack materials. Each carbon fiber material has its own demands, which increases the risk for delamination or splintering. These new CoroDrill geometries reduce this risk, ensuring the stringent hole tolerances are met with exceptional finish […]
May 5, 2011


The new ROUNDTEST® RA-1600 roundness/cylindricity measurement instrument from Mitutoyo America Corporation offers high-end precision plus the versatility of ROUNDPAK® data analysis software in a compact footprint. With its robust design and 25 kg capacity, the ROUNDTEST RA-1600 is as well suited for the production floor as it is the QC lab. The high rotational accuracy […]
May 5, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Handheld Tachometer from Ono Sokki Technology

Ono Sokki Technology, Inc. has created a new type of hand-held tachometer. Ono Sokki was the innovator of the digital handheld tach. After manufacturing many generations of tachometers the company decided to make a completely ergonomic type of tachometer. The new HT-4200 tachometer is small, thin, and lightweight, weighing less than 4-1/2 ounces. Incorporated in […]
May 5, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Solid Carbide Drills from Seco Tools

Seco Tools has announced additions to its line of Feedmax™ solid carbide drills that avoid delamination upon entry or exit when drilling in carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) materials. The new –C1 geometry features a sharp optimized double points, while the –C2 geometry is specifically designed to drill stacked CFRP with an aluminum or titanium […]
May 5, 2011

PROUCT SHOWCASE: World Radio System for Machine Tools from Marposs

Marposs Corp. will introduce its World Radio System WRS in booth #3008 at EASTEC 2011 May 17-19 in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The new WRS system is comprised of a wireless touch probe, wireless tool setter, and wireless bore gauge, all of which communicate via a single radio frequency (RF) receiver. The system can be used […]
May 5, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: 650GMS Analytical Gear Inspection System from Gleason

Inspection of gears as large as 650 mm in diameter now can be performed up to 25 percent faster with the introduction of the Gleason 650GMS Analytical Gear Inspection System, part of a new product series from Gleason Metrology Systems Corporation. Among the many new design features now available on the new 650GMS is the […]
May 5, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Marksman Ultrasonic Diagnostic Tool from Spectronix

Spectronics Corporation has introduced the Spectroline® Marksman™ ultrasonic diagnostic tool, a highly accurate instrument that converts and amplifies inaudible ultrasonic sound into audible “natural” sound. Now service technicians can easily hear sounds that signify problems such as compressed air leaks, electrical discharge, as well as vacuum, natural gas, propane, refrigerant, seal, and gasket leaks. This […]
May 5, 2011