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Archives December 2011


December 2011


Artec Machine

Whether you’re in the market for drive system design assistance or skilled maintenance and training services, this company has solutions to the challenges you face.

It was the early seventies, and after six years spent working as a high-speed gearing specialist for a company on the West Coast, John B. Amendola, Sr., knew that change was in the air. End users of high-speed gears were experiencing a rise in gear failures, and he wanted to work with a company that […]
Russ Willcutt

Advances in Molded Polymer Gears

Plastic gears can provide a high-torque, high-speed, cost-effective solution for a host of demanding applications, according to the experts at Kleiss Gears.

The performance of molded polymer gears continues to improve with new design solutions, improved materials, and higher-accuracy molding. As a result, designers now use them more to solve challenging product requirements, especially with regard to miniature and micro-miniature mechanisms. Plastic gears can provide a high-torque, high-speed, cost-effective solution for a host of needs. Kleiss Gears […]
Rod Kleiss

Cyclocut Bevel Gear Production

The following technical paper from Gleason describes the Cyclocut process for advanced cutting, skiving, and semi-completing of bevel gears in low quantities.

Low-quantity bevel gearsets can be manufactured with the Cyclo-Palloid® method. The Cyclo-Palloid uses interlocking face hobbing cutters with five starts in most cases. For the soft cutting, each cutter start includes separate outside and inside roughing and finishing blades. Figure 1 shows an interlocking Cyclo-Palloid cutter head where the center part carries an inside roughing […]
Dr. Hermann J. Stadtfeld

Gripping Systems for Increased Versatility

Comparatively simple grippers are used in an increasing number of applications where various part sizes have to be handled quickly and processed reliably. SCHUNK explains.

Those in the automotive industry who want to stay flexible in manufacturing need space for gripper storage stations and changing systems. Gripper changes often cause unproductive auxiliary process times, which reduce efficiency. Therefore the trends in the one-piece series production are heading toward universal plants and flexible automated solutions with multifunctional, servo-electric driven gripping systems. […]
Jesse Hayes


Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Companies seeking qualified workers should consider members of the armed forces who are returning from duty overseas, and they should provide a safe working environment.

Everybody knows there’s a shortage of qualified workers in manufacturing here in the United States. There are a lot of organizations out there doing what they can to fill in the gap, like the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ Tooling U and many other training programs. Although many seek to attract high school students searching for […]
Terry McDonald

Part one of the different types of worm gears and how useful they are in a wide variety of applications

Principle: A machine’s practical mechanical advantage is defined as the ratio of the force expended by the machine to overcome a resistance to the force applied. The screw’s mechanical advantage is likely to be greater than that in any other form of machine. The worm gear is a form of screw that makes use of […]
William P. Crosher

We need a nitriding process combining speed and control of plasma, without the degree of difficulty

In the last four weeks my work has taken me to Austria, Slovakia, Wiesbaden, Germany, Russia, and Cincinnati, Ohio, all having to do with heat-treating gears. In my October column I stated that carburizing and induction were the two primary competing processes for case hardening gears. I didn’t forget about nitriding. Gears are gas nitrided, […]
Jack Titus

Q&A with Pat Nugent

Vice President of Metrology Systems,
Mahr Federal, Inc.

I understand that your parent company, the Mahr Group, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Tell us a little about its history. Carl Mahr was an intelligent man with a healthy sense of curiosity, and he was something of an inventor as well. As rail travel was growing in popularity throughout Europe he developed […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


Economy Can Grow by Addressing Key Issues

If the U.S. addresses “in a coherent manner” four key issues that impact the economy – employment, consumer behavior, global economic strain, and the role of politicians – the country can expect growth of around 3 percent in 2012, forecasts an economist for a leading manufacturing industry trade group.“If not, the U.S. will wallow in […]
December 28, 2011

MPIF Conference Opens Registration

The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) announces the opening of registration for MIM2012, an international conference on injection molding of metals, ceramics, and carbides to be held March 19-21, 2012, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, California. The conference, co-sponsored by the Metal Injection Molding Association, a trade association of […]
December 12, 2011

The Ultimate Fab Shop Giveaway, Courtesy of Lincoln Electric

Fab shop looking drab? Does it need a pick me up? How about some new tools and accessories? Lincoln Electric can help, thanks to its Ultimate Fab Shop Giveaway. Enter the contest every day until 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Dec. 15 for a chance to win great prizes, including a complete fab shop makeover valued at […]
December 12, 2011

OSU Gearlab Present Gear Dynamics and Gear Noise Short Course

The Gear Dynamics and Gear Noise Short Course will be held March 13-16, 2012, at The Ohio State University. The course has been offered for over 30 years and is considered extremely valuable for gear designers and noise specialists who encounter gear noise and transmission design problems. Attendees will learn how to design gears to […]
December 12, 2011

Free Insert Samples in Seco Tools Promotion

Seco has launched a promotion to allow manufacturers who turn cast iron to experience the benefits of the newly launched TK Grades inserts. Under the program, manufacturers working with cast iron can request a free TK Grade sample insert by visiting tkpromo.secotools.com, a Web site that has been optimized for use on smartphones.With TK Grades, […]
December 12, 2011

Detroit Free Press Again Names Seco Tools a Top 100 Workplace

For the second year in a row, The Detroit Free Press has named Seco Tools one of the Top 100 Workplaces in the entire state of Michigan, an honor bestowed by the Troy-based company’s employees. “This is certainly a proud moment for our company,” says Jennifer Ostroff, HR programs manager for Seco. “Our employees are […]
December 9, 2011

Gear Solutions Names Stor-Loc Toolbox Winners at Gear Expo 2011

Three attendees won a heavy-duty toolbox donated by Stor-Loc for Media Solutions, Inc. (MSI)—publisher of Gear Solutions and Wind Systems magazines—to raffle during Gear Expo 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Raffle tickets were automatically provided to those visiting the MSI booth and signing up for a free subscription to Gear Solutions magazine.“We had a great time […]
December 7, 2011

Klingelnberg Opens Blade Grinding Center in Mexico

Klingelnberg’s Mexico site has been moved to a new facility in Querétaro City. This investment is part of the company‘s long-term strategy for this important market. At the new facility Klingelnberg will soon inaugurate its new Blade Grinding Center with a Grand Opening event.The new Blade Grinding Center will be part of the claim to […]
December 7, 2011

Metal Powder Group Elects Officers

Matthew Bulger, president and general manager of NetShape Technologies-MIM in Solon, Ohio, was elected president of the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) and Bruce Dionne, general manager of Megamet Solid Metals, Inc., in Earth City, Missouri, was elected president of the Metal Injection Molding Association (MIMA).Bulger succeeds Michael E. Lutheran of Royal Metal Powders, Inc. […]
December 7, 2011

Kleiss Gears Attends BIOMEDevice

Kleiss Gears, Inc., a world leader in polymer gear design, will be at booth 1203 at BIOMEDevice in San Jose December 6-7, 2011, to highlight the special design and production issues of plastic gears in medical devices. The company’s senior design engineer, Mike Weiss, will also present an “Innovation Brief” entitled “Precision Gearing for Medical […]
December 7, 2011

ExxonMobil Introduces Advanced Industrial Gear Lubricants

ExxonMobil Lubricants & Petroleum Specialties announces the introduction of its new lineup of high-performance, fully-synthetic industrial gear oils, known as Mobil SHC Gear series. The latest addition to the Mobil SHC brand of high-performance synthetic lubricants, Mobil SHC Gear fluids are approved by Siemens for use in Flender gearboxes and meet or exceed nearly every […]
December 7, 2011

Announcements from Bodycote Automotive North America

Bodycote’s automotive group includes commercial heat treat plants in Ontario, Michigan, Ohio, New York, and Mexico. Recently the plant in Rochester, New York, received its TS16949 certification and was found CQI-9 compliant. In addition the plant maintains ISO-14001, as do all Bodycote plants worldwide.Robert Scorcia has accepted the account manager position for Ontario, Canada. He […]
December 7, 2011

Gleason and Heller for Strategic Alliance for Gear Cutting

Gleason Corporation of Rochester, New York, and Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH of Nürtingen, Germany, announce the formation of a strategic alliance to serve the global gear manufacturing technology markets. Effective immediately, Gleason and Heller will cooperate in the development and sale of five-axis machining centers for gear production applications.Udo Stolz, vice president for worldwide sales […]
December 7, 2011

New Global President at Sandvik Coromant

On September 1, 2011 Klas Forsström took over the position as global president of Sandvik Coromant, the world-leading supplier of cutting tools, tooling solutions, services, and know-how to the metalworking industry. Forsström has been with the Sandvik Group for about 17 years, mostly at Sandvik Coromant. His work has included leading positions in R&D, product […]
December 7, 2011

Oerlikon GMC 160 Gear Machining Center

The spiral bevel gear machining center Oerlikon GMC 160 is optimally suited for flexible cutting of spiral bevel gears, straight bevel gears, and cylindrical gears with universal carbide blade insert tools. Gear sets up to 2,000 mm pitch diameter can be economically produced on the GMC 160 machining centers. The “one machine, two process” concept […]
December 7, 2011

Innovative Gearbox Concept Analysis from Romax

Romax Technology is pleased to announce the availability of release R14.0 of the precision bearing, gearbox, and driveline simulation and analysis software, RomaxDesigner, and wind turbine drivetrain specific variant, RomaxWind. The release includes many productivity and feature enhancements and introduces the Concept Modeller module option.The Concept Modeller module revolutionizes the speed with which complex gearbox […]
December 7, 2011

Castrol Industrial Secures Agreement with Siemens

Castrol Industrial has signed a purchase agreement with Siemens Wind Power to use the company’s flagship gear oil, Castrol Optigear Synthetic X 320. The award of the new contract has been the impetus for Castrol Industrial starting up the production of Castrol Optigear Synthetic X 320 at its U.S. manufacturing plant in Warminster, Pennsylvania, to […]
December 7, 2011

MHI to Intensify Gear Cutting Machine Marketing in the U.S.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) is poised to further intensify its marketing activities in the U.S. and aggressively explore robust demand from U.S. manufacturers associated with their moves toward establishing new plants overseas. Those moves come amidst rising momentum for plant and equipment investment among U.S. companies, especially in the automobile and construction machinery industries. […]
December 7, 2011

Curtiss-Wright Chairman and CEO Receives Grumman Award

Curtiss-Wright Corporation announces that Martin R. Benante, its chairman and CEO, was honored with the Leroy R. Grumman Award presented by the Cradle of Aviation Museum at its Air & Space Gala. The event was in celebration of 100 years of naval aviation. Benante was presented the award in recognition of his outstanding leadership, technical […]
December 7, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Innovative Chip-Breaking Technology from Emuge

Emuge Corp. has introduced a tap with superb chip-breaking capabilities that is ideally designed for machining applications in the energy and related industries. The new Rekord DZBF Series Taps feature technology that eliminates the formation of long continuous chips that commonly occur when tapping carbon steels, alloy steels, and austenitic stainless steels.  The taps are […]
December 7, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Rust Preventative Options from Birchwood Casey

Selecting the right rust preventative for a specific product application is easy referencing Birchwood Casey’s handy corrosion resistance comparison chart. Manufacturers can quickly choose from 12 different aqueous and solvent-based inhibitors and sealants to prevent rust and corrosion on all metal surfaces. The different product formulations allow for variables such as the type of metal […]
December 7, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Coromant Capto from Sandvik Coromant

For all types of heavy machining operations in large components, Coromant Capto size C10 improves performance by allowing higher feeds and greater depths of cut. A flange diameter of 3.937 inches means a coupling suitable for heavy loads providing extreme stability in milling and turning applications. Designed to increase removal capacity at higher torques, the […]
December 7, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Compact MICURA from Carl Zeiss

Carl Zeiss has introduced the new MICURA coordinate measuring machine. This high precision, compact, bridge-type CMM features precision scanning technology with the VAST XT gold active scanning sensor. The MICURA system offers 0.9 micron + L/400 accuracy with low probing force and is excellent for measurements of small and intricate parts often required in the […]
December 7, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New M5 Chipbreaker from Seco Tools

Seco’s new versatile M5 positive-lock chipbreaker insert with robust geometry brings productivity and strength to turning and boring applications in steel, stainless steel, cast iron, and superalloys that extend from semi-finishing to the toughest roughing operations in harsh environments. The robust M5 features a highly protected chip groove that helps tackle the most demanding operations, […]
December 7, 2011


CIMCOOL Fluid Technology has introduced CIMPERIAL 1072D, a soluble oil recommended for machining and grinding operations with poor water quality. It can be used in heavy to severe duty machining and grinding operations on mild steels, stainless steels, hardened steels, exotics and most aluminum alloys, including MIC 6. The fluid has a good mix stability […]
December 7, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: FilterMist FX Series from Royal

While many companies are aware of the traditional problems associated with oil mist, few are aware that failure to adequately address mist and smoke issues often results in reduced productivity and increased machine downtime. In addition to the obvious effects of oil mist, production is often reduced as a result of employees dialing back on […]
December 7, 2011

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Mahr Federal Unveils MarWin 4.5 Software Platform

Mahr Federal has recently unveiled a major upgrade to the software platform for its surface metrology systems. MarWin 4.5 offers increased functionality and ease of use, a range of new features, and a series of special option packages for specific applications. The new MarWin 4.5 platform is available on new systems and as an upgrade […]
December 7, 2011