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Archives January 2012


January 2012


Company Profile: Metlab

In terms of both knowledge and capabilities, this company is known for doing whatever it takes to find solutions to its customer's most-complex problems.

Founded just outside of Philadelphia in 1928, Metlab has innovation in its DNA. Originally a manufacturer of aircraft components, it began heat treating as part of the process, developing the “drop bottom” or “gantry” furnace along the way in order to minimize distortion in the delicate aluminum parts it was making. It continued developing its […]
Russ Willcutt

Gearing Up for Efficiency

Power losses and inertia matching affect the efficiency of linear drives, slowing motion and increasing unnecessary wear. Wittenstein provides an in-depth examination.

The operating efficiency of linear drives is of growing concern to machine designers. Here’s a look at three common linear actuators—linear induction motors, rolled and ground ball screws, and rack and pinions—and how they impact a machine’s overall efficiency. Ball Screws Ball screws and lead screws have been around for years and are used in […]
Miriam Metcalfe

Processing New Gear Steels

QuesTek Innovations and Solar Atmospheres explain the manufacturing and processing of a new class of vacuum-carburized gear steels with very high hardenability.

Carburized steel gears are widely used for power transmission in rotorcraft, transportation vehicles, agricultural and off-road equipment, industrial rotating equipment, and thousands of other applications. Historically, alloys requiring carburization were put through an atmosphere (gas) process. However, in recent years, the advancement of low-pressure (i.e., vacuum) carburizing has lead to certain applications to take advantage […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Eliminating Gear Whine

Advanced simulation techniques from Romax Technology eliminate gear whine problems in automatic transmissions.

The intrusive noise known as gear whine is caused by vibrations generated by gears as they mesh as a result of imperfections caused by design, loading, temperature effects, and manufacturing variations. Reducing gear whine noise to an acceptable level is a big challenge, especially for complex gearboxes like the modern planetary automatic transmission. Advanced design, […]
Dr. Michael F. Platten, Melanie Fitton-Hayward


Russian Catalytic Gas Nitriding process has migrated to the U.S., could alter thinking of nitriding as a case hardening process

Heat treating is often a conflict in terms: Heat, then cool as fast as possible while trying to reduce distortion. Case hardening steel is all about diffusing carbon into the face-centered cubic iron lattice (FCC) of austenite and quenching into a heat transfer fluid; air, nitrogen, helium, oil, water or salt. Below the A1 critical […]
Jack Titus

Q&A with Jack Estes

Director Partners in THINC/Okuma

Tell us the story behind Partners in THINC. Okuma introduced THINC—The Intelligent Numerical Control—in 2004, which is a PC-based operating platform using the Okuma Sampling Path (OSP) control as a foundation. THINC’s open architecture allows integration with nearly any application or peripheral, so it was meant to be highly adaptable and customer driven from the […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

We read a lot about bullying in the news these days, but it's not just confined to elementary school, and it can wreak havoc in the workplace.

I doubt that many of us have completely avoided crossing paths with a bully or two in our lives. The first encounter may have been on the playground or in the hallways of elementary school, when someone—for whatever reason—decided to make fun of our size, or our hair, or the way we were dressed. And […]
Terry McDonald

Part two of a discussion on the different types of worm gears and the wide variety of applications in which they are used

This month we will discuss threads, effective length, and tooth thickness: The worm may be designed with any number of threads, or as they are also called, starts. When the worm is viewed from the end of the worm, the number of threads can be easily seen and counted. The reduction ratio is determined by […]
William P. Crosher


Second Annual Conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing

Following his participation at the recent White House Insourcing American Jobs Forum, Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, will speak on the importance of reshoring to the Second Annual Conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing. Panel topics include:   Why We Need Manufacturing in the U.S.-Can We Succeed Without It? National Security, China […]
February 2, 2012

David Brown Acquires Unigear

David Brown, one of the world’s leading providers of industrial gearing solutions and support services, is delighted to announce it has acquired Montreal-based industrial gear manufacturer Unigear Industries, Inc. Unigear is a privately held business that is renowned for its high quality gearing solutions. With its outstanding flexibility, innovation, quality, and performance it has an […]
February 2, 2012

AEM launches Leadership Development Webinar Shorts

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is offering a new series of leadership training webinars in convenient 20-minute segments at the same time and day each week. The series launches February 1, 2012 (Wednesday) at 12:20 p.m. CDT and runs for the next seven weeks. The webinar shorts will teach the basics of leadership to […]
January 30, 2012

Gear Solutions Conducts Reader Survey

As we embark on our ninth year of publication, we felt it was time to conduct a survey of our readers to make sure we’re hitting our marks. We would like to share some of the results with you here.• 73 percent of respondents rated the quality of Gear Solutions’ editorial content “above” or “well […]
January 6, 2012

OSU Gearlab Presents 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 […]
January 6, 2012

SECO/WARWICK Expands Staff

SECO/WARWICK Corporation has announced that Bill St. Thomas has been added to its Vacuum Team sales staff as a regional sales manager. He brings more than 35 years of heat treating furnace sales experience and has extensive knowledge in the vacuum furnace, aluminum heat treating, and thermal processing markets. St. Thomas is a longtime ASM […]
January 6, 2012

FABTECH 2011 Breaks All Records

FABTECH 2011 shattered all records of previous shows, with the number of buyers walking the floor, educational conference attendance, and the overall square footage of exhibit space. The recently concluded four-day exposition and conference at Chicago’s McCormick Place welcomed a historic 35,457 attendees; a 35 percent increase over 2009, which was the last time FABTECH […]
January 6, 2012

FANUC Named Top Global Innovator

FANUC Corporation—the world’s most diversified manufacturer of CNC systems, robots, and machine tools—has recently been named by Thomson Reuters as a 2011 Top 100 Global InnovatorSM. This new program is an initiative that recognizes the world’s most innovative organizations as a result of analyzing patent data and related metrics in a proprietary methodology. The program […]
January 6, 2012

New Comprehensive Catalog from Lincoln Electric

Lincoln Electric’s Magnum® PRO welding gun line is now featured in a single comprehensive product catalog designed to help customers find the ideal gun for their welding application. The Magnum PRO product family includes semiautomatic MIG/Flux-cored guns with barrel-style or Curve™ handles, K126™ Innershield® guns for self-shielded flux-cored pipe and construction welding, fume extraction guns, […]
January 6, 2012

SME Announces New Editor in Chief

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announces that Sarah A. Webster has been named editor in chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine. Her appointment was effective Monday, Nov. 7. She succeeds Brian Hogan, who retired after 13 years in the position. “Sarah Webster is a highly respected editor whose experience in both print and digital platforms […]
January 6, 2012

ExxonMobil Upgrades Lineup of Synthetic Circulating Oils

ExxonMobil Lubricants and Petroleum Specialties Company, a division of Exxon Mobil Corporation, announces the launch of its next generation of Mobil SHC 600 Series lubricants, a family of high-performance synthetic circulating oils that are expertly formulated to deliver long-lasting protection for equipment operating in extreme conditions. Developed through extensive laboratory and in-service testing with some […]
January 6, 2012

Erasteel Opens New Powder Metallurgy Facility in Sweden

Erasteel, a 100-percent subsidiary of ERAMET, has inaugurated a new gas atomizing tower at its Söderfors plant in Sweden. Erasteel is the world leader for the production of high-speed steel through the process of gas atomized powder metallurgy. For all applications, tooling, or mechanical components, Erasteel recommends ASP steels produced by powder metallurgy. Thanks to […]
January 6, 2012

Partners in THINC Welcomes New Partner

Okuma America Corporation is pleased to announce that the “THINC Developers Group,” a provider of developer and end-user feedback to Okuma to aid in the continuous improvement of THINC technologies, has joined Partners in THINC. The THINC Developers Group is a think tank focused on de facto computer architectures in the machine tool environment. The […]
January 6, 2012

Sandvik Coromant Appoints New Director of Education

Sandvik Coromant has announced the establishment of a new department focused on education. With this change comes a newly appointed director of education in the U.S., John Jacobsen. He previously held the position of director of business intelligence for three years at Sandvik Coromant U.S. in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. In his new role he […]
January 6, 2012

Online Hyponic Product Configurator from Sumitomo

Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America (SMA), U.S. headquarters for Sumitomo Drive Technologies, continues to enhance their customer service with the launch of their online Hyponic Product Configurator application. The user-friendly application streamlines the selection process of Sumitomo’s most eco-friendly drive, the patented, highly efficient, maintenance free Hyponic. Users quickly receive results that include downloadable 2D […]
January 6, 2012

Mitutoyo America Corporation Announces New President

Shigeyuki Sasaki has been appointed the new president at Mitutoyo America Corporation, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois. Sasaki has served numerous roles within Mitutoyo Corporation for the last 35 years including new product development and quality control departments in Utsunomiya, Japan; manager of purchasing and planning in Mitutoyo Germany; general manager in Mitutoyo South America; and […]
January 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gleason Adds to Genesis Series

Gleason’s popular Genesis® series now includes 260H and 400H vertical gear hobbing machines for the production of spur and helical gears up to 260 mm in diameter, and 400 mm in diameter, respectively, and up to 700mm of axial travel to accommodate extra-long shafts. The new Genesis gear hobbing machines are particularly well-suited for the […]
January 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Burr-Rx Brushes from Weiler

Weiler Corporation, the leader in nylon abrasive filament brushes, provides a complete offering of Burr-Rx™ deburring tools including power tube brushes, small-diameter wheels, Bore-Rx internal deburring tools, and large-diameter wheel, disc, miniature disc, and banded end brushes, all manufactured with an advanced ceramic-grain abrasive filament. Weiler offers the most comprehensive line of high aggression, compliant […]
January 6, 2012


The new CRYSTA-Apex®S Coordinate Measuring Machine from Mitutoyo America Corporation brings new levels of performance and economy to the 1.7 μm class of CNC CMMs. With a maximum error of MPEE = (1.7+3L/1000) μm, it more than doubles the effective measuring range at a given measurement tolerance as compared to typical CMMs in its class. […]
January 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Grease Test Kit from SKF

The SKF Grease Test Kit introduces a portable and user-friendly technology for performing bearing grease condition assessments directly in the field. The kit enables users to easily take samples and evaluate grease consistency, oil bleeding characteristics, and contamination without special training or the use of harmful chemicals. The kit is equipped with instructions, methodology, relevant […]
January 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Turbo 10 Cutting Tool from Seco

Seco has released another advancement for the square shoulder milling process with its new Turbo 10 cutting tool that is suitable for most roughing, semi-finishing and finishing operations. The cutter offers improved tool life and precision by optimizing cutting properties that reduce heat generation and cutting forces. As a highly versatile design, the Turbo 10 […]
January 6, 2012


Carl Zeiss introduces the new SPECTRUM coordinate measuring machine. This bridge-type CMM meets the market’s demand for an economical, entry-level CMM with Carl Zeiss machine, sensor and software technology. Designed for general measurement, the SPECTRUM can be configured to meet your specific needs. With the Carl Zeiss RDS-C5 articulating probe holder and our XDT multi-point […]
January 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Magna-Rails and Magna-Rolls from Eriez

Eriez® Magna-Rails® and Magna-Rolls® magnetically convey, transfer, control, elevate, reposition, hold or orient basic ferrous materials and finished parts. These products have been the industry standard for more than 40 years and are used primarily on automated conveyor lines. An ever-present need within many processing industries is the ability to hold steel parts firmly on […]
January 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: MarSurf M 400 Skidless Surface Gage from Mahr Federal

Mahr Federal will be featuring the addition of an economical and powerful new skidless surface evaluation system to its MarSurf® line of mobile surface metrology systems at MD&M WEST, February 14-16, 2012, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Mahr Federal will occupy booth #3069. The new MarSurf M 400 features proprietary motorized probe […]
January 6, 2012

AMT Releases 2011 Manufacturing Technology Report

The resurgence of manufacturing following the crash of 2008 is unprecedented. The most current U.S. manufacturing technology orders put the year-to-date total at $4,529.11 million, which is up 80.5 % compared with 2010 and are the second highest dollar amount in the last 15 years. As of October, manufacturing technology orders had already surpassed the […]
January 5, 2012