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Archives February 2012


February 2012


Company Profile: Comtorgage Corp.

Based on a rock-solid design created more than eight decades ago, this company provides dependable devices for a vast array of gaging applications.

The first Comtorgage product was designed by Philip Darlington in 1928. Described as a “dial indicating system for use with a flexible plug gage,” he referred to it as the “Comtorplug.” This gaging device provided a means of determining the “actual size” of a shaft, and the size of the bore in which the shaft […]
Russ Willcutt

Helix Angle and Root Stress

By measuring the helix angle, the author—and founder of the Ohio State University Gearlab—studied its effects on root stresses in helical gears.

The ISO and AGMA Gear Rating Committees have for several years been comparing the results of different rating methods for several sets of gear pairs that have similar normal sections but different helix angles. The analysis presented in this paper uses a very sophisticated finite element code that was developed specifically for gear and bearing […]
Dr. Donald R. Houser

Cryogenics Comes of Age

Conducted properly, and by a knowledgeable professional, cryogenic processing alters material characteristics to increase strength, life, and reliability.

Manufacturing innovations that impart better performance, cost savings, and longer component life are typically expensive, require new equipment, and new or complicated manufacturing techniques to fully realize their benefits. In this light, a simple and cost effective means of actualizing value for dollars seems impossible. Promising technological advances most often have prohibitive upfront costs that […]
Mike Pate

Convoloid Gearing Technology

Convoloid gear system designs reduce the size and weight of a wide variety of gear drives compared to their involute counterparts, leading to significant economic gains.

Convoloid® tooth forms and the technologies that are integral to its ultimate economic success—including design, rating, manufacture, and inspection—have been developed by Genesis Partners LP. The objectives of this article are to provide detail about the design features of the form and the stress rating of the gearing with emphasis on the manufacturing and inspection […]
Bernard E. Berlinger, Jr., John R. Colbourne, Ph.D.


Q&A with Tom Downs

Director of Sales and Marketing, Riten Industries, Inc.

Congratulations on your recent promotion. Tell us a little about your background. Thank you. It’s a real honor that our president, Andy Lachat, has this much confidence in me, and I’m excited about the plans we’ve made so far. It’s funny that you ask about my background, because I’ve been thinking about that a lot […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

As it celebrates its 40th anniversary, OSHA issues a white paper supporting the benefits of launching your own injury and illness prevention program.

We have discussed the concept of developing a safety program at your workplace many times. I have provided examples from my own background, and I’ve done my best to impress upon you how and why any time or resources devoted to this effort will provide huge returns in the long run. Some of these benefits […]
Terry McDonald

Wrapping up a discussion of the different types of worm gears and the wide variety of applications in which they are used

In the early part of the 1920s the automobile reached high production rates using rear axle drives with worm gear ratios of 4:1 and 5:1 built with a large number of starts. Worm gears with low ratios are very limited in their power transmitting capabilities, center distances, and wheel diameters. Low ratios are not usually […]
William P. Crosher

Only the plasma process can come close to matching CGN’s speed with equal or better controllability

With the reach of the Internet and its influence on technology sharing, you would think that by now we in the United States would be aware of all things heat treat, and for the most part that’s true. But for over 30 years a nitriding process that imparts a very unique quality to ammonia has […]
Jack Titus


AMTDA Says Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 66.4% in 2011

December U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $519.98 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 12.2% from November and up 12.7% when compared with the total of $461.48 million reported for December […]
March 1, 2012

New Technologies at DMG/Mori Seiki Open House

Last week DMG/MORI SEIKI welcomed around 5,000 visitors to the Open House at DECKEL MAHO Pfronten, Germany. On top of the exhibition program with its 60 high-tech machines in operation, among them five world premieres, an attractive series of seminars and lectures was on offer. Russ Willcutt, editor of Gear Solutions and Wind Systems magazines, […]
February 17, 2012

Quick Gearshaft Machining with JUNKER JUCENTER 6L

Instead of linking conventional grinding machines, more and more automotive manufacturers and suppliers rely on the compact and cost-effective technology of the JUNKER JUCENTER 6L. Many companies have already invested in the JUCENTER machine concept for their crankshaft, camshaft, or gearshaft manufacturing. One of them is, GETRAG FORD Transmissions, one of the largest transmission manufacturers […]
February 7, 2012

Seco Among Best Employers in the Country

The National Association for Business Resources (NABR) recently named Seco Tools one of the “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” in the country. It’s also the third time this year Seco has received an award for its best practices in human resources. In addition to this latest accolade, Corp! Magazine identified Seco as one […]
February 7, 2012

Riten Industries Announces Promotion

Riten Industries announces the promotion of Tom Downs from eastern regional sales manager to the corporate position of director of sales and marketing, effective January 1, 2012. A 30-year industry veteran, his experience includes regional and national sales management for several prominent cutting tool manufacturers. He has also been general manager for an industrial distributor, […]
February 7, 2012

Okuma TechTrek Showcases Manufacturing Solutions

In a three-day event December 6-8, 2011, Okuma America Corporation and their distributors hosted over 200 manufacturing professionals at the Okuma and Partners in THINC facilities in Charlotte, North Carolina. With 24 machines on display and 29 Partner representatives on hand to address questions, attendees had the opportunity to truly explore potential manufacturing solutions and […]
February 7, 2012

Hot Zone Design by Solar Atmospheres Reduces Power Loss

The R&D team at Solar Atmospheres has developed a new hot zone design concept to reduce vacuum furnace power losses (kw) by up to 50 percent. Energy loss has long been a concern among vacuum furnace engineers. However, solutions to this problem have been extremely slow in coming to market. Solar’s new hot zone design […]
February 7, 2012

GF AgieCharmilles to Show at MD&M

GF AgieCharmilles will demonstrate its high-speed HSM 400U LP milling center and intuitive CUT 20P wire EDM at booth #3889 at the 2012 Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) show taking place February 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.The HSM 400U LP provides five-axis simultaneous machining and delivers high precision and superior part surface […]
February 7, 2012

Greg Allen Company/Index Technologies Relocate

Greg Allen Co. and Index Technologies announce that they have expanded into a new, larger, and more efficient facility. Capacity was increased and sustained growth maintained thanks to loyal customers. Tooling, machining, and sharpenidn is available at the new address: 5755 Canal Road, Valley View, Ohio, 44125. The new phone number is (216) 642-5900, and […]
February 7, 2012

Reis Robotics Revises RH Series

The RH series was completely revised by REIS with regard to the successful use as removal, insertion, and spray robot in the casting foundry. The series comprises two robot types with six axes up to a load capacity of 130 kg, as well as two robot types with four basic axes for load capacities up […]
February 7, 2012

Mazak Receives Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award

Mazak has received a 2011 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 Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011.This is the second consecutive year in which Mazak […]
February 7, 2012

AJAX Breaks Ground on New Machining Facility

On Monday, December 19, 2011, AJAX broke ground on its new 15,000 square-foot machining facility, which will eventually create 25 new jobs. County, state, and city officials including York Mayor Eddie Lee gathered along with AJAX employees to celebrate. City Council members called the announcement “an early Christmas present,” saying “we are thrilled to be […]
February 7, 2012

Sherry Laboratory Earns Lockheed Martin Approval

Sherry Laboratories’ metallurgical testing laboratory in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, has earned approval as a Lockheed Martin supplier. As a result the facility is approved to perform all testing for Lockheed Martin that falls under the laboratory’s A2LA and Nadcap certifications. “This achievement demonstrates our commitment to constantly strengthen our ability to serve our growing portfolio […]
February 7, 2012

New Touch Screen CNC Mill Control from HEIDENHAIN

ACU-RITE’s 3500i CNC control has been designed with innovative, operator-oriented enhancements that will facilitate an intuitive transition for customers to the next generation of control technology. Based on the HEIDENHAIN NC kernel and processor technology, the 3500i features a touch-screen operator interface.This all-new interface has allowed ACU-RITE to optimize program navigation, editing, creation, and verification. […]
February 7, 2012


Mori Seiki has started taking orders for the ULTRASONIC 65 monoBLOCK® (above right) equipped with ultrasonic machining functions and the LASERTEC 65 Shape equipped with laser machining functions (above left). Both machines are designed based on the DMU 65 monoBLOCK five-axis control machining center made by Mori Seiki’s collaboration partner, GILDEMEISTER AG of Germany. The […]
February 7, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Next Generation of High Feed Cutters from Seco

The new High Feed 2 line of small diameter high feed milling tools from Seco focuses on bringing high levels of productivity and reliability to modern CNC machines. Offering high feed rates and small depths of cut, High Feed 2 cutters can handle a wide variety of applications, including pocketing, ramping, helical interpolation, facing, contouring, […]
February 7, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Cylindrical and Bevel Gear Production Capabilities from Gleason

Gleason Corporation will introduce a host of advanced new capabilities, technologies, and localized customer support services at IPTEX 2012, February 9-12, 2012 at the Bombay Exhibition Center in Mumbai, India, for the complete production and inspection of all types of cylindrical and bevel gears. Among the most significant of these will be: Genesis® production capabilities. […]
February 7, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Heavy-Duty HMC 1600 from MAG

MAG’s modular HMC 1250/1600 Series is engineered for high-precision, high-productivity machining of large aerospace, power generation, pump, valve, and off-road equipment parts. It now includes eight spindle options to suit special-purpose or general machining requirements. The new 6000 and 8000 rpm/46-kW (61.6-hp) tilt-spindles—with +90/-120 degree A-axis travel—joins an all-around 10,000 rpm/ 46-kW (62-hp) spindle, high-speed […]
February 7, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Eight-Spindle Automatic Lathe from Index

INDEX, the multi-spindle specialist, introduces the new MS22C-8, from its Multiline series. The new modular eight-spindle machine opens up additional opportunities for already unbeatably fast multi-spindle parts machining, especially highly complex parts. The MS22C-8 NC multi-spindle automatic lathe has many applications throughout industries, ranging from automotive to medical technology. It also produces small batches efficiently […]
February 7, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Bore-Rx Brushes for In-Machine Deburring from Weiler

Bore-Rx™ brushes from Weiler Corporation are engineered to be the most effective brushing tool for deburring internal part features in CNC machining centers. By using Bore-Rx brushes, off-hand deburring is eliminated, resulting in a decrease of direct labor content and an increase in part-to-part consistency. Bore-Rx brushes are superior to other internal brush deburring tools […]
February 7, 2012