Archives March 2012


March 2012


Company Profile: Boulder Imaging, Inc.

Specializing in machine vision and high-resolution digital video recorders, this company has developed technologies leading to inspections with 100-percent accuracy.

It was the early nineties, and after graduating from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and working on sensor technologies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Carlos Jorquera decided the time was right to launch a company of his own. “Carlos is a brilliant physicist and electrical engineer, and while he was working at […]
Russ Willcutt

Protecting Massive Gears

A longtime industry leader in producing oils and additives to protect gears in automotive transmissions, LIQUI MOLY rises to the challenge of industrial applications as well.

As a manufacturer of motor oils and additives, LIQUI MOLY specializes in the automotive sector and is the most popular brand of lubricant in Germany. Another new sector is also gaining importance: protecting the gears in industrial transmissions. For example, LIQUI MOLY has now established itself in the South African mining sector, which is a […]
Peter Szarafinski

Extending Broach Tool Life

Want to double the life of your broaching tools? In this article the “Broachman” encourages you to consider CNC re-sharpening to drastically increase the return on your tooling investment.

If you’re like me, you scan every issue of this magazine and read the first few sentences of each article in order to quickly discern if reading the whole thing is worth the time. If your company is broaching parts, or considering doing so, then reading this article is well worth the 10 minutes it […]
Ken Nemec

Bevel Gear Cutting Blade Measurement

The Gleason GBX is a highly accurate CNC-controlled metrology device that is an integral unit with the blade mathematical software (GEMS) and control software.

Traditional bevel gear cutting blade inspection machines have three linear axes for setup. One of the three axes is used for advancing the blade towards a mechanically or opto-electronically functioning measurement probe. In many cases the blade is inclined versus the major measurement plane by the angle of the cutter head slots of the particular […]
Dr. Hermann J. Stadtfeld


Terry McDonald: Site Safety

They might not be as serious as the hazards encountered on the shop floor, but dangers lurk in the office environment as well.

Gear manufacturers are active people. We’re generally out on the shop floor, or traveling to meet with customers at their facilities, but many of us spend time in the office as well. And even though it would be easy to make light of it—you can insert the paper cut joke here—there are hazards associated with […]
Terry McDonald

As gear requirements grow more intricate, a knowledge of the best processes for different applications becomes more important

The universal demand for gears necessitates that they be produced in many geometric forms, numerous materials, and in a wide range of quality levels that will require different manufacturing methods. Cast gears are formed from molten metal; wrought gears are shaped by the deformation of hot or cold metal; metal powder gears are molded from […]
William P. Crosher

For carburizing, quenching gears, pusher furnaces outpace drivetrain carburizing when compared to other furnace types

In the heyday of high-volume carburizing during the sixties and seventies, all of the automotive OEM’s maintained their own in-house heat treats; commercial job shops existed but were pretty much fighting over the crumbs, fasteners and such, with competition limiting their billing at just fractions of a penny per pound. The more successful ones who […]
Jack Titus

Q&A with Mark Tomlinson

Executive Director and CEO; Society of Manufacturing Engineers

In light of President Obama’s emphasis on creating manufacturing jobs in the United States, what do you see as the best path forward? The first thing I would say is that we should use existing programs before creating new ones. Should additional grant money come available to support workforce training programs there will be the […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


Heat Treat Furnace Training from Ipsen

Experience Ipsen’s passion to share heat treatment knowledge and experience on a variety of topics – operating, maintenance, troubleshooting and much more for vacuum furnace equipment. An upcoming Ipsen U course will be held April 10-12, 2012 at the Cherry Valley, Illinois, facility. A recent Ipsen U participant, Matthew Hopkins of Stack Metallurgical, Inc., states, […]
April 6, 2012

Hartwig and Okuma to Host Productivity Event

CNC machine tool manufacturer Okuma America Corporation and distributor Hartwig, Inc. will host a productivity event at the Okuma Tech Center and Hartwig Houston showroom May 8-9, 2012. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore various ways to add efficiencies to their manufacturing processes through the use of multi-function machining, pipe threading and handling, and […]
April 2, 2012

Siemens’ Plantville Celebrates First Anniversary

Siemens announces several new features of PlantvilleTM, its online gaming platform that simulates the experience of being a plant manager. The award-winning game boasts over 21,000 players in more than 160 countries since its launch one year ago, and has been recognized as a leader in online engagement by industry awards such as the International […]
April 2, 2012

Sandvik Coromant to Open New California Productivity Center

Sandvik Coromant-the world’s leading producer of tools for the metal cutting industry—is pleased to announce the opening of a new productivity center in Cypress, California. The new facility will open its doors for a full-day Open House event on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. the event will feature facility tours, a “meet […]
March 8, 2012

SME Elects New President

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announces the election of a widely recognized manufacturing authority as its 2012 president. LaRoux K. Gillespie, Dr. Eng., FSME, PE, CMfgE, a metal finishing consultant and retired Kansas City Honeywell quality leader was sworn in—along with the rest of the 2012 SME Executive Committee and Board of Directors—at the […]
March 8, 2012

Stan Blenke of Schafer Gear Works Named to Association Board

Stan Blenke, executive vice president of Schafer Gear Works—and a manager of the newly formed South Bend Gear, a joint venture between Schafer Gear Works and Somaschini, S.p.A. of Italy—has been named to the Michiana Chapter National Tooling and Machining Association (MCNTMA) Board of Directors. An advocate of education and training in the tooling and […]
March 8, 2012

Boulder Imaging Adds Features to its Benchmark CMM

Boulder Imaging, Inc., a leading imaging solutions company for machine vision applications, is releasing a new version of its Benchmark in- or off-line optical coordinate measuring machine (CMM). Benchmark provides precise micron-level part measurement and conformance to specification for virtually any part or material in real time. Benchmark is now seeing repeatable accuracy inspecting to […]
March 8, 2012

Robert Wooler Increases Capacity With Solar Manufacturing Vacuum Furnace

Robert Wooler, a commercial heat treating company located in Dresher, Pennsylvania, recently commissioned a new vacuum furnace from Solar Manufacturing. The custom-built vacuum furnace is a Model HFL-5748-2EQ featuring a SolarVac 3000 control system, a state of the art operator interface, and precise temperature programmer/control with multi zone auto tune PID.The horizontal front-loading furnace has […]
March 8, 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 […]
March 8, 2012

Controls Services Updates Logo, Web Site

After 40 years of using the letters CS on an image of an open book, Controls Service, Inc., is retiring the logo. The new “block” logo epitomizes the three main elements of their success: their scientific approach; their technical ability and embracing of new technologies; and the importance of the human element. Controls Service created […]
March 8, 2012

Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology Marks Manufacturing Milestone

Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology, LLC, announces that it has built the 3000th CONTURA G2 CMM (coordinate measuring machine) in the United States, which was delivered to a medical product manufacturer in Connecticut.Introduced in December of 2005 as an ideal solution for small and mid-sized companies wanting the benefits of high-speed scanning, the affordable CONTURA G2 […]
March 8, 2012

Okuma Hires Five-Axis Product Specialist

Okuma America Corporation has hired Kyle Klaver as a five-axis product specialist, specifically to work with distributors and customers on their five-axis product and application needs. He comes to Okuma with 26 years of machining, programming, and engineering experience, most recently having served as the manufacturing manager for Roush Yates Racing Enterprises.His technical manufacturing background […]
March 8, 2012

Zagar Expands Workholding Group

Zagar, Inc., of Cleveland, Ohio, and Fresmak, S.A. of Zarautz, Spain, have formed a relationship that establishes Zagar as the exclusive importer of Arnold Workholding high pressure vises in North America. The agreement will move Arnold Workholding from their existing operation in Morgan, Pennsylvania, to Zagar in Cleveland, Ohio. Zagar will be displaying Arnold vises […]
March 8, 2012

Schafer Gear Honored with Economic Impact Award

Schafer Gear Works was recently honored with the Economic Impact Award from the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County, Indiana. Presented at the chamber’s Annual Salute to Business Luncheon, this award recognizes a company’s strategic vision and its sustainable capital investment in the local economy.In early 2011, Schafer Gear announced a joint venture with […]
March 8, 2012

Pro-Gear Joins Gear Motions

Gear Motions, Inc., has acquired Pro-Gear Co., Inc., in Buffalo, New York. Pro-Gear is a gear manufacturer for original equipment manufacturers such as Mack Truck, and also provides quick-turnaround gear grinding services for gear manufacturers that need additional capacity or companies that need external gear grinding services. Gary Rackley, founder and president of Pro-Gear, has […]
March 8, 2012

Power Plant Services chooses Lucifer Furnaces

Lucifer Furnaces, Inc., recently delivered a single chamber bench model box furnace to Power Plant Services, an ISO 9001certified provider of parts and repairs for the power generation and steel mill industries. Model RD7-KHE24 is part of the Red Devil Series of furnaces built with economy, energy efficiency and ease of use in mind.The 12”H […]
March 8, 2012

Ipsen is Leading Exporter

Ipsen USA—based in Illinois and Pennsylvania—exported a record number of “Made in America” vacuum furnaces to our global customer base. According to production manager Ted Hannan, “Our energetic team of employees show every day that hard work wins. High quality products built with great workmanship can compete anywhere in the world.”Exports from Ipsen USA outside […]
March 8, 2012


SECO/WARWICK Group, a worldwide industrial furnace and heat treatment equipment supplier, and EXPANITE A/S—a think tank technology company from Denmark—signed at the end of January an agreement to be the exclusive supplier of advanced installation technology by SECO/WARWICK for the EXPANITE® and SUPEREXPANITE® processes developed by EXPANITE A/S.EXPANITE and SUPEREXPANITE are patented processes for the […]
March 8, 2012

Norplex-Micarta Invests in New Instron Machine

Norplex-Micarta announces the addition of a Model 4486 Instron machine to their quality assurance laboratory. An Instron machine is a computer controlled unit designed to evaluate the mechanical properties of materials. The machine is equipped with pneumatic jaws with a 60,000 pound load capacity. The Instron has the ability to test strength and modulus physical […]
March 8, 2012

QC American Announces Agreement with MDM Mecatronics

QC American, LLC of Ypsilanti, Michigan, announces an exclusive agreement with MDM Mecatronics of Bologna, Italy, for CNC gear measuring machines (GMM), software, and services for North and South America. MDM’s range of GMMs are class I capable to VDI/VDE 2612 & 2613. Current GMM models are 400, 700, 1100, 1600, and 2500mm tip diameter […]
March 8, 2012

CCAM Enhances Global Reach with Addition of Sulzer Metco

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) announces that Sulzer Metco—a leading surface solutions provider—has joined its organization, which brings together best-in-class manufacturers and Virginia’s top higher education institutions to collaborate and deliver new “production-ready” manufacturing solutions to industry.Sulzer Metco is CCAM’s seventh organizing industry member and is now part of a group that includes: […]
March 8, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Innovative Metalworking Fluid from CIMCOOL

CIMCOOL, a long-time industry leader in metalworking fluid technology, offers CIMTECH 610®, an innovative metalworking fluid proven to be an exceptional product for milling and drilling aerospace and aluminum alloy material. Featuring a hybrid blend of patented and synthetic lubricants, CIMTECH 610 provides synergistic performance on difficult to machine ferrous and non-ferrous alloys without corrosion […]
March 8, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: CoroDrill 860 Solid Carbide Drill from Sandvik

March sees the launch of the CoroDrill 860, the fastest solid carbide drill on the market for steel drilling. This drill is a top performer for conventional drilling, chamfered holes, inclined surfaces, cross holes, stack drilling, and convex/concave surfaces. With excellent chip evacuation control, when using high cutting data in long and short chipping materials […]
March 8, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Ivadizer Ion Vapor Deposition Vacuum Vessel from Ipsen

Whether your business is fasteners or aerospace components Ipsen’s Ivadizer® is the Ion Vapor Deposition (IVD) vacuum vessel you need. This physical vapor deposition process is used to apply pure aluminum coatings to various substrates, mainly for corrosion protection. The Ivadizer is a better, greener way to prevent corrosion than the old cadmium processes. Processes […]
March 8, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Additions to PRECI-FLEX System from Exsys Tool

The Exsys/Eppinger PRECI-FLEX® adapter system is continuously expanding to meet the toolholding needs of today’s manufacturers, and Exsys Tool will feature two of the system’s latest innovate additions in booth #2108 at the WESTEC 2012 show scheduled for March 27-29 in Los Angeles. Joining the industry-leading PRECI-FLEX line of high-precision modular tooling systems are the […]
March 8, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Crownloc Plus from Seco Tools

Seco’s new generation of Crownloc Plus exchangeable tip drills takes holemaking to the next level by increasing output and decreasing machining costs. Crownloc Plus saves users money by incorporating several new features that yield high quality holes with less tool inventory and no regrinding or resetting costs. The line includes options for drilling holes ranging […]
March 8, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Swiss Precision Tooling from REGO-FIX

REGO-FIX is the exhibitor to see at WESTEC 2012, taking place March 27-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, for the latest advancements in Swiss precision tooling. At the show, the company will display its dual-contact REGO PLUS line of holders, its slimmest powRgrip® toolholder and a new series of toolholder vises at booth #1839. […]
March 8, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Industrial Leak Detection Kit from Spectroline

The new Spectroline® OPK-340 Industrial Leak Detection Kit has everything a technician needs to accurately and efficiently pinpoint the exact source of all fluid leaks in hydraulic equipment, compressors, engines, gearboxes, fuel systems, and water-based systems. The heart of the kit is the cordless, rechargeable, super-high intensity OPTIMAX™ 3000 blue light LED leak detection flashlight. […]
March 8, 2012