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Archives April 2012


April 2012


Company Profile: Penna Flame Industries

Embracing robotic technology—and involving local college students in designing the cells—this company is a resource for its customers and the surrounding community.

Like many college graduates, Garrett D. Orr filled a couple of different positions after graduating from Duquesne University, even working in the retail shoe industry for a time. In 1968, however, he founded Pennsylvania Flame Hardening in Zelienople, northwest of Pittsburgh, which ended up being the fit he’d been searching for all along. “He’d grown […]
Russ Willcutt

High Performance Gear Milling

As demands for quality and efficiency increase, Sandvik Coromant responds with new designs, materials, and tooling for enhanced gear milling productivity.

Sandvik Coromant has made significant strides in helping gear manufacturers overcome the challenges they face as quality, efficiency, and repeatability become more critical than ever before. The following conversation with Kenneth Sundberg, global business development manager for gear milling solutions, outlines the remarkable progress the company has made in recent years. “What was seen as […]
Christer Richt

A New Material for High-Speed Hobbing

The SpeedCore material for cutting tools developed by LMT Fette provides longer service life and increased production capacities.

Without them, our world would not move. Watches, cars, boats, wind turbines—they are all driven by gears. For more than 100 years hobs have been used to manufacture all types of gears. Ever since, LMT Fette has driven the development and manufacturing of innovative gear cutting tools. Whether cylindrical gears or helical gears, the production […]
Thomas Falk

Streamlining Production with Premium Workholding

A premier provider of workholding solutions, HAINBUCH can minimize your production challenges while increasing profitability.

In an era of domestic and international competitive pressures, gear manufacturers with fabrication sites throughout the United States and internationally are constantly faced with the pains of production challenges and quality control. As a result, gear manufacturers are continually in search of the latest state of the art workholding opportunities. The trend remains in the […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


With proper design, pusher furnaces have many advantages

When anyone familiar with the high production carburizing of gears is asked to offer an opinion about pusher furnaces, they inevitability say “what else is there?” or “they’re way too complicated, the whole idea is just too much.” It’s a common misconception that pushers are very complex furnaces that can only be considered as a […]
Jack Titus

Q&A: Bruce Neumiller

CEO, Gearbox Express, LLC

Tell us a little about your background, and how you came to found Gearbox Express with your partners. I’ve always been involved in gearing, first with the Falk Corporation, which was acquired by Rexnord, and then with Hansen Transmissions North America before joining Broadwind Energy to work in their gearing and bearing platform. I met […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Whether it's a group of customers or students from the local university, pay extra attention to safety practices when guests are touring your manufacturing facility.

It seems to me that many companies have starting taking on more of an educational role in recent years than they did in the past. You’re seeing manufacturers holding training seminars at their facilities, which generally include workplace tours, and some of the larger companies are even building specially equipped training centers on their property. […]
Terry McDonald

Requirements for more-intricate gear designs call for a knowledge of the best manufacturing processes for different applications

The  gear blank design is frequently influenced by the cost. The ideal blank is finished with the final bore perpendicular to the face and concentric to the outside diameter. The gear blank can be solid, machined, and capable of being through hardened or surface hardened. This design reduces the centrifugal stress limitations present with fabricated […]
William P. Crosher


New Technologies at DMG/Mori Seiki Open House

DMG/MORI SEIKI welcomed around 5,000 visitors in February 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, […]
April 9, 2012

Third Robotic Cell at Penna Flame Industries

Penna Flame Industries, a commercial heat treating company specializing in surface hardening, increased its industry leading technological edge in 2011 by adding its third robotic cell. The company’s family of robots is responsible for the precision surface hardening of various steel products such as gears, bearing races, rings, and high volume orders. The use of […]
April 9, 2012

AMT and AMTDA Announce Merger

AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA-The American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association announce the merger of the two associations that will integrate their products and services to better serve the members of both associations. The new AMT will be headquartered in McLean, Virgina. All current employees of AMTDA will be joining the new AMT immediately.This […]
April 9, 2012

Sandvik Coromant Announces New Strategic Direction

Sandvik Coromant has announced a new regionalized business structure that will improve efficiency, growth and profit with a stronger and more enhanced focus on growth. John Israelsson (at bottom) will lead the new regional organization as president of Market Area Americas for Sandvik Coromant. In line with the new structure, the Market Area Americas management […]
April 9, 2012

Seco Announces 2011 Results for North American Recycling Program

Seco has released the annual results of its North American Carbide Recycling Program, revealing that the company collected and processed 57,368 lbs of used carbide tools in 2011. This represented more than double the company’s goal of 26,500 lbs, thanks to steady growth of the program throughout the year.With its Carbide Recycling Program, Seco provides […]
April 9, 2012

New Corporate Quality Director at Solar Atmospheres

Edward Engelhard recently joined Solar Atmospheres as corporate quality director. He was formerly president of Owego Heat Treat. The company was started by his grandfather in 1952 and is where Engelhard honed his knowledge for over 40 years in metallurgy, heat treating, and its related quality systems. In 2006 he directed disaster recovery from record […]
April 9, 2012

Software Helps Gear Company Double Business

MTI Systems, Inc., announces that since implementing the company’s Costimator cost estimating software for manufacturing, United Gear & Assembly, Inc., has seen their business double. “Since implementing Costimator we’ve seen strength across our business in spite of the current economic environment and have been especially pleased with our year-to-date growth,” says Aaron Harrison, manager of […]
April 9, 2012

New Chairman of the Board at NTMA

The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) announces that Roger Atkins, vice president of sales and marketing of MIC Group, has been elected 2012 chairman of the NTMA Board of Trustees. The announcement was made at the annual Manufacturing for Growth (MFG) Meeting in Orlando, Florida, co-hosted by NTMA. Atkins will preside over the organization’s […]
April 9, 2012

Okuma Adds Sales Engineers to Support CNC Machine Tool Customers

Okuma America Corporation has hired three new sales engineers to support the existing team of regional sales managers, the Okuma distribution network, and customers. They will work closely with the distributor territory sales staff to ensure customer productivity needs are met, provide sales and engineering support for events, and conduct training as needed. John Soukup […]
April 9, 2012

Online Lubricant Advisor from Bel-Ray

Continually at the forefront of technology in the specialty lubrication arena, Bel-Ray is pleased to announce the expansion of its innovative Lubricant Advisor, a tool that allows Bel-Ray customers to identify the ideal lubricant solution for any application. Located on the company’s Web site, the Lubricant Advisor caters to the motorcycle, ATV, marine, industrial, and […]
April 9, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Digital Laser Scanner LC15Dx from Nikon Metrology

For over a decade Nikon Metrology pioneered laser scanning and gradually sharpened the capabilities of this non-contact measuring technology. Nikon’s superior optics combined with innovative 3D laser scanning technology resulted in this new, groundbreaking Nikon scanner. The LC15Dx digital laser scanner is a new milestone, as it brings laser scanning in the accuracy range of […]
April 9, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gold-Flex Insert from Ingersoll Cutting Tools

Ingersoll is pleased to officially introduce Gold-Flex, the new product line that features a four-edged insert for multifunctional operations. Suitable for grooving, parting, lateral turning, and chamfer machining, Gold-Flex provides excellent performance, repeatability, and economy. Gold-Flex inserts feature a high-positive chip former that enables machining in multiple applications while providing excellent chip control in plunging […]
April 9, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: CoroDrill 870 Exchangeable Tip Drill from Sandvik

March saw the launch of a completely new type of exchangeable tip drill from Sandvik Coromant. The CoroDrill 870, for the intermediate hole-tolerance area of IT9–IT10, is designed to save time and reduce hole costs. CoroDrill 870 can be tailored to optimize applications through diameter range, steps and length possibilities. Holes can be made more […]
April 9, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Digital Precision Finish Boring Head from BIG Kaiser

Complete with a built-in digital display, BIG Kaiser’s new Series 112 EWD 2-54 Digital Precision Finish Boring Head allows operators to make precision adjustments on the fly. The digital unit utilizes accessories from the Kaiser EWN 2-50XL series and features through-tool coolant supply and a maximum spindle speed of 20,000 RPM. The head, with a […]
April 9, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: High-Temp Cabinet Oven from Grieve

Grieve, currently used for preheating steel forgings at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions in this oven measure 20” W x 40” D x 20” H.  60 KW are installed in Incoloy-sheathed tubular elements to heat the oven chamber, while a 2000 CFM, 2HP recirculating blower provides horizontal airflow to the workload. Specially designed to handle […]
April 9, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: MarSurf Skidless Surface Gage from Mahr Federal

Mahr Federal has added an economical and powerful new skidless surface evaluation system to its MarSurf® line of mobile surface metrology systems. The new MarSurf M 400 features proprietary motorized probe height adjustment that quickly and automatically zeros the probe in seconds and can cut measurement time in half. The M 400 also features a […]
April 9, 2012