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June 2012

FEATURES

Company Profile: Ontario Drive & Gears

This company provides a one-stop powertrain solution from gear and system designs to transmission assembly and performance testing.

Whether providing solutions for transmission assemblies or individual components, Ontario Drive and Gear Ltd. (ODG) has the ability to develop, prototype and manufacture to meet its customer needs. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Joel Wright, general manager of ODG, says, “50 years is a major accomplishment and a cornerstone to the company’s historical contributions.” […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Gear Lubrication – Stopping Micropitting by Using the Right Lubricant

Different high-performance gear oils were examined on an FZG back-to-back gear test rig to determine if changeover to these high-performance gear oils could stop micropitting formation which occurred with other industrial gear oils. The test results showed that high-performance gear oils using advanced additive technologies can react at the surface of the tooth flanks after an oil change and stop further micropittingformation. The micropitting area stagnates.

Micropitting formation is often reported to occur in field applications even though industrial gear oils with a high micropitting load-carrying capacity are used. Such oils offer good micropitting protection determined in the load stage test of the micropitting test according to FVA 54/7 [5], but show a low endurance micropitting performance. Therefore, the possibility of […]
Michael Hochmann, Hermann Siebert

Big Gear Inspection is Booming

A recent expansion and investment in a precision gear inspection system is helping this Wisconsin company meet customer needs for high quality, fast delivery, and quality control.

Northern Wisconsin’s Merit Gear is bagging more big gear business from surging energy, mining, construction and transportation industries with the help of its Gleason 3000GMM Series Analytical Gear Inspection System. If you think rural north central Wisconsin is an unlikely place to find a world-class gear production facility then guess again. The 116,000 sq. ft. […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

International Calculation Method for Micropitting

The safety factor against micropitting can be improved through micro geometry optimization by using profile modifications.

The first edition of the international calculation method for micropitting, ISO TR 15144-1:2010, was just published last December. It is the first official international calculation method to check for the risk of micropitting ever published. Years ago, AGMA published a method for the calculation of the specific oil film thickness containing some comments about micropitting, […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

DEPARTMENTS

Terry McDonald: Site Safety

Thanks to workplace plans and OSHA rules and regulations, deaths and injuries have dropped 60 percent in the past 40 years.

I was talking to a friend the other day who works in manufacturing for a decent sized company. He was complaining that his employer is no longer buying the steel-toed safety shoes he and his coworkers wear for their jobs. “Because they are struggling financially, the company told us we could either buy our own […]
Terry McDonald

Proper lubrication reduces frictional resistance and heat, improves the gear efficiency

Critical to a gear’s operation is the lubrication type and method of application. Lubrication is a science and for new applications consulting with the supplier/manufacturer is advisable. As we are all aware, gear tooth meshing action subjects the tooth flank contacting surfaces to destructive damage. Lubrication should alleviate this damage, improve the efficiencies and dissipate […]
William P. Crosher

Shallow case hardening in mesh belt, cast link belt furnaces acceptable when fixturing is not required

Images of pushers are the likely style that comes to mind when people first think of continuous furnaces. When deep case and fixtured quenching is required pushers are the system of choice, but not all case hardened gears or other drivetrain parts require the same treatment. Small gears, shafts, screws, nuts, anything that does not […]
Jack Titus

Q&A with Jack Fiorille

CMFgE, Elyria Manufacturing Corp.

As a manufacturing engineer for Elyria Manufacturing Corp., what are your duties? As a manufacturing engineer my focus is in machining, quoting prices for customers, purchasing tools and tooling up for the process and then programming the CNC to manipulate the metal to exacting tolerances that we call a robust process. We run jobs with 10,000 […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

NEWS

Machine Tool Builder Okuma Enhances Sales Organization

Okuma America Corporation, a leader in CNC machine tools, has enhanced its sales organization to better serve the needs of its distribution network and provide better manufacturing solutions to end-use customers.Tim Thiessen, promoted to vice president of sales from the position of senior regional sales manager in 2011, now manages an extensive group of CNC […]
June 21, 2012

Siemens to Present Innovations at IMTS Exhibit

At this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Siemens will introduce new solutions and services for machine tool manufacturers and end-users. Under the theme, “Productivity in Motion,” the presentation will focus on turnkey solutions for the job shop, aerospace, automotive, mold/die and medical part manufacturing industries.  For machine tool builders and end-users, Siemens […]
June 11, 2012

OMAX® Appoints New Vice President of Product Engineering

Several industries, from aerospace and medical to food processing and transportation, rely on OMAX Corporation’s abrasive water jet technology for the fast, precise cutting of various materials, including exotic alloys, glass, rubber, stone and wood. The company, which designs and manufactures all of its machines, pumps and accessories in the United States, recently hired Doug […]
June 11, 2012

MicroRidge to Highlight MobileCollect at IMTS 2012

MicroRidge Systems, Inc. will highlight its reliable, flexible and easy-to-use MobileCollect wireless measurement technology at The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2012, at Chicago’s McCormick Place, September 10-15.  MicroRidge’s Booth #E-5552 is located in the Quality Assurance, Pavilion, Lakeside Center (East) Building.MobileCollect wireless collects measurements from handheld gages using “Mobile Modules” that attach securely to […]
June 11, 2012

Mazak Adds Three Service Technicians to Western Canada Operations

Mazak Canada recently added three new direct service technicians to its western Canada operations to further support the continuous upswing of manufacturing business throughout the region.These new hires, when combined with the certified personnel from the company’s distribution partner, Machine Toolworks, Inc., bring Mazakʼs service team for the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and […]
June 11, 2012

Heimatec Relocates to Larger Facility

Heimatec, Inc., the North American operation for a world leader in live tools, angle heads and multi-spindle drill heads, today announces it has relocated to substantially larger headquarters near Chicago.“We made this move to increase our inventory and our staff to better serve the growing ranks of our customers, both end users and distributors alike,” […]
June 11, 2012

Renishaw Introduces Additive Manufacturing Systems

Renishaw’s new laser melting additive-metal manufacturing process is capable of producing fully dense metal parts direct from 3D CAD data using a high-powered fiber laser. Parts are built layer by layer, in thicknesses ranging from 20 to 100 microns, using a range of fine metal powders that are fully melted in a tightly controlled atmosphere.The […]
June 11, 2012

EMAG Announces Collaboration For Local Training

EMAG L.L.C. announces its receipt of a five-year, $200,000 agreement with Oakland Community College (OCC), through the Michigan New Jobs Training (MNJT) program, for the training of 21 new employees in manufacturing technology, CNC machine tools, mechanical maintenance, electrical and robotics disciplines. Peter Loetzner, EMAG CEO, accepted the award from Dr. Timothy Meyer, chancellor of […]
June 11, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: ENDURO-FLEX Finishing Disc Guarantees Long Life

Walter Surface Technologies announces the launch of the improved longer life ENDURO-FLEX finishing disc for metal finishing applications.The improved ENDURO-FLEX disc features a totally new design and flap configuration with an exclusive cloth and abrasive composition. Patented backing can be trimmed down adding total longevity to the product. This disc offers a more consistent surface […]
June 11, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Nextec Laser Metrology Announces WIZprobe

Nextec Laser Metrology LLC, a corporation serving the quality inspection market, has announced its WIZprobe solution, an advanced non-contact laser-scanning sensor that significantly reduces component inspection time while providing highest precision. WIZprobe offers a large dynamic range that makes it easy to collect thousands of data points quickly and accurately. The Nextec WIZprobe relies upon vision […]
June 11, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: BIG Kaiser Expands Line-Up at IMTS Booth W-1600

The Kaiser Series 310 EWD Precision Finish Digital Boring Head features absolute setting accuracy shown on a built-in digital display. The robust measurement system shows precise linear movement of the tool carrier in both directions during adjustments of ø.00005” or ø.001mm. These boring heads use existing insert holders from program 310 EWN to allow maximum […]
June 11, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Bio-Circle Parts Washers Eliminate Solvents

Bio-Circle is a parts cleaning system that uses bioremediation, a natural process where microscopic organisms “digest” oils and greases and convert them into water and carbon dioxide. The Bio-Circle parts washer includes a full-service maintenance program for Bio-Circle customers, called Bio-Circle CARE Service that makes it even easier for the industrial market to “go green.” […]
June 11, 2012

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