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Archives August 2012


August 2012


Company Profile: Pinson Valley Heat Treating Co., Inc.

Company offers heat-treating processes from single parts to large volume orders from 40-foot vessels to small bleeder screws to deliver the best service possible to customers.

Founded in 1970 by T.A. and Elinor Parker, Pinson Valley Heat Treating Company opened their business in Alabama using T.A.’s 36 years of experience working at Chicago Bridge and Iron Company. The first work they took was stress relief welding, but they quickly expanded to offer other processes such as normalizing, annealing, water quenching, and […]
Sherri Mabry

Epicyclic Load Sharing Map-Application As a Design Tool

In this paper, the concept of an Epicyclic Load Sharing Map (ELSM) will be explained. The ELSM is a physics-based tool that is derived from a physical explanation of the load-sharing phenomenon.

One of the main advantages of planetary transmissions is that the input torque is split into a number of parallel paths. Therefore, in an n planet planetary system, each sun-pinion-ring path is designed to carry 1/n of the input torque. However, equal load sharing between the planets is possible only in the ideal case. In […]
Avinash Singh, Ph.D.

Common Pitfalls in Hardness Testing

Hardness testing can be one of the hardest tests to do properly because of differences in metal microstructure.

Hardness testing is arguably the most common quality control check performed throughout industry. It is often used to determine the success or failure of a particular heat treatment operation or to accept or reject material. Hardness testing is thought to be one of the easiest tests to perform on the shop floor (Figure 1) or […]
Daniel H. Herring

Measurement System Analysis (MSA)

A Gage R&R study is used to quantify the inherent variation of all components compromising the measurement system selected for a task.

The analysis of a measurement system is determined by the statistical properties of reproducable measurements in a stable environment. In order to be valid, the measurement system must be in statistical, product and process control. This means that variation is random (common cause), and that measurements have appropriate resolution relative to the specified part tolerance. […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


Terry McDonald: Site Safety

As summer temperatures reach record highs, a host of safety concerns deserve attention to prevent accidents or illness while working with machinery.

We all enjoy the nice warm weather and the pleasures of the outdoors, but summer also brings its own set of safety concerns that do not occur in colder, inclement weather. One of these concerns that deserve your attention is “lack of concentration.” This is a very real and very hard to combat hazard that […]
Terry McDonald

An increasing demand for minimal backlash has been created by the precision required for modern indexing drives

In the present day a precision reducer’s backlash is typically three to six arc minutes, and on an eight-inch pitch diameter that is a deflection of 0.0035 to 0.0070. What applications such as indexing may require is an inclusive assessment of the total deflections. Backlash in precision drives should include the no-load portion of lost […]
William P. Crosher

Before bringing heat-treating in-house, study existing outsource processes so transition is seamless

Your company anticipates increased competition in your market so bringing heat treating in-house is one of your cost control strategies. First, you identify per part manufacturing costs. Second you break down that cost into in-house machining, material costs and the cost for outsourced heat treating. Third, if possible you determine what heat treat equipment the […]
Jack Titus

Q&A with Michael Menz

Executive Vice President, Riley Gear Corporation

Please tell us about your new role with Riley Gear Corporation. The new roll of Executive Vice President consists of managing the day-to-day operations and effectively managing all functions; identify opportunities to improve the operations and identify opportunities to expand the business within the organization’s current capabilities. I’ll also be working with the CFO on […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


GF AgieCharmilles Introduces Milling and EDM at IMTS 2012

At the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), taking place Sept. 10 – 15 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., GF AgieCharmilles will demonstrate its latest innovations in high-performance and high-speed milling, which includes an all-new high-efficient machining technology, as well as new advancements in wire and die-sinking EDM.In booth S-8754, IMTS attendees will be […]
August 8, 2012

Cleveland Gear Celebrates 100 year Anniversary

Cleveland Gear Co., the pioneering force behind worm gear manufacturing in the United States, is celebrating 100 years of continuous manufacturing of leading-edge gearing technologies.“Few companies get to experience a “Centennial Celebration” with the same name and in the same location, as the average life expectancy of the typical large American enterprise is less than […]
August 8, 2012

Latest Upgrade to Global Powder Metallurgy Property Database

The online Global Powder Metallurgy Property Database ( has announced a new upgrade to its storehouse of material properties. The newly added data covers recently introduced hybrid ferrous structural grades based on the sinter-hardening material FL-5108 and the diffusion-alloyed material FD-0105.The free-access GPMPD database displays a wealth of material property data in a user-friendly format […]
August 8, 2012

IMTS 2012 to Host First-Ever Job Center

IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2012 will partner with experts from Trillium CNC / CNC Jobs to bring the first-ever IMTS Job Center to the show Sept. 10-15 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Located in the West Building Booth W-200, the IMTS 2012 Job Center will provide a forum for the IMTS community to […]
August 8, 2012

OMAX® Launches OMAX and MAXIEM® Mobile Websites

OMAX Corporation recently launched new mobile websites for its OMAX and MAXIEM product lines. These content-rich sites provide on-the-go customers with enhanced, quick access to important waterjet-related information, such as new product details and event announcements, from the convenience of a smartphone or other mobile device.Compatible with a variety of mobile devices, including Android™, Blackberry®, […]
August 8, 2012

Mollart Presents DrillSprint at IMTS

Mollart Engineering is planning to present the latest version of its LD4 Drillsprint deep hole-drilling machine with 750 mm stroke complete with full automatic loading and unloading along with a range of the latest deep hole drill tooling from Botek.The Drillsprint LD4 has a capacity between 2 mm and 16 mm diameter by 750 mm […]
August 8, 2012

Vacuum Heat Treatment Book Available

Vacuum Heat Treatment is a comprehensive introduction and technical resource for vacuum processes and equipment, focusing on subjects that engineers, heat treaters, quality assurance personnel, and metallurgists need to know. This book also serves as a practical guide by offering numerous tips and techniques on vacuum operation, vacuum controls, vacuum component operation and vacuum maintenance/repair.Each […]
August 8, 2012

The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2012

The 29th edition of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2012 is on track to rank among the top five largest IMTS events covering almost 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space with more than 1,800 exhibiting companies. The show will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 10-15.IMTS Show hours vary from […]
August 8, 2012

Ipsen’s TITAN® DS Presented at PowderMet2012

Among the 150 global industry experts present at this year’s PowderMet2012, the Ipsen team had the opportunity to present the new TITAN DS furnace.Although Ipsen has already been in the sintering business for some time, the company recently partnered with one of the world’s leading MIM manufacturers to bring about the innovative changes that set […]
August 8, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Reishauer RZ 60 for Planetary Pinions

The RZ 60 on display at IMTS 2012 in booth N- 7018 has been optimized for machining planetary pinions for the automotive industry.When grinding planetary gears, the cycle times are very short due to the small size of the work pieces and large batch volumes. The large batches are primarily a result of using three […]
August 8, 2012


Nagel Precision, Inc. of Ann Arbor, MI, will unveil its horizontal flexible honing machine designed for low volume job shops at IMTS 2012 in Chicago, IL.Nagel offers a new generation of horizontal honing machines for low production runs to bridge the gap between a hand honing machine and a full-blown production honing machine.The ECO H […]
August 8, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gleason Unveils New Gear Solutions

Gleason plans to introduce a host of advanced new machines, tooling, and global customer support services at IMTS ‘12, covering a wide array of processes for the complete production and inspection of all types of bevel and cylindrical gears. Visitors to Gleason Booth #N-7000 will be introduced to a number of new products and technologies, […]
August 8, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: JUNKER Introduces Lean Selection Speed

When it comes to high-speed grinding, JUNKER is sure to be involved. One example from the JUNKER Company is the high-speed grinding machine Lean Selection speed, now available with a new generation control system. With CBN or diamond abrasives, it guarantees optimal results and enormous output, from small batches up to mass production.The machine is […]
August 8, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Sandvik Coromant Launches CoroMill 170

Sandvik Coromant has launched a new, light cutting insert for its innovative CoroMill 170 precision gear milling cutter. The -PL geometry flank insert reduces cutting forces, making it the best option for smaller gear milling machines, giving users the option to reduce power consumption or run faster and longer.The insert features a positive chip breaker […]
August 8, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Hypertherm Offers New Duramax Torches

Hypertherm, announces the availability of Duramax™ retrofit torches for five more plasma cutting systems: the Powermax600®, Powermax800®, Powermax900®, MAX42®, and MAX43®.Patented technology, such as a conical flow™ nozzle and spring electrode, in the Duramax series of torches, provide more reliable arc starting and enable consumables to last up to six times longer than in the […]
August 8, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Mazak to Demonstrate Products at IMTS 2012

Mazak with demonstrate its manufacturing systems and solutions for part production challenges at it the IMTS show in Chicago at booth S-8300.The booth will also feature kiosks dedicated to specific industries where attendees can consult with expert Mazak applications engineers to gain valuable manufacturing insight and ideas for improving turning, milling, five-axis and multi-tasking processes […]
August 8, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: American-Wera Introduces Products

American-Wera represents various top-quality German metalworking machine builders, including Profilator, Pittler, Praewema, Diskus, WMZ and MAE. These machines are sold for gear and spline production, as well as bar, pipe and tube straightening plus wheelset pressing.  The company’s target markets include automotive, off-highway, OCTG, rail and other heavy equipment manufacturing.  Announcements include:•Caterpillar is selecting Pittler […]
August 8, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Lexair Demonstrates Full Bore Lathe Chuck at IMTS

The Production Dynamics Full Bore collet chuck from Lexair increases the through-hole capacity of lathe spindles 25-30 percent by utilizing a self-contained mechanical-grip/air-release actuation system that allows use of a lathe’s full spindle bore capacity. The chuck’s unique design eliminates the drawtube needed for hydraulic chucks, creating the additional capacity.Demonstrated at Lexair’s booth W-1322 at […]
August 8, 2012