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Archives January 2014


January 2014


Company Profile: Great Lakes Gear Technologies

Aside from his role at Great Lakes Gear Technologies, Ray Mackowsky’s years witnessing CNC development in gear production have given him a unique view of what’s to come.

Ray Mackowsky’s company, Great Lakes Gear Technologies,serves as gear industry consultants and sales representatives for a number of the world’s premiere gear equipment companies. Mackowsky knows the industry thoroughly and from multiple perspectives, and says his 35 years in the gear industry “have been amazing” for what we have seen in the changing technologies for […]
Tim Byrd

Striving for High Load Capacity and Low Noise Excitation in Gear Design

The conflict between flank modifications, with a focus on load capacity, is documented.

Many dimensions of the gears and the toothing are determined that have significant influence on load capacity and noise excitation. Though a detailed analysis is not in focus yet, the final goal of optimization has to be kept in mind. The last step of optimization usually is an adequate design of flank modifications. The possibility […]
Michael Otto, Dipl.-Ing. Maximilian Zimmer, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karsten Stahl

Ductile Iron for Open Gearing – A Current Perspective

While steel is well known as a gearing material, for both its strengths and its weaknesses, ductile iron remains a lesser-known commodity even after several decades of use.

Gears made for applications in the mining and cement industries cover a wide range in terms of size and transmitted power: from Ø1 m to Ø14m, from 500 kW to 17 000 kW (dual pinion drive). To select a material to suit all these different applications is somewhat more complicated today than perhaps 50 years […]
Fabrice Wavelet, Michel Pasquier

Contact Analysis for Planets in KISSsoft

A precise analysis of the contact ratios in the meshing of gears is essential, whether you are designing new gears or assessing existing gear units.

KISSsoft’s contact analysis software is widely used because it calculates a wide variety of characteristics of interest for gears that are under load. These include: • The normal force that occurs during meshing; • The actual path of contact under load; • The transmission error, stress curves, flash temperature, specific sliding, power loss, heat generation, […]
Hanspeter Dinner, Benjamin Mahr, Ioannis Kaliakatsos


Considering As-Heat Treated Grain Size

The as-heat treated grain size should be specified on a per heat treat lot basis for any gear forging material supplied in the final heat treated condition.

When reviewing and working to customer steel specifications, it seems to me that one of the most misused and misunderstood gear material requirements is the grain size requirement. A common grain size requirement I see is, “The grain size shall be 5 or finer when tested in accordance with (grain size standard)” with no additional […]
Michael He

Pitch and Pressure-Angle Changes

The most frequent use of pitch and pressure-angle changes in the cutter is to increase the root radius in small numbers of teeth.

The engineer has the responsibility for the design of an involute gear set, and the tools that are used to cut the teeth in the gear blanks. If general, if you scan down the summary sheet, the diametral pitch (DP), pressure angle (PA) and base pitch (BP) are the same on the information sheet for […]
Ron Green

From smaller cold-formed steel, gears can be cold pressed into the final shape and size, teeth and all

All gears begin their lives as a forging, casting, hot-rolled bar, billet, powder metal, and, most recently, directly from 3D printing (additive manufacturing). Depending on the application, there then may be subsequent operations such as cold forming, instead of machining, to create the final shape. Most gear applications require a strengthening process after final machining […]
Jack Titus

Trend Talks: Tim Byrd

All of the advantages of CNC, coupled with skilled operators who know what they’re making and know how to take care of problems, are putting the gear industry way ahead of the game.

I’m at the AGMA Basic Gear Training class in Chicago, talking to Robert Hamilton of Hamilton’s Industrial Machine Shop, located in Kingston, Jamaica. We’re making small talk, admiring the various machinery on the shop floor. “It’s true, computer numerical control (CNC) machinery in gear production is very powerful,” he says. “But it doesn't give you […]
Tim Byrd

Q&A with Bob Lowe

Executive Director—CSIA

What is a control system integrator? Control system integrators design and implement sophisticated control systems for manufacturing and industrial facilities. Using their knowledge of engineering, information technology, and business, control system integrators integrate plant equipment and automate manufacturing processes. Automation helps manufacturers and process industries reduce cost, increase production, use less energy, and lower environmental […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


IDC Industries Installs Largest Gear Grinder in Michigan

IDC Industries is installing their new Niles ZP24 gear grinder. This new machine, the largest of its type in Michigan, will allow IDC to better serve their customers in the steel, mining and paper manufacturing industries worldwide. IDC repairs, rebuilds and manufactures new gears and reducers from their new facility in Clinton Township, MI. The […]
January 21, 2014

Mazak Southwest Event to Showcase Innovations in Oil and Gas Part Production

Mazak invites oil and gas and other large part manufacturers to its Discover More With Mazak event taking place Jan. 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST at the company’s Southwest Technology Center in Houston, Texas. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the latest and most innovative metalworking solutions for the […]
January 17, 2014

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Geometric Provides End-to-End Seamless Integration with CAMWorks

Geometric, a leader in developing advanced manufacturing software, has launched the 2014 version of its leading intuitive solids-based CNC programming solution, CAMWorks. With the addition of true G-code simulation, CAMWorks is the most complete CAD/CAM solution fully integrated end-to-end solution from the initial part design, to creating a CNC program, to full machine simulation; thus, […]
January 17, 2014

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Methods Machine Tools Introduces Single Spindle, Single Turret Multitasking Turning Center

Methods Machine Tools, Inc. has introduced the Nakamura-Tome AS-200 High Performance Multitasking Turning Center featuring a single spindle/single turret in a heavy duty and compact machine for exceptional value. The standard package is well equipped with a powerful milling drive, together with a high-speed C-Axis and 82 mm stroke Y-Axis for accurate, finished parts.  “The […]
January 17, 2014

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: EXSYS Tool, Inc. Releases World‘s Smallest Capto Interface

EXSYS Tool, Inc. recently introduced the Eppinger Capto base holder, referring to it as the world’s smallest Capto interface with the fastest tool changeover times for enhancing efficiency and productivity in CNC turning operations.   When compared to traditional designs, the compact size of the EXSYS/Eppinger Capto base holder provides more space for machining larger […]
January 17, 2014

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gleason Surface Finish Measurement Retrofit Package For Analytical Gear Inspection Systems

Gleason Corporation’s GMM and GMS® Series of Analytical Gear Inspection Systems currently in service can be easily updated with a new Gleason field retrofit package to give them an advanced surface finish measurement capability as part of their normal gear inspection processes. Typically, the surface finish measurement inspection procedure is performed offline using dedicated equipment […]
January 17, 2014

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gleason 300GMS Analytical Gear Inspection System

Gleason Corporation has introduced the latest addition to the highly successful GMS line, the 300GMS Analytical Gear Inspection System. The 300GMS enables faster complete inspection of automotive, aerospace and other smaller gears, as well as gear cutting tools and non-gear parts. The latest addition to the GMS Series (with models available for gears up to […]
January 17, 2014

Röhm Names Matthew Mayer CEO of North American Division

Röhm GmbH, a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-quality clamping and gripping technology, recently appointed Matthew Mayer to the position of chief executive officer for its North American division, Röhm Products of America. The Germany-based company selected Mayer for this leadership role based on his extensive experience, proven success, results-oriented approach and […]
December 10, 2013

ASM International Celebrates 100 Years of History

ASM International commemorated its 100th anniversary with a celebratory gala on Oct. 27 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Nearly 400 guests, including ASM members, past-presidents, dignitaries and valued partners from around the world, came together to celebrate the society’s impact on material science and look ahead to the next century. “We are a global community like […]
December 10, 2013

Gear Solutions Names Stor-Loc Toolbox Winners at Gear Expo 2013

Gear Solutions and Stor-Loc are pleased to announce that three Gear Expo 2013 attendees were the lucky winners of a heavy-duty toolbox. The toolboxes were given away as part of a daily drawing at Gear Solutions’ booth at the bi-annual event, held September 19–21 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The winners, pictured above […]
October 15, 2013

Jonathan Markley Appointed Managing Director of Seco/Warwick Corporation

Jonathan Markley has been appointed to the position of managing director of Seco/Warwick Corporation in Meadville, Penn. As managing director, Markley is responsible for Seco/Warwick’s day-to-day operating activities, including revenue and sales growth, expense, cost and margin control, profitability, and monthly, quarterly, and annual financial goal management. Most recently, Markley served as General Electric Transportation’s […]
October 15, 2013