Archives February 2014


February 2014


Company Profile: Winzeler Gear

Winzeler Gear is like no other precision plastic gear facility. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind, creative gear company that makes you think differently about gear design and manufacturing.

“Artistic freedom” isn’t usually a term thrown around in conversations about the gear industry. But like in any industry, every gear company is unique, and John Winzeler, president of Chicago’s Winzeler Gear, has put his perspective to good use in his gear factory. Winzeler has worked with photographer Erich Schrempp and his team for 15 […]
Tim Byrd

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Gear Molding – Where It’s Heading

Even with all the ground plastic gears gained, their evolution is far from over as new and more demanding gear applications continue to emerge.

Plastic gears are growing larger, more precise, more complex in geometry and more powerful. High performance resins and long-fiber compounds are aiding this evolution. Higher-end materials such as acetal copolymers (POM) and long fiber reinforced thermoplastics (LFRT) are finding broader use in gear applications, including innovative transmissions driven by high-precision plastic shafts and gears. Plastic […]
David Sheridan, Zan Smith

Using Integrated Computational Material Science to Create Virtual Simulations of Gear Fatigue Lifetime

Inclusion of computational materials engineering into currently established integrated product development processes increase the competitiveness of any manufacturer that chooses to implement it.

Material science is the oldest of all science and engineering disciplines. It is not an overstatement to say that materials science has transformed human history. The Bronze Age and the Iron Age defined the rise and fall of complete civilizations. The economic might of the industrial revolution was built on the Age of Steel. Our […]
Ganapathi Krishnan, Vikas Tomar, Richard Warns, Ed Pope, Robert Tryon, Richard Holmes

Multi-Sensory Capability in Gear Inspection

CNC gear metrology machines provide a stable, robust platform, able to position and control movement in both linear and rotational axes.

In today’s competitive manufacturing environment, especially for products as specialized as gears, many of the world’s leading gear OEM’s and their top suppliers are demanding greater system capability and utilization from their investments in quality control. Just measuring gear geometry is no longer sufficient. For gear metrology, where the demand for accuracy is at sub-micron […]
Dennis Traynor

Analysis of Gear Root Forms: A Review of Designs, Standards and Manufacturing Methods for Root Forms in Cylindrical Gears

New manufacturing methods enable the designer of gears greater latitude in the design of strong alternative root forms.

Gear root form is an important but often neglected element of the gear. The stress concentration point typically lies in the tooth-to-root transition area, and it is this point that determines the life or the fatigue life of a gear in many applications. Specific standards are in place on design of the involute part of […]
Dr. Greg Hyatt, Nicklas Bylund, Nitin Chaphalkar


Grain Size Requirements

Grain size requirements should be based on what is actually needed for a given application and manufacturing process.

For gear material supplied in the intermediate heat treat condition, the capability grain size would be appropriate. The goal is to show (usually on a test coupon) that the steel is capable of meeting the grain size requirement after further heat treatment that involves changing the grain size (heating to the austenitic temperature range). Since […]
Michael He

Principles of Gear Inspection

A summary of the principles of gear inspection as they apply to spur and helical gearing.

Over the next few editions of this column, I’d like to provide an understanding of the principles of gear inspection as they apply to spur and helical gearing, and the quirks that enter into the actual measuring and understanding of the data produced. A gear tooth has three major elements to be inspected: • Shape […]
Ron Green

Like any problem, a heat-treating difficulty must be dissected into smaller parts

What follows is a true account in a captive heat treat facility with batch integral quench furnaces, one of which was carburizing without a problem. One day, the quality manager discovered soft spots on the sides of some spur gears—random ones throughout the racked load. The spots appear only after shot peening. As tempered, there […]
Jack Titus

Trend Talks: Tim Byrd

Gear companies across the country are investing in continuing education for their employees. The results are new ideas, new questions, and a well-equipped employee base.

In college, I had a part time job promoting CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) for doctors and nurses. I would call a doctor’s office, tell them about free teleconferences to earn these credits, and ask how many of their doctors would like to attend. They usually hung up on me. I tried to convince myself I […]
Tim Byrd

Q&A with Bill Mark

Penn State University

What is your position at Penn State? I’m with the applied research laboratory and graduate program in acoustics, and I’ve been here about 20 years. I’m also on the faculty of the acoustics program, and I’ve sponsored and guided graduate students, usually one per semester. Over the years, I’ve had five masters’ students, a few […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


Gear Motions Inc. Acquires Niagara Gear in Buffalo, NY

Gear Motions Inc. has acquired Niagara Gear Corp. in Buffalo, NY. Niagara Gear manufactures precision ground spur, helical, and pump gears for a large and diverse global customer base. “Niagara Gear has a strong presence in markets we have not traditionally served, such as the military and the aerospace high-speed pump gear markets,” said Gear […]
February 14, 2014

German Machine Tools of America News

GMTA (German Machine Tools of America) represents various German metalworking machine builders, including Profilator, Pittler, Praewema, and WMZ. These machines are sold to the North American market by GMTA primarily for gear and spline production, as well as other power transmission applications. The company’s target markets include automotive, off-highway, OCTG, and other heavy equipment manufacturing. […]
February 14, 2014

Sandvik Coromant Teams with Star SU for Gear Milling

Sandvik Coromant, a leading producer of cutting tools for the metal cutting industry, has teamed up with Star SU on an extended basis. Beginning as an authorized OEM agent, and now a national channel partner with Sandvik Coromant for Gear Milling tools, Star SU is a top industry provider of gear related tools and milling […]
February 14, 2014

Gilman Precision Adds New England Tooling to Provide Sales Support

Gilman Precision has added New England Tooling as the exclusive representative to cover portions of northeastern territory. New England Tooling will be promoting Gilman Precision products and services by providing marketing and sales support to areas in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Based in South Portland, Maine, New England […]
February 14, 2014

Ipsen Orders Reflect Aerospace Industry Trends

According to Nasdaq, several new emerging markets, as well as developed nations, are boosting defense spending and generating business for U.S. Aerospace and Defense companies, even as the U.S. Aerospace and Defense sector battles budget cuts and spending constraints. An improving global economy, increased defense spending in other countries, and technological innovations and acquisitions have […]
February 14, 2014

Mazak Broadens Reach in Northern Texas

As part of its commitment to U.S. manufacturing, Mazak Corporation will broaden its sales, service, and applications support in Northern Texas as InterTech Machine Tool Sales president Bernie Lopez retires from the industry as Mazak’s long-time distributor in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Mazak will build upon InterTech’s success by merging that company’s sales, service and […]
February 14, 2014

Slone Gear International, Inc. Named Rookie Business of the Year for Dayton, Ohio

The Dayton Business Journal named Slone Gear as their choice for Rookie Business of the Year at their annual 2013 awards program. The prestigious black-tie gala honors companies and business leaders across the Miami Valley who have outperformed their competition. Slone Gear edged out the other two finalists within their category and was named the […]
February 14, 2014

Walter Announces New Channel Development Team

As part of an overall restructuring of its sales organization, Walter USA, LLC has announced the creation of a Channel Development Team. The team will be led by Bob Trent and will be comprised of four specialists focused on the various sales channels in which Walter goes to market. The team will also include four […]
February 14, 2014

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Performance-Based Gear Metrology by Dr. Bill Mark

Performance-Based Gear Metrology is a mathematically rigorous explanation of how manufacturing deviations and damage on the working surfaces of gear teeth cause transmission-error contributions to vibration excitations. Some gear-tooth working-surface manufacturing deviations of significant amplitude cause negligible vibration excitation and noise, yet others of minuscule amplitude are a source of significant vibration excitation and noise. […]
February 14, 2014

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gleason Unveils New Gear Inspection Solution at IPTEX 2014

Gleason will introduce its latest Analytical Gear Inspection System, the 300GMS, along with advanced tooling and global customer support services at IPTEX this year, taking place at the Bombay Exhibition Center, Mumbai, India February 27–March 1. On display in Booth P3 will be the Gleason 300GMS® Analytical Gear Inspection System—for the complete inspection of automotive […]
February 14, 2014

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: R&P Metrology Announces CMM Capabilities For Portable Gear Inspection

R&P Metrology GmbH announced new measurement capabilities for the RPG PM 750/1250 Portable Gear Metrology machines. When the system is used with the available docking station, it is capable of a full range of 3D prismatic metrology. The RPG PM 750/1250 Portable Gear Metrology system now can perform CMM measuring tasks with full CNC control […]
February 14, 2014

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: EXSYS Introduces PRECI-FLEX Compensating Clutch for Okuma Machines

EXSYS Tool, Inc.’s new Preci-Flex Compensating Clutch system for Okuma CNC turning centers enables users to “float” away misalignment between turret drive motors and toolholders, leading to smoother operation, better surface finishes and longer tool life. The Preci-Flex Compensating Clutch provides a floating coupling between turret drive motor tangs and toolholders that self-compensates for any […]
February 14, 2014

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Röhm Chucking System Delivers Quick-change Capability

The DURO-NCSE Flex power chuck from Röhm Products of America provides a quick and simple way to change out jaws and clamping tools. Especially beneficial to those shops needing frequent clamping tool changes, the power chuck system allows them to switch from mandrels to collet chucks to face drivers and centers without having to the […]
February 14, 2014

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Solar Manufacturing Delivers Custom Designed Vacuum Furnace to Major Specialized Coating Services Company

Solar Manufacturing recently delivered and successfully started-up a uniquely designed vacuum furnace required by a major specialized coating services company. Working with the customer on specific concerns of their cobalt and nickel based coating processes, Solar Manufacturing engineers provided custom trapping designs to collect and isolate contaminants resulting from their processes. The furnace was a […]
February 14, 2014

Seco/Warwick Engineers Overcome Low Temperature Challenge in Vacuum Furnace for U.S.-Based Global Manufacturer

Seco/Warwick Corp. recently delivered a vacuum furnace to a U.S.-based global industrial manufacturer that has overcome the issue of tight temperature uniformity in a vacuum at low temperatures. The furnace will operate at 800° F and maintain a +/- 10° F temperature uniformity with 1X10-4 TORR vacuum, in a 12” wide by 6” high by […]
January 17, 2014

Gleason Aquiring IMS Koepfer Cutting Tools Gmbh

Gleason Corporation announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire IMS Koepfer Cutting Tools GmbH of Eisenbach, Germany from IMS Gear GmbH and Koepfer Verzahnungsmaschinen GmbH. IMS Koepfer Cutting Tools is a producer of high-quality gear cutting tools and related products and services. The company, which has approximately 70 employees, will be renamed Gleason […]
January 17, 2014

DMG Mori USA Opens DMG Mori Sales for New Direct Operations

DMG Mori USA will conclude its relationship with Maruka, a distributor of DMG Mori machines in six states. The separation was effective January 1st, 2014. While the two companies will sustain an international relationship, each will pursue other opportunities within the United States. DMG Mori USA customers affiliated with Maruka will now have direct access […]
January 17, 2014

Gleason Announces Power Skiving Solutions

Gleason Corporation has announced their complete set of power skiving solutions, providing an economical process suited for the production of internal gears, and for all gears with interfering contours and features. By combining machine, cutting tool, and power skiving process expertise, Gleason offers users performance improvements, particularly in operations where shaping, forming, pressing and broaching […]
December 10, 2013

Klingelnberg Receives Two Of Tekom’s Renowned Documentation Awards

Klingelnberg once again received two awards for its outstanding operating instruction quality at the ceremony for the renowned tekom documentation award on November 7th, 2013, in Wiesbaden, Germany. The European professional association for technical communication, tekom (Gesellschaft für Technische Kommunikation e.V.), has been honoring user manuals and operating instructions for consumer and capital equipment, as […]
December 10, 2013

Solar Atmospheres Update

• William R. Jones, CEO of Solar Atmospheres, Inc. received the Heritage Award at the Metal Treating Institute (MTI) Fall Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 12th. This prestigious award is given in recognition of the individual’s lifetime commitment to the betterment of the commercial heat treating industry with one or more notable accomplishments. […]
December 10, 2013

R&P Metrology Announces New Capabilities For Portable Gear Inspection

R&P Metrology GmbH announced their new measurement capabilities for the RPG PM 750/1250 Portable Gear Metrology machines. Now, users are able to accurately check spur and helical gears of unlimited size without the need for a rotary table. According to Hans Rauth, president of R&P Metrology, “This new capability provides very accurate shop floor gear […]
December 10, 2013

Kluberbio Gear and Stern Tube Lubricants from Kluber Lubrication Receive European Ecolabel Approval

Klüber Lubrication has announced that its Klüberbio EG 2 gear oil for thrusters and Klüberbio RM 2 stern tube oil now carry the European Ecolabel, signifying compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP). The EU Ecolabel is a label of environmental excellence awarded to products and services meeting high […]
December 10, 2013