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Archives March 2014


March 2014


Company Profile: Ronson Gears

Proudly Australian with an international reputation for quality, Ronson Gears has become a market leader by thinking globally.

Gordon New likes to reminisce occasionally. “History can get forgotten if you’re not careful,” he said. “I remember my brother, Terry, and I going up to the factory when I was five and he was 10. We have fond memories of that time.” That was 60 years ago. Today, Melbourne, Australia’s Ronson Gears is making […]
Tim Byrd

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Case Study by Doc Ardrey

Company: Ingersoll Cutting Tools
Customer: Allied Specialty Precision

Allied Specialty Precision Gains Competitive Edge by Looking Past the Obvious Look beyond the obvious, and you may well find a better way to machine a part and serve your customer better. That’s the lesson illustrated in a gear machining application at Allied Specialty Precision Inc. (ASPI), Mishawaka, IN. Long story short: the company dramatically […]
Frederick J. Otto, Daniel H. Herring

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Helical or Not Helical? How Helical Gears Impact the Performance of Planetary Systems

A “one-size-fits-all” approach is seldom the optimal solution. The belief “helical is better” is not sustainable.

This paper explains the differences and the effects of zero-helix-angle and non-zero-helix-angle gears in planetary gear systems. As a conclusion, it points out that the belief “helical is better” is not sustainable. For lower noise and quieter run, helical gears have the advantage. If it comes to loadability, smaller size, and higher torque density, as […]
Gerhard Antony

The Anatomy of a Lubrication Erosion Failure: Causation, Initiation, Progression, and Prevention: Part I

A discussion of detailed destructive metallurgical evaluations of a specific lubrication erosion failure, which the authors have conducted in order to analyze and characterize the failures.

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. During […]
William Flynn, Raymond J. Drago, Roy Cunningham

Modernization of Main Helicopter Gearbox with Asymmetric Tooth Gears

Research and development of asymmetric tooth spur gears for modernization of the light multipurpose helicopter gearbox has amplified its load capacity to utilize more powerful turboshaft engines.

Application of asymmetric tooth gears for aerospace propulsion drives allows for considerably increased power transmission density, potentially increasing their load capacity and reducing size and weight. However, there are not many practical implementations of such gears. One such application of asymmetric gears in the turboprop engine gearbox is described in “Application of Gears with Asymmetric […]
Dr. Alexander Kapelevich, Dr. Viacheslav M. Ananiev, Igor L. Glikson, Alexander A. Stupakov, Sergey I. Shankin

The Dynamic Art of Gear Broaching

For this year’s broaching issue, Gear Solutions has enlisted two companies — Broaching Machine Specialties and Slater Tools — to offer insight into two very different types of broaching: conventional and rotary.



Conventional Broaching: Be a Broaching “1%-Er” By Matt Egrin, President of Broaching Machine Specialties After giving a 15-minute plant tour of BMS to lay people, I often tell them at the end of the tour that they now know more about broaching than 99% of people in the world. I believe I can say that with […]
Matt Egrin, Jeff Tryles


Nondestructive Testing and What Certification Fits Your Gear Production Needs

If nondestructive testing is a requirement of your gear production process, be sure to choose what best suits your product and your intent.

Nondestructive testing (NDT) is a fascinating and ever evolving field prevalent within the gear industry. It is because of this evolution that a need for standardization is warranted. This standardization can be achieved through a certification scheme that meets both your company and product’s needs. The two main certification systems, which I will describe in […]
Joseph Meyers

Proper Spur and Helical Gear Inspection

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

In last month’s Tooth Tips, we studied finished and pre-finished gears, along with their profiles. Let’s move on to some more definitions useful in proper spur and helical gear inspection. Lead Crown: This is a gradually increasing metal removal from the mid face point on the tooth length to the ends of the tooth. Always in […]
Ron Green

Heat treating is all about using the most cost-effective process

Gears come in all shapes and sizes, made by a myriad of methods: forged, cast, PM, etc. Virtually all methods require heat treating of some kind. When the cost of making gears is itemized by raw materials, machining, and heat treating, the greater quantity that can be made without interruption determines the individual cost. There’s […]
Jack Titus

Trend Talks: Tim Byrd

Hyperspecialization-The Ups and Downs of Doing One Thing Well

If you gathered all the people in the world who could explain how to broach an internal spline; or the influence of nitrogen on restricting austenite grain growth while heat treating a gear; or the pros and cons of using Barkhausen Noise Analysis; you would have a small (and probably strangely-dressed) crowd. “How many people could […]
Tim Byrd

Q&A with George Buhaj

President, Avon Broach

How did you get started Avon Broach? I hired in as a draftsman in 1982. I was going to college for my degree in mechanical engineering. I had gotten my degree and worked my way up to chief engineer over the first eight years. Three former partners in the company wanted to retire, and I […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


Ronson Gears’ AS9100C Accreditation Paves the Way for International Expansion

Australian gear manufacturer, Ronson Gears, has been awarded accreditation to AS9100C Quality Management System Standard (Aerospace), paving the way for the company’s expansion into new markets internationally. UK based Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Limited conducted the audit late last year and awarded Ronson Gears the accreditation for its gear manufacturing and quality systems. According to […]
March 13, 2014

Felsomat USA Names New President

Felsomat USA, Inc. announces the appointment of Patrick Seitz to the position of president.  Effective on January 1, 2014, Seitz takes over from Richard Gilchrist who started Felsomat USA, Inc. in 2002 and held the position since that date. Gilchrist will remain on a reduced schedule as chairman while providing managerial and consultative support to […]
March 13, 2014

Machine Tool Builders Appoints Jeff Kimberly as Chief Operating Officer

Machine Tool Builders (MTB) has recently appointed Jeff Kimberly to the position of chief operating officer (COO). An experienced and results-driven executive officer with a unique and proven track record in the technical, commercial, and operational environments, MTB welcomes Kimberly. His depth of expertise includes: • Mechanical design • Development of new technologies • Sales […]
March 13, 2014

Mazak Distributor Premier Engineering Transitions to New Leadership in Georgia

Mazak Corporation has announced that Premier Engineering, its distributor in Georgia for more than 25 years, has transitioned the leadership of the Lawrenceville location to long-time Premier sales manager Tim Kramer, who recently purchased the business from owner John Grabenau. While Kramer moves into his new role as president and principal owner of Premier Engineering […]
March 13, 2014

Wenzel America Announces the Hiring of Drew Shemenski

Wenzel America recently announced the hiring of Drew Shemenski for the position of regional sales manager of the midwest. Shemenski brings more than 15 years of manufacturing and metrology experience to the Wenzel team. For the last 12 years, Shemenski has worked at Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology in a variety of technical, sales and operational […]
March 13, 2014

Liebherr Gear Technology Partners with Koepfer America for Wenzel GearTec Products

Liebherr Gear Technology, Inc. has added Koepfer America, LLC, South Elgin, IL, to its sales and support team for the Wenzel GearTec products covering Indiana, Illinois and Iowa  and the U.S. east coast region. Liebherr Gear Technology is Wenzel’s exclusive GearTec product line sales partner in the United States and Canada, and Koepfer will represent […]
March 13, 2014

Four Outstanding NTMA Women Honored At 2014 STEP Awards

The National Tooling and Machining Association is proud to announce that four of its members were among the 160 recipients of the Manufacturing Institute’s 2014 STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Awards.  The award is given each year to women in the manufacturing industry who demonstrate excellence and leadership in their careers.  Recipients represent all […]
March 13, 2014

FMS Corporation’s John F. Sweet elected president of the Powder Metallurgy Parts Association

John F. Sweet, PMT, president of FMS Corporation, Powder Metal Division, was recently elected president of the Powder Metallurgy Parts Association (PMPA). The PMPA is an association of approximately 50 top powder metal (PM) component manufacturers in North America. PMPA member companies combine to produce over 90 percent of the PM components used in North […]
March 13, 2014

Mazak Hosts Valve Manufacturers Association’s Annual Workshop and Tour

From April 30 to May 2, Mazak Corporation will host a portion of the Valve Manufacturers Association’s (VMA) annual “Manufacturers Workshop and Tour” at its North American headquarters in Florence, Ky. The event is open to VMA members and will include a tour of Mazak’s manufacturing campus as well as workshops on supply chain management, […]
March 13, 2014

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: EMAG: The VLC 200 H Vertical Hobbing Machine

Not just a supplier of machines for the high-quality gear production, KOEPFER, a subsidiary of EMAG, is also a competent partner for anything to do with the gear.  For decades now they have invested heavily in industry developments. A product of close collaboration within the EMAG Group, the VLC 200 H is the latest result […]
March 13, 2014

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Kluber Lubrication Introduces Synthetic Rolling and Plain Bearing Greases

Klüber Lubrication has introduced Isoflex Topas Nb 52 and Isoflex Topas Nb 152, two rolling and plain bearing greases based on a synthetic hydrocarbon oil and a barium complex soap. The products are ideally suited for amusement industry applications, such as roller coaster wheel bearings, in order to optimize operational reliability, cut servicing costs, conserve […]
March 13, 2014