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Archives July 2015


July 2015


Gleason Corporation

Gleason Corporation celebrates its 150th anniversary with eyes intently set on the future of gear manufacturing.

Business survival horror stories begin one of two ways. A company either bets the farm on the latest tech trend or conceitedly refuses to adapt to an evolving market. Success stories are written by companies who build solid foundations on middle ground — embracing the advantages and dismissing the pitfalls of both extremes. Rochester, New […]
Stephen Sisk

High Temperature Vacuum Carburizing Drives Alloy Development

With gear surfaces, a growing demand for greater fatigue resistance can only be achieved by specialized heat treatments. Vacuum carburizing — low pressure carburizing — is a process that can be used to apply hardness, wear resistance, and increased fatigue life in specific parts.

Vacuum carburizing (low pressure carburizing, or LPC) is a process used to impart hardness, wear resistance and increased fatigue life in such applications. LPC is a treatment in which the steel component absorbs carbon liberated from a hydrocarbon gas into its surface at a low process pressure of 12 torr or less. New advanced alloys […]
Bill Gornicki

Induction Hardening for Wind Turbine Bearing Rings

As installed capacity and component size continue to grow in the wind sector, induction hardening is a cost-and time-efficient method to meeting demand. As demand for gear rings and bearings increases, so will the need for more sophisticated induction hardening solutions.

It seems nothing  —  not even a worldwide financial crisis — can stop the rise of wind energy. The 2008-12 global recession did slow the sector’s growth — to the extent that 2013 resulted in the wind industry’s first-ever contraction (in terms of added capacity). But as figures from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) […]
Helmut Schulte

CASE STUDY: Cold Forming Technology, Inc., and West Michigan Spline, Inc.

Cold Forming Technology, Inc., and West Michigan Spline, Inc., chose to lead by example and show what happens when two similar companies opt for collaboration instead of competition.

Introduction John Donnelly, president of Cold Forming Technology, Inc., and Gary Hill, president and owner of West Michigan Spline, Inc., are known around the Rochester- and Lake Michigan-areas as collaborators in the spline rolling industry. However, getting to that point wasn’t easy. It took a great deal of trust building and a willingness to work […]
Anna Claire Howard

INSPECTION & METROLOGY: A Different Way to Look at Profile and Helix Inspection Results

The traditional inspection of involute gear profile and helix deviations results in plots of deviations from a perfect involute and from a perfect helix. While this is appropriate for gears with an unmodified profile or helix, it is not ideal for gears that have intentional modifications.

Introduction Elemental inspection of gears is commonly carried out with computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines. While these range from special purpose gear measuring machines with a precision rotary table to three-axis coordinate measuring machines (CMM) with software adapted for gear measurement, what these inspection machines have in common is they produce graphical output that shows […]
John Rinaldo

INSPECTION & METROLOGY: The Benefits of Using Tapered-Tooth Master Plugs (TMPs) with Spline Gauges

There is both a cost-effective and timesaving approach to evaluating the quality condition of a spline ring gage — the simple-to-use Tapered-Tooth Master Plug (TMP). This concept has been around for many years, but not everyone is aware of its benefits or how it works.

Eliminating unnecessary expenses is a very important factor in running a successful business. At first glance, it might seem unnecessary to purchase a gage that does not actually measure a component, but if you understand the true value in using tapered-tooth master plugs (TMPs) and how they assist the production process, then you can find […]
Brian Slone

TOOLING & WORKHOLDING: Large and Small Gear Processing Reaps Benefits from Modern Workholding Synergies

As demand for higher-quality precision gears continues to rise, so does the need for high-quality gear manufacturing machines that can get the job done and skilled machinists who can properly operate the equipment.

Gears — both large and small — have similar issues when it comes to manufacturing. Whether that means high volume and low mix or high mix and low volume, setup time and part quality remain constant. Over the past several years, great strides have been made with gear-manufacturing machines as the demand for more precision […]
Brad Evans, Matt Panosh

TOOLING & WORKHOLDING: Making the Most of G90’s Advantages

G90 material can be used to replace carbide in some hobbing applications. It can also provide increased production rates, increased tool life, or a combination of both of these when replacing traditional HSS hobs.

In his article, “Uncover Hidden Potentials in Hobbing,” which appeared in the June 2014 issue of Gear Solutions, Dr. Friedrich Momper explained how G90 — a new tooling material from Gleason — closes the performance gap between HSS materials and tungsten carbide. He also describes how the utilization of the G90 material can save up […]
Paul Lindquist, Tim Babbitt


History of Bending Fatigue, Part IV

When analyzing gear tooth bending fatigue, keep in mind that the influence of frequency on the gears cannot be underestimated and natural frequencies should be avoided all together.

The influence of frequency for monotonic or reversing load applications should not be underestimated. Natural frequencies must clearly be avoided. In single tooth fatigue tests (as seen in Figure 1), the oscillation load is usually located at the high point of single tooth contact. Frequency of the input wave is such that, depending on material, […]
Fred Eberle

How To Find Qualified Employees

Finding qualified employees isn’t an easy task, especially in the gear manufacturing industry, and there are several key factors to keep in mind when searching for the best addition to your staff.

Wouldn’t it be great if when you needed to hire some employees, you put an advertisement in the paper and 100 qualified candidates lined up outside your front door? Well here on planet Earth, in 2015, it doesn’t happen quite like that. Most manufacturing companies — especially gear manufacturers — are struggling to hire quality […]
David Senkfor

Metal alternatives — ceramics and ceramic composites — are achieving real-world applications

Ever since iron-bearing meteorites were discovered on earth, metal has been the material of choice for making almost anything requiring greater strength than wood. Raw materials, those found by mining or direct discovery, require manipulation of some kind — whether by heat, mechanical forming, or chemical reaction. Aluminum is a case-in-point. Mined from a narrow […]
Jack Titus

Trend Talks: Anna Claire Howard

Maintaining a high level of quality in gear production relies heavily on the governing industry standard. However, adhering to that standard is optional.

In an industry as competitive and quality-oriented as gear manufacturing, meeting the latest and greatest industry standard and sporting a seal of certification on your company’s website may be just what you need to rise above the competition. Leading standard development organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the American Gear Manufacturers Association […]
Anna Claire Howard

Q&A with Peter Riehle

President and CEO

Wittenstein was awarded the 2015 Hermes Award at the Hanover Fair in Germany for its new Galaxie Drive System. What does it mean to win this award? It’s a big deal for us and for our customers. Winning this award proves that although Wittenstein is a mid-sized player, we have the technological and engineering capabilities […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Haas DT-1 Drill/Tap Center Now Available with 20K Spindle

The Haas DT-1 Drill/Tap center is now available with a 20,000-rpm inline direct-drive spindle, giving customers the ability to run higher feed rates for small tools and high-speed machining operations. The optional 20K spindle is ideal for applications that require high spindle speeds and that are powerful enough to mill hard-to-machine materials. It allows rigid […]
July 16, 2015

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: United Tool Supply Company Continues to Deliver Quality with the Unite-A-Matic Gauge

The Unite-A-Matic™ dimension over ball/pin gauge was created to serve the diverse needs of the gear manufacturing industry. Since its creation, several advancements of the machine have been released and United Tool Supply Company continues to innovate today. The Unite-A-Matic checks dimension over ball (DOB), dimension over pin (DOP), and major/minor diameter of spur, helical […]
July 16, 2015

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Mitutoyo America Releases Ultra-High Accuracy CNC Coordinate Measuring Machine

Mitutoyo America Corporation recently announced the release of the latest LEGEX ultra-high accuracy CNC coordinate measuring machine (CMM). The ultra-accurate LEGEX 4 surpasses conventional CMM performance to deliver world-leading accuracy in length measurement of E0,MPE = (0.28+L/1000) μm. With the unceasing advancement of scientific and industrial technologies and driving demand for significant improvements in high-accuracy […]
July 16, 2015


To measure is to know, and with superior Nikon optics and maximum resolution to 0.0005 mm (0.00002 in.) on both X- and Y-axes, the new H14L optical comparator helps users know precisely what they’re measuring. With a high-contrast, coaxial through-the-lens surface illumination system, the H14L produces bright, crisp, photo-like surface reflection images from edge to […]
July 16, 2015

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Precise Measurements Even in Extreme Temperatures

The ZEISS DuraMax HTG coordinate measuring machine, an enhancement to the standard model, is now even more insensitive to mechanical vibrations and temperature fluctuations. The enhanced Zeiss DuraMax HTG more than doubles the temperature range compared to the standard model. These properties make it ideal for use in a production environment — now at temperatures […]
July 16, 2015

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: R&P METROLOGYs Portable Inspection systems solves problems

The PM 750/1250 is a flexible measuring solution for large components on production machines or on the shop floor. Fully CNC controlled, this three axis measuring column is capable of gear inspection, form and profile measurements as well as 3-D/prismatic measurements. The system accuracy is in accordance with VDI/VDE 2612/13, Group I / II. The […]
July 16, 2015

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Real-Time Monitoring System for Metrology Environments

Hexagon Metrology recently unveiled MMS PULSE, a monitoring system that offers real-time insights into external and environmental factors impacting upon metrology environments. Designed to ensure data integrity while also improving safety and security in modern shop-floor inspection conditions, MMS Pulse uses a network of sensors to record variations in temperature, vibration and humidity in the […]
July 16, 2015

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: MyTec’s New Line of Arbors and Chucks Provide Solutions for Incurred High Forces

MyTec Hydraclamp expansion tools are the optimal connecting link between workpiece and machine. Mytec has recently introduced its new line of mechanical arbors and chucks with accuracy down to .0004” plus high expansion rates up to .010” or greater in a stainless steel construction. Mechanical arbors and chucks are excellent for workholding where high forces […]
July 16, 2015

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Ti-Coating announces its Hyperlox coating for finish machining in stainless steel and other materials with difficult properties

Ti-Coating has announced its new PVD coating Hyperlox for indexable and solid carbide tooling. The Altin-based coating provides excellent machining characteristics and extends tool life for a variety of applications including turning, threading and milling. Ideal for finishing, the wear-resistant properties of Hyperlox allow it to machine stainless steel and other materials with difficult properties. […]
July 16, 2015

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Drewco Creates a Line of Expandable Pedestal Fixtures to Increase Gear Production Efficiency

Drewco Workholding, experts in workholding for 68 years, presents a customized line of expandable pedestal fixtures. Applicable for grinding, hobbing, or milling gears, the line provides an ideal system for companies who want or need the flexibility to address a wide variety of gear sizes effectively. Designed to expand and contract easily, these tools provide […]
July 16, 2015