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Archives November 2015


November 2015


Machines Profile: Kennametal Extrude Hone

Kennametal Extrude Hone has grown from a manufacturer and seller of abrasive flow machining (AFM) machines to include electrochemical machining (ECM) and its thermal energy method (TEM), making it a world leader in these three core practices.

Kennametal Extrude Hone was founded more than 50 years ago in Irwin, Pennsylvania, as Extrude Hone Corp. by Lawrence Rhoades, an entrepreneur and inventor. After years of extensive research, Rhoades began manufacturing and selling abrasive flow machining (AFM) machines, and that was the company’s sole focus at that time. In 1974, Extrude Hone began looking […]
Anna Claire Howard

Services Profile: Raycar Gear & Machine Co.

What started with a purchase of a small general machining company in 1989, Raycar Gear & Machine Co. has since become a successful full-service manufacturer of precision gears and a driving force in the industry.

When owner Dan Schwartz purchased the machining company known at that time as Raycar Tool & Machine 26 years ago, he was immediately faced with challenges — a couple of antiquated machines, a small 2,500-square-foot building, and few customers. To increase his customer base, he decided to specialize in more than machined parts. With his […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Tooling Profile: Riten Industries

As a leading manufacturer of high-precision live and dead centers and face drivers, Riten Industries has unmatched experience, engineering expertise, and customer service, with all of its products made in the U.S.

Riten Industries has been a family business and manufacturer of workholding tools since 1933, but “Riten” has not always been the company name. In the 1960s, Riten was called Rigid, and according to Mitchell Kirby, vice president of manufacturing and an employee for 26 years, its namesake is an interesting tale that’s been handed down […]
Molly J. Rogers


Q&A with Jenny Blackford

Vice President of Marketing, American Gear Manufacturers Association

AGMA is celebrating its centennial anniversary. Tell us more about the celebration. As part of Gear Expo 2015 and our 100th anniversary, we debuted a timeline exhibit. It’s more than a history of the association; it’s the history of processes and improvements in the industry. We will continue to celebrate the centennial throughout 2016 with […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Recycling and Reusing

Easily overlooked areas in the shop can help add income to your bottom line.

Unfortunately, every company makes scrap parts, and many of these parts are kept long after all MRB (Material Review Board) efforts to sell the parts have been exhausted. I’ve seen cabinets and skids full of parts just sitting there holding the floor down. There should be a company policy to dispose of these parts and […]
David Senkfor

Heat Treating and Unintended Consequences

A major element of successful heat treating is knowing the capability of your equipment.

Load size, total weight, and surface area are important considerations for several reasons when heat treating. First, surface area must match the carbon content of the atmosphere when carburizing. Too much area versus available carbon results in a non-uniform and lean case depth and potentially low hardness. On the other hand, excessive carbon versus available […]
Jack Titus

Trend Talks: Research and Development

Although acquiring funding can be a challenge, R&D is a growing area of gear manufacturing. I spoke with industry experts to learn more about where we stand today.

Research and development are crucial components in any industry that continues to grow and adapt to changing times and technologies, but that is especially true when it comes to gear manufacturing. However, like most necessities, R&D requires resources, primarily funding, to move forward. This month, I spoke with two leading industry experts to find out […]
Anna Claire Howard


Maynards To Auction Assets of Major Commercial Vehicle Systems Manufacturer

  The assets of a major manufacturer of drivetrain, mobility, braking, and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicles will be auctioned on December 3, 2015. The high-quality assets in this auction are available as a result of the closure of the Meritor facility in Heath, Ohio. Meritor has been supplying innovative products in the commercial truck, […]
November 18, 2015

Forest City Gear Names Duke Sims to New General Manager Position

Forest City Gear is pleased to announce the appointment of Duke Sims to the newly created role of general manager. Sims’ most recent position at Regal-Beloit was as the group vice president of the mechanical division overseeing seven different divisions related to gearing and mechanical components. With a diverse background in sales and marketing leadership, […]
October 27, 2015

Mazak To Demo Adaptive Gear Machining Solutions at Gear Expo

At Gear Expo, Booth #1322, Mazak will use its Integrex i-100ST equipped with the latest Mazatrol SmoothX CNC to demonstrate how advanced multitasking machines can effectively perform today’s gear-making processes from hobbing to skiving to gashing. Mazak multitasking machines, including the Integrex i-100ST and over 90 other model configurations, can serve as adaptive gear-machining solutions […]
October 16, 2015

Exsys To Show New Line of Precision Gear Solutions in Detroit

Exsys Tool, Inc. will showcase its new line of high-quality Eppinger gearboxes and custom gear-making services for a wide variety of industries at Gear Expo, Booth #1731. Exsys is the well-known North American supplier of high-precision, German-made Eppinger live and fixed toolholders as well as modular adapter systems — both for CNC turning centers — […]
October 16, 2015

Contour Hardening Announces ISO/TS 16949:2009 Certification of Induction Heat Treating Facility

Contour Hardening, Inc. — the developer of patented Micropulse induction heat treating technology, a leading ISO-certified manufacturer of induction heat treating equipment and an ISO-/TS-certified tier-one induction heat treating process service provider — recently announced the ISO/TS 16949:2009 certification of its heat treating service facility in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico. The company’s U.S. heat treating facility […]
October 16, 2015

Cosen Saws Launches MechaLogix Cosen Predictive Computing

Cosen Saws, a leading global manufacturer of industrial band saws, has introduced MechaLogix Cosen Predictive Computing, a cloud-based system with an innovative feature that monitors the performance of a blade and accurately forecasts the number of remaining cutting hours left before a saw blade dulls and is no longer cutting with precision or a complete […]
October 9, 2015

Polygon Solutions Inspires Future Manufacturers on Manufacturing Day

Polygon Solutions Inc. of Fort Myers, Florida, has once again participated in 2015’s Manufacturing Day and continues to draw in students to teach them more about manufacturing. Manufacturing Day focuses on exposing young people to the high-tech and well-paying jobs and dispelling the notion that manufacturing is an antiquated industry. Modern CNC machines and innovative […]
October 5, 2015

Luren Precision Chicago Welcomes Back Ditzler

Luren Precision Chicago, the U.S. sales division of Luren Precision, recently announced the return of its Machine Tool sales manager, Darian Ditzler. Ditzler started with Luren Precision in January 2011 and has coordinated and attended many trade shows including multiple IMTS and Gear Expo shows. As an ambassador for Luren in the U.S. market, Ditzler […]
September 18, 2015

Timken to Acquire Carlstar Belts Business

The Timken Company, the world leader in tapered roller bearings, recently announced that it has reached an agreement with American Industrial Partners to acquire the Carlstar Belts Business (Carlstar Belts), a leading North American manufacturer of belts used in industrial, commercial, and consumer applications under well-recognized brands including Carlisle®, Ultimax®, and Panther®, among others. The […]
September 18, 2015

New President and CEO at Sandvik

The Board of Sandvik and Olof Faxander, president and CEO, have agreed that as of August 10, Olof Faxander has left his current position and the company. Björn Rosengren will succeed Olof Faxander as of November 1, 2015. Faxander has been the president and CEO of Sandvik since 2011. “He has managed Sandvik through very […]
September 18, 2015

Klingelnberg at Gear Expo 2015

Again this year, the “Who’s Who” of the gear industry will meet up at Gear Expo in Detroit, Michigan, for an exclusive professional exchange. In over 20 years, the trade show has evolved into an important industry forum and has been one of the 50 fastest growing trade show events in the United States since […]
September 18, 2015

Gleason Unveils New Gear Production, Workholding, and Inspection Solutions at Gear Expo 2015

Gleason will introduce advanced machines, tooling, and global customer support services covering a wide array of processes for the complete production and inspection of all types of bevel and cylindrical gears at Gear Expo 2015, October 20-22 at the Cobo Center in Detroit. On display at booth #1017 will be: The Genesis® 200GX Threaded Wheel […]
August 14, 2015

Upcoming Trade Fair for Deburring Technology

Which processes ensure efficient deburring with good process reliability? What new technologies are available for deburring and polishing? Which measures contribute to the reduced formation of burrs? Answers to these and many other questions are provided by DeburringEXPO. With its technical trade fair for deburring and polishing technology, fairXperts GmbH & Co. KG have created […]
August 14, 2015

JUNKER receives Bosch Global Supplier Award

The Erwin Junker Maschinenfabrik GmbH has been honored with the “Bosch Global Supplier Award 2015” from Robert Bosch GmbH. Junker received the award in the Purchasing of Indirect Materials. In all, Bosch has given awards to 58 suppliers from 11 countries. This is the 14th time that the supplier of technology and services has given […]
August 14, 2015

Largest Horizontal Vacuum Furnace Coming to Solar Atmospheres of Western Pennsylvania

Solar Atmospheres of Western Pennsylvania announced that it will be installing the largest horizontal high vacuum furnace ever constructed at their Hermitage facility.  The furnace will be engineered and manufactured by their sister company, Solar Manufacturing, Inc. The entire investment for Solar Atmospheres will be in the order of $8,000,000 including the cost of this […]
July 16, 2015

Sandvik Coromant Signs Partnership Agreement with Hanna Tools

Sandvik Coromant and Hanna Tools have signed a cooperation agreement to establish a partnership to strengthen the offer to the global automotive industry. This mutually beneficial partnership with Hanna Tools will allow Sandvik Coromant to further develop and strengthen its global position within the automotive segment. In addition, Hanna Tools will introduce its tool portfolio […]
July 16, 2015

Junker Builds New Platform for Grinding of Large Crankshafts

JUNKER has built a new platform for cylindrical and non-cylindrical grinding of workpieces with a swing diameter of 470 mm and a part length capacity of up to 4,800 mm, initially applied for grinding of large crankshafts. Responding to customer inquiries about machines for grinding large crankshafts, the grinding machine specialist researched the request and […]
July 16, 2015

Timken Opens State-of-the-Art Gear Drive Manufacturing Facility in Houston

The Timken Company recently announced the opening of a new, 27,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art gear drive manufacturing facility in Houston. An integral part of the Timken Power Systems group, the new plant will significantly improve production efficiencies in the manufacture of Philadelphia Gear® brand high-speed drives. A long-time designer and innovator of high-speed gear drives serving the […]
June 11, 2015

ZF Completes Acquisition of TRW Automotive

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a global leader in driveline and chassis technology, and TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW) announced today that the companies have completed the transaction under which ZF has successfully acquired TRW. TRW will be incorporated into ZF as a new division called Active & Passive Safety Technology. The combined company operates under […]
June 11, 2015

MTB has Expanded on its Offerings to the Gear Industry

MTB is a manufacturer, remanufacturer and recontroller of gear-cutting and grinding equipment, and has expanded its offerings to providing equipment builds, service and support of atmosphere heat treatment equipment. Recent personnel recently hired to support this include Rick Clayssen, Burk Glogski and Sue Harrod, previously employed at BeaverMatic. MTB is capable of supporting heat treaters […]
June 11, 2015

Coolant-Thru Tooling From Heimatec

Heimatec, a world leader in live tools, angle and multi-spindle drill heads, today announces immediate availability of its newest development, a coolant-thru feature on all the company’s current line items.   Coolant-thru technology is often the answer for faster, cleaner cutting on larger and deeper parts, where the chips and excess heat build-up are significant […]
May 14, 2015

Bryan Barlow Named Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Delta Family of Companies

Delta Research Corporation hired Bryan Barlow, as vice president sales and marketing. Barlow will oversee the sales and marketing activities for the Delta Family of Companies, which includes Delta Research, Delta Gear, and Delta Inspection. Barlow brings over 30 years of successful Aerospace and Defense sales and marketing expertise for gears, drive systems and complex […]
May 14, 2015

Chemtura Announces New Extreme Pressure, Micropitting-Resistant Synthetic Gear Oil Series

Chemtura Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the ANDEROL® 5000 PLUS EP Synthetic Gear Oil product series, which is designed for gear applications requiring high micropitting resistance and protection under extreme conditions. Exceeding the most stringent gear box OEM and heavy industry specification requirements, these PAO/ester-based gear oils are formulated using a specific […]
May 14, 2015