Archives February 2016


February 2016


Company Profile: CGI, Inc.

Extensive design knowledge, diverse manufacturing services, analytical capabilities, and partnerships with customers have made CGI a leader in precision gearbox, precision machined components, and electromechanical assembly solutions.

As a fledgling gear design and manufacturing company that began in 1967, CGI developed a reputation early on for quality products and innovative solutions, particularly in the medical and aerospace industries. Founded by Don Snow and based in Southern California, the company was named California Gear and Instrument at that time. Garnering customers such as […]
Molly J. Rogers

Analysis of Tooth Interior Fatigue Fracture Using Boundary Conditions from an Efficient and Accurate LTCA

Utilizing MASTA’s 3D Loaded Tooth Contact Analysis model, a modified methodology is proposed to predict crack initiation risk for tooth interior fatigue fracture.

This paper demonstrates a modification to the analysis of Tooth Interior Fatigue Fracture, as implemented in SMT’s MASTA software, in which Loaded Tooth Contact Analysis (LTCA) results from a specialized 3D elastic contact model have been utilized to determine the load boundary conditions for analysis of Tooth Interior Fatigue Fracture (TIFF) to the method of […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

A Procedure To Determine the Unknown Geometry of External Cylindrical Gears

A practical method using conventional measurement tools is proposed to obtain the fundamental gear parameters needed for the reproduction of a new cylindrical gear according to ISO standards by a generation cutting process or for a basic reference in calculating load capacity.

Gear engineering requires professional skills in several action fields such as design, production, operation, maintenance, repair, and recycling. Generally, the main action fields are established by the industry profile. Industries and companies with actions in the maintenance and repair of gears usually ask for skilled professionals in the recovery of these elements. Typically, the repair […]
Dr. Gonzalo Gonzalez Rey, Eng. Christian Irving Enrique Rodriguez Gonzalez, MsC. Alejandra Garcia Toll

Gear Inspection: Out of the Lab, Onto the Shop Floor

A new advanced metrology system allows gear manufacturers to put lab-level inspection next to production machines, while also addressing issues of vibration, temperature, and contamination.

Automotive manufacturers in particular are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to drive cost out of their gear production and inspection processes. For many, the wasted time needed to transport finished gears to the lab — and the additional time needed for parts to work their way through the queue — represent a significant […]
Dennis Traynor

Large Measuring Centers Ready for Large Tasks

A redeveloped range of large industrial measuring centers meets the current market need for high-precision measuring to assure quality and design in the manufacturing process of large gears.

In manufacturing, precise measurements are the cornerstone for complying with tight tolerances and ensuring the efficiency of the entire operation. Large measuring centers have to be fast and easy to operate in order to determine the current quality of the workpiece and decide on any necessary corrections in the process chain. The inner life of […]
Dipl.-Ing. Gunter Mikoleizig


The Gear Drawing Roughness Specification

To avoid uncertainty, the complete roughness specification for the tooth flank and description of the contact stylus profilometer setup should be placed on the gear drawing.

In the January Materials Matter column, “Roughness Measurement of Precision Gear Teeth,” the importance of accurate and repeatable roughness measurement of precision gear teeth flanks was explained. However, an accurate rough measurement cannot be repeatable if it is not explicitly specified by the designer for use by the gear manufacturer and end user. As smoother […]
Mark Michaud

Variables for Quality Design

The ultimate accuracy of gearing and how well it satisfies the customer depends upon variables such as application, specifications, design, and process.

As the most demanding yet common mechanical system in a gear train, gearing provides a mechanical interaction to transmit power while changing torque and speed. To achieve a quality design, there are many variables to consider. Here, an overview of four major elements (application, specifications, design, and process) is presented, while subsequent Tooth Tips articles […]
Matt Mondek

Trend Talks: Research and Development

Strides in R&D are the driving forces behind high customer satisfaction and continuing growth in gear manufacturing.

Components of R&D are critical to the industry’s innovation and ability to meet customers’ specific needs. Take Chicago-based Winzeler Gear, for example. Founded in 1940 as the Winzeler Manufacturing & Tool Company by Harold Winzeler, the company has made a name for itself in the precision molded plastic gearing industry through its aggressive and creative […]
Anna Claire Howard

Surface Engineering

Thermochemical surface engineering using plasma nitriding can improve the properties and performance of gears made of steels and titanium alloys.

Wear, corrosion, and fatigue failures are the most important mechanisms that lead to material degradation, which eventually causes failure of many gears. Those failures involve mechanical and/or chemical interaction of the material component considered with loads imposed by the environment.  Hence, material performance and service life rely, to a high degree in many cases, on […]
Dr. Edward Rolinski

Q&A with Tom Acker

Business Manager
Delta Inspection

Tell us a little about yourself and your team at Delta Inspection. I’ve been with the company since April 2012, and I’m tasked with business and customer development strategy. Our expert metrologists on the team include Sam Lindhorst, principal metrologist and quality manager, and John Schultz, senior metrologist. Sam has over 40 years of metrology […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


Fowler High Precision Unveils the Addition of New Mobile Tech Centers

Fowler High Precision announced the addition of new mobile tech centers (MTCs) and 3D mobile tech vans, which will travel across the United States, equipped with the newest, most popular, and technologically advanced products in measurement and inspection. These leading-edge mobile showrooms allow customers and distributors the opportunity to see and use a wide array […]
February 16, 2016

Bodycote Launches Interactive History of Metallurgy

Bodycote, a leading thermal processing services provider, announced the launch of its “Interactive History of Metallurgy” after taking a look back at the long history of metal processing and heat treatment. With more than 200 high-quality images and numerous videos, Bodycote pays homage to the artisans from thousands of years ago along with the scientists […]
February 16, 2016

Gleason Acquires Gear-Cutting Tool Business from Hurth Infer in Brazil

Gleason Corporation announced that it has acquired the gear-cutting tools business from Hurth Infer Indústria de Máquinas e Ferramentas Ltda. (Hurth Infer), located in Sorocaba, Brazil. The gear-cutting tools business, newly named as Gleason Indústria de Ferramentas Ltda., includes shaving cutters, shaper cutters, and chamfering and deburring tools, as well as tool sharpening services for […]
February 16, 2016

Ipsen Provides Expert-Taught Trainings Throughout 2016

With any industry, staying up-to-date on new methods and industry innovations is a key contributor to success. Ipsen is preparing to host another series of Ipsen U classes throughout 2016 with remaining courses available April 5-7, August 2-4, and October 11-13. A class will also be offered in June with more details coming soon. These […]
February 16, 2016

Emuge Corp. Donates Hundreds of Cutting Tools to Quinsigamond Community College

Gail Carberry, president of QCC, and Bob Hellinger, president of Emuge Corp Emuge Corp. has recently donated hundreds of high-performance taps, end mills, and other rotary cutting tools to Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) of Worcester, Massachusetts. The tool donation, valued at more than $100,000, will be used to support the college's ambitious new machining technology […]
February 16, 2016

New Promotions at Solar Atmospheres

Ed Engelhard Promoted to Vice President of Corporate Quality of Solar Atmospheres Roger Jones, corporate president of Solar Atmospheres, recently announced the promotion of Ed Engelhard as the vice president of corporate quality. Engelhard has been with the company for over three years, serving as corporate quality manager in that time. In his new role, […]
February 16, 2016

Transor Publishes a New Corporate Brochure

Transor Filter USA has released a new corporate brochure. The eight-page brochure provides a brief overview of the company’s 40-plus year history, an explanation of the benefits of their One Micron Filtration capability (OMF), a quick summary of the various market segments served, and a general description of the filter options available. According to Transor […]
February 16, 2016

GF Machining Solutions Partners with Community College of Denver

As U.S. manufacturing continues to struggle for skilled labor, GF Machining Solutions and Community College of Denver (CCD) collaborated to add 5-axis training to the college’s machine technologies program. This curriculum expansion, which recently drew the attention of the Obama administration, represents efforts to reduce the estimated 2 million manufacturing jobs expected to go unfilled […]
February 16, 2016

OSG Sponsors the Human-Powered Submarine Team at the University of Michigan and the Mini-Baja Racing Team at Purdue University Calumet

OSG USA, Inc. recently announced its sponsorship of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mini-Baja Racing Team at Purdue University Calumet and the Human-Powered Submarine Team at the University of Michigan. OSG donated over $30,000 in new tooling to the teams to support their manufacturing activities. OSG has been actively working with technical colleges and […]
February 16, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Signalysis Announces Latest Release of SigQC Software

Signalysis, Inc., the leading provider of end-of-line production test systems for automotive, medical, home appliance, and related industries, recently announced the latest release of its leading SigQC™ software. SigQC analyzes components, subassemblies, and products to pinpoint NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) issues and determine in real-time if quality goals are met. The system can be […]
February 16, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Santasalo Showcases Multi-Segmented Girth Gear at the 2016 SME Annual Conference & Expo

Santasalo will present its multi-segmented girth gear at the 2016 SME exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona, on February 21-24. As pioneers of the original multi-segmented girth gear concept, Santasalo is dedicated to ensuring continued success of this exceptional technology, which offers optimal performance and low running costs. The multiple segment design of Santasalo girth gears provides […]
February 16, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: DSM Supplies Stanyl PA 46 for Low-Friction Timing System Parts on Petrol Engines

Royal DSM — a global science-based company active in health, nutrition, and materials — announced that a special lubricated grade of its Stanyl® polyamide 46 has been chosen for low-friction slide shoes within the timing system on a new generation of energy-efficient turbocharged petrol engines. The timing system parts are produced by the EU-based precision […]
February 16, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Walter Surface Technologies Expands its Portfolio of Finishing Discs with the Enduro-Flex 2-in-1 Turbo

Walter Surface Technologies, the global industry leader in surface treatment technologies, recently introduced Enduro-Flex 2-in-1 Turbo, the latest addition to the company’s industry-leading Enduro-Flex branded portfolio of finishing flap discs. This latest product innovation incorporates Walter’s proprietary Cyclone technology that contains a high-tech blend of self-sharpening grains and cooling agents and provides ultra-high removal and […]
February 16, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Special Briney Grinding Wheel Arbor Designed for Use on Grinder Used for Surgical Grafting

Briney Tooling Systems is known for their custom and special toolholder design and build capabilities. They have a special design team in place that works daily with customers to design and build the special tools needed for a wide array of applications that many times other toolholder manufacturers are unwilling to even attempt. Recently, Briney […]
February 16, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Mahr Federal Introduces the MarSurf UD 130 Entry Level High-Precision Roughness and Contour Measuring System

Improved successor to MarSurf® UD 120 offers nanometer range measurements, high measuring and positioning speeds, and automatic probe arm recognition. Mahr Federal has introduced a new “entry level” surface finish and contour measuring system that can generate both surface and contour measurements in a single pass. The MarSurf UD 130 replaces the MarSurf UD 120 […]
February 16, 2016