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Archives April 2016


April 2016


Company Profile: Drewco Workholding

Innovative design engineers, skilled machinists, 68 years of experience, and valued customer relationships are some of the advantages to working with Drewco Workholding.

In 1947, design engineer Ed Drew started Drewco Corporation, now called Drewco Workholding, in Racine, Wisconsin. Drew’s initial interest, and eventually his passion, was to innovate the process of holding parts for manufacturing, which led him to develop patented designs for chucks and collets. Today, Drewco is a full-service design and build workholding company that […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Selecting the Proper Gear Milling Cutter Design for the Machining of High-Quality Parallel Axis, Cylindrical Gears and Splines

A comprehensive, yet practical, view is presented to assist the manufacturing engineer or process planner in successfully choosing the design of gear milling cutters to make cost-effective cylindrical gears to the appropriate quality desired.

There are a number of decisions the manufacturing engineer faces when planning the necessary processes for producing parallel axis, cylindrical spur or helical gears and splines. Hobbing, of course, is the most common metal-removal process to create the proper tooth space that is needed to produce these gears. This process has been around for more […]
Brent Marsh

An Experimental Evaluation of the Procedures of the ISO/TR 15144 Technical Report for the Prediction of Micropitting

Sample load distribution analyses and ISO predictions are presented for several experimental results from testing both FVA standard micropitting test gears and the AGMA tribology gears to calculate the safety factor for micropitting.

Recently, ISO 15144 [1] has been approved by ISO as a technical report that presents an analysis procedure, which is designed to predict whether micropitting will occur in a given gear design. The procedure is based on results from many testing programs performed at FZG in Munich [2, 3]. However, little of their testing program […]
Samuel Shon, Dr. Donald R. Houser

Taking the Wait out of Workholding To Speed Up Bevel Gear Development

A new gear lab workholding solution allows bevel gear manufacturers to reduce the time it takes to get fully functional, extremely accurate workholding for their gear testing and development efforts.

The bevel gear manufacturing landscape has changed extensively in recent years, particularly for producers of driveline components for the light truck and automotive markets. The days of producing hundreds or thousands of the same gear in one long dedicated batch have given way to a new era of smaller batch production to meet fast-changing consumer […]
Michael Hayes


Q&A with Jaime Fischer

Each issue, a Gear Solutions editor talks with experienced leaders from companies across the industry to learn about their offerings, philosophy, technology, processes, and customer relationships.

Please give us a brief history on Luren Precision. Luren Precision was established in May 1994 in Hsin-Chu Science-Based Industrial Park, due to the need for gear cutting tools in Taiwan. Luren worked with members from the mechanical labs in the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), a government-sponsored research unit in Taiwan, and acquired the […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Power Density and Isotropic Superfinishing

Surface durability is greatly impacted by isotropic superfinishing, allowing for increased power density of gears and power transfer systems.

Power density, also described as load-carrying capacity, is simply the amount of load that can be safely transferred by a gear or other power transfer component without failure. According to ISO 6336, surface durability, root bending fatigue, and material choice are the three fundamental considerations for power density. This article will briefly review the important […]
Martin McCormick

Variables for Quality Design: Specifications

A comprehensive set of specifications defines how the gear or gearbox will meet desired objectives and are essential for achieving a quality design.

In the March Tooth Tips column, we covered applications — the first major element that dictates the ultimate accuracy of gearing and how well it satisfies the customer. In this column, we continue the series by taking a look at the second major variable for quality design: specifications. Design Requirements Before you start to develop […]
Matt Mondek

Trend Talks: Education

In an industry as established and evolving as gear manufacturing, education and workforce development remain at the core of its progress.

Education and the development of a highly skilled and trained workforce are the forefront of what keeps the gear manufacturing industry moving forward. Organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Penn State University’s Applied Research Laboratory (ARL), the American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA), and others are doing their part to make educational […]
Anna Claire Howard

Lean Manufacturing

Digital technology such as the Internet of Things (loT) can be utilized to enhance gear manufacturing.

The thermal processing industry is at a turning point. A point in which digital technology can manage process variables, enhance productivity, and optimize heat treatment operations. A point where technology can positively impact lean manufacturing and contribute to seamless gear manufacturing. Behind all of these possibilities — and a significant source of untapped potential – […]
Janusz Kowalewski


Auctions to Feature More Than 200 Late-Model CNC Machine Tools, Including CNC Gear Equipment

The Branford Group, a Global Industrial Auction Company, in conjunction with Machinery Network Auctions, Infinity Asset Solutions & HYPER AMS, will conduct a series of four webcast and online auctions to sell the assets of Royal Oak Boring located at 2340 Dove Street, Port Huron, Michigan, and Bronson Precision Products located at 404 Union Street, […]
May 23, 2016

Rush Machinery Offers Polycrystalline Tool Grinders

Rush offers the models FC-200D, FC-300D, FC-500D, and FC-200CNC polycrystalline tool grinders, which allow for economical manufacturing and regrinding of PCD, CVD, PCBN, carbide, and HSS tools. These machines grind angles and radii on standard and special turning and milling inserts, boring tools, milling cutters, grooving tools, reamers, and other special tools. The rigid construction with a […]
April 12, 2016

Gleason Doctoral Fellowships Established at Rochester Institute of Technology

Gleason Corporation and the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) recently announced the establishment of a doctoral fellowship program. The fellowships will be incorporated into RIT’s Ph.D. engineering program. Gleason has donated $300,000 in support of these fellowships. “Gleason and RIT have enjoyed a mutually beneficial and highly valued relationship […]
April 12, 2016

Rohm Expands Service in Mexico with New Office in Monterrey

Röhm Products Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V., the subsidiary of Röhm GmbH, celebrated the opening of its new office in Mexico with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 11. Located in Monterrey, the facility expands the company’s sales, service, and support capabilities to meet an increasing demand for high-quality clamping and gripping technology as the […]
April 12, 2016

Junker Group Awarded SGM Technology Prize

The Junker Group, a leading grinding and air filtration technology provider for automotive manufacturers, received the Leading Technology Award from SAIC General Motors Co., Ltd. (SGM). SGM presents this prestigious award to its best suppliers from around the world in a number of categories. The Junker Group is the only European machine builder among the […]
April 12, 2016

The Adams Company Invests in World-Class Shaft Turning Capabilities

The Adams Company, a custom gear and shaft manufacturing company located in Dubuque, Iowa, recently announced the delivery of a new Okuma LU4000 EX turning machine. This state-of-the-art shaft-turning machine will greatly increase the Adams Company’s capabilities and capacity in shaft manufacturing. The machine’s features include 4-axis movement, upper and lower turrets, a retractable tailstock, […]
April 12, 2016

Zoller Ensures Easy Inspection and Documentation of Cutting Tools

With a universal design, Pom inspection and measuring devices from Zoller can be positioned anywhere in the production, for instance, next to the incoming goods, in the inspection room, or directly at the CNC machine. The devices are compact and process-oriented and cover the complete tool range of measurement — from micro tools to tools […]
April 12, 2016

KISSsoft Announces New Engineering Manager

Ty Warner, KISSsoft’s new engineering manager, will be responsible for customer support as well as engineering consulting at KISSsoft. Warner is a licensed professional engineer with 18 years of product development experience including drivetrains in consumer goods, off-road/agricultural machinery, automated processing equipment, and sanitation system design. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in advanced materials, […]
April 12, 2016

Prometec GmbH Becomes Part of Sandvik Coromant

Sandvik Coromant recently strengthened its offering in digital manufacturing by the acquisition of the German company Prometec GmbH based in Aachen, Germany. Prometec is a leading supplier of advanced solutions for monitoring and control of machining processes in production machines. The company also supplies equipment for laser beam diagnostics and primarily operates in the European […]
April 12, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Santasalo Launches New Vertical-Mounted Gear Units For Agitation, Mixing, and Flotation Applications

Santasalo, a leading manufacturer of industrial gear units for process industries worldwide, has announced the launch of the AMF vertical-mounted gear unit series. The AMF series is purpose-built for the most demanding vertical applications with high external forces without the need for external cooling. By incorporating a bidirectional axial fan, optimized housing design, and additional […]
April 12, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Releases New Portable Display For Inductive Probes

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence recently announced the release of the new Tesa Twin-T10, a portable display for inductive probes offering ease of operation for its users, as well as a clear and immediate graphical display of data. The Tesa Twin-T10 is particularly suitable for straightness, run-out, form, or geometry evaluation during fine adjustments, alignments, or the […]
April 12, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Emuge Introduces High-Precision Milling/Drilling Chucks

Emuge Corp., in partnership with Albrecht Precision Chucks, has introduced high-precision/performance Emuge FPC mill/drill chucks that provide unprecedented rigidity, vibration dampening, concentricity, machining speed, and tool life versus conventional chuck technologies for milling and drilling applications. Featuring the world’s only chuck with a 1:16 worm gear, the Emuge FPC chuck’s patented design delivers three tons […]
April 12, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: U-tec Flexible Tool Adapter System Now Offered on Right-Angle Heads From Heimatec

Heimatec, a global leader in live tools, angle heads, and multi-spindle drill heads, recently announced the release of its U-tec® flexible adapter system on all right-angle heads in the company’s line. Models are available for the most popular lines of machine tools in the North American market. Going forward, the company plans to include its […]
April 12, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Schunk Releases New Vise For All Workpieces

The Schunk Kontec KSC 80 centric clamping vise is a multifaceted component that has optimal jaw support for I.D. and O.D. clamping. It can be easily adapted for conventional clamping, short clamping depths for five-sided machining, mould parts, plates, or saw cuts. The KSC 80 is known for high precision and process reliability, as well […]
April 12, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Seco Unveils Toolholders with Simultaneous Taper and Face Contact

Seco Tools, LLC — a leading provider of metalcutting solutions for milling, turning, holemaking, and toolholding — has added a new range of taper-face toolholders to meet machinists’ increasing needs for higher production and process reliability. These new options provide two surfaces of contact to offer increased rigidity and consistency compared with standard holders when […]
April 12, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Big Kaiser Releases Mega Perfect Grip Milling Chuck

Big Kaiser introduces the Mega Perfect Grip from Big Daishowa, a simple-to-handle, heavy-duty milling chuck for heat-resistant super alloys (HRSA) that eliminates end mill pullout under heavy torque loads. For manufacturers using milling chucks, pullout is a major issue, particularly when machining HRSAs such as titanium or inconel. In demanding applications, such as in the […]
April 12, 2016

Italian-based Fidia Co. Moves North American Operations to New Facility in Rochester Hills, Michigan

Fidia S.p.A. located in Turin, Italy, has moved its North American operations from Troy, Michigan, to a new 14,000-square-foot headquarters facility in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Fidia designs and builds numerical controls and high-speed milling machine systems for the production of complex-shaped parts for the automotive, aerospace, and energy markets. Fidia is a leader in the […]
April 12, 2016

Toyoda Machinery USA To Host Walter Deep Hole Competence Builder

Toyoda Machinery and Walter Tools invite machine shop owners to the Walter Deep Hole Competence Builder Lunch & Learn event on May 19, 2016. The event at Toyoda’s Upper Midwest Tech Center in New Brighton, Minnesota, will allow shop owners to maximize machining expertise with the right tools. The Walter Deep Hole Competence Builder Lunch […]
April 12, 2016

Record Gas Quenching Speeds Achieved in Ipsen’s Argos Heat-Treating System

Ipsen’s global development team recently celebrated the first build and testing of the Argos heat-treating system. The Argos uses low-pressure carburizing (AvaC®) in combination with 20-bar nitrogen quenching to provide metallurgical properties never before seen in gas quenching systems — even those utilizing 20-bar helium quenching. This initial test was performed on one of the […]
April 12, 2016

Daetwyler Industries Introduces New Honing and Profile Gear Grinding System

Fässler by Daetwyler Industries engineered a new gear honing and profile gear grinding system specifically designed for the job shop and gear laboratory environment. The HGP-400 presents a small footprint with all CNC drives with a Siemens Sinumerik 840D Solution Line Control. The ability to use a commercially available grinding wheel to profile your own custom […]
April 12, 2016