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Archives June 2016


June 2016


Horsburgh & Scott

With nearly 130 years of experience, Horsburgh & Scott has remained a strong gear manufacturer during many economic swings by focusing on high-quality materials, advanced engineering principles, and manufacturing to the highest standards. The company has recently received prestigious recognition due to its long-term success, innovation, and partnerships within the gear industry.

At the recent American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) Annual Meeting, Horsburgh & Scott was presented an award and inducted into the newly created AGMA Hall of Fame for being one of 12 companies out of the 19 AGMA founding members that still remain in the industry today. Horsburgh & Scott was also recently awarded the […]
Molly J. Rogers

Simulation of Hobbing and Generation Grinding To Solve Quality and Noise Problems

A newly developed software tool that enables simulation of errors during hobbing and generation grinding can be used for determining and eliminating the causes of deviations in production, thus allowing design engineers and planners to quickly and easily develop new processes and tool designs that can significantly reduce the costs involved in testing.

Due to its high productivity and accuracy, generation manufacturing of gearing is widely used in gear production [1, 2]. When deviations occur, however, it is not easy to pinpoint the causes due to the tool design and complex kinematics. This is particularly true of multiple-start tools, which are being used with increasing frequency due to […]
Gunther Gravel

New Hobbing Solutions for Faster Production of Automotive Transmission Gears

Machine platforms that integrate hobbing and chamfering/deburring operations are key to more economical production of quiet, dependable, and smooth-running gears and shafts required by the latest automotive transmissions.

Today’s consumers take for granted that their cars’ transmissions — whether manual, automatic, or differential, luxury or entry level — will operate quietly, smoothly, and dependably. But behind the scenes, auto manufacturers, gear designers, and suppliers have worked hard to design, develop, and produce the high-quality transmission gears and shafts that make it all possible. […]
Gottfried Klein

Influence of Surface Finishing on the Load Capacity of Coated and Uncoated Spur Gears

Test results are presented for an investigation of the influence of surface finishing processes on the impact of PVD/PECVD coatings concerning the pitting load capacity of gears with an examination of the uncoated and coated tooth flank contact.

In order to increase the power density of tribologically stressed drivetrain components, different approaches are being pursued in material and production technology. In addition to the development of efficient base materials, the optimization of surface finishing processes and the application of coating systems are promising. By combining mechanically highly stressable substrate materials and tribologically effective, […]
Sascha Hessel, Philip Konowalczyk, M.Sc., Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Brecher


Automotive Fuel Efficiency Standards and the Impact from Gears

The U.S. automotive industry is faced with steep challenges to meet the current and future fuel economy regulations, and the gear industry is expected to help meet these challenges.

In 2010, President Obama established a course of direction for the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) to set aggressive final rules for the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emissions regulations. The goals of these regulations are to help address the United States’ dependence on imported oil, […]
Lane Winkelmann, Mark Michaud

Variables for Quality Design: The Manufacturing Process

The ultimate product of the gear design effort and how well it satisfies the customer is significantly affected by the manufacturing process selected to fabricate the gearing.

In the May Tooth Tips column, we covered design — the third major element that dictates the ultimate performance of the required gearing. In this column, we conclude the series by taking a look at the final component: the manufacturing process. Defining the Manufacturing Process When you reach the manufacturing stage in the gear design […]
Matt Mondek

Trend Talks: Machine Repairs

Many companies in the gear manufacturing industry offer machine repairs as well as a range of services to keep older machines up and running. 

Repairs are one thing that gear manufacturers hope to avoid, especially when it comes to their large, expensive gearing machines. However, many of the industrial machines used in today’s gear market were manufactured in the 1970s and 80s, so gear manufacturers are faced with evaluating the costs of repairing existing machines on their shop floor […]
Anna Claire Howard

Surface Properties

The surface properties of gear steels can be improved by thermochemical and mechanical treatments.

Proper selection of steel and its heat treatment is a fundamental challenge for gear designers and manufacturers. However, performance and endurance limits of the teeth depend strongly not only on the bulk mechanical properties of the steel used for the design but also on surface properties of the gear flank. The latter can be shaped by […]
Dr. Edward Rolinski

Q&A with Mary Ellen Doran

Director of Electronic Communications

American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA)

You just returned from the AGMA Annual Meeting on May 12-14 in Florida. What was the focus of this year’s meeting?  This meeting was unlike other annual meetings because it was a celebration of AGMA’s centennial. While the focus at most annual meetings tends to be on the current economic conditions, how each member’s business […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


Richard Piselli Launches New Gear Business, Piselli Enterprises

Piselli Enterprises based in Statesville, North Carolina, has recently been launched to serve the gear industry for high-quality new and used gears and associated manufacturing machine equipment. Founder Richard Piselli plans to utilize his 25 years of expertise and knowledge in supplying machines and helping customers quickly assess their needs and find solutions. “We want to […]
July 1, 2016

Index Introduces New Turn-Mill with Bevel Gear Capability

The new Index G220 turn-mill center includes a motorized five-axis 18,000-rpm (max.) milling spindle and a tool turret with Y-axis, providing maximum machining flexibility for turning and milling complex parts in a single setup from bar stock up to 90 mm diameter, chuck diameter 210 mm. Distance between spindles is 1,280 mm, maximum turning length […]
June 22, 2016

Liebherr To Demonstrate New Single Table Gear Grinding Machine

With a one-table design and a new-design grinding head, the new Liebherr LGG 280 gear grinding machine greatly reduces grinding times for twist-free profile and generating grinding of workpieces to 280 mm diameter. Presented for the first time in North America in the Liebherr Booth N-6930 at IMTS, the machine is the second in the […]
June 22, 2016

Liebherr Provides a Broad Range of Gear Cutting Tools

The division designs, develops, and produces top-quality gear cutting tools at facilities in Ettlingen, Germany, and Turin, Italy. Gear cutting tool services include solution proposals and custom designs for specific client requirements. Given the degree of specialization, tool sales are structured separately from machinery sales in order to provide an optimum level of customer service. […]
June 22, 2016

Shane Hollingsworth Joins Kapp Technologies Sales Team

Kapp Technologies has recently announced that Shane Hollingsworth has joined its sales team. Hollingsworth will represent Kapp Niles customers in the U.S., east of the Rocky Mountains, focusing on companies in the aerospace, energy, mining, construction, and agriculture industries. “Shane’s gear manufacturing experience and industry perspective uniquely enables him to be a valuable resource and […]
June 17, 2016

Des-Case Presented President Obama’s “E” Award for Exporting Excellence

Des-Case Corporation, a global manufacturer of specialty filtration products that improve process equipment reliability and extend lubricant life, was recently given the nation’s top award honoring export excellence among American companies.   The “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. […]
June 17, 2016

Zizzo Joins Schafer Industries as Global Sourcing Manager

Nick Zizzo has joined Schafer Industries as global sourcing manager. He will oversee the procurement function at all company locations as well as collaborate with suppliers for business development, supply cost optimization, and leveraging corporate purchasing. Zizzo comes to Schafer Industries with more than 18 years of experience. Most recently, he spent six years in […]
June 17, 2016

Rohm Products of America Adds Five U.S. Regional Sales Managers

Röhm Products of America, a leading provider of high-quality clamping and gripping technology, recently expanded its customer sales and support team with the addition of five regional sales managers. This move is intended to increase visibility and support for the company’s workholding and end-of-arm tooling in North America. With more than 100 collective years of […]
June 17, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Index Develops Bevel Gear Process for Turn-Mill Centers

Index has developed a bevel gear hobbing package, which consists of a specially designed control cycle and four Index cutter heads with module-dependent inserts. Equipped with these features, the Index R200 and Index R300 turn-mill centers become gear-cutting machines on which spiral bevel gears can be produced from bar stock with front- and rear-end machining, […]
June 17, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Schneeberger Introduces New Aries NGP Tool Grinder Series

The new Aries NGP — Schneeberger’s latest addition to its extensive machine offerings — was created in response to the industry’s need for an affordable tool grinder with the power of larger machines. The Aries NGP offers approximately 10 Hp duty-rated power with a direct-drive double-ended spindle and the accuracy of an HSK50 wheel arbor […]
June 17, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: SMT Releases Masta 7 for Gearbox and Driveline Design, Analysis, and Simulation

Smart Manufacturing Technology (SMT) recently unveiled its Masta 7 CAE software with brand-new features and improvements. The release marks SMT’s continued success in providing transmission engineers with the best software tools that are designed around them. New features available in Masta 7 include: Enhanced imported FE capabilities to take casing and component meshing into the […]
June 17, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: KISSsoft Utilizes Latest Data from SKF’s Rolling Bearings Catalogue

The new version of KISSsoft now contains the latest data from the Rolling Bearings catalogue. By cooperation between SKF and KISSsoft, all future releases of KISSsoft will include an updated bearing database from SKF. The previous KISSsoft database contained 4,000 SKF bearings; the new release contains 11,500 bearings as shown in the latest catalogue.  In […]
June 17, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Big Kaiser Introduces High-Precision Face Grooving System

Big Kaiser recently announced the release of new insert holders for face grooving. The new accessories are specifically designed to fit the Big Kaiser large-diameter Series 318 and Series 319 SW twin-cutter boring heads for ultimate system flexibility. The new face grooving system can be used as either a single or twin cutter grooving tool […]
June 17, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Sandvik Coromant Introduces the First Double-Sided, Multi-Edge Milling Concept with Positive Cutting Action

Offering high productivity and a low cost per edge, the CoroMill® 745 has a double-sided, multi-edge design that is ideal for large batch productions. With its tilted insert positioning system and sharp cutting edges, this milling cutter offers a light cutting action at low power consumption. With a total of 14 cutting edges per insert, […]
June 17, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Doimak Delivers Two REN-T Spline and Gear Grinding Machines

Doimak has recently tested and delivered ready for production two REN-T grinding machines for the machining of cycloid, helical, and spur gears with exceptional accuracy results achieved during run-off tests. In addition to the remarkable accuracy and machine performance, the newest model Doimak REN-T gear grinder features gear inspection with integrated probing technology. With the […]
June 17, 2016

Gleason Introduces 200GX/260GX Threaded Wheel Grinding Machines

Gleason Corporation recently introduced the 200GX and 260GX threaded wheel grinding machines, its latest addition to the Genesis® series. The twin spindle concept combines maximum productivity with minimum idle and setup times.  The fast and easy software-guided setup of the machine allows users to set up the GX Series from one workpiece to another in […]
June 16, 2016

GMTA Names Dan Thomas As New Project Manager

German Machine Tools of America (GMTA) — a major supplier of various machine tools, lasers, and parts washers to the North American automotive, off-highway, heavy equipment, and other power transmission markets — recently announced the appointment of Dan Thomas as project manager. “We welcome Dan to our team," said GMTA Vice President Scott Knoy. "His role will […]
June 16, 2016

Kapp Niles To Demonstrate Mass Production Gear Grinding Solution and Unveil New Metrology Machine at IMTS

Kapp Niles will feature three machines at Booth N-7036 at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) on September 12–17 in Chicago. The KX 100 Dynamic gear center is uniquely designed for mass production of external planetary gears up to 125 mm. Its independent twin “pick-up” work spindles provide much more than optimum productivity. Tooling setup […]
June 16, 2016