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July 2016


American Steel Treating

For over 25 years, American Steel Treating has provided leading OEMs and suppliers with heat treating solutions, while continuously broadening its capabilities in the thermal processing industry.

After many years of service with Surface Combustion Inc., gaining experience and technical expertise, Roy Waits, Steve Johnson, and Bob Morse set out to capitalize on their experience by founding FurnTech, a builder of heat treating furnaces in Perrysburg, Ohio, in 1987. Two years later, Doug Clinger, an industry leader in metallurgy, joined the organization […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

A Look at the Intersection of Thermal Processing and Industry 4.0

Today’s technology is fueling the advancements and utilization of thermal processing systems and applications.

Technology continues to advance at anaccelerated pace with the development of lean manufacturing processes, the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the demand for integrated, automated systems. This intersection of technology and industry development has led to a turning point — a point where technology can now manage process variables, enhance productivity, and […]
Janusz Kowalewski

TOOLING & WORKHOLDING: Working with Workholding Suppliers

Asking the right questions from your workholding suppliers can save time and reduce overall costs.

There have been and continue to be many technical improvements in the workholding industry. These improvements keep up with the evolution of faster and more complex machines, more efficient cutting and grinding tools, and the overall manufacturing environment. For example, faster machines call for workholding designs with increased rigidity. Quick-change bases reduce setup time and help […]
Ann Pettibone

INSPECTION & METROLOGY: Case Study: Forest City Gear and Keyence Corporation

Keyence’s IM Series Instant Measurement (IM) system saves time and eliminates errors for an Illinois gear manufacturer.

Quality inspector, Amy Sovina, is one of the operators at Forest City Gear who has been using an optical comparator multiple times a day for several years. The optical comparator is an accurate method of visual inspection, essentially reflecting an image of the workpiece onto a screen. From there, measurements are taken of the part […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

INSPECTION & METROLOGY: The State of Measurement Technology

Gear Solutions talked with Michael Stepke, Zoller’s product specialist for inspection machines, about how the tool manufacturing industry’s demands for higher quality require process control and complete documentation of production processes and how today’s inspection machines address these needs.

What are the trends you have seen in measurement technology in recent years? Due to an increasing national demand and growing shortage of specialists in the U.S. market, automation, process control, and documentation are increasingly required by the tool manufacturing industry. A worldwide growing importance in regard to process stability and precision in production goes […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

INSPECTION & METROLOGY: Today’s Technology for Gear Metrology

While the requirements for more precise gears increase and production methods grow in number and sophistication, metrology provides the link that lets producers generate the products that meet today’s market demands.

Regardless of size or application, all gears depend on some degree of precision to prevent avoidable wear, power loss, and noise, and industry trends lean toward tighter tolerances, which, in turn, depend on more accurate cutting. That precision can only be ensured by careful measurement at every stage of the process. In addition, the processes […]
Robert Johnson, Caitlin Chandler, Bradley Miner

Tribological Coating Wear and Durability Performance Guideline for Gear Applications

While it is generally known that extreme contact pressure and sliding velocity operating conditions can lead to coating wear, a better understanding of the thresholds that constrain coating durability and usefulness are needed so that gear and bearing engineers can more accurately specify and predict system life.

For decades, the performance of tribological coatings has been studied with the goal of developing practical surface treatments to enhance the friction and wear performance of mechanical components. Known parameters that affect coating performance include contact pressure, rolling velocity, sliding velocity, lubricant film thickness, and surface roughness. From the late 1980s to the early 2000s, […]
Randy Kruse, Carl H. Hager Jr., Ph.D., Ryan D. Evans

Case Study: National Bearings Company and a Power Tool Manufacturer

A power tool manufacturer reduces its manufacturing costs by 50 percent with a custom bearing solution.

National Bearings Company — a U.S. bearing manufacturer specializing in custom thrust bearings, radial bearings, angular contact bearings, subassemblies, and bearing components — was able to apply its decades of bearing-specific engineering experience to help a leading power tool manufacturer identify ways in which modifications to legacy assembly processes combined with the use of a […]
Mark Bos


Trend Talks: Wind Turbine Gearboxes

As the wind energy industry continues to expand across the United States following the recent PTC extension, gear manufacturers can look forward to opportunities for growth, too.

The American wind energy industry has come a long way since the first large utility-scale turbines were installed in California 35 years ago. According to the United States Department of Energy (DOE), around 2000, wind costs dipped into the cost-competitive range of 5 to 10 cents per kilowatt-hour, making wind energy generation a key player […]
Anna Claire Howard

Distortion Engineering of Gears

Various thermal operations can be used to prevent distortion induced from any stage in the manufacturing process, whether it’s before or after heat treatment.

The causes for distortion of gears are complex and the heat treatment process has been named as a main contributing factor [1]. However, the truth is, all the manufacturing steps prior to and after heat treating also make a contribution to distortion. Nevertheless, any thermal operations carried out on gears may trigger and reveal the […]
Dr. Edward Rolinski

Q&A with Randy Schuster

Director of Wickert Sales for North America
Desma USA, Inc.

Please tell me a little about your background. I’ve been in manufacturing for over 30 years, and I’m a mechanical engineer by trade. My early career started as a CNC machinist and progressed into tool design and program management. This allowed me to work in various industries in sales for equipment, part sales, and company […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

The Elimination of Part Break-In by Isotropic Superfinishing

Part break-in cycles and bending fatigue resistance can be improved via isotropic superfinishing.

Precision metallic components undergo a number of manufacturing processes that can include milling, grinding, and honing as a part of final surface preparation. A primary goal of these processes is to generate an improved final surface finish that conforms to the demands of the part’s long-term performance requirements. However, the surface texture that these machining […]
William P. Nebiolo

Developing Your Gear Design Team

Whether you produce a product or provide a service, having the right talent, tools, and experience are vital to satisfying the customer.

Translating your customer’s needs into a product requires a well-rounded and practical approach that balances four key areas: engineering expertise, the ever-changing technological advances in the digital world, interpersonal skills, and customer empathy. Continually challenging your design team to grow in these areas should be part of any employer’s annual personnel developmental plan. The softer […]
Matt Mondek


Ken Nemec Joins Ever Sharp Tools

Ken Nemec Joins Ever Sharp Tools Ever Sharp Tools has announced a new president, Ken Nemec, aka “The Broachman.” Founded by the Chen family in 1990, Ever Sharp Tools is now one of the world’s largest specialty cutting tool and spline gage companies, with over 500 employees, and it’s continually expanding sales globally. In 2016, […]
July 28, 2016

Suhner Introduces Machining Block Spindle for High-Speed Operations

Suhner Industrial Products Corp., Automation division, recently introduced the Suhner PowerMaster® BEX8, a high-speed machining block spindle capable of maintaining rigidity, precision, and reliable performance at extremely high-speed operations, up to 25,000 rpm. The BEX8 is a smaller version of the popular Suhner BEX15, but weighs only 33 pounds and features the ability to mount […]
July 27, 2016

GKN Sinter Metals Wins Award at Powdermet 2016

Auburn Hills, Michigan-based GKN Sinter Metals recently won the grand prize in the automotive and transmission category at the Powdermet 2016 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials. The award was given for five components — a side gear, two pinion gears, a locking side gear, and a locking plate — comprising a forged […]
July 15, 2016

Bodycote To Open New Heat Treatment Facility in Mexico

Bodycote, a leading thermal processing services provider, recently announced that it will open a new state-of-the-art heat treatment plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Mexico is one of the largest automotive manufacturing countries in the western hemisphere with many of the world’s leading car manufacturers investing in manufacturing and assembly plants. Bodycote’s latest investment — […]
July 15, 2016

Construction of the Largest Commercial Vacuum Furnace Is Nearing Completion

Solar Atmospheres of Western Pennsylvania and Solar Manufacturing Inc. have built the world’s largest vacuum furnace. The working hot zone of this high-vacuum (35" Varian diffusion pumps) furnace is 80" diameter by 48' long with a maximum operating temperature of 2400°F. Thirty-five points of temperature will be surveyed to within +/- 10°F per the stringent […]
July 15, 2016

Joel Neidig of ITAMCO Receives AGMA Next Generation Award

Joel Neidig, an engineer and lead technology developer with Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies (ITAMCO), received the 2016 Next Generation Award from the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA). This award, presented annually since 2011, recognizes innovative work by an individual responsible for one or more significant achievements through their effort and work that has enhanced […]
July 15, 2016

Successful Premiere for Bearing World

FVA (Forschungsvereinigung Antriebstechnik e.V.) — the German research association for drive technology — hosted Bearing World, the first international conference dedicated to bearings that took place on April 12-13 in Hanover, Germany, under the motto “Industrial Research and Science in Dialogue with Practical Application.” The expert conference was well-received by the more than 200 participants […]
July 15, 2016

Hitachi Automotive Systems Presents Quality Excellence Award to C&U Americas

C&U Americas, LLC, the North American subsidiary of the C&U Group, which is one of the world’s top 10 bearing manufacturers and China’s largest bearing producer, was recently honored with the 2015 Quality Excellence Award by Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas Inc. The award was presented in recognition of outstanding quality performance achievement. C&U Americas President […]
July 15, 2016

Bourn & Koch Celebrates 40 Years of Building American Machine Tools

Located in the heart of the Rockford, Illinois, industrial zone, Bourn & Koch has been manufacturing new machine tools and refurbishing its legacy in the United States for more than 40 years. The company’s production machine tool shop includes over two dozen American-made horizontal boring machines, gear manufacturing machines, turning machines, grinders, and milling machines […]
July 15, 2016

Mitutoyo Announces Grand Opening of Huntersville Facility

Mitutoyo America Corporation recently announced the relocation and grand opening of the M3 Solution Center in Huntersville, North Carolina. This new 7,700-square-foot facility is conveniently located for customers to schedule appointments for product demonstrations and to acquire assistance with application challenges and metrology solutions, as well as product and educational training seminars. “Our goal is […]
July 15, 2016

Tecno Team GmbH Represent Drake Manufacturing Services in Europe

Drake Manufacturing Services Co., LLC and Tecno Team GmbH have formally established a sales agreement for Europe, specifically Austria, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Eastern Europe. This agreement provides sales, marketing, and service support related to all thread grinding solutions offered by Drake. Drake is recognized globally as a market leader for designing, building, […]
July 15, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: SKF Upgrades Spherical Roller Bearings for Vibratory Applications

Upgraded SKF Explorer spherical roller bearings for vibratory applications have been newly engineered to provide ideal performance and longer service life compared with conventional types. Typical applications include vibrating screens, compactors, road rollers, and similar end uses that are operating with high vibration and exposure to contamination or poor lubrication conditions. The bearings are additionally […]
July 15, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Kapp Niles To Exhibit 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 […]
July 15, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gleason Introduces 200GX and 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 just […]
July 15, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Lucifer Delivers Red Devil Box Furnace for Heat Treating Small Loads

Lucifer Furnaces, a manufacturer of industrial heat treating furnaces and ovens, recently delivered a bench-style box furnace for batch heat treating small loads of low-carbon steel. Model RD7-KHE24 with 7 KW power heats to 2200°F with easy-to-replace wire wound heating elements in removable holders. A horizontal swing door seals the 12-inch-high, 14-inch-wide, 24-inch-long chamber. A […]
July 15, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Samag Machine Tools Are Now Available in North America from GMTA

Now available from German Machine Tools of America (GMTA), a full line of Samag machining centers, including multi-spindle, horizontal machining centers, deep hole drilling machines, and combination milling/drilling machines is offered for the North American market.    Samag — based in Saalfeld, Germany, with offices worldwide — engineers and builds a variety of multi-spindle machines, […]
July 15, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Siemens Offers Simple Setup of Automated Cells

With the Sinumerik 828 CNC family, Siemens is now offering a simple solution for connecting robots to machine tools, which has become an integral part of automated production cell setup.   Different types of robots designed by different manufacturers can now be connected to CNC machines equipped with the Sinumerik 828D family using the Sinumerik […]
July 15, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Schunk Offers the World’s Smallest and Strongest Clamping System

For the production of small precision components, such as in the medical technology or mold-making industries, Schunk has expanded its line of modules for efficient workpiece clamping. With a height of only 20 mm, the Vero-S NSE mini pneumatic quick-change module is extremely thin, making it ideal for retrofitting existing machines to achieve full utilization of […]
July 15, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Niagara Cutter Sets New Benchmark in Solid-Carbide Thread Mills

Niagara Cutter has launched a new portfolio of solid-carbide thread mills that bring strength and process reliability to a broad range of general purpose machining applications. Overall, the portfolio comprises thread mills for the cost-effective, highly accurate production of Unified, National Pipe Tapered, and metric thread forms. With a vast selection of thread sizes, cutting diameters, […]
July 15, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gleason Introduces 500CB Cutter Build Inspection Machine

Gleason Corporation introduces its latest innovation, the 500CB Cutter Build inspection machine. The 500CB delivers more accurate and highly automated build, truing, and inspection of all types of stick-blade bevel gear cutters. The 500CB features automated closed-loop blade positioning, creating a highly accurate and repeatable build quality. An accurately built cutter head is a critical factor in […]
July 15, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Mahr Federal Offers Integrated Wireless Data Transmission with Digital Calipers and Indicators

Mahr Federal wireless data transmission capability is now integrated within its families of MarCal digital calipers and MarCator digital indicators using proven wireless technology. Both MarCal digital calipers and MarCator digital indicators send data to a small i-stick receiver, resembling a common USB flash drive. MarCom software makes data acquisition simple: just take a measurement […]
July 15, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Releases PC-DMIS Upgrade

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence recently launched PC-DMIS 2016, the latest edition of a leading measurement software. This release introduces new tools and technologies to help metrology equipment users collect, evaluate, manage, and present actionable manufacturing information in more effective ways, delivering maximum value for any manufacturer. PC-DMIS 2016 offers overall performance improvements and major enhancements for measurement […]
July 15, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Nikon Metrology Introduces New HN-C3030 3-D Measuring System

Nikon Metrology has introduced the HN-C3030, a new non-contact measuring system for high-speed, 3D measurement of gears, impellers, hobs, turbine blades, and other complex components in single-figure micron accuracy. Featuring an advanced laser scanner, the HN-C3030 represents a major step forward in ultra-fast shape evaluation compared with traditional tactile measurement. By scanning a component and comparing […]
July 15, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Mitutoyo Releases Renewed IP67 Coolant-proof Calipers

Mitutoyo America Corporation recently announced the renewal of its 500 Series IP67 Absolute Digimatic coolant-proof calipers. Product highlights include: Incorporates Mitutoyo’s Absolute measurement system, so there’s no need to reset the origin. The automatic power on/off shuts down the LCD after 20 minutes of inactivity, but the ABS scale origin is unaffected. Power is restored […]
July 15, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Marposs Introduces Ultra-Precision Mida Diamond Probing Line

Marposs offers a new Mida Diamond line of high-precision machine tool touch probes and tool setters. The Mida Diamond line has been developed to assist in controlling the entire production process in all its phases: from workpiece setup and inspection, to tool pre-setting and control. The high-precision products address industries that require high accuracy controls […]
July 15, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Alicona Releases MicroGear Measurement Module

Global supplier of optical 3D surface management solutions, Alicona has released a new MicroGear measurement module aimed specifically for the measurement of micro gears up to 5 mm diameter. Developed in conjunction with German gear and spline specialist Frenco and using Alicona’s FocusVariation technology, this new measurement module provides optical non-contact measurement on gears that are typically […]
July 15, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: KISSsys Simplifies Modeling

In the latest release from KISSsoft, modeling in the KISSsys has been radically simplified. Now, for example, when elements are added, the part geometries are prefilled with default values. At the same time, the shafts are positioned intelligently to suit the gearing types involved, such as cylindrical gear pair, bevel gear, or planetary stage. The […]
July 15, 2016

Schafer Industries Acquires Assets of Custom Gear and Machine Inc.

Schafer Industries Inc. through its wholly owned subsidiary, Schafer Gear Works Rockford, LLC, has acquired the assets and business of Custom Gear and Machine Inc. of Roscoe, Illinois, effective July 1, 2016. The acquisition was announced jointly by Bipin Doshi, president of Schafer Industries, and Stan Blenke, the company’s executive vice president. The manufacturing facility […]
July 7, 2016

Third Edition Recently Released of Dudley's Handbook of Practical Gear Design and Manufacture

The third edition of "Dudley's Handbook of Practical Gear Design and Manufacture" by Stephen P. Radzevich is now available through CRC Press. The book, focused on gear design and gear production, is a revised, updated, and enlarged version of the earlier published book by Darle W. Dudley, “Handbook of Practical Gear Design.”  “Keeping in mind […]
July 7, 2016

Motion Industries Breaks Ground for Expanded Distribution Center Near Dallas

Motion Industries Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, recently announced the building of a new, expanded distribution center (DC) near Dallas in Grand Prairie, Texas. The facility is scheduled to open in March 2017 and will be managed by Dan Krska. […]
July 7, 2016

SKF Shaft Alignment Tool Performs with App To Enable Precise Machinery Alignment

The new SKF Shaft Alignment Tool TKSA 51 performs with a dedicated, easily downloaded app to enable precise alignment of shafts in rotating machinery across industries. The tool — the first instrument of its kind designed for intuitive shaft alignments using tablets and smartphones — makes it quick and easy to set up motors, drives, […]
July 7, 2016