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Archives October 2016


October 2016


Redin Production Machine

From an innovative machine builder in the 1940s to a leader in deburring machines, Redin Production Machine looks toward continued opportunities to provide its customers with customized solutions.

Based in Rockford, Illinois, Redin Production Machine was started in 1938 as an engineering firm by Cliffton Redin and his father to design labor-saving production machines. In its early days, the company became recognized as an innovative builder of these special-purpose machines. In 1948, Redin patented a machine that improved parquet flooring by placing a […]
Molly J. Rogers

Case Study: Abtex Corporation and an Automotive Gear Manufacturer

When an automotive gear being manufactured every six seconds required deburring in two separate locations, this powertrain manufacturer turned to Abtex for a customized deburring system that resulted in enhanced efficiency and productivity.

Since 1980, Abtex Corporation — headquartered in Dresden, New York, the Finger Lakes area of New York State — has been solving deburring problems for some of the world’s most quality-conscious manufacturers. Over the years, the company has become a worldwide supplier of brush-based deburring systems to manufacturers in the powder metal, fineblanking, and aluminum […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Five Ways To Extend CNC Spindle Life for Gear Manufacturing

Early attention to performance issues and implementing spindle remanufacturing procedures can help machine tool operators extend the life and performance of their spindles.

For most manufacturers, including those that produce gears, the productivity of their CNC equipment can be measured in fractions of seconds, including not only the cutting or grinding cycle times, but even the intervals between tool changes. The performance of the spindle — the workhorse of the CNC machine — has a dramatic impact on […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Testing and Validation of Powder Metal Gears in a 6-Speed Manual Transmission

Results are presented from a redesigned powder metal transmission that has been tested for durability, vibration, overload, and breaking load.

A 6-speed manual transmission was redesigned and optimized using powder metal steel as the gear material. The design work was comprehensive and included deformations of the housing, shaft, bearings, bolts, and gears, as well as varying temperature conditions and loads. Paired with extensive gear fatigue data, the analysis showed that powder metal (PM) gears would […]
Anders Flodin

An Introduction to Shot Peening for Increasing Gear Fatigue Life

As a repeatable process that follows specifications and procedures in order to improve resistance to fatigue and stress corrosion cracking, shot peening has valuable benefits for gears.

While everyone is familiar with sand blasting, people erroneously believe that shot peening is the same thing. However, the two processes are completely different. Blasting is a cleaning process, while peening is a surface enhancement process that alters the surface of the object being peened. In more technical terms, shot peening is a cold working […]
Richard E. Brooks


Trend Talks: Social Media Marketing for Gear Manufacturing

When gear manufacturing companies look at spreading the word about their products and services, they need to make sure social media isn’t left by the curb.

When it comes to marketing and the gear manufacturing industry, social media may be more important than you think. And it’s an easy component to leave out of the equation, which is a little ironic, considering how inundated we are with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and more on a daily, perhaps even hourly, basis. But […]
Kenneth Carter

Purchasing Tips

When buying a heat-treating system, there are some essential questions that everyone should ask.

Purchasing an atmosphere or vacuum heat-treating system is much like purchasing a new car or a home — a lot of thought, research, and careful consideration should go into the decision. However, it might be difficult to know all of the key items you should consider before making such an important investment. In our experience, […]
Jim Grann

Q&A with Matt Panosh

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 tell me a little about your background and how your company got started. The company was founded in Germany in 1945 by Friedrich Schunk as a mechanical workshop and has developed under the leadership of Heinz-Dieter Schunk into a competent and world market leader for clamping technology and gripping systems. Today, the company is […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Lambda Ratio

Surface roughness must be accurately characterized in order for the lambda ratio to be a completely effective tool.

The lambda ratio was originally developed to quantify the quality of lubricant operating regimes relative to bearing performance [1]. Starting around the 1990s, the lambda ratio has been tested and used to define optimal lubricant regimes for gears. In both cases, the lambda ratio has been found to correlate reasonably well with surface contact fatigue […]
Justin Michaud

Driving Creativity and Innovation

Whether your gear business produces a product or delivers a service, creativity and innovation should be part of your culture and daily practice.

Even in the best design teams, day-to-day repetitive tasks can foster stagnation and diminish creativity and efficiencies. Without creativity and new approaches, your team will become complacent and your business less competitive and relevant. New ideas, breakthrough products, and more efficient processes can help you grow your brand, add value, launch new products, sell new […]
Matt Mondek


Fullerton Offers Tooling for 5ME Cryogenic Systems

Fullerton Tool Company is now an authorized manufacturer and distributor of 5ME’s BlueZoneTM cryogenic tooling, after the two companies finalized an agreement that includes sales and support for carbide end mills and drills designed for use with 5ME’s cryogenic machining systems. The agreement covers sales and service in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. 5ME’s unique, multi-patented cryogenic […]
October 28, 2016

World’s Largest Commercial Vacuum Furnace Completes Successful First Run

Solar Atmospheres of Western PA, a premier heat treating service, launched into operation its newest and largest vacuum furnace. In its inaugural cycle, the 48-foot furnace successfully vacuum heat-treated nickel alloy components while preserving the crucial elements of brightness and cleanliness. The state-of-the-art vacuum furnace has the ability to apply tight pyrometric controls to ±10°F. […]
October 13, 2016

Samag Invests in Cleaning System from BvL that Uses 20 Percent Less Energy

Saalfelder Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH (Samag) in Germany produces crankshaft bearing caps for a large German automotive manufacturer. For the cleaning of these components, the company not only requires a cleaning system with the highest cleanliness results and a short cycle time, but particularly also with a high level of energy efficiency. Samag invested in a continuous […]
October 13, 2016

New National Engineering Trade Show Announced for the Latest in Simulation, Testing, and Thermal Engineering

GSE Media Ltd, the U.K.-based creator of innovative niche engineering events, has announced a national trade exhibition to be held in Cincinnati at the Duke Energy Convention Center on May 17-18, 2017. The event will combine three successful trade shows that have proved highly popular in the U.K. and Europe: the Engineering Simulation Expo, the […]
October 13, 2016

Dana To Build New Gear Manufacturing Facility in Europe

In support of secured new business, Dana Incorporated recently announced that it plans to construct a state-of-the-art gear manufacturing facility in Europe. The establishment of this Spicer® gear factory in Győr, Hungary, will serve as a significant enabler to further satisfy the regional needs of Dana’s global customers. The 140,000-square-foot (13,000-square-meter) facility will provide customers […]
October 13, 2016

Wenzel America’s Drew Shemenski Promoted to President of Wenzel America

Wenzel America recently announced the promotion of Drew Shemenski to president of Wenzel America. Having spent the last two years as Wenzel’s regional sales manager — Midwest region, Shemenski succeeds Andy Woodward, who has been promoted to Wenzel’s group marketing director. “I am eager to continue the growth and innovation, which have been hallmarks of […]
October 13, 2016

Mahr Federal Sponsors Illini Motorsports, a University of Illinois Student Organization

Mahr Federal announced it will provide a Silver Level sponsorship to Illini Motorsports, a University of Illinois-sponsored student organization. As part of the sponsorship, the company will donate a range of gaging equipment including digital gages, micrometers, calipers, and a Digimar 814 SR height measuring and scribing instrument. Each year, Formula SAE teams like Illini […]
October 13, 2016

Allied Machine Announces Purchase of Majority Interest in Wohlhaupter

Allied Machine & Engineering Corp., a leading manufacturer of holemaking and finishing tooling systems, recently announced it has purchased a majority of the shares of Wohlhaupter GmbH of Frickenhausen, Germany, Wohlhaupter USA, and Wohlhaupter India. Known worldwide as a manufacturer of innovative, modular tool systems, Wohlhaupter produces facing and boring heads, grooving heads, clamping tools, […]
October 13, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gleason Introduces P90CD and P90iC Horizontal Hobbing Machines

Gleason Corporation has introduced the P90CD and P90iC horizontal hobbing machines. Now, two new machines from the P-Series enhance the current model line to provide optimized solutions for specific applications that require high productivity and efficiency. Based on the well-known P90 hobbing machine, the new P90CD hobbing machine with integrated chamfering/deburring module has been designed […]
October 13, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: KISSsoft Announces New Release

A range of additional user-defined customization options are now available in the KISSsoft release 03/2016. With the new release, users can create a software interface and define their own variables. The KUI – KISSsoft User Interface – can be used to tailor the input window to suit the user’s own requirements. Tabs can be hidden, […]
October 13, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Schutte Introduces 325linear 5-Axis CNC Grinder with Extended X-Y Axis Paths

Schütte recently announced the introduction of its new 325linear machine, a 5-axis CNC grinder with extended X- and Y-axis movement, plus two auxiliary slides for workpiece clamping and improved grinding wheel guidance over the entire machining envelope. Micro tools, gun drills, hob cutters, and complex geometries can be accommodated on this new machine, which operates […]
October 13, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Sandvik Coromant Unveils CoroPlus

Cutting tool and tooling systems specialist, Sandvik Coromant, has unveiled its CoroPlus™ suite of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions aimed at helping manufacturers prepare for Industry 4.0. The concept is designed specifically to improve the control of productivity and costs through a combination of connected machining and access to manufacturing data and expert knowledge. […]
October 13, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Preco Announces New Laser System

Preco Inc. recently announced the Lightning Bolt 2000 laser system for processing of highly accurate micro features on metallic, ceramic, and polymer materials. The system is customizable to accommodate a wide range of IR, Green, and UV wave lengths and nanosecond, picosecond, and femtosecond lasers and can be configured for specific process requirements. Typical processes […]
October 13, 2016

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: GTI Predictive Technology Announced Linear Signature Analysis

Headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, GTI Predictive Technology recently unveiled its new Linear Signature Analysis (LSA) service. GTI has perfected its wireless VibePro vibration technology to collect vibration data in ball screws and to detect issues such as: • Preload • Backlash • Worn ball paths • Wear points on slides VibePro technology enables uninterrupted […]
October 13, 2016

Star SU LLC and Neher Group Form Agreement To Sell PCD Tooling in North America

Star SU LLC and Neher DIA GmbH & Co. KG have entered a joint venture partnership that appoints Star SU to sell Neher’s PCD tooling portfolio in North America. The addition of Neher’s comprehensive line of diamond tools, including finish reamers, combination tools, and PCD/CBN inserts, complements Star SU’s current cutting tool offering to provide […]
October 7, 2016

Bodycote Acquires Nitrex Metal Technologies

Bodycote, one of the world’s leading thermal processing services provider, recently announced that it has acquired Nitrex Metal Technologies. Nitrex Metal Technologies specializes in precision gas nitriding and ferritic nitrocarburizing in both batch and continuous forms. Continuous gas nitriding and ferritic nitrocarburizing are unique in the industry and are particularly suited to high-volume automotive work. […]
October 7, 2016

SKF Centralizes Bearing Production with Solid Oil and Introduces Enhanced Formulas

SKF has centralized the production of bearings with Solid Oil to promote timely delivery throughout North America and has introduced enhanced formulas to benefit more applications across industries. These bearings are filled with an oil-saturated polymer matrix, which creates a consistent lubricant supply able to withstand cold temperatures (to minus 65ºF and minus 53ºC), aggressive […]
October 7, 2016

Siemens Announces Servo Drive System for Demanding Geared Motor Applications

Siemens has expanded its extensive drive portfolio for servo applications to include the Simotics S-1FG1 servo geared motors, which are designed for use with the Sinamics S120 drive system. Sinamics S120 drives and Simotics S-1FG1 servo geared motors are an integral component of Siemens Totally Integrated Automation (TIA), which reduces engineering time and costs. Pre-fabricated […]
October 7, 2016

Emuge Opens New Cutting Tool Technology Center

Emuge Corp. announced the opening of a new technology center located at the company’s North American headquarters in West Boylston, Massachusetts. The center, designed to be a full-service resource for manufacturers to apply cutting tool application strategies, is equipped with the latest three- and five-axis vertical machining centers, precision measuring devices, and tool monitoring, in […]
October 7, 2016