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Archives January 2017


January 2017


B&R Machine and Gear Corporation

For over 40 years, B&R Machine and Gear Corporation has been providing small-batch, high-precision gearing. It prides itself on offering personal customer service while leading the industry as a full-service gear manufacturing facility.

B&R Machine and Gear Corporation specializes in manufacturing direct replacement gearing for a wide range of industrial markets. With the capacity to produce right-angle gears up to 80″ in diameter, B&R considers themselves part of an elite group who is able to offer such sizable bevel gearing. “While we have historically focused our efforts and […]
Molly J. Rogers

Gear Design Relevant Cleanness Metrics

A method is presented to characterize premium quality clean steels using statistics of extreme values (SEV) and quantitative stereology. The data can be used to perform gear design relevant engineering analysis of the potential for a gear failure due to bending fatigue in the root or flank or rolling/sliding contact fatigue of the gear tooth face.

The “Metallurgical Specifications for Steel Gearing” information sheet (AGMA 923-B05) [1] details non-metallic inclusion limits to meet AGMA grade expectations for a range of gear metallurgical processing methods (case carburized, through hardened, etc.). These limits allow gear designers and producers to select material suppliers that will meet the minimum expectations for material fatigue performance, but […]
Dr. Peter C. Glaws, E. Buddy Damm

New Refinements to the Use of AGMA Load Reversal and Reliability Factors

This paper suggests two ways to calculate a load reversal factor that would be material-specific, based either on Modified Goodman or Gerber failure theories, and further provides a method of calculating the reliability factors that closely match the AGMA tables found in ANSI/AGMA 2101-D04.

The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) rating standard, ANSI/AGMA 2101-D04, “Fundamental Rating Factors and Calculation Methods for Involute Spur and Helical Gear Teeth” [1], uses load reversal and reliability factors in the calculation of the rated load capacity for gear teeth. This paper proposes a useful method to calculate the reliability factor instead of using […]
Ernie Reiter P.Eng

Optimizing Gear Macro and Microgeometry To Minimize Whine and Maximize Robustness for a Diesel Engine Application

A system approach is used to optimize the macro and micro design to minimize the transmission error while ensuring that robustness (bending, contact, scuffing, and micropitting) safety factors are not compromised.

The desire for engines that provide more torque and power is driving higher loads into the gear train. At the same time, expectations for noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) require systems that are even more refined. The gear train design engineer has several factors available to consider; some are controllable, and others are not. Given: […]
Erik Ostergaard, Greg Mitchum, Neil McNab


Evolution of Heat Treating Furnaces for Gears

There have been 40 years of fascinating projects, unforgettable facilities, and forward-thinking people in the gear and heat treat industry.

It’s the mid ’70s, the phone rings, and I’m told that Ford wants to upgrade their heat treat equipment at the Rouge facility. Driving in, I am awed at the size and history of the complex. As I enter the heat treat department, I see the furnace operator about to seal and load a retort […]
Bill St. Thomas

Gear Corrosion in the Manufacturing Process

Corrosion in the gear manufacturing process is a significant issue that must be corrected to avoid premature failure.

No matter how well gears are designed and manufactured, gear corrosion can occur during the manufacturing process, which may, in turn, result in catastrophic failure. To further complicate matters, corrosion can easily go undetected during normal visual inspection especially in the difficult-to-observe areas. Corrosion can appear in different forms such as pitting, crevice, and intergranular […]
David Idlebird

Achieving Gear Design Success

When evaluating a new or existing spur gear design, there are important areas that should be evaluated.

After a gear design is completed, enough of the gear, stress, and life data is established so that the gear set can be completely described and all of the relevant gear data specified in order to manufacture and rate the gears involved. From this gear data, the following items should be evaluated: Contact Ratio: This […]
Rick Miller

Q&A with Matt Croson

Gear Solutions talks with company leaders so they can share their experiences in the industry. We had a chance to sit down with Matt Croson, AGMA’s new president, to learn more about him.

Please tell me a little about your background. For the past 23 years, I’ve been developing the communications, meetings, membership, human resource, and general management experience necessary to lead an association. I’ve worked for three associations — PMMI, ASC, and AGMA. PMMI focused on packaging machinery; ASC focused on adhesives and sealants, and AGMA — […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


Gleason Acquires KISSsoft AG

Gleason Corporation recently announced that it has acquired KISSsoft AG, located in Bubikon, Switzerland. KISSsoft is a leader in the development of design software for gears and power transmission systems, serving customers globally across a wide spectrum of industries. “We are excited about our future partnership with Gleason," said Dr. Ulrich Kissling, the founder and […]
February 13, 2017

Elgeti Engineering Becomes Strategic Testing Partner of Aetna Bearing

Aetna Bearing Company, headquartered in Franklin Park, Illinois, entered a strategic partnership with Elgeti Engineering GmbH to be its dedicated bearing and system testing solution provider. Aetna Bearing, founded in 1916, looks to continue advancing its engineering and support capabilities to meet the needs of a demanding customer base. With Elgeti Engineering’s unparalleled knowledge and […]
February 6, 2017

Ipsen To Offer One-Day, Maintenance-Focused Seminars in South Carolina and Ohio

With 2016’s successful conclusion of customer seminars in California, Texas, and Connecticut, Ipsen will begin 2017 by continuing to provide one-day expert-taught classes throughout the U.S. Ipsen’s next available seminars will occur on Wednesday, February 22, in Greenville, South Carolina, and on Wednesday, March 1, in West Chester, Ohio. During this one-day training, attendees will […]
February 6, 2017

Moventas Announces Increase in Gear Manufacturing Capacity

Moventas is expanding its wind gearbox assembly and testing capacity at its manufacturing locations in Jyväskylä, Finland. The investment includes expansion of component manufacturing, serial production facilities, and new 6 MW testing facilities. The investment expands existing gear manufacturing capacity to over 5 GW, with the ability to expand further as volumes grow. The expansion-related […]
February 6, 2017

Dana Completes Purchase of Brevini Power-Transmission and Fluid Power Businesses

Dana Incorporated announced that it has completed the acquisition of the power-transmission and fluid power businesses of Brevini Group, S.p.A. The combination of Brevini into Dana’s business creates opportunities for profitable growth. Customers of both companies will benefit from two complementary organizations, as the agreement creates a stronger, more diverse company to serve their needs. […]
February 6, 2017

Seco/Vacuum Technologies Appoints New VP of Sales

Seco Vacuum Technologies, LLC announced the appointment of William (Bill) Warwick to vice president of sales. Warwick will be responsible for sales of capital equipment, spare parts, and aftermarket services throughout North America. Warwick joins a team of technical specialists selling and supporting both standard and custom vacuum furnaces for this new company of the […]
February 6, 2017

Machine Tool Builders Represents Diablo Furnaces LLC

Diablo Furnaces LLC is a new startup company manufacturing, retrofitting, upgrading, servicing, and supplying parts for atmosphere heat treating equipment. Operating under the name Diablo LLC, the infrastructure has been in place for 1 1/2 years working with Machine Tool Builders (MTB). Separately launching its own company, Diablo LLC has a plethora of thermal processing […]
February 2, 2017

AGMA Foundation Releases 2017 Scholarship Guidelines

The AGMA Foundation 2017 Scholarship Guidelines are available on the AGMA and AGMA Foundation websites ( and The AGMA Foundation Scholarship Program is open to students who are interested in a career in the gear industry and/or a career in power transmission as it relates to the gear industry. Applicants must be currently enrolled, […]
January 31, 2017

Forest City Gear Adds Continuous Generating Grinding Capability for High-Volume Gear Production

Forest City Gear has expanded its high-volume gear production capabilities with the addition of a Reishauer RZ 160 gear grinding machine and Felsomat FRC 600 high-speed load/unload automation. The system is part of a new 8,500-square-foot facility in close proximity to Forest City Gear’s main plant and dedicated to the high-volume production of eight different […]
January 17, 2017

GMTA Names Scott Knoy as Vice President

Walter Friedrich, president of GMTA (German Machine Tools of America) recently announced the promotion of Scott Knoy to vice president for the company. Knoy joined GMTA on July 1, 2005, back when the company was known as American Wera. Since then, Knoy has played a large role in the growth of the organization. GMTA is […]
January 17, 2017

Sandvik Coromant Becomes DMG MORI Premium Partner

Cutting tool and tooling systems specialist Sandvik Coromant has signed an agreement to become a premium partner of leading machine tool manufacturer DMG MORI. The deal, which makes Sandvik Coromant the only tooling manufacturer to be named as a DMG MORI premium partner, will further strengthen the relationship between the companies on a global scale. […]
January 17, 2017

Wenzel’s Manufacturing Day Sparked Students’ Interest in Metrology

Wenzel America, a leader in providing metrology and automotive styling solutions, provided another first: the first company to sponsor a Manufacturing Day for 2016. Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to shine the spotlight on 21st century manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers. At the event, 15 students experienced a […]
January 17, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Koepfer America Introduces MZ 500 D-drive CNC Gear Hobbing Machine

The Monnier + Zahner (MZ) 500 D-drive gear hobbing machine offers CNC technology in a compact footprint for top-quality fine- and ultra-fine pitch gear manufacturing. Introduced by Koepfer America at IMTS 2016, the 500 D-drive is the latest in precision machine design from the Swiss company, MZ. The machine features two identical direct-drive work spindles […]
January 17, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Evaluations in the KISSsoft Contact Analysis

The contact analysis is used for further noise and strength optimization. Based on the determination of tooth stiffness according to Weber/Banaschek, the local contact is calculated considering the tooth bending. The shaft deformations and tooth corrections are also included, which allows a realistic analysis of the tooth meshing. In addition to the stress distribution and […]
January 17, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE:Rohm Power-Operated Chucks Deliver Secure Holding for Gear Grinding

Röhm Products of America now offers a powered external clamping chuck for gear surface face grinding. The KZF-S collet chuck is especially well-suited for clamping gears/workpieces that have an external plane or gear teeth geometries accessible from the outside. Additionally, the chuck allows face and ID diameters to be turned or ground concentric to outer […]
January 17, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: GTI Unveils Upgraded Wired iPad Vibration Analyzer System

GTI Predictive Technology, headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, has announced a new version of its classic wired iPad Vibration Analyzer. The new version is equipped with an upgraded DAQ box that accepts input from any standard accelerometer. A great deal of engineering went into this breakthrough to accept these standard accelerometers that require more power […]
January 17, 2017

Erwin Junker Machinery Expands Capabilities with Showroom

Erwin Junker Machinery Inc. is inviting visitors to its showroom in Elgin, Illinois.  The company is showcasing world-class grinding machines from JUNKER and Zema as well as industry-leading air filtration units from LTA Industrial Air Cleaning Systems Inc. Numerous Best Supplier awards distinguish the Junker Group within the industry by delivering quality machinery and unsurpassed […]
January 11, 2017