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Archives February 2017


February 2017


Affolter Technologies SA

Building upon its almost 100-year history of making small gears and pinions for Swiss watchmakers, today the company is manufacturing technologically advanced high-precision gear hobbing machines for micro-gear customers in a range of industries.

Affolter was founded in 1919 by Louis Affolter, making pinions and gear assemblies for local Swiss watch customers. In 1926, Louis expanded its capabilities and set up a workshop in a family apartment, sparking an almost 100-year tradition of keeping the company in the family. In 1946, Louis’ sons Andre, Rene, and Marc took over […]
Molly J. Rogers

Parametric Geometric Modeling of a Spur Gear Using SolidWorks

This study shows how the global equations tool and general calculation formulas in the SolidWorks application can be used to update a model just by modifying the spur gear number of teeth to reproduce a new gear with equivalent mechanical characteristics in simulation.

For a spur gear as a mechanical element, the design and sketching of the involute guarantees optimum functionality. This paper shows the parametric design of the generation of the involute tooth flanks with driven curves for a spur gear using SolidWorks. The full parametric design of the gear using the SolidWorks global equations tool and […]
Dr. Gonzalo Gonzalez Rey, Ing. Gerardo Brianza Gordillo

Intelligent Process Monitoring Is Advancing Gear-making Productivity

A real-time tool monitoring system for gear hobbing machines has been developed and implemented in manufacturing plants to accurately detect and track tool wear through data collection and without changing process parameters.

Gear-making technology has been advancing at an extremely rapid pace. By many accounts, developments in tooling and machine technology have quadrupled productivity in the last 10 years. But that performance comes at a price, and the sophisticated tools and machines that make it possible are significantly more expensive than those used a decade ago. That […]
Jorge L. Pena-Mena

Influence of Contact Conditions on the Onset of Micropitting in Rolling-Sliding Contacts Pertinent to Gear Applications

Experimental results, obtained on a triple-disc micropitting rig under conditions designed to isolate the effects of the slide-roll ratio and specific film thickness, show that increasing the slide-roll ratio increases the extent of micropitting; however, the mechanisms responsible for this are not related to any potential effects of the slide-roll ratio on the prevalent film thickness, but rather to the increased number of asperity stress cycles at higher slide-roll ratios.

Micropitting is a type of surface damage that occurs in concentrated, rolling-sliding contacts, such as those between gear teeth, through rolling contact fatigue mechanisms. It differs from macropitting in that the damage initiates on the surface asperity level rather than the macro contact level. As such, micropitting is prevalent in contacts operating under low specific […]
Dr. Amir Kadiric, Pawel Rycerz


Factors That Affect Hardenability

Factors that affect hardenability and the rate of austenite transformation — carbon content, grain size, and alloying elements — can be used to calculate hardenability for comparing alloy grades.

Steel is a mixture of iron, carbon from 0.0 to 1.2 percent, and alloying elements. Carbon provides the hardness, and the alloying elements provide how deep this hardness will occur. This concept is called “hardenability.” Hardenability should not be confused with the maximum hardness after quenching, which is only dependent on the amount of carbon […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Nitriding’s “White Layer” and Isotropic Superfinishing

Isotropic superfinishing is an ideal method of removing the problematic white layer created during the nitriding process.

Developed in the early 20th century, nitriding has evolved into a standard process across many industrial applications. Often considered the simplest technique for case hardening, the process is commonplace in aircraft manufacturing, bearings, automotive components, turbine generation systems, and various industrial machineries [1]. Modern practitioners have perfected nitriding into several sub-processes: gas nitriding (the most […]
Nathan Michaud


Calculating EHL film thickness is one way that can help evaluate the relative risk of micropitting related to lubrication, which plays an important role.

Micropitting is a topic that has generated a lot of interest, discussion, research, and many technical papers in the last few years, but it remains a failure mode where much is unknown. There are many individual items that affect and are related to micropitting, such as oil film thickness, temperature, and the slide-to-roll ratio, but […]
Rick Miller

Q&A with Allen Williston

A&J Engineering, Division of A&J Group LLC

Please tell us a little about your background. I graduated from University of Missouri-Rolla, now called Missouri University of Science and Technology, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Through the co-op program, which I recommend, I became acquainted with the Dorris Company in St. Louis that manufactured industrial gearboxes for 50 years before […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


Oerlikon Drive Systems Showcases Innovations March 7-11 at ConExpo-Con/Agg in Las Vegas

Oerlikon’s Drive Systems segment, including brands Oerlikon Fairfield and Oerlikon Graziano, is displaying its latest high-tech gear and drive solutions for construction and mobile machinery applications at the ConExpo-Con/Agg exhibition March 7-11, 2017, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in South Hall 3 Space #S81015. Oerlikon Drive Systems is a leading global provider of complete […]
March 7, 2017

Linamar Chooses RomaxDesigner for Its Design and Development of Driveline Systems

Linamar Corporation, one of the world’s leading diversified manufacturers of precision powertrain and driveline components, uses RomaxDesigner in its design and development processes, creating innovative transmission and driveline systems for a wide range of product lines. An innovative engineering approach from Romax is being applied to the development of new electric drive systems at Linamar. […]
March 7, 2017

Hendrick Motorsports Uses Hexagon’s Portable Technology for Under-the-Hood Optimization

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence recently announced its portable metrology solutions are instrumental in driving optimization under the hood at Hendrick Motorsports. The two companies formed a trailblazing technology partnership in early 2016 for collaborative technology development and engineering problem solving. The winner of a record 12 NASCAR Cup Series championships, Hendrick Motorsports has recently achieved more […]
March 7, 2017

Second Deburring Technology Expo is October 10-17 in Germany

The trade fair for deburring technology and precision surface finishing, DeburringEXPO, will be at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre on October 10-17, 2017. The presentations at the expert forum will be interpreted simultaneously at the event (German to English). Trade fair promoters, FairXperts GmbH & Co. KG, recognize growing international requirements for deburring and the production […]
March 7, 2017

A Forgings Company Brings Production In-House with Afc-Holcroft’s Heat Treatment Line

A European-based multinational supplier of forgings for the automotive industry has brought its heat treatment process in-house by investing in an AFC-Holcroft automated, non-atmosphere batch heat treatment line delivered to an American facility in the Midwest. The equipment will be used to process raw forgings that will undergo normalizing, tempering, stress relieving, and a quench […]
March 7, 2017

Sandvik Coromant Opens Project and Training Site at Don Schumacher Racing

Don Schumacher Racing and Sandvik Coromant recently announced the opening of a project and training site in Don Schumacher Racing’s headquarters in Brownsburg, Indiana. The site will be a collaborative hub with a focus on automotive engineering projects and customized trainings for Sandvik Coromant customers. With a full-time project engineer specializing in automotive process engineering […]
February 27, 2017

Samputensili Appoints Deniz Sari as New Gear Technology Manager

Samputensili announced the recent appointment of Dr. Ing. Deniz Sari to the newly created position of gear technology manager for Samputensili and its joint venture Star SU. According to the company, Deniz is a talented leader and industry expert who brings significant experience, knowledge, and passion for gears to the business. In his new role […]
February 17, 2017

Powder Metallurgy Machinability Seminar Program Available

Registration has opened for the Powder Metallurgy (PM) Machinability Seminar on April 4-5, 2017, at Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, Pennsylvania. This seminar focuses on improving company operations in terms of higher-quality parts, reduced costs, and greater profits. The seminar will feature programming focusing on fundamentals critical to increasing productivity and efficiency. “This […]
February 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 […]
February 17, 2017

Emuge Introduces Tool Reconditioning in U.S. Facility

Emuge Corp. has introduced tool grinding and reconditioning services based out of the company’s North American headquarters in West Boylston, Massachusetts. A clean, new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Emuge Corp. is now equipped with the latest technology in high-precision CNC grinding machines and inspection equipment, providing tool reconditioning for U.S. and Canadian customers for Emuge […]
February 17, 2017

Klingelnberg Receives Industry 4.0 Award

Ahead of the curve with Industry 4.0, machine builder Klingelnberg, a specialist in gear and transmission technology, manufactures large bevel gears in a cyber-physical system connecting the design processes to the production process in an end-to-end network. At the fourth annual Industry 4.0. convention, Klingelnberg — a technology leader in its industry — was chosen […]
February 17, 2017

Seco/Warwick’s CaseMaster Evolution Gains More Recognition with Customers

In 2016, Seco/Warwick’s CaseMaster Evolution was the preferred heat processing technology of vacuum case hardening for the most challenging industries, such as automotive, aerospace, machinery, wind energy, transmission, and commercial heat treat facilities, according to the company. CaseMaster Evolution designed by Seco/Warwick ensures uniformity and high quality of parts following heat treating processes, high speed […]
February 17, 2017

Drake Manufacturing Services Is Now Represented by Metek Machine Tool in the U.K.

Drake Manufacturing Services Co., LLC and Metek Machine Tool Ltd. have formally established a sales agreement for the United Kingdom and Ireland. This agreement provides sales and marketing support related to all precision thread grinding solutions offered by Drake. Drake is recognized globally as a market leader for designing, building, automating, and servicing state-of-the-art production […]
February 17, 2017

ITAMCO Attends Emerging Technology Event at the White House

ITAMCO, a manufacturer of precision-machined components, specializing in gears, attended an event at the White House hosted by the National Economic Council on December 21, 2016. The function was held in recognition of the progress made by ITAMCO and other U.S. manufacturers in the Manufacturing USA program. Daniel Neidig, vice president, and Joel Neidig, business […]
February 17, 2017

Siemens Announces Warranty Extension for Sinamics DCM DC Drive Products

Effective immediately, Siemens announced the standard 12-month warranty on newly purchased Sinamics DCM DC drive products, including DC converters, base drives, enclosure cabinets, and control modules, has been extended by two years, to a total of three years from date of manufacture.   This extended warranty, according to company sources, applies to new orders only […]
February 17, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Liebherr Introduces New Gantry Robot System

The new LP 100 gantry robot system recently introduced by Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH is ideal for handling smaller and lighter components, allowing users the option of configuring the gantry to deliver high-speed or high-load performance. This choice allows the LP 100 to be employed flexibly, which fits well with inline production concepts where workpieces travel longer […]
February 17, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Oelheld Introduces AirForge 4028, the Whistle Clean Forging Lube

The clean lubrication revolution for every forging operation, AirForge 4028 is a newly developed protective lubricant for hot forging of steel and alloys. It delivers outstanding results when metal protection against oxidation, gas diffusion, and heat is required. The revolutionary AirForge 4028 is colorless and does not contain graphite. It provides clean work and shop […]
February 17, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: KISSsoft Releases Enhanced Planet Carrier Definition

The consideration of the planetary carrier geometry with the parameterized approach (used for the deformation calculation and thus the calculation of the load distribution) has been met with great interest in the last KISSsoft release and has proved to be practical for the design process, as well as for verification. For this reason, the definition […]
February 17, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Schunk Offers Extended Lengths with Its Universal Hydraulic Toolholder

With the Tendo E compact, Schunk has started a new era in tool clamping with this universal toolholder that is suitable for applications such as milling, drilling, and reaming. Schunk now offers new extended lengths in CAT 40 (4") and CAT 50 (6"). Both are great for long-reach applications and in multi-axis machines. For the […]
February 17, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Fastec Imaging Offers IL5 High-Speed Camera

Fastec Imaging’s IL5 High-Speed Camera enables you to view any gears, motors, and small and large rotating machinery or equipment moving at high speed and susceptible to vibration problems for performance analysis or troubleshooting using slow motion replay. With recording speeds of over 630 frames per second at HD 1080p resolution, over 3,200 fps at […]
February 17, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Mazak VTC-805E Delivers Speed and Power

The new Mazak VTC-805E vertical traveling column machining center brings high versatility and productivity to shops that need to tackle long and/or heavy parts. The machine combines an increased Y-axis stroke, long bed/table size, high spindle speed and torque, and Mazak’s new SmoothG CNC control for efficient, powerful machining. For manufacturers that need as much […]
February 17, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Exact Metrology Uses CT Scanning for Metrology

The first industrial application of CT scanning for metrology in America involves aluminum casting. Josh Schradin, one of the 3D scanning specialists at Exact Metrology’s Cincinnati facility, recently completed a CT scanning project involving aluminum castings measuring approximately 12" x 6" x 6" and weighing 10 to 15 pounds. The company’s new Metrology Grade GE […]
February 17, 2017