Archives March 2017


March 2017


Southern Gear & Machine, Inc.

Specializing in gears and gearbox assemblies for the aerospace and defense industries, Southern Gear is celebrating 60 years of success attributed to customer and employee retention, as well as having the latest equipment, processes, and training for improved efficiency.

Keys to success may vary for each gear manufacturing business, but Southern Gear & Machine has found the right formula that works for them. It’s how they’ve become an experienced, well-trained, financially strong, and cutting-edge gear manufacturer meeting the demands of well-known aircraft and military customers. It’s a formula for success that started 60 years […]
Molly J. Rogers

Cutting Tool Innovation – From Dry Hobbing to Super Skiving

MHI’s Machine Tool division has a long history of innovation due to the expertise and dedication of its cutting tool engineering department.

The gear skiving process was first introduced over 100 years ago. The machines and tools of the time were not up to the task, so the process never gained widespread acceptance or usage. Skiving has reemerged periodically and is enjoying a current resurgence. Now, as when originally introduced, there is a need to improve tool […]
Dwight Smith

Developing an Energy-Efficient Industrial Gear Oil

Fluid evaluations were conducted using an efficiency rig instrumented with a production-scale worm gearbox. Testing was conducted under a wide range of speeds and loading, and pronounced differentiation among fluids was observed for their impact on power loss and operating temperature.

Gearboxes found in mining and manufacturing sectors encounter a variety of harsh conditions. Heavy loading, longer duty cycles, and high operating temperatures constitute a typical operating environment; ingress of contaminants such as particulates and water may add to the problem. Contributing to further duress, gearbox size reductions have also led to elevated operating temperatures. The […]
Daniel Wilkerson, James Vinci, Shubhamita Basu

Not All Broach Tools Are Created Equal

Understanding the factors in the broach tool manufacturing process that affect performance can save time and money.

Broach tools may look alike at first glance, but they don’t always perform the same. Some work the first run but don’t perform well after sharpening. Measuring performance over time is the proof in the pudding. Start by looking closely at your broaching tools, who made them, and how. This article by the “Broachman” will […]
Ken Nemec


Additive Manufacturing: Challenges, Possibilities, and the Gear Industry

Additive manufacturing is a technology with a great deal of potential to affect the gear industry as well as manufacturing at large, but there are challenges for it to overcome if this impact is to occur.

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a technology that has the potential to fundamentally alter manufacturing, specifically metal manufacturing. The ability to design complex shapes, which could not otherwise be manufactured, coupled with a significant reduction in scrap metal, has obvious benefits. However, for all of the publicity that the technology has received, there are still several […]
Justin Michaud

Achieving Gearbox Design Excellence

Simplicity and engineering judgment help ensure successful gearbox designs.

In this month’s column, general concepts related to design excellence are discussed. The first one is simplicity in designs. Always seek the simplest and most elegant way to achieve the design goals. Almost any engineer can design and create a complex and complicated device, but it takes skill to reduce a concept to its most […]
Rick Miller

Applications of Hardenability

A method is described to either calculate the hardness in a component given the quenchant used or to select a quenchant to achieve a desired hardness at the core or surface of a part.

In the previous Hot Seat column, the concept of hardenability was discussed. It was determined that the sole contributor to hardness was carbon content, but the depth of hardening was a function of grain size and composition. Methods for calculating hardenability were illustrated. In this column, applications of hardenability are described. The classic method related […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Q&A with Bridget Dubbert

Each issue, a Gear Solutions editor talks with members in the industry to learn more about them. Here, we sat down with Bridget Dubbert, along with sales managers John Asselmeier, David Godwin, and Brian Klutenkamper, at Engineered Lubricants.

Tell us about Engineered Lubricants (EL). Engineered Lubricants is celebrating 50 years this year. Based in Maryland Heights, Missouri, it was founded in 1967 by Don Wachter. During the 1973 oil embargo, we launched our laboratory to bring extended life to our in-service products by ensuring the products in the field are performing as expected […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


Gleason’s Inspection System with Integrated Laser Scanning To Be Featured at the Control Show in Stuttgart, May 9-12

The versatile platform of Gleason’s 300GMSL inspection system provides the classic tactile probing methods for inspecting conventional gear data on spur and helical cylindrical gears as well as straight, spiral, and hypoid bevel gears with a diameter of up to 300 millimeters. In addition, the new inspection system allows non-contact laser sensor scanning of tooth […]
April 7, 2017

The Hardinge Machine Technology Show Is June 6-8 In Elmira, NY

The Hardinge Group is hosting its Hardinge Machine Technology Show (HMTS), June 6-8, 2017, at its Elmira, New York, headquarters. This show will feature products from the full Hardinge Group portfolio including turning, milling, grinding, and workholding. See live cutting demos, new technology from Hardinge and its sponsors, its U.S. manufacturing facility, seminars, and prize […]
April 7, 2017

LMC Workholding Receives Governor’s Century Business Award

LMC Workholding received the Governor’s Century Business Award honoring its 100 years in business and was one of eight Indiana companies recognized by Governor Eric J. Holcomb with such an award. During the ceremony on March 27, 2017, a total of 34 companies were honored, including those receiving the Governor’s Half Century Business Award. These […]
April 7, 2017

Sumitomo Introduces TSX Series for High-Efficiency Shoulder Milling

New from Sumitomo Electric Carbide Inc., the TSX Series tangential milling cutter is designed for exceptionally efficient shoulder milling. For stable, highly efficient machining at high feed rates, the TSX Series is engineered with a tough and sharp cutting edge. It provides the strength required for increased depths of cut ranging from a small job […]
April 7, 2017

Methods Machine Tools Expands Automation Footprint with New Automation Center in NC

To meet the growing demand for automation and robotics in manufacturing, Methods Machine Tools Inc., a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools, 3D printing technology, automation, and accessories, is expanding its automation capabilities, launching a new Automation and Integration Center in its Charlotte, North Carolina, facility. The center, slated to open this spring and […]
April 7, 2017

Liebherr Offers Technology for Internal Gear Tooth Profile Grinding

Based on its OPAL (Observation, Parametrization, Analysis by Liebherr) grinding technology, Liebherr offers a new internal gear tooth profile grinding technology involving a belt drive spindle, which can be fitted to the standard GH 4.0 grinding head as well as to the new GH 5.0 and GH 6.0 grinding heads. The internal gear grinding arm […]
March 30, 2017

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, founder and CEO […]
March 15, 2017

AGMA Revises Membership Categories

The members of the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) recently voted 110 to 5 to approve a change to its bylaws regarding its membership categories. All gear manufacturers, regardless of where their businesses are primarily located, will be included in a single membership category, Gear Manufacturers, thus eliminating the International Membership (Associate Membership) category. At […]
March 15, 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 1.5 years working with Machine Tool Builders (MTB). Separately launching its own company, Diablo LLC has a plethora of thermal processing knowledge, […]
March 15, 2017

Klingelnberg Group Announces Joint Development of Machinery Project with Starrag Group

Klingelnberg, the leading mechanical engineering company in gearing technology and Starrag, the well-known manufacturer of precision machine tools, have announced a cooperation between the two companies concerning the development of powerful products for complete machining and a joint purchasing policy. The first innovative project that Klingelnberg and Starrag plan to implement is the introduction of […]
March 15, 2017

Hainbuch America Appoints New Northeast U.S. Regional Sales Manager

Hainbuch America recently announced that Brian Eaton has joined its team as regional sales manager for the Northeast region, covering the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.    Eaton brings nearly 40 years of experience in technical sales including success representing workholding companies […]
March 15, 2017

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Announces Partnership with Wichita State Innovation Campus

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence recently announced it has formed a technology partnership with Wichita State University. The company will lease 3,000 square feet of space near the university’s 3DExperience Center in the Experiential Engineering Building on WSU’s Innovation Campus. Educators and students will have access to Hexagon software and precision metrology systems for the collection, analysis, […]
March 15, 2017

International Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials Conference and Registration Is Open

The North American Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials has launched its 2017 program and registration for Powdermet 2017. The International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials will feature over 200 worldwide PM industry experts presenting on PM, particulate materials, and metal additive manufacturing at the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, on June […]
March 15, 2017

Siemens Partners with U.S. Technical Schools for LEAP Initiative

Siemens recently announced the launch of a new workforce development program for secondary and technical schools across America called LEAP — the Lifelong Educational Advantage Program. Made available through Siemens Cooperates with Education, the effort is designed to give high school and technical school graduates a basic-to-advanced machine tool knowledge that will benefit them in […]
March 15, 2017

Siemens Partners with U.S. Technical Schools for LEAP Initiative

Siemens recently announced the launch of a new workforce development program for secondary and technical schools across America called LEAP — the Lifelong Educational Advantage Program. Made available through Siemens Cooperates with Education, the effort is designed to give high school and technical school graduates a basic-to-advanced machine tool knowledge that will benefit them in […]
March 15, 2017

Bodycote Site Earns Highest Aerospace Accreditation

Bodycote, a worldwide leading heat treating services provider, recently announced that its Chesterfield, U.K. Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) location earned, for the second time, the highest level of Nadcap accreditation following the most recent Nadcap audit. The official approval was awarded on February 2, 2017. As one of the original HIP facilities to achieve this […]
March 15, 2017

New Base Oil from Evonik Keeps Wind Turbines Turning

Operators of wind-energy farms place steep demands on the gear oil for their wind turbines: long oil-drain intervals, sustained optimal viscosity of the oil over a wide temperature range, and maximum durability and long life for the gearbox. In Viscobase® 5-220, Evonik has developed a synthetic base oil that sets new standards in the field. […]
March 15, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Exsys Skiving Head Expands Turning Machine Capabilities

Exsys Tool’s new 90-degree skiving drilling and milling head not only provides angled drilling and milling capabilities on turning centers, but it also enables the machines to perform gear skiving operations. The new head cuts gear patterns faster than conventional gear shaping or broaching methods and generates both internal and external gears with helical profiles […]
March 15, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Ipsen Expands Controls Retrofit Options with CompuCore for Any Brand of Vacuum Furnace

Ipsen is introducing a new, competitively priced option for controls retrofits in the form of CompuCore™. Available for installation on most brands of vacuum heat-treating systems, these newly enhanced controls reduce the potential for human error and maximize uptime, allowing users to achieve greater efficiencies. This controls software package is a cost-effective option for those […]
March 15, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Third Wave Systems announces upcoming Gear Machining Release

Third Wave Systems recently announced that the highly anticipated release of the new AdvantEdge Gear Machining v1.0 will be coming soon. As part of the new AdvantEdge Gear Machining release, the first version will include cylindrical hobbing and allow the user to: Simulate and analyze the cutting process and chip formation. Reduce manufacturing costs through […]
March 15, 2017