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Archives July 2017


July 2017


ASI Drives Inc.

ASI continues to expand its testing, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities through cost-effective design and manufacturing of increasingly sophisticated electromechanical systems for its expanding customer base in the medical mobility, material handling, and floor-care markets.

ASI Drives is a manufacturer of complete custom-engineered gear drives, including gears, motors, and castings designed primarily for battery-powered machines that weigh less than 1 ton. ASI has steadily grown since its founding in 1985 by CEO Barney Berlinger as a spinoff from Quaker City Gear, which was founded by Berlinger’s grandfather. “Quaker City Gear […]
Molly J. Rogers

Pre-Nitriding: A Means of Significantly Increasing Carburizing Throughput

Pre-nitriding is a technology that addresses grain growth and creates a finer grain structure in the carburized case at higher temperatures. Case studies show how carburizing productivity has doubled, and sometimes tripled, using pre-nitriding.

Carburizing is a surface-hardening method that uses heated metal in a carbon-rich environment to increase carbon levels on the metal, via diffusion, for added hardness. Power transmission parts (gear boxes, gears, shafts, etc.) are a good example of components that benefit from carburizing. Traditional/endothermic (“endo”) atmosphere carburizing, which takes place in a controlled atmosphere, has […]
Thomas Hart

Comparison of Tooth Interior Fatigue Fracture Load Capacity to Standardized Gear Failure Modes

A comparison of tooth interior fatigue fracture load capacity with the predicted bending and pitting fatigue capacities, as calculated according to standards. Effects of several methods that can be used to mitigate TIFF risk are evaluated based on their performance, with respect to the other failure modes.

Introduction Gears are case hardened to produce residual stresses at the surface — improving wear resistance, bending fatigue, and contact fatigue strength. These beneficial compressive stresses are balanced by tensile stresses within the core. This poses an increased risk of fatigue crack growth below the surface. Both tooth interior fatigue fracture (TIFF) and tooth flank […]
Dr. Rupesh Patel, Dr. Paul Langlois, Baydu Al

Turning to Rolling Bearings for Industrial Gearboxes

Understanding the pros and cons of bearing types for industrial gearboxes and monitoring bearings once in service can help contribute to successful application outcomes.

  Rolling bearings play vital roles in supporting the shafts and gear wheels of industrial gearboxes and, often, several different bearing types will function in one gearbox. Even when these precision components are properly designed, manufactured, and specified, however, effectiveness and service life can be threatened at every turn. Over time, the performance of a […]
Rachel Braddick

INSPECTION & METROLOGY: Investing in Yourself

Self-improvement and further education are necessary tools when it comes to succeeding in the gear industry.

Everyone should make an effort to improve themselves. One of the best ways this can be done is through education. This allows growth, which makes education a personal investment. After all, knowledge is one thing no one can take away. It is a self-promotion, and it benefits us all. Learning is also invaluable since it […]
Mariano Marks

INSPECTION & METROLOGY: The Payoff from Deploying Smart Gear Inspection Systems

A quality-control plan for parallel-axis gear manufacturing requires significant investment in analytical and functional inspection equipment, labor, and production cost. Minimizing these costs requires a good plan. Moving the analytical inspection equipment closer to the manufacturing location has consequences that can increase costs. One of the common mistakes in an attempt to avoid extra costs […]
Bill Miller


Great Lakes regional sales manager for Hainbuch America Workholding Technology

  How did Hainbuch get started? It’s a very innovative company that’s been in business since 1951. It started out making replacement collets. And that kind of grew and grew. Mr. Gerhart Rall, Mr. Hainbuch’s son-in-law, came on board to help Mr. Hainbuch run the company. And he was active in the first development of […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

TOOLING & WORKHOLDING: The Perfect Symbiosis

Modern thinking has shown that machine tools and tooling can’t be seen as separate entities.

The Swiss company, Reishauer, has shaped industrial history since its foundation in 1788. Originally, the company was set up as a smithy to make hand tools. In 1863, a “taps-lathe” was built to make the first threading taps with a radial relieving unit. With the growth of the tap market share, the company was well […]
Walter Graf


Q&A with Anne Miner

Moving Forward as the Diablo Team
Diablo Furnaces

What are the origins of the Diablo team? Most Diablo employees worked in some capacity at BeaverMatic Heat Treating in Rockford, Illinois, before it closed approximately two years ago. Their roles have expanded here, because we do multiple tasks or wear several hats. Rick Claeyssen was basically superintendent, and at Diablo, he also runs the […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Power Density: Why Steel Cleanness Matters

The recent development of cleaner air-melted steel provides design engineers the opportunity to embrace the power-density concept for their component applications.

As early as the mid-1980s, the concept of mechanical“power density” was introduced based, in part, on the use of clean steel. Today, the demands being made on a new generation of mechanical power transmission systems appear to be leading to an ever-increasing emphasis on “power dense” designs that offer higher power throughput via smaller system […]
Dr. Peter C. Glaws

A Brief Overview Of Splines

Splines must be properly sized and designed in order to ensure the proper torque capacity and operation.

Splines provide a connection between two shafts or other components that transmit torque and rotation. Splines may be straight sided, tapered, or have an involute form. We will only be considering involute splines here because they are much more common. Involute splines have teeth similar to gear teeth except spline teeth are much shorter, and […]
Rick Miller

Heat Treatment of AISI 52100 For Bearing Applications

Manufacturing a component is oftentimes extremely complex, even when that component seems as simple as a bearing.

Bearings are crucial to our industrial life. They are found in virtually all industrial applications from wind bearings to aircraft engines. They are found in toys such as figits and bicycles, as well as automotive applications in engines and transmissions. Bearings allow parts to rotate in contact with another part with very low friction. Bearings […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM


PowRgrip® Toolholding Collet System at WESTEC 2017

REGO-FIX will showcase the benefits of its powRgrip® Toolholding Collet system at this year’s WESTEC show. Visitors to booth #2840 will experience the system’s ability to generate extremely high clamping forces equal to and, in most instances, higher than shrink-fit holders. In particular, those manufacturers in the aerospace, computer, communication, and consumer electronics (3C) industries […]
August 7, 2017

New Seco Face Milling Cutter Body Doubles Tool Life

The new R220.88 face milling cutter family from Seco features inserts with eight cutting edges and optimized geometries that provide excellent tool life and reduced cutting forces. The cutter body’s 88-degree lead angle allows for large depths of cut with smaller insert sizes, as compared to 45-degree lead angle face mills. Its design also allows […]
July 27, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Laser Scanning Revolutionizes Gear Inspection

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 mm. In addition, the new inspection system allows non-contact laser sensor scanning of tooth […]
July 25, 2017

Jesse Garant Metrology Center Expands Its Service-Based Part Inspection

Jesse Garant Metrology Center (U.S. and Canada) recently expanded its operations to accommodate the growing demand for high volume part inspection for pre-production and production validation. With investments in new equipment and improved infrastructure, including state-of-the-art industrial computed tomography systems for inspecting large parts, its enhanced capabilities solidify its position as a leader within the […]
July 25, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: CBN Ranks High For Internal Gears

For about two years, Liebherr has been using single-, double-, and triple-ribbed CBN profile grinding discs with great success. "Our users are very satisfied with the results," said Janus Siegfried, head of tool production and technology in the Ettlingen plant. Together with diamond, CBN (Cubic Boron Nitride) is one of the super-hard grinding materials. Both […]
July 25, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Workholding For Faster Bevel Gear Development

Bevel gear manufacturers now can greatly reduce the time it takes to get fully functional, extremely accurate workholding for their gear testing and development efforts, with Gleason's new Flex-Spand™ (gears) and Flexgrip™ (pinions) workholding solutions. Without sacrificing functionality or typical workholding accuracies of ±0.005 mm (0.0002 inches) total indicator reading, just three standard size modules […]
July 25, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Square Pole Technology Boosts Productivity In Flat Grinding

Schunk Magnos parallel pole, square pole, and radial pole plates ensure reliable workpiece clamping, quick workpiece changes, and particularly efficient processes in grinding applications. 200 percent increased productivity Among other things, Schunk Magnos square pole grinding plates boost productivity by up to 200 percent, compared to conventional solutions using parallel pole technology. Movable pole extensions […]
July 25, 2017

Schunk Hydraulic Expansion Arbor Offers Many Benefits

With more than 75,000 implemented, customer-specific solutions, Schunk has been developing and manufacturing hydraulic expansion arbors for high-precision applications in milling, hobbing, turning, grinding, assembly, inspection, and balancing for more than 35 years. With Schunk, you'll profit from the know-how of the world's largest supplier and the market leader for hydraulic expansion technology, now with […]
July 25, 2017

Gearbox Manufacturer Ups Production With 1.8-Million Pound Machining Center

Renold Gears has installed a 1.8-million pound, state-of-the-art, Burkhardt + Weber machining center at its factory in Rochdale to increase production of gear cases in the mid- to large-gear unit market.  The new, high-precision machining center supplied by leading machine tool supplier Geo Kingsbury will speed up in-house production as a result of reduced set-up […]
July 24, 2017

Heimatec Precision Tools Rolls Out New Website

Heimatec, a market leader in live tooling for the North American machine tool industry, announced the rollout of its new website. The new site offers an in-depth look at the company's extensive lines of standard and machine brand tooling, including the new Tecnicrafts line of collets and guide bushings, specifically designed for the Swiss machine […]
July 24, 2017

Bonfiglioli USA President Named To AGMA Board of Directors

Bonfiglioli USA, a subsidiary of Bonfiglioli Riduttori S.p.A., recently announced the election of President Greg Schulte to the Board of Directors for the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA). Schulte was elected to a three-year term by AGMA Corporate Members, effective April 3, 2017. Schulte joined Bonfiglioli in 2002 as sales manager of the Mobile Solutions […]
July 20, 2017

Gear Dynamics And Gear Noise Short Course On Ohio State Campus

The four-day Gear Dynamics and Gear Noise Short Course is scheduled for the Ohio State campus (at the Fawcett Center) September 18-21. Over the years, the courses have provided attendees with a solid background in the fundamentals, while yielding insights into the practical side, such as how to reduce noise and dynamic loads of gears, how […]
July 20, 2017

New Generation Of Gear Hobbing Machines

The newly developed LC 280 α gear-hobbing machine provides Liebherr quality with maximum flexibility and short delivery times. The new development relies on tried-and-tested know-how — at the same time including many improved components. In recent years the gear market has been experiencing a trend toward outsourcing. As a result of this shift, many suppliers […]
July 20, 2017

Hardinge Group To Partner With Prosper Machine Tools

The Hardinge Group recently introduced its Prosper Machine Tools as their exclusive Hardinge and Bridgeport dealer in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Prosper Machine Tools will take on responsibilities for sales, service, support, and repair parts fulfillment for the full line of Hardinge Brand CNC Lathes and Mills as well as Bridgeport Mills. Prosper Machine Tools […]
July 20, 2017

2017 Marks 90th Anniversary For Star Cutter Company

Star Cutter Company is celebrating its 90th Anniversary in 2017 by reflecting on its past and looking toward the future. Founded in 1927 by Howard B. Lawton and Frank Burgess, Star Cutter Company is a fourth-generation family-owned business and one of the oldest Michigan-based manufacturing companies. Star Cutter started its cutting tool operations in Detroit before […]
July 20, 2017

Connecting GMS®Metrology with GX Hard Finishing

Gleason's GX Event Series is traveling the world to introduce the powerful new capabilities of the Genesis®200GX and 260GX Threaded Wheel Grinding Machines and the benefits of the Gleason Closed Loop System. "In contrast to a trade show, this kind of event enables us to demonstrate the numerous features and functions of these machines live […]
July 20, 2017

Gleason Introduces Its 300GMSL Multi-Sensor Inspection Machine

Gleason Corporation introduces its latest innovation in gear-inspection technology with the 300GMSL Multi-Sensor Inspection Machine, providing the capabilities of four instruments on one platform. Designed for manufacturers of automotive, aircraft and other like-sized gears, the 300GMSL offers a single, compact, reliable, and easy-to-operate inspection solution to apply the most desirable gear measurement and analysis methods […]
July 20, 2017

FMS Wins Powder Metal Parts Award

The grand prize in the Hand Tools/Recreation Category went to FMS Corporation, Minneapolis, Minnesota, for a 30-tooth drive sprocket fabricated from sinter-hardened steel with a proprietary machining additive, made for Polaris Industries, Inc. The part goes into a motorcycle where it is driven by the output shaft of the transmission and in turn drives the […]
July 20, 2017

Hard Scudding Shapes New Horizons In Gear Production And Performance

Just a few years ago, the concept of Scudding left the traditional skiving method in the dust, so to speak, for internal gear production used primarily in the powertrain buildup. This process, five- to 10-times faster than gear shaping, formed the surface of the workpiece through several, small enveloping cuts, providing a surface finish and […]
July 20, 2017

EMAG Presents World-Class Machining Quality For Geared Components

At Gear Expo 2017, October 24-26. at Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, EMAG USA will feature manufacturing systems for precision metal components with a special focus on its efficient and diverse solutions for gear manufacturing. The modular VL Series for chucked components will be on display, with its VL 4 machine, for visitors […]
July 20, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Rasoma Machine Tools Available In North America

German Machine Tools of America (GMTA) now offers a full line of Rasoma machining centers, including vertical turning centers, 4-axis shaft turning centers, end machining, double spindle, and various special purpose machining centers, such as cross-hole drilling in crankshafts, with full automation. Rasoma is a large machine tool builder founded in 1919 and based in […]
July 20, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: CNC Gear Cutting Added To 2D CNC’s Portfolio

2D CNC Machinery has added S&T Dynamics' range of gear cutting machinery and related automation equipment to its portfolio of metal cutting CNC machining centers, cell-and-system technology. S&T Dynamics is a manufacturer of automotive and military powertrain, axles, and transmissions that include gearboxes for helicopters, wind-power applications, dual-clutch transmissions, and hybrid power trains. It also […]
July 20, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: How Gear Shops Raise Productivity with CLC Machines

CLC knows gear manufacturers and what they need, and the company has been serving the gearing industry for decades. Now, because the machine builder has plenty of practical, hands-on experience, CLC puts an approach to machine tools into action. CLC's machine models for hobbing, shaping, and milling serve as a starting point, and each machine […]
July 20, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Nord Introduces Single-Stage Gear Unit

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) from a wide range of industries need to address a variety of customer needs — from safely processing food, to heavy-duty pumping of wastewater, to high-performance conveying in distribution centers, and more. Nord Drivesystems is helping OEMs better manage this variety with the introduction of Nordbloc®.1 single-stage gear units, which offer […]
July 20, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: ChamferCut Process Ensures Maximum Chamfer Quality And Reproducibility

Liebherr has optimized chamfering with the ChamferCut technology and opened it up for completely new applications. The chamfering process can now be performed during the machining process, which represents a huge customer benefit. The established method is based on tried-and-tested Liebherr machine technology and was further developed from the classic process with the ChamferCut tools […]
July 20, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: GMTA Represents The Profilator Line

GMTA in Ann Arbor, Michigan, represents the Profilator line of gear pointing, rounding, cutting, Scudding®, Hard Scudding®, deburring, and polygon machine tools for North America. The company provides full-application engineering, machine building, installation, commissioning, and all tooling from its operations in the U.S. and Mexico. These highly modular machines are used for polygon and slot […]
July 20, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Ransohoff Introduces The Leandrum CF Washer

Ransohoff, a division of Cleaning Technologies Group LLC, has introduced its LeanDrum CF Washer. This new platform provides an energy efficient, reliable solution for high-volume cleaning needs, along with an innovated design for cold-forming applications. The LeanDrum CF features a robust, lower-cost option using stainless steel tanks, drum and housing, premium electrical components, a full-immersion […]
July 20, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Everything From A Single Source With Skiving3

Gear skiving according to the Liebherr concept has proved itself. Specialists from Kempten, Ettlingen, and Collegno offer competences from a single source in a full-service package. "For successful gear skiving, users need more than just a good machine," said Dr.-Ing. Oliver Winkel, head of application technology. "With Skiving3, we not only sell the LK 300 […]
July 20, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: ZEISS Solutions Optimize The Measuring Process, Providing Increased Process Reliability In Manufacturing

Due to their high level of precision, measurements performed with coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) will be a key part of the Smart Factory. "Networked intelligent systems that enable the results to be correlated in real time, calculated and visualized: These will become even more important in the Smart Factory," said Andrzej Grzesiak, senior director of […]
July 19, 2017