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Archives September 2017


September 2017



With a history of engineering ingenuity and manufacturing innovation, Felsomat has become a world leader in automated gear manufacturing.

Felsomat’s mission statement, “Better products with intelligent solutions,” has guided the company to being a world leader in the automated manufacturing of transmission gears. Beginning in 1981 with engineered pick-and-place type automation, Felsomat has evolved to providing a modular, turnkey automated system for the manufacture of helical bevel gears. “From its inception, management has always […]
Kenneth Carter

Harnessing Drive Data for Smart Process Design

Graphical support for process optimization in bevel gear cutting leads to increased machine performance and longer cutting tool life.

Optimal interplay between innovative gear cutting tools and powerful bevel gear cutting machines results in highly productive cutting processes with extremely high, reproducible gear quality. According to Klingelnberg, the gear cutting process itself can be seen as the link between the two elements. Increased competition and the pressure that goes along with it — particularly […]
Karl-Martin Ribbeck Dipl.-Ing.

AGMA/ANSI/ISO Standards on Bevel and Hypoid Gears

An examination of how standards for bevel and hypoid gearing benefit from the latest achievements in gearing theory.

This paper deals with gearings that operate (a) on intersected shafts and (b) on crossed shafts. The gearings that operate on intersected shafts are referred to as “intersected-axes gearings,” or just “​​I​a​​−​gearings” for simplicity. Similarly, the gearings that operate on crossed shafts are referred to as “crossed-axes gearings,” also referred to as “​​C​a​​−​gearings1.” Hypoid, spiroid, […]
Vishnu Irigireddy, Dr. Stephen P. Radzevich Ph.D., Dr. (Eng) Sci.

A New Wave in Virtual Machining

Finite element gear cutting simulation helps identify process solutions more quickly than conventional trial-and-error testing.

The custom nature of gears and the high cost of cutting tools have continued to put pressure on manufacturers to reduce the cost of gear machining quickly and with minimal disruption on the production floor. To make timely improvements without costly capital expense, more and more companies are looking to squeeze additional productivity out of […]
Cory Arthur


Materials Modeling for Better Gear Design and Performance

Modeling techniques can quickly determine the best design and required steel cleanness level based on a gear’s application and performance requirements.

Prior articles in this series have highlighted the importance of clean steels as they relate to gear design and preventing premature component failures. Discussions on the increased occurrence of sub-surface-originated fatigue failures at material imperfections, inadequacy of current industrial standards for steel cleanness measurement, choosing the right material from the start in order to prevent […]
Patrick Anderson

Under Pressure

Understand the choice of pressure angle in the design of spur or helical gearing.

The pressure angle of a gear is defined as the angle formed by the radial line and the line tangent to the profile at the pitch point. As noted in the image in Figure 1, the pressure angle is the jump off angle of the characters. In most cases, the pressure angle being referenced is […]
Brian Dengel

How Parts Cleaning Maximizes Heat Treatment

The impact of proper cleaning and rinsing on part quality prior to heat-treating is critical to the surface finish and overall quality of the finished gear.

The demands of heat-treated goods are increasing. Not only do they have to meet property and straightness requirements, but they also have to meet increasingly stringent appearance specifications. It is not only important that parts perform as expected, but they must look good doing so. The perception is that clean parts are quality parts. In […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Q&A with Vince Marlowe

Director of Sales and Marketing | Mijno-USA

What is Mijno-USA’s mission? Our mission is to provide custom gear drive solutions, driven by our passion and expertise, to serve the customer above and beyond their expectations while promoting leadership, integrity, and continued improvement throughout the manufacturing and customer service processes. How did Mijno-USA begin? In 2007, Allied Precision Machining teamed up with Mijno […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


Renk Roller-Bearing Test Systems Delivered

Augsburg-based Renk Test System GmbH, a subsidiary of Renk AG, has delivered two unique test rigs to serve as the critical components in the world’s most powerful test center for large bearings. Commissioned by SKF in Schweinfurt several weeks ago, the test rigs will help to optimize the performance of future generations of large bearings. […]
September 13, 2017

Matrix Design, LLC To Demo Robotic Deburring Applications System At Gear Expo

Matrix Design, LLC will be exhibiting at Gear Expo 2017 from October 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio. Thousands of gear industry professionals are expected to attend the event to discover cost-effective solutions and new technologies. Gear Expo, owned by the American Gear Manufacturers Association, offers learning opportunities and educational options designed to give technology professionals and […]
September 13, 2017

Mazak Adaptive Gear Machining Solutions To Take Center Stage At Expo

At Gear Expo 2017, Mazak will demonstrate recent advancements in manufacturing systems and processes that make the business of producing high-quality gears an easier, faster, and highly profitable endeavor for job shops across all industry segments. Visitors to booth 123 will discover how Mazak’s multi-tasking machines, when equipped with the latest MAZATROL Smooth CNC and […]
September 13, 2017

HBM Holdings Completes Platform Acquisition Of Schafer Industries

HBM Holdings (HBM) announced that it has acquired Schafer Industries (Schafer) of South Bend, Indiana. Schafer is a leading producer of high-precision, custom-engineered gears and machined parts for a wide range of applications, as well as transaxles, brake assemblies, and other components for off-road vehicles. The acquisition of Schafer is a continuation of HBM’s long-term […]
September 13, 2017

Hexagon Engineer Earns Recognition For CNC Systems Optimization Work

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence announced one of their young achievers has earned recognition in the Fifth Annual “30 under 30” issue of Manufacturing Engineering, a publication of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and Advanced Manufacturing Media. Tim Pheland, a manufacturing engineer at Hexagon, has been selected as an honoree among a field of 30 young […]
September 13, 2017

Kapp Niles Presents Rocky Mountain Profile Grinding School

The Rocky Mountain Gear School is celebrating its 10th year and is all about profile grinding. The school takes place October 11-13, 2017, in Boulder, Colorado. Officials have worked methodically through this decade to fine-tune the program, so experienced experts can meet attendees' needs. The multi-layered program is specifically designed to optimize learning and strengthen understanding of profile grinding. […]
September 13, 2017

Seco Partners With Local University For Engineering Internship Program

Seco Tools, LLC has partnered with Ferris State University (FSU) in Big Rapids, Michigan, to offer local area engineering students an opportunity to participate in a multi-year internship program at Seco. The program invites the top three engineering applicants to participate for an initial first-year internship. Then, based on their interest and performance, the students […]
September 13, 2017

Senvol President To Join SME’s Additive Manufacturing Community Advisers

SME recently announced that it has selected Senvol President Zach Simkin to join as an adviser to SME’s Additive Manufacturing Technical Community. Selections for the advisory board are based on a combination of active industry contributions, reputation, and personal commitment to expand the use of additive manufacturing. “Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is delighted to […]
September 13, 2017

POWDERMET 2018 Issues Call For Papers

An official call for papers and posters has been announced for POWDERMET2018: International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials, June 17–20, 2018. This leading North American powder metallurgy (PM) conference will be at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Texas, and is seeking a wide variety of topics. Submission categories include the following: Design and […]
September 13, 2017

AMPM 2018 Conference Issues Call For Presentations

An official call for presentations has been announced for AMPM2018: Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy, June 17–20, 2018. This leading North American metal additive manufacturing (AM) conference will take place at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Texas, and will feature top industry experts in this fast-growing field. Submission categories include the following: Materials Applications Technical […]
September 13, 2017

Huron Touts Growth, Innovation As Keys To Success

While Huron is proud of its 130-year history of technical and industrial culture and of being a member of the exclusive club of the three leading French manufacturers of machine tools, it is not about to become complacent. Huron’s MU Series universal-head milling machines, revered by several generations of engineers and technicians, have long since […]
September 13, 2017

API Services Announces Accreditations

Automated Precision-Services Division (API Services), a company specializing in three-dimensional measurements and high-value metrology solutions, announces that it has been awarded A2LA Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and ANSI/NCSL Z540-1-1994 Awarded by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). It has expanded its current accredited tracker calibration capabilities to include our Omnitrac 2 laser tracker and […]
September 13, 2017

Schunk USA Begins Headquarters Expansion

Schunk USA announced the start of construction of an expansion at its US headquarters that will more than double the size of existing facilities. Schunk’s US headquarters is already the largest facility outside of Germany. This expansion will provide space for a state-of-the-art tech center and training facility, additional manufacturing capabilities, and increased office space […]
September 13, 2017

Breakthrough In Digital Transformation: Thyssenkrupp Connects Machinery

Thyssenkrupp connects the machinery of the materials division via a new digital platform. “Toii” is an in-house development that connects machines of different makes and generations. Thanks to toii, all machines can communicate with each other. Due to predictive maintenance, the platform is also supposed to forecast the necessity of machine services in the future. […]
September 13, 2017

Set Adjustable Bore Gages Quickly, Accurately With New Mahr Tool

A new bore gage setting tool from Mahr Inc. makes setting up adjustable indicating instruments, such as Mahr’s 844 N Adjustable Bore Gage and 844 T Universal ID/OD gage, quick and accurate. The Multimar 844 S Bore Gage Setting Tool uses gage block combinations and a simple hand clamping mechanism to set instruments in either […]
September 13, 2017

ABM Drives Doubling China Plant For New Self-Powered Hub Wheel Drive

Offered as a .6 kW version, this powered hub wheel drive package includes the wheel with tire, AC motor, gearbox and brake. Typical applications include moving 1,000 ‑5,000 pounds at speeds from 1.5 to 2.5 mph. The max wheel diameter is 230 mm. This is one of the most frequently sold products of ABM Drives […]
September 13, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gleason Introduces Versatile New Cutter System

Gleason’s new Pentac®Mono-RT is the world’s first cutter system which uses identical blades in both the outside and inside slots. The unique blade geometry — in conjunction with the patent-pending cutter head design — makes the blade which is placed in an inside slot an inside blade, and the same blade placed in an outside […]
September 13, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Haas Multigrind Focuses on Precise, Reliable Grinding

Hob cutters for manufacturing gears and worm gears need to meet the highest standards when it comes to precision and service life. Haas Multigrind customers require gear qualities q1–q3. This is true whether it’s a very small tool, or a 600-kilogram gear-cutting tool used to manufacture gear wheels for the winches on freighters and container […]
September 13, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Koepfer America to Feature New Technology at Gear Expo

Koepfer America continues to supply gear manufacturers with the latest technology in machines, tools, and services, and will demonstrate that at Gear Expo 2017. At the Expo in Columbus, Ohio, the company will show three important features for hobbing, shaping, and deburring that all gear manufacturers will want to see. First, gear manufacturers will see […]
September 13, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Liebherr Debuts Turnkey Skiving3 Program

At Gear Expo 2017, Booth 1015, Liebherr Gear Technology will introduce gear skiving machine series LK 300 and 500 based on the tried-and-tested components of the corresponding large hobbing machines but with greater rigidity and more powerful spindles. A gear skiving machine requires a table with a direct drive owing to the high workpiece speeds […]
September 13, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Rohm to Feature Powerful Workholding Technologies at CMTS 2017

Rohm Products of America will make its case as a one-stop clamping and gripping supplier with exhibits of its top workholding innovations at CMTS 2017 in Hall 2, booth 2200. Those innovations will include the Captis clamping system, the DURO-NCSE power chuck, the RZM 5-axis centric vise and the KZFS gear chuck. All of these […]
September 13, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: 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 the […]
September 13, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Shop Floor Automations Talks Software Benefits

One of the items decision makers may have been mulling over as 2017 nears its end is investing in machine monitoring software for the shop floor. You have likely heard about how monitoring machine utilizations will help improve productivity. The truth is, there are three other benefits to machine monitoring that aren’t so obvious. Reason […]
September 13, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: High-Performance Toolholder for Micro Machining

Special consideration must be made for micro-machining, which is why Schunk is offering the Tribos-RM precision toolholder as the best solution for micro machining with the ISO interface. The one-piece, rotationally symmetric design ensures long life of the machine spindles and the complete transmission of power. Unlike heat-shrink clamping, the Tribos-RM achieves steady tool clamping […]
September 13, 2017

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Reduce Jaw Change-Over Time to Five Seconds

Schunk Pronto quick-change jaw system could shave minutes off of your current set-up times, drastically improving your productivity. In addition to the time-saving benefits, there is also considerable versatility and extended clamping range to the Pronto quick-change system. The complete system is suitable for O.D. clamping of machined and finished parts, and consists of support […]
September 13, 2017