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Archives October 2017


October 2017


Hainbuch America

Hainbuch America has met the challenges faced in gear production with innovative designs and products that have kept it on the cutting edge of the industry.

Workholding can often offer some interesting challenges for gear production, and Hainbuch has been more than up to that challenge for more than 60 years. Hainbuch GMBH was founded by Frida and Wilhelm Hainbuch in 1951, and Hainbuch America opened its doors in 1997 when its parent company began its first sales office in Milwaukee. […]
Kenneth Carter

An Experimental and Analytical Comparison of the Noise Generated by Gears of Austempered Ductile Iron (ADI) and Steel Materials

The following technical paper makes an experimental and analytical comparison of the noise generated by gears of austempered ductile iron and steel materials.

Over the years, there have been many claims made concerning the relative noise performance of austempered ductile iron (ADI) versus steel as a gearing material. This paper presents results from a systematic experimental study to ascertain these differences. A back-to-back test rig was used to run speed sweeps at multiple loads of profile-modified spur gears. […]
Donald R. Houser, Ph.D., Samuel Shon

A Laser Focus on Leading-Edge Metrology

Customer demand drives Gleason’s development of breakthrough multi-sensor gear inspection technologies.

In the world of gear inspection, there are many factors to consider in understanding the needs of designers, manufacturers, and quality professionals. These include a basic understanding of the customer’s part prints, analysis requirements, and the manufacturing processes used to produce the gears being inspected. That’s why Gleason has developed a strategy known as “Voice […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

Can Shop Floor Measurement Actually Replace Gauges?

Klingelnberg has combined typical measurement tasks for axially symmetrical components on a single measuring machine for use in a measuring chamber as well as the shop floor.

Quality assurance on the shop floor is an integral part of the production chain today. It involves comparing production results against the target results at various stations in the process chain. A final quality document is frequently also provided to the end customer; here, the quality of all features relevant for the component’s function is […]
Gear Solutions Magazine


Q&A with Tony Werschky

Vice President of Operations for Delta Research

What are your duties with Delta Research? I was formerly vice president of sales, and now I’m vice president of operations for Delta Research, which is one of the companies underneath the Delta family of companies. We have four companies altogether: Delta Research, which is a TS-16949 automotive transmission manufacturer. We mainly produce gears, shafts, […]
Gear Solutions Magazine

The Effects of Microstructure and Hardenability on Distortion

In order to truly understand the distortion that can occur during heat treatment, it’s important to understand the issues of prior microstructure and hardenability.

Distortion is a worldwide problem in heat-treating, and has ramifications in part quality, additional manufacturing costs, and part performance. The cost implications are immense. A study by Thorben [1] indicated that the 1995 losses from heat treatment alone in the German machine, automotive, and transmission industry exceeded $1 billion. This does not include the rest […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Use of Clean Steels

Technology can reduce costs while achieving better gear design, performance

Manufacturers can benefit greatly  by using gear steels that provide consistent quality and can minimize their manufacturing costs. The next few articles in the Materials Matter series will focus on steels that optimize both of these gear steel attributes. This includes discussion of gear steels that deliver consistent heat-treat response, are optimized for use in […]
Tom Zork, Mike Burnett

Pitch-Perfect Gear Design

Understanding the how and why of choosing the right pitch can make all the difference in the successful design of high-quality gears.

The pitch of a gear is defined as the distance between two identical points on two adjacent gear teeth. Ideally, it is measured at the pitch line, labeled in Figure 1 as the reference line. There are three designators of pitch within gearing: gears can be produced to diametral pitch (DP), circular pitch (CP), or […]
Brian Dengel


New GF machining solutions die sinker is market’s smallest

GF Machining Solutions’ new compact FORM E 350 machine is an ideal die sinking EDM solution for small shops. Even with the smallest footprint on the market, the machine still boasts several design and performance features that enhance a shop’s competitive advantage. A sturdy C-axis construction, cross table, and cast iron frame offer high stability […]
January 18, 2018

Exsys Eppinger hypoid gearboxes provide versatility

EXSYS Tool, Inc. has further expanded its Eppinger gearbox offerings to include the HT-type hypoid gearboxes that feature compact, robust designs suitable for both specific and dynamic applications. The Eppinger HT-type hypoid gearboxes have Monobloc housings that distinguish this series with extreme stability and offers maximum precision and efficiency. A highly flexible flange and coupling […]
January 18, 2018

Seco Tools de Mexico to serve high-tech market

To further strengthen its customer support in Mexico, Seco recently opened a new facility in Querétaro. Led by Curtis Hassan, the new Seco Tools de Mexico will provide customers with access to the company’s full range of innovative tooling, training programs, and engineering services. The Mexican manufacturing sector has rapidly matured in recent decades, with […]
January 18, 2018

SKF launches re-engineered mounted ball bearing units

SKF has launched a newly re-engineered product line of mounted ball bearing units with industry-standard inch series cast iron housings in several designs, high-performance SKF inch or metric insert bearings, and several shaft-locking methods. These mounted bearing units will suit a wide range of light- and medium-duty industrial applications, including conveyor systems, fans and air-handling […]
January 18, 2018

Gleason Metrology Systems introduces new Gear Rolling System with Laser

The GRSL Gear Rolling System with Laser revolutionizes gear measuring and sets a new standard for throughput where high speed, high volume testing is required. It provides both double flank roll testing as well as analytical index and involute measurement on all teeth during the same inspection cycle in a matter of seconds. This new […]
January 18, 2018

KISSsoft Release 03/2017 has a new function

The “Groups box,” a new function of KISSsoft Release 03/2017, lists a selection of predefined gear stages. These gear stages can be added to the model tree structure and combined in any way you like. Gear stages such as a Ravigneaux set or a Wolfrom set are also available to make it easier to model […]
January 18, 2018

Companies to exhibit, demo products at Gear Expo

Gleason Corporation Booth 1411 Among the most noteworthy of the new technologies that Gleason is exhibiting is the versatile new Gleason 300GMSL Inspection System. In addition to conventional tactile probing, the 300GMSL also offers non-contact laser sensor scanning of tooth flanks to support gear development. Complete topography data can be recorded far more rapidly than […]
November 16, 2017

CastForge celebrates its premiere in Stuttgart in 2018

Messe Stuttgart is expanding its product portfolio in the segment of industrial trade fairs with CastForge. The trade fair for castings and forgings and their processing celebrates its premiere in Stuttgart June 5-7, 2018. The concept for the new trade fair is tuned to the needs of industrial companies, exhibitors, and visitors. With CastForge, Messe […]
November 16, 2017

Gleason expands in India with advanced manufacturing and technology facility

On August 17 and 18, Gleason hosted more than 150 customers and business partners for the grand opening of its new 65,000-square-foot facility in Aerospace Park, Devanahalli, Bangalore, India. The two-day event included a grand opening celebration including a ribbon- cutting ceremony and remarks by company executives. This was followed by several product demonstrations, among […]
November 16, 2017

Forest City Gear adds to process engineering resources

Forest City Gear has added Brian Gustafson to its growing team of process engineers, with responsibility for creating the routings, machine instructions, and process drawings that are critical to the success of every precision gear-manufacturing project. Gustafson has 15 years of diversified design and manufacturing engineering experience, ranging from CNC machining and programming to overseeing […]
November 16, 2017

Bourn & Koch offers handscraping class

Bourn & Koch will once again host world-renowned expert Richard King to teach a class on the art of handscraping machine tools. The class will be March 12-16, 2018. This will mark Bourn & Koch’s third class with King, who has taught hundreds of machine tool builders the art of handscraping. The class is a […]
November 16, 2017

Ipsen announces organizational changes to promote growth

As Ipsen focuses on supporting the industry, several strategic changes will be made in the company’s organizational structure to strengthen its position as the leading global provider of integrated heat-treatment solutions. “We are in an exciting period of growth for Ipsen, which has been built on both innovation and exceeding customer expectations,” said Ipsen’s Geoffrey […]
November 16, 2017

Seco/Warwick shortlisted for Hidden Champion title

‘Hidden Champion of the Year’ is a title granted to companies that effectively develop in the international environment. The elite of Hidden Champions constitute companies that have Polish roots, develop their services in various parts of the world, and have succeeded in business. These are also often companies that specialize in services for other companies […]
November 16, 2017

Solar Atmospheres of Western PA adds climate-controlled room

After surviving one of the hottest and most humid summer seasons on record, Solar Atmospheres of Western PA decided to construct a climate-controlled environment for the daily operation of its brand-new, all-metal, hot-zoned vacuum furnace. The critical climate within this room is controlled using a high-quality HVAC system, and is equipped with dehumidifiers and customizable […]
November 16, 2017

Solar Manufacturing receives patent

A new U.S. Patent, No. 9,702,627 B2, was awarded on July 11, 2017, to Solar Manufacturing, Inc. for an innovation in vacuum furnace hot zone design. This hot zone improvement centers on the configuration of heating element supports, providing for simpler, streamlined manufacture of the support assembly. The new design further provides for easy assembly […]
November 16, 2017

Ovako introduces Hybrid Steel®

At the Euromat 2017 congress, Ovako introduced Hybrid Steel, a new innovative steel family that challenges traditional steel categorizations. It offers properties of tool steel, maraging steel, and stainless steel, combined with the production economy of engineering steel. It is set to enable customers to achieve exceptional performance and help reduce production costs. “We are […]
November 16, 2017

Tata Steel and thyssenkrupp to merge European activities

Tata Steel and thyssenkrupp have signed a memorandum of understanding to combine their European steel activities in a 50/50 joint venture. Their aim is to create a leading European flat steel player to be positioned as quality and technology leader. The new entity is set to have pro-forma sales of about 15 billion euros and […]
November 16, 2017

Grieve introduces 750°F three-zone conveyor oven

No. 865 is a 750°F (399°C), three-zone conveyor oven from Grieve, used for curing coatings at the customer’s test facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 30” W x 18’ D x 15” H. 90KW (30 KW per zone) are installed in Incoloy sheathed tubular heating elements, while three 1500 CFM, 1-1/2 HP recirculating blowers […]
November 16, 2017

FactoryWiz partners with Kitamura on Anywhere Remote app

Refresh Your Memory, Inc. announced a partnership with Kitamura Machinery on a new IoT platform, Anywhere-Remote®, specifically for Kitamura Machines. It includes email status updates, machine monitoring software suites that range from basic plug-and-play packages to those that are customized to suit each individual customer’s application, and MTConnect® ready adaptor (basic) — all powered by […]
November 16, 2017

Liebherr-Aerospace participates at the 2017 Aerospace Congress

“Aeronautics and Astronautics — for the good of society” was the motto at the 66th Aerospace Congress in Munich, which was organized by the German Society for Aeronautics and Astronautics — Lilienthal-Oberth e.V. (DGLR). Representatives from the aerospace industry met September 5-7, 2017, to show and discuss the latest trends in the industry. As in […]
November 16, 2017

Mazak releases schedule for free, interactive webinar series

Mazak Corporation is dedicated to providing a range of resources to keep customers in front of the latest manufacturing advancements and to offer tips on how to best use technology to their advantage. With that, the company has expanded its Discover Technology Webinar Series with the introduction of several new free webinars this fall. The […]
November 16, 2017

Trumpf opens smart factory in Chicago

Leading machine tool manufacturer and Industry 4.0 pioneer Trumpf has opened a new technology center in Chicago. It is the first smart factory for Industry 4.0 solutions designed for digitally connected production processes throughout. Investments for the facility, which covers more than 50,000 square feet, totaled 13 million euros in construction investment and 13 million […]
November 16, 2017

UPC acquires Atmosphere Engineering

United Process Controls (UPC), a leading global provider of process controls, flow controls and automation solutions, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Atmosphere Engineering Company (Atmosphere Engineering), a USA-based, family-owned and operated business led by brothers Jason and Eric Jossart. Founded in 2002, Atmosphere Engineering designs and manufactures industrial flow control products, furnace control […]
November 16, 2017

Romax hosts Bga Gear Noise and Transmission Measurement course

The BGA’s Gear Noise and Transmission Measurement course was once again held at the Romax Technology Center, in Nottingham, on September 20. The course was hosted by Dr. Michael Platten, Romax Technology’s resident expert in dynamics and NVH, and examined the basic causes of gear noise and the path from initial gear design and manufacturing […]
November 16, 2017

Junker grinding machine offers alternative to turning

When manufacturing small components with a diameter between 2 mm and 20 mm, the Grindstar grinding machine from Junker offers an economical alternative to turning. From batch sizes of 200,000, short cycle times and a long workpiece service life can drive down costs per workpiece by up to 25 percent. Its high productivity makes the […]
November 16, 2017

Dillon jaw-forming ring grips entire workpiece, maximizes jaw life

The Dillon jaw-forming ring is an easy-to-use tool that provides a more uniform grip on the workpiece, thereby maximizing jaw life for cutting and forming operations. Mounted in direct contact with the top jaw, the Dillon jaw-forming ring preloads the chucking system. Lessening the amount of jaw stock removal required during parts set-up maximizes jaw […]
November 16, 2017

Sandvik’s new tool holders offer firm grip on progress

Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has unveiled a new range of CoroTurn® Prime multi-task and axial type tool holders to help machine shops implement the new PrimeTurning™ methodology, which enables turning in all directions. The introductions allow users to maximize the benefits of PrimeTurning on multi-task turn-mill centers and vertical turning lathes […]
November 16, 2017

Tapping out the benefits for aerospace manufacturers

In response to strong demand for reliable machining solutions in the aerospace industry, cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has launched new tapping and thread milling tools for ISO S materials (titanium and nickel-based alloys). The products have been purpose-designed to deliver excellent process security on high-value components, such as engine casings, thus […]
November 16, 2017

Seco expands high-performance line of holders and chucks

Seco continues to evolve and develop tooling solutions that exceed the demands of the metal-cutting industry. Two of the company’s latest examples are its EPB 5831 Slim Hydraulic Chucks and ER-to-Combimaster™ holders — two tooling systems that set new standards in precision and performance. The new EPB 5831 chucks expand Seco’s line of hydraulic chucks. […]
November 16, 2017

Rota-S Flex from Schunk maximizes potential of milling, turning machines

The Rota-S Flex is a highly flexible manual chuck for machining a wide variety of workpieces on milling and turning machines. It has all the same beneficial features as the tested and proven Rota-S Plus in addition to extended guideways, transforming it into a large, versatile, lightweight chuck. The weight of the Rota-S Flex is […]
November 16, 2017

Schunk’s Tribos-SVL extensions ease access

The slim design of Schunk’s Tribos-SVL toolholder extensions allows precise and smooth machining of workpiece areas that are difficult to access. In spite of the slim design, the extension is robust and permits a run-out accuracy of less than 0.003 mm. The Tribos-SVL can be combined with a variety of toolholders, such as our Tendo […]
November 16, 2017

Klüber Lubrication offers low-noise rolling bearing grease

Klϋber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, introduces Klüberquiet BQ 72-72, a low-noise rolling bearing grease for long-term lubrication. The low-noise characteristic of this grease makes it suitable for applications that include rolling bearings in electric motors, fans, air conditioners, generators, and belt tighteners in cars, electric household appliances, and office equipment. Klüberquiet 72-72 […]
November 16, 2017

HLC 150 H: The perfect gear-cutting solution for multiple workpieces

The HLC 150 H horizontal gear-cutting machine by EMAG Koepfer is the perfect complete solution for workpieces up to module 3 with a maximum length of 500 mm. It not only features all relevant gear-cutting technologies such as gear hobbing, skiving, screw milling, and worm skiving, it also includes press deburring and chamfering integrated into […]
November 16, 2017

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence extends laser tracker offer

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence recently announced the launch of the Leica Absolute Tracker AT960-SR, a lower-budget addition to the popular AT960 range of laser trackers. Only available as part of a bundle offer with one of Hexagon’s leading laser scanner products, the AT960-SR is designed for applications with smaller measurement volume requirements that still demand the […]
November 16, 2017