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Archives February 2018


February 2018



TRUMPF may have started as a machine tool company, 
but laser manufacturing has made it a shining industrial star.

TRUMPF has been manufacturing for nearly a century but lasers energized the company’s mission, changing it forever. “In the late ’70s, we made one of the most important decisions in our company’s history, which was to develop laser technology,” said Ralf Kimmel, general manager and head of the Laser Technology division at TRUMPF Inc. “Cutting […]
Kenneth Carter

Induction Gear Hardening

Part 1: The practice and science of modern induction heat-treating has 
advanced in many areas over the last decade, including computer modeling, power supplies, failure analysis, quality assurance, and more.

Over the years, gear manufacturers have increased their knowledge of the production of quality gears and gear-like components. This knowledge has led to many improvements including lower noise, lighter weight, and lower cost as well as increased load-carrying capacity to handle higher speeds and torque with a minimum amount of generated heat. Improvement in wear […]
Valery Rudnev

Choosing a Planetary Gearhead

Motion projects featuring planetary gearheads excel in the areas 
of system response, inertia matching, speed matching, system stiffness, 
and system resolution.

From CGI Inc. staff When a motor is being designed into a motion control system, all too often the benefits of a gearhead are realized much too late. Designing in a gearhead at the end of the project will many times cause delay and additional cost, which could have been prevented if it had been […]
Rick Frennea


Q&A with Mike Helm

Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Oerlikon Fairfield

What are your duties with Oerlikon Fairfield? What’s 
a typical day like for you? I am responsible for our manufacturing engineering that supports our shop floor, as well as supporting all new part development and our quoting process. Most of my time is spent with my team, coaching and training — passing along what I […]
Kenneth Carter

Oil Quenchants – Understanding the Chemistry (Part II)

This installment explores the chemistry of base oils, particularly as they affect quenching performance, to be followed in March by a discussion of quench oil oxidation.

In this installment we will focus on base oils. Engineered quench oil is governed by the desired quenching performance; the necessary thermal and oxidative stability, and finally price or market considerations. Quenching performance is generally considered to be the heat transfer characteristics and the thermal stability of the oil. This includes having an acceptable flash […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Controlling Distortion by Choosing the Right Materials

Distortion effects can have a major impact on manufacturing costs and overall gear quality. One way to mitigate distortion involves in-depth material knowledge.

Perhaps the most costly factor in the manufacture of high-precision components like gears is that of unplanned dimensional changes or distortion of the final part. Often distortion is not discovered until the part has progressed through the entire manufacturing process with all the associated material, machining, heat-treating, and finishing costs embedded. When it is found […]
Mike Burnett

What Are You Made Of?

Different materials make gears suitable for the desired application.
The key involves identifying the right recipe.

If you have ever sat down for Sunday dinner in an authentic Italian-American home, you know not to question the red sauce known as “Grandma’s Gravy.” This tomato-based elixir coating your pasta is a gift from heaven itself. But the ketchup served with your French fries at the local fast food drive-thru is also a […]
Brian Dengel


DMG Mori USA appoints new president

DMG MORI USA has announced the appointment of James V. Nudo as the new president of the organization as of December 7, 2017. Nudo has been with the company for more than 14 years and has served as executive officer of DMG Mori USA and executive officer of the International Legal Department and International Human […]
February 15, 2018

JM Performance products adds spindle kits

CNC spindle maintenance is treated as a dirty, boring, and often overlooked job. A clean spindle is essential for proper taper contact between the spindle and v-flange toolholder. JM Performance Products, Inc. (JMPP: Fairport Harbor, Ohio), a leading manufacturing innovator of CNC mill spindle optimization products since 2009, has developed its advanced Spindle Cleaner Kit […]
February 15, 2018

New year, new services added to Solar Atmospheres of Western PA

In a continuing quest to enhance customer service, Solar Atmospheres of Western PA has expanded its wings by adding another type of mechanical testing to its repertoire: tensile testing. Tensile tests are essential in determining and understanding the ultimate strengths of materials. Currently, many aerospace specifications demand at least one tensile test to be performed […]
February 15, 2018

Samag machining centers, deep drilling machines available in North America

Now available from German Machine Tools of America (GMTA), a full line of Samag multi-spindle machining centers is offered for the North American market. Samag, based in Saalfeld, Germany, with offices and service centers worldwide, engineers and builds a variety of multi-spindle machines, the MFZ Series for high volume cubic work pieces. Samag multi-spindle horizontal […]
February 15, 2018

Motion Industries announces organizational changes

Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, recently announced three management changes, effective December 11, 2017. Tim Breen, Motion Industries president and CEO, announced the following promotions: Randy Breaux was promoted to executive vice president of marketing, distribution, and purchasing. […]
February 15, 2018

KISSsoft system design data interface saves time, offers efficiency

KISSsys is KISSsoft’s system add-on that enables you to model complete gear units and drive trains. KISSsoft calculates the service life and strength of the different machine elements, and transfers the results to KISSsys, where they are displayed in clear overviews. To achieve this, KISSsys brings together kinematic analysis, 3D graphics, and user-defined tables and […]
February 15, 2018

Career opportunities at Forest City Gear

Forest City Gears, founded in 1955, has developed a reputation as a world-class manufacturer of fine and medium pitch custom gears. Its commitment to quality, innovation, and service is the reason it is trusted to produce gears for everything from tractors to aircraft, exam tables to prosthetic limbs, and telescopes to the Mars Curiosity Rover. […]
February 15, 2018

Schunk completes range of precision toolholders

The Tendo Platinum toolholder by Schunk is an advanced technology toolholder promising durablity, ease of use, and precision for almost any milling, drilling, and reaming application.  Tendo Platinum has improved brazing technology by using a unique brazing and hardening process all in the same cycle, which allows for the most rigid and durable tool clamping available. […]
February 15, 2018

Klingelnberg presents smart measuring technology at METAV

METAV, the International Exhibition for Metalworking Technologies, will mark its twentieth year as the innovation showground for manufacturing technology. Represented in the Quality Area Forum with the P 16 G Precision Measuring Center, Klingelnberg, along with other companies, will show that measuring technology is an essential pillar of smart data and big data concepts. Scheduled […]
February 15, 2018

Sandvik Coromant software boosts five-axis machining centers

Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has extended the functionality of its InvoMilling™ software. The latest version of this user-friendly CAD/CAM solution for fast and simple NC programming offers more possibilities when manufacturing gears on universal five-axis machining centers. InvoMilling™ exploits machine tool kinetics for the effective and flexible manufacturing of high-quality gears and splines in […]
February 15, 2018

CRC press publishes ‘Gear Cutting Tools: Science and Engineering’

Dr. Stephen P. Radzevich is a professor of mechanical engineering and manufacturing engineering, and has extensive industrial experience. He has spent more than 40 years developing software, hardware, and other processes for gear design and optimization. He has authored numerous books and scientific papers on gear technologies, and holds patents for inventions in the field. […]
February 15, 2018

AGMA is officially IACET accredited

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has officially accredited the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA). Through a rigorous application process guided by the ANSI/IACET Standard, AGMA is now able to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to students who take a course through them based on identified learning outcomes and delivery of those […]
February 15, 2018

Turbo Lab’s Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia sees another record year

The Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University hosted another record-breaking Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia despite a three-month delay due to Hurricane Harvey. The 45th Turbomachinery and 33rd International Pump User’s Symposia (TPS 2017) was originally scheduled for September 12-14, with short courses on September 11. Due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey on Houston and […]
February 15, 2018

New Slater Tools website offers convenience, easy navigation

Slater Tools announces it has a new website with user-focused features that enhance the experience and offer convenience, especially for customers and repeat viewers. The completely rebuilt website resides at the same url address, New to the site new is a “quick quote” function that allows customers to add items to a quote/wish list […]
February 15, 2018

Hannover Messe USA to premier in Chicago in September

Hannover Messe is the world-renowned trade show brand synonymous with industrial innovation, key trends, and business leads. The event has made a name for itself as a global hotspot for Industry 4.0 technologies. CEOs of global corporations, managers of SMEs, and leaders of the world’s major industrial nations use Hannover Messe (currently staged annually in Hannover, Germany) […]
February 15, 2018

MIT launches MITx MicroMasters in principles of manufacturing

MIT announced the launch of the Institute’s third MITx MicroMasters program, in principles of manufacturing. The new program brings an advanced manufacturing curriculum to the MITx platform for the first time and enables learners worldwide to advance their careers by mastering the fundamental skills needed for global manufacturing excellence and competitiveness. New manufacturing firms are growing at […]
February 15, 2018