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Archives March 2018


March 2018


JM Performance Products

JM Performance Products has established itself as a model shop leader for manufacturing development and quality control of precision-turned parts.

JM Performance Products may be a small company, but the products and services it offers are anything but. “We are a small company that manufactures with the traceability and quality standards gained from years working from a defense manufacturer’s standpoint,” said Plant Manager Craig Fischer. “We buy all U.S. steel. Our products are guaranteed not […]
Kenneth Carter

Induction Gear Hardening: Part 2

The second in a two-part series, this installment addresses induction gear hardening by encircling the whole gear or sprocket with an induction coil,
also known as ‘spin hardening.’

This is the second installment of a two-part article on induction hardening of gears and gear-like components. Part 1 was published in the February 2018 issue of Gear Solutions magazine, covering the following subjects: Materials selection for induction gear hardening, including specifics of electromagnetic induction vs. thermo-chemical diffusion processes (e.g., carburizing). Impact of friendly vs. […]
Valery Rudnev

Root Fillet Optimization of Gears with Asymmetric Teeth

This paper provides an analysis of the benefits of optimizing the tooth root fillet of thin rim planet gears with asymmetric teeth.

By Dr. A.L. Kapelevich and Dr. Y.V. Shekhtman The Direct Gear Design method optimizes various parameters and elements of gear tooth geometry to achieve the required gear drive performance. One such critical element of the tooth profile is the root fillet. Its optimization by means of Direct Gear Design provides the ultimate bending stress minimization. […]
Dr. Alexander Kapelevich, Dr. Yuriy Shekhtman

Improving the Friction Power of Gears and Bearings

Proper lubrication can extend the overall fatigue life of gears by a factor of 2.6.

A machine that runs endlessly without any wear and frictional losses — who wouldn’t dream of that? Unfortunately, such a machine does not exist yet. However classic car fans know that through solid technology and ongoing service, cars can even outlast their owners. However, this does not happen with machinery of all industries. In the […]
Stefan Bill

CFD Simulation of Power Losses and Lubricant Flows in Gearboxes

Growing interest in the energy efficiency of gearboxes has led to the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to calculate load-independent power losses as well as lubricant flows.

Printed with permission of the copyright holder, the American Gear Manufacturers Association, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. Statements presented in this paper are those of the authors and may not represent the position or opinion of the American Gear Manufacturers Association. (AGMA) This paper was presented October 2017 at the AGMA […]
Franco Concli, Carlo Gorla


Q&A with Kris Renner

Director of Operations at Slater Tools

What’s a typical day like at Slater Tools? A typical day at Slater is very busy and productive. In the front office, our technical staff is answering a constant stream of technical calls and application emails, helping solve customers’ manufacturing challenges and offering personalized support. In the shop, we produce hundreds of precision tools, both […]
Kenneth Carter

Optimizing Gear Performance

The most significant factors to consider when it comes to the impact of steels on gear design, manufacturing, and performance.

Our technology experts at TimkenSteel have discussed various topics in Materials Matter around steel used in the gear industry – clean steel and why it matters, standards for cleanness measurement, gear failure analysis, the importance of modeling, power densification, lessened distortion and improved machinability. Collectively, these topics highlight how far industry has come in terms […]
E. Buddy Damm

Is it Strong Enough?

The selection of plastic as a material for gearing applications.

While walking through a field of wildflowers one might find a feather nestled amongst the flora. The feather is light, airy and delicate. Beneath the floral landscape, one might find a stone. It is heavy, solid and strong. Based on these quick observations, one might decide that the stone is superior to the feather. This […]
Brian Dengel

Oil Quenchants – Understanding the Chemistry (Part III)

In this issue, a discussion of the mechanism of quench oil, focusing on oxidation, thermal degradation, contamination, and additive depletion.

In the last two installments, the effects of base oil and additives on the performance of quench oil were described. In Part III, the mechanism of quench oil oxidation will be discussed.  The life of quench oil is dependent upon its thermal stability. The thermal stability is a function of the quality of the base […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM


Fox Business Network show spotlights United Tool Supply

The February 22 episode of Manufacturing Marvels on Fox Business Network featured gear inspection equipment manufacturer United Tool Supply. The second-generation family-owned company in Cincinnati, Ohio, is celebrating 45 years. Manufacturing Marvels® productions are designed to promote North American manufacturing, North American-made products, and North American manufacturing jobs. The two-minute pods also spotlight companies’ processes and […]
March 15, 2018

IFHTSE elects Dr. Scott MacKenzie as vice president

At the executive council meeting of the International Federation of Heat Treating and Surface Engineering (IFHTSE), D. Scott MacKenzie, PhD., Research Scientist – Metallurgy, Houghton International, Inc., Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, was elected to serve as vice president for a two-year term. Dr. MacKenzie, born in 1956 in Lafayette, Indiana, has been the ASM representative to […]
March 15, 2018

Three Motion Industries service centers become Rexnord certified

Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, is pleased to announce that its service centers in Charleston, West Virginia; Pensacola, Florida; and Salt Lake City, Utah; have become certified Rexnord partners in Falk gear drive repair. These three Motion Industries […]
March 15, 2018

Mazak appoints new GM to oversee Northeast region

Mazak Corporation has named Jim Rutan as the new general manager for the Northeast region. Rutan, formerly the manager of the Mazak sales office in Allentown, Pennsylvania, will now ensure that customers throughout the Northeast receive sales, service, and applications support to help them better compete in a booming regional manufacturing market. As the general […]
March 15, 2018

Emuge Technology Center available to manufacturers

Emuge’s Technology Center is a resource for metalworking facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Technology Center is designed to make leading edge advancements in machining techniques and tool designs. Exploring new technology and tooling designs is the best way for progressive manufacturers to stay ahead of the competition. New tooling solutions can sometimes be […]
March 15, 2018

Romax sets dates for innovation summit, user conference

Romax is proud to announce dates and locations for its eight global Innovation Summit and User Conferences in 2018. The theme of this year’s summit is “Multi-Physics Optimization of Electrified Drivelines.” One key challenge in designing these drivelines is in understanding the way different physical phenomena interact with one another. It is not sufficient to consider […]
March 15, 2018

BrightLine Weld for powertrain applications

BrightLine Weld, Trumpf’s latest innovation for laser welding, will significantly improve process quality for many laser welding applications. Specifically, applications for powertrain manufacturing will see great benefits as a result of BrightLine Weld, which allows for a virtually spatter-free laser welding process during deep penetration welding. Spatter-free deep penetration laser welding has historically only been […]
March 15, 2018

New Gleason segmented collets improve workholding

Gleason has introduced a new segmented collet for its workholding that delivers significant improvements for the clamping of both cylindrical and bevel gear bores from as small as 20 mm in diameter up to 100 mm in diameter. The single-angle style collet addresses the need for exceptionally long-lasting, accurate clamping with a simpler design and […]
March 15, 2018

Divide and conquer with Sandvik’s latest parting-off tools

Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has unveiled a new blade for its CoroCut® QD parting-off system, which, in combination with new process methodology, substantially improves the tool’s stability by realigning the resultant cutting force. Among numerous benefits available to the customer are improved productivity, enhanced surface quality, and reduced noise levels.  With conventional parting-off tool configurations on […]
March 15, 2018

Klingelnberg plans two-day workshop for April

On April 18-19, 2018, Klingelnberg will present a package of technical knowledge with live demonstrations and exciting talks, and present attendees with the opportunity to share experiences with its gearing specialists in a practical, focused setting. Klingelnberg encourages those who are interested to take advantage of the opportunity to discuss their application questions with Klingelnberg […]
March 15, 2018

OSU offering Gear Dynamics and Gear Noise Short Course in September

The Gear Dynamics and Gear Noise Short Course will be offered this year on the Ohio State campus from September 17-20. It has been offered for more than 38 years and is considered extremely valuable for gear designers and noise specialists who encounter gear noise and transmission design problems. Attendees will learn how to design […]
March 15, 2018

RÖHM appoints new regional sales managers

RÖHM Products of America, a leading provider of high-quality clamping and gripping technology for the metalworking industry, has appointed three new regional sales managers to support growing sales of the company’s chucks, centers, vises, tool clamping, and automation systems as well as customized solutions for turning, milling, drilling, and grinding. Mark Thompson now works with […]
March 15, 2018

Kadia presents compact high-end honing machines

Manufacturing companies that produce highly precise bores in small- to medium-batch sizes often hesitate to invest in their own precision honing machine. The rate of utilization is simply too low. Such manufacturers might use a simpler machine that is less costly but often does not work precisely enough. With a new single-spindle ‘Eco Honing Machine,’ […]
March 15, 2018

Gear Motions announces retirement of CFO Haines

Samuel R. Haines retired from his position as CFO of Gear Motions, Inc. effective the end of 2017, following 44 years of service. In 1973, Haines was in graduate school and in search of a thesis topic to complete his MBA at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. His father was in need of a business […]
March 15, 2018

KISSsoft plastic materials manager gets update

It is often the case that plastics manufacturers don’t provide data that is relevant for calculations when they supply their products. Fortunately, you can now use the new Plastics Manager in the KISSsoft Release 03/2017 to generate plastic material files from the service life measurement data gathered in gear testing according to VDI 2736 Sheet […]
March 15, 2018

Kapp promotes Johannes Hoehn to service manager

Kapp Technologies announces the promotion of Johannes Hoehn to service manager. In his new role, Hoehn will lead service and parts efforts to ensure and maintain customer satisfaction. Hoehn joined the Kapp Niles group in 2000 as an industrial technician in Coburg, Germany. In 2012, he relocated to Kapp Technologies in Boulder, Colorado, together with […]
March 15, 2018

KISSsoft announces 2018 training schedule

The training schedule for 2018 is now available, with the objective to provide the best training opportunities in order to deepen and broaden user knowledge. The concept has not changed: There are introductory and advanced courses, KISSsys courses, and special trainings. Trainings in English include: KISSsys Training March 20-23: Modeling gearboxes, system calculations, vehicle gearboxes […]
March 15, 2018

EMAG at GrindTec 2018: High-precision results for small components

Cost pressure and increasing quality requirements are influencing the automotive sector more than ever before. And yet complex processes such as out-of-round grinding are coming to the fore. How can these sophisticated grinding processes be carried out more efficiently? The EMAG Group will be providing tailor-made answers to this question from March 14-17 at GrindTec […]
March 15, 2018

Jergens Inc. expands custom fixture building design and manufacturing

Jergens Inc. is pleased to announce the expansion of its offering by adding custom design and build workholding to its existing Fixture-Pro®, multi-axis, and other workholding products. The addition of custom design and manufacturing capabilities will enhance Jergens’ time to market and allow customers to enhance their manufacturing productivity with efficient quick-change products. “By adding […]
March 15, 2018

ASF Metrology intends to acquire the CMM business from Nikon Metrology

Nikon Metrology announced that ASF Metrology intends to acquire Nikon Metrology’s coordinate measuring machines (CMM) business. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place in about 2 months. Nikon Metrology’s CMM activities, with offices in Belgium, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, represent approximately 25 percent of the total Nikon […]
March 15, 2018