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Archives April 2018


April 2018


A Competitive Edge Starts at the Spindle

These high torque retention knobs were specially designed to help machining centers achieve optimized toolholder productivity.

Despite some 750,000 CNC mills put into service in the United States over the past 15 years, CNC machining job shops often hover at the bottom of the totem pole where there’s little room for error, as most bids are won by a 1-2 percent price variance. Representing the backbone of the U.S. machinery resurrection, […]
John Stoneback

Choosing a Resharpening Resource

Cutting tool management is a critical aspect of gear manufacturing operations, and expert resharpening services are worth their weight in accumulated chips.

On a per-unit basis, the overall cost of cutting tools in a gear cutting process boils down to only a few percentage points. As a result, this overshadows the cutting tool’s obvious direct impact on the cutting process and cut gear. Consequently, some gear manufacturing operations focus elsewhere to find productivity gains, better quality, or […]
Adam Gimpert

Effects of Asymmetric Cutter Tip Radii on Gear Tooth Root Bending Stress

When fillet geometry is modified and controlled for decreasing bending stress, improved gear service life is the primary result.

By Dr. Abdullah Akpolat, Dr. Nihat Yildirim, Burak Sahin, Omer Yildirim, Bulent Karatas, and Fatih Erdogan Tooth root fillet is the maximum bending stress concentration region during a torque transmission via gear pairs. Increase in gear root fillet radius due to a larger cutter tip radius provides a smoother transition from involute to root via a […]
Abdullah Akpolat

Introducing the New Blue

New segmented collet design meets the industry’s need for reliable, accurate, and universal bore clamping for a wide range of cylindrical gear production applications.

Gear manufacturers today must turn on a dime to meet fast-changing customer demand and marketplace conditions with faster production of smaller lot sizes. More frequent part changeover has fostered the development of workholding systems with quick-change, often tool-less designs to take increasingly valuable non-productive time out of the process. This new gear production paradigm has […]
Timothy Zenoski


Cones are not just for ice cream

There are many distinct styles of bevel gearing, but one thing they have in common is that each operates as a rolling cone.

At this time of year, as we are transitioning from the doldrums of winter through the rebirth of spring and the eventual sunshine of summer, there are certain childhood traditions that we all look forward to. In my youth, it was the opening day little league parade that reintroduced us to that glorious summertime treat, […]
Brian Dengel

Corrective actions for degraded quench oil

Quench oil oxidation is a serious problem, but it can be overcome with appropriate corrective actions listed here.

  In the past several columns, the various components of a quench oil have been described. Illustrations on how the various components, such as the speed improvers, anti-oxidant packages, and base oil work together to reduce the oxidation of the oil, and provide long life and consistent quenching. In this column, typical causes and corrective […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Optimizing gear performance

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

Throughout the past several months, 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 […]
E. Buddy Damm

Q&A with Douglas Beerck

Vice president and general manager of Gleason Metrology Systems

How has Gleason advanced gear metrology in the past 15 years? Gleason Metrology Systems joined the Gleason organization as M&M Precision Systems in June 2005. Since then our advancements in gear metrology offerings have been significant. Along with adding new sizes of machines to address diameters up to three meters, the Windows based GAMA™ analysis […]
Kenneth Carter


Gleason inaugurates new technology and manufacturing center in Switzerland

Gleason recently held a grand opening ceremony for its new facility in Studen, Switzerland. Many important customers from across the world attended the event, which also included product and technology demonstrations. The Gleason-Pfauter Studen organization has about 120 employees and focuses on the design and manufacturing of gear hobbing, gear power skiving, and gear profile […]
April 30, 2018

Able Machine tool takes 5-Axis CMM technology on the road

With lead times shrinking and the demand for parts with multiple features and tighter tolerances growing, fabricators have little time to spare for new equipment demonstrations. Yet, the need to find the right quality inspection equipment is higher than ever. That’s why ABLE Machine Tool Sales Inc., the New England distributor for Dayton, Ohio-based AIMS […]
April 15, 2018

Liftomatic forklift attachment handles steel drums

Liftomatic Material Handling, Inc., an industry-leading material-handling equipment manufacturer, introduces FTA drum-handling units. The FTA drum-handling units are designed for loading, unloading, palletizing, and storage of steel drums in nearly any size or configuration, including 30-gallon, 55-gallon, and 85-gallon. The attachment fits directly onto the forks of any standard lift truck with Liftomatic’s exclusive “Parrot- […]
April 15, 2018

Big Kaiser adds new wireless tool table leveling device

Big Kaiser, a leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industries, recently announced its new Level Master Wireless, a high-precision device for the leveling of machine tool tables. The Level Master Wireless adds wireless connectivity to enable leveling information to be read from a separate display device, making it easier to […]
April 15, 2018

Rotec Tools offers ESMATEC, manufacturer of edge milling machines

ESMATEC manufactures cutting edge, quality edge milling machines. The machines offer a special designed rigid sliding table to provide scratch-free and easy operation and fine adjustment from chamfer size 0.004” up to 0.4” (10 mm). Technical specifications on the KF-500 DS, with prism guide; KFS-500 DS, with slide table; and KFS-1000 DS, with slide table are available […]
April 15, 2018

Mazak introduces UD-400/5X for high-speed machining

Mazak’s new Ultimate Die & Mold (UD) 400/5X Vertical Machining Center delivers precise 5-axis machining in a small footprint platform. Ideal for applications ranging from medical and dental instruments to mold and die components and beyond, the machine sports a rigid base and double- column symmetrical construction that allow its state-of-the-art spindle to reach the […]
April 15, 2018

Schunk expands gripping system with Kontec KSC-D

The family of manual Schunk Kontec KSC Basic-Line is known for high clamping forces, ease of use, short set-up times, and excellent price-performance ratio. Schunk, the competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology, is expanding its modular system with the Schunk Kontec KSC-D, a lightweight and flat double clamping vise especially designed for demanding […]
April 15, 2018

Manufacturing Institute to honor Sandvik Coromant’s Chevrier

The Manufacturing Institute announced they will award Suzanne Chevrier the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award. The STEP Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the C-Suite.  “The women we are […]
April 15, 2018

Klingelnberg is double winner of iF Design Award 2018

The Höfler Speed Viper cylindrical gear generating grinding machine and the Klingelnberg P 65 precision measuring center are the first machines in which Klingelnberg has implemented and launched its newly developed design concept. Both were honored at this year’s iF Design Award with a distinction in the Product category. The iF Design Award is given […]
April 15, 2018

SKF introduces high-performance miniature ball screws

New SKF SP Series high-performance miniature ball screws from SKF Motion Technologies, Inc. have been optimized to deliver precise positioning, excellent repeatability, and smooth-running and quiet linear actuation. Their advanced internal ball recirculation system and thread design additionally enable higher speed capabilities and longer operating life compared with conventional rolled ball screws. These robust solutions […]
April 15, 2018

Dazzling performance from diamond-coated inserts

In order to overcome the challenges of chip formation and evacuation when drilling non-ferrous metals, cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has unveiled its CoroDrill® 880 CVD diamond-coated insert grades, GCN124 and GCN134. The super-hard properties of the diamond coating provide long tool life and combine with innovative chip breaker and geometry designs to guarantee […]
April 15, 2018

Marposs has new compact Brankamp monitoring system

Marposs Corp. has announced the availability of its new Brankamp CMS-02 stand-alone system for collision monitoring and crash damage mitigation in machine tools. The system employs a ceramic strain sensor to detect irregularities in the production process by measuring elastic deformation in the range of 0.1 microns, and both slow and dynamically increasing forces which […]
April 15, 2018

Siemens presents innovative automation, technology portfolio

Siemens now offers an array of new hardware and software solutions for its integrated Sinumerik portfolio. The offering comprises integrated industrial software and automation technology designed to enable machine tool manufacturers to leverage the full productivity potential of the digital factory. “The end-to-end digitalization approach taken by Siemens encompasses not only hardware, but also software […]
April 15, 2018

Siemens expands Technical Application Center in Elk Grove

With digitalization and the rapid changes in technology, training is more important than ever to keep employees’ skills up to date with the newest industrial technologies. In support of this need, Siemens announces the expansion of its Technical Application Center (TAC) which offers machine tool dealers, importers, and end-users of Sinumerik CNCs a complete range […]
April 15, 2018

Sumitomo’s AC8000P for cutting steel features advanced coating

New from Sumitomo Electric Carbide, Inc., AC8000P Series Grades for steel turning features advanced Absotech Platinum CVD coating for a longer tool life and an overall cost reduction in steel cutting. For exceptional performance, the AC8000P Series consists of this patented CVD coating, a new surface layer and a smooth surface treatment from the crystal […]
April 15, 2018

CMS to conduct pilot testing for CMM and 3D scanner certifications

The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS), the eminent membership association for measurement professionals, announced plans to launch two new certification programs in 2018. The CMS Certification Committee will offer a pilot examination for the industry’s first Level-One Certification for coordinate measuring machines (CMM) operators. The proctored, online assessment consists of about 200 multiple-choice questions covering foundational theory and CMM common practices. The […]
April 15, 2018

Schunk magnetic switches for potentially explosive atmospheres

Schunk is now offering a freely programmable and universally applicable magnetic switch with ATEX certification for device group II, category 2 for monitoring gripping systems in potentially explosive areas. The MMS 22-PI1-EX has a freely programmable switching point and detects a magnet inside of the actuator. It can be placed directly in the C-slot of […]
April 15, 2018

Röhm showcases clamping solutions that speed setups

Röhm Products of America demonstrated several types of chucks at the 2017 Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association event (STAFDA) that maximize productivity and make for fast and easy job setups. The company displayed its Extra and Supra keyless and Prima key-type drill chucks as well as the Duro-T manual lathe chuck. Economical, easy-to-handle Extra […]
April 15, 2018

Zeiss offers control of important data with scalable IT solution

Zeiss PiWeb is a scalable IT solution for quality data management. You can organize the information flow resulting from Industry 4.0 and therefore enhance the quality of your products and productivity. The highlights of this system are: Scalable quality data management. Manufacturer-independent and flexible: supports many data types such as DMO, DFQ, CSV, TXT, PCN […]
April 15, 2018

Haas has good results with XING dressing technique

If you want to produce high-precision profile inserts, your tapered diamond grinding wheels need to be dressed on a regular basis. Haas opts for the profile accuracy of the XING dressing technique inside the machine. Based in Trossingen, Swabia, Haas Schleifmaschinen GmbH has many customers who manufacture profile inserts, all of whom value maximum dimensional […]
April 15, 2018

Klüber Lubrication provides solution for lime deposit, water scale

Klϋber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, introduces Klüberplus Z 01-006 US, a water-based solvent containing wetting agents, corrosion inhibitors, and degreasing compounds. Klüberplus Z 01-006 US can be used to safely remove lime deposits or water scale in commercial and industrial applications such as: Power plant boilers, piping systems, and evaporating equipment. Equipment […]
April 15, 2018

Motion Industries announces new distribution center

Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, will open a new distribution center in Auburn, Washington, in late spring 2018. Enhancing Motion Industries’ logistical network, the new distribution center (DC) will serve 24 area Motion Industries branch locations daily, as […]
April 15, 2018

High-speed Preci-Flex® tooling available for Mazak turning centers

Exsys Tool, Inc. has expanded its industry-leading line of Preci-Flex® modular tooling systems to include a 10,000-rpm, 1:1 ratio rotary tool for Mazak Quick Turn and QTU Series turning centers. The faster toolholders effortlessly match the processing speed of optional 10,000-rpm machine spindles to boost productivity and achieve excellent surface finishes. Manufactured by Eppinger, Preci-Flex […]
April 15, 2018

Affolter offers µ-Skiving on hardened small-pitch gears

Affolter Technologies S.A. is offering single machines or complete automations for gear hobbing applications. As an alternative to gear grinding operation, Affolter introduces the µ-Skiving to the AF100 or AF110plus gear hobbing machine. The machines offer high precision positioning of the pre-cut blanks with special laser, skive-hobbing with profile optimized and coated hub-cutter, and machining of hardened […]
April 15, 2018

KissSoft update will improve calculating asymmetrical toothings

The current KISSsoft software version (03/2017) provides a range of different options for calculating and inputting asymmetrical toothings. Gears often only rotate in one direction, so the working flank is always the same flank. Creating asymmetrical toothing is a way of optimizing this working flank in a specific manner. The greatest advantage of using asymmetrical toothing […]
April 15, 2018