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Archives July 2018


July 2018



ZOLLER Inc. combines hardware, software, and services to create optimal system
solutions for presetting, measuring, inspection, and management of tools.

With a focus on cutting tools and the solutions around them, ZOLLER Inc.’s place in the machine tool universe holds a special philosophy. ZOLLER prides itself in being not just a supplier, but a strategic partner in the industry, according to Rita Conroy-Martin, director of marketing for ZOLLER Inc. “I think that’s a unique advantage […]
Kenneth Carter

 A driving force in workholding

Once thought to be primarily for long and straight cylindrical shafts requiring turning between centers, savvy operators now know anything that can be placed and turned between centers can be done with a face driver.

Over the years, companies performing turning operations have come to realize the versatility of using face drivers as a complete workholding solution. Along the way, they have continued to gain greater acceptance for a multitude of turning applications. The major benefit of a face driver is found in its ability to allow the part to […]
Jay Duerr

Precision measuring  with hand tools

In order to achieve reliable measurements from precision hand tools,
a common-sense approach on basic usage produces the best results.

Developments in precision measuring have made modern hand tools more accurate and easier to read. Reviewing basic tips for “how to” use precision instruments can help operators use the tools to their full potential and ultimately save time, reduce errors, and increase productivity.  This article covers tips of the trade for measuring with three popular […]
Scott Robinson

Why customized workholding?

Selecting the best workholding system for your specific needs will ultimately lead to a better end product. Close communication with your vendor results in the best tailored system.

With manufacturing operations using higher cutting speeds that place greater force on workholding equipment, choosing the correct system to hold your work is trickier than ever. Careful examination of your clamping application may lead you to either a ready-made solution or a customized workholding answer. To provide these answers, Emuge Corp. has a workholding division […]
David Jones

Heat Treatment of Steel Gears

The important heat-treating processes during gear manufacturing include preparation treatments before machining or hardening, and hardening treatments.

Gears enable motion through power transfer in key sectors, including automotive, aerospace, marine, off-highway, and industrial applications. The gear manufacturing industry is estimated to be worth more than $45 billion, 75 percent of which is accounted for by the automotive sector alone [1]. A typical steel gear manufacturing process (Figure 1) starts with a forging, […]
Satyam Sahay

You Say You Want a Lubrication Revolution?

With many possible benefits and applications, the potential of hydro lubricants is only beginning to be harnessed.

By using water as a functional component in specialty lubricants, there is a whole new range of opportunities that can employ the revolutionary properties of hydro lubricants to realize advantages that include: Enhancing operational excellence by reducing friction by a factor of 10 and significantly extending component service life. Improving plant hygiene and occupational health […]
Kluber Lubrication NA LP

Forward thinking about reverse engineering

A basic guide to determining a gear’s original form requires taking many factors into consideration, including geometry, manufacturing method, and application.

When approaching a project requiring reverse engineering, questions must be asked that may seem simplistic, but will determine the failure or success of your efforts. The first questions to pose include: How will this image be used? Do I anticipate any changes? What are your tolerance requirements? All these questions are paramount in determining the […]
Greg Groth

New  technologies pay major dividends

Machine designs focusing on mass production, batch and small-lot processing, as well as providing ‘Closed Loop’ feedback increase throughput and improve the quality of the finished part.

In order that productivity can be realized, gear producers need systems designed for simplifying and automating common tasks so that less experienced workers can perform reliably. This article outlines the strides made in simplifying and automating tasks for generating grinding. This includes: Exchange of tooling such as abrasive, dresser and clamping arbor. Quality maintenance. First […]
Bill Miller

 Addressing internal integrity

As the gear industry changes, it’s important that inspection methods adapt to address the challenges that come with it.

Gear inspection is a critical aspect for producing a quality product. Jesse Garant of Jesse Garant Metrology Center recently sat down with Gear Solutions to discuss the importance of inspection and how it has grown to service the changing gear manufacturing industry. Why is gear inspection important? Gear inspection is important to validate not only […]
Kenneth Carter


Q&A with Maeve McGoff

Sales & marketing coordinator, Cincinnati Gearing Systems

What do you do with Cincinnati Gearing Systems? My responsibilities include marketing, video production and graphic design, product videos, company videos, print and web advertising, social media outreach, website maintenance, sales and marketing forecasting, customer relations, trade show coordination, customer surveys, industry trends, and tracking. Having graphic design and video productions skills in-house, CGS is […]
Gear Solutions staff

Future of gear design relies on overcoming present

Improved production efficiency through optimized machinability or heat-treat
response can result in lower costs — and more contract wins.

Increasing application demands and the need for higher performance mean the future is coming fast for gear designs. The next generation of gear engineers needs to be ready to tackle these ever-growing challenges. Here are a just a few ways we believe “Materials Matter” for the gear of the future. Design is relevant. More than […]
E. Buddy Damm

Safe operation of endothermic atmospheres

Typical scenarios where endothermic atmospheres can result in fires and serious explosions, and how they can be avoided.

In the last column, we discussed the importance of making sure that the endothermic atmosphere was the right composition to ensure proper heat treatment. When neutral hardening, if the atmosphere is incorrect, decarburization or carburization can result. If carburizing, an incorrect atmosphere could result in soot or incorrect carbon profiles. In this column, we are […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Converting to linear motion using rack and pinion

How module, circular pitch, rotary motion, and linear travel are related.

As the summer heat builds, we all look forward to the annual family vacation. Whether the trip takes us to the mountains, or to the shore, or to an amusement park, the first part of the vacation is the drive there. Prepping the car for the journey is just the first step in this annual […]
Brian Dengel


Mitsubishi to show ZE26C gear grinding machine at Motion + Power Expo

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool Co., Ltd. (MAT) will follow the world debut of the ZE26C at CIMT in China with the 2019 Power + Motion Expo in Detroit on October 15-17. The ZE26C will respond to needs for higher speed and precision, especially in the transmission systems of electric vehicles and the reduction gears […]
July 15, 2019

Iwis develops products, processes to keep chains performing optimally 

For a chain to have a long service life without wear-related loss of performance, it needs to be serviced and lubricated regularly. Maintenance and lubrication intervals should be strictly adhered to: about two thirds of all chain failures can be prevented by suitable relubrication, so selecting the right (re)lubricant is the most important factor in […]
July 15, 2019

Siemens demonstrates concrete potential of digitalization for the machine tool industry

With “Digitalization in Machine Tool Manufacturing,” Siemens demonstrates how machine tool users and manufacturers can benefit from digitalization. Siemens is driving digitalization in the machine tool industry forward from its leading position in the field. The future is a focus on the company’s extensive, integrated, end-to-end digitalization portfolio. With this offering, Siemens showcases ways in […]
July 31, 2018

Mazak launches assembly operations at new plant in Inabe, Japan

Yamazaki Mazak Corporation has announced the start of assembly operations at its latest production facility in Inabe City, Mie Prefecture, Japan. The company celebrated the completion of the initial construction phase of its sixth Japanese Mazak facility and 11th worldwide with an open house event attended by customers and distributors from across Japan and, via […]
July 15, 2018

Jergens Inc. readies new quick-change workholding products

Jergens Inc. will display its innovations at this year’s IMTS, including top tooling; a new line of pallets, risers, receivers, and adapters; and the company’s capabilities to support customers with custom design and build solutions. Additionally, Jergens will display its range of workholding including Ball Lock®, Drop and Lock®, FixturePro®, Zero-Point System® (ZPS), and OK […]
July 15, 2018

Slater Tools to tout full range of broaching solutions at IMTS

Slater Tools has a comprehensive line-up of CNC broaching tools, toolholders, and gages for complete machining and quality control over the full spectrum of shape making that it plans to unveil at IMTS in September. In total, the company’s rotary broach tools and toolholders, punch broach tools and toolholders, and Go/No-Go gages represent a wide-ranging […]
July 15, 2018

New Milltronics ChipBoss may cut cycle times by up to 50 percent

Milltronics USA, Inc. will debut its new ChipBossTM software at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Illinois, from September 10-15, 2018, at Booth 338329. This new software lets conversational program users take advantage of the latest trochoidal machining strategies, previously found only in CAM systems or high-end controls. ChipBoss uses proprietary algorithms to calculate […]
July 15, 2018

CRC Press releases second edition of Radzevich book

CRC Press has released a novel book on gearing, the second edition of the Theory of Gearing: Kinematics, Geometry, and Synthesis by Dr. Stephen P. Radzevich. Theory of Gearing: Kinematics, Geometry, and Synthesis is written by a leading expert in the field and intended for engineers and researchers in the field of gear design, gear production, gear inspection, […]
July 15, 2018

Metalloinvest picks Tenova to upgrade melt shop in Russia

Tenova, a Techint Group company specialized in innovative solutions for the metals and mining industries, has been awarded a contract with Metalloinvest, a leading global producer and supplier of HBI and iron ore products and a regional producer of high quality steel, for a major upgrade of the JSC Ural Steel melt shop located in […]
July 15, 2018

Manufacturing Intelligence Track attendees rethink quality

Hexagon’s 8th annual digital solutions conference wrapped with a big leap toward digital transformation. Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division announced that the HxGN LIVE conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, from June 12-15 attracted attendees and media guests from 70 countries. The Manufacturing Intelligence track hosted hundreds of manufacturing professionals taking part in subtracks: Design and Engineering, Production, […]
July 15, 2018

Vomat systems provide economical filtration to high purity standards

In the metal processing industry, clean cooling lubricants (e.g. corresponding to NAS 7/8 or particles < 3-5 µm) are an important part for overall productivity and profitability. Only with well-maintained fluids can a tool maker deliver drills and end mills in a quality his customers are expecting. That is where Vomat comes into the equation. […]
July 15, 2018

New Norton gear grinding platform has innovative dual-worm wheels

Norton | Saint-Gobain Abrasives, one of the world’s largest abrasives manufacturers, announced the introduction of its new Norton Xtrimium™ range of gear solutions designed for high-performance gear grinding in extreme, tight tolerance environments. The newly structured portfolio of gear grinding products is specifically designed by category to provide higher profile accuracy, supreme form holding, and burn-free grinding […]
July 15, 2018

New Milltronics software timesavers to be introduced at IMTS 2018

Milltronics USA, Inc. will unveil three time-saving software products at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Illinois, from September 10-15, 2018 at Booth 338329. The company will also feature live demos on vertical machining centers, CNC lathes as well as toolroom mills and lathes. The theme of the Milltronics booth is Momentum – […]
July 15, 2018

Buehler obtains ISO certification for hardness testing blocks

The Buehler Wilson® Reference Block Laboratory in Binghamton, New York, has achieved accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 by A2LA (American Association for Laboratory Accreditation) for Rockwell, Knoop, Vickers, and Brinell hardness test blocks and indenters. A2LA is in full conformance with the standards of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electro-Technical Commission (IEC), […]
July 15, 2018

Sandvik Coromant recognized as ‘Supplier of the Year’

Sandvik Coromant has been selected from more than 3,000 top companies to receive MSC Industrial Supply Co.’s annual ‘Supplier of the Year’ award, as well as Breakthrough Supplier recognition. MSC is a premier distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) supplies to industrial customers throughout North America. Introduced in 2017, MSC’s Supplier of […]
July 15, 2018

ITAMCO gets grant from DoD/Small Business research program

ITAMCO, a manufacturer of precision-machined components, specializing in gears, is part of a team that has received research funding from the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The other partners in the project are Hoosier Racing Tire (a Continental AG Company) and Purdue University.  The goal of the project is to […]
July 15, 2018

Hexagon acquires software provider SPRING Technologies

Hexagon AB, a global leader in digital solutions, has announced the acquisition of SPRING Technologies, a software provider specializing in integrated solutions for optimizing the machining workflow through machine tool simulation, toolpath verification and optimization, and machine tool management. Its solutions are in use at major OEMs and suppliers worldwide, helping streamline the manufacturing process […]
July 15, 2018

Röhm signs new Michigan industrial sales representative

To further serve its customers in Michigan, Röhm Products of America Inc. has announced its new partnership with industrial manufacturer representative Motor City Industrial Marketing. The company will act as Röhm’s full-service sales partner throughout Michigan. Röhm Sales Manager Steve Onik extended his congratulations to the company’s new partners. “I welcome Motor City Industrial Marketing’s […]
July 15, 2018

Easily inspect machine spindle tapers with Big Kaiser’s Dyna Contact

Big Kaiser, a global leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industries, has added the Dyna Contact to its product offering. The ceramic taper gage allows inspection of machine spindle tapers at a glance. Dyna Contact is a precise gage used to check the geometric accuracy of a machine spindle taper […]
July 15, 2018

Lucifer Furnaces delivers dual chamber fiber-lined furnace

Lucifer Furnaces delivered a dual chamber fiber-lined furnace to a leading manufacturer of punches and dies in North America. The upper chamber of this customized Model LI84-M24 heats to 2,200°F and the lower draw chamber to 1,600°F with 23 KW power. The upper chamber hot face consists of low-heat-storage ceramic fiberboard for fast heat-up and […]
July 15, 2018

Networked solutions the basis for smart tool production

Zoller customers are well-positioned for the future when it comes to a networked production environment, a task there is no way around in light of increasing digitalization and Industry 4.0. All Zoller solutions, including the proven “genius” universal measuring machine and the new Smart Cabinets tool-storage cabinets, operate on the basis of a shared data […]
July 15, 2018

Mazak to show Hot Wire Hybrid Multi-Tasking technology at IMTS

Mazak will further expand its Multi-Tasking technology when it unveils the new VC-500A/5X AM HWD Multi-Tasking Machine at IMTS 2018 in the company’s second Additive Manufacturing booth 432000. As with all of Mazak’s growing models of Hybrid technology, the new machine offers manufacturers part processing capabilities beyond those of conventional multi-tasking to reduce lead times […]
July 15, 2018

KISSsoft addresses bolted joint calculations in latest software

The calculation of bolted joints in KISSsoft enables verification according to VDI 2230 Sheet 1 (2015) and a proof for bolts with FEM results as described in VDI 2230 Sheet 2 (2014). Supplementary calculation methods, as used in industry, have been implemented, in addition to VDI 2230. In addition to the calculation reports, the clamping […]
July 15, 2018

Big Kaiser presents new website to match tooling solutions catalog

Big Kaiser, a global leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industries, has officially launched its revamped website. The new site was designed to follow the flow of the new High Performance Tooling Solutions catalog, to promote Big Kaiser’s corporate branding and improve the customer’s online experience. The site includes extensive product […]
July 15, 2018

Liebherr demonstrates turnkey skiving3 program at IMTS 2018

At IMTS 2018, Liebherr Gear Technology will demonstrate its gear skiving process on its LK series machines based on the tried-and-tested components of the corresponding large hobbing machines but equipped with greater rigidity and more powerful spindles. A gear skiving machine requires a table with a direct drive owing to the high workpiece speeds required. […]
July 15, 2018

GF Machining to present manufacturing solutions at IMTS 2018

At IMTS 2018, GF Machining Solutions will provide a glimpse into the future of the manufacturing industry. The company will demonstrate a wide range of innovative high-speed milling, EDM, laser texturing, additive manufacturing and micromachining technologies at booth 338754, along with automation, tooling, and connectivity solutions that address many of today’s toughest manufacturing challenges. Headlining […]
July 15, 2018

JM Performance Products’ Taper Shank Test Fixture ensures toolholder conformity

Regardless of the CNC machining industrial focus (i.e., production milling, aerospace, automotive, medical, mold making, etc.), dealing with poor tooling performance and its impact on production and costs is something that can affect every shop. An important part of CNC milling is the v-flange toolholder, which affects the performance of the cutting tools and the […]
July 15, 2018

Dr. Valery Rudnev receives two prestigious heat-treating awards

Dr. Valery Rudnev was recognized during the opening ceremony of the American Society for Materials (ASM International) Thermal Processing in Motion conference. Rudnev, director of science and technology at Inductoheat Inc., an Inductotherm Group Company, received two prestigious awards for his contributions in the field of induction heating and heat-treating. Rudnev was elected as a […]
July 15, 2018

Tenova develops Consteerrer™ technology for Chinese company

Tenova, a company of the Techint Group specialized in innovative solutions for the metals and mining industries, has been contracted by Shandong Laigang Yongfeng Steel Corp., a subsidiary of Yongfeng Group Ltd, to supply two Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) and Consteel® Evolution plants equipped with Consteerrer™ technology for the customers melt shop plant in Dezhou […]
July 15, 2018

Third Wave offers toolpath optimization workshop

For a business contemplating purchasing new machine tools or using overtime to meet capacity needs to improve its competitive edge, Third Wave Systems will demonstrate how businesses can implement toolpath optimization to help achieve machining goals and drive efficiency within the organization. Making toolpath optimization part of the machining routine will help achieve significant cycle […]
July 15, 2018

Oelheld adds entry level product to popular SintoGrind series

Oelheld is adding SintoGrind TC-X 630 as the new entry level product to its flagship and perennial best-selling SintoGrind series. SintoGrind TC-X 630, with its new base oil technology, will set new standards in productivity, surface finish, and grinding wheel wear. The product is designed for flute grinding, profile grinding, and outside and inside diameter […]
July 15, 2018

Klingelnberg wins Best of Industry Award in ‘Industry 4.0’ category

This year’s winners of the Best of Industry Award were honored June 7 during a gala event at the Vogel Convention Center in Würzburg, Germany. It was the third time that the trade journal MM Maschinenmarkt has bestowed the honor. This year, the journal presented 31 nominated companies in nine categories. Klingelnberg was among the […]
July 15, 2018

Emuge’s newest revolution in thread making

The Punch Tap, developed in association with Audi AG, was developed to significantly reduce the cycle time associated with threading aluminum castings. Emuge not only created a new type of tool for helical thread-forming but also a completely new technology for machining threads. The new process produces internal threads at a significantly reduced energy consumption […]
July 13, 2018

KISSsoft bolt calculations

The calculation of bolted joints in KISSsoft enables verification according to VDI 2230 Sheet 1 (2015) and a proof for bolts with FEM results as in VDI 2230 Sheet 2 (2014). Supplementary calculation methods, as used in industry, have been implemented, in addition to VDI 2230. In addition to the calculation reports, the clamping diagram, assembly preloads, and the […]
July 13, 2018

Seco to host seminar for mold & die manufacturers

Seco Tools will host a special educational event in collaboration with leading partners in the mold and die industry. The event, which will showcase tips, tricks, and cutting-edge solutions for machining difficult steels and hardened materials, will be at the company’s Troy, Michigan-based headquarters July 26, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition […]
July 13, 2018

Gleason opens sales, service company in South Korea

Gleason Corporation recently announced the opening of Gleason Sales (Korea), its new sales and service operation in Seoul, South Korea. The new company will sell and service the full range of Gleason products working in cooperation with local representatives to cover the entire South Korean market. “Gleason has, for decades, served the South Korean market […]
July 13, 2018