Archives August 2018


August 2018


Wenzel America

Wenzel America is an innovative provider of customized metrology solutions, built on a solid foundation of German precision engineering and strong partnerships as a family-owned company.

With thousands of customers around the world using Wenzel machines, the company is considered a leader in the metrology industry. Its focus is on solving the toughest measuring requirements for its customers, wielding its longtime expertise in German engineering, which dates back to 1968. Parent company Wenzel Präzision GmbH was founded by Werner Wenzel in […]
Gear Solutions staff

Modular Sealing Solution Ideal for Automation

An innovative sealing system has been developed especially for industrial applications where robustness and long lifespans of gears are in demand, including robots and automation.

Across every industry, today’s state-of-the-art manufacturing environment emphasizes variable batch sizes, flexible processes, and high availability. These factors are placing higher demands on individual components, including gear motors, in the manufacturing process. Used to drive conveyor belts and assembly lines, the longevity and strength of gear motors are critical factors in increasing productivity and improving […]
Marcel Santos, Benjamin Kohl

Areal Evaluation of Involute Gear Flanks with 3D Surface Data

How examinations of involute gear flanks using areal, three-dimensional surface data provide in-depth, holistic information about the gears.

With the evolution of size, weight, surface structure, and tolerance requirements in gear production and application, gear metrology is challenged at the same time to fulfill the cycle time requirements and to support the varieties in gear dimensions and geometry. The standard gear flank inspection is based on measuring two-dimensional line features (classically one profile […]
Yue Peng, Kang Ni, Gert Goch

The Effects of Shrouding on reducing Meshed Spur Gear Power Loss

Insights from NASA aeronautics rotorcraft research aimed at propulsion technologies that improve efficiency while minimizing vehicle weight.

Gearbox efficiency is reduced at high rotational speeds due to windage drag and viscous effects on rotating, meshed gear components. A goal of NASA aeronautics rotorcraft research is aimed at propulsion technologies that improve efficiency while minimizing vehicle weight. Specifically, reducing power losses to rotorcraft gearboxes would allow gains in areas such as vehicle payload, […]
I.R. Delgado, M.J. Hurrell


Q&A with Marc Vonderlage

Regional Sales Representative at Wickert

What does Wickert do for the gear manufacturing industry? Wickert is a technical leader in the field of fixture hardening equipment and pressing systems. Our equipment allows gear manufacturers to reduce manufacturing cost and improve quality through automated techniques. Wickert provides a wide variety of custom solutions ranging from single to multi-station systems incorporating many […]
Kenneth Carter

A primer on backlash, its purpose in gear designs

Minimizing backlash can create issues with lubrication and encourage excessive tooth mesh, which can then cause premature failure.

If gears are designed with a standard tooth proportion and are operating on a standard center distance, they would mesh ideally and would neither jam or require backlash. Unfortunately, gears, like life, are never ideal. The general purpose of backlash is to prevent gears from jamming due to contact occurring on both sides of the […]
Brian Dengel

The state of the art of wind turbine gearboxes

Regularly scheduled maintenance keeps turbines spinning, and the proper lubricants can extend the period between checkups.

Much has been written here about the global growth in the wind turbine industry. Today, more than 341,320 wind turbines are operating worldwide. In particular, the number of offshore installations has exploded in the past seven years (Figures 1-2). The continuous reliability gains in the industry have caused cost of wind turbine electricity to drop […]
Mark Michaud

Heat treatment of powder metallurgy parts

Understanding the differences that porosity/density can cause with heat-up times, and increased drag-out of quenchants when processing P/M parts can reduce the headaches occurring in the heat-treat shop.

The use of powder metallurgy (P/M) for the production of near-net shaped parts has increased in recent years due to performance gains, as well as the advantage of producing a near net shape. P/M is not one single process, but a description of processes that start with metal powder as a feed stock. This can […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM


Hexagon announces new flagship Absolute Arm range

Eight years after the launch of the first Romer Absolute Arm, Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has unveiled its new Absolute Arm range. A ground-up redesign has seen one of the world’s most recognizable portable measuring arms modernized to meet the needs of today’s metrology users, with a key focus on improved usability and versatility without compromising […]
August 31, 2018

Solar Atmospheres acquires large car bottom air furnace

Solar Atmospheres of Western PA has invested in a new car bottom air furnace that is 20 feet in length. Delivery of this new piece of equipment was scheduled for July, 2018. The furnace will be surveyed in accordance with AMS2750 and is uniform within ±10°F (Class 2). The furnace has a working zone that […]
August 15, 2018

Emuge to display full range of workholding solutions at IMTS

At IMTS this year, Emuge Corp. will showcase its comprehensive line of clamping solutions at Booth 431536. Emuge’s workholding division specializes in providing highly accurate, almost maintenance-free customized solutions for applications from low-volume job shops to high-volume automotive production environments. “Our workholding group stays close to our customers to learn about their unique challenges and […]
August 15, 2018

Business growth spurs hiring at Abtex Corp., which adds 4 positions

Abtex Corporation recently added four professionals with varied skills in manufacturing and business. The hiring was spurred by significant recent growth in the company’s manufacturing deburring business. Rafael Colon has been hired as a mechanical design engineer with special responsibility for the company’s deburring systems product line. Colon recently received a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing […]
August 15, 2018

EMAG to present variety of new machines at IMTS

EMAG, a worldwide leader in manufacturing systems for precision metal components, will debut four machines to the North American market at IMTS this year, while showcasing several others. IMTS is September 10-15, 2018, in Chicago. EMAG will be in the South Hall Booth 339436. New to North America are the VLC 200 GT, HLC 150 […]
August 15, 2018

All Metals & Forge Group promotes cost, quality benefits

All Metals & Forge Group manufactures high quality seamless rolled rings with excellent tensile and yield properties for gear, bearing, and heavy machinery applications. It can produce forged rings in diameters up to 108 inches for steel alloys and up to 80 inches for other metals, with wall thickness ranging from 2 inches and up. […]
August 15, 2018

Tradition meets innovation with Affolter AF110plus

Affolter, founded in 1919 by Louis Affolter in Malleray, Switzerland, has a long history of making gears and pinions for the watch industry. Today the company has more than 160 employees and its market has extended into medical and aerospace applications. In 2008, the company started making gear hobbing machines for medium- and small-gear applications. […]
August 15, 2018

EMAG’s modular VL 4 H designed with whole process in mind

EMAG, a company with many years of success in the field of gear cutting, has demonstrated its capabilities in a multitude of projects for a broad clientele. Satisfying the most demanding requirements is second nature for the company’s gear-cutting experts, who meet such requirements with the necessary expertise and first-rate technology. Technology such as that […]
August 15, 2018

Jerry Uplinger joins Gasbarre Tooling Group as design lead

Gasbarre Products, Inc. has announced the hiring of Jerry Uplinger, tool design engineer, as the newest member of its Tooling Group team. He will be the team lead for tool design efforts at McKee Carbide Tool. Uplinger comes to Gasbarre with many years of experience in the powder metal industry, including his most recent position […]
August 15, 2018

Gleason USA offers five days of KISSsoft and KISSsys training

From August 27–31, 2018, Gleason USA hosts a 4.5 day comprehensive KISSsoft and KISSsys training which is split into two parts: Basic KISSsoft Training (2 days) August 27–28, 2018 This Basic KISSsoft Training covers shaft and gears and focuses on the usage of the software and exercises executed by the participants. After an introduction to […]
August 15, 2018

Bourn & Koch to host open house during IMTS week

The global manufacturing community is invited to receive a behind-the-scenes look into how precision machine tools are being built, right here in America, during the Bourn & Koch “Made in America” open house on Wednesday, September 12 and Friday, September 14, 2018. Tours will be in Rockford, Illinois, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. both […]
August 15, 2018

New quick-change Jacobs Taper Rigid ER collet chucks

T.M. Smith Tool adds new Jacobs Taper Rigid ER collet chucks to its family of Jacobs taper tooling. The new durable collet chucks are manufactured from premium grade, through-hardened steel. The Jacobs taper and ER collet pockets are precision ground to provide T.I.R.  of 0.0002” or better. The T.M. Smith ER collet chucks are superior […]
August 15, 2018

Vomat brings ultra-fine filtration technology to IMTS 2018

Only through the use of extremely clean grinding oils can high-quality cutting tools be ground economically and reliably against increasingly tight tolerance requirements. To meet these requirements, filtration system manufacturer Vomat provides compact, powerful, and energy-efficient solutions for the metal processing industry. During IMTS 2018, Vomat will be showing examples for individually tailored concepts for […]
August 15, 2018

Big Kaiser’s tightening fixture ensures precision

Big Kaiser presents the Torque Fit, a tightening fixture for collet chucks with an integrated torque measuring system. This device makes it easy to ensure that a collet chuck is correctly tightened. Proper tightening is an important first step of high-precision cutting. Big Kaiser’s Torque Fit notifies the user of a correctly set torque value […]
August 15, 2018

Exsys offers range of precision planetary gearbox solutions

Exsys Tool, Inc. has expanded its line of Eppinger high-precision industrial gearboxes to include planetary-type gearboxes. The planetary range provides excellent energy efficiency, minimal heat generation and extremely smooth motion for a wide variety of applications and industries. Standard planetary gearboxes are available in PE (planetary eco) and PP (planetary precision) styles for applications that […]
August 15, 2018

Maprox offers measuring, precision fixturing solutions

Maprox specializes in manufacturing compact, low-profile, high-precision jaw chucks for applications such as metrology, specialty measuring machines, laser engraving, and EDM where run-out accuracy and concentricity is of high importance. Maprox offers 3-, 4-, 6-, and 8-jaw-chucks. Many of these chucks are made from materials such as aluminum, Reinox (non-corrosive), non-magnetic or special steel. Jaws […]
August 15, 2018

Glebar gears up for IMTS with innovations in grinding technology

As it enters its 66th year in business, Glebar is excited to be returning as an exhibitor at IMTS 2018, North America’s largest manufacturers exposition, at Booth 237307. Representatives will display Glebar’s latest innovations in precision turnkey grinding technology, with a focus on custom-automated solutions designed and built for the automotive, medical, metal, and other […]
August 15, 2018

Seco Tools names Bowden as director of information technology

Further empowering its customers by continuing to advance its digital capabilities, Seco Tools, LLC has announced that Jeff Bowden has joined the company as its new director of information technology. In addition to his work for the North American branch of the company, Bowden will act as the Regional IT Demand Manager for Seco Tools […]
August 15, 2018

Klingelnberg engaged in areas of innovation at IMTS 2018

IMTS 2018 in Chicago is, according to trade show organizers, the largest trade show for manufacturing technology in North America. Every two years it is the place to be for the who’s who in the industry. This year’s trade show will provide a platform for the newest technology trends. With its closed loop system for […]
August 15, 2018

Dutch engineering from Bega Special Tools available in U.S.

Bega Special Tools will present the latest tools for easy and safe installation and removal of bearings and other transmission parts at IMTS 2018 in Chicago, at Booth 12144. The Betex MF Quick-Heater, a multifunctional frequency induction heater for both mounting and dismounting bearings and other machine parts is the latest heater design. There is […]
August 15, 2018

FMS Corporation design takes award in MPIF contest

The winners in the 2018 Powder Metallurgy (PM) Design Excellence Awards competition, sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), demonstrate outstanding examples of PM’s diversity. The grand prize in the Hand Tools/Recreation category was won by FMS Corporation for three sinter-hardened steel parts made for Graco, Inc.: an eccentric gear, a combination gear, and […]
August 15, 2018

Supfina expands line of fine-grinding machines

Supfina Machine Company, Inc. has expanded its line of fine-grinding machines to include the Spiro F5 and the Spiro F12, each of which make its North American debut at IMTS 2018 in Chicago. Along with the Spiro F7, the three machines provide customized solutions for the “batch mode” processing of a wide variety of gears, […]
August 15, 2018

Methods Machine Tools announces key appointments

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., North America’s foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tools and automation, has announced two key management appointments. Company President Jerry Rex has been named president and chief executive officer, and Dale Hedberg has been promoted to vice president of operations. Methods’ Board of Directors recently appointed Rex president and CEO of […]
August 15, 2018

Suhner’s redesigned BEX15 machining unit picks up more speed

Suhner introduces a new and redesigned version of its BEX15 machining unit, capable of allowing a spindle speed increase from 18,000 rpm to 23,000 rpm. Chip-producing machining operations with modern tools today demand progressively higher cutting speeds, specifically for metals with high cutting speed rates or small diameter hole drilling applications. The Suhner machining unit […]
August 15, 2018

Abtex Corp. promotes VP of sales/marketing Jason Saner to president

Abtex Corp., the world’s leading manufacturer of machine/brush deburring solutions, has named Jason Saner as president. He will report to Mark Fultz, Abtex CEO. Saner joined Abtex in June 2013. He began as market development manager, was promoted to lead the Systems Group in 2014, and named vice president of sales and marketing in 2015. […]
August 15, 2018

AIMS to showcase advanced CMM technology at IMTS

Demand for 100 percent part inspection and the ability to process big data and measure complex features in a smart factory environment is affecting mainstream manufacturing. Advanced Industrial Measurement Systems (AIMS) has engineered coordinate measurement machines (CMMs) that can perform fast, accurate inspections and gather intelligence. AIMS will demonstrate its Revolution Series HB Shop Floor […]
August 15, 2018

Sunnen and BTA Heller create drill-to-finish bore solution

Sunnen Products Company’s acquisition of BTA Heller Incorporated has created a unique solution for shops looking for complete bore drilling-to-finishing capabilities. Sunnen, the world’s largest vertically integrated manufacturer of honing systems for precision bore sizing and finishing, adds BTA’s deep hole tooling and systems for primary hole generation as the companies build on natural synergies […]
August 15, 2018

Mitsubishi brings gear cutting, grinding technology to IMTS

At IMTS 2018, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. will be displaying gear cutting and gear grinding technology designed for high productivity at Booth N-237036. Using Super Dry hobbing, the model GE15A gear hobbing machine can also be equipped with an on-board chamfering station providing multiple processes. Additionally, MHIA will display the ZE24B generative gear grinder. […]
August 15, 2018

Emuge to demonstrate new Punch Tap technology at IMTS

Emuge Punch Tap technology, also called helical cold-forming of threads, constitutes the fourth method for the production of internal threads besides tapping, cold-forming of threads, and thread milling. This patented method was developed in cooperation between Audi AG and Emuge and is now available in North America. The Punch Tap was developed to significantly reduce […]
August 15, 2018

Motion Industries distribution center opens near Seattle

Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, has opened the doors for business at its new distribution center (DC) in Auburn, Washington. The facility is managed by Ryan Mort. The DC’s strategically chosen location features easy connections to Interstates 5, […]
August 15, 2018

KISSsys and GEMS® working together in common interface

The GEMS® and KISSsoft programs are now linked by a single, common interface that exchanges gear tooth and system design information between the two software packages. This data exchange process enables users to evaluate and optimize all kinds of bevel and hypoid gears in a realistic way and with a closed loop between the design […]
August 15, 2018

Big Kaiser to bring tooling innovations

Big Kaiser, will display digital tooling innovations, as well as cutting-edge products and accessories at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in booth #431610. IMTS, held September 10-15 at McCormick Place in Chicago, is North America’s largest manufacturing show. Big Kaiser is a global leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industries. […]
August 7, 2018

AGMA’s 2018 registration open

For more than 30 years, AGMA has hosted a technical conference to highlight the newest emerging technology in the gear industry. The Fall Technical Meeting (FTM) is the top place to learn about the latest research in the gear industry from the researchers directly. This year, it will be in Oakbrook, Illinois, September 24-26 (note the […]
August 7, 2018

Gleason USA offers KISSsys class

From August 27-31, 2018, Gleason USA hosts a 4.5-day comprehensive KISSsoft and KISSsys training, split into two parts: Basic KISSsoft Training (2 days) August 27-28, 2018 This Basic KISSsoft Training covers shaft and gears and focuses on the usage of the software and exercises executed by the participants. After an introduction to general settings and some basic theory to develop […]
August 7, 2018

Affolter spotlights gear hobbing solutions

Affolter Technologies aims for growth in the U.S. automotive market, offering state-of-the-art micro gear hobbing and worm screw power skiving (WSPS) solutions. At the IMTS trade show from September 10-15 in Chicago, Affolter, in partnership with its representative Rotec Tools, will showcase the fully automated gear hobbing center Affolter AF110 plus (Booth 237223). Affolter Technologies […]
August 7, 2018

At IMTS, Emag to spotlight compact way for making gear wheels

EMAG’s VL 3 DUO, a compact machine used for the production of gear wheels, takes center stage at IMTS in South Hall Booth 339436. When EMAG, a worldwide leader in manufacturing systems for precision metal components, launched the new TrackMotion automation system in 2015, it quickly became apparent that it not only focused on transporting […]
August 7, 2018