Archives January 2019


January 2019


Precision Gage Company

After 70 years, Precision Gage Company brings quality gear inspection to the industry, whether it be dimension-over-wires gages or fully-automated dual-flank composite test systems.

It’s a testament to Precision Gage Company that, from its beginnings in a living room in Chicago, it is celebrating its 70th year in the industry this year. Precision Gage has prospered by offering common-sense inspection solutions for manufacturing, especially with regard to gear inspection, according to RG Layland, director of business development for Precision […]
Kenneth Carter

Magnetic Barkhausen Noise as an Alternative to Nital Etch for the Detection of Grind Temper on Gears

MBN is quantitative, repeatable, non-destructive, and it is easily automated, thus removing operator influence as a variable.

The detection and prevention of grinding burn is critical to the production of ground gears of all types and sizes. Overheating during grinding, or grind temper, results in undesirable microstructure, hardness, and stress characteristics both on and below the surface. These characteristics result in failure modes on precision surfaces, which typically require high performance under […]
James Thomas, Stephen Kendrish

Grading the strength of steel

Newly developed high-strength steel for car powertrain and transmission components includes three grades – knowing the difference will help you meet your quality goals.

Vehicle manufacturers are faced with a difficult task of significantly improving fuel economy and safety while maintaining competitive position in the market. This can be accomplished, among other things, by using higher strength steel for car and truck. Newly developed high strength steel for car powertrain and transmission components (GEAR-Steel) can help accomplish just that. […]
Gregory Vartanov

Measuring Tooth Flank Roughness

The Contact Stylus Profilometer provides a pragmatic, accurate and reproducible tooth flank roughness measurement.

Gear performance has continuously increased over the past two decades. Improvements in metals, heat treatments, geometry, and lubrication are just a few of the sources of these improvements. For gears operating in high load, EHL-type conditions, tooth flank finishes have experienced a similar improvement trend. These tooth flank finish improvements minimize the risk of surface […]
Mark Michaud


Q&A with Mary Ellen Doran

Director of Emerging Technology at AGMA

Your position is fairly new. What happened in the industry to move the creation of that position forward? It was a board directive as part of AGMA’s 2016 strategic plan. The Board of Directors made a strategic plan. And from this strategic plan they saw the need for members to understand what’s happening with all […]
Gear Solutions staff

When someone gives you the shaft

Many methods exist for securing gears to a shaft, but there are pros and cons for each.

Did you ever have someone “give you the shaft”? This insult is defined as ignoring or putting someone down. In gearing, giving you the shaft is just the beginning part of constructing your geartrain. Each gear in a system is going to be resting on a shaft as the purchase of each gear is to […]
Brian Dengel

AQ (aircraft quality) testing requirements

Understanding what is meant by aircraft quality steel cleanliness and how it’s determined.

Much has been written about the critical nature of steel cleanliness as it relates to the performance of highly stressed, cyclically loaded gear components. Modern steel making technology using ladle metallurgy practices and vacuum degassing enables production of very high-quality steels that approach cleanliness levels historically only achievable by vacuum arc re-melt (VAR) or electro-slag […]
Guy Brada

Understanding different types of heat treatment: Annealing

Annealing provides a uniform microstructure to a soft part to enable forming or machining. Let’s take a look at the different processes and application methods.

In the last few installments we discussed the use of  Time-Temperature-Transformation and Continuous Cooling Transformation diagrams to understand the phase changes that occur during heat treatment. In this column, and in forthcoming installments, we are going to discuss the application of CCT diagrams to actual typical heat treatments. This month we will focus on annealing. […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM


United Tool Supply debuts runout inspection fixtures

United Tool Supply announces its newest product offering, the Roll-A-Matic™, 35 years after the birth of the Unite-A-Matic™. A natural fit for the OEM gauge manufacturer, the Roll-A-Matic fills a void in the inspection world that has been left open. “We see customers on a regular basis, year-after-year, that all have the same looming problem,” […]
January 28, 2019

Fives moving Machine Tool Services & Solutions business to new facility

Fives Machining Systems, Inc., a global machine tool and complete manufacturing solutions provider, has announced the relocation of its Machine Tool Services & Solutions business to a new production facility at 2200 Litton Lane, Hebron, Kentucky. The Machine Tool Services & Solutions business provides productivity enhancements and service support to aerospace and industrial manufacturers for […]
January 15, 2019

Allweiler EMTEC-C® three-screw pump used for coolant service

Allweiler, a CIRCOR International brand, and a worldwide supplier of pumping solutions for chemical engineering applications, announces the EMTEC-C® next generation three-screw pump, which removes abrasive machine chips, particles, and heat away from cutting surfaces in high-pressure machine tool coolant service. Delivering improved durability and best-in-class efficiency, the EMTEC-C is ideal for metalworking applications, transfer […]
January 15, 2019

CMS issues call for annual metrology conference papers

The Coordinate Metrology Society® (CMS) has formally issued a call for technical papers for the 35th annual Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC) to be held July 22 – 26, in Orlando, Florida. The CMSC provides an inclusive knowledge platform for subject matter experts from the portable and traditional Coordinate Measurement Machine (CMM) communities. Author practitioners […]
January 15, 2019

Shorten face milling cycle times with Seco HighFeed 2™ inserts

To eliminate long face milling cycle times and ensure process security, Seco Tools has introduced new larger LP09 inserts for the company’s HighFeed 2™ cutter bodies. The new inserts are designed for high-feed milling operations including face, helical interpolation, slotting, side milling, pocketing, and plunging in challenging workpieces often found in the mold and die, […]
January 15, 2019

Jergens self-centering vises prevent lift for multi-axis machining

Jergens Inc. introduces a new range of vises for multi-axis machining productivity. Available in 75mm and 130mm with a number of mounting options, the self-centering vises feature a low-profile design to allow for a greater part (machining) access. Part of the Fixture Pro® line of modular five-axis workholding, the vises feature a pull-down jaw design […]
January 15, 2019

Achieve small diameter boring with Big Kaiser’s Mini Indexable Boring Bar

Big Kaiser, a global leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industries, introduces the 4mm Mini Indexable Boring Bar – ideal for small component machining. To date, Big Kaiser has one of the smallest indexable inserts in the market. The Mini Indexable Boring Bar helps meet the increasing demand for successfully […]
January 15, 2019

AKGears adds one-day onsite Asymmetric Gear Design seminar

In 2019, AKGears added a new one-day onsite seminar called Asymmetric Gear Design. It is a part of a two-day onsite seminar, Direct Gear Design, provided since 2015. These onsite seminars, led by Dr. Alex Kapelevich, are motivated by the successful implementations of the Direct Gear Design method in different industries for a variety of […]
January 15, 2019

Heller Machine Tools names Ellison Machinery sales partner for Arizona

Heller Machine Tools has announced its new strategic partnership with Ellison Machinery. Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, Ellison Machinery is an industry-leading provider of machine tool sales, service, and support to the Arizona region. Ellison Machinery will introduce and support the full range of Heller products to many sectors including defense, aerospace, military, and energy markets. […]
January 15, 2019

New SV-30 cylinder hone features automatic step-and-repeat capability

The new Sunnen SV-30 honing series is the next generation in the line of legendary Cylinder King® machines. True to its heritage, it achieves expert results on engine cylinder blocks, cylinder liners, and other engine parts that require honing. Six standard models include four step-and-repeat capability versions allowing automatic bore-to-bore processing for in-line and V-block […]
January 15, 2019

SKF and KISSsoft release new interface for machine design

SKF and KISSsoft have worked together to create a new interface that makes it much easier to develop gear units. When designing machines, engineers can select suitable bearings based on the very latest bearing technologies in the interface. This enables KISSsoft’s customer to use these two calculations approaches: the usual ISO calculation and, now, the […]
January 15, 2019

Marposs acquires automation assembly and test company

Marposs, a world leader in measurement and process monitoring technologies, has announced the acquisition of Elettrosystem s.r.l. based in Scurzolengo (AT) Italy, specializing in automation, assembly, and industrial testing. This acquisition is part of Marposs’ strategy to expand its solution offerings by integrating products and capabilities that complement its traditional portfolio. Founded in 1980, Elettrosystem […]
January 15, 2019

OPEN MIND to feature innovative CAM software at SolidWorks World

OPEN MIND Technologies AG, a leading developer of CAD/CAM software solutions worldwide, will demonstrate its latest CAM innovations including the newly released hyperMILL® 2019.1 at SolidWorks World February 10-13, 2019, in Booth #410 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.  SolidWorks World is the annual gathering of the SolidWorks community to learn […]
January 15, 2019

Klingelnberg to present top-class technology know-how at IMTEX 2019

On January 24–30, 2019, the Klingelnberg Group will be taking part in India’s Metal Cutting Machine Tool Exhibition (IMTEX) – now in its 19th year – in Bangalore, India. One of the largest exhibitions for the metal-cutting industry in South and Southeast Asia, the week-long trade show presents the complete spectrum of products and technologies […]
January 15, 2019

KISSsys offers option of modeling gears with assembly groups

In the March 2018 release of KISSsys, there is the option of “group-based modeling.” Using it, individual finished assemblies can now be extracted from existing gear designs and then combined with other groups. For example, a shaft can be cut into parts at any point and then merged with a different shaft in a different […]
January 15, 2019

Precision Gear Inc. acquires Arrow Gear to form new company

Michael Cowell, CEO, and M. Briggs Forelli, Chairman, announce Precision Gear Inc. (“PGI”) of College Point, New York, has acquired Arrow Gear Company (“AGC”) of Downers Gove, Illinois. The purchase was concluded on November 16, 2018. The combined strength of PGI and AGC will provide the gear and shaft market with 160 years of manufacturing […]
January 15, 2019

Greber offers wide range of live and dead centers for machine builders

With the highest quality machining standards and many years of experience in assembling precision tools and work-holding components, Greber has established itself as a main supplier of dead and live centers to many European and U.S. machine builders. Greber AG is a Swiss company specialized in manufacturing high precision work-holding and work-driving tools. Rotec Tools […]
January 15, 2019

All Metals & Forge Group offers open die forgings, seamless rolled rings

All Metals & Forge Group produces forged gear shapes for single hub, double hub, and other near net shapes for finish machining into several different shapes. All parts are rough machined and 100 percent UT tested (ASTM388). FORGED GEAR SHAPES & ALLOYS Spur Gears. Helical Gears. Bevel Gears. Hypoid Gears. Worm Gears. Spiroid Gears. Torsoing […]
January 15, 2019

Jergens Quick Loc™ (QL) pallet system offers fast, accurate fixture changes

Jergens Inc. announces its Quick Loc™ (QL) pallet system for fixturing solutions on horizontal, vertical, and rotary operations. These low-profile adapters and pallets ensure repeatability of 0.0003” and provide clamping forces of nearly 14,000 pounds A single drive screw is used for fast operation. Manufactured from case-hardened steel for high rigidity, QL is available in […]
January 15, 2019

Motion Industries names Breaux new president

Motion Industries, Inc. announced the promotion of Randall (Randy) P. Breaux to president on December 12, 2018. Motion Industries is a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company. “Randy has an impressive history, having served in numerous management roles during his career,” said Paul […]
January 7, 2019

Raybestos® Powertrain receives GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award

In December 2018, the Raybestos Powertrain Sullivan, Indiana, plant received the 2017 GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award for outstanding performance. Quality Manager Jerry Workman went to Pontiac, Michigan, in December to meet with Supplier Quality Engineer Narendra Jagmohan of GM and receive the award. Jagmohan appreciated Raybestos Powertrain’s effort put into each shipment and congratulated […]
January 7, 2019

Seco Steadyline® tooling additions deepen turning capabilities

Seco Tools has expanded its long-reach turning and boring solutions with additions to its Steadyline® vibration-damping turning/boring bars and heads. The new additions include 1.00″ (25 mm) diameter Steadyline bars, GL25 turning heads, and 4.00″ (100 mm) diameter Steadyline bars, along with a range of rough and fine boring heads for Steadyline bars. Where conventional […]
January 7, 2019

Jet Coolant Nut by Big Kaiser available for improved surface finish and tool life

Big Kaiser announces the MEGA Micro Coolant Nut, a developed solution to provide precise coolant supply to micro cutting tools applications at high speeds. Big Kaiser is a global leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industries. Achieving efficient coolant delivery has become an important feature to have across the industry. Without […]
January 7, 2019

New family of Seco end mills makes easy work of touch materials

Shops that struggle to maximize end-mill tool life on tough materials can now achieve 25 to 40 percent longer life with new tools from Seco Tools. New Jabro®-Solid2 JS750 end mills are designed specifically for the aerospace sector. The new JS754 and JS755 tools provide cost-effective high performance to tackle that industry’s challenging materials, including […]
January 7, 2019