Archives February 2019


February 2019



Marposs has become a global leader for the supply of high-precision equipment for inspection, measurement, and control in the production environment.

In order to maintain its position as a world leader in the field of high-precision equipment for measurement, Marposs always looks for the right blend between experience and innovation. “Our mission is mainly to provide high-precision metrology equipment for machine control and part inspection in the shop floor environment,” said Matteo Zoin, senior manager, head […]
Kenneth Carter

Integrating Non-Contact Metrology in the Process of Analysis and Simulation of Gear Drives

The application of non-contact metrology allows a very fast collection of points on the measured gear-tooth surfaces with data rates that can be as high as millions of points per second — this new technology provides a wealth of information on gear geometry.

Speed and accuracy are critical factors for gear inspection. The faster the inspection process, the larger number of gear units can be inspected. The accuracy of the inspection process also plays a fundamental role to identify any possible defect in the production line and before the gearbox is assembled and further tested. The technology of […]
Alfonso Fuentes-Aznar, Ignacio Gonzalez-Perez

Design features of perfect gears for crossed-axes gear pairs

To improve the accuracy and performance of gears that operate on crossing axes of rotation, gears should be designed so they align to the three fundamental laws of gearing.

Gearings that operate on crossing axes of rotation of a gear and a mating pinion have been known for centuries. Common sense and accumulated practical experience are the two foundations for the adopted practice of designing gears in ancient times. Such a practice was permissible as the input and output rotations at that time were […]
Dr. Stephen P. Radzevich Ph.D., Dr. (Eng) Sci.


Understanding the different types of heat treating

The most common method of hardening steel involves correct heating, quenching, and tempering — but there are key variables within that process.

In the last article, we discussed many different types of annealing, and the reduction of distortion by application of stress relief annealing. In this article, we are going to discuss the primary methods of hardening steel. Quench and Tempering The most common method of hardening steel in industry today consists of heating the steel component […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Q&A with Mike Finn

Senior Applications Development Engineer at Mazak

What are your responsibilities with Mazak? I work in applications engineering. We work with customers to basically size a machine or select a machine appropriate for their application. We help customers generally with machine operation, programming, sometimes setups, and there are times where a customer would purchase, say, a turnkey, which is where we would […]
Gear Solutions staff

Clever sampling techniques highlight AMS aircraft quality testing

AMS 23XX specs can qualify entire heats of steel or individual steel products to comply with ‘aircraft quality’ cleanliness requirements.

In this edition of Materials Matter, we review the sampling and test piece production required for the AMS aircraft quality (AQ) testing methods specified in AMS 2300, 2301, 2303, and 2304. While each of these standards has variations in the quality levels and testing sensitivity, the overall sampling methodology and test sample geometry requirements are […]
Guy Brada

Heat-treating gears improves surface durability

Flame hardening, induction hardening, carburizing and laser hardening are among the common, effective methods.

A common question asked of gear manufacturers by their potential customer is, “Is this gear strong enough for my application?” Without qualifiers, this question is ambiguous at best. The world record for deadlift is 536 kilograms (1,181 pounds). Does this make the record holder strong enough? Could he hold this weight for 10 minutes? How […]
Brian Dengel


United Grinding North America to highlight radius internal cylindrical grinding at Cannex

At Cannex & Fillex de las Américas 2019 in booth 523, United Grinding North America will feature the Studer S131R, a radius internal cylindrical grinding machine with advanced technology well suited for manufacturing dies, especially in the packaging industry, where tungsten carbide and ceramic part materials dominate production. The machine allows shops to generate diameters, […]
February 26, 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 and alloys: Spur Gears. Helical Gears. Bevel Gears. Hypoid Gears. Worm Gears. Spiroid Gears. Torsoing […]
February 15, 2019

Seco expands UNJ/MJ range with precision threading inserts

With the introduction of 13 new full-profile threading inserts, Seco Tools now offers a full range of UNJ and MJ thread profiles for both external and internal applications. Shops that need to generate high-precision threads in stainless steels and heat-resistant nickel-based and titanium alloys will benefit from the extremely tight-tolerance profiles of these inserts. Manufacturers, […]
February 15, 2019

Hexagon announces Production Software business

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has announced the formation of its Production Software business, comprising Vero Software, FASys, and SPRING Technologies. The move, which sees the three acquisitions adopting Hexagon’s corporate identity, reflects Hexagon’s broadening expertise in the production technology space. Hexagon acquired Vero Software, a specialist in CAD CAM software, in 2014 and has continued […]
February 15, 2019

Michigan Metrology short course looks at surface texture, tribology

Michigan Metrology, experts in solving problems related to surface roughness, wear, texture, and finish, will be hosting a surface metrology and tribology short course on April 11–12, 2019.  Michigan Metrology’s Don Cohen, PhD will be leading the two-day short course in Livonia, Michigan. Dr. Cohen is one of the country’s foremost experts in surface roughness […]
February 15, 2019

Hexagon strengthens Smart Factory position with Etalon addition

Hexagon AB, a global leader in digital solutions, recently announced the acquisition of Etalon, a provider of equipment calibration solutions. Etalon’s solutions continuously monitor and initiate compensation of machine tools, measuring machines, robots, and structures to ensure the dimensional accuracy of manufactured parts. Etalon, founded in 2004, employs approximately 25 people with domain expertise in […]
February 15, 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 their respective 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. […]
February 15, 2019

Latest MC Machinery technology on display at Houstex 2019

MC Machinery Systems Inc. will be at HOUSTEX 2019 at booth 2613. From February 26–28, MC Machinery will be at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, showcasing its advanced machining technologies including the MV2400-ST wire EDM and MCV-1000 machining center. The MV2400-ST is specifically designed for larger-part production, capable of performing submerged […]
February 15, 2019

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

Shops that struggle to maximize end-mill tool life when machining tough materials can now achieve 25 to 40 percent longer life with new Jabro®-Solid2 JS750 end mills from Seco Tools. 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 ISO M […]
February 15, 2019

Motion Industries promotes Joe Limbaugh to senior vice president

Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, recently announced the promotion of N. Joe Limbaugh to the position of Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, Operations Support and Marketing, effective January 1, 2019. Limbaugh will report directly to the president […]
February 15, 2019

Helios announces new representation of Yunil Machine Tools

Helios Gear Products, LLC (formerly Koepfer America, LLC) announces its new long-term representation agreement with YG Tech Co., Ltd., owner of the Yunil and Hera machine tool brands. Helios will provide all North American sales, service, and technical support for these gear manufacturing products. As never before, gear manufacturers of all sizes now have access […]
February 15, 2019

Achieve maximum machining stability with Big Kaiser

The importance of stability across the metalworking industry cannot be overstated — it affects everything from profitability to employee safety. Big Kaiser, a global leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industries, has developed the UNILOCK Stabilizer System. This modular system provides lateral support for tall parts during machining, welding or assembly […]
February 15, 2019

Raybestos Powertrain receives GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award

The Raybestos Powertrain plant in Sullivan, Indiana, recently was awarded the GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award for outstanding performance during 2017. Quality Manager Jerry Workman traveled to Pontiac, Michigan, in December 2018 to meet with Supplier Quality Engineer Narendra Jagmohan of GM and receive the award. Jagmohan appreciated Raybestos Powertrain’s effort put into each shipment […]
February 15, 2019

Zoller continues capacity for innovation in tool presetting, measuring

Zoller, well known as a leading manufacturer of tool presetting and measuring machines, has developed more and more as a system provider over the past several decades. Some of its offerings include: “smile”  The Zoller “smile” is the universal presetting and measuring machine for standard tools. It’s easy to operate, constructed of exclusively high-quality brand name […]
February 15, 2019

Heller hires Nick Deaville as sales account manager to reach more markets

Heller Machine Tools L.P. continues to expand its sales team with the hiring of Nick Deaville as sales account manager. Vice President of Sales Steve Pegram is focused on strengthening the company’s sales capabilities. Deaville is a machine tool enthusiast with a background in aerospace and oil & gas machining. He truly understands the demand […]
February 15, 2019

New Jet Coolant Nut by Big Kaiser available for improved surface finish

Big Kaiser, a global leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industries, announces the MEGA Micro Coolant Nut, a developed solution to provide precise coolant supply to micro cutting tools applications at high speeds. Achieving efficient coolant delivery has become an important feature to have across the industry. Without precision coolant, chip […]
February 15, 2019

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,” […]
February 15, 2019

Klingelnberg presents variety of training courses for 2019

Klingelnberg will continue to support customers in 2019 with comprehensive training and continuing education courses. For more than 10 years, Klingelnberg has been offering a wide array of seminars to assist customers in building their employees’ skills. Training courses are held primarily in the Zurich Training Center at the Group’s headquarters and are designed for […]
February 15, 2019

APMI International names 2019 Fellows

Joseph Tunick Strauss and John L. Johnson have been named 2019 Fellow Award recipients by APMI International. APMI International’s most prestigious award recognizes APMI members for their significant contributions to the goals, purpose, and mission of the organization as well as for a high level of expertise in the technology, practice, or business of the […]
February 6, 2019

PMTS 2019 will have new venue, new exhibitors

The Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS) is celebrating its 10th show by moving to a new city for the first time since its inception in 2001. The move to a new city has attracted additional interest in the show, which is currently on-track to be the largest PMTS in history, up nearly 10 percent in […]
February 6, 2019

New Seco geometries keep extreme turning under control

Shops that struggle to manage metalworking chips and optimize tool life in extreme turning applications will benefit from the new Seco -R3 and -RR93 insert geometries. As part of the RCMX and RCMT range of turning inserts, the new geometries make easy work of such challenging applications as turning railway car wheels. The new inserts […]
February 6, 2019

Fives teams with National Research Council of Canada

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and Fives are working together to develop an advanced profilometer that will provide faster and more accurate part inspection in aerospace manufacturing. As the aerospace industry in Canada and around the world continues to increase its use of automated composite manufacturing techniques to produce large aircraft components, the […]
February 6, 2019

Big Kaiser simplifies accurate retention force measurement

Big Kaiser has developed Dyna Force, a device for measuring the retention force of machine tool spindles. Insufficient retention force of the spindle clamping mechanism could lead to reduced rigidity and vibrations, loss of machining quality, poor surface finish, and shortened tool life. By ensuring that the retention force is at the correct level, cutting […]
February 6, 2019