Archives April 2019


April 2019


Weiler Abrasives

With a history that dates back more than century, Weiler Abrasives has become a global market leader in abrasives, delivering innovative solutions to customers in targeted end markets.

Weiler Abrasives has worn many hats dating back to its original roots in 1898, but gear grinding has become one of the company’s key initiatives. “We chose gear grinding for several reasons,” said TJ Boudreau, category manager with Weiler Abrasives. “Our unique vitrified technology gives our gear-grinding products significant advantages. Additionally, it complements our technical […]
Kenneth Carter

Increasing Static Friction with Laser

High static friction is important for improving safety and reducing costs.

Flat and curved surfaces with functionality of high static friction are increasingly needed for force-fitted nonslip power transmissions. The motivation is driven by the desire to have a higher safety of function and further cost reductions in manufacturing. Expensive solutions such as diamond layers, diamond coatings, or form-fitting design are increasingly being substituted. A modified […]
Gerhard Flores

Hydraulic workholding takes hold

New Gleason hydraulic workholding solutions are becoming an attractive alternative to traditional mechanical systems in an increasingly wide range of gear-manufacturing applications.

In the brave new world of smart factories, Internet 4.0 and highly automated machines and cells, workholding rarely gets top billing. It’s surprising that workholding gets so little attention, given the profound impact it can have on reducing cycle times, scrap, and ultimately, cost per workpiece. Fortunately, most gear manufacturers in recent years have begun […]
Peter Harrison

Still Stuck with Hand Deburring?

With hand deburring, consistent quality and steady volume are vital concerns.

No blueprint ever revealed, nor engineer ever designed, a part with burrs. It is only after a process is selected for making a part that the burring issues become obvious. Veteran designers have learned that even when a deburring process is planned, chances are high that additional burr developments will come to light needing more […]
Wayne Moore


Back to basics: Quenching, tempering as heat treatments

A short look at the most common method of heat-treating steel.

This article describes the most common type of heat treatment of steel. This includes austenitizing, quenching, and tempering. In this process, the part is heated to the austenitizing temperature; quenching in a suitable quenchant; and tempering in a suitable quenchant. This is shown schematically in Figure 1. In this example, the part is austenitized, and […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Q&A with David Jones

Precision Workholding Product Manager at Emuge Corp.

How long have you been involved with Emuge precision workholding products? I have worked at Emuge Corp. in the precision workholding group since 1997 and have been the manager of the group since 1999. Over the years, what changes have you seen in terms of what gear manufacturers need for clamping solutions? Surely, there have […]
Gear Solutions staff

Standards in terminology for gearing

Knowing the proper terminology is key for understanding gear design.

LOL, BRB, and LMAO are some of the terms that you might text to your teenager if you want to seem cool with their lingo. Unfortunately, you are more likely to invoke a CD9, P911 or PRW if you invade their space. If you don’t know what these mean, then you are at a huge […]
Brian Dengel


Big Kaiser hosting event to showcase products, services

Big Kaiser, a leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industries, will be hosting its annual Breakfast & Learn event May 13-16, 2019. Each morning, Big Kaiser will be having a new technical presentation and serving a complimentary breakfast. After breakfast, attendees can head next door to attend DMG Mori’s Chicago […]
May 7, 2019

Open Mind/hyperMILL® announces joint technology seminar with Grob Systems

Open Mind Technologies USA, a leading developer of CAD/CAM software solutions, has announced a joint 5-Axis Machining Technology Seminar with Grob Systems, a manufacturer of universal machining centers. On June 4, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Open Mind and Grob Systems will offer a complimentary 5-Axis technology seminar in Auburn, Washington, at Machine […]
May 7, 2019

Forest City Gear has advanced turning and milling facility for gear blank production

Forest City Gear has expanded its turning and milling operations with a state-of-the-art facility designed to greatly improve lead times and quality for the production of precision gear blanks. This highly productive 8,500-square-foot facility is in close proximity to Forest City Gear’s main facility in Roscoe, Illinois, and now dedicated almost solely to the precision […]
May 7, 2019

GF Machining Solutions offers cost-effective CUT C Wire EDMs to U.S. manufacturers

GF Machining Solutions offers its AgieCharmilles CUT C 350 and CUT C 600 wire EDM machines for U.S. manufacturers who want high performance with low costs. At a $99,000 starting price point, the machines are not only cost-effective, but also provide optimized cutting speeds and reliable accuracy, while their AC CUT HMI 2 systems make […]
May 7, 2019

Hexagon MI launches turnkey structured light 3D measurement cell

PartInspect L is the first automated 3D measurement cell product based on AICON scanner technology from Hexagon Manufacturing’s Intelligence division. Recently launched worldwide, it features a choice of structured-light scanning technology paired with a flexible robot arm and housed within a modular cell format, PartInspect L uses advanced automation expertise to meet increased demand for high-speed, high-quality […]
May 7, 2019

Hexagon launches turnkey structured-light 3D-measurement cell

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division launched PartInspect L, the first automated 3D-measurement cell product based on AICON scanner technology. Featuring a choice of structured-light scanning technology paired with a flexible robot arm and housed within a modular cell format, PartInspect L uses advanced automation expertise to meet increased demand for high-speed, high-quality part measurement and analysis. The system […]
April 24, 2019

Bel Air Finishing Supply holding mass finishing seminar/workshop

Steve Alviti, president of Bel Air Finishing Supply, announced the company’s biannual, all-day mass finishing seminar and workshop on April 25, 2019. The presentation will focus on both traditional mass finishing and 3D post processing for additive manufacturing. Topics will include surface finishing, coating, metrology, media, compounds, and process technologies for all parts, including additive […]
April 15, 2019

Breaux, Storer share 2018 GPC Manager of the Year award

Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts has announced that its parent company, Genuine Parts Company (GPC), presented Randy Breaux (Motion Industries president – North America) and Kevin Storer (Motion Industries executive vice president U.S. Operations and president of Motion Mexico) the 2018 GPC Manager of the Year honor. […]
April 15, 2019

NordPro Lab lets employees, trainees learn lean management

Optimum customer satisfaction can best be achieved with optimally trained employees. This is the basic idea behind the NordPro initiative. Employees receive training in the fundamentals of lean management and are given ideas for implementing these ideas in their daily work. The program is organized and managed by NORD trainees who use this opportunity to […]
April 15, 2019

Abtex Corp. names business development manager

Abtex Corp., the world’s only manufacturer of customized, integrated machine/brush deburring solutions for the manufacturing industry, has hired John De Leon as business development manager. This is a new position created to focus on sustainable company growth through continued service of existing customers along with expansion into new markets. “Everyone at Abtex shares the same […]
April 15, 2019

CMS to hold 35th annual metrology conference in July in Orlando

The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) has opened registration for its annual Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC) for July 22–26, 2019. The event will be in Orlando, Florida.  This celebrates the conference that has been dedicated to measurement professionals worldwide for 35 years. The CMS will also pay tribute to the 10th anniversary of its popular […]
April 15, 2019

Jergens Inc. announces GM’s retirement, promotion to fill job

Jergens Inc. general manager Bob Rubenstahl announced his retirement after seven years of directing the division, which includes the workholding solutions group, specialty fasteners group, and lifting solutions group. Two years earlier, Rubenstahl was the manager of the workholding solutions group. “We are going to miss Bob around here,” said Jack Schron Jr., president of […]
April 15, 2019

EMAG’s HLC 150 H is an all-around gear-cutting solution

More than ever, planners in the automotive industry are faced with the crucial challenge of flexibility in production technology. Manufacturers continually need to cope with modified ranges of components. For instance, the geometry can change very quickly. For gear cutting in particular, this development can reach new extremes. Take the example of steering components: Production […]
April 15, 2019

Brelie Gear to build larger full-service facility in Wisconsin

Brelie Gear Co, Inc. announced plans to build a 36,800-square-foot facility on a recently purchased 4.3-acre site in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Construction is planned to start in April 2019 and will be completed in November 2019. The announcement comes on the heels of an all-time annual sales record in 2018. Upon completion, Brelie will be moving […]
April 15, 2019

Setco adds another North American service center in Mexico

Setco has opened its fifth North American service center, in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, Mexico. This newest Setco service center will offer a variety of solutions for spindle, slide, and milling head repair and rebuild services, including spindle removal and install, vibration analysis, and upgrades. Services are geared toward the automotive and aerospace industries that thrive […]
April 15, 2019

Jergens announces additions to OK Vise® low-profile edge clamps

Jergens Inc. announces three key additions to the company’s range of OK Vise® compact, low-profile edge clamps. Among them are Multi-Rail (MR), Knife Grip and Hydraulic Kits. Multi-Rail is the new general-purpose, multi-configurable, modular workholding system capable of holding challenging workpieces, small and large, and often multiple in the same location. Multi-Rail is also compatible […]
April 15, 2019

Helios introduces Hera 90 CNC gear-hobbing machine

Helios Gear Products (formerly Koepfer America) now exclusively offers the Helios Hera 90 CNC gear-hobbing machine from YG Tech for the North American market. This gear-cutting solution provides high technology features such as FANUC 0i-MF control and servo motors, direct drive hob and work spindles, Heidenhain linear scale on X-axis for precise repeatable control of […]
April 15, 2019

New steel for gears opens up design possibilities

The Swedish company Ovako is a leading producer of engineering steel for customers in the bearing, transport, and manufacturing industries, and a subsidiary of Nippon Steel Sumitomo Metal Corporation. The integration of the clean steels 159X and 159Q into GWJ´s cylindrical gear modules took place in close cooperation between Ovako and GWJ Technology. 159X and […]
April 15, 2019

Emuge adds new Softsynchro® tap holder to tooling lineup

The Softsynchro® tap holder with minimal length compensation technology is available with a new adjustable length feature called Softsynchro Xtension. The Xtension holder allows for quick length adjustments up to 50 mm and eliminates the need for specially made holders or extra length taps. A slim design allows for deep pocket reach in difficult to […]
April 15, 2019

Emuge Corp. names Filippelli its new marketing manager

Emuge Corp., a leading manufacturer of high-performance taps, drills, end mills and other rotary tools, has appointed Shannon Filippelli as marketing manager effective April 1. Filippelli will be responsible for all marketing-related functions at Emuge including product launches, trade shows, social media, and web content, in addition to managing Emuge’s new membership program with Affiliated […]
April 15, 2019

Klingelnberg solutions in measuring technology on display at Control 2019

Headlined “Control 2019 – Networking Science and Actual Practice,” the 33rd international trade fair for quality assurance will  be in Stuttgart May 7–10, 2019. Klingelnberg and its portfolio of products and services will also be present in Hall 6, booth 6306, where the company will be exhibiting forward-looking Industry 4.0 solutions in measuring technology. Klingelnberg […]
April 15, 2019

KISSsoft.AG beta release 2019 gets preview at Hannover Fair

At the Hannover Messe in early April, attendees took a first look at the latest developments in KISSsoft and KISSsys. The beta version of KISSsoft was scheduled for release for testing on April 12. KISSsoft has announced some of the new highlights of the next KISSsoft Release 2019, which will be available at the end […]
April 15, 2019

SmartCAMcnc offers new software subscription options

SmartCAMcnc has announced a new software subscription option that cuts acquisition costs for computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software. High acquisition costs are often cited as an impediment for CNC machine shops to obtain the CAM software they need. In response to changing market demand, SmartCAMcnc is adding an annual subscription option to its existing ‘perpetual-use licenses.’ […]
April 15, 2019

Hexagon hosting PC-DMIS Users’ Group meeting at HxGN LIVE

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division will host its third annual PC-DMIS Users’ Group at HxGN LIVE 2019, June 11–14, 2019 in Las Vegas. Users will get the big picture view of how Hexagon is driving the future of metrology, and a granular look at the software advancements making a major difference in measurement flexibility, productivity and […]
April 15, 2019

Quality Tool and Gear makes most of new lathe with workholding solution

With more than 40 years of experience, Quality Tool and Gear in Redford, Michigan, has become known as a leader in the gear industry. It recently purchased a new Mazak QTU-350 CNC lathe to turn its small family of input gears. The new machine made the company more efficient. However, their current method of holding […]
April 15, 2019

Atlanta Gear Works grows field services with new vice-president

Atlanta Gear Works has named Bill Hoose to fill its newly created position of vice president of field services. It is the second newly created position in less than a month at the fast-growing gearbox engineering and repair company. A trained engineer who has contributed to patents in corrosion-resistant alloys and steam turbines, Hoose was […]
April 2, 2019

Whittemore Co. expands Riten Industries coverage

The Whittemore Co. has expanded its partnership with Riten Industries to include the states of Kansas and Missouri. Previously, Whittemore has represented the Riten Industries product line in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. However, Whittemore’s success in its previous coverage areas has allowed for this […]
April 2, 2019

Coordinate Metrology Society to hold 35th CMSC conference in July

The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) has opened registration for its annual Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC) for July 22-26, 2019. The event will be held in Orlando, Florida. This celebrates the conference that has been dedicated to measurement professionals worldwide for 35 years. The CMS will also pay tribute to the 10th anniversary of its […]
April 2, 2019

KTR offers torsionally rigid, curved-tooth flange coupling for hydrostatic applications

With hydrostatic drives in construction and agricultural machines, I. C.-engines and hydraulic pumps are directly coupled. Both units are connected by a flange coupling. This connection has to meet a number of requirements – though primarily it has to transmit the power reliably enabling the machine to perform the pending operations as requested. BoWex FLE-PAC […]
April 2, 2019

MC Machinery to exhibit range of technology at EASTEC

MC Machinery Systems encourages visitors to stop by Booth #1426 May 14-16 at the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Attendees can learn about MC Machinery’s newest advanced machining solutions. The company’s sales and applications teams will be on-site to provide machine demonstrations and answer any questions. The machine lineup includes a few […]
April 2, 2019