Archives May 2019


May 2019


Stace-Allen Chucks

Although it started out manufacturing precision power chucks, Stace-Allen Chucks has expanded into workholding – designing and manufacturing custom solutions to meet its customers’ demands.

Stace-Allen Chucks has been designing and manufacturing chucks for more than 70 years, but the company is so much more than that. “We are a highly specialized workholding company,” said Phil Grimes, president of Stace-Allen Chucks. “We have an engineering department, and we design specialty workholding. We still do our chucks; we still do our […]
Kenneth Carter

Residual Stresses in Case Hardened Steel Gears

Gears machined from forged billet and as-received bar develop tensile residual stress in the core of the gear following full heat treatment.

Aerospace gear components are required to demonstrate excellent load-carrying and endurance characteristics. Case-hardened steels are often used for these parts. During the manufacturing process of case-hardened steel gears, residual stresses are developed. The nature and distribution of these stresses are known to have a significant effect on distortion during heat treatment and machining processes. The […]
David Easton, Salah Rahimi, Chris Aylott, Brian Shaw

Choosing the proper grinding wheel

Experts with Norton | Saint-Gobain Abrasives discuss the challenges of gear grinding and how advances in technology are improving the efficiency of grinding methods.

Methods of gear grinding have changed over the years. As manufacturing standards get tighter, the right machines and abrasives needed to meet specifications have become even more critical. Product Manager Josh Fairley and Senior Application Engineer Phil Plainte with Norton | Saint-Gobain Abrasives share their expertise on how gear grinding — as well as using the […]
Kenneth Carter

Why are Today’s Hypoids the Perfect Crossed-Axes Gear Pairs?

Gear scientists, gear engineers, and gear manufacturers have worked successfully for many decades on finding the optimal flank forms and the optimal non-conjugate flank surface interaction.

In 1924, Ernest Wildhaber, a well-known gear scientist, invented hypoid gearing. Compared to spiral bevel gears, hypoid gears provide an offset that allows lowering of the body of rear wheel drive vehicles by 50mm or more. This is possible because the propeller shaft between engine/transmission and the driving axle is not positioned at the center […]
Dr. Hermann J. Stadtfeld


Back to basics: Martempering to reduce distortion

This process is more expensive than normal quenching, but benefits of reduced distortion and reduction of rework make it worthwhile.

In the previous article, we discussed the principle of quench and temper, which is arguably the most common type of steel heat-treating. In this article, we will discuss the principles of martempering. Martempering [1] is a specialized process that is only used when distortion and high-residual stresses are an issue. In this process, parts are […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Q&A with Don Ortmann

Operations manager at Iosso Metal Processes

What’s a typical day like for you at Iosso? I oversee the production of different departments. We have two departments: One is a production department for larger volume orders, and the other is a hands-on mold and precision department where intricate parts require special handling or where custom work is performed. They can be larger […]
Gear Solutions staff

Achieving zero-backlash worm-gear pairs

Unique duplex worm gear pairs that minimize backlash in reversing applications.

Life is full of opposing views. If you are heading to the beach, then you want to have the “perfect” beach body. This requires a strict adherence to a healthy diet and a strong gym regimen. After a fun day in the sun, you want to relax with friends over a few beers and some […]
Brian Dengel


ANCA CNC Machines’ journey to help customers move toward a smart factory solution

From 3D simulation software to LaserPlus to RoboTeach, ANCA has been building a tool box of technology for customers to reap the benefits of automation and Industry 4.0. “We are happily experiencing a very strong market in the America’s at present,” said  Russell Riddiford, president of ANCA Machine Tools. “Customers are reporting record level orders […]
May 30, 2019

Nikola Labs launches VERO equipment monitoring system

Wireless power pioneer Nikola Labs will launch VERO, the perpetually powered equipment health monitoring system. An Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution, VERO is an out-of-the-box system for manufacturers to closely monitor process critical equipment. Although the VERO platform will most immediately impact the manufacturing industry, Nikola leaders envision a future in which its unique […]
May 15, 2019

SCHWING Technologies’ fluidized bed technology aids tool quality

Rolls, extruder screws, and broaching tools are all characterized by a wide variety of stress ranges with specific mechanical properties. In order to set the desired individual characteristics, the corresponding areas must be tempered separately. For example, the tool surfaces used for power transmission are exposed to greater torsional forces and highly dynamic stresses, so […]
May 15, 2019

Hexagon hosts second Production Software Users’ Group meeting

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division will host the second annual Production Software Users’ Group meeting at HxGN LIVE 2019 June 11-14 in Las Vegas. This year’s programming offers an exclusive look at the latest features in the Production Software product portfolio, focused productivity sessions, customer case studies, and valuable interaction with product specialists from Hexagon’s Production […]
May 15, 2019

Integrated drive solutions and custom engineering support for intralogistics

At PROMAT 2019, NORD Gear Corporation displayed new drive technology for conveyor and warehousing systems, increasing productivity and return on investment. NORD showcased its integrated and energy efficient drive solutions for manufacturing and material handling to nearly 45,000 supply chain professionals at the event. The intralogistics industry is one of NORD’s fastest-growing markets. Torsten Schultz, […]
May 15, 2019

Gear alignment automated with vision application from Radix

Radix Technology Solutions, a division of the AIS Technologies Group, has announced the release of a new vision application at the trade show and conference “Automate 2019” set for May 17-20. This vision application, called Gear Tooth Alignment Analytics, is designed to automate the process of precisely aligning differential pinion and gears. This configurable vision […]
May 15, 2019

Platinum Tooling now represents Henninger speed increasers

Platinum Tooling, the importer of live tools, angle heads, marking tools, Swiss tools, and multiple spindle tools manufactured by various global suppliers, is now importing Henninger speed increasers for North America. The announcement was made by company president Preben Hansen at the company’s headquarters near Chicago. Henninger is a manufacturer of specialized equipment and precision […]
May 15, 2019

KISSsoft offers tools for manufacturing multiple gear types

When grinding helical gears an unwanted production-related twist is generated. This twist can be simulated in advance in the KISSsoft Release 03/2018 (module ZY6), and the influence on the flank contact can be evaluated with contact analysis. When designing hardened and ground gears, the grinding notch must be taken into account with regard to position […]
May 15, 2019

Weiler Abrasives recognized for veterans training campaign

Weiler Abrasives, a leading provider of abrasives, power brushes, and maintenance products for surface conditioning, received the People’s Choice Innovation Impact Award at the 2019 Industrial Supply Association Convention in April. The award, which honors manufacturers who bring innovative products or services to the industrial MROP channel, is in recognition of the “Leading a Warriors […]
May 15, 2019

GTI Predictive Technology updates VibePro 24/7 online monitoring

GTI Predictive Technology announces numerous updates to its award-winning VibePro 24/7 online vibration and temperature monitoring — now combined with Route Data Collection — to improve data collection for rotating equipment and bearing health. Updates include advanced alerts from route collected data, superior corporate visibility, advanced report creation, integrated thermal images, and Bluetooth sensor capabilities […]
May 15, 2019

FlexCNC introduces new beam line for machining large, long parts

FlexCNC introduces the Beam Line — the latest addition to its lineup of machining centers for large or long parts, such as structural steel beam, in a single set-up. With an open bed design that measures 40-feet by 2-feet, this new model can machine parts up to 40 feet in length. Alternately, the long open […]
May 15, 2019

Big Kaiser’s twin cutters help minimize tooling and cycle times

Limitations of using milling tools to prepare holes for finishing become apparent as hole depth and volume increase. This is where Big Kaiser’s Series 319SW Twin Cutter boring head showcases its capabilities and can solve the issue along with virtually any other holemaking problem for the range of 0.787-8.000”. The twin cutter’s ability to take […]
May 15, 2019

MarSurf GD Series offers unprecedented measurement options   

Mahr Inc., a leading provider of dimensional metrology solutions, has added the MarSurf GD series for roughness measurements to its new line of surface measuring instruments. MarSurf GD series measuring stations provide unprecedented levels of speed, flexibility and intelligent ease of use, allowing users to improve the manufacturing quality of workpieces with faster throughput and […]
May 15, 2019

Exact Metrology now distributes GOM CT scanner in U.S.

Exact Metrology has become a distributor of the GOM CT scanner in the U.S. GOM is an established global company and leader in structured light scanning technologies. The announcement was made by company co-presidents Steve Young and Dean Solberg. GOM develops, produces, and distributes software, machines, and systems for industrial and automated 3D coordinate measuring […]
May 15, 2019

Hexagon launches dedicated shop floor photogrammetry solution

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division launched DPA Industrial, featuring the new C1 Camera in combination with the well-established AICON DPA Series photogrammetry measurement system. Designed to make photogrammetric measurement simple and rugged enough to allow inexpert operation in inhospitable workshop conditions, DPA Industrial is set to establish itself as one of the most accessible high-speed/high-accuracy measurement […]
May 15, 2019

MB 2020 celebrating anniversary as metal working exhibition

From September 15–19, 2020, the heart of metal working will beat in Stuttgart for the 20th time. Every renowned exhibitor will then present their innovations and further developments for the metal working and processing industry over a period of five days at AMB, International Exhibition for Metal Working. This platform was created together with the […]
May 15, 2019

EMAG’s VLC series covers broad range of machining technologies

It is no secret that e-mobility is a growing market. A current study by the consulting firm Strategy Analytics predicts the production output of “electric vehicles” will increase to 25 percent of the global market by 2025. It should be noted that the study uses “electric” as an umbrella term that covers all aspects of […]
May 15, 2019

KTR offers torsionally rigid, curved-tooth flange coupling for drives

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 […]
May 15, 2019