Archives June 2019


June 2019


NORD Gear Corporation

NORD Gear Corporation markets and produces a complete product line of mechanical and electrical drive components including quality gear reducers, electric motors, AC Vector drives, and distributed drive technology.

For customers of NORD Gear Corporation, the company has 20 million reasons why it’s the right fit for their needs. “NORD’s philosophy to the gear manufacturing industry is really to have a flexible product,” said James Wubbolding, vice president of sales at NORD. “Our gear product range has about 20 million different combinations, and the […]
Kenneth Carter

Two-Probe Pitch Inspection Method For Large Gears

Highlighting merits of the two-probe index inspection method for large gears with a cursory review of the single-probe pitch inspection methodology, breakdown of tooth index characteristics, and a cross-reference of the single- and two-probe inspection methods.

A gear’s pitch (a k a index or spacing) accuracy is one of the most fundamental gear characteristics affecting its performance. Pitch errors affect the transmission accuracy, vibration, noise, and even the load carrying capacity. No wonder gear designers, manufacturers, and users pay close attention to pitch quality. Nowadays, there are many different pitch measuring […]
Yefim Kotlyar, Christoph Donner

Chamfer Hobbing, Perfect Timing

New Chamfer Hobbing adds a highly desirable process to the integrated hobbing and chamfering options now available to gear manufacturers — just in time for eDrives.

New gearbox developments, particularly for eDrives, are creating a whole new set of gear design and manufacturing criteria. Compact gearbox design is paramount, and the requirements can include gears designed for high torque on one side and high RPM on the other side. To ensure optimum power transmission, producing defined chamfers with tight tolerances is […]
Gottfried Klein


I graduated; now I am an engineer!?!

Does an undergraduate engineering education make someone an engineer?

In my previous columns, I tried to connect real-world experiences with concepts of gearing in order to entertain and educate you, the reader. In this column, I wish to discuss the discipline of engineering in general. Several years ago, I was interviewing candidates for an entry-level application engineer opportunity. This position would require the engineer […]
Brian Dengel

Q&A with James Richards

President at James Engineering

What’s a typical day like for you at James Engineering? I usually get up and get in here a couple of hours ahead of everyone, so I can have my time when it’s peaceful and quiet. I’m not always working, but I’m usually thinking and planning the day out. I do the design work. I […]
Gear Solutions staff

Back to basics: Austempering and its advantages

This isothermal process can achieve high toughness parts by producing a microstructure consisting of only bainite.

In the previous articles, we discussed the processes of quench and temp, and martempering. In quench and tempering, the part is heated to the austenite region until transformed, then quenched into quenchant at 100°C or less. The part is then tempered yielding a microstructure of tempered martensite. In martempering, the part is again heated to […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM


KISSsoft 2019 release now available

The new KISSsoft 2019 Release contains numerous new features, including KISSdesign, which provides users with a tool that allows intuitive concept design on a system level. So, in addition to the elementary components (gear pair, bearing or shaft/bearing system), complete gears can now be designed in a separate module (Module KSD). The main focus lies on fast concept building, […]
July 9, 2019

Exact Metrology helps create Red Stockings Pavilion sculptures

The Cincinnati Reds celebrated the 150th anniversary as the nation’s first all-professional baseball team with a new pavilion. Exact Metrology assisted in creating sculptures. Local Cincinnati artist Tom Tsuchiya created relief figures of the members of the 1869 team that adorn a gazebo highlighting the site. It includes 12 bronze busts of 10 players, the […]
July 9, 2019

Coordinate Metrology Society finalizes CMSC 2019 program

The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) announced its final schedule of events for the 35th annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) July 22-26, 2019in Orlando, Florida. The conference is widely recognized for its extensive slate of original technical papers and presentations delivered by industry experts from around the globe. CMSC 2019 will get under way with a new […]
July 9, 2019

Mazak further boosts VTC-200C performance with Mazatrol SmoothG control

Mazak Corporation has enhanced the VTC-200C vertical machining center with the Mazatrol SmoothG CNC and its Smooth Technology software solutions. The control complements the VTC-200C’s full traveling-column design, automatic tool changer, and powerful 40-taper spindle, all of which combine to enable fast cycle times and accurate machining for extremely long and heavy workpieces in industries […]
July 9, 2019

Schunk’s intelligent toolholder controls cutting process in real time

Vibrations, chatter marks, and tool failure will soon be a thing of the past with the smart iTENDO hydraulic expansion toolholder by Schunk and startup company TOOL IT. The intelligent toolholders from Schunk were designed in cooperation with the Vienna University of Technology and TOOL IT GmbH, Vienna. They are the world’s first intelligent toolholder […]
July 9, 2019

Hexagon’s MI division breaks ground on Center of Excellence

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has broken ground on the construction of a new expansion project on a 5-acre site in Novi, Michigan. Slated for completion in the fall of 2019, the 88,000 sq. ft. building will house a technology showroom, a technical training center, and a 15,000-square-foot laboratory and calibration hub. The two-story office area […]
June 15, 2019

GF Machining Solutions unveils new laser series for mold makers

To serve the needs of today’s mold makers and manufacturers who demand the highest levels of productivity and design quality for surface texturing applications, GF Machining Solutions has introduced its new AgieCharmilles LASER S series. Unveiled for the first time in North America at a special event at its North American headquarters in Lincolnshire, Illinois, […]
June 15, 2019

Dillon extruded aluminum full grip jaws available in new size

Dillon full grip jaws, machined from 6061 extruded aluminum for increased strength, are now available up to 28 inches in diameter. Machining from bar stock eliminates the porosity inherent with large diameter aluminum castings, providing a stronger and more reliable workholding product. These jaws can be modified to heights of 10” and widths that extend […]
June 15, 2019

Weiler Abrasives kicks off 75th anniversary celebration

Weiler Abrasives, a leading provider of abrasives, power brushes and maintenance products for surface conditioning kicked off what will be a months-long celebration of its 75th anniversary with its National Sales Meeting the week of April 22. The celebration is geared toward its customers, coworkers and community to thank them for contributing to the growth […]
June 15, 2019

Achieve faster times with Hexagon’s GLOBAL S HTA solution

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division announced the availability of the latest version of the GLOBAL S HTA (high throughput and accuracy) solution for the aerospace industry, which brings major enhancements to Hexagon’s high-speed, non-contact compressor blade measurement system. It builds on the performance strength of the GLOBAL S HTA’s predecessor, which delivered a cycle time that was between […]
June 15, 2019

parts2clean 2019: Future-proofing industrial parts cleaning

The industrial parts and surface cleaning sector is facing new challenges. parts2clean 2019 shows how these challenges can be met. The 17th International Trade Fair for Industrial Parts and Surface Cleaning will be held from October 22-24, 2019, at the Stuttgart Exhibition Center. Areas of current interest include new and modified production technologies, such as […]
June 15, 2019

Nord delivers next-generation conveyor systems for airports

The challenge of engineering baggage handling systems for international airports is immense. Miles of conveyors. In-line CT-scan screening machines. Multiple in-feed lines. Four-way sorters. High-speed diverters. Spiral power curves. Inclined claim conveyors and more. These are some of the equipment designs in the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, all powered by integrated drive electronics from Nord Drivesystems. […]
June 15, 2019

Kyocera to acquire tool distributor SouthernCarlson Inc.

Kyocera Corporation announced that it has concluded an agreement to acquire 100 percent ownership of SouthernCarlson, Inc., a U.S. distributor of tools, fasteners, packaging, and facility supplies, headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Under the agreement, SouthernCarlson will operate as a U.S.-based subsidiary of Kyocera Corporation. SouthernCarlson, established in 1947, serves a broad array of end markets […]
June 15, 2019

Romax Technology partners with Advanced Mobility Products Inc.

Romax Technology Limited is proud to partner with Advanced Mobility Products Inc. (AMP), a Canadian owned and operated consulting firm dedicated to sustainable electrification and engineering solutions, to be a sole reseller for Romax’s software and services solutions in Canada.  The newly formed partnership is founded on matching philosophies about the development of highly efficient […]
June 15, 2019

AIMS adds SFP2 to 5-axis CMM to reduce part handling

Until now, fabricators conducting surface finish measurements have had to use hand-held sensors or move a part to a dedicated measuring machine. To help companies reclaim lost production time, AIMS Metrology has equipped its Revolution Series LM coordinate measuring machine (CMM) with a Renishaw 5-axis REVO 2 head and the new SFP2 probe. Because the […]
June 15, 2019

Exact Metrology participates in career fairs at universities

Exact Metrology was present at two career events, one at Northern Kentucky University and the other at Cincinnati State University. Northern Kentucky University held its 2019 Career Expo in February. There were 140 employers meeting with students and alumni for internships, co-ops, and full-time positions. Employers present were from fields such as accounting/finance, athletic training […]
June 15, 2019

Find the right chain at Timken’s new driveschain.com

The Timken Company, a world leader in engineered bearings and power transmission products, has launched driveschain.com to make specification fast, easy, and accurate for customers who want to spend less time looking for the right chain. Drives® Chain by Timken ― including precision roller, attachment, agricultural, and engineered-class chain ― is designed to excel in the most […]
June 15, 2019

Heule Tool Corporation rolls out new catalog of tooling machines

Heule Tool Corporation has a new 12-page, full-color catalog which introduces its lineup of tooling to machine front and back bore edges in a single pass, saving the time and labor normally required to flip the workpiece. Manufactured of hardened tool steel and fitted with exchangeable carbide blades, innovative Heule tools feature coatings and blade […]
June 15, 2019

GF Machining Solutions to debut four products at 2019 Solutions Days

GF Machining Solutions will unveil four new products for the first time in North America at its 2019 GF Solutions Days: the AgieCharmilles CUT C 350; the Microlution ML-10 and MLTC; and the DMP Flex 350. The two-day event will occur at two locations. On June 27, the company’s U.S. headquarters in Lincolnshire, Illinois, will […]
June 15, 2019

Open Mind 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 […]
June 15, 2019

Bottom of form determining excitation force in KISSsoft

Since the March 2018 release, KISSsoft contact analysis also calculates the excitation force according to the FVA Report 487 (module ZA30) in addition to the transmission error. This serves as an alternative for the evaluation of the toothing with regards to vibration and noise excitation. A modified base model is used to calculate the excitation force: for the transmission […]
June 15, 2019

Jorgensen Conveyors taps Whittemore as Midwestern representative

Jorgensen Conveyors, Inc. announced the addition of The Whittemore Co. as its new manufacturers’ representative for nine Midwestern states including Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Indiana. The Whittemore Co. employs a non-competing, limited, complementary, and most importantly, application-based product line philosophy, which enables them to focus on specific market […]
June 15, 2019

GF Machining Solutions offers cost-effective CUT C Wire EDMs

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 […]
June 15, 2019

Hexagon’s new inline gap and flush measurement system enhances quality

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched a new wireless, inline, gap and flash measuring system, which was displayed for the first time at the Control trade show for quality assurance in Stuttgart May 7-10. The NextSense Calipri C15 is the latest addition to the Calipri family of non-contact measurement systems, which uses a patented sensing technique to […]
June 15, 2019

Gearwrench®, Cleco®, and Weller® bulk up Arrow SPM garage

What do you get when forward-thinking tool makers work directly with world-class tool users? You get better. Better insights. Better tools. Better performance. That’s the basis for the growing partnership between Apex Tool Group and Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. After getting started a year ago, the partnership has grown substantially, thanks to the willingness of […]
June 15, 2019

Digital Metrology marks 20 years of metrology successes

Digital Metrology Solutions, provider of measurement software, consulting, and training, marked its 20th year of service in May, 2019. Founded in 1999 by Dr. Mark Malburg, the company has aided hundreds of companies to solve product and process development issues by developing and applying advanced metrology technologies. “We realized early on people don’t want to […]
June 15, 2019

Forest City Gear expands advanced turning and milling facility

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 […]
June 15, 2019

Tormach servo motors now available for 1100M and 770M CNC mills

Tormach Inc. is now offering servo motors for its line of 1100M and 770M CNC milling machines. Servo upgrade kits are available for current users of these machines. The upgrade allows current users to transform the current ‘M’ series machines to ‘M+’. Complete information on obtaining the user-installed servo motor upgrade kits, with video tutorials, […]
June 6, 2019

Zoller Smart Factory Solutions Tool Management Workshop

The Zoller Z.connect seminar for manufacturing managers will be June 13 at Zoller Inc. in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Zoller has been a leading manufacturer of tool presetting, measuring devices, and software solutions for more than 70 years. Zoller knows the manufacturing industry well and understands the time and cost […]
June 6, 2019

MAT America to show ZE26C gear grinding machine at Motion + Power Expo

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool Co., Ltd. (MAT) will follow the world debut of the ZE26C at CIMT in China with the 2019 Power + Motion Expo in Detroit. The ZE26C will respond to needs for higher speed and precision, especially in the transmission systems of electric vehicles and the reduction gears used in robots. […]
June 6, 2019

Hexagon features keynote speakers from AMT and Ericsson at HxGN Live

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division unveiled two guest speakers for the Manufacturing Intelligence track keynote at the 2019 edition of HxGN LIVE. Division President Norbert Hanke will be joined on stage by Doug Woods, President of AMT (The Association For Manufacturing Technology) and Erik Josefsson, vice president, head of advanced industries at Ericsson, for the ‘Smart is Hiding in […]
June 6, 2019

New feature areas announced for Motion + Power Technology Expo hall in October

The show floor will feature the Fluid Power Pavilion and Emerging Technology Pavilion with solutions focused on IIoT, blockchain, 3D printing, robotics, supply chain, and more. The Motion + Power Technology Expo (MPT Expo), formerly Gear Expo, will take place October 15–17 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. More than 17 percent of the […]
June 6, 2019