Archives September 2019


September 2019


JTEKT Toyoda Americas Corporation

For more than 70 years, JTEKT Toyoda Americas Corporation has been a world leader in machine-tool manufacturing that includes its roots in grinding machine technology to the advanced capabilities of its gear-skiving innovations.

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but for JTEKT Toyoda Americas Corporation, necessity became the catalyst for innovation. Toyoda Machinery was born from Toyota Motors when the car company was looking to bring the building of machine tools in-house to make car parts. “We were making machine tools originally for automotive, but then we […]
Kenneth Carter

Application of Finite Element Analysis for the Strain Wave Gear Tooth Surfaces Design and Modification

The gear industry has a well-established gearing theory, design code, and design simulation software to improve gear-transmission performance; however, the lack of similar tools restrains the development of the strain wave gear.

This paper represents the application of finite element analysis for the strain wave gear with modified conjugate tooth surfaces. The unmodified tooth profile is designed at a cross section derived from the fundamental kinematic model of the strain wave gear. The conjugation of the tooth profiles has been verified by the plane stress finite element […]
Dr. Zhiyuan Yu, Dr. Kwun-Lon Ting

Methods to Determine Form Diameter on Hobbed External Involute Gears

To assist gear designers to instantly verify the manufacturability of their designs, two methods are presented to calculate the manufactured form diameter given the design parameters of the gear and the hob.

In custom designs of external spur or helical gears, designers generally prefer a lower form diameter for greater transverse contact ratio. A larger root fillet radius and a higher root diameter are also preferred for higher root bending strength. The combination of the above three requirements can render the gear designs unable to be manufactured […]
Shuo “Will” Zhang


Reclamation and recycling of quench oil

The basic process of treating and reusing oil is uncomplicated and leads to cost savings.

Because of the cost, many captive and commercial heat treaters are looking at reclaiming or recycling their quench oil as a method of saving money. In many cases, reclamation or recycling of the quench oil can be done, provided that some simple guidelines are followed. However, should these guidelines not be followed, there is a […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Vibratory media composition vs. attrition and density

Media content is based on the gear finish desired. High abrasive/low ceramic media leads to higher attrition rate; low abrasive/more ceramic causes less attrition, higher quality Ra surface value.

The third in our multi-part series on vibratory processing of gears is focused on understanding how media of different compositions have varying attrition rates and densities, and why these are important in vibratory finishing of gears. Vibratory media composition Media, the tool in the vibratory bowl used to improve gear tooth Ra surface quality, is […]
William P. Nebiolo

Q&A with MPT Expo attendees

The Motion + Power Technology Expo 2019 is scheduled to hit Detroit, Michigan, October 15-17. The show will bring thousands of industry experts and insiders to the Motor City, where they will be on hand with knowledge to take gear manufacturing and more into 2020 and beyond. Gear Solutions reached out to several exhibitors and […]
Gear Solutions staff

What is a gear engineer?

Skilled engineers design single- and multi-stage gear trains by relying on purpose and application to generate the proper power.

When you are a young person, perhaps 4 or 5 years old, someone might ask, “What would you like to be when you grow up?” Many children answer, “a police officer” or “a firefighter” or perhaps  their favorite superhero. They identify with a particular profession that they have seen and wish to emulate. If you […]
Brian Dengel


Liebherr’s driverless transport systems help connect diverse processes

While there’s still a way to go to achieve autonomous driving on the road, factories are miles ahead. AGVs are already being used in the area of production. AVGs (automatic guided vehicles) are responsible for intralogistical tasks in production transporting workpieces from unfinished parts to finished parts between the respective stages of production. Here’s how […]
September 24, 2019

Emuge Corp. to highlight workholding capabilities at MPT Expo 2019

Emuge Corp. has announced it will be exhibiting at the Motion + Power Technology Expo at Booth #3307 from October 15-17 in Detroit, Michigan. Among Emuge’s broad portfolio of rotary cutting tool solutions, Emuge also designs and builds precision clamping devices for specific customer applications. Emuge’s workholding division specializes in providing highly accurate, almost maintenance-free […]
September 15, 2019

NIST and RadTech announce Roadmapping workshop for October

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and RadTech, the non-profit industry association for UV+EB photopolymer chemistry are partnering to organize Photopolymer Additive Manufacturing Workshop: Roadmapping a Future for Stereolithography, Inkjet, and Beyond, October 29-30, 2019 at NIST in Boulder, Colorado. This workshop is the first of its kind for photopolymer additive manufacturing and […]
September 15, 2019

ZF Electronic Systems offers Positive-Break Contact Position switches

ZF Electronic Systems recently introduced Steute’s family of Positive-Break Contact Position switches. Units are available with a choice of 10 rotatable (4 x 90°) actuator styles. Each features a rugged fiberglass-reinforced thermoplastic housing, an operating rate of 1,800 cycles/hour, and compliance to IP65 and cCSAus requirements. Typical applications include packaging, assembly, printing, textile, and woodworking […]
September 15, 2019

KISSsoft sets series of events to share knowledge

In the second half of 2019, KISSsoft is offering numerous opportunities to deepen know-how. Whether in a regular training course, during which users can explore KISSsoft calculation programs according to the appropriate level of knowledge under the guidance of experts and with practical examples — or in one of the web demos, which provide an […]
September 15, 2019

JMPP retention knobs increase benefits of reducing idle-time

Eliminating unnecessary interruptions to production directly affects machining cycle times, costs to complete each part from start-to-finish and, by extension, the ability to bid competitively. Getting more hours a day out of your spindle is key to optimizing this equation. A recent feature by Makino (Mason, Ohio), one of the largest machine tool manufacturers in […]
September 15, 2019

Leine Linde’s new ESR sensor better measures equipment strain

Leine Linde’s new ESR digital strain sensor is now available to monitor structural health on equipment where needed. Offered in North America through Heidenhain Corporation, it is coupled with an encoder using the digital interface EnDat, and offers significantly higher signal quality, accuracy, and robustness when compared with conventional strain gauges. To use, simply mount the ESR sensor on […]
September 15, 2019

NORD extends line of single-stage helical gear units with new sizes

NORD Gear Corporation recently announced the addition of three single-stage gear units to its NORDBLOC®.1 line. The new SK 871.1, SK 971.1, and SK 1071.1 represent the three largest single-stage NORDBLOC gear units manufactured by NORD and provide industry-leading thrust load capacity per case size. The new products have a power range of 30 to […]
September 15, 2019

Weiler Abrasives to show at FABTECH, celebrate anniversary

Weiler Abrasives, a leading provider of abrasives, power brushes, and maintenance products for surface conditioning, will attend FABTECH 2019 in Chicago, November 11-14, to showcase real-life market displays and its latest product offerings in Booth B33031. The company will also feature its 75th anniversary as a prominent theme throughout the booth, which will include an […]
September 15, 2019

KISSsoft feasibility assessment for power skiving

As a part of Gleason, there is a strong partner behind the company when it comes to specific manufacturing know-how. For example, KISSsoft can now evaluate the feasibility for power skiving (module ZA8). Especially in design solutions where there is little room for tool runout (for example, when the shaft shoulder is very close to […]
September 15, 2019

Exact Metrology now offers Artec Micro 3D scanner

Exact Metrology recently announced the immediate availability of the new Artec Micro 3D scanner. Artec is a world-renowned developer and manufacturer of professional 3D scanners and software. The Artec Micro, an automated, metrology-grade desktop 3D scanner is Artec 3D’s most accurate 3D scanner to date. It is used for scanning tiny mechanical parts, such as […]
September 15, 2019

Metal Injection Molding Conference calls for presentations

An official call for presentations has been announced for MIM2020, International Conference on Injection Molding of Metals, Ceramics, and Carbides, to be held March 2-4, 2020, in Irvine, California. Potential authors have until October 4, 2019, to submit presentation abstracts on manufacturing innovations and material advancements. All abstracts accepted for presentation require a PowerPoint submission […]
September 15, 2019

GMTA attends technology days hosted by partner BvL in Germany

GMTA (German Machine Tools of America) recently attended a technology days event held by its partner, BvL, a market leader in parts cleaning technology. The technology days were in May at BvL’s Emsburen, Germany, location. The event was attended by many of BvL’s partners from locations around the world, including China, Hungary, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, […]
September 15, 2019

GMTA extends its product line, offering baskets, trolleys, lift tables

GMTA, a leader in machine tools and metal fabricating equipment, is adding to its product line. Known for gear cutting and honing, parts washing, special machine tools, tooling, laser welding, surface grinding, deburring machines, multi-spindle lathes, and multi-station vertical machinery, GMTA is now selling baskets, trolleys and lift tables. Walter Friedrich, GMTA’s president said, “We […]
September 15, 2019

Motch & Eichele becomes exclusive distributor for AIMS Metrology CMMs

Motch & Eichele is the exclusive distributor for AIMS Metrology’s coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) for the territories of Ohio, Kentucky, and western Pennsylvania. AIMS products will include the laboratory-grade Revolution Series LM equipped with Renishaw’s 5-axis REVO 2 scanning head and SFP2 probe and the Revolution Series HB, the industry’s only mobile 5-axis CMM, built […]
September 15, 2019

Unimove CM500 simplifies overhead handling of materials

Unimove, LLC presents its CM500 vacuum tube lifter for safe and ergonomic handling of bags, boxes, pails, drums, sheet rock, and more. A robust pulley-driven power unit, operated at up to 5,000 rpm, provides the highest lifting capacity in the industry and the ability to effectively handle both porous and non-porous materials. A 5” diameter […]
September 15, 2019

Buehler partners with Opti-Tech Scientific for metallographic services

Buehler, an ITW Company, announces a partnership with Opti-Tech Scientific, a Toronto-based leading Canadian supplier of scientific equipment, specializing in optical/digital microscopy, metallography and hardness testing. The partnership provides all involved in materials analysis, metallurgy along with Buehler’s Canadian customers local support for their metallographic product and service needs. Opti-Tech offers Buehler’s line of full metallography solutions for sample preparation, […]
September 15, 2019

Senvol president elected chairman of SME’s AM Community Advisors

Senvol President Zach Simkin has been elected to serve as chairman for SME’s Additive Manufacturing (AM) Community. SME’s AM Technical Community Advisors serve as the primary resource for guidance to SME and its members on AM technologies, including materials, processes, industrial base, and workforce. The primary responsibility of the SME AM Advisory Committee is to […]
September 15, 2019

Heidenhain supports mastercam to better enable 5-axis machining

In a collaborative effort to best enable 5-axis machining for users with Heidenhain TNC controls and Mastercam® CAD/CAM software, a new collaborate post processor is now available.  Called the Heidenhain TNC 5X Mill post processor, CNC Software, Inc., developers of Mastercam software, introduced it recently after coordinating development efforts between the two companies.  Collaboration also included […]
September 15, 2019

Big Kaiser adds stainless steel, aluminum insert grades for metalworking

Big Kaiser, a global leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industry, has released a new set of insert grades for its indexable tools — C-Cutter Mini, C-Centering Cutter and Fullcut Mill. The new inserts are optimized to extend tool life in stainless steel or aluminum. Suited for peck-drilling, ramping, helical […]
September 15, 2019

AMPM Conference seeks technical papers on additive manufacturing

The program committee for the Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy Conference (AMPM2020) has issued a call for papers and posters covering the latest developments in the fast-growing field of metal additive manufacturing (AM). The AMPM Conference has grown significantly since its debut in 2014 as the only conference focused on metal AM, and this year […]
September 15, 2019

New Norton gear-grinding platform includes dual-worm wheels

Norton | Saint-Gobain Abrasives, one of the world’s largest abrasives manufacturers, announced the introduction of its new Norton Xtrimium™ range of gear solutions designed for high-performance gear grinding in extreme, tight tolerance environment. The newly structured portfolio of gear grinding products is specifically designed by category to provide higher profile accuracy, supreme form holding, and burn-free grinding […]
September 15, 2019

Latest Helios Gear manufacturing solutions to be on display at MPT

Helios Gear Products will demonstrate multiple gear manufacturing solutions at the Motion + Power Technology Expo (MPT Expo) October 15–17. Gear manufacturers of both small and large gears can benefit by visiting Helios’ booth #3213 to see the company’s latest machines and tools for hobbing, deburring, grinding, inspection, and more. Helios equips manufacturers for profitable […]
September 15, 2019

Affolter Group: Four generations, 100 years of know-how

In 1919, Louis Affolter, the second child of watchmakers Samuel and Marie-Louise Affolter, founded his own company and started to produce gears and pivots for the Swiss watch manufacturers in the area. 100 years later, nine Affolter family members work in the high-tech enterprise Affolter Group and its daughter companies Affolter Technologies and Affolter Pignons. […]
September 15, 2019

Exact Metrology offers ‘GOM CT Challenge’ to CT scanner market

Exact Metrology, a leading provider of 3D and CT scanning equipment and metrology services, now offers the GOM CT scanner — the most accurate industrial CT scanner currently on the market. The GOM CT scanner offers the highest accuracy and highest resolution of any 225kV system available and Exact Metrology devised the “GOM CT Challenge” […]
September 15, 2019

Calico coatings earns AS9100D and ISO 9001:2015 certifications

Calico Coatings was founded by racers, for racers and they have been an acknowledged competitor of the performance coatings industry for more than 20 years. Calico has taken initiative in improving their coating process. Calico recently earned another competitive advantage by completing all the necessary requirements to receive both the AS9100D and ISO 9001:2015 certifications. […]
September 15, 2019

Wilson Electronics’ new cellular amplifiers first to offer MTT technology

Wilson Electronics, the industry leader in cellular signal booster technology, recently announced the launch of the new WilsonPro Enterprise 1300/1300R and WilsonPro Enterprise 4300/4300R family of cellular amplifiers. Most notably, the Enterprise 1300/1300R and Enterprise 4300/4300R feature the industry’s first foray into Multi-Tower Targeting (MTT) Technology, using its three outdoor-antenna-port configuration to receive cellular signal […]
September 15, 2019

Mahr introduces new Precimar® SM 60 length measurement system

Mahr Inc., a leading provider of dimensional metrology solutions, has introduced the new Precimar® SM 60, an easy-to-use length measurement instrument for fast and precise external measurements on shop floor parts, with a measuring range of 60 mm. The SM 60 is configurable with Mahr readouts, such as digital indicators or LVDT probes, to provide a system tailored […]
September 15, 2019

Leaders in industrial process fluids combine to form Quaker Houghton

Quaker Chemical Corporation and Houghton International have combined to create Quaker Houghton (NYSE: KWR), the global leader in industrial process fluids to the primary metals and metalworking markets. Along with the new name, the company revealed a new logo and brand representing the combined companies. The company will continue to be listed on the New […]
September 15, 2019

Zoller to host gatherings in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Torrance, California

For this year’s ZOLLER­FEST, Zoller Solutions will focus on providing a road map to optimized tool life, transparent tool storage, and well-managed tooling consignment and inventory. Cutting tools are often the biggest expense in the production process. From automotive to aerospace and defense, oil and gas to medical device manufacturers, and job shops serv­ing those […]
September 6, 2019

See new sinker technology at MC Machinery Systems’ EDM/Milling open house

MC Machinery Systems will host an EDM and Milling open house September 26, 2019, at its Elk Grove Village, Illinois headquarters. From 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to take a tour of the showroom, check out capabilities and demonstrations of different EDM and Milling machines on display, and attend live […]
September 6, 2019

Deburring technologies and precision surfaces on display in October in Germany

With more than 170 exhibitors, the third DeburringEXPO boasts an increase of around 15 percent compared to 2017’s event. At the October 8-10 expo in Rheinstetten, Germany, exhibitors will present innovative and advanced technologies, products, and services for the quality-critical production steps of solutions for deburring, chamfering, and the production of precision surfaces. This range […]
September 6, 2019

Gleason Corporation connected @EMO2019 from design to finished gear

At this year’s EMO show, Gleason Corporation will showcase a wide array of new design, manufacturing and inspection technologies for cylindrical and bevel gears. Highlights include the world’s first power skiving machine with integrated sharpening, new chamfer hobbing technology, hard finishing of gears in the closed loop, the new gear honing product line and the […]
September 6, 2019

Klingelnberg to present innovative non-gear solutions at Motion + Power Technology trade fair

Machine manufacturer Klingelnberg will be using the US-based Motion + Power Technology Expo (formerly known as GearExpo) platform for an intensive professional exchange of equals. The trade show will take place this year from October 15-17 in Detroit, United States. Not only will visitors to stand #3631 encounter a team of experts who are available […]
September 6, 2019