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December 2019


FVA Software and Service

FVA Software and Service’s expert team of mechanical engineers and software developers enables its customers to develop and implement individual transmission models, complex calculations, and programming tasks.

Designing and creating gears can often be a complex task involving mountains of data and mathematical equations. It can be a daunting, but necessary, endeavor that some manufacturers might struggle with from time to time. The experts of FVA Software and Service are available to ease that struggle and ensure the proper scientific methods are […]
Kenneth Carter

Reducing Tool Wear in Spiral Bevel Gear Machining with the Finite Element Method

This virtual design approach uses real-world cutting tool geometry, automatically generated gear blanks, and known process kinematics to simulate the cutting process.

Due to the complexity of spiral bevel gear machining, the cutting tools can be a significant cost of gear manufacturing. Unlike the price of the material, which is fixed by the market, the cost of tooling and subsequent re-grinding can be lowered through reducing tool wear and increasing tool life. Current methods for making these […]
Fang Hou, Yantao Zhang, Syed Wasif, Pete Mattson, Kerry Marusich

Experimental tests to predict plastic gears’ lifetime

Experimental tensile fatigue data can be used to predict plastic gear life and the polyamide-based polymer loaded with glass fibers can be used for the metal replacement of gears used in applications with high power.

One of the major problems of plastic gears is the lack of data about their lifetime. Literature doesn’t contain numerous data on this subject. Even if it reported them, the number of tests, the variables involved, and the test methods are so varied that it would be difficult to compare them with those needed. This […]
Davide Albiero, Raffaele Mazzarella

Understanding the mounting distance: Intersected-axes gearing (bevel gearing)

To favorably configure bevel gears in intersected-axes gearing, the mounting distance must be one of the most important design parameters.

Mounting distance is one of the most critical design parameters in intersected-axes gearing (in straight bevel gearing, spiral bevel gearing, and so forth). In this article, the mounting distance is discussed with focus on “geometrically-accurate gearing” (that is, with focus on “perfect” gearing). The term “geometrically-accurate gearing” means gearing with zero deviations of the actual […]
Dr. Stephen P. Radzevich Ph.D., Dr. (Eng) Sci.


Roughness measurement tips: 2- vs. 5-micron

Depending on operating conditions and the flank surface being measured, there are times a 2-micron tip can measure a significant difference compared to a 5-micron radius tip.

I’ve written three articles on gear flank roughness measurement for this magazine (Materials Matter; January 2016 and February 2016, and an issue-focus article in January 2019). Those articles gave guidance on the setup and measurement of the roughness parameters (Ra, Rz, Rmr, etc.), the complete roughness diagram needed to specify roughness on a gear drawing […]
Mark Michaud

Cost, cleanliness, carbon footprint affect quenchant

Weighing the application of vegetable-based quenchants for heat-treating applications.

Vegetable oils are seeing increased interest as quenchants for steel because of low carbon footprint, a renewable resource, and the ability to reclaim/recycle into bio-fuels. There are many different types of vegetable oils, and considerable research has gone into the viability of these oils for applications in quenching [1] [2] [3]. Vegetable oils are extracted […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Internal ring gears – design and considerations 

When using internal ring gears, you can develop a gear system with a high reduction ratio in a compact space — but there are considerations regarding the reduction ratio, interference possibilities, and design window dimensions. 

When one is under a great deal of stress, they have a choice to either internalize the stress or to express it. Some express it through exercise, some drown their sorrows at the neighborhood pub, and some choose to berate others. In gearing, there are situations when internalizing the gear mesh is desirable. For these […]
Brian Dengel

Q&A with Osny Fabricio

Head of Cutting Tools, Americas at Oerlikon Balzers

What do you do with Oerlikon Balzers? I’m the Head of Cutting Tools for the Americas. That means that I am responsible for the cutting tools business for North and South America — basically in Canada, Mexico, the U.S., Brazil, Argentina, all places where we are business present with our coating centers. Tell us about […]
Gear Solutions staff


Optomec extends runtimes for 3D-printed electronics

Optomec, a leading, privately-held global supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing equipment and software, announced that its Aerosol Jet® print engine has been upgraded to operate with an uninterrupted 8-hour runtime. The solution enables full shift operation to better meet the needs of current and next-generation electronics manufacturing across a broad range of industries. “We’ve optimized […]
December 15, 2019

Tormach unveils new servo-driven CNC product at FABTECH 2019

Tormach, Inc., the industry’s leading supplier of affordable, compact CNC machines, displayed numerous machine tools at the November FABTECH 2019 show. The company featured its newest CNC mill, the 1100MX. The new MX series are servo-driven versions of the company’s best-selling two mills, the 1100M and 770M, which were introduced in 2018. The new MX […]
December 15, 2019

Buehler offers Wilson VH3100 fully automated hardness tester

Buehler, ITW Test & Measurement GmbH showcased the All-in-One VH3100 hardness tester at the HärtereiKongress, the largest expo for the heat treatment industry in Europe. The fully automatic preconfigured VH3100 Vickers/Knoop hardness test system is capable of meeting virtually any requirement in the area of automated micro to macro hardness testing. Buehler is also excited to announce that the […]
December 15, 2019

Methods Machine Tools introduces own brand of vertical machining

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., North America’s foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tools and automation, has introduced a new line of Methods branded 3-axis vertical and 5-axis bridge type machining centers, all engineered and built to Methods’ highest specifications and quality standards. The Methods machining centers are available in North America, and offer an affordable, […]
December 15, 2019

Chiron Group opens digital machine tool plant for new machine series

Chiron Group celebrated the official opening of its new Precision Factory with a large number of guests from industry and politics. The building was constructed specially for the assembly of new machine series which combine productivity and precision in an unprecedented way. Optimized assembly and logistics processes in the plant will also ensure shorter delivery […]
December 15, 2019

Nord Gear expands its satellite facility in Charlotte

Nord Gear Corporation, a world leader in drive technology, is in the midst of two large expansion projects as demand for its industrial gear reducers, motors, and variable frequency drives continues to grow. In addition to the previously announced 86,000-square-foot expansion to its U.S. headquarters in Waunakee, Wisconsin, that’s under way, the company is doubling […]
December 15, 2019

KISSsoft software offers calculation for crossed helical gear with rack

In vehicles, the transmission from the steering wheel to the wheels is often carried out by a rack and pinion drive. In standard industrial rack and pinion drives, the angle between the pinion axis and the rack is 90°. Due to installation conditions in the vehicle, however, the axis angle between pinion and rack usually has to […]
December 15, 2019

Hexagon Leitz Reference BX CMM speeds blade and glass measurement

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division launched the Leitz Reference BX coordinate measuring machine (CMM) designed for blade and glass manufacturers. The specialized system combines leading-edge technologies to accurately capture detailed measurement data across the entire surface of a freeform shape, while dramatically reducing cycle time. The CMM’s optical white light sensor performs well on matte and reflective […]
December 15, 2019

Grieve offers 1,050°F cabinet oven with two drawers

Grieve No. 1049 is a 1,050°F (566°C) cabinet oven with two drawers, currently used for annealing or normalizing processes at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 39” W x 102” D x 51” H, with two drawers rated 250 lbs. loading with 36” wide x 78” deep x 15” high loading area. […]
December 15, 2019

New Liebherr machine more than just gear skiving

The constantly rising demands from the markets, such as higher accuracy, more effective processes and increased flexibility, require sophisticated machine concepts. For this reason, the new gear skiving machine generation has been equipped, among other things, with a tool changing system integrated in the machine, multi-machining functions, an integrated measurement device for tools, and the […]
December 15, 2019

C-B Gear & Machine hires Frank Irey as general manager

Frank Irey has joined C-B Gear as its general manager to help lead the company to the next level of manufacturing excellence. Irey has more than 34 years in the gear and gearbox manufacturing industry, successfully leading businesses in the commercial, automotive, and aerospace markets. Irey’s background in gear and gearbox design will help guide […]
December 15, 2019

Zoller demonstrates latest technology at two-day event

Zoller Inc. hosted its annual Zollerfest in October at its North American Headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Zollerfest is an annual technology days and open house event that combines the celebration of the company’s German heritage and its industry-leading technology in presetting, measuring, inspection, tool management, and automation to create a distinctive manufacturing event. More […]
December 15, 2019

Exact Metrology’s website offers a wealth of information

Exact Metrology, a leading metrology services provider, offers information on 3D scanning services, CT scanning, metrology equipment, and software solutions on its website. The company’s 3D scanning includes inspection scanning, CT scanning, reverse engineering, long-range scanning, and scan to CAD.  CT scanning (computed tomography) is used in aerospace, archeology, automotive, castings, die cast, electronics, food, […]
December 15, 2019

MC Machinery Systems, Adira partner to provide press brake line

MC Machinery Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, and Adira, a Portuguese manufacturer, part of Sonae Capital portfolio, have formed a sales and service partnership to deliver quality press brakes throughout North America from 100 through 2,000-plus ton capacity machines. Adira was established in 1956 in Porto, Portugal, manufacturing a variety of sheet metal […]
December 15, 2019

Gasbarre supplies cold isostatic press to supplier in metalworking industry

Gasbarre recently manufactured and commissioned dry-bag cold isostatic press to a leading German manufacturer of end mills, drills, tool holders, and wear-resistant components for the metalworking industry. The press was designed with the ability to form components of up to 450 mm in length and 3,000 bar (43,500 psi) pressure (Monostatic 400 Series III) for […]
December 15, 2019

Forest City Gear expands high-precision gear shaping capacity

Forest City Gear has expanded its capacity for the shaping of high precision internal and external gears with the addition of the latest Gleason GP300ES gear shaping machine.  The new GP300ES is the first machine of its kind in North America featuring an increased cutter spindle speed of 1,500 strokes per minute, giving Forest City […]
December 15, 2019

Optomec integrates AutoCLAD Vision System into metal 3D printing

Optomec, a leading, privately-held global supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing equipment and software, announced it has integrated the Huffman AutoCLAD vision system with its LENS (a registered trademark of Sandia National Labs) directed energy deposition (DED) metal 3D printing solutions. AutoCLAD is a proprietary integrated vision and software system that generates a custom toolpath for […]
December 15, 2019

Schunk expands 5-axis power vise with adjustable center

In response to high demand, Schunk has increased its product line of power-amplified 5-axis vises which are now equipped with an adjustable center: The maintenance-free Schunk Kontec KSX-C is now available in four base body lengths (330 mm, 430 mm, 500 mm, and 630 mm) and two heights (174 mm, and 125 mm). The high-quality […]
December 15, 2019

Big Kaiser enhances online access to 2D and 3D tooling data

Big Kaiser, a global leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industries, has redesigned one of the most popular tools on — the manuals, DXF, and STEP (STP) search. The improvements make finding 2D and 3D data and specific product manuals easier. As users type a catalog number into the […]
December 15, 2019

Gear Motions announces personnel changes at its Nixon Gear Division

Gear Motions, a leading precision gear manufacturer, has promoted Brittany McVea Dankiw to manufacturing engineer, and hired Kris Gardner as customer service/purchasing coordinator at its Nixon Gear Division in Syracuse, New York. Dankiw has been at Nixon Gear for nearly five years, previously serving as customer service/purchasing coordinator before being promoted to manufacturing engineer. Her […]
December 15, 2019

Mahr introduces new vision capabilities for Precimar ® ICM 100 IP

Mahr Inc., a leading provider of dimensional metrology solutions, today announced the expansion of its proven Precimar® ICM 100 Dial and Digital Indicator Calibrator with image processing, designed for the automated testing of measuring equipment. Existing Precimar Optimar 100 devices can also be upgraded with the new vision capabilities. The ICM 100 is a proven solution […]
December 15, 2019

Milltronics names exclusive distributor for Colorado, New Mexico

Milltronics USA has named Foothills Machinery Sales as its exclusive full-service distributor for Colorado and New Mexico. Founded in 1984, Foothills Machinery Sales is Colorado’s oldest independent dealer of machine tools. Foothills Machinery Sales, in Broomfield, Colorado, is home to knowledgeable sales and service support staffs. “We’re excited to be representing Milltronics,” said Tim Beer, […]
December 15, 2019

Metal Exchange Corporation names Rick Merluzzi CEO

Metal Exchange Corporation (MEC) promoted Rick Merluzzi to chief executive officer of MEC. Mike Lefton, current MEC chairman and CEO, will assume the title of executive chairman. Merluzzi oversees all Metal Exchange Corporation businesses, including Metal Exchange Trading, Pennex Aluminum Company, Continental Aluminum, and Electro Cycle, Inc. Merluzzi joined Metal Exchange Corporation 15 years ago […]
December 15, 2019

Hexagon, University of Rhode Island partner for advanced manufacturing

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has formed a collaborative partnership with the University of Rhode Island College of Engineering. Hexagon will provide manufacturing technologies to enable a rich research environment for undergraduate and graduate programs focused on advanced manufacturing. In October, URI opened its new 190,000-square-foot, six-story Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering. The new facility will […]
December 15, 2019

Starrett introduces automated digital hardness testers

The L.S. Starrett Co. has introduced two new digital Rockwell/ Superficial Rockwell benchtop hardness testers with fully automated load/unload procedures, and capable of providing highly accurate readings. The new Starrett hardness tester models (Nos. 3823 and 3824) use a closed-loop control unit with a load cell, a DC motor, and an electronic measurement and control […]
December 4, 2019

Monaghan Tooling adds industry veteran to sales team

Monaghan Tooling Group has named industry veteran Brett Scruggs as a technical account manager. He will work out of his home office in northwest Indiana and is responsible for servicing existing accounts and developing new business in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Scruggs has experience in manufacturing, distribution and cutting tool sales. “We’re excited to […]
December 4, 2019

Leibherr ChamferCut technology: Chamfering despite interference contours

On components such as shafts or idle gears, it was often not possible to use the ChamferCut method for chamfering until now. “Interfering contours, like shoulders, or shaft-work, pose a risk of collision that had restricted the potential use of the tool,” said Dr. Oliver Winkel, head of the technology application at Liebherr. “By tilting […]
December 4, 2019

SLM Solutions, Honeywell partner to reduce additive manufacturing printing times

SLM Solutions is working with Honeywell to help qualify new additive manufacturing parameters that enable printing at increased thicknesses. Honeywell is a leading user of additive manufacturing technologies with extensive knowledge across various platforms and applications. The partnership will help both companies reduce printing times and costs. As part of the partnership, Honeywell’s aerospace business […]
December 4, 2019

Schunk updates slim hydraulic expansion toolholder with cool-flow

Three years ago, Schunk launched the slim hydraulic expansion toolholder Tendo Slim 4ax. Schunk now launches a version with cool-flow technology. The precision mounting of the original Tendo Slim 4ax combines the outside geometry of heat shrinking mountings according to DIN 69882-8 with the proven qualities of Schunk hydraulic expansion technology. The new version with […]
December 4, 2019