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Archives January 2020


January 2020


Haas Schleifmaschinen GmbH

By offering 5-axis grinding machines and customizable application software that can perform multiple operations, Haas Schleifmaschinen GmbH is making quite a name for itself in several industries, including gear manufacturing.

When a gear or a geared shaft is being produced, it’s often moved through several machines before the finished product is ready. But Haas Schleifmaschinen GmbH has the capability of offering gear manufacturing that takes the multiple machines out of the process. “We’re about combining operations,” said David Drechsler, business development manager for Haas Multigrind® […]
Kenneth Carter

Integrated Approach for Gear Testing of High-Performance Clean Steels

In this report, a test gear geometry for investigating contact fatigue strength (pitting) of high-performance clean steels is determined, and based on two well-established test gear geometries for contact fatigue test, a detailed comparison with regard to their potential of maximum contact pressure is performed.

The power density of gearboxes is continuously increased by different research activities. Besides new material developments, the cleanliness of steels comes to the forefront in order to meet future requirements regarding load carrying capacity of gears. The experimental quantification of the load carrying potentials for high performance steels is the basis for introducing cleanliness as […]
Christoph Lopenhaus, Dieter Mevissen, Lily Kamjou, Elias Lothman

High-end coating can increase gear-cutting productivity

Using Oerlikon Balzers coating solutions, customers are able to increase their productivity, which results in higher total production output and lower manufacturing costs.

The machining industry’s demand for increased productivity and reduced costs continues to drive developments that focus on innovative, state-of-the-art tools and cutting materials as well as changes in production technologies. In addition, tailored tool coatings play a special key role in increasing cutting speeds, raising productivity, and lowering costs for demanding gear-cutting processes. Excellent performance […]
Osny Fabricio


Q&A with Alan Miller

Engineering Manager & Product Manager with BIG KAISER Precision Tooling Inc.

What’s a typical day like for you at BIG KAISER? As the engineering manager, I help guide the engineering department. I’m also hands-on as we do a lot of application support. Whether that’s traveling around the country to visit customers or provide support over the phone, our goal is to make sure our tools work […]
Gear Solutions staff

Four basic types of fracture mechanisms

Ductile failure and brittle fracture are examined in the first of two articles on possible causes for component failure.

When a component fails, the fracture surface of the broken component can tell a great deal regarding the mechanism of failure. It can often provide details or suggestions as to why a component has failed. In this short column, I will attempt to describe the four basic types of fracture and indicate possible causes. Often, […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Roughness measurement tips: The scratch pad

You can check a profilometer’s overall performance following a quality-control-defined procedure and frequency using this traceable calibration specimen.

From the perspective of the shop floor environment, the previous Materials Matter column “Roughness Measurement Tips: 2 V 5” discussed the contact stylus 2-micron radius tip versus a 5-micron radius tip. It was recommended in either case to use a skidded stylus for its increased durability. The skidded stylus removes the surface waviness and measures […]
Mark Michaud

Crossed helical gearing a.k.a. screw gears

How using different helix angles can produce unique gear combinations.

A common refrain from my childhood was “if you keep crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck like that!” It never did happen, but it was a real-life example of what nonparallel meant. In gearing, the axis of the pair is usually parallel, or they are intersecting. Crossed helical gears, also known as […]
Brian Dengel


Gear Solutions reader survey results are in!

Every year, we reach out to our readers to see what features and advertisements in our magazine get the most eyes, and the results are in. As we do every year, we are awarding one lucky survey taker with a Stor-Loc toolbox. If you took the survey, we appreciate your time and insight. Your participation […]
January 28, 2020

Hexagon asset management solution optimizes CMM

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division launched HxGN SFx | Asset Management, a cloud-ready software solution that helps manufacturers achieve operational excellence by offering easy access to real-time machine status and utilization reporting. The software unlocks the data typically siloed in individual coordinate measuring machines (CMM) to provide real-time insight into the performance, use, and status of […]
January 15, 2020

RadTech announces 2020 conference program focusing on AM

With a focus on 3D printing/additive manufacturing, new materials, UV LEDs, and sustainability, RadTech, the nonprofit for the advancement of UV+EB training and education, announces the conference program for RadTech UV+EB Technology Expo and Conference 2020, March 8–11, at the Disney Coronado Springs, Orlando, Florida. Enabling applications in printing and packaging, wood and building products, […]
January 15, 2020

MC Machinery launches new electric press brake at FABTECH

MC Machinery Systems recently introduced its new ball screw press brake, the BB306, at FABTECH 2019. This fully electric press brake is designed with a smaller footprint to fit any facility and form smaller parts. The new machines come with the same standard features customers expect from MC Machinery, including an integrated all-axis pulse handle, […]
January 15, 2020

Simufact improves metal additive manufacturing efficiency

Simufact, a global operating software company providing process simulation solutions and services to manufacturing industries, announced Simufact Additive 2020. This powerful solution for the optimization of metal-based additive manufacturing (AM) processes now provides cost estimation of the build process and improves interoperability with Materialize build preparation software and Renishaw printers to streamline manufacturing processes. Based […]
January 15, 2020

Starrett names David Allen vice president of metrology systems

The L.S. Starrett Company, a leading global manufacturer of precision measuring tools and gages, metrology systems, and more, appointed David Allen as vice president, Starrett metrology systems in November. In this newly-created role, Allen will be responsible for the strategy, growth, and profitability of the advanced metrology systems including Starrett Bytewise, Starrett Tru-Stone Technologies, Starrett-Kinemetric […]
January 15, 2020

New generative design solution cuts AM design processes

MSC Software Corporation (MSC), a global leader in computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation software and services, announced MSC Apex Generative Design, a new design optimization solution that improves quality through unparalleled automation of design processes with embedded manufacturing knowledge. MSC Apex Generative Design aims to improve productivity by up to 80 percent compared to classic topology […]
January 15, 2020

Swiss CNC technology leader expands sales, service to India

NUM AG opened a branch in Bangalore in November. With this expansion in Asia, the international company with headquarters in Teufen, Switzerland, further reinforces its position as a technology leader in the field of CNC controls. With the expansion to India, NUM increases its local presence there as well as its customer-oriented sales and service […]
January 15, 2020

METALEX 2019: Great demand for German know-how

The German contribution to METALEX 2019, the international machine tools and metalworking exhibition in Bangkok was deemed a success. Forty-eight leading German companies from the metal working and machine tool industries presented products and services as the partner country of the exhibition in November. With 100,475 visitors and 970 exhibitors, METALEX continued its success from […]
January 15, 2020

Slide option eases inspection of internal, external splines

Frenco Gmbh, world leader in spline metrology, has introduced a new horizontal slide option for the inspection of internal and external splines with AVM and IVM gauging systems. Advantages of this new development are the easier handling of long workpiece shafts through adjustable V-blocks with longitudinal travel and repeatability for MdK averages of ≤ 1.3 […]
January 15, 2020

Simufact improves quality with new simulation solution

Simufact, a global operating software company providing process simulation solutions and services to manufacturing industries, announced a dedicated simulation solution to help manufacturers improve quality for Direct Energy Deposition (DED) metal additive manufacturing processes. Offered as a module inside its Simufact Welding 2020 software, it enables the user to quickly set up robust DED simulation […]
January 15, 2020

Optomec delivers 500th industrial 3D printer for additive manufacturing

Optomec, Inc., a privately-held supplier of proprietary additive manufacturing equipment and software, has delivered its 500th industrial 3D printer. The machine is installed at a division of General Electric, which now counts more than 20 Optomec systems in use across GE business units including aviation, healthcare, power, and oil and gas. For 20 years, Optomec […]
January 15, 2020

Call for technical papers issued for 2020 CMS conference

The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) is calling for technical papers for its Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC) to be held July 20–24, 2020, in New Orleans, Louisiana. In its 36th year, the CMS will again host an interactive educational conference for novice and expert users of portable and stationary measurement solutions. For the first time, […]
January 15, 2020

Schunk updates slim hydraulic expansion toolholder

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 […]
January 15, 2020

Chiron vertical machining center series for large components

The recently introduced Chiron FZ/DZ 25 vertical machining center series is designed for highly productive machining of complex, large volume structural components for the automotive and aerospace industries. With a spindle distance of 800 millimeters and spindle speeds to 20,000 rpm, the two-spindle DZ 25 P 5-axis introduced at EMO 2019 is designed for double-spindle […]
January 15, 2020

Dillon collet pad jaws and collets grip more varied geometries

Collet pad top jaw systems from Dillon Manufacturing allow more varied geometries to be securely gripped, while also allowing more aggressive machining which shortens cycle times. With systems that can convert thru-hole chucks to hold small bar and tube stock, and full contact of gripping surfaces to provide a more stable grip and allows heavier […]
January 15, 2020

New GPT planetary gearhead family has numerous gear ratios

The new metal GPT planetary gearhead family is characterized by its compact dimensions, high torque, and very fine graduations of the numerous gear ratios. It is robust and tolerates both frequent as well as sudden load changes. The gearheads operate with high efficiency, can be combined with many different motors, and enable various shaft configurations. […]
January 15, 2020

Mahr introduces new high-resolution digital indicators

Mahr Inc., a global manufacturer of precision measurement equipment used for dimensional metrology, has added a new higher-selectable resolution option to MarCator 1086R and 1087R digital indicators making its indicator family one of the most fully featured and versatile available. These digital indicators provide easy operation, a large display, powerful application features, and simple transmission […]
January 15, 2020

Radzevich book on gear tooth flanks released in second edition

An updated and expanded edition of Dr. Stephen P. Radzevich’s Geometry of Surfaces: A Practical Guide for Mechanical Engineers, 2nd edition, written primarily for advanced gear engineers, is now available. The book presents a highly accurate specification for gear tooth flanks to be machined/finished. Precise specification reduces the cost of this widely used industrial operation […]
January 15, 2020

Mazak keeps manufacturers informed with new ‘All Axes’ podcast

Mazak Corporation has launched All Axes, a podcast developed to keep manufacturers in the know about all things manufacturing. The podcast features original content on a wide range of industry-critical subjects and issues affecting today’s North American manufacturers — from additive technologies, automation, multi-tasking machines and the skilled labor shortage to the Industrial Internet of […]
January 7, 2020

Glebar Company announces the acquisition of Tridex Technology

Glebar Company, a precision grinding solutions organization, has acquired Tridex Technology Ltd., a leader in electrochemical grinding (ECG) technology, bolstering double-digit growth since inception. Tridex specializes in the design, manufacture, application development, and automation of electrochemical grinders, cut off machines and precision abrasive cut off solutions. With over 100 years of combined ECG experience and […]
January 7, 2020

Ecoclean aims to reduce cleaning costs with individually adapted services

Ecoclean has developed a wide range of services that can be individually combined so cleaning can be planned to guarantee continuous and consistent results. For this, a system has to function in an optimal way and fluctuations in the process or unscheduled downtimes must be avoided. A service concept that is tailored to the requirements […]
January 7, 2020

Big Kaiser ramps up green initiatives

As part of an ongoing effort to make processes and products more environmentally friendly, Big Kaiser is making modifications to production materials and packaging. Specifically, they have switched to unleaded steel and recyclable packaging. The new steel uses a bismuth composite instead of lead. Additionally, new boring head packaging will use cardboard or recyclable PET […]
January 7, 2020

Liebherr offers cutting tools with new material and coating

In order to offer customers more flexibility, Liebherr stock tools are now made as standard from ASP2052 with Alcrona Pro instead of cutting material ASP2030 with a titanium nitride (TIN) coating. “This is essentially a performance upgrade,” said Haider Arroum, team leader of tool sales at the Ettlingen factory. “The reason is that our customers […]
January 7, 2020