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Archives February 2020


February 2020


The L.S. Starrett Co.

The L.S. Starrett Co. has been designing, manufacturing, and supplying high-quality, precision measuring tools, metrology systems, and more for 140 years.

When companies need to ensure the highest and most accurate quality control process, they turn to the experts at Starrett. Founded in 1880 and headquartered in Athol, Massachusetts, The L.S. Starrett Company is a leading global manufacturer of precision measuring tools and gages, optical comparators, vision systems, force measurement, and hardness testing solutions. Starrett also […]
Kenneth Carter

Reliability of gears: Determination of statistically validated material strength numbers

This paper is intended to give a review on the statistical reliability behavior of cylindrical gears with regard to pitting and tooth root breakage failures.

One of the most important goals when designing a gearbox is to ensure a sufficient reliability in operation. Depending on the field of application, the acceptable probability of failure may be different, typical values commonly are in the range of 0.01 percent to 10 percent. Material strength values regarding main failure modes such as pitting […]
Michael Hein, Thomas Tobie, Karsten Stahl, Dr.-Ing. Burkhard Pinnekamp

Understanding the mounting distance: Crossed-axes gearing (hypoid gearing)

In this article, a favorable configuration of bevel gears in crossed-axes gearing is discussed in which it is stressed that the mounting distance is one of the most important design parameters in crossed-axes gearing.

Mounting distance is one of the most critical design parameters in crossed-axes gearing (in hypoid gearing, spiroid gearing, and so forth). In this article, the concept of the mounting distance in intersected-axes gearing [1] is evolved to the case of crossed-axes gearing. The mounting distance is discussed with a focus on “geometrically accurate crossed-axes gearing” […]
Dr. Stephen P. Radzevich Ph.D., Dr. (Eng) Sci.


Four basic types of fracture mechanisms: Part II

Intergranular fracture and fatigue fracture surfaces among mechanisms of failure that are observed in actual parts.

In the previous article, we discussed the fracture surfaces that are apparent for ductile or overload type fractures, and the fractures that occur with brittle cleavage fracture. In this article, we will discuss intergranular fracture, as well as fatigue fracture surfaces. Intergranular Fracture or Decohesive Rupture In intergranular fracture (Figure 1), there is decohesion at the […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Q&A with Torsten Schultz

President and CEO at NORD Gear Corporation

What do you do at NORD? I’m the president and CEO of NORD for the U.S. Overall, I set the strategic direction of the company. We are part of a global family business with over 4,000 employees and have 36 subsidiaries worldwide. Over the past two years, we’ve become the largest subsidiary in terms of […]
Gear Solutions staff

Understanding dimensional stability in gearing

How temperature and humidity can affect materials used in gearing.

In the retail community, the term shrinkage is defined as the difference between the value of the physical on-hand inventory minus the expected on-hand or book value of the inventory. After accounting for the stock added to inventory and subtracting the sold inventory, what is missing from the store is the shrink. In gearing, shrinkage […]
Brian Dengel

Roughness measurement tips: Calibration, the razor blade test

If a problem is found with a contact stylus profilometer during routine check with a Rubert-Song specimen, do a little troubleshooting before sending it off for calibration and recertification.

In my previous column in Materials Matter, I reviewed the use of the “Scratch Pad” for the overall checking of the contact stylus profilometer’s calibration. Use of a Rubert-Song D-type precision reference specimen on the shop floor is the preferred specimen for use in checking a precision gear tooth flank. The column noted that full […]
Mark Michaud


Parts2Clean 2020: The international hub for component cleanliness

For many high-tech applications in the fields of manufacturing and reprocessing, parts2clean is the chosen information and procurement platform for users of industrial cleaning technology. The transformational wave sweeping across numerous industrial sectors and markets is presenting companies with new and ever-shifting challenges, including industrial component and surface cleaning. This trend is fully reflected by […]
February 27, 2020

United Grinding North America names new president/CEO

Markus Stolmar has been elected as the new president and chief executive officer by the board of directors for United Grinding North America. Stolmar was selected after serving nearly 20 years in various leadership capacities within the company, starting as the product manager for the optical inspection equipment for Walter, then based in Fredericksburg, Virginia. […]
February 15, 2020

Motion Industries names Pacer vice president of its Central Group

Motion Industries, Inc., a distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, recently named Chris Pacer vice president of the company’s Central Group. Pacer is a graduate of the University of Toledo with a Bachelor’s degree in engineering technology (electrical and electronics engineering, 1994). He has […]
February 15, 2020

AIM Computer Solutions celebrates business successes in 2019

AIM Computer Solutions, a provider of enterprise ERP technology solutions and business process improvement consulting to discrete and repetitive manufacturers, recently announced significant growth in revenue, enhanced product and service offerings, and the acquisition of new clients in 2019. AIM grew at a robust rate in 2019 with a steady year-over-year (YOY) sales growth with […]
February 15, 2020

LM Solutions, Honeywell partner on additive manufacturing

SLM Solutions is working with Honeywell, a leading user of additive manufacturing technologies with extensive knowledge across various platforms and applications, to help qualify new additive manufacturing parameters that enable printing at increased thicknesses. The partnership will help both companies reduce printing times and costs. As part of the partnership, Honeywell’s Aerospace business will begin […]
February 15, 2020

GFMS Liechti Turbomill roughs, finishes turbine blades

For jet engine and power generation turbine blades up to 1.4 meters in length, the Liechti Turbomill 1400 g from GF Machining Solutions produces high-quality finished part surfaces that require minimal polishing and less benchwork than those processed on general-application machines. To provide fast, cost-efficient production, the Turbomill 1400 g clamps blades at each end […]
February 15, 2020

Glebar Company announces 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 more than 100 years of combined ECG experience […]
February 15, 2020

ECM Technologies names Esteve business development manager

ECM Technologies, innovative heat-treating vacuum furnace manufacturer, promoted Vincent Esteve to business development manager at the ECM USA, Inc. subsidiary in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. Esteve’s primary functions will include overseeing business sales and marketing development in North, Central, and South America with a focus on further expanding the ECM brand into innovative markets such as […]
February 15, 2020

New GMTA honing machine optimizes gear finishing

Now available from German Machine Tools of America (GMTA), the Präwema SynchroFine 205 HS gear honing machine features direct-driven, digitally controlled spindles for the tool and the workpiece, enabling precise, rigid synchronization. The Präwema Honing gear finishing process produces quality comparable to grinding results for spur and helical gears, as well as shafts. The machine’s […]
February 15, 2020

EMAG Systems provides turnkey solutions from single source

The production of comprehensive manufacturing solutions from a single source is the main requirement for many mechanical engineering production planners. Typically, a general contractor would be responsible for the development of a complex line of interlinked machines with a variety of technologies. This provides the manufacturing company with two major benefits: the overall planning is […]
February 15, 2020

Timken expands Southeast Regional gear repair facility

The Timken Company, a global leader in engineered bearings and power transmission products, announced renovations are complete and new services operational at the Philadelphia Gear Southeast Regional gear repair facility in Birmingham, Alabama. The project includes an isolated assembly bay, the addition of a retractable paint booth, and a large industrial parts washer, all designed […]
February 15, 2020

Software can aid outsource vs. in-house production decisions

Whether a gearbox is to be produced in-house or outsourced is still a central question for many companies. To make the right and quick decision, gearbox software generating multiple solutions is necessary — in terms of a transmission variant calculation with cost estimations as well as web applications for external purposes. With the automized gearbox […]
February 15, 2020

Liebherr offers cutting tools with new material, 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 […]
February 15, 2020

New Ecoclean app optimizes customer services

Whether it’s a question about a maintenance job, a technical problem, or a spare part that’s needed, the new service app for IOS and Android makes it easy to contact the service team directly at the relevant Ecoclean branch. The two-way real-time connection via chat and video functions with live image transmission allows problems to […]
February 15, 2020

Hexagon to host HxGN LIVE Smart Manufacturing 2020

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division will host HxGN LIVE Smart Manufacturing Detroit 2020 May 19–20. The digital solutions conference will be at Hexagon’s newest U.S. facility and regional cornerstone in Novi, Michigan, which features a technology showroom, training center, and a 14,690-square-foot laser tracker laboratory and calibration hub. The two-day event, with an emphasis on automotive […]
February 15, 2020

Robotic Parking Systems relies on Nord for automated parking

Nord Gear Corporation, a world leader in industrial gear reducers, motors, and variable frequency drives, and Robotic Parking Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of high-speed automated parking structures, continue to take parking garages to the next level. Robotic Parking Systems has relied on Nord as its exclusive power transmission provider since 1999. Automated parking structures solve […]
February 15, 2020

Sandvik Coromant wins supplier excellence award from Ford

Sandvik Coromant won a Technical Excellence Award (TEA) from Ford Motor Company for tool and process monitoring application of a gear grinding operation. The award was presented at a ceremony in Michigan in November. Niels Bredick, senior solutions specialist, accepted the award for Sandvik Coromant. Bredick played an integral role in the success of the […]
February 15, 2020

Rego-Fix makes changes to enhance customer support

Rego-Fix AG, manufacturer of Swiss precision toolholding technologies, has named William Obras as the company’s new general manager Americas in charge of Rego-Fix USA, Rego-Fix Brazil, and Rego-Fix Mexico. In his new position, Obras will play a key role in the implementation of the company’s regional management business concept, which will further strengthen sales and […]
February 15, 2020

ECM Technologies promotes Vincent Esteve

ECM Technologies, a heat-treating vacuum furnace manufacturer, promoted Vincent Esteve to business development manager at the ECM USA, Inc. subsidiary in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. Esteve’s primary functions will include overseeing business sales and marketing development in North, Central, and South America with a focus on further expanding the ECM brand into innovative markets such as […]
February 5, 2020

Learn essentials of surface texture, tribology at Michigan Metrology short course

Michigan Metrology, experts in solving problems related to surface texture, wear, finish, and friction, will share their expertise in a two-day course April 1-2, 2020, in Livonia, Michigan. “This course is designed for scientists, engineers, and technicians working in medical devices, automotive, aerospace, materials, polymers, and other fields,” said Don Cohen, Ph.D., who will lead […]
February 5, 2020

Request quotes for tools in KISSsoft

A new feature is available in Version 2019, Patch C.A that allows the user to directly request quotes for tools in KISSsoft. A report is generated containing all data of the gear to be produced as well as the tool itself, which is available in KISSsoft. Currently the following tool types are supported: hobbing cutters, shaper […]
February 5, 2020

GF Machining Solutions has new director of expanded sales

GF Machining Solutions promoted Peter Eigenmann, former head of sales for the Southeast region, to the position of director of sales and marketing in late 2019. As part of the company’s recent sales and marketing realignment efforts, Eigenmann’s promotion and the organizational changes he has instituted to further improve the company’s customer service and communication […]
February 5, 2020

Liebherr celebrates 50th anniversary in the USA

Liebherr in the United States is celebrating 50 years of success as a leading manufacturer in North America this year. With its 50th anniversary theme “United by Success,” the manufacturer remains focused on its commitment to U.S. customers. Liebherr has been producing in the United States since 1970. The company is one of the leading […]
February 5, 2020