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March 2020



Starting out almost a century ago by making clock parts, Neugart now develops, produces, and sells planetary gearboxes and custom gearboxes all around the world to a variety of industries.

Gearboxes are, quite literally, the driving force for dozens of industries, and Neugart makes reliable, quality gearboxes that have helped push the family-owned company into the global arena. A large part of that success is due to Neugart’s ability to create gearboxes using a modular design. “It’s that modular design that allows us to pretty […]
Kenneth Carter

Opportunities of Efficiency Improvement by the Use of Hydro Lubricants

While searching for a material that meets all of the general and branch-specific lubrication requirements, water is a visionary, yet obvious, raw material available worldwide that’s non-toxic and non-combustible.

1 Introduction Although different base oil types exist in the market and are widely in use, the majority of industrial lubricants are still based on mineral oils due primarily to low cost and easy miscibility with other oils. However, despite their widespread use, conventional lubricants reach functional limits in various scenarios. In addition to the […]
Matthias Pfadt, Elena von Horsten, Balasubramaniam Vengudusamy

Advantages of flat broaching machines

Flat broach manufacturing is a tooling option that offers some advantages to circular broaching, but the tools need to maintain optimum sharpness in order to be effective.

A broaching machine requires precision broaching tools to increase productivity and efficiency. New broaching tools can be expensive and difficult to customize. Continuous use quickly dulls broach tools, and sharpening services can be time-consuming. If a broaching tool is cracked, bent, or otherwise seriously damaged, sharpening services are no longer capable of restoring the tooling. […]
Jeff Burg


Rotorcraft gearbox regulations: LOL (not what you think)

The European Union’s CS-29 Amendment 7 places more stringent and rigorous testing requirements for certification of Category A type pressurized gearboxes under loss of lubrication conditions compared to the previous regulation.

For more than a decade, one of the most intensively researched subjects in aerospace engineering has been LOL. No, we are not talking about “laughing out loud.” We are talking about a rotorcraft gearbox loss of lubrication event.  An LOL event occurs when a pressurized lubrication system for a gearbox fails and endangers continued flight […]
Mark Michaud

Q&A with Jack Conway

President at Atlanta Gear Works

What’s a typical day like for you at Atlanta Gear Works? There really is not a typical day.  We are an extension of the maintenance department for large manufacturing facilities with process-critical gearboxes. So, though we always hope a day will go as planned, any day can change with a phone call from a customer […]
Gear Solutions staff

Back to basics: Hardness testing, Part 1

Each type of hardness test is geared toward a specific purpose. The Rockwell testers are suitable for general purpose testing of parts and sheet, while the Brinell tester is suitable for larger components or raw materials.

In a series of Hot Seat articles, we are going to discuss the various methods of mechanical property testing. We will be covering hardness testing, tensile testing, and fracture toughness testing. In this article and next month’s article, we will discuss hardness testing. Hardness testing is probably the most common type of mechanical test performed […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

What is a standard anyway?

Gear standards are technical documents that are developed by governing bodies in order to set rules, guidelines, and definitions for the production, assembly, and inspection of gears — but they can vary depending on where you are.

There is an old adage that goes: “Everything old is new again.” This is commonly used when a fad — like bell-bottom blue jeans — comes back into favor after a period of time. Conversely, there are constants, like Friday night football, that become more of a tradition and never go out of style. These […]
Brian Dengel


New Siemens gear motor drive offers control and safety, saves space

Siemens introduces the Sinamics G110M, a motor-integrated drive for Simogear gear motors, offering flexible control, integrated safety, simple installation, and a space-saving design. With a high degree of protection — up to IP66 — this new gear motor drive provides the perfect solution to most material handling-related challenges, including conveyors, warehousing, logistics, baggage, and cargo […]
March 27, 2020

MC Machinery adds sales representative for portions of Texas

MC Machinery has hired Shannon Morris as a regional sales representative for north/central Texas and a portion of east Texas. Morris has extensive industry knowledge to help support local customers and increase MC Machinery product sales. With 28 years of outside sales experience, Morris has acquired a comprehensive background in sales and account management. Her […]
March 15, 2020

Request quotes for tools a new feature in latest KISSsoft update

A new feature 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 cutters, and power skiving tools — others […]
March 15, 2020

Starrett upgrades popular benchtop optical comparator

The L.S. Starrett Company, a global manufacturer of precision hand tools and gages, metrology systems, and more, has expanded the Horizontal X-Axis Travel on its HB400 benchtop optical comparator from 12 inches to 16 inches (300mm to 400mm), providing users the versatility to measure larger parts on its workstage. Available with optical edge detection, the […]
March 15, 2020

Klingelnberg to take part in Bearing World conference

Bearing World, the international rolling and plain bearing conference for “Industrial Research and Science in Dialogue with Practical Application,” is taking place for the third time, dedicated to all bearing types and all involved components. The two-day symposium is organized by the FVA — Forschungsvereinigung Antriebstechnik e.V. The mechanical engineering company Klingelnberg is taking part […]
March 15, 2020

Liebherr celebrates 50 years of business in the United States

Liebherr in the United States is celebrating 50 years of success as a leading manufacturer in North America. With its 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 North American suppliers […]
March 15, 2020

Ewag Laser Line Ultra simplifies micro cutting production

As products grow thinner and lighter to meet the needs of the electronics, medical, and micromechanics industries, United Grinding and Ewag have developed the Laser Line Ultra for machining the incredibly precise microtools required for these applications. Specializing in the laser fabrication of cutting tools made of hard and ultrahard materials such as tungsten carbide […]
March 15, 2020

Direct access to SKF bearing data now available in KISSsoft

Recently, the Swedish rolling bearing manufacturer SKF and the Swiss gearbox design software developer KISSsoft joined forces. The KISSsoft Release 2019 offers the possibility to calculate bearing performance by SKF through a cloud calculation service (Module WPK and WB1). Bearing rating life and other performance parameters are calculated based on direct access to SKF bearing geometry data and […]
March 15, 2020

Buehler celebrates 100-year anniversary of Wilson® Hardness

Buehler, a leading manufacturer of metallographic and hardness testing equipment, is commemorating and celebrating the centennial legacy of its Wilson® hardness testers. The Wilson® brand encompasses Reicherter, Wilson, and Wolpert products. Today, they are all known as Wilson and engineered and manufactured by Buehler, an ITW Company. The acclaimed Wilson hardness brand was originally known as the […]
March 15, 2020

Extruder flanges extend versatility of Maxxdrive® gear units

Extrusion has established itself as one of the most important manufacturing techniques in the production and processing of rubber and thermoplastics. To provide these industries with the high output torque their heavy-duty applications demand, Nord Gear Corporation manufactures several extruder flanges for its Maxxdrive® industrial gear units. The extruder flange option is available with Maxxdrive […]
March 15, 2020

Big Kaiser donates to National Robotics League to grow next-gen workers

Customers and partners of Big Kaiser Precision Tooling teamed up to generate a $7,283 donation to benefit the National Robotics League (NRL). The amount is nearly 10 percent more than last year, and the fourth year-over-year increase in NRL funding from Big Kaiser. The donation is a 2 percent match of all qualified orders from […]
March 15, 2020

Glebar announces new microgrinder for medical device industry

The CAM.3 builds upon Glebar’s 68-year history of providing grinding solutions to the medical device industry. A revolution in micro grinding, the CAM.3 is built for speed, allowing customers to increase production rates and maximize uptime while delivering micro geometries and superb surface finish. The CAM.3 represents a new era of micro grinders and medical […]
March 15, 2020

United Grinding rebuilds new productivity into machines

After 14 years in service, a Studer S40 grinding machine that had more than 45,000 hours of run time now produces precision components to tolerances it achieved when brand new. The Studer factory in Switzerland performed the rebuild that involved completely overhauling the machine, and while doing so also provided the machine’s owner, LMT Kieninger, […]
March 15, 2020

FOBA upgrades portfolio with Y.0200-S fiber laser marking system

FOBA understands manufacturers’ varying needs for direct part marking and intends to solve many of their unique laser identification requirements. The new system is ideal for demanding production schedules — especially in the electronics and automotive supplies or metal and plastics processing industries. FOBA’s Y.0200-S marking system can keep pace with the legal ID specifications […]
March 15, 2020

Solar Manufacturing ships two all-metal hot zone furnaces

Solar Manufacturing recently built and shipped two furnaces to Tennessee for service to the medical and additive manufacturing industries. The models HFL-3848-EQ and HFL-3836-EQ both feature metallic-insulated hot zones, a load weight capacity up to 2,000 pounds, and a maximum operating temperature of 2,400°F. Measuring 24” wide x 24” high x 48” deep, and 24” […]
March 15, 2020

New hyperMILL® Suite offers 3D, 5-axis enhancements

Open Mind Technologies AG, a leading developer of CAD/CAM software solutions worldwide, has introduced hyperMILL® 2020.1, a new version of its advanced, comprehensive CAD/CAM software suite. In addition to powerful 3D and 5-axis machining enhancements for complex part manufacture, the new version increases ease-of-use and overall programming performance, and includes key new automation and additive […]
March 15, 2020

MC Machinery hires regional sales representative

Mark Kauffman has joined the MC Machinery team as a regional sales representative for Southern California, Nevada, and New Mexico. Kauffman’s industry expertise will help him work to increase product sales and customer satisfaction. With more than 30 years of experience in the metal fabrication industry, Kauffman is an accomplished member of the industry. His […]
March 15, 2020

Schunk offers sealed miniature clamping module

Schunk has developed a completely sealed miniature clamping module specifically for compact applications in the metal cutting industry, assembly, and handling, as well as for measurement technology. It combines compact dimensions, high pull-down and holding forces, a high dimensional stability, and a high repeat accuracy of < 0.005 mm. The VERO-S NSE mikro 49-13 is […]
March 15, 2020

Big Kaiser adds new carbide inserts to its tool offering

Big Kaiser Precision Tooling is adding more than 30 pressed-geometry carbide inserts for its tools. The new insert design is the result of extensive research and testing. The new grades and geometries offer:  Improved chip control due to optimized chip breakers, even when boring gummy materials such as low-carbon or stainless steel. Improved coatings for […]
March 15, 2020

GF Machining showcases milling, EDM offerings at MD&M West 2020

At this year’s Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West 2020, GF Machining Solutions demonstrated its MIKRON HSM 200U LP (linear performance) milling machine with pallet changer (PCH) and CUT E350 wire EDM. Both high-productivity, high-precision machines represent two key operations within GF’s complete line of medical component processing solutions that provide medical manufacturers with a […]
March 15, 2020

Exact Metrology set to open new center in Moline, Illinois

Exact Metrology, a comprehensive metrology services provider, is adding a new facility. With existing facilities in Brookfield, Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio; and one upcoming in Texas, the company will have a center in Moline, Illinois. The new location was scheduled to open March 1, 2020. The need for a new space arose from the increasing number […]
March 15, 2020

Omax team earns Best Paper at Water Jet 2019 conference

Three members of the OMAX® research and development team, Michael Lo, Kevin Hay, and Dr. Axel Henning, won Best Paper at the Water Jet 2019 conference in the Czech Republic. The paper, titled “Particle Velocity in Abrasive Waterjets,” examines abrasive speed data to help improve understanding of particle acceleration behavior in abrasive waterjet (AWJ) nozzles. […]
March 15, 2020

Retech Systems LLC relocates headquarters to Buffalo, N.Y.

Retech Systems LLC (Seco/Warwick Group) has finalized plans to relocate its headquarters from Ukiah, California, to Buffalo, New York. The world’s leading supplier of plasma cold hearth and electron beam furnaces will set up its manufacturing and research and development in the new facility to produce innovative melting furnaces for global distribution. Retech, a Seco/Warwick […]
March 15, 2020

GF Machining Solutions has new director of expanded sales

GF Machining Solutions recently promoted Peter Eigenmann to director of expanded sales. 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 supports GF Machining Solutions’ ongoing commitment to quality, innovation and long-term growth in market […]
March 15, 2020

Monaghan’s top speed ring allows 70% higher feed rates

Monaghan Tooling Group introduces its easily assembled top speed ring, a reamer that allows up to 70 percent higher feed rates than traditional cutting rings. These modular top speed rings require no setting, so they are ready to use right out of the box. They have a diameter range from 50,600 mm – 225,000 mm […]
March 15, 2020

Hexagon offers TubeShaper update for tube design, production

Leading metrology software and hardware developer Hexagon released a much-anticipated update to tube design, analysis, and production platform TubeShaper. This new version delivers important new functionalities to customers in tube and pipe manufacturing, including inspection of rectangle-section tubes and new reporting functionality. TubeShaper v2 also offers an innovative new licensing concept that makes it more […]
March 9, 2020

General Magnaplate announces new chief operating officer

General Magnaplate, a global leader in engineered coatings technology, has appointed Ashley Saunders Russo chief operating officer. Russo has been responsible for consolidating Magnaplate’s operations through the merging of the Linden, New Jersey, and the Arlington, Texas, facilities and will continue to oversee ongoing business operations. Candi Aversenti will retain her position as CEO, and […]
March 9, 2020

Buehler kicks off 2020 educational series in March

Buehler, an ITW Company and a global industrial manufacturer of metallographic equipment and the Wilson hardness tester line, has announced the 2020 Hardness Webinar Series. The first webinar in the series will be conducted in English, German, and French and offered on several dates and time zones in March, beginning March 10. The webinar will explore hardness […]
March 9, 2020

Klingelnberg will bring its expertise to Control 2020 in May

Control International Trade Fair for Quality Assurance, a key professional event concerning industrial quality assurance now in its 34th year, will open its doors in Stuttgart May 5-8. System-supplier Klingelnberg will be there, presenting its portfolio of products and services. Alongside the tried-and-tested solutions, Klingelnberg will also be exhibiting a number of solutions in new […]
March 9, 2020

GF demonstrates AM production and EDM cut-off solutions at AMUGexpo 2020

GF Machining Solutions will show its DMP Flex 350 metal 3D printer and its new AgieCharmilles CUT AM 500 horizontal wire Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) at 2020 AMUGexpo. These high-precision machines combine to create a complete automation-ready additive process that includes the ability to quickly and accurately separate parts from build plates without the use […]
March 9, 2020