Archives April 2020


April 2020


Romax Technology

Romax Technology provides class-leading simulation solutions for the design, analysis, testing, and manufacture of electro-mechanical drivetrain systems.

Designing, creating, and manufacturing gears and drive systems can make up a sizeable piece of a manufacturer’s budget. By employing innovative technology as an integral part of the development process, much of that cost can be minimized — this is accomplished through simulation-led design and virtual prototyping. Romax Technology does just that with its leading […]
Kenneth Carter

Micro-skiving – (r)evolution of a known production process

Micro-skiving has been developed that allows users access to the skiving technique for machining inner micro-teeth.

Production of internally toothed gear wheels is possible in many different ways. Different techniques such as gashing, broaching, wire EDM, or shaving make it possible to achieve these profiles. However, skiving seems to be the optimal solution for reducing production time of this type of gears when large production batches are required. This internal gear […]
Pierre Falbriard, Hervé Baour

Chamfer Hobbing Tools Up

With the development of new cutting tool technology, chamfering with hobs has found new life; chamfer hobbing is now the process of choice for chamfering and deburring automotive-size gears in medium and high volumes.

In the last few years, chamfering and deburring have gained new respect and risen to a level of importance equal to that of other processes. Manufacturers of Electrical Vehicle (EV) drive systems, where noise behavior is of paramount importance and hard finishing a must, are keenly aware of how an improperly chamfered and deburred gear […]
Gottfried Klein


Determining tooth thickness of various gear types

How to calculate the nominal values of chordal tooth thickness in all types of gearing.

In order to determine the tooth size of a gear after taking into account the backlash allowance, you first must determine what the nominal tooth thickness should be. There are three methods for determining this value: chordal tooth thickness measurement, span measurement, and over pin or ball measurement. For this article, we will discuss chordal […]
Brian Dengel

Back to basics: Hardness testing, Part 2

Vickers hardness is used for both large-component testing as well as finer measurements of microstructure at very small load; the Knoop hardness test is used for very fine hardness measurements of case depth or microstructural phase fields.

In last month’s Hot Seat article, we began a discussion on the various methods of mechanical property testing. Overall, we are going to discuss hardness testing, tensile testing, and fracture toughness testing. In this article, we will continue the discussion on hardness testing begun last month. Hardness testing is probably the most common type of […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Q&A with Don Carlson

VP of Operations at Ka-Wood Gear & Machine Co.

What’s a typical day like for you at KA-Wood Gear & Machine? We have a very experienced team at Ka-Wood Gear that works with a very diverse customer base. I wear a lot of different hats on a day-to-day basis and deal with anything from answering the phone to working on a $1 million machine […]
Gear Solutions staff

Roughness measurement: Optical vs. contact stylus profilometry

Optical profilometry will become an important tool for predicting gear performance with more research and development of an objective lens to fit into tooth spaces.

To date, I have written several articles on contact stylus profilometry. This roughness measurement technique, when applied to gear flanks, is repeatable and reproducible if the ISO Standards are followed. This is the dominant method of flank roughness measurement currently in the gear industry. The question today is whether optical profilometry is a practical alternative […]
Mark Michaud


Seco Tools expands range of Jetstream Tooling® holders

Seco Tools has expanded its Jetstream Tooling® Integrated (JETI) technology with a complete range of holders for General ISO turning. This easy-to-use internal coolant technology increases tool life dramatically while also shortening setup and indexing times thanks to a new single-screw insert clamp design and the absence of external hoses. By placing high-pressure coolant directly […]
April 28, 2020

Platinum Tooling now represents Henninger Speed Increasers

Platinum Tooling, the importer of live tools, angle heads, marking tools, Swiss tools, and multiple spindle tools manufactured by various global suppliers, is now importing Henninger Speed Increasers for North America. The announcement was made by company President Preben Hansen. Henninger is a manufacturer of specialized equipment and precision machine tool accessories. Spindle speeder types […]
April 15, 2020

MC Machinery announces new regional sales representative

MC Machinery Systems hired Craig Barbeck as a regional sales representative for the Northern Ohio Territory. Barbeck will support the sales team with a focus on laser and press brake products. Barbeck’s strong technical and engineering background provides him with a unique insight into the needs of MC Machinery customers. With more than 15 years’ […]
April 15, 2020

Hexagon acquires CAEfatigue to enhances its simulation solutions

Hexagon AB, a global leader in sensor, software, and autonomous solutions, acquired CAEfatigue Limited, a provider of mechanical fatigue simulation solutions used to improve manufacturing product design, quality, and reliability. Manufactured products face a multitude of stresses over their lifetime that can cause fatigue and result in everything from safety problems to structural failure. For […]
April 15, 2020

Heidenhain high-accuracy ring encoder resists contamination

Heidenhain introduces a new mid-range high-accuracy ring encoder that is suitable for position measurement applications that require high tolerance to contamination but do not demand the accuracy level of an optical encoder. The Heidenhain ERM 2203 is optimized to meet those needs and offers an alternative to the market. The Heidenhain ERM 2203 ring encoders […]
April 15, 2020

Resharpening unit boosts Gleason vertical power skiving machines

Gleason vertical power skiving machines for the production of soft and hardened gears up to 600 mm in workpiece diameter can now be equipped with an on-board cutter resharpening unit to greatly reduce cutter changes and help ensure consistently high quality. A fully integrated on-board cutter resharpening unit is now available for Gleason vertical power […]
April 15, 2020

Registration open for 36th Annual CMSC set for July in New Orleans

The Coordinate Metrology Society® (CMS) opened registration for its 36th annual Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC) scheduled for July 20–24 in New Orleans. The CMSC is a dynamic venue attracting the entire value chain invested in the metrology world from users to industry leaders, technology innovators to measurement service providers. Novice and expert users of […]
April 15, 2020

Motion Industries promotes Greg Cook to executive VP and CFO

Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (GPC), has promoted Greg Cook to executive vice president and chief financial officer of Motion Industries. Cook joined Motion Industries as senior vice president and CFO in November 2016 and quickly worked to […]
April 15, 2020

Reliable part deburring, cleaning and drying on a 15-second cycle

As a cost-efficient answer to continually increasing demands on the absence of burrs and particulate cleanliness, Ecoclean has developed the EcoCvelox system. Its modular design allows a custom configuration and subsequent expansion, at any time, of equipment from a single source to provide a combined high-pressure deburring, cleaning, and drying capability. Cycle times of only […]
April 15, 2020

New machines to debut at Mazak Midwest DISCOVER event

Mazak Corporation said it will host its first DISCOVER MORE WITH MAZAK technology and education event of the year at the Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, on May 5-6, 2020. Featuring the Midwestern debut of several machine tools, the show will also highlight the North American debut of the all-new VARIAXIS C-600, a full […]
April 15, 2020

Ceratizit to showcase High Dynamic Turning with Free Turn at IMTS

In September 2019, Ceratizit launched the first standard range of products for its innovative High Dynamic Turning (HDT) with FreeTurn process. The tool manufacturer has taken the next step in revolutionizing turning. Ceratizit was joined by leading machine tool and control system manufacturers as well as providers of CAD/CAM systems. This new development is now […]
April 15, 2020

EXSYS Canada to display Preci-Flex toolholding at Montreal show

EXSYS Canada, Ltd. will feature its powerful Preci-Flex® modular toolholding system at Booth 558 at the Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show (MMTS) 2020 in Montreal, Quebec, May 11-13. Visitors who attend the show will experience how the Preci-Flex modular system offers unmatched flexibility, precision and cost savings. As the original multifunction tool system on the market […]
April 15, 2020

Redesigned KISSsoft website focuses on customers

With the launch of its new website, KISSsoft AG is focusing its strategy on digitizing the customer section and presenting a clearly structured and easy-to-use information and download platform. KISSsoft.com offers revised content, additional services and functions, and a clear structure as well as a sleek new appearance. With eight language versions, it aims to […]
April 15, 2020

NORD Gear showcases supply chain solutions at MODEX 2020

NORD Gear Corporation, a world leader in gear reducers, electric motors, and variable frequency drives (VFDs), showcased a variety of its solutions for the supply chain industry at MODEX 2020. Sponsored by MHI, MODEX brings together manufacturing, material handling, and supply chain professionals from around the globe. NORD’s intelligent drive solutions help some of the […]
April 15, 2020

Hexagon releases PC-DMIS 2020 R1 software

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division launched PC-DMIS 2020 R1, the latest edition of the world’s most popular measurement software. PC-DMIS 2020 R1 brings new features, capabilities and an enhanced user experience to portable measuring arm operators and those who scan and create point cloud data. The new feature ‘Guided Portable Execution’ streamlines the creation and execution […]
April 15, 2020

ASME offers reduced partial-year membership rate for new members

Join ASME by May 30 and enjoy access to all of its valuable member benefits at a reduced partial-year rate, plus receive a free gift. ASME’s membership year runs from October to September. This reduced partial year rate offer is for membership through September 30, 2020. ASME offers the right information and resources to succeed, […]
April 15, 2020

KISSsoft, FunctionBay combine for joint toolkits for gear, bearing models

FunctionBay and KISSsoft have been working several years to combine forces and create synergies. Now, they offer their joint RecurDyn toolkits called GearKS and BearingKS. These new products enable engineers to improve the accuracy of the gear and bearing models when simulating the dynamic behavior of gearboxes. This improvement is necessary to stay on top […]
April 15, 2020

GWJ Technology has new aid for calculation of gearbox systems

As one of the global leaders of calculation software for gears and gearboxes, GWJ Technology, Germany, introduces a new and enhanced version of its system calculation for complete gear drives. The new SystemManager version — an extension of the standard calculation software eAssistant and TBK — allows users to create shaft geometries using background graphics. […]
April 15, 2020

Lloyd Instruments offers LS5 high speed universal testing machine

A new single-column universal testing machine from Lloyd Instruments provides ultra-high-speed testing along with flexibility, reliability, and highly accurate test results. The machine can provide results for all materials testing applications up to 5 kN, supporting test types such as tensile, compression, bend, friction, tearing, peeling, insertion/extraction, creep/relaxation, and many others. With a test and […]
April 6, 2020

Exsys Tool Inc. celebrates 25th anniversary

Exsys Tool Inc., the exclusive importer of Eppinger tool holders, adapters, and specialty products, celebrates its 25th anniversary in June. For a quarter-century, Exsys has served as an industry-leading supplier of CNC tooling and tool holders, including innovative products such as the PRECI-FLEX® modular tool holding system, and a wide range of high-precision live and […]
April 6, 2020

KISSsoft presents features for future engineers

These days, engineering studies should include the use of modern relevant software. For mechanical engineering students, these are mainly CADs and calculation programs. It is a matter of concern to present KISSsoft to future engineers during their studies. A software cannot replace learning the calculation methods “by hand,” however, such a program can multiply the […]
April 6, 2020

Starrett introduces high throughput rotary table springs force tester

L.S. Starrett Company, a leading global manufacturer of precision hand tools/gages, a range of force testing, metrology equipment, and more, has launched a newly designed rotary table springs force tester. The system is set up to test multiple springs in a single setup without the need for additional operator input as required when springs are […]
April 6, 2020

Ultra-fast 3D white light scanning comes to Hexagon’s Absolute Arm

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division launched the RS-SQUARED Area Scanner for the Absolute Arm — pairing for the first time an area scanner with a portable measurement arm. Designed for high-speed scanning of simple shapes and surfaces, the RS-SQUARED can measure parts faster than conventional laser scanners and even other structured light scanners. By combining the flexibility of a portable arm […]
April 6, 2020