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Archives May 2020


May 2020


Gearwheel manufacturing in a 34-second cycle

By using KAPP NILES gear grinding machines, Volkswagen is making strides in its gearbox production.

Minimizing production times to ensure competitiveness is one of the most important challenges in the automotive industry — Henry Ford already recognized this over a century ago. After decades of optimization, it is difficult to reduce machining times even further while maintaining the same level of quality. Nevertheless, the company Volkswagen (VW), near the German […]
Martin Witzsch

Performance and properties of a new alternative gear steel

Hybrid steels show many interesting properties relevant to gear applications, somewhat depending on the area of application and the working conditions.

In the ongoing strive for light weighting or power densification, high-performance clean steels are showing a significant improvement. As a next step, gear steels that combine several properties, are now proving an interesting alternative. Traditional gear steels achieve their maximum hardness after carburizing and a fast quench. A fast quench usually results in distortion as […]
Lily Kamjou, Joakim Fagerlund, MSc


Changes ahead in the roughness standards

Just when you thought it was safe to calculate a tooth flank surface roughness measurement, think again.

I have written numerous articles on tooth flank surface roughness measurement. This is such a page-turner of a subject! Actually, I was thinking I was done with this topic. After all, I occasionally get a comment that “such and such” gear shop now has a profilometer. In addition, several AGMA or ISO gear standards now have […]
Mark Michaud

Back to basics: Mechanical testing – the tensile test

Understanding that the basic tensile test is used for the design of components, and to validate proper processing.

In the previous article, we discussed hardness testing, and the various methods of hardness testing were illustrated. In this article we discuss the tensile testing. In tensile testing, a specially prepared specimen is readied and tested to destruction. In hardness testing, only a small indentation is made that generally does not affect the function of […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Determining tooth thickness of various gear types – Part II

How to calculate the nominal values of span measurement of teeth in various 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. They are chordal tooth thickness measurement, span measurement, and over pin or ball measurement. For this article, we will […]
Brian Dengel

Q&A with Marcel Geurts

Product manager at Neugart

What’s a typical day like for you at Neugart? I’m product manager here at Neugart. In total, we have four product managers on the team. We are responsible for all the products and market research, and we have two other colleagues who take care of training and software tools. I am responsible for product and […]
Gear Solutions staff


Dillon custom full-grip jaws securely grip any workpieces

Dillon Manufacturing introduces custom full-grip jaws with special heights, diameters, materials, and configuration to securely grip any workpiece. They can provide a matching serration location which is exactly perpendicular to the slots, and a solid gripping surface to provide more friction for drive, with reduced distortion. In addition, these special pie jaws can reduce and […]
May 26, 2020

Web-based software supports virtual teaching for training purposes

It has always been important to GWJ to support and promote teaching and learning. Therefore, GWJ provides the web-based software eAssistant free to universities and other educational institutions for training purposes as well as to students for private use. This gives students the opportunity to work from home without any problems. Now that the universities […]
May 15, 2020

Olympus Scientific Cloud™ v. 3.0 eases corrosion inspection

Data handling can be heavy, disorganized, and complicated, but the Olympus Scientific Cloud (OSC) version 3.0 offers powerful new tools that simplify it, enabling users to leverage the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 for their inspection and analytical applications. Accessed directly from the Olympus-IMS website, users will experience a streamlined UI, a new App […]
May 15, 2020

Exact Metrology offers Leica RTC360 3D laser scanner

Exact Metrology, a comprehensive metrology service provider, announces the immediate availability of the Leica RTC360 3D laser scanner. Manufactured by Leica Geosystems and distributed by Exact Metrology, these portable coordinate measuring machines are designed to measure large-scale objects. This laser scanner uses 3D reality capture. 3D reality capture is a process of scanning and capturing […]
May 15, 2020

Norton Xtrimium™ adds range of solutions for gear grinding issues

Saint-Gobain Abrasives’ Norton Xtrimium™ products provide an expansive range of solutions for challenging gear grinding applications. The Norton Xtrimium™ range of gear solutions is designed for high-performance gear grinding in extreme, tight-tolerance environments. The structured portfolio of gear-grinding products is specifically designed by category to provide higher profile accuracy, supreme form holding, and burn-free grinding in […]
May 15, 2020

Wardwell continues refurbishing, upgrading programs

Wardwell Braiding Co., Rhode Island, a leading manufacturer of wire braiding equipment for more than 100 years, wants to extend its support to customers during this uncertain time and will continue to operate at full capacity. Wardwell understands that many companies have a hold on their budget for new equipment and will continue to offer […]
May 15, 2020

Siemens offers Sinumerik 828D CNC through new program

To offer a fast solution to US-based machine tool builders, system integrators, and retrofitters, Siemens is stocking typical system packages that include the most frequently used Sinumerik 828D CNC, Sinamics drive, Simotics motor, and accessories such as cables in their Elk Grove Village, Illinois, facility to ensure fast and efficient delivery. Additional benefits of ordering […]
May 15, 2020

Exact Metrology offers workplace tips for social distancing

Exact Metrology, a comprehensive metrology service provider, shares helpful safety tips for metrology workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. These tips are courtesy of Jason Kleinhenz, Exact Metrology marketing and training manager. With much of the workforce operating from home, keeping up with quality inspection and reverse engineering is difficult during this time. However, there are […]
May 15, 2020

Kloeckner Metals names Andrea Moseley as new chief financial officer

Kloeckner Metals Corporation, one of the largest steel and metal service centers in North America, promoted Andrea Moseley to chief financial officer, effective April 1. Moseley assumed the role held by longtime Kloeckner Metals employee Kirk Johnson, who retired March 31. Kloeckner Metals’ management board unanimously agreed Moseley will be Johnson’s successor due to her […]
May 15, 2020

Basic powder metallurgy short course registration opens for August class

The powder metallurgy (PM) industry’s leading short course returns to State College, Pennsylvania, this August to bring together new PM employees and those seeking to enhance their depth of knowledge and advance their careers in the industry. This intensive three-day course will run from August 10–12, 2020. This year’s programming will focus on: History, current […]
May 15, 2020

MC Machinery names South Texas regional sales representative

MC Machinery has named manufacturing industry veteran Scott Yurashek as the new South Texas regional sales representative handling laser, automation, and press brake products. Yurashek, who is based in Houston, has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and printing industry sales along with a bachelor’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. “We […]
May 15, 2020

EXSYS Tool celebrates 25th anniversary as CNC tooling supplier

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 like the PRECI-FLEX® modular tool holding system and a wide range of high-precision live and fixed […]
May 15, 2020

KISSsoft seeks beta testers for latest software update

The beta version of KISSsoft is now available for testing. It presents numerous innovations and new features of our software.  This year’s highlights include: Rainflow method for load data analysis. Reliability evaluation with AGMA 6006, VDMA 23904, and Bertsche. Revised tooth root and flank rating according to ISO 6336:2019. Scripting language for automation and extension of calculations. Gearbox […]
May 15, 2020

Sky Hook has lifting solution for social distancing requirements

Maintaining efficiency with a limited or restricted workforce has never been more paramount. With the widespread impact of COVID-19, many companies have temporarily closed their doors or made changes for personal safety, including employees working from home to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. However, essential businesses deemed critical to our current endeavors […]
May 15, 2020

United Grinding introduces Walter Helitronic Raptor

The new Walter Helitronic Raptor from United Grinding Group is a flexible, cost-effective tool grinding solution. Created for the grinding and re-sharpening of rotationally symmetrical tools for the metal and wood industries, the new Helitronic Raptor offers both automation-ready flexibility and an economical, universal design for all-around tool grinding excellence. Developed with the re-sharpening sector […]
May 15, 2020

Suhner offers POLYDrill range of multi-spindle drills

Suhner features several options in its popular multi-spindle lines. Among them is the POLYDrill family, offering a huge selection of multi-spindle heads from the standard range. Fixed and adjustable hole pitches and compact models allow the tool to be used in a variety of situations. In addition, Suhner can supply tool holders from all stock […]
May 15, 2020

Big Kaiser adds sales engineer in the Eastern U.S.

Big Kaiser Precision Tooling has hired Kevin Spring as sales engineer. He is responsible for support and sales in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Spring has more than 15 years of experience as a CNC programmer and manufacturing/project engineer in Pennsylvania and New York. “Whenever possible, we like to strengthen our teams in […]
May 15, 2020

Global Innovative Products launches EDM wire online store

Global Innovative Products (GIP), a recognized leader in EDM wire technologies, has launched its EDM wire online store. High-performance EDM wire provided by GIP enhances EDM operations, efficiency, and performance for all types of EDM machines on the North American market today. As Ramesh Malhotra, owner of GIP, said, “We are taking some very bold […]
May 15, 2020

Forest City Gear donates $3,100 to support Rockford Rescue Mission

Forest City Gear employees raised $1,300 to support the Rockford Rescue Mission’s efforts to respond to the increased need brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Forest City Gear committed to match employees’ donations dollar for dollar, raising the total for this most recent fundraiser to $2,600. That tally, combined with a previous donation of $500 […]
May 6, 2020

Solar Manufacturing joins forces with MetalPro resources

Solar Manufacturing announced MetalPro Resources will assume the role of sales representative for the states of Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. MetalPro Resources consists of three qualified individuals in the field of thermal processing and metallurgy. Jim Senne, Steve Maus, and Bill Andreski bring a combination of more than 100 years of heat-treating knowledge and experience. […]
May 6, 2020

Heidenhain’s new generation TNC 640 control offers forward-looking technology

Heidenhain is bringing to market its new Gen 3 version of its high-end TNC 640 control for machine manufacturers and end users looking for forward-thinking manufacturing capabilities. This control is useful for machines ranging from 3-axis milling to 5-axis simultaneous machining with milling, turning, and grinding operations with up to 24 axes. It is scheduled to be […]
May 6, 2020

New Seco cutters enable smooth, problem-free disc milling

To address the difficulties manufacturers face when performing disc milling operations in hard-to-machine materials, Seco Tools announces a new line of products, the 335.18 and 335.19 disc mill cutter bodies. Close-pitch insert pockets improve stability and productivity, while plug-and-play internal coolant system further ensures the highest tool life and superior chip control. These features, as […]
May 6, 2020

ANCA awards the ANCA Tool of The Year to KV Tooling at EMO 2019

KV Tooling won first place in ANCA’s industry-first competition, ANCA Tool of the Year. The cutting tool industry has refined the craft over the years to design beautiful tools with superior cutting performance. The industry has cultivated applying science to achieve a sub-micron surface finish as well. Pat Boland, ANCA co-founder said, “All finalists were of a […]
May 6, 2020