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Archives June 2020


June 2020


Ka-Wood Gear & Machine

For the last century, Ka-Wood Gear & Machine has been manufacturing precision gear products that include spur, helical, and worm gears, as well as producing spline shafts, racks, timing belt pulleys, and sprockets for a vast array of  industries.

It’s not every company that can boast it’s been in business for a century, and that milestone is not something the owners of Ka-Wood Gear & Machine take for granted. Those 10 decades were filled with a lot of ups and downs for the gear industry, but being able to change with the times while […]
Kenneth Carter

Optimization of asymmetric tooth root generated with protuberance hob

Demonstrating the construction and optimization of the tooth root fillet while leaving required grinding stock on the involute tooth flanks.

The Direct Gear Design [1] method optimizes various parameters and elements of gear tooth geometry to achieve the required gear-drive performance. One such critical element of the tooth profile is the root fillet. Previous publications had considered asymmetric tooth root fillet optimization assuming the tooth involute flanks and root fillets are processed (machined) simultaneously. However, […]
Dr. Alexander Kapelevich, Dr. Yuriy Shekhtman

Long hob cost savings over the length of a job

Comparing the influence of geometric variations in physical hob size on tool life; specifically, the overall length of the hob.

Manufacturers consider many factors when shopping for a gear hob solution: What material is being cut? What is the pitch of the part? Will the hob be delivered on time, and what will it cost? Unless the job is hot and lead time is critical, the cost of the tool tends to be the deciding […]
Michael Weas

Conjugate Action Law in Intersected-Axes Gear Pairs and in Crossed-Axes Gear Pairs

Dealing with geometrically-accurate gears with parallel-axes gear sets, intersected-axes gear sets, and with crossed-axes gear sets.

The article deals with the kinematics and the geometry of geometrically-accurate gearing (with perfect gearing). Considered at the beginning for parallel-axes involute gearing, conjugate action law later on is formulated for intersected-axes gearing (straight bevel gearing, spiral bevel gearing, and so forth), as well as for crossed-axes gearing (hypoid gearing, spiroid gearing, worm gearing, and […]
Dr. Stephen P. Radzevich Ph.D., Dr. (Eng) Sci.


Determining tooth thickness of various gear types – Part III

How to calculate the nominal values of over-pin or ball measurement of teeth for 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: chordal tooth thickness measurement, span measurement, and over-pin or ball measurement. For this article, we will discuss measurement over […]
Brian Dengel

Back to basics – Toughness testing of material

The Charpy impact test determines the amount of energy absorbed by a material during fracture. 

In the last series of articles, we discussed hardness testing and tensile testing. In these applications, the loading is a static load over a short time duration. All the forces on the body are in equilibrium. However, in many applications, a static load is not what the part experiences in service. In dynamic loading, the […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

The challenges of generic deburring vs. CAVF deburring

CAVF allows use of HDNA media, which has a low attrition rate, keeping its shape and size much longer and reducing fear of media lodging problems.

Relative to gear hobbing, shaving, and/or post heat-treat grinding to generate accurate tooth morphology there may come a time wherein vibratory deburring is a requirement to remove adherent burrs.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of generic deburring as opposed to chemically accelerated vibratory finishing (CAVF), and why would you consider one option compared to […]
William P. Nebiolo

Q&A with Aaron-Michael Eller

Product Manager – ISO Turning & Advanced Materials at Seco Tools

What’s a typical day like for you at Seco Tools? It’s a little bit different now since the Coronavirus hit. We all have a little bit different way of working. There are a lot more virtual meetings and things like that. Generally, in the office, the main thing I’m doing is checking the numbers to […]
Gear Solutions staff


REGO-FIX introduces compact reCool® ERAX coolant-through solution

REGO-FIX USA recently announced the extension of its reCool® line of coolant-through systems for live tooling on CNC lathes with reCool ERAX. Designed for driven tools with externally threaded nuts, this productive toolholding solution gives conventional lathes coolant-through capabilities in minutes with minimal loss (approximately 10mm) of machining range or additional interference. First developed as […]
June 25, 2020

Wayland Additive offers new way for metal PBF AM

Wayland Additive has been working on the development of an entirely new powder bed fusion (PBF) process for metal AM that minimizes the existing limitations current users have to work around. When considering the existing two PBF technologies — laser PBF and traditional eBeam PBF — NeuBeam offers a new way, a third way. PBF […]
June 15, 2020

ZeroTouch metrology platform processes faster than conventional

Conventional measurement systems such as coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) are typically used for quality control in various industries. Most traditional contact-based inspection systems are characterized by long measurement cycle times. Changeovers to measure other parts and the attendant programming also add to the delay. Further, contact-based measurement technologies are not suitable for generating large amounts […]
June 15, 2020

Mazak helps Kentucky manufacturer with disinfection system

In response to a neighboring company’s request for a collaboration, machine tool manufacturer Mazak Corporation provided some much-needed materials and production capacity for the development of a new UV-C LED surface disinfection system. Designed by AquiSense Technologies in Erlanger, Kentucky, the PearlSurface system uses an extremely powerful UV light to sterilize N95 face masks and […]
June 15, 2020

Ipsen USA announces new director of human resources

Ipsen has hired Janet Nanni, PHR, SHRM-CP, as its new director of human resources. Nanni stepped into this role after the May 6 retirement of longtime Ipsen HR director Nancy Kolar. Nanni is responsible for managing all personnel and human resources programs for Ipsen USA, which includes locations in Illinois and Pennsylvania. Before joining Ipsen, […]
June 15, 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 […]
June 15, 2020

CMS and PrecisionPath Consortium launch 3D measurement survey

The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) in collaboration with the PrecisionPath Consortium (PPC) is seeking users and managers of CMMs, industrial scanners, and portable metrology systems to participate in a study. The two groups have launched a 3D Measurement Industry-at-large Survey. Participants can take the survey using the button found on either the CMS or PPC website to contribute to this study. […]
June 15, 2020

KISSsoft addresses changes in ISO-6336 with new software release

ISO 6336 is the most important standard for the strength calculation of cylindrical gears. Parts one (principles, general influence factors), two (flank), and three (root) were revised and republished in 2019. Compared to the previous version, the changes in the calculated safeties are in some cases significant and will influence the design of gears as well […]
June 15, 2020

Optomec announces aluminum 3D printing capability using DED

Optomec, a leading, privately-held global supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing (AM) equipment and software announced an advancement in capability for the company’s LENS Directed Energy Deposition (DED) systems relative to AM and repair of aluminum alloys. This innovation can be used to deposit any aluminum alloy, including those recently developed specifically for improved properties, with […]
June 15, 2020

Heidenhain partners with Applied Motion on ventilator project

In a collaborative effort to support the healthcare industry during the COVID-19 crisis, Heidenhain is working with Applied Motion Products, Inc. to expedite critical components to a large manufacturer of ventilators. Now in various stages of delivery, the Applied Motion Products’ StepSERVO Integrated Motors equipped with Heidenhain’s RENCO encoders are making their way into the […]
June 15, 2020

Big Kaiser offers free remote support for Speroni users

While current travel and visitor restrictions are upending the normal schedule of service calls to manufacturers, a remote maintenance session may be just the fix. Big Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. is providing limited free maintenance support for all models of Speroni tool presetters. The live, one-on-one video conference — using apps such as FaceTime, Microsoft […]
June 15, 2020

AMF tools available from Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc.

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc., the North American importer of precision live tools, angle heads, and multi-spindle drill heads, has immediate availability of marking and cleaning tools from European partner Andreas Maier, under the AMF brand. Preben Hansen, president of Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc., said, “This development brings additional products to our current customers and responds […]
June 15, 2020

Exact Metrology offers customer support through videos

Exact Metrology, a comprehensive metrology service provider, is offering free training videos on the company’s YouTube channel. During these trying times, the company has started creating a series of training, tips, and tricks, unboxing, and product videos to provide additional information to their clients. Find the videos at Users are encouraged to bookmark the […]
June 15, 2020

Radzevich publishes second edition of ‘High-Conformal Gearing’

The second edition of High-Conformal Gearing, by Dr. Stephen P. Radzevich, continues to address the kinematics and the geometry of conformal (Novikov) gearing and high-conformal gearing. The book deals with gears that feature convex-to-concave contact of the tooth flanks of a gear and a mating pinion. Gears of this type are commonly referred to as conformal gearings. […]
June 15, 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 […]
June 15, 2020

Glebar thrufeed grinding machine processes carbide cutting blanks

Driven by solution-oriented leadership and skilled engineering staff, precision centerless grinding solution provider Glebar Company developed a new machine platform capable of processing carbide cutting blanks. Noticing market studies that indicated a healthy growth cycle in the specialty carbide cutting tool industry, especially in the aerospace sector, Glebar went to work to innovate a new […]
June 15, 2020

Helios introduces Hera 500 CNC gear hobbing machine

Helios Gear Products now offers the Helios Hera 500 CNC gear hobbing machine for the North American market. This machine, built by YG Tech, offers gear manufacturers a versatile vertical gear cutting solution for medium to large parts. David Harroun, vice president of Helios, said, “The Hera 500 suits job shops, gear box repair shops, […]
June 15, 2020

Heidenhain’s 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 […]
June 15, 2020

United Grinding launches Summer Promotion 2020 program

To ensure North America manufacturers have the machines they need to stay productive and ahead of the competition, United Grinding North America is offering a summer of savings through discounts and incentives that run from May 1 through August 31. The company’s Summer Promotion 2020 program encompasses highly versatile tool grinding systems from Walter, extremely […]
June 15, 2020

Big Kaiser releases two new chip-breaker inserts to improve finishes

Big Kaiser Precision Tooling released two new insert chip-breaker types designed to improve surface finish in long-chipping materials. Long chips that are difficult to evacuate can lead to poor surface finishes when chips are dragged around by the tool. Insert life can be severely reduced if these chips are re-cut by the insert, and in […]
June 15, 2020

GF strengthens sales support with organizational changes

As part of its continued efforts to provide the highest level of customer support, GF Machining Solutions made several significant promotions within its sales team. These changes include individuals at the sales management level as well as in the company’s Central, Northeast, and Southeast regions. Within the GF sales management team, Dan Pilolla will assume […]
June 15, 2020

Gas nitriding furnace installed at Solar Atmospheres

To support an increasing demand for high-value gas nitriding, Solar Atmospheres, Souderton, Pennsylvania, has installed a new, state-of-the-art vacuum gas nitriding furnace built by sister company Solar Manufacturing. The front-loading furnace incorporates the latest nitriding and recipe system from Solar Manufacturing. The automated controls meet AMS2759/10, Automated Gaseous Nitriding Controlled by Nitrogen Potential, in addition […]
June 15, 2020

Bel Air Finishing offers latest HP 3D post-processing methods

3D printing has become an increasingly viable form of mass production in a wide range of industries. Therefore, the need for the fully automated mass finishing of 3D printed parts is growing – and manufacturers are having a hard time keeping up with the latest mass finishing technologies. Bel Air Finishing is a manufacturer of […]
June 15, 2020

STLE elects Paul Hetherington as 2020-21 president

The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) — the technical society serving individuals, companies, and organizations that comprise the tribology and lubrication engineering business sector — announced Paul Hetherington, CLS, manager, technical services, Canada, for Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc., a HollyFrontier Business, and former treasurer, secretary and vice president of STLE, will assume the role of 2020-2021 president effective […]
June 15, 2020

New Gage-Chek available for basic metrology applications

With its rugged industrial design, Heidenhain’s new shop-floor hardened Gage-Chek 2000 evaluation electronics box is now available. Offered as a plug-and-play embedded system along with Heidenhain-brand encoders including length gages, this solid metrology unit provides reliable basic measurement of 1D values. The new Gage-Chek 2000 is well-suited for positioning tasks on many applications, from typical measuring rooms […]
June 15, 2020

Bourn & Koch, Inc. names Blake Consdorf president

Bourn & Koch Inc. appointed Blake Consdorf company president, effective April 2020. Consdorf was most recently president & CEO of Felsomat USA, Inc. He brings more than 20 years of relevant industry and leadership experience in machine tools and automation to Bourn & Koch. Prior to Felsomat, Consdorf was divisional president of Acieta, LLC, a […]
June 8, 2020

Home Trainer Webinars offer cost-free live gear technology training

In March 2020, Gleason conducted the first Home Trainer Webinar as a cost-free customer service to support gear manufacturers during COVID-19 times, especially directed at missed training opportunities and employees being confined to their home offices. With a fantastic number of participants to date, it has become a very successful and well-received alternative to face-to-face […]
June 8, 2020

Walter offers time-saving tool cleaning and laser marking modules

To further increase efficiency of the manufacture and final inspection of cutting tools, Walter Helicheck Plus and Helicheck Pro machines feature new modules for tool cleaning and laser marking. Both modules, from United Grinding North America, are incorporated into, and work in tandem with, the machine’s robot loader to shorten overall production time. Because cleanliness […]
June 8, 2020

Bel Air develops high speed cellular deburring and polishing

In order to help manufacturers increase throughput, decrease cost, and the increase quality of metal parts, Bel Air has developed its centrifugal disc finishers. These machines are designed to both polish and deburr a wide range of materials including brass, copper, steel, stainless steel, aluminum, kovar, titanium, and many more. They have been proven effective […]
June 8, 2020

Jumat cylindrical grinding offers speed, versatility

Using a Junker Jumat 3000 cylindrical grinding machine, Kratzer GmbH & Co. KG is able to manufacture highly complex workpieces for dual-clutch gearboxes in less time. The grinding machine concept from Junker, which has been precisely tailored to the customer’s requirements, carries out flexible grinding operations with extreme precision. On a Junker Jumat 3000, Kratzer […]
June 8, 2020