Archives July 2020


July 2020


Solberg Manufacturing

Solberg Manufacturing creates quality filtration solutions in most industrial market segments that can improve the performance and longevity of critical machinery, including vacuum pumps, blowers, fans, compressors, and engines.

Whether a company’s essential equipment takes up a table top or fills a cavernous production facility, its inner rotating components need protection from airborne contaminants. Equipment that does not have the proper filtration at best will not work properly, and, at worst, will break down completely, causing work delays and a dent in the company’s […]
Kenneth Carter

Tooth root testing of steels with high cleanliness

For applications with a high manufacturing and surface quality, high quality steels show a high potential for increasing the load carrying capacity as well as power density.

The power density of gearboxes is continuously increased through different research activities. Besides new material developments, steel cleanliness comes to the forefront in order to meet future requirements regarding load carrying capacity of gears. The experimental quantification of load carrying potentials for high quality steels is the basis for introducing cleanliness as a design parameter. […]
Moritz Trippe, Christoph Lopenhaus, Christian Brecher, Lily Kamjou, Elias Lothman

Inspection & Metrology: Promoting manufacturing efficiency with 3D optical metrology

Woodward Inc., with more than 50 years heritage in the aerospace industry, is a leader in developing and delivering motion control and integrated propulsion systems. Much of its success can be attributed to its unique approach to applying total system solutions in meeting the needs of its customers and staying at the forefront of the industries it serves.

Woodward Inc. works with leading optical metrology instrument supplier ZYGO to “tune” its manufacturing processes by leveraging precise 3D surface data. In many cases, the insight gained by using 3D optical metrology has improved Woodward’s component design, quality, and overall product performance. Through this technology, Woodward has been able to identify key characteristics of its […]
Michael Schmidt

Inspection & Metrology: Laser interferometry – An enabling technology for optimized automated manufacturing

Precision Beryllium mirror manufacturer Cambridge Technology explains how the use of best-in-class interferometry hardware and software solutions have streamlined its manufacturing processes and added efficiencies, as well as time and cost-savings, across the company.

Technological advances over recent years have elevated metrology from being a “necessary evil” in manufacturing scenarios to enabling technologies, allowing the measurement of previously impossible part characteristics and, therefore, driving innovation across numerous industry sectors. It is arguable that best-in-class metrology solutions are the catalyst that drive the trend toward miniaturization, higher precision, faster throughput, […]
Michael Schmidt

Tooling & Workholding: Why precision clamping matters

How a workpiece is held throughout its manufacturing process
is key to achieving the desired result.

Precision clamping devices can be custom designed for applications and can vary over a wide range of industries. David Jones, precision workholding manager for Emuge Corp. in West Boylston, Massachusetts, talked with Gear Solutions about the importance of workholding and designing precision clamping devices. What role does precision workholding have at Emuge Corp.? We are […]
Kenneth Carter

Tooling & Workholding: Improving tool holder performance

The proper holder performance is vital in a wide range of tooling applications. To help keep chances of error to a minimum, check out these 10 tips from the experts at BIG KAISER.

The four critical requirements for tool holders are clamping force, concentricity, rigidity, and balance for high-spindle speeds. When these factors are dialed in just right, there’s nearly no chance of holder error and considerable cost reduction is achieved thanks to longer tool life and reduction of down-time due to tool changes. Easier said than done, […]
Big Kaiser

Why selective plating stops gears from grinding to a halt

Gears are a crucial part of many machines, and if they wear and corrode beyond repair, then it can be a costly expense to replace them. Brush plating can help prevent gears from being damaged, and the process can be used to restore worn or corroded gear components.

When problems occur with gears, maintenance engineers know how much of a headache they can be to fix. During the manufacturing stage, despite all the modern machining centers, parts can end up undersized, whether that’s in the bore, the teeth, or the shaft. The extent of these dimensional defects is usually small, but the cost […]
Mark Meyer


Mechanical paste polishing vs. CAVF finishing of gears

Choosing the best gear finishing method often comes down to production volume, processing cycle times, and gear profiles.

A recent Materials Matter article compared generic deburring versus CAVF (chemically accelerated vibratory finishing.) Both techniques are conducted in a vibratory unit. The main advantage of CAVF processing is its ability to use HDNA, high-density non-abrasive media, to generate an isotropic superfinish, a surface with a non-directional texture and roughness values of ≤ 4 µin (0.1µm). In […]
William P. Nebiolo

Precision gearing: Accuracy and tolerances

Understanding the meaning of precision and the real requirements of your application.

When I was a child, one of the great joys of going on the family vacation was to pull out a paper map and review the details of the trip. What highways would we take? What bridges would we cross? What roadside sights would we see along the way? Mom was in charge of making […]
Brian Dengel

Back to basics – Fracture toughness testing

Understanding the underlying theory behind fracture toughness testing, and how the test is conducted.

In previous articles, we have discussed the many different types of mechanical testing methods and requirements. While some of the test methods have application to the design process (tensile testing), many of the methods are not related to the design of the part. In this article, we will discuss fracture mechanics and fracture toughness testing. […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Q&A with Stephen Korosec

President of Koro Sharpening Service

What does the Koro Sharpening Service offer the gear industry, and how long have you been in business? We sharpen only gear cutting tools. Most of the business is hobs. The changes we’ve seen in the industry over the years is the move away from vitrified grinding wheels to more super abrasives — the borizon […]
Gear Solutions staff


Questek wins Air Force research lab AM modeling challenge

QuesTek Innovations won the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) and America Makes Additive Manufacturing Modeling Challenge “Macro-scale Structure-to-Properties Predictions.” The aim was to improve the understanding and modeling capability of the complex linkage of process-structure-performance of AM-built components. The goal of the AFRL Challenge Series was to improve the accuracy of model predictions for metal […]
July 28, 2020

Dillon special top jaws let customers choose base material

Special Top Jaws from Dillon Manufacturing can be made from copper, brass, Delrin, tool steel, 1018, 1045, 4140, 8620, A-2, 6061 aluminum, and stainless steel. They can be manufactured in configurations to grip a components ID, OD or a combination of both, to suit any workholding application. Available in soft or hard jaws, or full […]
July 28, 2020

Machine Tool Builders, Inc. appoints Hans Grass as new CEO

Machine Tool Builders, Inc. (MTB) recently appointed Hans Grass as the company’s CEO. Grass brings a wealth of knowledge and experience backed by 48 years in the machine tool industry, including 44 years in management roles — most recently as vice president for the Star SU machine tool group and 10 years as vice president […]
July 15, 2020

Vanta Element-S XRF analyzer offers fast light-element detection

The Vanta Element-S handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer delivers fast light-element detection at an affordable price, joining a family of cost-effective, entry-level Vanta Element XRF instruments. The S model is equipped with a silicon drift detector (SDD) to analyze light elements such as magnesium (Mg), aluminum (Al), silicon (Si), sulfur (S), and phosphorus (P) in […]
July 15, 2020

Prototek names John Cleary to manage Wisconsin operations

Prototek, a national leader in rapid prototyping and one-stop production of precision sheet metal fabrication and CNC machining, recently appointed John Cleary as operations manager for its Grafton, Wisconsin, facility. Prototek’s midwestern location provides full sheet metal, CNC, machining manufacturing of prototypes, and short-run part production, including wire EDM, waterjet cutting, finishing, and assembly for […]
July 15, 2020

Partnership gives iGAM customers peace of mind on used equipment

iGAM, an NRTC Alabama, Inc. brand, known as a leading online marketplace for used robots and manufacturing equipment, recently announced a strategic partnership with Manufacturing Repair & Overstock, Inc. (MRO, Inc.) of Chattanooga, Tennessee, to offer a 20-month warranty on used robots and manufacturing equipment sold on iGAM. MRO, Inc. brings 10 years of manufacturing […]
July 15, 2020

Exact Metrology provides updates on two products, adds online tutorials

Exact Metrology, a comprehensive metrology service provider, recently published informational videos on PolyWorks Inspector™ and Hexagon Romer Absolute Arm on the company’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/ExactMetrology/videos. A new feature in the PolyWorks Inspector™ is multi-piece editing. Users can now make changes in one piece that can be propagated to other pieces. If a user has […]
July 15, 2020

Monaghan Tooling presents versatile burnishing tools

Monaghan Tooling Group offers the full line-up of Elliott Tool Technology burnishing tools, which produce a 4 to 8 Ra surface finish in one pass, thus eliminating secondary machining operations and their requisite set-up time and costs. With tooling to burnish ID, OD, ID/OD, and flat surfaces, Monaghan has the capability to handle virtually any […]
July 15, 2020

Automatic coolant delivery system boosts CNC production

168 Manufacturing, which designs and develops practical automation technologies for CNC machine shops, has released its FullShop™ Automated Coolant Delivery System, which delivers properly mixed coolant to multiple CNC machines without human intervention. The FullShop system monitors coolant usage at the machine tool sump and automatically replenishes the coolant before it runs low to keep […]
July 15, 2020

Koike Aronson presents newest waterjet cutting technology

Koike Aronson Ransome — a global leader in cutting, welding and positioning equipment — has released the company’s newest waterjet cutting machine, the ShopJet™. This machine will accommodate a wide range of cutting applications at an accessible cost.   The ShopJet waterjet cutting machine from Koike uses the same foundational tabletop design as the ShopPro™, the […]
July 15, 2020

Metal tool industry nears green, clean era using ionized, cooled air

Expensive metalworking fluids are no longer needed to cool and lubricate workpieces and cutting tools in the machine tool industry. Instead, there is now a proven green and clean method, EcoCooling, that uses only ionized and cooled air and has none of the environmental hazards and costs related to oil-based fluids. EcoCooling is the result […]
July 15, 2020

Seco Tools acquires cutting tool division of QCT in Mexico

Seco recently completed the acquisition of the cutting tool division of Quimmco Centro Tecnológico (QCT), a subsidiary of the Quimmco Group. The cutting tool division acquired from QCT has three locations in Mexico to support customers, and is a leading solid carbide tooling manufacturer, specializing in custom products and reconditioning. “With this acquisition we build […]
July 15, 2020

Dillon’s custom full-grip jaws securely grip the workpiece

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 that 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 […]
July 15, 2020

IMTS event canceled for first time since WWII due to coronavirus concerns

Because of health and safety requirements imposed by the State of Illinois for holding conventions, which include the availability of a vaccine for COVID-19 or a highly effective treatment protocol, IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show has canceled IMTS 2020. IMTS will offer two comprehensive digital programs, IMTS Network, and IMTS Spark, over the […]
July 15, 2020

KISSsoft ramps up engineering and consulting

Engineering and consulting are important components of KISSsoft’s range of services. Especially during these times, when there is enough work but sometimes limited capacity, the company is able to support customers in every phase of project development. By determining the best possible solutions and consulting with experts, KISSsoft can work together with the customers to ensure […]
July 15, 2020

Glebar acquires Everite Machine Products, ECG technology leader

Glebar Company, a precision grinding solutions organization, recently acquired Everite Machine Products, Inc. Everite is a leader in Electrochemical Grinding (ECG) technology. For more than seven decades, they have specialized in ECG machines to meet complex and precise manufacturing requirements in many industries including the medical and aerospace markets. “We are excited by this opportunity […]
July 15, 2020

Big Kaiser expands jet-through chuck line for 5-axis machining

Big Kaiser, a global leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industries, expands its jet-through hydraulic chuck line to include the BCV interface and additional inch sizes. The HDC jet-through type holders are ideal for high-precision 5-axis machining with maximum RPM of 35,000 and clamping range of 1/4” to 1/2” and fit […]
July 15, 2020

Vanta™ Data Viewer app simplifies XRF data sharing

The new Olympus Data Viewer app for Vanta handheld XRF analyzers provides Olympus Scientific Cloud™ (OSC) users with a central location to remotely view and share real-time analysis results from multiple analyzers. Data handling for industrial equipment can be difficult to manage, but the Vanta Data Viewer makes it easier. Operators can use the app […]
July 15, 2020

Improved quality control for steel manufacturers from Olympus

Olympus, a leading manufacturer of industrial microscopes, is improving the efficiency of nonmetallic inclusion analysis for steel manufacturers who use Olympus Stream™ image analysis software. The newly released Olympus Stream version 2.4.3 enables users to more precisely choose the areas of the sample they wish to analyze, helping speed up the inspection process of high-purity […]
July 15, 2020

Post processing 3D-printed parts has challenges

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is becoming a widely popular form of production. Although it comes with its own set of challenges, the adoption of the process is accelerating. However, the finishing process (otherwise known as post processing) for 3D printed parts remains a challenging and arduous task for most producers of 3D parts. The […]
July 15, 2020

AIMS offers cleaning tips for equipment maintenance

For most manufacturers, spring cleaning means more than just manually wiping down machine surfaces and removing waste particles. And besides, basic cleaning, lubrication, and maintenance should be done on a regular basis. Some experts say it’s about organizing paperwork and optimizing production processes. Others might advise looking for ways to digitize and streamline manufacturing flow. […]
July 15, 2020

New software provides a solution for  non-circular grinding

Powerful new software from NUM provides manufacturers of CNC cylindrical grinding machines with an elegant means of adding non-circular grinding capabilities to their products — without incurring significant development time and cost. Non-circular grinding is used in a wide variety of automated manufacturing applications, such as the production of camshafts, crankshafts, cams, and eccentric shafts. […]
July 15, 2020

G-Technologies brings Hamai distributor agreement to MTB

Machine Tool Builders Inc. (MTB) of Machesney Park, Illinois, and Hans Grass, president of G-Technologies, recently announced the transfer of G-Technologies North American representation agreement for Hamai Machines to Machine Tool Builders Inc. Following the appointment of Hans Grass as CEO of Machine Tool Builders Inc., MTB has assumed the exclusive rights as North American […]
July 15, 2020

Optimize manufacturing workflow with GF Machining Solutions

GF Machining Solutions has developed a number of model machining cells to showcase its comprehensive range of total manufacturing solutions. These models demonstrate everything from simple pairs of machines and robots to mixed- machine configurations for advanced hybridized additive/subtractive machining strategies. Cell 1 – Additive and subtractive manufacturing workflow As additive manufacturing (AM) and laser […]
July 2, 2020

Rex-Cut Abrasives adds 6-inch grinding and blending wheels

Rex-Cut Abrasives, a premium abrasive product manufacturer, has added 6-inch diameter wheels to its popular Type 27 lines. Aluminator grinding wheels, Max Flex, and the cotton fiber grinding and blending wheels are all available in the new 6-inch size. “With 6-inch grinders being more common in metalworking, we are now manufacturing these sizes to make […]
July 2, 2020

Olympus supports San Jacinto students with testing equipment

Nondestructive testing (NDT) manufacturer Olympus donated ultrasonic testing (UT) equipment to San Jacinto College’s new LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology (CPET). CPET opened in September 2019 to provide students with hands-on training and educational opportunities in technology industries such as electrical, environmental health and safety, instrumentation, NDT, and process. The donation, to support […]
July 2, 2020

United Grinding debuts two Walter Helitronic Raptor machines

United Grinding Group’s Walter Helitronic Raptor and Helitronic Raptor Diamond represent two of the newest tool-grinding solutions that deliver innovative, flexible and cost-effective processing. 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 […]
July 2, 2020

Helios introduces TM 1000-CNC gear deburring and chamfering machine

Helios Gear Products recently announced the latest technology improvement to its Tecnomacchine (“TM”) series of gear deburring and chamfering equipment. Helios now offers the TM 1000 platform with full CNC, which allows manufacturers a higher level of repeatability, programmability, and ease-of-use, said Adam Gimpert, president of Helios. “The TM 1000-CNC represents the next step in […]
July 2, 2020