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August 2020



SMT is a globally integrated leader in mechanical transmission engineering services and software development with a collective of experienced and passionate experts who deliver services and technologies trusted by the world’s leading transmission and driveline engineers.

While gear design can be a challenging endeavor, the results justify the complexity of the task. However, the process can be made a lot easier with the right tools. The software and engineering experts at Smart Manufacturing Technology (SMT) have created solutions that can assist and eliminate many design steps, allowing for a quicker process […]
Kenneth Carter

Rapid and precise manufacturing of special involute gears for prototype testing

Even though the high production times per test gear compared to gear hobbing can be compensated by the elimination of long design and procurement times for special production tools, a suitable method is available for the fast, precise, and cost-efficient production of special gears for prototype tests.

Due to the steadily increasing demands on the power density of mechanical transmissions, gears with special geometries are increasingly coming into focus and, therefore, the need for short-term availability of prototypes. Such special gear designs are, e.g., asymmetrical gears with different normal pressure angles on the drive and coast flank. These are particularly suitable for […]
Christian Weber, Thomas Tobie, Karsten Stahl

Optimization of rack and pinion for offshore jack-up applications

Gear design has multiple parameters from which the gear designer can choose – while some are beneficial, some can negatively affect the system; therefore, a structured approach needs to be taken in order to define a custom pinion and rack for a liftboat.

Liftboats or jack-up oil rigs are essential for the oil and gas industry. The subsystem (rack, pinion, gearbox, and brake) within the system lift boat has specific requirements that need to be customized appropriately. This paper shall outline the design process of a rack-and-pinion system and show how the design can be optimized. The nature […]
Adrian Nowoisky


Fracture mechanics and fatigue crack growth

Fracture mechanics and fracture toughness measurements can be used directly in design, becoming an enormously useful tool for determining the life of a component.

In the last article, we talked about fracture mechanics, and the method of fracture toughness testing using fracture mechanics. In this article, we are going to discuss how fracture toughness can be used to solve fracture and fatigue problems. In traditional fatigue analysis, stress concentration factors are used to calculate fatigue life. These stress concentration […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Q&A with Daniel Weis

Sales Team Leader at Neugart USA

How long have you been with Neugart and what are your responsibilities? I started my career with Neugart in 2005 as a young mechanic apprentice on the shop floor learning all the tricks of the trade and gaining in-depth technical knowledge in CNC machining particularly for geared parts. After the four-year apprenticeship, I furthered my […]
Gear Solutions staff

What, precisely, is my gear made of?

Almost 90 percent of the steel produced is carbon steel, but alloy steel, stainless steel, or tool steel are possibilities as well.

The building blocks for all materials are microstructures known as atoms. Whether the material in question is a plastic, a metal, or even your skin, they each consists of atoms co-existing in a peaceful dance known as bonding. Each atom consists of electrons, protons, and a nucleus. When a group of identical atoms are grouped […]
Brian Dengel


Online courses in Surface Roughness/Texture and Tribology now available

Michigan Metrology, experts in solving problems related to surface texture, wear, finish, and friction, are now offering courses in surface texture analysis, friction, and wear in online formats. “These courses are designed for scientists, engineers and technicians working in medical devices, automotive, aerospace, materials, polymers, and other fields,” said Don Cohen, PhD, who presents the […]
August 25, 2020

Bel Air develops automated robotic deburring machine

Bel Air Finishing has developed The AutoHone, a state-of the-art reverse drag finisher. Unlike traditional drag finishers, the reverse drag finisher rotates media instead of parts. It then dips parts into the flowing media held within a rotating bin. The AutoHone combines this with robotic automation, enabling a turnkey solution to deburring, polishing, cleaning, and […]
August 15, 2020

Bryan Erler begins term as ASME’s 139th president

Bryan Erler, P.E., began his term as the 139th president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society announced during its virtual annual meeting. An active member of ASME since 1991, Erler has been an executive and expert in the nuclear power industry for more than 45 years with significant leadership roles and […]
August 15, 2020

Honeywell, SLM Solutions develop qualifications for aluminum builds

Honeywell and SLM Solutions achieved an important success in their development collaboration for the qualification of aluminum parts printed with high-layer thicknesses. Newly developed parameter sets for aluminum alloy F357, a new beryllium-free version of AlSi7Mg0,6 (A357), lead to considerably improved material properties compared to parts produced through die-casting. The work between Honeywell and SLM […]
August 15, 2020

Mazak opens new expanded spindle rebuild department

As part of its most recent $15 million investment in its Florence, Kentucky-based manufacturing campus, Mazak Corporation has completed its newly expanded Spindle Rebuild Department, now in the company’s South Building. The expansion coincides with other Mazak investments, including new technical centers in Northern California, Florida, and — most recently — Canada, all of which […]
August 15, 2020

Hainbuch offers addition to modular family with two-jaw module

With a wide range of part diameters, configurations, and small quantities, the dream setup would be to have maximum flexibility. Hainbuch’s modular system allows that. Whether working with round, prismatic, small, or larger components, virtually any workholding configuration is possible with its modular system. The various workholding adapters can be installed in two minutes or […]
August 15, 2020

KISSsoft Release 2020 offers additional ways to assess gearboxes

The new KISSsoft Release 2020 contains numerous innovations — including additional methods for reliability assessment of your gearbox concept. Now that, in addition to safety factors, results in the form of a time-dependent survival probability or reliability are increasingly required, KISSsoft also provides the calculation methods according to AGMA 6006 and VDMA 23904 in addition to the Bertsche calculation […]
August 15, 2020

THK adds high-speed, compact caged ball screw

THK’s new Type SDA-V/SDAN-V caged ball screw is engineered to enable the development of high-speed, compact machine designs. Featuring newly developed circulation components, the Type SDA-V/SDAN-V picks up balls in the tangential direction and achieves a maximum rotational speed of 5,000 RPM (DN value of 160,000 max.). Torque remains stable even during long periods of […]
August 15, 2020

Milltronics announces distribution agreement with EMEC Machine Tools

Milltronics USA, Inc., and EMEC Machine Tools, Inc., have executed a partnership agreement for distribution, service, and support of Milltronics Machine Tools. EMEC will distribute Milltronics products on an exclusive basis across the provinces of Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec. Milltronics USA, Inc., is based in Waconia, Minnesota, and is a leading supplier of easy-to-use and […]
August 15, 2020

Alloyed wins prestigious Institute of Physics business award

Alloyed, the company formed from the merger of OxMet Technologies and Betatype late last year, has won the prestigious Institute of Physics Business Start-up Award 2020. The award, submitted by OxMet prior to the merger, recognizes the scientific work of the team that resulted in the innovative system brand: Alloys By Design (ABD™). The ABD […]
August 15, 2020

SKF recognized as a Supplier of the Year by manufacturing group

SKF was recognized as a Supplier of the Year for 2019 by American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) at AAM’s 26th Annual Supplier Day, held virtually from Detroit. SKF was recognized for continued and consistent exceptional performance saying, “The SKF team proactively approaches AAM with new opportunities that create win/win outcomes and engages openly and competitively on […]
August 15, 2020

AMB schedules first face-to-face event after COVID-19 break

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the industry event, AMB in Stuttgart, cannot take place this year in its usual format. “With the AMB Technology Forum in September, there is still a good reason to come to the Stuttgart trade fair grounds,” said Gunnar Mey, department director for Industrial Solutions at Messe Stuttgart. In the […]
August 15, 2020

Nord MAXXDRIVE® industrial gear units for heavy-duty applications

MAXXDRIVE® industrial gear units from Nord Drivesystems are characterized by high power density, quiet operation, and top reliability — ideal characteristics for use in heavy-duty applications. MAXXDRIVE® industrial gear units from Nord Drivesystems provide high output torques from 132,000-2,250,000 lb-in. and are ideal for use in heavy-duty applications such as bucket elevators, agitators, belt drives, […]
August 15, 2020

THK introduces more precise, stable SPR/SPS caged ball LM guide

The new Type SPR/SPS caged ball LM Guide incorporates unique THK technology to achieve ultra-low waving and ultra-high rigidity. Featuring additional raceway grooves, ultra-long blocks, and an increased number of small-diameter balls, the Type SPR/SPS improves the precision of load-bearing strokes and provides stable motion. By doubling the number of raceway grooves to eight, the […]
August 15, 2020

SurfaceTechnology GERMANY, parts2clean canceled for 2020

After intensive discussions and considerations, it was decided the trade fairs SurfaceTechnology GERMANY and parts2clean, which were scheduled for October in Stuttgart, cannot take place this year. Both events will return to regular rotation. The uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, extensive restrictions, and hygiene regulations for holding trade fairs in Baden-Württemberg, and limitations on […]
August 15, 2020

Takumi taps Superior Equipment Solutions for two states

Takumi USA has named Superior Equipment Solutions (SES) of Franklin, Ohio, as its exclusive full-service distributor for Kentucky and Southern Ohio. SES supplies manufacturers with CNC machine tools, advanced metal cutting equipment, and process engineering. The company offers turning centers, horizontal and vertical machining centers, boring mills, bridge mills, grinders, EDM, and metrology/inspection. SES prides […]
August 15, 2020

AEM hails USMCA benefits to equipment manufacturers

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater issued the following statement as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) entered into force: “The USMCA entering into force today is great news for equipment manufacturers and our industry’s 2.8 million men and women working across the United States and Canada. This marks the start of a new […]
August 15, 2020

Solar Atmospheres of  Western PA celebrates AS9100 anniversary

Solar Atmospheres of Western PA celebrated thirteen years of AS9100 certification. Like the complexities of ever-changing customer needs, 2020 proves to be challenging businesses. Impacts to daily routines, course of business, personal liberties, and even audit scopes bear a brunt of ushering in a new era.  This new era is intricately woven with COVID-19, populous […]
August 15, 2020

Oelheld has new grinding fluid for HSS manufacturers

HSS customer response to oelheld’s new SintoGrind HSS-X 1400 grinding fluid has been enthusiastic, indicating manufacturers may have felt neglected by the grinding fluid manufacturers. A performance grinding oil can have a huge impact on production efficiency and output. SintoGrind HSS-X 1400 is formulated with modern GTL (gas-to- liquid) base oils. GTL oils do not […]
August 15, 2020

Seco Tools adds double turbo square shoulder mills, inserts

For manufacturers who struggle to achieve superior part surface finishes without high machine power consumption, Seco Tools has expanded its industry-leading line of square shoulder milling cutters with the Double Turbo. The cutters improve roughing operations and reduce power consumption in steel, stainless steels, cast iron, and high-temperature alloys with an advanced cutter geometry. For […]
August 15, 2020

Dante Solutions releases heat-treatment simulation software

Dante Solutions, Inc. has released Dante 5.0, the most advanced heat-treatment simulation software from Dante Solutions. Included in Dante 5.0 are several new features designed to describe the physics of steel heat treatment more accurately; they include: Carbon Separation Model: This model describes the rejection of carbon as the steel transforms to ferrite from austenite. […]
August 15, 2020

AEM hails USMCA for benefits to equipment manufacturers

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater issued the following statement as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) entered into force : “The USMCA entering into force today is great news for equipment manufacturers and our industry’s 2.8 million men and women working across the United States and Canada. This marks the start of a […]
August 15, 2020

Bodine introduces compact hypoid PMDC gearmotors

Bodine Electric Company introduces 60 new type 33A7-25H2 and 33A7-30H3 hollow-shaft, right-angle hypoid PMDC gearmotors. These integral geared motors combine Bodine’s high-performance type 33A7 permanent magnet DC motor with two new hypoid gearheads. They are the ideal drive solution for applications that require compact size, quiet operation, high torque-density, and low-energy consumption. Typical applications include […]
August 15, 2020

High-speed SG-Series SCARA robots yield top production results

Yaskawa Motoman’s new SG-series SCARA robots enable extremely fast and precise operation for small part processing. Ideal for a variety of applications that require short cycle times, these robots require minimal installation space and yield substantial results with little capital investment. Now available in two compact models, the horizontally articulated SG400 and SG650 robots are […]
August 5, 2020

Big Kaiser celebrates 30 years in business

Big Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc., a global leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industries, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. On August 1, 1990, KPT Kaiser opened its doors and began its mission to make Kaiser CKB modular boring tools, developed in Switzerland, the leader in the North American market. When […]
August 5, 2020

Haas Multigrind LLC announces office move

Haas Multigrind® LLC, a market-leading provider of CNC grinding centers, relocated its U.S. office from Indiana to Charlotte, North Carolina, effective August 1, 2020. The 6,500-square-foot facility includes office, classroom, and conference space, a machine demonstration area, and spare parts warehouse. “This move represents an exciting development for Haas Multigrind, and it demonstrates our strong […]
August 5, 2020

Starrett introduces newly designed electronic digital micrometers

The L.S. Starrett Company has introduced more than a hundred electronic digital micrometers with new features for improved ergonomics, functionality, and productivity. The company is a leading global manufacturer of precision hand tools and gages, metrology systems, and more. The new electronic micrometers range from the No. 733.1 outside micrometers to a wide array of […]
August 5, 2020

Dillon special top jaws allow customers to choose base material for best grip

Special Top Jaws from Dillon Manufacturing can be manufactured from copper, brass, Delrin®, tool steel, 1018, 1045, 4140, 8620, A-2, 6061 aluminum, and stainless steel. The jaws are available in configurations to grip a components ID, OD, or a combination of both, to suit any workholding application and available in soft or hard jaws, or […]
August 5, 2020