Sunday, September 20, 2020
Archives September 2020


September 2020


Wayland Additive

Wayland Additive’s NeuBeam technology combines the best features of existing additive manufacturing technologies while overcoming their traditional limitations.

Metal additive manufacturing (AM) is still a technology that, for all intents and purposes, could still be considered in its infancy. Great strides have been made over the last 10 to 15 years in this arena, and Wayland Additive is building on this technology with its own unique innovations. Wayland’s team of engineers and physicists […]
Kenneth Carter

Leveraging the complementary strengths of orbitless and planetary drives

The low-pitch and bearing velocities, fewer gear engagements, and uni-directional separation forces of an orbitless drive result in high-speed ratings and low NVH levels at the expense of decreased ratio and load capacity, making it particularly viable as a primary stage.

An orbitless drive is a novel, fixed-ratio, epicyclic drive that includes a second carrier in place of a ring gear. It has been shown to have superior efficiency to a planetary drive and is shown here to produce less vibration and noise at the expense of reduced torque capacity and ratio. A prototype 16mm orbitless […]
Leo Stocco

The benefits of splines

Any device that transfers rotary motion from one point to another probably relies on a spline, so it’s a good bet that they are used on a near-daily basis.

What is a spline? According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, a spline is defined as: Noun: 1a) Any of a series of projections on a shaft that fit into slots on a corresponding shaft, enabling both to rotate together. 1b) The groove or slot for such a projection. 2) A flexible […]
Dan Seger

Bringing forging equipment online to meet expanding production requirements

Forgers weigh options such as repair, rebuild, remanufacture, or new equipment when considering options to increase capacity.

When forging operations need to expand production to meet increased demand for existing parts or to add new product lines, selecting from the available options to bring new equipment online can be challenging. Ultimately, the decision involves striking a delicate balance between fitting within budget constraints and accepting what can often be very long lead […]
Del Williams


Are your gears compliant?

What makes a gear RoHS or REACH compliant under U.S. and EU regulations?

The concept of clean living has been around for a long time, but it wasn’t until recently that it became the movement that it is today. Where once you needed to travel out to the countryside to find a local farm stand that sold farm-fresh produce, today we have complete marketplaces that sell only certified-organic […]
Brian Dengel

Q&A with Marc Strandquist

President for the Americas at Optimas Solutions

What did you see coming that helped you map out the future of Optimas Solutions Americas’ market? There were a lot of unfinished projects, but there was a really good base with excellent resources and great people. We put together a plan to challenge everybody to be best in class in the marketplace. We wanted […]
Gear Solutions staff

Introduction to nondestructive testing

To launch this series of articles, we illustrate the basic flow of an NDT examination and cover the basic terminology used.

Nondestructive testing (NDT) is an interdisciplinary science that uses many different methods to evaluate the properties of metals, parts, or assemblies without causing damage to the tested part or assembly. Because no damage results from these testing techniques, it is often done as part of the manufacturing process to determine if any flaws are present […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM


Schunk names VP of toolholding and workholding sales

Schunk has promoted Allan Logan to vice president of sales, toolholding, and workholding. Logan has more than 20 years of territory sales and team management experience in the metalworking industry. He started his career in account management for cutting tools and abrasives before holding various roles as sales engineer, aerospace industry specialist, and regional sales […]
September 15, 2020

Bourn & Koch offers details on IMTS-planned machines

Bourn & Koch planned to feature its two flagship gear manufacturing machines, the 400H & Fellows 10-4 retrofit, its newly redesigned and re-engineered Blanchard 22AD-42, and a brand-new multifunctional machine tool platform, the MT3 at IMTS 2020, but obviously didn’t get that chance. The Bourn & Koch 400H horizontal gear hobber provides high-quality gears in […]
September 15, 2020

New example models now in KISSsys module of software update

With the new KISSsoft release and the installation of the 2020 version, customers are provided with new useful example models in KISSsys (module SYS). The added gearbox models come from a wide variety of applications: • Automotive: EV transmission with bevel gear differential and tractor transmission (18 gears). • Industry: Crane transmissions and an integral […]
September 15, 2020

Mazak’s inaugural All Axes LIVE event connects worldwide

With the success of its inaugural All Axes LIVE online event, Mazak has reimagined how the industry connects with manufacturers and set a new standard for online events. Held on August 11, 2020 and streamed live from Mazak’s Midwest Technology Center, All Axes LIVE drew large crowds from across North America and worldwide. The company’s […]
September 15, 2020

Olympus, Metal Analysis Group to deliver API RP 578 training

Olympus and Metal Analysis Group have teamed to offer API RP 578 training courses for alloy verification and positive material identification (PMI) experts who want to sharpen their skills, advance their careers, or earn their certificate of completion. Using the right alloy in the right component is critical to help prevent accelerated corrosion or even […]
September 15, 2020

Trends, information, and technology for precision cleaning

In times of contact restrictions, travel constraints, and trade fair cancellations, the virtual customer day scheduled by the Swiss company UCM AG offers customers and interested parties a safe way of keeping up to date with the latest developments in the field of precision and ultrafine cleaning. Presentations in German and English will inform about […]
September 15, 2020

Accutek introduces AccuGrip tool holder with coolant holes

Accutek Inc. is expanding its AccuGrip Shrink Fit tool holder product offering with the new AccuKool coolant port holes through the body of the shrink fit holder. Specially designed coolant holes target the “vortex” intersection for maximum coolant flow to and through the cutting flutes. Their hole size, design, and angle are critical to the […]
September 15, 2020

Helios introduces Hera 200 CNC gear hobbing machine

Helios Gear Products exclusively offers the Helios Hera 200 CNC gear hobbing machine. This machine, manufactured by YG Tech, provides gear manufacturers a vertical hobbing solution with its siblings, the models 150, 350, and 500. The model 200 completes the fine- to medium-pitch range of the Hera series with the same standard of proven technology. […]
September 15, 2020

Twin booster bending machine processes 90-meter-long tubes

Russian boiler manufacturer Krasny Kotelshchik bends 90-meter-long tubes into bending membrane walls consisting of numerous 180° single bends. Modern power plant construction requires powerful machines that can bend challenging materials according to strict specifications. The large dimensions require particular structures in the bending process. Germany-based tube bending machine manufacturer Schwarze-Robitec designed the CNC 60 DB […]
September 15, 2020

AME releases white paper on revitalizing manufacturing economy

To help manufacturers successfully navigate the post-pandemic economy, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) has released a recently published white paper titled, “A Manufacturing Marshall Plan.” This paper maps out exactly how today’s companies can prevent post-pandemic supply chain disruptions, advance their manufacturing productivity, and reskill workforces. A Manufacturing Marshall Plan advocates for reshoring, nearshoring, […]
September 15, 2020

Acu-Rite debuts TURNPWR control to program operations at machine

Offering lathe machinists a new, easy-to-use turning control with state-of-the-art features as standard, Heidenhain presents the Acu-Rite brand TURNPWR control. The new TURNPWR control is a workshop-oriented turning control that enables the user to program conventional machining operations right at the machine in an easy-to-use conversational programming language. It is designed for turning machine tools […]
September 15, 2020

Motion Industries announces two acquisitions

Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (GPC), announced two acquisitions. Motion has entered into agreements to acquire TRC Hydraulics, a Canadian-based supplier of hydraulic products and services, and F&L Industrial Solutions, Inc., a distributor of T-slotted aluminum extrusion components. […]
September 15, 2020

GWJ offers extended calculation of planetary gear stages

GWJ Technology, Germany, is a leading manufacturer and provider of calculation software for mechanical engineering. An updated version of the planetary gear module within the software eAssistant has been released. The calculation module for planetary gear trains allows a fast design and optimization of simple planetary gear stages including the load capacity according to various […]
September 15, 2020

6D Laser offers high-performance planar processing

6D Laser LLC is an affiliate of leading nanometer-level motion control specialist ALIO Industries, its mission being the integration of ultrafast laser processing with precision multi-axis motion systems. 6D Laser’s central mission addresses limitations of existing laser processing systems which are largely due to sub-optimal positioning systems used by many system integrators. 6-D Laser tackles […]
September 15, 2020

KISSsoft SKRIPT designed for tailor-made calculations

For customized calculations, the integrated programming language SKRIPT (module CC3) has been extended and better integrated into the KISSsoft user interface through a separate tab. Scripts can now be directly loaded and executed from files or automatically called at certain points in the calculation process (after file loading, before saving, before or after calculation, before report generation). […]
September 15, 2020

Platinum Tooling releases updated catalog with new features

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc., the exclusive North American importer of standard and custom live tools, angle heads, and multiple spindle tools manufactured by heimatec GmbH, released a new catalog. The catalog offers an updated look and features the company’s high-quality machine tool accessory lines, including heimatec GmbH’s live tools and machining center angle heads; Tecnicrafts […]
September 15, 2020

IMAGINiT Technologies earns Autodesk CAM specialization

With Autodesk’s CAM Specialized Partner designation, IMAGINiT Technologies now offers manufacturers a complete CAD/CAM solution that connects and automates the entire design and manufacturing process. Dedicated CAD and CAM experts make IMAGINiT a good choice to support manufacturing companies who are looking to leverage advanced CAD and CAM software solutions to generate toolpaths that increase […]
September 15, 2020

Glebar launches Glebar Customer Care as part of service update

Glebar Company, a leader in precision grinding solutions since 1952, has reorganized investing in its service department. Strong recent growth fueled by retiring expert talent, aging legacy machines, and the acquisitions of Tridex Technology and Everite, created the growing need to support the expansive Glebar install base. In preparing for the future, the service department […]
September 15, 2020

Machine tool orders fell in the second quarter 2020

As expected, there was again a decrease in the index of the orders collected by the Italian machine tool manufacturers in the second quarter 2020. In particular, according to the data processed by the Economic Studies Department & Business Culture of UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, in the period April-June, the index registered a 39.1 percent downturn […]
September 15, 2020

Brüel & Kjær Vibro offers portable vibration analyzer

Brüel & Kjær Vibro, one of the leading worldwide independent suppliers of condition monitoring solutions for rotating machinery, has launched the Vibroport 8000 (VP-8000) portable vibration analyzer for rotating and reciprocating equipment. The new VP-8000 is a specially configured and packaged version of Brüel & Kjær Vibro’s VC-8000, which is an internationally renowned machinery protection […]
September 15, 2020

THK introduces new Telescopic Type ATG utility slider

THK’s new Telescopic Type ATG utility slider combines proven smooth-motion technology with fully hardened raceways to enable high load capacity and ensure a long service life. The Type ATG uses THK Circular-Arc Raceway Technology for equal to or higher permissible load capacities than Gothic Arch Raceway designs. Circular-Arc Technology achieves less differential slip between the […]
September 15, 2020

Gleason gear trainer webinars now streaming for remote learning

Gleason’s popular “Home Trainer” webinar series is now called “Gear Trainer Webinars” and is available for online viewing via the Gleason website. In March 2020, Gleason launched its “Home Trainer Webinar Series” in order to support customers in their home offices during COVID-19 times. As the business environment slowly returns to normal, this very successful […]
September 15, 2020

Suhner EconoMaster ® drilling units work on multiple materials

Suhner introduces the EconoMaster® line of drilling units, affordably priced at less than  $3,000 for the basic unit, in stock for immediate delivery or customizable to suit the particular operation. This economical solution is ideal for multiple materials such as light metal, wood, composite, plastic and foam. Because these units are entirely produced at the […]
September 15, 2020

Nixon Gear celebrates 100 years in business

Nixon Gear, a division of Gear Motions Inc. in Syracuse, New York, is celebrating 100 years in business this year. The company was founded by George Nixon in 1920 as Nixon Broach and Tool Company with the intention of selling general machining and special tooling. The company drifted into gear manufacturing and by 1924 it […]
September 4, 2020

Starrett introduces new large format multi-sensor vision system

Starrett now offers the AVX550 multi-sensor vision system with dual optical systems and touch-probe capability to measure parts with a diverse range of sizes and geometries. The large format AVX550 system can be equipped with two cameras and lenses to be used sequentially in the same program along with touch probe options, making this system […]
September 4, 2020

Olympus, Lavender team to support advanced NDT training

Olympus has provided its new OmniScan™ X3 phased array flaw detectors with FMC/TFM to Lavender International’s U.S. facility to support their advanced training courses. Olympus is a leading manufacturer of nondestructive testing (NDT) inspection equipment. Lavender International is a leading NDT training provider, offering courses in NDT techniques for internationally-recognized central and employer-based certification programs […]
September 4, 2020

New Jergens risers increase access for 5-axis applications

Jergens Inc. has new three- and four-sided pyramid risers that permit multi-part load and provide greater access for 5-axis machining applications. Part of the Fixture-Pro® line of quick-change modular workholding solutions, Jergens pyramids feature a 30-degree mounting surface to ensure maximum clearance for spindle and cutting tool paths resulting in more machining per setup. The […]
September 4, 2020

Front and back chamfer successfully with Big Kaiser’s Noventa from Sphinx

Big Kaiser Precision Tooling introduces Noventa from Sphinx, the newest addition to its milling cutter lineup. It is ideal for 90° front and back chamfering, and deburring holes up to 4xD. Chamfering the entry and exit of 0.80mm to 6.00mm holes can be a tedious, time-consuming process. The Noventa from Sphinx can transform this process […]
September 4, 2020