Thursday, October 22, 2020
Archives October 2020


October 2020


Innovative Rack & Gear

Innovative Rack & Gear is a custom manufacturer of gear racks and gears to OEMs and suppliers in a variety of industries including machine tool, automation, construction, mining, healthcare, aerospace, and defense.

A gear rack is often an integral part of a machine’s inner workings, so it’s important it is designed and manufactured to exact specifications. The experts at Innovative Rack & Gear have been providing custom manufactured gear racks to the gear industry for a quarter of a century, and the company shows no signs of […]
Kenneth Carter

Chamfering of cylindrical gears: Innovative new cutting solutions for efficient gear production

New chamfer cutting processes – fly cutter chamfering, chamfer-contour milling, and Chamfer Hobbing – may offer advantages compared to existing technology.

Cylindrical gear chamfering and deburring is a rather “unloved” process that adds cost but without delivering readily apparent improvements in gear quality. However, the chamfer process, when performed correctly, provides significant advantages for downstream handling and processing. This is why manufacturers of automotive —  and truck-sized — gears are increasingly exploring new technologies to chamfer […]
Gottfried Klein

Power skiving: High quality, productivity, and cost efficiency in gear cutting

While the traditional alternative processes for gear machining such as broaching, gear shaping, and gear hobbing are mainly used in technology-specific special machines, gear skiving can be applied on special machines and on modern 5-axis machining centers.

Like electric mobility, the technology of power skiving has been known for more than 100 years [1] and, with the availability of 5-axis machining centers, has found its way into individual and series production due to its convincing process flexibility. With e-mobility, a market is now growing that demands high-precision (low running noise), high-power transmission […]
Dr. Manfred Berger, Stephan Doerr, Mario Gruenberg

Stability and flexibility: A new paradigm for eBeam metal AM

The NeuBeam metal additive manufacturing process from Wayland Additive eliminates the trade-off many users have to navigate between stability and flexibility with their industrial metal applications.

Additive manufacture (AM), and in particular the powder bed fusion (PBF) process, has offered hope to manufacturing industries needing to meet the environmental and economic targets of global industry sectors and the corresponding guidelines and regulations. Indeed, AM offers a disruptive capability in this regard, but user uptake has been slower than envisaged as difficulties […]
Ian Laidler


Making gears takes more than good design

Considering your entire supply chain adds value for your gear applications.

It’s a given that “materials matter” when it comes to gear design. But “materials” can be more than just the raw components. Our team at TimkenSteel is excited to be back with Gear Solutions for a series of articles to explain why. In 2017 and 2018, TimkenSteel contributed Materials Matter columns focusing on the importance […]
Jim Albertson

Benefits of liquid penetrant inspection

The method is simple to use, and can be performed on large components or in large batches of parts.

Dye penetrant inspection is one of the most widely used non-destructive inspection techniques used. It is useful for a wide variety of product applications and industries. This method is used in metal working shops, aerospace, power generation, and in any process that uses any sort of metal joining method such as welding. It is used […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Heat treating carbon and alloy steels

What are the different methods for heat treating steel?

When considering a material for a gear design, the most significant decision is the ease of machinability vs. the durability of the material. Most designers only look at the maximum bending strength when choosing a material. However, this only addresses the shear failure of the gear. More important to the longevity of a gear system […]
Brian Dengel

Q&A with KC Warren

Director of Sales & Marketing at Machine Tool Builders Inc.

What is Machine Tool Builders’ role in the gear industry? For nearly 30 years, Machine Tool Builders Inc (MTB) has been a leading provider of machine tool solutions to the gear industry. What started with a toolbox and two ambitious engineers repairing old gear machinery has since evolved into a world-class machinery rebuilder specializing in […]
Gear Solutions staff


Gleason offers free calculation app for the gear professional

Gleason’s Gear Calculator App is a free mobile app that bundles simple calculation tools to make gear manufacturers’ daily work life more efficient and productive. The Gear Calculator toolbox includes calculations for gear inspection values such as addendum modifications, base tangent lengths and measurement over balls, it provides a hardness converter including tensile strength, Rockwell, […]
October 15, 2020

Save time, boost productivity with new Seco Assistant app

Seco Tools’ Seco Assistant puts the product information and tools users really need at hand without the need for internet searches or catalog research, even when offline. Seco Assistant’s machining calculator provides turning, milling, and holemaking data for any brand including feeds, speeds, and material removal rate. The Tool Comparison function provides Seco tool recommendations […]
October 15, 2020

Magnetic Specialties ships low profile mining duty transformers

Magnetic Specialties, Inc. recently shipped three 1MVA, three-phase step down transformers for use in a demanding mining application. Each transformer features a 13,200V Delta Primary with two 2.5 percent full current above and below nominal voltage taps designed for 60kV BIL. The Wye Secondary is a 480/277V configuration. These mining transformers feature copper windings and […]
October 15, 2020

Front and back chamfer 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 […]
October 15, 2020

Jorgensen makes sales, management changes to fortify service

To further strengthen its customer sales, service, and application support, Jorgensen Conveyors and Filtration Solutions made several promotions and a key new hire within its sales and management teams. The company has named Chuck D’Amico as its new president and CEO, hired Karl Kleppek as new director of sales and marketing, and appointed Dustin Krueger […]
October 15, 2020

Platinum Tooling hires new regional sales manager

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc., the exclusive North American importer of Heimatec live tools and angle heads, Tecnicrafts Swiss collets and guide bushings, Henninger speeders, and AMF cleaning and marking tools, hired a new regional sales manager. Chris Blaine will oversee all sales activities related to four Platinum Tooling rep groups across the country. This includes […]
October 15, 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 […]
October 15, 2020

Motion Industries acquires automation company Motion Control

Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, has completed the acquisition of Applied Machine and Motion Control, Inc. (AMMC), a Kentucky-based supplier of motion control and automation products and services. The transaction closed with an effective date of September 1, […]
October 15, 2020

Toolox steels from SSAB included in latest KISSsoft release

In the current KISSsoft Release 2020, the Toolox steels from Swedish special steels producer SSAB are included as a new option for through-hardened steel. Toolox is delivered already heat-treated to tensile strengths up to 1,450 MPa and is produced in both bars as well as plates with pieces cut to size. Combining the strength with a high toughness and excellent […]
October 15, 2020

Pennsylvania congressman visits Solar Manufacturing

U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick, 1st Congressional District of Pennsylvania, recently toured the Solar Manufacturing plant in Sellersville, Pennsylvania. He also addressed the facility’s 55 employees outdoors, discussing his top priorities in Congress – increasing economic opportunity and keeping the nation safe. Following his short address, Fitzpatrick presented an American flag flown over the United States […]
October 15, 2020

Solar Atmospheres adds sixth all-metal hot zone furnace

Solar Atmospheres recently installed another all-metal hot zone vacuum furnace at its 1969 Clearview Road facility in Souderton, Pennsylvania. This is Solar’s sixth all-metal hot zone furnace installation, and the fourth for its climate-controlled room. The furnace is a new Mentor model, built by sister company Solar Manufacturing, has a working zone of 12” x […]
October 15, 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 […]
October 15, 2020

Brannies joins Speedgrip as vice president of sales/marketing

Speedgrip Chuck Company, a portfolio company of Stratford-Cambridge Group, hired Doug Brannies as the new vice president of sales and marketing. Brannies joins Speedgrip after serving 10 years as Regional Business Manager for Royal Products. He has been a part of the machining industry for almost 20 years and holds a CMTSE designation from the […]
October 15, 2020

Platinum Tooling president presents product lines in video

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc., the exclusive North American importer of Heimatec live tools and angle heads, Tecnicrafts Swiss collets and guide bushings, Henninger spindle speeders, and AMF cleaning and marking tools, recently created a video highlighting the products they would have shown in their booth at IMTS this year. Preben Hansen, company president, presented the […]
October 15, 2020

Preparations under way for 2021 DeburringEXPO in Germany

A leading trade fair for deburring technology and precision surface finishing will be held at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre in Karlsruhe, Germany, October 12-14, 2021. The exhibition portfolio covers the processing of components manufactured by means of all technologies, and from all industry sectors. The expert forum, which is in great demand as a source […]
October 15, 2020

Heidenhain monitor meets machine control connectivity needs

With its new 1.3.0 software upgrade, Heidenhain’s StateMonitor system offers CNC manufacturers a modernized and most effective way to connect their control and PC systems. Including newly added StateMonitor options, users involved in this Industry 4.0 connected machining initiative can now more simply view data and evaluate control processes remotely and in real time. This […]
October 15, 2020

Aluminator Grinding Wheel: new formula for faster grinding

The Aluminator Grinding Wheel by Rex-Cut Abrasives has a new and improved formula for faster weld grinding. The new Aluminator grinds 2.2 times more aluminum weld per minute compared to the original version, and as for life, this revised formula outlasts the original wheel by 46 percent. The Aluminator Grinding Wheel grinds and blends aluminum […]
October 15, 2020

Seco/Warwick team improves customer’s VIM technology design

A major aviation industry provider contracted with Seco/Warwick for VIM system modifications. The customer is a large supplier of solutions for the aviation industry, including jet engine turbine blades. The company has more than a dozen plants in North America and Europe, and its plants process materials such as aluminum, magnesium, and superalloys. The scope […]
October 15, 2020

Gleason celebrates its 100th gear trainer webinar

Gleason’s popular Gear Trainer Webinar Series achieved a significant milestone September 24 with the presentation of its 100th webinar: “State-of-the-Art Gear Shaping.” Since the first Home Trainer Webinars began streaming in March 2020 due to strict COVID-19 conditions, more than 10,000 participants have attended Gleason’s Home and Gear Trainer Webinar Series. Direct feedback from participants […]
October 8, 2020

Siemens offers Machine Tool Days 2020 online

Siemens will host “Digitalization in Machine Tool Manufacturing — Thinking Further” to explore new ways machine tool manufacturers can increase productivity and accelerate business. Online on October 15, there will be two audience tracks: Machine Tool Builders and Machine Tool Users. Attendees will learn about the benefits of machine tool digitalization and participate in various […]
October 8, 2020

ECG slot grinding of castle nuts can increase productivity

Using Electrochemical Grinding (ECG) to form the slots on castellated nuts can generate as much as a 70 percent savings in productivity by eliminating the need for secondary operations. Castle nuts, also referred to as castellated nuts, are used for applications in aerospace and automotive markets where the nut cannot loosen. A cotter pin or […]
October 8, 2020

KISSsoft’s design/manufacturing closed-loop for cylindrical gears

“Closed-Loop” is a term used in state-of-the-art bevel gear manufacturing, but has not been widely used — at least not as a term — in the cylindrical gear world. The closed-loop in manufacturing aims at minimizing manufacturing deviations by using evaluation software to determine the necessary correction values for the adjustment of the production machine. This optimizes […]
October 8, 2020

Rego-Fix introduces compact reCool® ERAX coolant-through solution

Rego-Fix USA has extended 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 highly productive toolholding solution gives conventional lathes coolant-through capabilities in minutes with minimal loss (approximately 10 mm) of machining range or additional interference. First developed as a […]
October 8, 2020