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Archives December 2020


December 2020


Machine Tool Builders Inc.

Machine Tool Builders got its start as a service business. Since co-owners Ron Peiffer and Ken Flowers were accomplished engineers with many contacts throughout the gear industry, the partners initially started and grew the company performing service and repair work on gear cutting and grinding machines. What started as repair services, MTB has since evolved […]
Gear Solutions staff

New standardized calculation method of the tooth flank fracture load capacity of bevel and hypoid gears

The presented investigations show the real flank geometry of bevel and hypoid gears can be mapped by the virtual cylindrical gear geometry according to ISO 10300-1 in a sufficiently accurate way.

Bevel and hypoid gears are widespread in automotive, industrial, marine and aeronautical applications for transmitting power between crossed axles. Future trends show that the demands on bevel and hypoid gears for higher power transmission and lower weight are continuously increasing. A major aspect in the design process is therefore the load carrying capacity regarding different […]
Josef Pellkofer, Michael Hein, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karsten Stahl, Dipl.-Ing. Tobias Reimann, Dr.-Ing. Ivan Boiadjiev

‘Never say: It’s not my job’

As Tom Kelly, senior vice president for MHI Machine Tool, retires after more than three decades of service, he reflects on his legacy and looks forward to life after Mitsubishi.

After an evening of dinner and a meet-and-greet with his wife and children, one of Tom Kelly’s dear friends and colleagues sat the senior vice president for MHI Machine Tool down and revealed a moment of truth that made Kelly cry. “Tom, I’ve got to tell you something,” Ed Davis began, tearing up. “My relationship […]
Kenneth Carter


How does shaft alignment and speed ratio affect my design?

Your choice of gear style will depend on your desired output speed and direction.

The motto for the Olympics is “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” which translates to “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” The phrase is also the mantra for most modern gear designs. Designers want a gear system that will operate at faster speeds and is strong enough to handle higher loads. These design demands will dictate the gear type that is […]
Brian Dengel

Materials matter – and so does total cost of ownership

Gear designers have options when exploring cost reductions within a component, from using different material grades and leaner processing to incorporating less-proven offshore suppliers. While individually, these options may provide lower costs, consequently they might drive higher costs in other areas of the supply chain. It’s important to look holistically at the supply chain and […]
Jim Albertson, John Tabellion

Q&A with Hannah Witopil

Technical Sales Representative at Neugart USA

What do you do at Neugart and what’s a typical week like for you? I’m a technical sales representative with Neugart USA, and, therefore, I’m responsible for our East Coast territory customers. I advise existing and potential new customers from a mostly technical standpoint. That can be as simple as matching an already selected gearbox […]
Gear Solutions staff

The basics of magnetic particle inspection

Training requirements, ease of inspection, and surface preparation are among factors that can affect whether this method is right for detecting cracks.

Magnetic particle inspection is a technique that is commonly used for ferromagnetic alloys for detecting surface and subsurface discontinuities. This method is extensively used in a variety of industries to detect cracking in primary metal production, manufacturing, welding, and in service (Table 1). Theory and principles of operation When a steel or other ferromagnetic material […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM


Niigata expands HN-5X Series of Boxway machining centers

New from Niigata Machine Techno USA, Inc., the HN80E-5X 5-Axis horizontal machining center is the latest and largest addition to the builder’s heavy-duty HN-5X Series. The HN80E-5X features an impressive 49.2” of travel in the X-axis, 48.4” in Y and 47.2” in Z, and allows a maximum workpiece diameter of 49.2”, height of 39.4” and […]
December 15, 2020

JTM Products boosts growing metalworking division with new staff   

JTM Products, Inc. added four new employees to support its rapidly-expanding metalworking fluids business. Kevin Marquis was appointed to the newly-created position of vice president sales – Metalworking Division. He has more than 24 years’ experience in the metalworking fluids industry and holds a BA from Westminster College and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. […]
December 15, 2020

NAGEL adds horizontal honing machine for small bore diameters

The highest precision and quality with simple operation are already features of the ECOHO-NE H series from NAGEL Maschinen-und Werkzeugfabrik GmbH. However, the company proves that even these features can be surpassed with its new horizontal honing machine, which can work on small bore diameters up to 40 mm in diameter. At the same time, […]
December 15, 2020

Integrated FEM evaluation now directly displayed in KISSsoft

When designing a machine, the engineer is always faced with the task of dimensioning the individual components. Two concepts for the analysis of machine elements are available for this purpose: The Finite Element Method (FEM) or the Machine Element Method (or analytical or standardized method) based on standardized calculation rules. However, the two methods are not in competition with […]
December 15, 2020

AI-Powered, HD Mode for 3D scanners from Exact Metrology

Exact Metrology, a comprehensive 3D metrology service provider and hardware sales company, has increased the capability of their Artec 3D handheld scanners with the new HD mode. This Artificial Intelligence-powered scanning technology provides ultra-sharp, clean and detail-rich scans for Artec Leo and Artec Eva. Powered by Artec 3D‘s AI neural engine, users can obtain sharp […]
December 15, 2020

C-B Gear & Machine expands capability with new 5-axis milling

C-B Gear & Machine has expanded its precision milling capability with the addition of a new high-precision DMG Mori DMU 210P2 5-axis milling center. The DMU 210P2 is one of a handful of 5-axis milling machines in North America that can perform complex milling operations as well as mill gear teeth, making it state of […]
December 15, 2020

Klingelnberg México, S.A. de C.V. celebrates 20-year anniversary

On November 1, Klingelnberg México, S.A. de C.V. celebrated a milestone anniversary. For 20 years, Klingelnberg has been offering distribution services and individual technical service at its Mexico location in Querétaro City. Since it was established in 2000, the Mexican branch office has undergone continuous development. The grinding service center, which commenced operations in 2011, […]
December 15, 2020

Helios adds new engineer to its service group working with customers

Helios Gear Products added Jack Jaeger in the position of service engineer. Gear manufacturers will benefit from Jaeger’s experience and technical aptitude. “Jack significantly boosts Helios’ ability to support gear manufacturers with his unique ability to troubleshoot and solve technical machine problems on-the-spot. With Jack on the team, Helios continues its dedication to personal and […]
December 15, 2020

Mazak hosts Alberta Premier at Edmonton Technical Center opening

Mazak Corporation Canada officially opened its new Technical Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with a grand opening and ribbon cutting event attended by Alberta Premier, Jason Kenney. The Premier participated in the formal ribbon cutting and toured the new facility, which is strategically located in Western Canada to provide Mazak customers throughout the region with local […]
December 15, 2020

Hexagon enhances portfolio by acquiring D.P. Technology Corp

Hexagon AB, a global leader in sensor, software, and autonomous solutions, signed an agreement to acquire D.P. Technology Corp., a leading developer and supplier of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology.  The ESPRIT CAM System, its flagship solution, is the smart manufacturing solution for any machining application. Supporting any class of CNC machine via a common interface and workflow, […]
December 15, 2020

One Ceratizit FreeTurn tool can perform all turning operations

Revolutionary FreeTurn tools from Ceratizit USA Inc. uniquely perform all-in-one turning operations using just one tool, resulting in a 25 percent reduction in machining time. Contrasted with conventional turning processes, where a separate tool is required for every contour, a single FreeTurn Tool can complete all roughing, finishing, contour turning, facing, and longitudinal turning operations […]
December 15, 2020

Barrel shape ballnose endmills outperform with ToolRoom update

Discover new possibilities in machining with the latest barrel shape ballnose (BSB) tooltype in ANCA’s up-to-the-minute ToolRoom software. The latest enhancement also includes revamped double corner radius (DCR) endmills. These endmills constitute a new tool class for machining excellence. Barrel and lens shapes and taper and oval forms are relative market newcomers and are predominantly […]
December 15, 2020

Glebar expands service offerings to improve outcomes for customers

Glebar Company announced the expansion of its service programs designed to improve outcomes for its customers globally. The Glebar Customer Care service programs are an extension of Glebar’s effort to establish, maintain, and grow value-added partnerships with its customers. At the core of every service program is 24/7 phone support, remote diagnostics, field service, software […]
December 15, 2020

Olympus, Hellier NDT collaborate to train future NDT inspectors

Furthering a partnership that began in 1986, Olympus, a leading manufacturer of innovative nondestructive testing (NDT) solutions, has supplied Hellier’s Houston, Texas, location with advanced NDT inspection equipment. The industry-leading OmniScan™ X3 phased array flaw detector with FMC/TFM and other Olympus instruments will be used to train this next generation of inspectors in ultrasonic testing […]
December 15, 2020

Kapp Technologies names sales, service personnel

KAPP Technologies added new team members in sales and service. Hagen Woetzel has joined is service manager and Rodger Boswell is a new sales manager who joined in April, covering primarily the Midwest region. Woetzel transitions from Kapp Niles in Coburg where he spent over 25 years in the service organization. He began his career […]
December 15, 2020

Olympus LEXT™ OLS5100’s smart features speed workflow

To provide the high levels of accuracy and precision required for sub-micron 3D observation and surface roughness measurement, the Olympus LEXT™ OLS5100laser microscope offers guaranteed accuracy and precision with smart features that make materials science experiment workflows faster and more efficient. Laser microscopes are essential equipment in manufacturing R&D and quality assurance due to their […]
December 15, 2020

Big Kaiser adds new sizes to EWE digital boring head program

Big Kaiser Precision Tooling is expanding its offering of digital boring heads to include head sizes down to the CKB1 modular tooling connection size, which means boring down to Ø.787” for Series 310 peripheric heads, and Ø.016” for Series 112 centric boring heads. The new heads will feature the same boring ranges and accept the […]
December 15, 2020

Missouri S&T offers Lean Green Belt course for certification

Missouri University of Science and Technology, in partnership with the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), is offering a three-day, online course to gain a management certification. The Lean Green Belt certification is a globally recognized and trusted marker of high-quality management. Graduate students, undergraduate students, and seasoned business professionals in manufacturing, business, financial, and health […]
December 3, 2020

NUM donates advanced CNC system to Taiwan’s National Formosa University

NUM’s Taiwan subsidiary has donated a complete CNC hardware and software package to the National Formosa University in Huwei. The package forms part of a major control upgrade to one of two precision tool grinding machines in the university’s College of Engineering. The upgrade project is being handled by the machine’s manufacturer, Top Work – […]
December 3, 2020

ALPHA-KUT™ quick-change discs introduce aggressive coated material

As part of its core item offering, Superior Abrasives’ ALPHA-KUT™ is the introduction of its most aggressive coated material available in quick change form. Superior Abrasives is a leader in quick-change disc production and always looking for innovative additions to its product range. As a potential replacement for some small cutting wheels, coated abrasives, especially […]
December 3, 2020

Wisconsin Gear expands capabilities with Helios Hera 350

The Wisconsin Gear & Machine Works Inc. job shop now supports customers with a dedicated Helios Hera 350 CNC gear hobbing machine. “It is the story we love to tell: A traditional job shop takes the leap by investing in new CNC machinery and they discover easier and faster setups, simpler operator training, more reliability, […]
December 3, 2020

Ceratizit introduces WTX, world’s first four-fluted drill

The first of its kind on the market, Ceratizit USA Inc.’s WTX High-Feed Drill features four effective cutting edges for increased precision, productivity, and service life. The innovative pyramid geometry of the WTX ensures aggressive and precise drilling performance. In fact, the WTX achieves positioning accuracy of 0.03 mm and excellent centering properties. Higher levels […]
December 3, 2020