Archives February 2021


February 2021


Nordex Inc.

Nordex designs and produces fully integrated turnkey subsystems for medical, laboratory and industrial analytical instruments, factory automation, power transmission, robotics, defense and aerospace, and the semi-conductor OEM industries.

With a constantly changing industry, it’s of utmost importance to remain on the cutting edge of gear manufacturing and design, and Nordex has ridden the crest of that cutting-edge wave for decades. “We’re an engineering-driven company,” said Dan Agius Jr., CFO, General Counsel, and part owner of Nordex Inc. “We’re staffed with gear experts, and […]
Kenneth Carter

A new approach for the calculation of worm shaft deflection in worm and crossed helical gear drives

The available approaches for calculating the worm shaft deflection of worm gears compared with different calculation approaches and experimental tests show large deviations between existing calculation models and experimental results.

Worm gear drives are characterized by a simple design, which allows the realization of a high gear ratio within one stage. Furthermore, they are characterized by low vibration and noise behavior. For these reasons, they are used both as power transmissions and servo drives in various drive solutions. The allowable load and the lifetime of […]
Philipp Norgauer, Gerhard Keinprecht, Michael Hein, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karsten Stahl

The commonalities and differences between helical ‘low-tooth-count gears’ and ‘multiple-start worms’

Worm gearing that features line contact between tooth flanks of a worm gear and thread surfaces of a mating worm has a tremendous potential of application in today’s industry as it fits the requirements of high-power-density transmissions.

The article deals with geometrically-accurate worm gear pairs that feature line contact between tooth flanks of a worm gear and thread surfaces of a mating worm. Worm gearing of this kind can be viewed as a reduced case of  R — gearing (R — gearing was proposed by Prof. Radzevich in about 2008). At the […]
Dr. Stephen P. Radzevich Ph.D., Dr. (Eng) Sci.

Multi-sensor metrology advances

New advancements in multi-sensor platforms combine the best features of vision and touch-probe gear inspection for maximum accuracy and speed.

Demand for accurate gears delivered on tight schedules is increasing. To keep pace, technology is continually advancing, enabling manufacturers to do more in the same amount of time. Add in competitive global market pressure, and the need for efficiency is more important than ever. To sustain profitability, companies need to keep up with market demands, […]
Greg Maisch

Documenting defects with greater accuracy

A digital visual inspection station can improve quality control and protect operators.

We are in an era where modern technology and automation are rapidly evolving and pushing out conventional hand-operated tools. The LED magnifying glass lamp is among the instruments being phased out of quality inspection operations and replaced with new high-definition digital visual inspection stations. Top gear makers, among many types of manufacturers and quality control […]
Fady Guirguis


Q&A with Dr. Antoine Türich

Director, product management of hard finishing solutions at Gleason Corporation

What’s significant about Gleason’s new Hard Finishing Cell (HFC) with integrated gear inspection? The Gleason HFC combines the latest threaded wheel grinding with revolutionary new GRSL gear rolling with integrated laser inspection in a single, fully automated system to finally solve the challenge of random gear inspection that has long existed in high-volume gear production. […]
Gear Solutions staff

Addendum modification and undercut

How to calculate the coefficient of profile shift to achieve addendum modification to eliminate undercut.

When you walk onto the sales floor in any furniture store, you are greeted by a smiling, courteous, friendly sales associate. Their job is to steer you in the direction of the product that suits your needs. These needs could be budgetary, they could be functionality, they could be style, or they could be a […]
Brian Dengel

Nondestructive testing Part V:  Eddy current testing

ECT has many advantages, including its sensitivity to flaws, portability, and rapid results. But the data collected can be so vast as to be overwhelming and time-consuming.

In the previous column, I discussed ultrasonic testing of materials. In this column, I will be discussing Eddy Current NDT methods. History Eddy current testing is one of the oldest nondestructive testing (NDT) methods. This method goes back to Michael Faraday’s discovery of electromagnetic induction on August 29, 1831 [1]. Electromagnetic induction was discovered independently […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM


Heimatec introduces new angle head line

Heimatec, a world leader in live tools and multi-spindle drill heads, has immediate availability of its newest development, a line of standard and custom angle heads. The custom angle heads are available in all popular sizes and styles to accommodate today’s machine tools and CNC machining center builders. Designed for heavy milling, deep drilling, and […]
February 24, 2021

RollerFORM XL answers demand for phased array tool

Olympus’ new RollerFORM™ XL scanner answers the demand for a wide-coverage and easy-to-implement phased array tool to accelerate the inspection of composite components with large surface areas. In the aerospace and wind energy industries, critical components such as aircraft wings and wind-turbine blades are made with lightweight, durable composite material. Inspectors use nondestructive testing technology […]
February 15, 2021

ExOne launches production metal cost calculator

ExOne has launched an online estimating tool for companies considering moving production of metal parts to high-speed binder jet 3D printing. The ExOne Production Metal Cost Calculator is designed to provide manufacturers with a per-part estimate for binder jet 3D printing a precision metal part so they can quickly compare the technology to other forms […]
February 15, 2021

Dillon collet pad jaws with Carbinite improve holding

Precision-ground collet pads provide tight tolerances for workpieces, with full contact across the gripping surface for greater holding power. When combined with Carbinite coating, Dillon collet pad top jaws allow more aggressive machining that yields shorter cycle times. Round smooth, round serrated, hex smooth, and square smooth sizes are available for W&S (all sizes), S-style […]
February 15, 2021

Motion Industries launches rebrand with new name: ‘Motion’

Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts, and a premier provider of industrial technology solutions will now operate under the brand name of “Motion.” The move to rebrand is intended to solidify the company’s structure and advance its position in the marketplace. The timing coincides with Motion’s 75th anniversary. […]
February 15, 2021

Fuji introduces multitasking machine with automation

At Fuji Innovation Days 2020 in November, Fuji Machine revealed its latest innovation in automation — the GYROFLEX Ultimate Multitasking Machine. Attendees at the event got the first glimpse of this rigid and productive machine. Featuring the latest industry-leading technology, it is designed for unprecedented flexibility, efficiency, and accuracy. The GYROFLEX offers the flexibility to […]
February 15, 2021

Helios offers improved fundamentals gear school for remote learning

Helios Gear Products has taught its Fundamentals of Parallel Axis Gear Manufacturing seminar (“Gear School”) for more than 30 years, and the company remains committed to supporting the industry. A combination of degreed and licensed engineers and educators teach the school, and as a vital tool for training gear industry personnel, the school has adapted […]
February 15, 2021

Klingelnberg shaping future with Electromobility Weeks

Research on new zero-emission drives is currently being conducted all around the world. Machine-manufacturer Klingelnberg is working in this area in an effort to deliver concrete solutions for current and future demands. Starting in early February 2021, Klingelnberg launched an in-house WebSeminar series dedicated to the topic of electromobility. “Driving technological change through innovation has […]
February 15, 2021

Motion Industries breaks ground for planned shop facility

Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts, and a premier provider of industrial technology solutions, held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its planned shop facility in Irondale, Alabama. In attendance were Randy Breaux, Motion president, and Joe Limbaugh, Motion SVP distribution, inventory, and operations support; along with […]
February 15, 2021

Solar Manufacturing ships furnace to West Coast

Solar Manufacturing shipped an external quench vacuum furnace to a West Coast aerospace manufacturer. The Model HFL-7472-2EQ features an all-metal hot zone, a load weight capacity up to 10,000 pounds, a maximum operating temperature of 2,400° F, and a 2-bar quench system optimized for argon with a 150 HP quench motor and a variable frequency […]
February 15, 2021

Open Mind introduces 2021.1 CAD/CAM software suite

Open Mind Technologies AG, a leading developer of CAD/CAM software solutions worldwide, has introduced its latest hyperMILL® 2021.1 CAD/CAM software suite that offers users new and enhanced features for efficient 3D, 5-axis, and mill/turn machining. Key innovations include a new “Interactive Edit Toolpath” capability which enables toolpath editing after initial toolpath generation. Especially productive for […]
February 15, 2021

Hexagon helps Alloy Specialties increase production capacity

Precision aerospace part manufacturer Alloy Specialties has become one of the first adopters of a new robotic quality inspection technology, Tempo, from Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division that has enabled the company to increase its production capacity and staff productivity through automation. Tempo comes from a series of Hexagon products designed to help manufacturers begin automating […]
February 15, 2021

Wayland Additive launch events for AM innovations postponed

Wayland Additive postponed both its virtual and physical launch events scheduled for the January 27 and 28 following a statement from the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. The virtual event will now be held March 16, 2021, and the physical event will be held May 19, 2021, when it is expected that there will be […]
February 15, 2021

Get your brain in gear with online Mazak classes

Stay ahead with new skills by using Mazak’s Progressive Learning Program. It’s the shortest path to true mastery of your Mazak equipment. Sign up now for classes on Mazatrol conversational programming, machine maintenance, and troubleshooting. From basic skills to advanced insights, trust Mazak for training that will help make your new year a profitability powerhouse. […]
February 5, 2021

Dillon collet pad jaws with Carbinite offer greater holding power

Precision ground collet pads provide tight tolerances for workpieces, with full contact across the gripping surface for greater holding power. When combined with Carbinite coating, Dillon collet pad top jaws allow more aggressive machining, which yields shorter cycle times. Round smooth, round serrated, hex smooth, and square smooth sizes are available for W&S (all sizes), […]
February 5, 2021

Olympus DP28, DP23 cameras make imaging tasks fast, efficient

New Olympus DP series cameras share a suite of smart features and precise color accuracy to simplify industrial microscopy imaging. The DP28 camera offers 4K resolution to provide high-resolution images free from artifacts, while the DP23 camera’s full HD resolution is balanced with convenient features to provide outstanding value for almost any industrial imaging application. […]
February 5, 2021

Innovative AI software facilitates condition monitoring of CNC machine tools

NUM has launched innovative artificial intelligence software that provides CNC machine tool users with highly cost-effective condition monitoring capabilities. Compatible with all of NUM’s latest-generation Flexium+ CNC systems, the NUMai software package is a complete, fully integrated solution for CNC machine tools – it does not require any additional sensors, and runs on the same […]
February 5, 2021

Big Kaiser offers smallest Smart Damper boring head options yet

Big Kaiser Precision Tooling has released two smaller sizes of the EWN Smart Damper precision boring heads, which eliminate vibration in deep-hole finish boring with a patented damping system. The additions make it the first time the EWN Smart Damper has been available in diameters below 1.260”, down to 0.787”. The CK1 head has a […]
February 5, 2021