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March 2021


AIMS Metrology

AIMS Metrology is an original equipment manufacturer that builds its own CMM models, which, in turn, benefits its customers by providing a ‘one-stop shop’ and a CMM supply company.

When customers come to the experts at AIMS Metrology for their inspection and measurement requirements, they can count on one thing: The solution will be a team effort. “We attack every project  as a team,” said Mark Gearding, vice president and co-owner of AIMS. “It’s not just one person. We have a cross-trained group of […]
Kenneth Carter

Lubrication and its role in gear-failure analysis

It’s important to employ best practices in order to identify gearset problems before they fail.

When gears fail, it is most often due to fatigue and overloading. The most common form of distress and failure is actual breakage, but other modes of distress include surface fatigue known as pitting, normal and abnormal wear, and plastic flow. What distress and failure look like depends on the type of gear. Gears that […]
Lawrence Ludwig Jr., Mary Beckman

Selecting a worm gear lubricant

Viscosity, load, material compatibility, noise emissions, component life, and the recommended service temperature range of an application should all be considered prior to selecting a worm gear grease.

To compete in the marketplace, engineers across all industries are being tasked with increasing gearbox efficiency. Modern designs therefore must achieve high-power transfer without generating noise or excess heat. Gears have been pushed to design limits as they are required to run at higher speeds, under heavier loads, and for longer periods of time. Lubrication […]
Brian Kinkade

Power Skiving with integrated cutter resharpening

Power Skiving – a viable alternative to hobbing and broaching – is establishing new quality and cost benchmarks with integrated resharpening, which revolutionizes the manufacturing process and current tooling concepts.

Gear manufacturing by Power Skiving takes the traditional approach: After a cutter has reached its maximum wear, the operator changes the cutter, adjusts the cutter data, cuts the next workpiece, transfers it to the inspection room, waits for the first part inspection, and – if necessary – corrects the process by adjusting the machine parameters […]
Dr. Edgar Weppelmann


Material pre-treatment as a function of performance

Grain refinement is a noted benefit on gear tooth forming, heat treatment, and PHT finishing and recent advances further reduce induced stress on parts.

This article is not intended to go deep into the metallurgy of pretreatment, nor will it discuss the nuances of the machining or heat treatment of alloy steels typical of gear steel. I will try to develop a logic assessment of the benefit, thus justify the cost adder of buying material in an optimum condition […]
William Mark McVea, P.E.

The importance of contact ratios

How to calculate the contact ratios for various styles of gearing.

It is expected that when we flip the switch on a device that it will power up and some motion will occur. In the example of the desktop printer that we all have in our home office, we expect it to go through a warmup cycle that involves the device moving all of its internal […]
Brian Dengel

Nondestructive testing VI – Radiography

X-rays are a helpful tool for checking the soundness of welds and effects of corrosion, and to follow the life of engine components.

In this article, we will be discussing the use of radiography (X-rays) for the detection of flaws. In the previous articles on nondestructive testing (NDT), we discussed magnetic particle inspection, eddy current inspection, ultrasonic inspection, and dye penetrant inspection. X-rays were discovered on November 8, 1895, by Wilhelm Roentgen at the University of Wurzburg. He […]
D. Scott MacKenzie, Ph.D., FASM

Q&A with Mike Finn

Senior applications engineer at Mazak Corporation

Mazak recently gave a preview of a multi-tasking machine running the software. What type of machine was unveiled? Well, concerning gear machining, it would be the INTEGREX i-630V AG. How will this machine help with gear manufacturing? The INTEGREX i-630V, as a standard multi-tasking machine, features turning and milling capabilities for what Mazak refers to […]
Gear Solutions staff


Mazak introduces next-generation horizontal machining center HCN-6800 NEO

Mazak Corporation released the latest version of its popular HCN Series of horizontal machining centers, the HCN-6800 NEO. Introduced and demonstrated during the recent broadcast of All Axes LIVE, Mazak’s online event series, the new model features a fully redesigned enclosure, best-in-class standard and optional equipment, and improvements throughout the machine, all of which result […]
March 25, 2021

Big Kaiser presents fifth annual donation to National Robotics League

Customers of Big Kaiser helped to raise $6,275 to benefit the National Robotics League (NRL) — the fifth annual contribution to the program.  The donation is a 2 percent match of all qualified orders from National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA) member companies during the final two months of the calendar year. Manufacturers placed orders […]
March 15, 2021

Siemens has new Sinumerik CNC machine tool control

With Sinumerik One, the first digital native CNC, Siemens is driving forward digital transformation in the machine tool industry. The new controller works with software to create the machine controller and the associated digital twin from one engineering system and thus contributes to the seamless integration of hardware and software. Thanks to its seamless interaction […]
March 15, 2021

LMC names new VP of machine tool dealers sales

LMC Workholding hired Mike Padilla as its new VP of machine tool dealers sales for North America. Padilla is a veteran of the U.S Navy (where he received a combat action service ribbon and Purple Heart during Desert Storm) and of the machine tool industry. His previous roles include regional manager for SMW Systems (also […]
March 15, 2021

Exsys Tool transitions into Exsys Automation to expand solutions

After 25 years of serving the manufacturing sector as Exsys Tool, Inc., with its high-precision Eppinger tool holders, the company has expanded into a new realm of manufacturing solutions under the new name Exsys Automation, Inc. The transition reflects the company’s broadened focus on automation solutions with the introduction of Eppinger robotics, rotary tables, and […]
March 15, 2021

DMG MORI launches mobile portal app for customers

The “my DMG MORI” customer portal app offers quick and direct contact to a DMG MORI service expert with a complete status overview. With the app, users avoid waiting queues over the phone and save even more time with prefilled service requests. Inquiries will be processed immediately with priority by a specialist service expert. Users […]
March 15, 2021

Exact Metrology offers Raytech measuring tables

Exact Metrology, a comprehensive 3D metrology service provider and hardware sales company, sells Raytech measuring systems. These are shop-floor dimensional measuring machines such as the single axis and the 3-axis table for industrial manufacturers. The company offers machines for measuring parts for cutting, bending, punching, waterjet cutting, laser cutting, drilling, and tapping. Custom machines are […]
March 15, 2021

Second-generation BEA 16 machining unit with new drive, control concept

Following its successful launch, Suhner is presenting the BEA 16 spindle machining unit with an all new drive and control concept. The objective of this new development was the integration of the latest servo drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth. Software developed additionally allows the user to program six different basic cycles without prior […]
March 15, 2021

AIMS Metrology acquires Measurement Specialties Inc.

AIMS Metrology, a Dayton, Ohio-based OEM for coordinate measuring machines, has acquired the assets of Measurement Specialties Inc. (MSI). Also based in Dayton, MSI calibrated, certified, and programmed Sheffield [and other brands] CMMs and provided retrofit and repair services. In 2017, AIMS purchased CMI Technologies to expand control quality and delivery timeframes for components it […]
March 15, 2021

ExOne partners with Rapidia, offers metal 3D printer

The ExOne Metal Designlab™ and X1F advanced furnace is a complete metal 3D printing system using Rapidia technology that will now be marketed and sold exclusively by ExOne. The original two-step method of 3D printing and sintering water-bound metal parts, first revealed by Rapidia in 2019, delivers proven Print Today, Parts Tomorrow™performance. The 3D printer […]
March 15, 2021

InspecVision Planar high-speed measurement system

Exact Metrology, a comprehensive 3D metrology service provider and hardware sales company, represents Planar from InspecVision. This 2D-inspection machine allows manufacturers to simply and quickly verify product quality by performing 2D inspection, CAD comparisons, and reverse engineering in seconds. Planar is ideal for shop floor use, requires minimal operator input, and increases production throughput across […]
March 15, 2021

Manufacturing Cleaning Association launches streamlined website

The Manufacturing Cleaning Association (MCA), formed in late 2020, has a new website. The streamlined resource provides members and industry visitors with information about manufacturing and industrial cleaning as well as its importance and benefits. Executive Director Matt Gilmore worked with developers to launch the site in February with the goal of providing technical resources, […]
March 15, 2021

Forest City Gear adds Zeiss ACCURA CMM for CNC inspection

Forest City Gear has expanded the capabilities of its quality assurance department with the addition of a Zeiss ACCURA® coordinate measuring machine. The next-generation bridge-type Zeiss is Forest City Gear’s fourth CNC inspection system, and is particularly well-suited for very fast, complete analytical inspection of all types of high-precision fine- and medium-pitch cylindrical gears. A […]
March 15, 2021

CNC machine supplier Tormach names chief financial officer

Tormach Inc., an industry-leading supplier of affordable and compact CNC machines, has appointed Darcy Johnson as the company’s chief financial officer (CFO).  Before joining Tormach, Johnson worked with various clients as their Interim chief financial officer, partnering with Lauber Business Partners in Milwaukee. Before that, she worked for more than five years as director of […]
March 15, 2021

Hurco gives Reynolds Machinery top distributor status

Reynolds Machinery, the exclusive distributor for Hurco CNC machine sales and service in Ohio, won the 2020 Top Unit Sales Award for North America, announced by Hurco. Reynolds Machinery has been representing Hurco in Ohio since 1996. Hurco representatives presented Reynolds Machinery with their award at the distributor’s showroom and technical center in Dayton, Ohio, […]
March 15, 2021

Motion announces seven management promotions

Motion, a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts, and a premier provider of industrial technology solutions, made seven recent promotions to key field management positions. Each brings depth of experience and achievement to further position Motion for success, in providing the best customer experience as well as in attaining company growth goals. […]
March 15, 2021

Klingelnberg to present machine, software solutions at CIMT

Now in its 17th year, the China International Machine Tool Show (CIMT) will be in Beijing April 17-21, 2021. Klingelnberg will again be present as an exhibitor, in Hall W3, Booth A202, where it will showcase innovative new developments and improvements to existing machine and software components. In particular, visitors can look forward to live […]
March 15, 2021

AMEXCI, SLM Solutions strengthen partnership in metal-based AM 

AMEXCI, an additive manufacturing company founded by eleven Nordic based industrial companies, and selective laser melting pioneer SLM Solutions have strengthened their partnership. The joint objective is to further accelerate the industrialization of metal-based additive manufacturing. To achieve this and to create the basis for increased productivity and part quality, AMEXCI has invested in the […]
March 15, 2021

Mazak INTEGREX i-H multi-tasking center integrates automation

Newly designed from the ground up for fully optimized machining and easy automation integration, the INTEGREX i-H Series brings together the latest advancements in manufacturing to help shops achieve multi-tasking excellence. The spindle, turret and tool/jaw magazine feature innovations that improve ergonomics and throughput. For full Done In One® productivity, second turning spindles (S) and […]
March 15, 2021

THK celebrates 50 years of innovations in linear motion components

As pioneers in linear motion products, THK has introduced innovations in high-quality, precision motion components for the past five decades. In 1971, THK was established in Meguro-ku, Tokyo, under its first name, Toho Seiko Co., Ltd. In 1972, THK became the first company in the world to develop a method of linear motion with rolling […]
March 15, 2021

Big Kaiser’s smallest Smart Damper boring head options

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 inches, down to 0.787 inches. The CK1 head […]
March 15, 2021

Sintavia gets AS 9100 design, development certification

Sintavia, LLC, a designer and additive manufacturer of critical thermal and airfoil components for the aerospace, defense, and space industry, has achieved AS 9100 approval for product design and development. The approval, which followed months of auditing the company’s past performance, allows the company to offer its flight and launch customers certified design solutions for […]
March 15, 2021

New president at Mitsubishi Machine Tool Division

After nearly six years, Atsuhiro Kawaguchi, general manager of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.’s Machine Tool Division, will return to Japan. Katsunori Nakamura fills the new role of president. Nakamura has served numerous roles for Mitsubishi, most recently leading the cutting tool division in Ritto, Japan. Nakamura said, “We will work together to ensure a […]
March 4, 2021

GF launches high-precision MILL P 500 for part processing

Targeting mold and die makers in the ICT/EC segments and others, GF Machining Solutions offers the new MILL P 500 3-axis vertical milling machine in North America. The MILL P 500 delivers unparalleled levels of precision, reliability over extended machining periods, and exceptional productivity. Thanks to its robust and thermostabilized polymer granite base platform, the […]
March 4, 2021

Seco/Warwick has new order for gas nitriding furnace

Seco Warwick Group secured an order for a large gas pit nitriding furnace from a North American customer. Seco/Vacuum (SVT) cited the Group’s extensive experience and industry leadership in gas nitriding and ferritic nitrocarburizing process development, its R&D capabilities, and its local North American support as reasons for the customer’s decision. Seco/Warwick Group offers gas […]
March 4, 2021

Atlanta Gear Works adds to engineering department

Atlanta Gear Works has grown its engineering department by hiring mechanical engineer John B. Conway, BME, MBA, MSF. Conway is the third generation of the Conway family to work for the company founded by his father and grandfather in 1988. A graduate of Auburn University, Conway spent his college summers as an AGW engineering intern, […]
March 4, 2021

Mazak spotlights new Integrex i-H Series at All Axes Live

At its recent All Axes Live broadcast, Mazak continued the roll-out of its new i-H series with a demonstration of the productivity-boosting Integrex i-200H ST Multi-Tasking Machine. Like other Integrex i-H Series machines, the Integrex i-200H ST features a new design that increases flexibility and enhances machine performance for significantly easier automation integration, allowing shops […]
March 4, 2021