Forest City Gear adds metal alloy analysis to gear inspection capabilities


Forest City Gear can now perform fast, comprehensive analysis and verification of metal alloys for quality assurance and control using its new Thermo Scientific™ Niton™ XRF Analyzer.

The Niton XRF Analyzer enables Forest City Gear to quickly and easily verify the metal alloys used in barstock and/or near net shape blanks received from outside suppliers meet specifications before gears are produced. It can also be used to confirm that the chemical composition of metal alloys after heat treat meets requirements. The Analyzer can even be used to verify the plating thickness over metal to ensure that plating performed by outside vendors conforms to specification.

The lightweight, hand-held and purpose-built construction of the Niton Analyzer makes it ideal for application in a wide range of environments, from shop floor to outdoors.

It’s one of many technologies Forest City Gear has at its disposal in a company-wide quality assurance system that is among the most rigorous in the industry.

Since 1955, Roscoe, Illinois-based, family-owned Forest City Gear has been one of the gear industry’s leading sources for the development, manufacture, and inspection of the highest quality gears for use in applications that range from medical devices to motorcycles, airplanes to automation, even including the Mars Curiosity Rover.

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