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The article "The Interrelationship of Tooth Thickness Measurements as Evaluated by Various Measuring Techniques" appeared in the September/October 1987 issue of Gear Technology.

Summary
The first commandment for gears reads "Gears must have backlash!" When gear teeth are operated without adequate backlash, any of several problems may occur, some of which may lead to disaster. As the teeth try to force their way through mesh, excessive separating forces are created which may cause bearing failures. These same forces also produce a wedging action between the teeth with resulting high loads on the teeth. Such loads often lead to pitting and to other failures related to surface fatigue, and in some cases, bending failures.

Keywords
inspection, measurement, tooth thickness

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