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It takes confidence to be the first to invest in new manufacturing technology. But the payback can be significant. That has been the experience at the Ford Motor Company's Transmission & Chassis Division plant at Indianapolis, IN, which boasts the world's first production application of dry hobbing.
The process of forging metal into shapes possesses a surprisingly long and storied history. For example, the method of hot rolling can trace its protracted existence all the way back to an enigmatic Italian polymath named Leonardo da Vinci (you may have heard of him), who reportedly invented the rolling mill one lazy day in the 1400s.
Ready or not, QS-9000 is here. If you are a first-tier supplier to one of the Big Three automotive companies, you've already heard that compliance with this new quality standard is now an entry-level requirement for doing business with Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. If you're a second-or third-tier supplier, you can expect the ripple effect of this new standard to hit your company one way or another.
ALD-Holcroft Vacuum Technologies Co. will host a two-day technical symposium at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan September 23– 24, 2008.
Might some of you may be tempted to skip IMTS this year? Business is just so-so. You can’t afford to be away from the shop. It will be a waste of time because you don’t have the budget for new machine tools or new technology anyway. You’ve cut back on travel expenses. It’s your wife’s birthday...
Recent trends in gear cutting technology have left process engineers searching for direction about which combination of cutting tool material, coating, and process technology will afford the best quality at the lowest total cost. Applying the new technologies can have associated risks that may override the potential cost savings. The many interrelated variables to be considered and evaluated tend to cloud the issue and make hobbing process development more difficult.
The word gear, in various forms, has been in use since around A.D. 1200, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Last issue we brought you Shakespearean gears. Now we'd like to show you some of the uses Americans have given our favorite word (from the Random House Dictionary of American Slang).
Mitutoyo offers capable, affordable and flexible gear inspection option via coordinate measuring machines and gear inspection software.
In this issue of Gear Technology, we are focusing on using computers to their greatest advantage in gear design and manufacturing. In a sense, that's old news. It's a cliche to suggest that computers make our work life easier and more productive. No company that wishes to remain competitive in today's global manufacturing environment can afford to be without computers in all their manifestations. We need them in the office; we need them next to our desks in place of drafting boards; we need them on the shop floor.
The effect of various lubricant factors on wormgear efficiency has been evaluated using a variety of gear types and conditions. In particular, the significant efficiency improvements afforded by certain types of synthetic lubricants have been investigated to determine the cause of these improvements. This paper describes broad wormgear testing, both in the laboratory and in service, and describes the extent to which efficiency can be affected by changes in the lubricant; the effects of viscosity, viscosity index improvers and, finally, synthetic lubricants are discussed. The work concludes that lubricant tractional properties can play a significant role in determining gear efficiency characteristics.
Now that the new tax bill has been passed, the time has come to begin evaluating how it will affect investment strategies in the machine tool business. Your first reaction may be to think that any motivation to invest in capital improvements in your company is gone, because both the investment tax credit and the accelerated depreciation on capital investment have been removed from the tax law. After all, if Uncle Sam is not going to help us out through some short term tax gains, why should we bother? Can we afford to bother?
Gearing for Munchkins Gene Kasten, president of Repair Parts, Inc., of Rockford, IL, is the proud owner of a miniature Barber-Colman hobber, the only one of its kind in the world. The machine, a replica of the old B-C "A" machine, was built between 1933 and 1941 by W. W. Dickover, who devoted 2, 640 hours of his spare time to the project.
News Items About Ford
1 Ford Invests $200 Million in Transmission Plant (March 22, 2007)
Ford Motor Co. announced a $200 million investment in the Sharonville, OH, transmission plant for a future high performance, fuel-efficie... Read News
2 Getrag Group and Getrag Ford Transmissions Combine Under Single Brand (April 6, 2006)
Fourteen individual companies in the Getrag Group and Getrag Ford Transmissions, all specializing in transmission systems, drivetrain com... Read News
3 Ford Announces Sale of Automotive Components Holdings’ PTU Business (August 30, 2007)
Ford Motor Co. and Linamar Corp. announced the signing of definitive agreements for the sale of the Automotive Components Holdings’... Read News
4 MAG Powertrain Installs MQL System for Ford (November 26, 2007)
MAG Powertrain is installing a Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL) machining system at the Ford Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling He... Read News
5 Clifford-Jacobs Hires Internal Sales Manager (January 26, 2010)
Clifford-Jacobs Forging Company hired Lori Brown to manage internal sales. Brown is a 16-year veteran in sales and marketing, most recent... Read News
6 New Sales Rep Joins Clifford-Jacobs (February 13, 2006)
Keith Vidourek joined the sales team at Clifford Jacobs. According to the company's press release, Vidourek and his company, Weber... Read News
7 New Rep Joins Clifford-Jacobs (April 14, 2006)
Bob Jardine has established Jardine & Associates LLC, a manufacturer's representative sales agency, and will be representing Clifford... Read News
8 Economy Tooling Line Creates an Affordable Start for Novice Router Users (April 14, 2009)
Techno, Inc. CNC Cutting Tools has announced the start of an economy tooling line of CNC router bits for use by novice CNC router users t... Read News
9 Halford Appointed Mayfran President (June 1, 2012)
Jeremy Halford was recently appointed president, Americas, of Mayfran International, Inc. He will be located at the company's headqua... Read News
10 Romax Provides Ford with Analysis Software (January 16, 2008)
The NVH and bearing analysis software from Romax Technology, Inc. has been designated as the principal engineering tool for predictive an... Read News
11 Stafford Offers Mounting Collars with Multiple Bore Designs (December 7, 2007)
Stafford recently introduced a universal mounting collar that can be supplied with different bore designs to fit rail mounts and other de... Read News