Gleason will introduce a host of advanced new machines, tooling, and global customer support services at Gear Expo 2013 covering a wide array of processes for the complete production and inspection of all types of bevel and cylindrical gears. On display for the first time in North America will be:
•The Gleason 100PS Power Skiving Machine, delivering significant productivity and quality gains for cylindrical external gears up to 100 mm in diameter, and internal gears to 150 mm in diameter. The new 100PS combines unique machine, cutting tool, and power skiving process expertise to offer users significant performance improvements, particularly in operations where shaping, forming, pressing and broaching are typically used. As compared to shaping, for example, the 100PS can deliver productivity rates as much as eight times higher. The Gleason Power Skiving process additionally delivers quality levels that are superior to other soft machining processes, with the potential to be used as a ‘green’ finishing operation.
In addition, the 100PS can be operated both manually and automatically, and easily integrated into production lines with a variety of peripheral equipment, making it an ideal solution for any production volume, any lot size. It’s just one of the complete new Gleason PS Power Skiving Series of machines with models available for work pieces as large as 700 mm in diameter.
• The Gleason 300GMS Analytical Gear Inspection System: Up to 45 percent faster complete inspection of automotive transmission gears and other smaller gears, gear cutting tools and non-gear parts. The new 300GMS – latest addition to the GMS Series of inspection systems (with models available for gears up to 3,000 mm in diameter) – was developed specifically to meet the needs of automotive transmission gear producers for a faster, more economical solution for complete gear and even non-gear parts inspection. It is the first GMS to feature the new Windows 7-based Gleason GAMATM 3.0 applications software suite which, like its GAMA 2.0 predecessor, offers users a highly intuitive user interface and simple input screens for programming of workpiece and cutting tool data. Those features, combined with ease of setup, a .NET control system, and movement optimization, reduce the cycle times required for the complete inspection of almost any gear or gear tool by up to 45 percent as compared to Gleason systems running earlier versions of GAMA, or competitive products.
The 300 GMS also features a new-generation Renishaw 3-D probe head to provide maximum accuracy and flexibility for the complete inspection of all kinds of gears and gear-cutting tools and, in particular, finer pitch gears.
The 300GMS is equipped with new ergonomically mounted operator workstations and a Gleason Diagnostic Module – both designed to greatly improve the operator’s effectiveness at every stage of the inspection process. The Gleason Diagnostic Module puts a number of powerful tools right at the operator’s fingertips, including a ‘weather station’ to record temperature and humidity, and video telephony, note pad and voice mail messaging capability, enabling the user to capture video, describe a particular programming issue and transmit it over the web to others in the customer’s organization or to Gleason for support.
In addition, the 300GMS, like all the systems in the GMS family, offers users the ability to meet a variety of inspection tasks beyond just gear geometry on a single platform, including surface finish and form measurement and even prismatic (CMM) measurement.
Visitors will also be introduced to a number of other significant products, technologies and services, including:
•The industry’s most complete line of gear cutting tool solutions. Gleason is the industry’s leading supplier of virtually every cutting tool type for the production of cylindrical and bevel gears of all types and sizes. On display will be advanced new bevel gear cutting tools for cutting and grinding straight, spiral and hypoid bevel gears. For cylindrical gear production, visitors will find a full array of hobs, form relieved milling cutters, shaper cutters, chamfering and deburring tools, shaving cutters, honing tools, coated diamond and CBN grinding wheels, diamond dressing wheels and diamond dressing rolls.
•Advanced workholding solutions. In addition, Gleason designs and produces a complete series of quick-change, tool-less workholding equipment for both bevel gear and cylindrical gear, and non-gear production machines. These systems range from the Gleason X-Pandisk systems which automatically align workpieces weighing up to 2,000 kg to reduce changeover time by up to 70 percent, to Quick-Flex and a large variety of quick-change workholding solutions that significantly reduce change-over times for the production of both bevel and cylindrical gears up to 200 mm in diameter. For inspection systems, Gleason offers the high-precision Gleason LeCount expanding mandrels line, renowned for accurate, easy, extremely rapid location of all types of bore parts.
•Gleason Global Services. Gleason customers can rely on 250 factory trained service professionals located in over 50 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, working around the clock to deliver the full range of aftermarket service and support capabilities. Among the most recent of these is the new Gleason Connect ‘Remote Service technology, which enables Gleason Service Specialists from anywhere in the world to quickly and cost effectively identify, diagnose, repair and monitor products, minimizing costly downtime.