Matthew Jaster

Matthew Jaster, Senior Editor, has a B.A. in journalism from Columbia College Chicago and has 15+ years of writing and editing experience in automotive, manufacturing, engineering, law and arts and entertainment. He's been with Gear Technology since 2007. (Bio last updated 2018-02-05 Contact Randy Stott, Managing Editor, with changes.)

Articles by Matthew Jaster

  • The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth (March/April 2018)
    It's Perfectly Acceptable to Bring Work Home with You for Maker Faire
  • A Look at Intelligent Workholding and Toolholding (March/April 2018)
    New Solutions Aim at Reducing Changeover Times and Improving Reliability
  • Grinding It Out (January/February 2018)
    C & B Machinery Meets Rigorous Demands with Installation of Manufacturing Cell.
  • Pardon the Disruption (January/February 2018)
    Emerging technologies such as robotics/automation, new materials, additive manufacturing and IIoT can and will change the course of gear manufacturing for the foreseeable future.
  • Material Assets (November/December 2017)
    You get one shot to make a first impression. One opportunity to show your customers, vendors and suppliers that you provide a steady, reliable product that will generate repeat business. How do you make this happen? What tools and strategies are available to get gear materials (forgings, gear blanks, etc.) shipped faster and more efficiently in today's tech-heavy, fast-paced, manufacturing environment?
  • Guilt by Association (September/October 2017)
    The definition is pretty straightforward: An association is an organization of persons having a common interest. Basically, it's a group that shares a purpose or mission that exists for the mutual advancement of its members.
  • What's New and Noteworthy in Powder Metal (September/October 2017)
    First, the facts: powder metallurgy is a cost-effective method of forming precision net-shape metal components that allows for more efficiently designed products. It saves valuable raw materials through recycling and the elimination of costly secondary-machining. PM competes with wrought steel gears as the technology continues to advance. You'll find PM components in everything from automobile transmissions to aircraft turbine engines, surgical equipment and power tools.
  • The Multifunctional Option (August 2017)
    Toyoda's new GS300H5 Gear Skiving Center is the first in the world to equip a skiving function to a general purpose horizontal machining center (HMC), through which mass production of gear parts is achieved. CNC controls and a high speed rotary table were developed specifically to achieve high-speed, multifunctional machining, as a compact and lightweight product, simple in programming functions.
  • Skiving - A Manufacturing Renaissance (August 2017)
    Skiving will be front and center when the gear industry comes together in Columbus this October. Attendees will find dedicated skiving equipment, multifunctional machines with skiving options and a slew of new cutting tools, machine designs and modifications to make the process more efficient and robust.
  • Gear Expo 2017 (August 2017)
    AGMA Sets Up Shop in Living Laboratory of the Midwest. Columbus, Ohio recently surpassed Indianapolis as the second largest city in the Midwest behind Chicago, according to the United States Census Bureau. This could change come the 2020 census, but there's no denying Buckeye Nation is going places.
  • Anatomy of a Rebuild (June 2017)
    Nuttall Gear taps Machine Tool Builders for shop floor upgrades.
  • Testing 1-2-3 (June 2017)
    Software updates for the gear industry. What's new and noteworthy in software applications in 2017?
  • The AGS Gear Industry Training Series (May 2017)
    An Introduct to Gear Process Engineering.
  • Upgrading Your Toolbox (May 2017)
    Manufacturers focus on tool design, materials, coating, machine tool options and cutting parameters.
  • Message Received (March/April 2017)
    Big Data Expands Process Capabilities for Multi-Axis Machining.
  • Slow and Steady (January/February 2017)
    The results of our Annual State of the Gear Industry Survey (See page 26) provided insight on 2016 as well as forecasts for 2017. Here is additional insight from some of the industry's leaders.
  • Gear Shop of Tomorrow (November/December 2016)
    It's Monday morning, December 15, 2036. An autonomous vehicle drops off two engineers in front of a gear manufacturing facility in Metro Detroit. They punch in for work on their wristwatches and pay Uber for the ride on a smartphone. One of the engineers begins walking the shop floor, monitoring a series of collaborative robots using a tablet the size of a paperback novel. These robots interact right on the floor with the minimal staff scheduled to oversee manufacturing operations. Another engineer wears an interactive headset and begins training a group of new engineers (in real time) from China using some form of augmented reality.
  • Managing Shop Floor Data (September/October 2016)
    There's no substitute for a good software package in gear manufacturing. It's a critical shop floor tool that provides practical engineering services that customers appreciate. When you're in the business of specifying and procuring high quality gears, the software needs to meet many objectives including the consideration of all tolerances of center distance, tooth thickness and tip diameters, root diameters, fillets, etc. It's also imperative that the software updates include the latest revisions to the gear standards being used in the industry.
  • Updating Modern Production Processes (August 2016)
    Gear Technology interviews Scott Yoders of Liebherr about the latest gear machining technologies of relevance to automotive manufacturers.
  • Checking Up on Your Heat Treater (July 2016)
    What quality and performance characteristics should you look for?
  • Making Music Via Marbles (June 2016)
    According to his official biography, Martin Molin specializes in vibraphone and music box as the ringleader of the band Wintergatan (Swedish for The Milky Way).
  • The Comprehensive Gear Grind (June 2016)
    Looking for some simple yet useful advice heading into IMTS 2016? Never second guess your machine tool investment. Flexibility is a mandatory requirement in gear manufacturing today. Accuracy, reliability and efficiency must improve with each new machine tool purchase. Innovation is always the end game. So it comes as no surprise that IMTS 2016 attendees will have plenty of gear grinding technologies to consider this fall.
  • All-For-One, One-For-All (May 2016)
    The "less is more" mantra is certainly a rallying cry in manufacturing. Technologies like multiaxis machining, 3D printing and automation are enabling companies to be more efficient, cost-conscious and flexible on the shop floor.
  • Taking on Tight Margins in Wind Energy (March/April 2016)
    Onshore and offshore wind turbines boast some of the most critical assets in order to run effectively.
  • Looming Large (January/February 2016)
    Let's talk about large gears. Not the size or scope or inspection process, but the forecast and market potential in areas that utilize these massive components. We'll examine key industry segments like energy and mining and tap IHS Economics for a forecast for 2016 and 2017 (spoiler alert: it's not great). Additionally, we'll discuss some of the critical factors influencing global big gear manufacturers Ferry-Capitain and Hofmann Engineering.
  • Portable Gear Inspection (July 2014)
    Compact, custom and portable solutions are gaining more attention in manufacturing today as companies seek out the tools that offer the greatest productivity gains on the shop floor. Gear inspection seems to be following suit.