Gear Industry News 2010

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Fairfield Manufacturing Makes Commitment to Indiana
Fairfield Manufacturing will make a $53.1 million capital investment over the next three years at its Lafayette plant. The announcement w... (posted 2010-12-29)

Gleason Opens Subsidiary in Russia
Gleason Corporation recently opened a new wholly-owned subsidiary in Russia, Gleason Sales (CIS).  Strategically located in Kor... (posted 2010-12-21)

2011 AGMA Fall Technical Meeting Call For Papers
Planning is already underway for the 2011 Fall Technical Meeting (FTM), to be held October 30 - November 1, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Nex... (posted 2010-12-20)

PMA Business Report for December Optimistic
According to the December 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies anticipate a s... (posted 2010-12-15)

QuesTek Innovations Wins Research Project
QuesTek Innovations LLC has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project from the U.S. Army to demonstrate t... (posted 2010-12-09)

Sandvik Names New Director, Business Services
Sandvik Coromant recently announced that Mike Verkamp has been named the company's new director, business services. In this position,... (posted 2010-12-08)

Gleason Establishes New Sales and Service Operation in Brazil
To meet the needs of gear manufacturers in the Brazilian market, Gleason Corporation has expanded its global presence with the formation ... (posted 2010-12-07)

Inductoheat Ships Induction Hardening and Tempering System
Inductoheat, Inc., a leading induction heating equipment manufacturer, recently shipped an induction hardening and tempering system to a ... (posted 2010-12-06)

Nordex Secures 75 MW Project from EverPower
Shortly after dedicating its new wind turbine manufacturing plant in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Nordex USA secured an order for a 75 MW project... (posted 2010-12-02)

Sicmat Achieves ISO 14001 Certification
Sicmat S.p.A., an Italian company with 70 years of experience in the field of machine tools for the automotive industry, as well as preci... (posted 2010-12-01)

Sandvik, Haas and ABB Robotics Celebrate Tech Center
Sandvik Coromant recently participated in the grand opening ceremony of the Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) at Vincennes Universit... (posted 2010-11-29)

SME Appoints Committee Members for AeroDef Exposition
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) recently announced the appointment of seven executive committee members for the AeroDef... (posted 2010-11-23)

MAG Expands Machine Tool Range
MAG IAS, LLC , a machine tool and factory automation company, is investing to develop a range of larger and more versatile machine tools ... (posted 2010-11-19)

AGMA Chairman E. Ray Haley (1928-2010)
AGMA notes the passing of Edwin Ray Haley on November 3, 2010 in Jackson, Mississippi. Haley was the AGMA chairman of the board... (posted 2010-11-18)

Solar Atmospheres Sees Optimistic Outlook for Titanium Market
About 1,000 delegates from across the titanium industry heard an optimistic outlook from more than 100 experts on the titanium market, wh... (posted 2010-11-16)

AGMA Moves Forward with Spline Technical Committee
Following a long line of AGMA product and specialty standards, splines are finally getting an opportunity to join the discussion. In Sept... (posted 2010-11-08)

Mazak Welcomes LNS to VIP Program
Mazak has announced the certification of LNS, a manufacturer of bar feeding equipment, as a new member of Mazakʼs Value Inspired Par... (posted 2010-11-05)

Manufacturing Technology Consumption Up 62 Percent
August U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $246.42 million, according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT)... (posted 2010-11-04)

Taraman Named Board of Directors President
Khalil S. Taraman, Ph.D, FSME, PE and D.I.T. chair of manufacturing engineering, Lawrence Technological University (LTU), Southfield, Mic... (posted 2010-11-03)

Wenzel/Xspect Solutions Retrofits CMMs
Wenzel/Xspect Solutions has one of the largest used CMM machine shops in North America for rebuilding and remanufacturing all makes of CM... (posted 2010-11-02)

Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 62.4 Percent in 2010
August U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $246.42 million, according to the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)... (posted 2010-10-21)

Gene Haas Foundation Provides Grant to SME
The Gene Haas Foundation has recently provided a $150,000 grant to the SME Education Foundation to help qualified students interested in ... (posted 2010-10-18)

SME Acquires Tooling University LLC
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), based in Dearborn, Mich., and Tooling University LLC (Tooling U), based in Cleveland, recen... (posted 2010-10-14)

MTI Announces New Product/Pricing Packages
MTI Systems, a provider of cost estimating solutions for manufacturing, recently announced the release of three new Costimator Produ... (posted 2010-10-13)

Ronson Gear Announces Staff Moves
In preparation for anticipated accelerated growth over the next few years, gear manufacturer, Ronson Gears has announced a reshuffle of m... (posted 2010-10-12)

MAG Acquiring Samputensili Gear Hobbing Line
MAG, a manufacturing technology company, has acquired the gear hobbing and chamfering/deburring product line of Samputensili GmbH in Chem... (posted 2010-10-11)

GL Certifies Software for RomaxWIND
Romax Technology Limited's virtual development platform, RomaxWIND, has been officially certified by GL Renewables Certification (GL)... (posted 2010-10-11)

Adams Company Invests in Gear Measurement System
The Adams Company, a custom manufacturer of bevel, helical, spur, worm gears and shafts, are continuing to acquire the latest equipm... (posted 2010-10-07)

DMG/Mori Seiki Announce 2010 Innovation Winners
The winners of the 2010 Innovation of the Americas cutting contest were announced at a dinner reception in their honor that took place du... (posted 2010-10-06)

Nordex Begins Wind Production in Arkansas
Nordex's newly built wind turbine manufacturing plant in Jonesboro, Arkansas officially opened October 4. "Two years ago, we ann... (posted 2010-10-05)

AMT Applauds Manufacturing Legislation
The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) recently released a statement supporting President Obama's signing of the Small Bu... (posted 2010-10-04)

Hi-Tech Gears Wins Shingo Silver Medallion
13 recipients were recently awarded the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence including Hi-Tech Gears Limited, located in Haryana, Indi... (posted 2010-09-29)

Romax and Hansen Sign Agreement for Wind Turbine Services
Romax Technology, a drivetrain and gearbox solutions specialist, and Hansen Transmissions International NV, a wind turbine gearbox design... (posted 2010-09-24)

Drake Grinders Upgrade China Gage Capabilities
Drake Manufacturing Services Co. recently shipped another in a series of high precision gage grinding machines to one of China's emer... (posted 2010-09-23)

Moventas Expands Global Manufacturing Reach
With an investment in Portland, Oregon, Moventas is taking a significant step to expand its global manufacturing and assembly offerings f... (posted 2010-09-22)

Oliver Gear Earns ISO 9001-2008 Registration
Sam Haines, president of Gear Motions, joins Mike Barron, vice president/general manager, and some of the Oliver Gear employee owners, up... (posted 2010-09-10)

Gleason Introduces Gleason Metrology Systems
Gleason Corporation recently announced that it has changed the name of its subsidiary in West Carrollton, Ohio from Gleason M&M Preci... (posted 2010-09-10)

Spain Manufacturing Technology Represented at IMTS
Despite a challenging economy, Spain continues to demonstrate commitment across all growth industries, including manufacturing technology... (posted 2010-09-08)

Cone Drive Celebrates 85 Years
At a time when many American companies are moving their manufacturing operations internationally or shutting doors altogether, Cone ... (posted 2010-09-02)

Forest City Gear Celebrates 55 Years with Corn Boil
Forest City Gear celebrated its 55th year in business with a good old-fashioned corn boil on the company premises, July 24, 2010.  O... (posted 2010-09-01)

Kohl Named President of HAINBUCH America
Hank Kohl has recently been named president of HAINBUCH America. Kohl has more than 25 years of experience in the machine tool industry. ... (posted 2010-08-31)

Mazak Constructing Southwest Tech Center, HQ
Houston is the site of Mazak Corporation's future Southwest Technology Center and Regional Headquarters. The facility will offer supp... (posted 2010-08-27)

Mitsubishi to Build Gear Machines in China
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) is planning to launch production of gear cutting machines in China at a facility that will simult... (posted 2010-08-20)

IMTS Inspiration Day Set For September 13
Keynote speakers from four different industries will be presenting programs at the first ever Industry Inspiration Day at IMTS. Allan McA... (posted 2010-08-18)

Manufacturing Museum Must See at IMTS
Artifacts on loan from the American Precision Museum, located in Windsor, Vermont, will entertain and engage visitors on the history of m... (posted 2010-08-16)

Star SU Representing Galdabini
A cooperation agreement has been reached between Galdabini and Star SU for sale and after-sales service of manual and automatic straighte... (posted 2010-08-06)

Gear Technology Appoints Management, Invests in Machinery
Two senior level managers were promoted by Gear Technology. Joe Campa (pictured right), formerly quality assurance manager, is now direct... (posted 2010-08-05)

Wenzel/Xspect Appoints Sales Manager
Giles Gaskell was announced as the North American sales manger for 3-D imaging products for Wenzel/Xspect Solutions, subsidiary of Wenzel... (posted 2010-08-03)

Koepfer and Carl Zeiss Form Business Partnership
Carl Zeiss IMT is expanding its reach into all areas of gear metrology in its business partner agreement with Koepfer America for the Uni... (posted 2010-08-02)

Chuck Miller Joins Solar Atmospheres of Southern California
Solar Atmospheres of California (SACA) is one step closer to the establishment of its state-of-the-art Vacuum Heat Treating facility in S... (posted 2010-07-15)

Manufacturing Technology Consumption Up 52.9 Percent
U.S. manufacturing technology consumption (USMTC) in May totaled $178.34 million, according to the American Machine Tool Distributors&#... (posted 2010-07-14)

Gleason Hosts Global Customers at Gear Solutions Forum
Gleason Corporation recently showcased its latest gear manufacturing technologies at its Gear Solutions Forum at the Gleason-Pfauter... (posted 2010-07-09)

Gear Expo 2011 Website Up and Running
The website for Gear Expo 2011 officially went live this week. The show takes place November 1-3, 2011 at the Duke Energy Convention Cent... (posted 2010-07-08)

Wenzel/Xspect Appoints GM
Andy Woodward has been named general manager of North American operations for Wenzel/Xspect Solutions, a subsidiary of Wenzel Group GmbH,... (posted 2010-07-06)

U.S. Gear Contracts United Process Controls
New furnace controls and data acquisition from United Process Controls have been ordered by U.S. Gear, a division of AxleTech Internation... (posted 2010-07-06)

Excel Gear Makes Two Key Appointments
Denis Bermingham (pictured right) has been named manager of manufacturing engineering and special projects for Excel Gear Inc., and Willi... (posted 2010-07-01)

Pelian Joins AFC-Holcroft
AFC-Holcroft, one of the largest manufacturers of industrial heat treating equipment in the world, announces the signing of an agent in P... (posted 2010-06-30)

Great Lakes Industry Awarded Michigan Clean Energy Grant
A $2.5 million Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing (CEAM) award was granted to Great Lakes Industry Gear LLC, a subsidiary of Jackson, MI... (posted 2010-06-29)

U.S. Demand for Synthetic Lubricant, Functional Fluid to Reach $4.8 Billion in 2013
U.S. demand for synthetic lubricants and functional fluids will expand more than three percent per year to $4.8 billion in 2013, with gro... (posted 2010-06-25)

IMTS Focuses on Four Developing Technologies
Everyone comes to IMTS to see "the next big thing." You can see four of these at the Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at IMTS 2... (posted 2010-06-23)

IMTS Welcomes Full Scale Model of F-35 Lightning II
Lockheed Martin has agreed to exhibit a full-scale model of its F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter during IMTS - The International Ma... (posted 2010-06-22)

Sandvik Coromant Appoints Aerospace Manager
Sandvik Coromant recently announced the promotion of Kevin Mayer to the position of Manager of Aerospace. Prior to this appointment, Maye... (posted 2010-06-21)

Solar Carburizes 60 Inch Diameter Gear
Solar Atmospheres, Souderton, Pa, recently announced it has successfully vacuum carburized a large gear required for a defense appli... (posted 2010-06-18)

Manufacturing Technology Consumption Up 50.6 Percent Year-to-Date
April U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $222.36 million, according to AMT- the Association for Manufacturing Technology (... (posted 2010-06-17)

Abstracts for PM2010 World Congress Now Available
The PM2010 World Congress taking place in Florence, Italy from October 10-15 features a number of technical sessions devoted to MIM and C... (posted 2010-06-16)

Romax Appoints Business Development Manager for Hybrid Technology
Romax Technology recently recruited a new business development manager to manage Romax's hybrid and electric vehicle consultancy.&nbs... (posted 2010-06-15)

Bonfiglioli Yaw and Pitch Drives Power German Offshore Wind Farm
Germany's first offshore wind farm, Alpha Ventus, features yaw and pitch drives from the Bonfiglioli Group. The wind farm feature... (posted 2010-06-09)

Shaoguan Hongda Gear Co Purchases Turnkey Nitriding System
Nitrex Metal Inc. received an order from Shaoguan Hongda Gear Co. Ltd., a Chinese manufacturer of transmission components, for a turnkey ... (posted 2010-06-07)

Romax Opens Dedicated Wind Energy Technical Centre
Romax Technology will open a new Technical Centre in Colorado in June, in response to the growing demand for their technical consultancy ... (posted 2010-06-02)

MIM2011 Issues a Call for Papers
Following the success of this year's MIM2010 conference, the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has issued a "Call for Pr... (posted 2010-06-02)

Hammar Joins Huffman Corporation
Huffman Corporation recently announced that it has added a key resource to their senior management team to address growth in the flight a... (posted 2010-06-01)

NTMA & PMA Issue Statement on Small Business Lending
The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) issued the following statement in ... (posted 2010-05-25)

Applied Technical Products Represents Riten in Mid-Atlantic
Riten workholding products are now represented in the Carolinas, Virginia and West Virginia by Applied Technical Products Inc. (ATP), a m... (posted 2010-05-25)

Zeiss Adds Maruka as Distributor
Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology recently announced that Maruka U.S.A. will be the new distributor of ZEISS metrology equipment for Kansas... (posted 2010-05-24)

DGI Supply Wins ISA's American Eagle Award
DGI Supply has been recognized for outstanding achievement in documented productivity savings for its manufacturing customers with the Am... (posted 2010-05-24)

U.S. Gear Tools Appoints Sales, Marketing Manager
Mike Callesen has joined U.S. Gear Tools as sales and marketing manager. Callesen has over 30 years experience in the sales and applicati... (posted 2010-05-19)

Solar Atmospheres Breaks Ground in California
Solar Atmospheres, Inc. recently broke ground on May 3, 2010, for their new plant site in Fontana, California.  This new addition to... (posted 2010-05-19)

PTE Joins Facebook and LinkedIn
Power Transmission Engineering (PTE), sister publication to Gear Technology, is now on Facebook and LinkedIn in an effort to enhance read... (posted 2010-05-18)

U.S. Gear Tools Names Vice President, GM
U.S. Gear Tools, Inc. recently announced that Adam Lambert has joined the company as its new vice president and general manager. Lambert,... (posted 2010-05-18)

Sandvik Coromant Sponsors Manufacturing Contest
Sandvik Coromant recently sponsored a contest at Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana where 21 students from the school's Advan... (posted 2010-05-18)

Titan Completes Road Shows in Arizona and California
Ipsen has just concluded its most recent Road Show, stopping in the Phoenix and Los Angeles areas to demonstrate Titan's unique featu... (posted 2010-05-12)

Quebec-Area Manufacturing Increases
In the midst of the recent recession, recovery for the manufacturing sector in Quebec was expected to be long and slow, but the momentum ... (posted 2010-05-10)

Ipsen Concludes First Series of Spanish Seminars
Thirteen vacuum furnace techs recently graduated from the first series of Ipsen-U seminars in Hermosillo, Mexico. Representatives from Ho... (posted 2010-05-10)

Spicer India Break Ground for Gear Plant
Spicer India Ltd. announced groundbreaking on a hypoid gear manufacturing facility and testing center in Chakan, Pune, India. The joint v... (posted 2010-05-07)

Premium Energy Launches Tech Center
Premium Energy Transmission Ltd., located in Pune, India, recently launched a new technology center that will allow the company to provid... (posted 2010-04-30)

Toyoda Lends Machining Center to Blinn Technical College
Toyoda Machinery recently loaned an FV1365 vertical machining center to Blinn Technical College in Brenham, Texas. The machine will be us... (posted 2010-04-30)

Romax Appoints Chief Operating Officer
Romax Technology Limited, a technical consultancy providing design and analysis services for gearboxes, bearings and drivetrains is pleas... (posted 2010-04-29)

Carl Zeiss Opens West Coast Tech Center
Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology celebrated the grand opening of the West Coast Tech Center in Irvine, California on April 6-7. Set up as ... (posted 2010-04-28)

Kahraman Presented 2009 Alumni Award
Dr. Ahmet Kahraman was recently awarded the 2009 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at... (posted 2010-04-27)

PTG Plans to Sell Subsidiaries
The board of U.K.-based Precision Technologies Group announced the proposed sale of a number of its subsidiary businesses to Chongqing Ma... (posted 2010-04-26)

Gear Expo 2011 Moves to Cincinnati
After settling into Indianapolis for Gear Expo 2009, AGMA recently announced that Gear Expo 2011 will take place November 1-3 in Cincinna... (posted 2010-04-22)

SAE Awards Outstanding Contribution
Jack Champaigne, president of Electronics Inc. and publisher of The Shot Peener, received an Outstanding Contribution Award from SAE Inte... (posted 2010-04-20)

Habasit Appoints President of Gearmotor Division
George Rizza joins Habasit America as president of the Gearmotor Division. Rizza previously served as vice president of sales at Nord Gea... (posted 2010-04-15)

Hansen Transmissions Appoints CEO
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British Gear Association Announces Two Research Projects
The first of two ongoing research projects the British Gear Association (BGA) is working on focuses on reducing the micropitting wear rat... (posted 2010-04-12)

Gleason-M&M Calibration Lab Completes A2LA Assessment
The Gleason-M&M Precision Systems' Calibration Lab has received accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 following a successful recertifi... (posted 2010-04-09)

ASQ Joins Forces for Single Lean Certification Standard
With the goal of moving toward a single standard for lean manufacturing certification and workforce development, the American Society for... (posted 2010-04-06)

Solar Manufacturing, Inc. Adds Sales Support in Pacific Northwest
Solar Manufacturing, Inc. recently formed an agreement with Kelly LeBard, owner of Hartley Sales Corporation, to provide sales representa... (posted 2010-04-05)

Broadwind Energy Appoints Brad Foote President
Daniel E. Schueller was appointed president of Brad Foote Gear Works, Inc., the gearing systems business of Broadwind Energy, Inc. Schu... (posted 2010-04-01)

Joe LaRussa Named SME Director of Membership
As of April 5, Joe LaRussa is assuming membership activity duties for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) from Debbie Holton, w... (posted 2010-03-31)

Rotek Launches Contract Machining Services
Rotek Incorporated, a North American manufacturer of slewing bearings and seamless rolled rings, now offers contract machining services u... (posted 2010-03-30)

Oven Industries, Inc. Receives Aerospace Certification
Oven Industries, Inc. recently announced it has been awarded official accreditation to the AS9100 international aerospace quality standar... (posted 2010-03-24)

Inductoheat Receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification
  Inductoheat Inc. recently received its ISO 9001:2008 certification for induction heating coils, power supplies and ancillary equip... (posted 2010-03-22)

Broadwind Energy Plans Expansion of Gearbox Capabilities
Broadwind Energy, Inc. recently announced the expansion of its Precision Repair and Engineering services with enhanced megawatt (MW) gear... (posted 2010-03-17)

Reishauer Corp. Announces Changes to Sales Team
Reishauer recently announced the appointment of Ben Cernohous to the position of regional sales manager for machines and diamond/CBN dres... (posted 2010-03-16)

JRM International Appoints Sales Manager
Juergen Walters has been hired as the sales manager for the gear products division of JRM International, Inc. Walters comes to JRM with 1... (posted 2010-03-11)

SME Elects First Woman President
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has elected a woman to lead the organization for the first time in its 78-year history. Barb... (posted 2010-03-10)

Shot Peening Conference Calls for Papers
The organizing committee of the Eleventh International Conference on Shot Peening (ISCP-11) is seeking papers that further the understand... (posted 2010-03-09)

Advanced Machine & Engineering Appoints Product Manager
  Christian Schedler has been promoted to the position of product manager of the Speedcut Saw Technology Division of Advanced Machin... (posted 2010-03-09)

Kurt Manufacturing Signs Agreement with Leader Chuck Systems
  Kurt Manufacturing Company, located in Minneapolis, MN, recently signed an exclusive agreement with Leader Chuck Systems Ltd. in B... (posted 2010-03-08)

SME Invests in Manufacturing Education Centers for High Schools
  Tomorrow's global leaders will have to be tech-savvy and ready for advanced manufacturing jobs requiring skills in electronics... (posted 2010-03-08)

Goellner Promotes VP
Greg Champion was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for Goellner, Inc., the holding company for Advanced Machine and Engi... (posted 2010-03-05)

BCI Purchases Broaching Machine
Bremen Castings broached its first casting in January from its in-house machine shop in Bremen, Indiana.  The Colonial Horizontal 1... (posted 2010-02-11)

QuesTek Awards Production Licenses for Gear Alloys
Latrobe Specialty Steel Company was awarded licenses to produce and sell Ferrium C61 and C64 alloys from QuesTek Innovations LLC. Both hi... (posted 2010-02-11)

Global restructuring of SAMP manufacturing locations
Star SU partner SAMP S.p.a announced that it will consolidate, restructure and relocate its Chemnitz, Germany and Ortona, Italy manufactu... (posted 2010-02-01)

Clifford-Jacobs Hires Internal Sales Manager
Clifford-Jacobs Forging Company hired Lori Brown to manage internal sales. Brown is a 16-year veteran in sales and marketing, most recent... (posted 2010-01-26)

Ritchie Named Vice President, Sales Engineering Machine Tools
Mark Ritchie was named vice president, sales engineering machine tools of Star-SU LLC, effective January 11, 2010. His duties include man... (posted 2010-01-20)

International Scientific Committee for Shot Peening Announces Conference Call for Papers
The Eleventh International Conference on Shot Peening (ICSP-11) will be held September 12-15, 2011 in South Bend, IN. ICSP-11 is a trienn... (posted 2010-01-08)

2010 Metal Powder Testing and Bearings Standards Released
The 2010 editions of Standard Test Methods for Metal Powders and Powder Metallurgy (PM) Products, and Standard 35, Materials Standards fo... (posted 2010-01-05)