State of the Gear Industry Perspectives takes an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities in gear manufacturing today and in the future. Our sixth installment online is an interview with Shane Hollingsworth, vice president of sales, Kapp Technologies.
Gearboxes used in electric vehicles are not only designed for high speeds and high torques – they are also very compact. This is not only true for the automotive sector, but also – and above all – for innovative types of applications such as e-bikes. These small but high-power and electrically driven gearboxes inspire design engineers to come up with more creative solutions. In many cases, they comprise small components with interfering contours, which pose new challenges for production. When it comes to the hard finishing of the gear teeth, the process-related potential goes hand in hand with high production costs. The most economical option is probably generating grinding. However, not all generating grinding machines are suitable for the production of the compact components. This article outlines the relevant demands and demonstrates possible solutions.
The Kapp Niles ZX series provides high-end productivity, even for bigger gears and larger modules. It is driven by an electrical high-accuracy direct drive, providing a high level of positioning accuracy even for the profile grinding process.
The complete Product News section from the January/February 2022 issue of Gear Technology, with new technology from Marposs, Solar Atmospheres, Mahr, Kennametal, Kapp Niles, Southern Gear, SMW Autoblok, WFL Millturn, Doosan Robotics and LK Metrology.
It’s that time of year again! Pandemic fears, supply chain issues, economic growth sprinkled in with some economic uncertainty. Every year, we take an in-depth look at the State of the Gear Industry and every year provides an interesting and colorful array of challenges, surprises and new innovations. Gear Technology spoke with Prasad Kizhakel, Chief Sales Officer at the Klingelnberg Group, Udo Stolz, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Gleason Corporation, and Shane Hollingsworth, Vice President Sales at Kapp Technologies to assess what the next five years in gear manufacturing may look like from the machine tool providers