MPT Expo Preview: Helios Gear Products

After more than a year of COVID-19 pandemic challenges, gear manufacturers are ready to get back to work. This includes learning about th...

Helios will feature the Neo Power Skiving line at MPT Expo 2021.

After more than a year of COVID-19 pandemic challenges, gear manufacturers are ready to get back to work. This includes learning about the latest technology available to the industry, so Helios Gear Products looks forward to exhibiting at the 2021 Motion + Power Technology Expo (MPT Expo) September 14–16, 2021, Booth #3521. Gear manufacturers of all types should attend the show to see the latest for processes like hobbing, shaping, thread milling, deburring, grinding, inspection, and more. “The expo is a critical research tool for manufacturers to stay up-to-date on industry trends and manufacturing disrupters,” said Adam Gimpert, Helios president.

In the Helios show booth, manufacturers will see a Hera 90 CNC gear hobbing and thread (worm) milling machine with unified gantry automation. This machine offers a single platform for automatically hobbing and milling parts up to approximately 3.5” outside diameter. With its 6,000 rpm cutter spindle, the machine productively handles small parts with small hobs by maximizing surface speeds. This high-speed spindle also enables productive milling of worms. Moreover, this machine will demonstrate its versatile, easy-to-set-up automation system to prove its place as the industry-leading workhorse at an unbeatable price for fine-pitch gear manufacturing.

Also in the Hera series of hobbing machines, show attendees will learn about the uncompromising model 350, which empowers manufacturers as a robust vertical hobbing platform for parts up to approximately 15” outside diameter. As with other Hera hobbers, the 350 is surprisingly affordable and offers several options for an optimized solution, such as 2- or 4-station ring loaders, re-hobbing abilities, automation systems, and more. Similarly, Helios offers the Hera models 500 and 750 for parts up to approximately 30” outside diameter. Additionally, manufacturers of fine- and ultra-fine-pitch gears will want to learn about the Hera 30, which features dual direct-drive work spindles, and a 10,000 rpm hob spindle for productive hobbing of parts up to approximately 1.6” outside diameter.

For productive manufacturing of internal gears, Helios will feature the Neo Power Skiving (“NEOPS”) line. This series of machines, which includes the models 100, 200, and 400, produces internal or external gears for parts up to approximately 16.5” outside diameter. Compared to traditional shaping, a NEOPS can produce precision gears in a fraction of the time, making it a go-to choice for manufacturers of internal gears. “Show attendees will really want to stop by and learn about the Neo power skiving machine, which offers this cutting-edge technology at a fraction of the price compared to competitors in the market,” said David Harroun, Helios vice-president.

At the MPT Expo, Helios will also feature the 2021 CNC upgrades to its line of Tecnomacchine (“TM”) gear deburring machines. The TM series now offers manufacturers complete CNC programming of the chamfer-deburring process. This includes tool position (radial, axial, tangential, and inclination), tool pressure, tool rotation speed, tool rotation direction, workpiece rotation direction, and workpiece rotation speed. This allows manufacturers to store a complete application to later be recalled by the CNC with just a few software steps. Consequently, changeover time reduces to a few minutes rather than the traditional 30-45 minutes. Moreover, it significantly lowers the bar for personnel training, altogether making the machine investment more flexible and productive for high-mix gear manufacturing.

Helios also offers manufacturers cutting and abrasive tools, including hobs, milling cutters, shaper cutters, continuous generating grinding wheels, form (single-profile) grinding wheels, bevel gear grinding cups, diamond dressing gears, and more. Manufacturers will want to establish their communication channel with Helios engineers at the show to empower their manufacturing teams with valuable guidance on tool specifications and machining parameters. These in-person connections will pay dividends well into the future.

Manufacturers who attend the Motion + Power Technology Expo will discover the latest solutions for hobbing, deburring, inspection, and grinding by seeing demonstrated CNC equipment and a variety of cutting and abrasive tools at the Helios Gear Products booth. Show attendees can ask questions and learn from Helios experts on-the-spot while viewing machines and tools that enable globally competitive production of gears.
AGMA's Motion + Power Technology Expo 2021 takes place September 14-16 at America's Center, St. Louis, MO. Join many of the gear and power transmission vendors and customers face-to-face this fall here.  

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