There’s a bustle of activity as exhibitors prepare for America’s most significant manufacturing trade show. The red carpets are ready, the lights are being tested, and the crowds are gathering with anticipation. Amid the excitement, Gear Technology has managed to sneak under the usher’s ropes to provide you with this advance look at some of the gear-related products and technologies that will be featured at IMTS 2004.
Companies around the world are learning to embrace the environment, and the gear industry is no exception. This special section takes a look at how some gear manufacturers are doing
their part to conserve resources, preserve and protect the environment, and give back to the land. What we’ve found is that adopting environmental
measures is far more than just good
corporate citizenship. For many gear industry companies, good environmental practices also turn out to be good for the bottom line.
Surface coatings or finishing processes are the future technologies
for improving the load carrying capacity of case hardened gears. With
the help of basic tests, the influence of different coatings and finishing
processes on efficiency and resistance to wear, scuffing, micropitting,
and macropitting is examined.
There is an increasing significance of screw helical and worm gears that combine use of steel and plastics. This is shown by diverse and continuously rising use in the automotive and household appliance
industries. The increasing requirements for such gears can be
explained by the advantageous qualities of such a material combination in comparison with that of the traditional steel/bronze pairing.