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This issue's look at the web features videos posted at geartechnology.com, featuring Forest City Gear and Star SU.
The latest machines, tooling and technology for gear grinding were featured at IMTS 2012.
As coating technology improves to handle harsher conditions, cutting tool manufacturers are faced with new challenges during the resharpening process.
Manufacturers focus on tool design, materials, coating, machine tool options and cutting parameters.
New divisions, open houses and the continued rise of the Industrial Internet of Things - There's been a lot going on in gear grinding in the past year.
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.
Call it new wine in old bottles, or old wine in new bottles, but gear skiving has certainly aged well over time. Gear skiving's evolution, perhaps gaining momentum most dramatically since around 2004, has ultimately led to rather dramatic technological advancement and cost saving in the manufacture of certain gears.
I would like some instructions for setting the degrees and minutes on a Liebherr or Barber Colman hob. Our machines use a Vernier scale to match the lead angle of the cutter to the part to form straight teeth. There is a dispute on how to do this task, and I wanted insight from another professional.
Gear Industry Steps Up to Automation Challenges in Auto Industry. Automotive parts are always moving. They are zipping across conveyors, smashing into each other in bins and traveling across the production chain before ending up inside an automobile. For gears, this can be a somewhat precarious situation as they tend to run best when they're free from nicks, abrasions, cracks or other damages.
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.
With increasingly smaller returns from improving the speed of the actual gear grinding process, improving your setup time has become a primary way to keep improving efficiency. Here's the latest on how you can do that today.
The complete industry news section from the June 2018 issue of Gear Technology.
The complete Industry News section from the July 2018 issue of Gear Technology.
Meeting Todayâ€™s Requirements for High-Quality Gears
The complete Product News section from the June 2019 issue of Gear Technology.
The complete Product News section from the July 2019 issue of Gear Technology.
News from around the Industry
The latest technology on display in Columbus, OH. October 24-26.
News about the latest products in the industry.
Whether you spent time at Gear Expo in Indianapolis or EMO in Hannover, there was certainly new technology attracting attention. Machine tools are faster, more efficient and can integrate numerous functions in a single setup. Grinding technology is turning science upside down and inside out with high-speed removal rates and increased throughput.
The complete Industry News section from the January/February 2013 issue of Gear Technology.
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.
Itâ€™s been said that the best ideas are often someone else's. But with rebuilt, retrofitted, re-controlled or remanufactured machine tools, buyer beware and hold onto your wallet. Sourcing re-work vendors and their services can require just as much homework, if not necessarily dollars, as with just-off-the-showroom-floor machines.
The machine tool industry is as competitive as ever. New machine technologies, materials, coatings and software upgrades are changing the way gears are being manufactured. Companies like Gleason, Liebherr, Kapp/Niles and DMG/Mori Seiki spend plenty of time and resources on R&D to develop the best products for the gear market. More importantly, these companies engage with (and listen to) customer requests.
We are well into an odd-number year, so it must be just about time for another Gear Expo. Indeed, the big show -- Gear Expo 2013 -- kicks off in Indianapolis at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 17, wrapping up Thursday the 19th at 4:00 p.m. And whether you are exhibiting or attending, the bottom line is you are going -- a good thing for you, your company and the tightly knit U.S. gear industry.
The complete Industry News section from the September 2013 issue of Gear Technology.
The complete Industry News section from the March/April 2013 issue of Gear Technology.
The complete Industry News section from the January/February 2014 issue of Gear Technology.
An in-depth look at the major booths with the latest technology used in gear manufacturing.
News from around the Gear Industry
The complete Industry News section from the March/April 2015 issue of Gear Technology.
Liebherr is well-known as one of the worldâ€™s largest privately owned companies â€” a titan in heavy industry specializing in cranes, trucks and mammoth earth moving and mining equipment.
Latest new from the Gear Industry
The complete Industry News section from the July 2014 issue of Gear Technology.
AGMA adds two new committees, Star Cutter Celebrates 90 years, plus other news from around the industry.
Machine Tool Providers Discuss the Latest Benefits, Technologies and Considerations
The complete Product News section from the November/December 2019 issue of Gear Technology.
The latest product news for the gear industry, including new products and services from Gleason, Liebherr, Forest City Gear, GMTA, Starrett and Kennametal.
The complete Product News section from the August 2018 issue of Gear Technology.
Our up-front column highlighting what's online this issue.
Educational initiatives, company news, acquisitions and people in the industry are all featured this issue.
The other day I went to Starbuckâ€™s and ordered my usual four shots of espresso, straight up. I know what youâ€™re thinking: thatâ€™s a lot of caffeine, especially for someone as naturally energetic as I am. But after years and years, I may have built up a tolerance to the caffeine. I picked up the espresso habit as a much younger man, when I worked for Daldi & Matteucci (DEMM) in Italy back in the â€™70s. And Iâ€™ve stuck with it ever since.
What causes shaving cutter marks on gear flanks and can they be prevented?
Continuing our series of interviews with industry leaders, Gear Technology spoke recently with Bradley Lawton, executive vice president of Star Cutter Co., about the role and direction of cutting tools in the gear industry today.
Machine tool companies are expanding capabilities to better accommodate the changing face of manufacturing. Customers want smaller-sized equipment to take up less valuable floor space, multifunctional machines that can handle a variety of operations and easy set-up changes that offer simplified operation and maintenance.
If a gear system is run continuously for long periods of timeâ€”or if the starting loads are very low and within the normal operating spectrumâ€”the effect of the start-up conditions may often be insignificant in the determination of the life of the gear system. Conversely, if the starting load is significantly higher than any of the normal operating conditions, and the gear system is started and stopped frequently, the start-up load may, depending on its magnitude and frequency, actually be the overriding, limiting design condition.
Kapp Niles celebrates young inventors, Solar Atmospheres expands, Klingelnberg increases training programs, Liebherr celebrates 50 years in the USA, Timken Expands Southeast regional repair facility and more news for the gear industry.
News Items About Star SU
1 Star SU China Begins Operations (March 2, 2015)
On March 1, 2015 the new joint-venture Star SU International Trading (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. begam operating under the Star SU China brand na... Read News
2 Star SU and Neher Group Enter Joint Venture (October 7, 2016)
Star SU LLC and Neher DIA GmbH & Co. KG have entered a joint venture partnership that appoints Star SU to sell Neher’s PCD tool... Read News
3 Star SU Announces Hobbing and Shaping Machine Lines from Samputensili (May 3, 2019)
Star SU LLC is pleased to announce it has expanded its comprehensive gear manufacturing product offering to include a line of horizonta... Read News
4 Star SU Appoints Sales Manager (January 23, 2013)
Alex Simioni has been appointed sales manager at Star SU for the South America market. "In his new position, Mr. Simioni will be res... Read News
5 Ruffin to Manage Southeast Sales for Star SU (February 22, 2005)
Rick Ruffin was hired by Star SU as regional sales manager. According to the companys press release, Ruffin has held sales posi... Read News
6 New Cutting Tool Sales Manager at Star SU (February 22, 2005)
Mark W. Raby has been hired by Star SU to manage cutting tool sales for southeastern and south central Michigan. Raby has worked in a... Read News
7 Mattingly Hired as Tool Service Manager at Star SU (February 22, 2005)
Rick Mattingly has joined Star Star SU as manager of tool services. He held a similar position at Gleason Cutting Tools in Rockford, IL. ... Read News
8 Bourn & Koch, Star SU Consolidate Sales (April 5, 2005)
Star SU and Bourn & Koch announced a mutual agreement for consolidation of the sales activities of each companys machine tool produ... Read News
9 New Chamfer/Deburring Machines from Star SU (April 18, 2005)
The S250CD, S250CDA and S250CDX chamfer/deburring machines from Star SU replace the older SCT and SM series in the U.S. market. The new C... Read News
10 Star SU Publishes New Cutting Tools Catalog (April 18, 2006)
Star SU will distribute its new hardbound, 122-page General Cutting Tools and Services catalog at its booth at IMTS. The book contains... Read News
11 Star SU and Sicmat Sign Distribution Agreement (August 30, 2007)
Sicmat has partnered with Star SU for the North American distribution of the Sicmat line of gear shaving machines. Located in Torino... Read News
12 Star SU Representing Galdabini (August 6, 2010)
A cooperation agreement has been reached between Galdabini and Star SU for sale and after-sales service of manual and automatic straighte... Read News
13 Star SU Adds Engineering and Sales Staff (June 8, 2011)
Grady Knight has joined Star SU as a project engineer for the machine tool division. He will work closely on large projects with vice pre... Read News
14 Gear Expo Preview: Star SU Booth 1329 (September 23, 2011)
Star SU offers a wide variety of gear cutting machinery, tools and services including: hobbing, gear grinding, chamfering and deburring, ... Read News
15 Parillo Joins Star SU as Director of Marketing (June 22, 2012)
Mark Parillo has been appointed director of marketing at Star SU, LLC. In his new position, Parillo will be responsible for the developme... Read News
16 U.S. Bank and Star SU Announce Financing Program (September 6, 2012)
U.S. Bank Equipment Finance-Manufacturing Vendor Services Group and Star SU LLC announced a new agreement that will support customers in ... Read News
17 Star SU Names Vice President of Sales (July 2, 2013)
Star SU has appointed Thomas Bell as vice president of sales for its Cutting Tool division. Bell earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketin... Read News
18 IMTS Preview: Star SU (July 3, 2018)
Star SU (North Hall, Booth 236909) is pleased to announce they will be showcasing the new Star NXT Tool Grinder at IMTS that is designed ... Read News
19 Gear Expo Preview: Star SU Booth 901 (August 7, 2013)
Star SU plans to expand its role as an integration solutions expert for machine tools including workpiece holding, perishable tooling, ga... Read News
20 Sandvik Teams With Star SU for Gear Milling (January 16, 2014)
Sandvik Coromant has teamed up with Star SU on an extended basis. Beginning as an authorized OEM agent, and now a national channel partne... Read News
21 Star SU Appoints Cella Product Manager for Round Tools (January 23, 2014)
Chris Cella has been promoted to product manager for solid carbide round tooling and gundrill products at Star SU LLC. Cella joined Star ... Read News
22 Star SU and FFG Extend Partnership (May 9, 2014)
Star SU, LLC, based in Illinois, and FFG Werke GmbH, a German machine tool manufacturer, signed a contract extending their partnership for machine tool sales and service in the Americas... Read News
23 Star SU Adds Regional Sales Manager (June 11, 2014)
Bruce Cowley has joined Star SU LLC as regional sales manager responsible for the Southern Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, and West Virginia terr... Read News
24 IMTS Preview: Star SU (August 1, 2014)
Star SU LLC (Booth N-6924) will showcase the latest in linear motor technology offered by Star at IMTS 2014 in September. Engineered to m... Read News
25 Star SU Names Rick Falgiatano as Vice President of Cutting Tool Sales (February 11, 2015)
Star SU (Hoffman Estates, IL) recently appointed Rick Falgiatano as vice president of sales for its cutting tool division. Rick brings 3... Read News
26 Hans Grass Appointed Vice President of Star SU's Machine Tool Division (August 24, 2015)
Star SU (Hoffman Estates, IL) has appointed Hans Grass as vice president of its machine tool division. Grass brings 43 years of expe... Read News
27 Star SU Appoints Rydberg Gear Tool Technology Engineer (December 23, 2015)
Star SU has appointed Dave Rydberg as Gear Tool Technology Engineer for its Cutting Tool division. In his new role, Rydberg will join the... Read News
28 IMTS 2016: Star SU LLC (N-6924, W-2258) (September 9, 2016)
Star SU will have two booths again this year - one in the gear pavilion in the north hall and another in the west hall showcasing our cut... Read News
29 Star SU Announces Rubino as Operations Manager (June 5, 2018)
Star SU of Hoffman Estates, IL recently announced the appointment of Riccardo Rubino as its new operations manager for the Americas. &... Read News
30 Pridmore Hired at Star SU (February 22, 2005)
Kit Pridmore has joined Star SU as a technical service engineer. He held that same position at Gleason for the past eight years and for n... Read News
31 Star SU Acquires Marketing and Manufacturing Rights for Bencere Products (April 12, 2006)
Winco Industries has acquired the marketing and manufacturing rights to a patented series of padded adjustable reamers and fine boring to... Read News
32 Samputensili SG 160 Sky Grind Introduces Dry Grinding of Gears to Star SU Line (December 24, 2015)
Samputensili has recently launched a world premiere at EMO Milan 2015. The new machine, the SG 160 Sky Grind, is designed to eliminate th... Read News