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There are varying opinions as to what constitutes innovation, but in our industry and in the engineering world as a whole, we typically think of innovation as being the use of technologies different from those we use at the moment to do things better, faster and cheaper.
Every so often manufacturing is jolted out of its inertia by a transformative technology â€“ one that fundamentally changes not only the way products are made, but also the economics of the business.
Fraunhofer CMI focuses on new U.S. gear and transmission technologies group, plus other news from around the industry.
The first part of this article, which ran in the September/October 1994 issue, explained the fundamentals of gear hobbing and some of the latest techniques, including methods of hob performance analysis and new tool configurations, being used to solve specific application problems. In this issue, the author continues his exploration of hobbing by describing the effects of progress on requirements in accuracy, as well as the latest in materials, coating and dry hobbing.
At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, so-called mechanics were tasked with devising the precise methods that would make mass production possible. The result was the first generation of machine tools, which in turn required improved tooling and production methods.
This paper examines the expanding capabilities of induction hardening of gears through methods like spin hardening or tooth-by-tooth techniques.
When, in 1980, OSU professor Donald R. Houser created the Gear and Power Transmission Research Laboratory - then known as the Gear Dynamics and Gear and Power Transmission Laboratory (GearLab) - he did so with the seed money provided by just three companies. Thirty-three years out, the lab has continued to grow, impress andâ€”most importantly - succeed; it now boasts a roster of some 50 sponsoring companies and government agencies.
Powder metal. To gear makers today, the phrase conjures images of low power applications in non-critical systems. As powder metal technology advances, as the materials increase in density and strength, such opinions are changing. It is an ongoing, evolutionary process and one that will continue for some time. According to Donald G. White, the executive director of the Metal Powder Industries Federation, in his State-of-the-P/M Industry - 1999 report. "The P/M world is changing rapidly and P/M needs to be recognized as a world-class process - national, continental and even human barriers and prejudices must be eliminated - we must join forces as a world process - unified in approach and goals."
In comparison to the visionary Industry 4.0 - or the Fourth Industrial Revolution - the machine tool industry can appear rather down-to-earth.
Robots, computers and other signs of high technology abounded at IMTS 94, supporting the claim by many that this was one of the best shows ever. Many of the machines on display had so many robotic attachments and computer gizmos that they looked more like they belonged in some science fiction movie than on the floor of a machine shop.
John P. Walter and Abby Dress analyze the challenges facing America's manufacturers to remain competitive in a global environment.
How machine tools R&D helps drive gear manufacturing productivity.
Alternative business strategies from some alternative gear manufacturers.
When the fans start screaming at the Daytona 500, they're cheering for Jeff Gordon. Only the die-hard racing fan can appreciate the gearing and engineering that goes into each race car.
Prior to the introduction of titanium nitride to the cutting tool industry in the early 1980s, there was very little progress in the general application of hobbing in the gear cutting industry. The productivity gains realized with this new type of coating initiated a very active time of advancement in the gear manufacturing process.
New innovations in the management of hear treating parts washers and yielding powerful, unexpected benefits. Simply, cost effective shop floor practices are being combined in new ways to deliver big quality improvements and significant help to the bottom line. Employing these steps early in the process can dramatically cut waste hauling expenses and greatly reduce environmental liabilities while continuously producing cleaner parts.
The gear industry is full of storytellers. It's a niche market that boasts a remarkable cast of characters that have been sharing their stories with us for 30 years. In that time, the editors and staff of Gear Technology magazine have had the privilege to report the ins and outs of this highly-specialized industry. From technical articles to case studies and features, the main focus of this magazine has been to "provide a forum of discovery and innovation for you, the gear manufacturing industry." Our Publisher, Michael Goldstein, said as much in our inaugural issue of May/June 1984.
Market needs push in 2013, but will it get one? The construction/off-highway industries have been here before. New equipment, technologies and innovations during an economic standstill that some have been dealing with since 2007.
Romax Technology, the gearbox, bearing and driveline engineering specialist, has launched a new design software package that will increase speed, quality, creativity and innovation when designing gearboxes and drivelines. Called Concept, the new product delivers on the Romax vision of streamlining the end-to-end, planning-to-manufacture process with open, easy to use software solutions. It has been developed in close collaboration with engineers in the largest ground vehicle, wind energy and industrial equipment companies around the globe.
Bodine Electric Co. of Chicago, IL., has a 97-year history of fine-and medium-pitch gear manufacturing. Like anywhere else, traditions, old systems, and structures can be beneficial, but they can also become paradigms and obstacles to further improvements. We were producing a high quality product, but our goal was to become more cost effective. Carbide hobbing is seen as a technological innovation capable of enabling a dramatic, rather than an incremental, enhancement to productivity and cost savings.
Technology investments lead to product innovation at gear materials suppliers.
These lines, interesting enough, are from the notebooks of an artist whose images are part of the basic iconography of Western culture. Even people who have never set foot in a museum and wouldn't know a painting by Corregio from a sculpture by Calder, recognize the Mona Lisa. But Leonardo da Vinci was much more than an artist. He was also a man of science who worked in anatomy, botany, cartography, geology, mathematics, aeronautics, optics, mechanics, astronomy, hydraulics, sonics, civil engineering, weaponry and city planning. There was little in nature that did not interest Leonardo enough to at least make a sketch of it. Much of it became a matter of lifelong study. The breadth of his interests, knowledge, foresight, innovation and imagination is difficult to grasp.
Design innovation, superior engineering properties, high end-market visibility and sustainability distinguish the winners of the 2011 Design Excellence awards, the annual powder metallurgy (PM) design competition sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation.
Several innovations have been introduced to the gear manufacturing industry in recent years. In the case of gear hobbingâ€”the dry cutting technology and the ability to do it with powder-metallurgical HSSâ€”might be two of the most impressive ones. And the technology is still moving forward. The aim of this article is to present recent developments in the field of gear hobbing in conjunction with the latest improvements regarding tool materials, process technology and process integration.
The organizers of Gear Expo 2007 promise to combine the most popular features of shows past with some innovations for this yearâ€™s attendees. By the time the show closes on October 10, the association hopes its targeted 175 exhibitors walk away with new insights leading to profitability and renewed contacts.
QuesTek Innovations LLC is applying its Materials by Design computational design technology to develop a new class of high-strength, secondary hardening gear steels that are optimized for high-temperature, low-pressure (i.e., vacuum) carburization. The new alloys offer three different levels of case hardness (with the ability to â€śdial-inâ€ť hardness profiles, including exceptionally high case hardness), and their high core strength, toughness and other properties offer the potential to reduce drivetrain weight or increase power density relative to incumbent alloys such as AISI 9310 or Pyrowear Alloy 53.
Following is a report from The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI). Founded in 1933, the alliance contributes to the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing by providing economic research, professional development, and an independent, expert source of manufacturing information.
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.
A recent visit to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, located in Dearborn, Michigan, helped remind this editor how different the manufacturing floor looked when the Ford Model-T was first being produced in the early 1900s.
News Items About innovation
1 Kennametal Offers Hard Turning Innovation (November 27, 2019)
Kennametal recently announced its latest innovation in hard turning-KBH10B and KBH20B PcBN grades, double-sided inserts for materials up ... Read News
2 Seco/Warwick Wins Innovation Award (December 3, 2018)
In November, Seco/Warwick received the honorary badge for meritorious performance in the area of innovation. The badge award ceremony was... Read News
3 Innovation Days Brings Record Attendance (May 14, 2013)
DMG/Mori Seiki USA, recently announced record attendance at its Innovation Days 2013. The event, which ran May 7-10, welcomed 3,208 visit... Read News
4 Sandvik Coromant to Present Tooling Innovation at IMTS 2010 (June 15, 2010)
Under the theme "The Road to Success Starts Here," Sandvik Coromant will be showcasing a broad range of tools at IMTS 2010. Wit... Read News
5 DMG/Mori Seiki Announce 2010 Innovation Winners (October 6, 2010)
The winners of the 2010 Innovation of the Americas cutting contest were announced at a dinner reception in their honor that took place du... Read News
6 QuesTek Innovations Wins Research Project (December 9, 2010)
QuesTek Innovations LLC has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project from the U.S. Army to demonstrate t... Read News
7 DMG/Mori Seiki Innovation Days Return to Chicago (March 28, 2011)
DMG/Mori Seiki USA has announced the annual Innovation Days event will take place at the company's headquarters and Chicago Technical... Read News
8 EMO Hannover to Showcase Tool Innovations (February 21, 2013)
At the 10th Tool Conference in Schmalkalden, the manufacturers and users of metal-cutting tools were not indifferent to the controversial... Read News
9 Siemens Offers Automation Innovations to Gleason Titan Machines (April 19, 2013)
With its new Titan machine series, Gleason-Pfauter enters a new era in toothed gear grinding: an automatic tool changer, together with ef... Read News
10 United Grinding to Display Innovations at GrindTec 2014 (January 27, 2014)
United Grinding, the largest single-source provider of complete and integrated grinding solutions, will showcase its latest grinding, ero... Read News
11 Mazak to Showcase Oil and Gas Production Innovations (December 11, 2013)
Mazak invites oil and gas and other large part manufacturers to its Discover More With Mazak event that’s taking place Jan. 15 and ... Read News
12 DMG MORI Chicago Innovation Days Features Latest Machining Technologies (May 7, 2019)
During this year’s Chicago Innovation Days in Hoffman Estates from May 13th - 16th, 2019, DMG MORI will once again demonstrate late... Read News
13 Hexagon Receives Innovation in Manufacturing Award (September 2, 2016)
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence North America has announced it has been awarded the 2016 Innovation in Manufacturing award by Providen... Read News
14 Seco/Warwick Receives Symbol of Innovation 2016 Award (December 9, 2016)
Last year, Seco/Warwick was placed among the ten most innovative Polish companies. This year, Seco/Warwick confirmed again its strong pos... Read News
15 Bourn & Koch Acquires Diamond Technology Innovations (December 13, 2016)
Bourn & Koch has acquired Diamond Technology Innovations (DTI), headquartered in Olympia, Washington, manufacturer of waterjet orific... Read News
16 Klingelnberg Receives Innovation Award (December 28, 2016)
Unlike a number of companies in other industries, machine manufacturer Klingelnberg is banking on compatibility, not a self-contained sol... Read News
17 Exsys Tool Offers Innovations at PMTS 2017 (March 3, 2017)
Several innovative tooling, rotary table and gear making solutions will take center stage at PMTS 2017 on April 25-27 to be held at the G... Read News
18 Gear Testing at Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation Delivers Timely, Efficient Results (May 7, 2018)
Experimental proof of load carrying capacity, excitation behavior or efficiency is obligatory in the development process of most transm... Read News
19 Ikona Gear Receives Technology Innovation Award (April 15, 2005)
Ikona Gear received the 2005 Technology Innovation Award from Frost & Sullivan at the Excellence in Emerging Technologies Banquet. The... Read News