Effective June 1, 2022, Index has established a dedicated service department to rebuild tool holders at its North American headquarters in Noblesville, Indiana. Previously, the company processed all such rebuilds at its parent company in Germany. By investing in bringing this capability to the United States, Index expects to cut lead times for rebuilds by 50% - 70%.
While the Greek proverb “the mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind fine,” coined by Sextus Empiricus, was meant as a figurative expression of justice, it does hold true to gear grinding in the sense that there is a right way and a wrong way to do things because rushing the process only causes problems. Like justice, grinding takes the time it takes, but the grind is fine. So, the way to increase production, especially with the godlike largest gears, is to decrease nonproductive time with improved strategies.
Nidec Machine Tool (Wixom, Mich.), responding to the needs of the industry, is debuting the new GE15HS gear hobbing machine at IMTS 2022 in Booth #237036. Emphasizing high speed, precision and efficiency, the new machine produces gears for electric and hybrid cars, as well as for robotic and automation applications.