Gear Production

In some cases, gears for various industrial and commercial applications continue to be produced on conventional, dedicated gear-making equipment that perform operations such as hobbing, gashing, shaving, etc. However, an increasing number of gear manufacturers are using more universal CNC equipment, including multitasking turn/mill machines that have been modified to also machine gear features. This often requires special cutting tool designs and toolpath strategies, or the addition of custom hobbing tools. In addition, grinding machine and grinding wheel technologies have advanced to the point that, in some cases, gears can be ground completely from blanks, eliminating traditional preliminary roughing operations that were previously required to form teeth profiles prior to final grinding finishing passes.

Global Gear & Machining
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Collet Chucks Overcome Distortion for Automated Gear Machining

To accommodate its customers’ need for just-in-time orders of small batches of gears, this company’s automated manufacturing cells rely on collet chucks that overcome a common distortion issue arising from tapping and heat treatment. 
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Horn Continues Growth Path

The company highlighted its facility expansions and new cutting tool technologies during a recent open house at its global headquarters in Tübingen, Germany.
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Eight-Axis Gear Hobbing Center Highlights Speed, Rigidity

IMTS 2018: Affolter Technologies is showcasing its gear hobbing center AF110 plus, an eight-axis machine with a cutter-spindle speed ranging to 12,000 rpm.



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