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Using Spiral Bevel Gearboxes to Control Converging Loads

In many material-handling applications it is necessary to make adjustments in the load support center distances to accommodate loads of different lengths or widths, especially if these loads have to be captured to avoid shifting. These loads can come in variety of shapes and sizes, and encompass a variety of industries. White Papers Courtesy of DieQua

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1 Performance Testing of Composite Bearing Materials for Large Hydraulic Cylinders (April 2017)

Large hydraulic cylinders (LHCs) are integral components in the functioning of large machines in mechanically demanding, corrosive and abrasive environments, such as offshore drilling rigs. The materials utilized in these largescale hydraulic systems must deliver reliable performance throughout their expected lifecycle.

2 (Material) Moving into the Future (June 2011)

a custom hydraulic brake system from Mico Inc. aid in the development of specialized material handling equipment.

3 Gear Materials (April 2017)

A reader wants to know how to figure out the fatigues strength, tooth root tension and other technical values of new, high-performance gear materials.

4 Global Industrial Outlook: Oil Slick Cascading Through Sector (December 2015)

Third-quarter earnings are confirming the worst-case scenario, i.e. — not only are energy related end markets in a downturn, but conditions continue to worsen.

5 Global Industrial Outlook: Batten Down the Hatches (February 2016)

Third-quarter earnings confirmed the worst-case scenario — plunging oil prices are whacking almost the entire industrial sector. The theme is hardly new, as the pattern of our headlines has revealed over the past fifteen or so months:

6 Variable Speed Pump Drives For Industrial Machinery - System Considerations (February 2015)

The changing landscape of hydraulic drives is leading many fluid power specialists to quickly adapt to using variable speed pump drives. Optimum utilization of these drives requires, in many cases, additional system design considerations.

7 Global Industrial Outlook: Reality Sinks In (March 2016)

Our “Batten Down The Hatches” call proved timely as the market sold off by about (10 percent) before staging a partial recovery

8 Soft Starters vs. Variable Speed - Or Both (June 2011)

Given that many different hydraulic systems recommend the use of either frequency converters or cyclic control (soft starter technologies), the question must be asked - Which one of these solutions is the most cost-effective in reducing energy consumption and providing the most satisfactory payback time?

9 Global Industrial Outlook: Kind of Sluggish (August 2015)

We anticipate no substantive improvement in manufacturing activity. Not in the U.S. or internationally. If anything, headwinds may have become slightly more pronounced because a U.S. — Iran “deal” that everybody hates except a) the Iranian government and b) the Obama administration will result in the release of Iranian oil supply back onto the global market. Oil had rallied from about $50 to $60 over the past month (I like round numbers), but has since roundtripped. Expect further, deeper capital spending cuts in the U.S. oil sector to continue affecting demand for large capital equipment.

10 Global Industrial Outlook: Slow Growth Ahead; Farm Belt No Help (June 2015)

First quarter results confirmed our view. Capital expenditures are being slashed in the oil sector, the stronger U.S. dollar is enabling Japanese machinery competitors to gain share in the Middle East and Latin America, and lower soft commodity prices translate into a continuing North American decline in demand for farm equipment.

11 The Ugly, the Bad and the Good - Global Industrial Outlook - December 2013 PTE (December 2013)

Global economic demand remains solid - even if you couldn't tell by recent third-quarter results and despite all efforts by U.S. politicians of both political parties. Let's go through what happened and what is coming.

12 The CHIEF Issues - Global Industrial Outlook (February 2014)

Global economic activity remains good -- noise about China slowing, notwithstanding -- and despite the ObamaCare debacle, non-Christmas-related consumer spending looks pretty good. Europe is still Europe and China continues to grow 7-8 percent -- even as the government seeks to clamp down on its own shadow banking system. And India remains a mess.

13 Industry News (February 2016)

Latest news from around the Industry

14 Product News (February 2015)

News from around the Industry

15 Product News (March 2015)

New products within the Industry

16 And the Winner Is (August 2015)

Excellence Awards Competition, sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation, were recently announced at the POWDERMET2015 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials. Receiving grand prizes and awards of distinction, the winning parts are examples of PM’s precision, performance, complexity, economy, innovation and sustainability. The winning parts show how customers from around the world are taking advantage of PM’s design advantages.

17 Steps Towards Revolution (December 2015)

The revolution goes by many names: machine-to-machine communication, smart manufacturing and the Industrial Internet, to name a few. In Europe, the prevailing term is Industry 4.0. In Germany, where that phrase was coined, the government is putting down €200 million to cultivate a lead in the industry. The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that its potential economic impact will be almost $4 trillion (or more) by 2025. Enthusiastic evangelists will tell you that the Industrial Internet is the most important advance in their industries that they’ve seen in their decades-long careers.

18 Saving Time with Auto-Tuning Drives (March 2017)

If there are two things that are in tight supply in the industry, it's time and talent. Manufacturers are always pressured to do more faster, and the industry is producing fewer experts to help them do it, so the industry's had to get crafty and find what time-cutting procedures they can.

19 Making the Smart Choice in PT Components (April 2018)

The Latest Clutch & Brake Technology Looks at Reliability, Cost and Design Specifications.

20 Monitoring the Health of Plant Machinery (September 2018)

Health monitoring or condition monitoring has been used for many years on machines and in plants where the cost of an outage is high. It allows failures to be anticipated and maintenance or repairs to be scheduled for the least loss of production, as well as avoiding unnecessary periodic maintenance.

21 Industry News (December 2018)

The complete Industry News section from the December 2018 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

22 Alloying Strategy Boosts Powertrain Performance (June 2013)

The development of a new, gas-carburized gear steel, necessitated by a customer-driven specification, has not only increased the power density in an existing gearbox design, but has done so without requiring any significant change to production processes or heat treatment equipment.

23 Product News (December 2017)

The complete Product News section from the December 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering, featuring the latest from SKF, R+W, Brecoflex, Nexen, Güdel, Renold Gears, Hansford Sensors, Ogura Industrial, Igus, Destaco, Röhm and Iwis.

24 Fluid Couplings vs VFDs for High Inertia Rotating Driven Loads (September 2017)

As the old adage goes, "There is more than one way to skin a cat." In the early stages of any project, system designers are faced with choices; whether they are designing a new application or retrofitting an old one, they need to determine what is the most efficient, economical and practical way of completing the task at hand. Though there are usually at least two viable means to accomplish the task, the first step is always to review and weigh the merits of each option.

25 Better Energy-Efficient Flow Rate Regulation (December 2016)

Implementing a power-on-demand concept based on variable speed drives allows for energy saving in any application that involves pumps or hydraulic systems. And when used in combination with an intelligent wiring and communication system, relevant machine data can also be easily recorded - the basis for comprehensive power management.

26 Automate 2017 Highlights Solution Providers and Integrators (March 2017)

Automate 2017 (April 3-6) will showcase the full spectrum of automation technologies and solutions, from traditional industrial applications to cutting edge new technologies.

27 Baldor Basics: Understanding Torque (April 2017)

In the process of applying industrial drive products, we occasionally are misled into believing that we are applying horsepower. The real driving force is not horsepower - it is torque. This paper is developed to impart a deeper understanding of torque, its relationship to horsepower, and the types of loads we most frequently encounter.

28 Industry News (June 2017)

The complete Industry News section from the June 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

29 IMTS 2016 Booth Preview (August 2016)

A nose-in-the-tent peek at the booths featuring mechanical motion components.

30 The Future Rests on the River Leine (March 2015)

“[Motion, Drive & Automation] at Hannover Messe is the place where the future is determined.”

31 Motoring Ahead (August 2011)

Synchronous motors controlled by variable speed drives are bringing higher efficiencies to industrial applications.

32 Choosing the Right Grade - Specifying Stainless Bearing Steel (August 2014)

A reader asks: I've determined that a stainless steel bearing is the best option for my application. I'm being asked to specify the grade of stainless steel in my product design. I'm not sure which grade to select and specify. Can you help?

33 Industry News (October 2011)

The complete Industry News section from the October 2011 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

34 Am I Wasting My Time (April 2013)

Reader John Pellegrino looks for advice on his pursuit of a positively engaged continuously variable transmission.

35 Chasing the Dream (April 2013)

Over the past several weeks, I've had quite an interesting back-and-forth e-mail conversation with John Pellegrino, an engineer, inventor and dreamer whose letter appears on page 8.

36 Product News (December 2010)

The complete Product News section from the December 2010 issue of Power Transmission Engineering

37 Product News (August 2010)

The complete Product News section from the August 2010 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

38 The Ikona Clutch and Differential (October 2008)

This paper describes two devices—a clutch and a differential— which are based on the Ikona continuously variable transmission (CVT).

39 Rolling Bearing Steels - A Technical and Historical Perspective, Part 2 (April 2013)

This paper is part 2 of 2 in a series that summarizes the chemical, metallurgical and physical aspects of bearing steels and their effect on rolling bearing life and reliability.

40 Product News (April 2009)

The complete Product News section from the April 2009 issue of Power Transmission Engineering magazine.

41 Packaging Stimulus (April 2009)

Few industries are experiencing change quite as fast as the packaging arena. Lighter-weight containers are being introduced to reduce costs and energy use, packaging is being redesigned to attract consumer attention and manufacturers are using fewer materials in an effort to address environmental concerns.

42 Product News (December 2009)

The complete Product News section from the December 2009 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

43 Product News (December 2011)

The complete Product News section from the December 2011 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

44 Industry News (June 2011)

The complete Industry News section from the June 2011 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

45 The Workhorse of Industry: The Induction Motor (December 2013)

A brief overview of the induction motor, including the basics of construction, performance and variable speed drives.

46 Under Pressure (June 2014)

Wichita Clutch helps drive storm simulator at the University of Florida.

47 Product News (August 2014)

The complete Product News section from the August 2014 issue of Power Transmission Engineering

48 Industry News (February 2012)

The complete Industry News section from the February 2012 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

49 The Efficient Drive System (December 2013)

It's a fact that drive systems wouldn't function properly or efficiently without couplings. They quietly go about their business of transferring motion from one drive element to the next. In the PT market today, couplings have the unique challenge of satisfying a variety of customer needs including tighter tolerances, higher speeds and a more versatile selection process.

50 Wall to Wall Technology (August 2014)

With the addition of Industrial Automation North America (IANA) as well as Motion, Drive & Automation North America(MDA NA), IMTS 2014 has greatly expanded its range of manufacturing technology services. These co-located shows complement the metalworking solutions found at IMTS by bringing in key suppliers from around the world.

51 Product News (December 2013)

The complete Product News section from the December 2013 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

52 Nervy Enterprise and Edgy Engineering: A Cant-Miss Mix (June 2012)

Fairchild International, a U.S.-based manufacturer of underground mining equipment, has produced battery-powered DC scoops since the early 1980s. With 17 different models available, Fairchild offers a size to fit any coal mining operation, making it the leader in the industry.

53 University Improves Sustainability of HVAC Motors in Platinum LEED Building (April 2012)

A new preventive maintenance program at a leading New England Ivy League university demonstrates how the push for more sustainable "green" building management has led to a growing awareness of a chronic, widespread problem with HVAC motors—electrical bearing damage and failure.

54 Bearing Protection Needed if Inverter-Duty Motors Are to Live up to their Name (August 2012)

All major manufacturers of 3-phase AC induction motors offer "inverter-duty" or "inverter-ready” models, but while these motors have inverter-rated insulation to protect the windings, the bearings--their most vulnerable parts--are too often ignored.

55 Industry News (June 2012)

The complete Industry News section from the June 2012 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

56 Global Industrial Outlook: Game Changer (September 2015)

The number one question today is: are the current low oil prices a near-term or structural development?

57 Global Industrial Outlook: Weathering the Storm (October 2015)

We just returned from WEFTEC — the premier U.S. water and wastewater management show. Our recent discussion (Game Changer) highlighted the negative impact of low oil prices.

58 Global Industrial Outlook: Oil Slick, Currency Headwinds Worsen (April 2015)

End market conditions for the power transmission industry continue to worsen. With the Euro down 13% year to date and U.S. oil production surging we are seeing increasing headwinds, if not storm clouds, for the sector.

59 Acoustic Analysis of Electric Motors in Noisy Industrial Environment (June 2016)

This paper presents a method for the acoustic analysis of electric motors in noisy industrial environments. Acoustic signals were measured via acoustic camera 48-microphone array, which has the capability to localize a sound (or sounds) source and, in turn, separate those sounds from intrusive background noise. These acoustic analysis results are then compared with vibration measurements; vibration monitoring is a well-known and established technique used in condition monitoring, and in this work vibration measurements were used as a reference signal for assessment of the value of the acoustic measurements. Vibration signals were measured by piezoelectric accelerometers. Two induction motor cases were examined — a healthy motor case, and a combination of static eccentricity with soft foot case. As shown, acoustic analysis appears to be a valuable technique for condition monitoring of electric motors — particularly in noisy industrial environments.

60 Global Industrial Outlook: Oil Slick, Currency Headwinds Challenge Growth (March 2015)

End market conditions for the power transmission industry have arguably worsened since our last column. In December we stated that with two armed conflicts underway impacting economic performance in Eastern Europe and the Middle East our stance was “Buy on the Sound of Cannons…. Selectively” while cautioning PTE readers not to be sanguine.

61 Theoretical and Experimental Study of the Frictional Losses of Radial Shaft Seals for Industrial Gearbox (June 2015)

The improvement of the energy efficiency of industrial gear motors and gearboxes is a common problem for many gear unit manufacturers and end-users. As is typical of other mechanical components, the radial lip seals used in such units generate friction and heat, thus contributing to energy losses of mechanical systems. There exist today simulation tools that are already helping improve the efficiency of mechanical systems — but accurate models for seal frictional losses need to be developed. In this paper SKF presents an engineering model for radial lip seal friction based on a physical approach.

62 Baldor Motor Basics: Factors that Determine Industrial Electric Bills (August 2017)

A good deal of confusion exists regarding the factors that determine an industrial electric bill. The following information is presented to help sort out the various items on which billing is based, and to offer suggestions on measures to help control and reduce electric utility bills.

63 The Automated Industrial Community (March 2018)

Hannover Messe 2018 will focus on mobility, integration and collaboration.

64 Gear Fault Diagnosis by Motor Current Analysis: Application to Industrial Cases (February 2015)

The use of motor current signature analysis (MCSA) for motor fault detection — such as a broken rotor bar — is now well established. However, detection of mechanical faults related to the driven system remains a more challenging task. Recently there has been a growing interest for detection of gear faults by MCSA. Advantages and drawbacks of these MCSA-type techniques are presented and discussed on a few industrial cases.

65 Rolling Bearing Service Life Based on Probable Cause for Removal - A Tutorial (August 2017)

A bearing service life prediction methodology and tutorial indexed to eight probable causes for bearing failure and removal are presented - including fatigue. Bearing life is probabilistic and not deterministic. Bearing manufacturers' catalogue (L10) bearing life is based on rolling-element fatigue failure, at which time 90% of a population of bearings can be reasonably expected to survive, and 10% to fail by fatigue. However, approximately 95% of all bearings are removed for cause before reaching their L10 life. A bearing failure can be defined as when the bearing is no longer fit for its intended purpose. For a single bearing, you can only predict the probability of a failure occurring at a designated time - but not the actual time to failure.

66 Battle Bots - Victorian Edition (April 2017)

Airships, gears, robots, steam power and buzzer-beating theatrics highlight the 2017 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition known as FIRST Steamworks.

67 Minimum Design Speed Considerations for Sleevoil Bearings for Industrial Fan Applications (September 2016)

Slow speed operation of fan systems within the air handling industry is generally performed due to two reasons: a coast down operation is required for hot (induced draft) fans to cool down before shutdown (often by using a turning gear), and operational efficiency improvements can be achieved during non-peak periods by slow speed operation using a VFD. In either case, when these fans are supported by hydrodynamic bearings, it is the oil film thickness developed from the bearing-shaft interaction that limits the minimum speed that can be maintained without causing premature wear and bearing failure. This paper will present a brief overview of lubrication theory and critical design parameters to achieve slow speed operation.

68 The Brave New World of Industrial Automation (September 2016)

One of the best things about being a journalist — whether for example it be reporting on manufacturing, politics, show business, or anything else — is being paid to “go to school” and learning about any number of things that you were perhaps ignorant of at the outset.

69 Influential Criteria on the Optimization of a Gearbox, with Application to an Automatic Transmission (September 2018)

In the design of an automatic transmission gearbox, the variation of one parameter can result in different system performances due to the strong interdependencies among all components. For given transmission ratios, component lifetimes and safeties, or space restrictions, improvements in efficiency, noise, and weight can be achieved.

70 Selection and Performance Criteria for Power Transmission Couplings (October 2008)

Power transmission couplings are widely used for modifi cation of stiff ness and damping in power transmission systems, both in torsion and in other directions (misalignment compensation).

71 Selection and Performance Criteria for Power Transmission Couplings, Part II (December 2008)

Part I of this article appeared in the October 2008 issue. It provided an overview and general classifi cations of power transmission couplings, along with selection and performance criteria for rigid couplings and misalignment-compensating couplings. Part II continues the discussion with selection and performance criteria for torsionally flexible and combination-purpose couplings.

72 Quiet Out There - Global Industrial Outlook (August 2013)

Since our last appearance in this space we've attended the Paris Air Show and met with companies involved in oil production, hydraulic fracturing and wind turbine towers and components. As an investment analyst I am always seeking to help my clients anticipate change in order to manage risk and capture alpha (positive returns relative to market). But as a regular columnist for Power Transmission Engineering, I also seek insights that can help your organization do the same. Here is what we've found...

73 Global Industrial Outlook - Sideways (June 2013)

We have just returned from the Electrical Products Group Conference in Sarasota, Florida. This is our favorite venue because it allows us to speak with the CEOs of nearly 25 global industrial companies that include General Electric, United Technologies, Honeywell, ABB and Emerson, with combined revenue of perhaps $500 billion.

74 Global Industrial Outlook: Houston, We Have a Problem (December 2014)

With two armed conflicts underway impacting economic performance in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, we continue our investment stance of “Buy on the Sound of Cannons — Selectively” — but readers of Power Transmission Engineering should not be sanguine. Geopolitics is beginning to exert significant pressure on several end markets: I specifically refer to oil price. West Texas Intermediate or WTI has dropped from its $95-105 trading range in late spring to about $75 — about a (25%) drop despite wo ongoing conflicts because of excess supply.

75 Selecting the Right Precision Ball Material for Aggressive Environments (February 2010)

This article will examine the major materials used to enhance balls to resist aggressive environments and help in selecting the right one.

76 Trends in Industrial Gear Oils (April 2013)

With today's smaller, hotter - and overloaded - machinery, specifying the correct lubricant is vital.

77 The American Industrial Renaissance (December 2014)

At SKF, we believe in the longterm development of the U.S. industrial economy. The reindustrialization is supported by a strong university-based research network, a competitive workforce and energy supply from domestic energy resources. However, there are still challenges, particularly regarding the availability of skilled labor. Business, education and governments have a responsibility to work together to ensure this is not the bottleneck in U.S. industrial development. I am particularly pleased with and support the work the National Association of Manufacturers is doing in this area.

78 Industrial Automation North America and MDA NA at IMTS 2014 (August 2014)

It's not a show title that rolls off the tongue, but the Industrial Automation North America and MDA NA @IMTS 2014 show nevertheless may well be one to remember.

79 High-Performance Industrial Gear Lubricants for Optimum Reliability (October 2010)

In recent years, gearbox technology has advanced and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have specified required gear oils to meet the lubrication requirements of these new designs. Modern gearboxes operate under severe conditions while maintaining their reliability to ensure end-user productivity. The latest generation of industrial gear lubricants can provide enhanced performance—even under extreme operating conditions—for optimal reliability and reduced cost of operation.

80 Global Industrial Outlook (March 2014)

Fourth quarter results were above expectations for most U.S. machinery companies, including significant revenue beats at Cummins, Caterpillar, Oshkosh Corp and PACCAR with strong North American truck demand, improving construction equipment markets and general stability elsewhere.

81 Microstepping Tutorial (October 2013)

This article describes the challenges involved in designing and implementing microstepping systems.

82 Industrial Reality Check for Chicken Little: The Sky is NOT Falling (August 2012)

Columnist Brian K. Langenberg surveys the industrial economic landscape to let you know what is up, what is down, and what is coming next.

83 Mix and Match Mechatronics (February 2016)

Mechatronics simplifies traditional engineering concepts across most industrial segments. By combining mechanical, electrical and computer technology into a single, integrated solution, products become systems that are more efficient, reduce operator error and cost less to manufacture.

84 Mutiple Gearset-Type Calculation Software (September 2015)

Is there a gear software package out there that will calculate the design of spur, helical, worm, and planetary gearsets? Also, we would like a program that calculates stresses and material selection. Finally, we would like to have the program calculate bearings loads, too. Thank you for your help.

85 Two-stage Helical Bevel Gearing (February 2016)

Gearing is an essential component in conveyors. The material handling industry appears divided between those who favor high-end three-stage helical bevel gearboxes and those who rely on less expensive worm gearing. But there’s an often over-looked alternative, the two-stage helical bevel gearbox.

86 Motor Madness (October 2015)

This issue we take a long, hard look at motor efficiency, and you should, too. After all, electric motors used in industrial settings are the single largest consumer of electricity in the United States. Upgrading your electric motors is not only good for the environment, but it’s also good for your bottom line. Sure, saving electricity lessens the burden on our country’s energy infrastructure. But it also saves you money in the long run.

87 Gear Design Effects on Performance of High-Speed Helical Geartrains as Used in Aerospace Drive Systems (March 2016)

The performance of high-speed helical geartrains is of particular importance for tiltrotor aircraft drive systems. These drive systems are used to provide speed reduction/torque multiplication from the gas turbine output shaft and provide the necessary offset between these parallel shafts in the aircraft. Four different design configurations have been tested in the NASA Glenn Research Center, High-Speed Helical Geartrain Test Facility. The design configurations included the current aircraft design, current design with isotropic superfinished gear surfaces, double-helical design (inward and outward pumping), increased pitch (finer teeth), and an increased helix angle. All designs were tested at multiple input shaft speeds (up to 15,000 rpm) and applied power (up to 5,000 hp). Also two lubrication, system-related, variables were tested: oil inlet temperature (160–250° F) and lubricating jet pressure (60–80 psig). Experimental data recorded from these tests included power loss of the helical system under study, the temperature increase of the lubricant from inlet to outlet of the drive system and fling-off temperatures (radially and axially). Also, all gear systems were tested with and without shrouds around the gears.

88 The Path to Smarter Bearings (June 2015)

At Hannover Messe, Power Transmission Engineering had the opportunity to sit down with Stefan Hantke, president of the Industrial North America division of Schaeffler USA, to discuss the current stateof- the-art in bearings manufacturing, the trends in industrial bearings and the current state of U.S. manufacturing. (In the meantime Stefan Hantke has taken over responsibility for the global sales activities of Schaeffler Industrial)

89 He Shoots, He Scores! (April 2016)

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as scoring a goal. Here at Power Transmission Engineering, our goal is to provide you with as much relevant educational and technical material as possible, and every issue we strive to cover the subjects of power transmission and motion control from as many different angles as possible, so that no matter your job title, and no matter your industry, if gears, bearings, motors and related components are important to you, we’ve got you covered.

90 Powder Metal Gear Technology: A Review of the State of the Art (March 2016)

During the past 10 years, the PM industry has put a lot of focus on how to make powder metal gears for automotive transmissions a reality. To reach this goal, several hurdles had to be overcome, such as fatigue data generation on gears, verification of calculation methods, production technology, materials development, heat treatment recipes, design development, and cost studies. All of these advancements will be discussed, and a number of vehicles with powder metal gears in their transmissions will be presented. How the transmissions have been redesigned in order to achieve the required stress levels while minimizing weight and inertia, thus increasing efficiency, will also be discussed.

91 Troubleshooting Through Reverse Engineering (March 2016)

Michael Odom, certified bearing specialist and customer sales and service at Applied Industrial Technologies, explains how he used his bearing expertise to save a customer both money and downtime.

92 With Buying Consortium, it's Advantage Suppliers and Buyers (Fall 2007)

A little over 10 years ago, Louise O’Sullivan was serving as president of one of Dover Corp.’s myriad divisions. One of her duties in that role was to attend the bi-annual cattle calls, i.e.— corporate executive business meetings attended by approximately 22 Dover decision makers. Invariably, at some point in those meetings, someone would ask, “Since we all buy the same things, why don’t we pool our signifi cant purchasing power to achieve better pricing and service?”

93 Wind Turbine Field and Test Rig Testing as Part of the Design Process for Gearboxes (September 2014)

The growth of worldwide energy consumption and emerging industrial markets demands an increase of renewable energy shares. The price pressure coming from coal, oil, nuclear and natural gas energy - combined with enormous worldwide production capacities for components of wind turbines - make wind energy a highly competitive market. The testing and validation of gearboxes within the test rig and the turbine environment attract a strong focus to the needs of the industry. The following contribution sums up the typical process requirements and provides examples for successful system and component verifications based on field measurements.

94 Das (Human) Kapital (August 2014)

Columnist Brian Langenberg provides a current outlook update, key findings from a recent energy sector conference, and takes another look at education and employment.

95 The Reluctance Motor Springs Forth (August 2014)

There are three major types of reluctance motors: all three reluctance motors are non-permanent magnet, brushless motors. They are synchronous motors with a non-linear relationship between torque and current. The variable-reluctance step and switched-reluctance motors utilize the principle of magnetic attraction by inducing magnet poles within the soft-iron rotor, and by energizing a set of coils wound around stator teeth resident in the laminated stator. These two reluctance motors must be sequentially excited to achieve continuous, steady-state rotation. The design of all reluctance motors requires finite element analysis (FEA) software.

96 Critical Factors for Proper Product Selection and Sizing (August 2014)

"Well begun is half done," a quote that most reference materials attribute to Aristotle, certainly applies when selecting mechanical power transmission products. A selection process that is well thought out at the start can ensure that the product selected will be properly sized and appropriate to the application at hand.

97 Analyzing the Cement Process (April 2016)

The manufacturing process begins in a limestone quarry. Mining methods such as ripping, dozing, drilling and blasting are commonly employed. Limestone provides the first essential component, calcium, for the anufacture of cement. Materials are transported to the crushing plant for further size reduction. Common methods of transport are trucks, loaders and belt conveyors.

98 Load Capacity and Efficiency of Grease-Lubricated Worm Gears (September 2014)

Varying installation requirements for worm gears, as, for example, when used in modular gear systems, can necessitate grease lubrication - especially when adequate sealing for oil lubrication would be too complex. Such worm gears are being increasingly used in outside applications such as solar power plants and slew drives. While knowledge about the operating conditions is often appropriate, the basic understanding for load capacity and efficiency under grease lubrication is quite poor. Investigations done at FZG and sponsored by FVA/AiF are shown here to give an impression of the basic factors of load capacity and efficiency. The results of the investigation indicate a satisfying quality of calculations on heat, load capacity and efficiency based on characteristic parameters of the base oil with only slight modifications to the methodology known from DIN 3996 or ISO TR 14521.

99 High Contact Ratio Gearing: A Technology Ready for Implementation (April 2015)

Today’s competitive industrial gear marketplace demands products with excellent reliability, high capacity and low noise. Surface-hardened, ground tooth gearing predominates, but the legacy tooth forms handicap further improvements in capacity and noise generation. Vehicle and aircraft equipment use tooth forms not found in the standard tables to achieve better performance — with little or no increase in cost. This paper will propose adopting these high-contact ratio forms to industrial use.

100 How to Get the Most Realistic Efficiency Calculation for Gearboxes (April 2015)

In recent years the estimation of gearbox power loss is attracting more interest — especially in the wind turbine and automotive gearbox industry — but also in industrial gearboxes where heat dissipation is a consideration as well. As new transmissions concepts are being researched to meet both ecological and commercial demands, a quick and reliable estimation of overall efficiency becomes inevitable in designing the optimal gearbox.

101 Motors and Motion Meet in St. Louis (December 2014)

The motors might be small, but the big-brain technology driving these electrical wonders was on full display at the 2014 Small Motor & Motion Association Fall Technical Conference, convened November 4-6 in St. Louis, MO. SMMA, the manufacturing trade association (120 members strong) that tends to the best interests of the electric motor and motion control industries — including manufacturers, suppliers, users, consultants and universities — played gracious host to a wide array of presenters from an equally diverse range of sources — from academia to the federal government. Like gears, motors are most everywhere, as evidenced by SMMA’s membership (consumer-, public interest-, national defense- and commercial-oriented) demographic which includes: appliance; transportation; medical equipment; office automation and computers; aerospace; and industrial automation. The association’s mission: To “serve as the principal voice of the electric motors and drives industry” and to provide a forum to “develop, collect and disseminate technical and management knowledge.”

102 Intelligent Integration (June 2015)

In this issue’s cover story, Stefan Hantke describes an evolving marketplace that requires smarter components and more integrated solutions. In fact, Hantke, who was recently named head of global industrial sales for the Schaeffler Group, goes so far as to predict that within a few short years, every bearing will have a wire coming out of it.

103 Ceramic Bearings for Water Processing, Water Filtration and Liquid Handling Applications (October 2016)

Bearings are an essential component in the majority of mechanical designs and equipment. It is important to consider the most effective materials when designing industrial machinery, especially in applications where water or other liquids are present. Many materials will be unable to overcome the challenges associated with operating in a wet or corrosive environment.

104 Understanding the Dynamic Influences of Gear Oils and Radial Shaft Seals (February 2018)

Sustainability is becoming one of the most important aspects within the power transmission business. Users demand low-maintenance drive systems with as little disruption as possible, and expect lifetimes of more than 10,000 hours. Approximately 40 percent of long-term gearbox leakages can be traced back to poor interaction between the radial shaft seal (RSS) and the lubricant. Thus, it becomes essential to analyze the tribological system as a whole, which includes the gear oil, seal grease (if required), elastomer material and design, and the shaft.

105 Product News (February 2018)

The latest mechanical power transmission products from Nord Drivesystems, Gearing Solutions, Ogura Industrial, Stafford Manufacturing, Rexnord, Portescap, Steinmeyer, Intellidrives, J.W. Winco and Zero-Max.

106 Motors and Mechatronics - Moving to a Higher Plane (September 2017)

This is an article about motors - preventive motor maintenance, actually. And something else - mechatronics. In today's high-tech manufacturing and industrial use environments, it is near impossible to talk about equally complex motor maintenance and repair-or-replace protocols without it.

107 Gear Expo 2017 Booth Previews (September 2017)

Highlights from some of the gear, gear drive, power transmission component, software, materials and related exhibitors at Gear Expo 2017.

108 Choose the Form (June 2018)

In the 1984 film Ghostbusters, Bill Murray and company were asked by Gozer the Gozerian to "choose the form" of their destructor. It was a no-win scenario for the heroes, because no matter what they chose, they were still going to face death

109 Finite Element Method Based Analysis of Planetary Gear Systems Considering Backlash and Manufacturing Deviations (June 2018)

The load carrying capacity of gear transmissions depends strongly on design, material and operation conditions. Modern analysis methods, e.g. finite element analysis (FEA), consider the above parameters with more or less sufficient accuracy. Yet it remains an ongoing challenge to account for backlash and manufacturing errors, despite a definite need to do so.

110 Gearmotors Pulling, Pushing and Controlling Their Weight (October 2018)

Industrial mainstay adapts to remain relevant in a 4.0 world

111 Show Me Something (October 2018)

Fall is the season of change. But in industrial America, it's also the season of trade shows. Either way, the season is in full swing.

112 Electrical Stress and Parasitic Currents in Machine Elements of Drivetrains with Voltage Source Inverters (August 2018)

Modern drivetrains with voltage-source inverters not only offer advantages like, for example, variable speed operation, increased efficiency and higher dynamics, but also an increase in failures caused by induced parasitic currents.

113 Gear Span Measurements (August 2017)

A reader is looking for the best reference materials with formulas for gear measurements over pins.

114 Setting Sights on Hannover Messe 2017 (March 2017)

Digital and industrial sectors collide in Germany for popular trade fair

115 Graco Pump Technology Solves Long-Term Pump Leaking, Dosing Issues (September 2016)

When trying to find a new bonding material dispense system, one manufacturer tested a series of pumps — all of which leaked due to the abrasiveness of the bonding material. The manufacturer also had been attempting to manage shot size manually with their previous system, and was not able to keep dispense consistent. The company searched for a system that could accurately dispense programmed shot sizes while also eliminating the leaking issues they had experienced with previous pumps. Graco provided a Check-Mate pump with SmartWare software, and the manufacturer is now able to automatically dispense shots of bonding material as small as one ounce without leaks.

116 Opening the Envelope on Bearing Vibration (September 2016)

Experienced operators can often tell if a machine is not working properly, on the basis that it does not ‘sound right.’ The same principle can be applied — using modern electronics — to identify the exact cause of the problem. Sensitive accelerometers can detect and analyze the vibrations from industrial equipment, highlighting problems such as misalignment or bearing imbalance. The technique is known as vibration analysis. It can identify bearing failure in the very early stages, when there is a microscopic defect on the raceway, for example. The problem is that the identifying signal is usually drowned out in all the other noise emanating from the machine.

117 High Gear Ratio Epicyclic Drives (June 2016)

Referencing a June 2014 Article, “High Gear Ratio Epicyclic Drives Analysis,” by Dr. Alex Kapelevich: I have designed a small compound epicyclic gearbox with common planets. Sun = 10 teeth Planet = 14 teeth Ring Gear stationary = 38 teeth Ring gear output = 41 teeth profile shifted onto a 38 tooth pitch diameter. Carriers are simply cages for the planet alignment and location. According to your article, and according to my calculations and the prototype I have built, my inputto- output ratio is a reduction of 65.6:1. I am using a ~ VG1 viscosity grease and Nylatron materials for the gears and carriers.

118 An Open-And-Shut Case: Greases for Gear Applications (September 2016)

For the lubrication of open gear drives used in different industrial applications such as cement and coal mills, rotary furnaces, or where the sealing conditions are difficult, semi-fluid greases are often used in preference to fluid oils. For girth gear applications the greases are used with a splash or spray lubrication system. The selection of such greases influences pitting lifetime and the load-carrying capacity of the gears, as well as wear behavior

119 Mind Sport (September 2016)

Here’s what we know about Tremont, Illinois: It’s a small village in Tazewell County, (population 2,400+), holds an annual summer turkey festival (quite popular) and the courthouse is a famous historic site where politician James Shields challenged an “up-and-coming” lawyer named Abraham Lincoln to a duel with cavalry broad swords (they showed up, but the duel never materialized). In 2016, you can add FIRST Robotics Competition World Champion to the village’s rather eccentric list of accomplishments.

120 Baldor Basics: Motors (December 2016)

Beginning with this initial installment , and with the gracious permission of ABB/Baldor Electric, we are pleased to announce the beginning of a new series -- Baldor Basics: Motors. This is a collection of basicsdriven, motor-intensive articles authored by former Baldor engineer Edward Cowern, PE, a respected name by many in the electric motor industry. During his tenure at Baldor, Cowern - now enjoying his retirement - was tasked with producing a number of motor- and basics-related tutorials, primarily in response to a steady flow of customer questions regarding motors. Today's customers continue to ask questions and seek answers to address their various motor-related issues. As with Cowern's original introduction to the series, we hope you find these articles useful and would appreciate any comments or thoughts you might have for future improvements, corrections or topics.

121 Guidelines for Bearing Seals (October 2016)

Equipment downtime and reduced component life are a few of the consequences — and potential costs — of using the wrong seals on many types of industrial equipment including pump bearing frames, electric motors, fans, pillow blocks, gearboxes and more. However, if correctly specified and installed, seals provide effective barriers that both retain lubricants as well as protect against water, corrosion, debris and other contaminants.

122 Train to Maintain (April 2014)

Is industrial maintenance another lost art, or is there hope that we can train the next generation of maintenance professionals?

123 Proper Bearing Installation (June 2016)

Gregory (Keith) Boutwell, CBS and executive account manager at B&D Technologies (a division of B&D Industrial), explains how he used his bearings expertise to save a customer thousands of dollars through correct bearing installation.

124 All About the Cliff (December 2012)

Brian K. Langenberg explains what's likely to happen in the economy over the coming months.

125 Designing for Static and Dynamic Loading of a Gear Reducer Housing with FEA (February 2010)

A recent trend has been a movement to more user-friendly products in the mechanical power transmission industry. A good example of such a product is a high-horsepower, right angle, shaft-mounted drive designed to minimize installation efforts. Commonly referred to as an alignment-free type, it allows the drive package mounting to be quicker, more cost effective and require less expertise during installation. This facilitates the use of the drive in applications such as underground mining, where there is little room to maneuver parts. The most common application for the alignment-free style drive is for powering bulk material handling belt conveyors.

126 Total System Efficiency (February 2010)

Much of the industrial energy being consumed by systems is wasted through inefficiency. For this article, a system will be defined as the following components working together: electrical input power, variable frequency drives, induction motors, gearboxes and transmission elements (chains, belts, etc.).

127 NuVinci Transmission a Work of Art (December 2009)

Leonardo DaVinci is credited with the idea first, as is the case with many engineering innovations; although, somewhere in China there may be a continuously variable transmission etched into an ancient cave dwelling.

128 Improving Equipment Uptime - Composite Seals Meet the Challenge (October 2009)

In an industrial application, equipment uptime is vital for on-time performance and profitability. The rotating members of industrial machines are subject to the highest degree of wear and are more susceptible to failure than non-moving parts. Bearing surfaces are the most critical and often the most expensive portion of the rotary assembly; it is imperative to protect these components. The primary protector of these components is the industrial seal.

129 Service Without a Smile (April 2010)

Manufacturing employees have always kept their eyes on the robotic systems that continue to pop up in assembly lines and industrial workspaces. These metallic, low-maintenance robotic employees don’t waste time with smoke breaks or catching up on episodes of Lost. They tend to stick to the task at hand with little argument or attitude, giving human counterparts a bad name when they gripe about factory temperatures or lack of a decent dental plan.

130 Sensing the Motion: Rotary Position Sensors (August 2010)

This paper provides an overview of the more common position sensor options and references actual case studies to illustrate the diverse solutions available and the reasons behind some of the decisions. Three cases are used to illustrate the needs of different applications leading to the choice of a particular type of position sensor. The cases reviewed include a gantry crane, wind turbine and aerial cable car.

131 Opportunities Amidst Crises (February 2011)

Energy-challenged industries--and countries--can benefit from improved motor design and materials.

132 Development of an Actuator for Ambient to Cryo Application (December 2010)

During the qualification campaign of the NIRSpec (near-infrared spectrometer) instrument mechanism, the actuator could not achieve the expected lifetime that had been extended during the development phase. The initial design could not be adapted to the requested number of revolutions during that phase. Consequently the actuator needed to be modified so that the function of the mechanism would not be endangered or, by extension, the overall function of the NIRSpec instrument. The modification included a change of the overall actuator design—internal dimensions, tolerances, materials, lubrication and assembly process—while keeping the interface to the mechanism, mass and function.

133 A Present State and Future Vision of Motor Drive Technology (December 2010)

One of the driving forces behind the industrial revolution was the invention—more than a century ago—of the electric motor. Its widespread use for all kinds of mechanical motion has made life simpler and has ultimately aided the advancement of humankind. And the advent of the inverter that facilitated speed and torque control of AC motors has propelled the use of electric motors to new realms that were inconceivable just a mere 30 years ago. Advances in power semiconductors—along with digital controls—have enabled realization of motor drives that are robust and can control position and speed to a high degree of precision. The use of AC motor drives has also resulted in energy savings and improved system efficiency. This paper reviews the development and application of inverter technology to AC motor drives and presents a vision for motor drive technology.

134 Intermetallic Nickel-Titanium Alloys for Oil-Lubricated Bearing Applications (August 2009)

Nitinol 60 (60NiTi), an intermetallic nickel-titanium alloy containing 60 wt % nickel and 40 wt % titanium, is shown to be a promising material for oil-lubricated, rolling and sliding contact applications such as bearings and gears.

135 Smart Bearings are in Control--But Full Potential Remains Untapped (June 2009)

Bearings with integrated sensors are used in a wide variety of applications, but many potential industrial uses are not yet implemented.

136 Turning Science Fiction Into Fact (August 2008)

Fans of Arthur C. Clarke may remember a concept in his 1979 novel, The Fountains of Paradise, of an orbital elevator used to raise payloads from the ground to a satellite as a more cost-effective means of transporting material to outer space.

137 Rewind Seminar Jump Starts Motor, Generator Know-How (June 2008)

Calling on engineers and maintenance power plant personnel, industrial users of low- and medium-voltage motors and generators and motor repair shop staff...

138 Electric Motors: When is it Best to Repair, and When is it Best to Replace (June 2008)

The repair-versus-replace decision is quite complicated, depending upon variables such as rewind cost, severity of the failure, replacement motor purchase price and other factors.

139 Bearing Repair Provides Valuable Alternative To Bearing Replacement for Heavy Industries (August 2008)

When a bearing is damaged, it is often removed from service and replaced before it reaches its full, useful and economical life. Advancements in bearing design, materials, bearing maintenance and repair methods have greatly improved the potential for and popularity of bearing repair as an effective way to extend the life of the bearing.

140 Improved Sealing Technology Extends Equipment Life (December 2008)

Th e primary sources of bearing failure are lack of lubrication and contaminant ingress. Industrial sealing devices are the primary protection against bearing failure. When the sealing device fails, bearing failure is imminent. Th erefore, extending the life of sealing devices extends bearing life and in turn improves equipment uptime.

141 Turning Brownfields Green (April 2009)

The new energy economy is making some headway in the manufacturing community. Organizations are coming up with creative strategies to convert old industrial plants into green manufacturing hubs or simply cost-effective renovation projects. It’s another sign that the country is taking sustainability and environmental awareness seriously.

142 Beyond the Quick Fix - Supply Chain Software (April 2009)

In order for a company to be as efficient as possible, production, inventory and distribution components must be a top priority. A focused supply chain that gets the right materials to the right places in the allotted time frame encourages repeat business. These are concepts somewhat overlooked by many business executives in today’s economy.

143 Who Needs a Social Life When You Can Mine the Moon (February 2009)

Dust, soil broken rock and other related materials that blanket planetary surfaces—known as regolith—have great potential to contribute to space observation research, but the physical properties of lunar regolith are unique and very difficult to excavate from a technical perspective. A group of students at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, dubbed the Lunar Miners, decided to step up to the plate—that is, by entering the 2008 NASA Regolith Excavation Challenge.

144 Airport Baggage Handling: Queue Conveyor Design from a Gearmotor Perspective (February 2011)

The primary driver of an airport baggage handling queue conveyor must be able to operate under increasingly demanding operating conditions, including frequent starting and stopping. The selection of the primary driver of the queue conveyor is dependent on multiple criteria, including dimensional requirements and durability characteristics.

145 Drive-Based Integrated Safety (February 2011)

While safety functions have been integrated into drives packages for some years now, the current trends are very exciting, from many angles. Today, a full complement of safety functions can be implemented at the front-end of a system design on all types of production machines, including printing, packaging, converting, materials handling and other equipment used throughout American industry.

146 When a Good Gear Drive System Goes Bad (October 2012)

Even when the critical components of industrial power transmission gear drive systems are properly designed, specified and manufactured consistent with application requirements, performance problems can develop over time and failure may follow.

147 Sorting Out Flexible Couplings (August 2012)

In most cases, industrial power transmission calls for flexible rather than rigid couplings in order to forgive minor shaft misalignment. For that reason, this article will focus solely on the selection of flexible couplings.

148 IANA and the Increasing Relevance of IMTS (August 2012)

Many of you probably think of IMTS as just a machine tool show. Of course, it’s hard not to. With the majority of the show focused on metalworking equipment, tooling and supplies, there’s no doubt that IMTS is a machine tool show. But this year, the show has partnered with Hannover Messe to include IANA—Industrial Automation North America.

149 The Fundamentals of Specifying and Selecting Gear Drives (December 2012)

Gear drives deliver power to industrial equipment such as bulk material conveyors, mixers, pumps and paper mills. The reliability that translates into greater uptime and profitability begins by specifying and selecting the proper drives for these critical applications.

150 Preventing Fretting Fatigue in Blade Dovetail Roots by Modifying Geometry of Contact Surfaces (August 2013)

Dovetails, gears and splines have been widely used in aero engines where fretting is an important failure mode due to loading variation and vibration during extended service. Failure caused by fretting fatigue becomes a prominent issue when service time continues beyond 4,000 hours. In some cases, microslip at the edge of a contact zone can reduce the life by as much as 40–60 percent.

151 Who Do You Trust? (June 2014)

At the recently held annual meeting of the Bearing Specialists Association, there was a lot of talk about online sales channels and how Internet retailers are changing the way industrial products are researched, sourced and purchased.

152 Lubrication and Seals Product Showcase (June 2014)

The following news items offer the latest on lubrication and seal technology in the power transmission market. From bearing greases to high-performance seals, these products will help extend the service life and manufacturing capabilities for a wide range of industrial sectors.

153 Should You Pay a Premium for a Mounted Ball Bearing (December 2013)

Mounted ball bearings are everywhere in industrial applications. They serve critical roles in keeping a manufacturing operation running smoothly and in ensuring that equipment functions properly and reliably. So why might it be advisable to spend significantly more for a dimensionally comparable bearing from one supplier versus another?

154 Improved Performance for Hydraulic Seals from Thermoplastic Polyurethane (June 2012)

Seal design engineers and end users are continually seeking improved sealing systems and materials. This paper describes the potential of a new thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) material to deliver improvements in pressure, speed and temperature capability, which are presented as comparisons to proven industry standard materials. Performance is demonstrated by virtue of test bench results of seals made from MDI-, PPDI- and NDI-based materials.

155 Zero Friction Solution (June 2012)

Air bearings provide a more-precise view of print head variations.

156 A Case for Large-Scale Manufacturing (October 2011)

Big components aim to revive the North American industrial market.

157 Non-Metallic Bearings - An Alternative Worth Considering (June 2011)

This article takes a look at alternative-material, non-metal bearings, and it turns out the first bearings of that type - wood, in this case, were the norm - not an alternative.

158 Development of the Upgraded DC Brush Gearmotor for Spacebus Platforms (April 2011)

The obsolescence of materials and processes in the manufacture of traditional DC brush gearmotors has necessitated the development of an upgraded DC brush gearmotor.

159 As Risk Recedes, Market Rises (April 2013)

The S&P 500 has rallied six percent since our last review...here's analyst Brian Langenberg's take on what's next for the industrial economy.

160 Structural Change and Growth - Coming to an Economy Near You (April 2012)

Welcome to the first installment of Market Update - a by-the-numbers, in-the-now snapshot of industrial markets worldwide, along with some prognostication to assist in planning your next moves - when to hold ‘em, when to fold ‘em, etc. Look for Market Update in future issues.

161 Economy Continues - Generally - to Improve (June 2012)

Our April 2012 launch of this column highlighted several key themes; we will re-state each and highlight developments, relying on our monitoring of 75 key global industrial companies and ongoing fieldwork.

162 Gearbox Bearing Service Life: A Matter of Mastering Many Design Parameters (April 2012)

The availability of high-strength shaft materials, in combination with bearings with high carrying capacity, allows use of slimmer shafts. However, the modulus of elasticity remains the same, so seat design for bearings and gears must be given close attention.

163 Hydraulics & Pneumatics Assessment (April 2012)

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is an organization consisting of manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and educators working together to strengthen the fluid power market. Its mission is to serve as a forum where all fluid power channel partners can advance fluid power technology and successfully compete in the global industrial market.

164 Investigations of Bearing Failures Associated with White Etching Areas (WEAs) in Wind Turbine Gearboxes (March 2014)

A critical problem for wind turbine gearboxes is failure of rolling element bearings where axial cracks form on the inner rings. This article presents field experience from operating wind turbines that compares the performance of through-hardened and carburized materials. It reveals that through-hardened bearings develop WEA/WECs and fail with axial cracks, whereas carburized bearings do not. The field experience further shows that a carburized bearing with a core having low carbon content, high nickel content, greater compressive residual stresses, and a higher amount of retained austenite provides higher fracture resistance and makes carburized bearings more durable than through-hardened bearings in the wind turbine environment.

News Items About RIA

1 Nord Offers Maxxdrive Industrial Gearing (May 31, 2013)
Located in the Swiss Alps, Industrial Gearing from Nord Drivesystems is an integral part of the pumped storage hydroelectric power statio...

2 QTC Donates Components to Memorial University (February 6, 2013)
Quality Transmission Components (QTC) announces the donation of various industrial automation components to the Memorial University SAE B...

3 Industrial Automation Poised for Strong Second Half (June 21, 2013)
The market for industrial automation equipment (IAE) is set to grow 6.2 percent this year to approximately $170 billion, helped in part b...

4 Oerlikon Provides Drive Solutions for Aerial Work Platform (August 9, 2013)
Oerlikon Fairfield has been selected as the drive solutions provider for the rotational system used on the Genie SX™-180 – th...

5 NEMA Reports High Industrial Control Demand (December 26, 2013)
Demand for industrial controls increased during the third quarter of 2013, with NEMA’s Primary Industrial Controls Index rising 2.6...

6 Metallized Carbon Appoints Andrian as Quality Assurance Manager (October 31, 2013)
Roxanne Andrian will fill the position of quality assurance manager and will oversee the operations of the quality assurance department a...

7 IEEE Praises Legislation's Focus on Industrial Efficiency (December 10, 2012)
The Industrial Energy Efficiency Coalition (IEEC) praised House passage of H.R. 6582, the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Correc...

8 Zero Max Offers Custom Variable Speed Drives (November 21, 2012)
Zero-Max designs, manufactures and assembles Custom Variable Speed Drives that meter and dispense seed and fertilizer guided by global po...

9 Bodine Provides Variable Speed Control for Motors (June 22, 2012)
The new type ABL-3906C low voltage brushless DC stock controls from Bodine Electric Company provide variable speed control for low voltag...

10 Setra Offers Industrial Pressure Sensing Technology at Sensors Expo (June 1, 2012)
Setra Systems, Inc., a global designer and manufacturer of pressure measurement instrumentation for industrial, test and measurement...

11 IMTS Preview: Mobil Industrial Lubricants (August 8, 2012)
ExxonMobil Lubricants and Petroleum Specialties, a division of Exxon Mobil Corporation ("ExxonMobil"), will showcase its range ...

12 RIA Offers Webinar on 3-D Simulation (August 15, 2012)
3-D Simulation is an imperative solution tool to validate and verify any manufacturing concept or process. As CAD is to Product Design an...

13 Demand for Industrial Control Equipment Weakened in Second Quarter (September 6, 2012)
NEMA's Primary Industrial Controls Index decreased three percent on a quarter-to-quarter basis during the second quarter of 2012...

14 CONEXPO-CONAGG-IFPE Preview: Emerson Industrial Automation (February 26, 2014)
Once you’ve seen enough of “the big stuff” at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, stop by the “sandbox” at the Emerson Industr...

15 Industrial Origami Develops Bearing Retainer (July 23, 2014)
Industrial Origami, Inc. (IOI) has developed a high performance bearing retainer made exclusively from folded sheet metal. Thin sheet met...

16 Shaun Dean Named New CEO of Hansen Industrial Transmissions (June 2, 2015)
Hansen Industrial Transmissions N.V. recently announced that, in mutual agreement with the Japanese SHI HQ, the cooperation with Opervisi...

17 Dr. Stefan Spindler Named New CEO Industrial at Schaeffler AG (May 5, 2015)
The Supervisory Board of Schaeffler AG recently appointed Dr. Stefan Spindler as member of the board of managing directors at Schaeffler ...

18 U.S. Speed Changer, Industrial High-Speed Drive, and Gear Manufacturing Industry Shipment (June 12, 2015)
This latest Speed Changer, Industrial High-Speed Drive, and Gear Manufacturing Industry report provides the most updated market research ...

19 ABB Automation Builder Toolsuite Provides Myriad Software Support Functions (June 23, 2015)
 ABB recently released a new integrated development toolsuite. Automation Builder 1.1 provides an integrated development environment...

20 Comet Solutions Partners with Brian Wilson (July 7, 2015)
Comet Solutions, Inc. recently announced a partnership with Brian Wilson of Advanced Drivetrain Engineering & Technology (ADET). This...

21 Timken Company Researchers Receive 2015 Wilbur Deutsch Memorial Award (July 6, 2015)
Research conducted by The Timken Company to address a critical issue for wind turbine operators received the 2015 Wilbur Deutsch Memorial...

22 Marsh Bellofram Introduces Two-Wire Industrial Pressure Transmitter with 0.1% Accuracy (February 5, 2015)
The Precision Controls Division of Marsh Bellofram Corporation, (Bellofram PCD)  a member of the Bellofram Group of Companies and an...

23 Kent Furst Named Manager of Freedonia Group's Polymers and Materials Group (February 4, 2015)
Kent Furst was recently promoted to manager of the polymers and materials group at The Freedonia Group, Inc.  Furst has worked as ...

24 ABMA Schedules Bearing Materials Webinar (August 22, 2014)
The American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA) has opened registration for a bearing materials webinar. This webinar is designed t...

25 Altra Industrial Acquires Guardian Industries (August 1, 2014)
Altra Industrial Motion Corp. announced the acquisition of Guardian Industries, Inc. Founded in 1941 and based in Michigan City, Indiana,...

26 Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation's McCloskey receives Warren Pike Award (November 18, 2014)
The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has named Kevin McCloskey, category manager at Kaman Industrial Technologies Corpo...

27 'Roll-Slide Mini' Carriage and Rail Linear Motion Systems Now Available From LM76 (December 18, 2014)
Low cost, "Roll-Slide Mini" carriage and rail linear motion systems are now available from LM76 in lengths from 160mm (6.3...

28 EFC 3600 Variable Frequency Drive for Energy Efficient Process Control (December 30, 2014)
The EFC 3600 variable frequency drive (VFD) by Bosch Rexroth complements the existing product portfolio including the Fe and Fv frequency...

29 Altra Industrial Motion Breaks Ground in Changzhou, China (May 10, 2012)
Altra Industrial Motion recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new 90,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facil...

30 Ticona Provides Material Alternative to Nylon-12 (April 24, 2012)
Ticona, the engineering polymers business of Celanese Corporation, recently announced that it is working with global automotive orig...

31 Allegro Hall-Effect Sensors Target Automotive, Industrial, Consumer Markets (June 19, 2008)
Allegro Microsystems, Inc. has introduced a programmable, linear Hall-effect sensor with a 125 Hz pulse width modulated output. According...

32 FAG Industrial Offers Torque Measurement Service (January 28, 2008)
FAG Industrial Services is offering customers torque measurement capability that monitors complete drive components. Measurements can be ...

33 Two Materials Experts Hired by M&P Lab (December 2, 2008)
The M&P Lab appointed Matthew J. Hallihan as business development manager and Edward Vesely as senior metallurgist to its Greenville,...

34 LFS 12 Rails and Carriages Offer Low Cost Solutions for Door Enclosure and Transfer System Applications (February 17, 2009)
Techno, Inc. Linear Motion Products released a line of low profile linear rails and carriages called the LFS 12 Series. Offered in two co...

35 MIM Materials Standard Released (April 23, 2009)
An addendum to the 2007 edition of MPIF Standard 35, "Materials Standards for Metal Injection Molded Parts," has been released....

36 Linear/Rotary Platform Combines Material Handling with Direct Drive, Rotary Motion (April 23, 2009)
The LaserTurn 1 is a linear/rotary motion subsystem that integrates automated material handling with direct drive linear and rotary motor...

37 PICO Chemical's New Solvent Replaces Hazardous Materials for Gear Cleaning (August 8, 2007)
hemical Corp released its Pico Solv NPB as a new technology chlorine-free solvent cleaner that is manufactured specifically o replace haz...

38 Industrial Machine Vibration Mounts from Stock Drive Products (June 15, 2007)
SDP/SI, an ISO 9001 manufacturer of vibration mounts, suspension mounts, vibration isolators, conical bumpers, damped spring mountings, m...

39 Bock Workholding Introduces New Triangular Workholding System for Machining Centers (April 13, 2005)
The Bock TriSystem workholding system, a triangular, six-station workholding system allows a greater range of tool access angles on horiz...

40 Industrial Ventures Buys Peterson Machine Tools (December 1, 2003)
Industrial Ventures Inc. of Wichita, KS, has acquired the assets of Peterson Machine Tool Inc. of Kansas City and Council Grove, KS. A...

41 MAG Industrial Automation Systems Receives American Axle Supplier Award (April 17, 2006)
The Powertrain Technologies Group of MAG Industrial Automation Systems of Sterling Heights, Michigan, has received a Supplier Recogniti...

42 PCB’s Triaxial Force Sensors Designed for Aerospace Vibration Testing (April 18, 2006)
The 261A Series Triaxial Force Link Sensors from the Force/Torque Division of PCB Piezotronics Inc. simultaneously measures dynamic and q...

43 NKE Austria Manufactures 3,000 Types of Roller Bearings in New Assembly Plant (March 1, 2007)
NKE Austria introduced its new series of single row cylindrical roller bearings. According to NSK’s press releae, more than 3,00...

44 IQwind and Guascor Partner to Commercialize Variable IQGear Technology for Wind Turbines (September 10, 2009)
IQwind and Guascor announced that they will partner to commercialize and bring to market the IQGear, a high efficiency variable gearbox f...

45 Industrial Control Shipments Surge First Quarter 2010 (May 17, 2010)
NEMA's Primary Industrial Controls Index climbed 11.7 percent on a quarter-to-quarter basis during the first three months of 2010.The...

46 Vacon Collaborates on Industrial Automation Security Paper (December 9, 2011)
Vacon Plc, Nixu Ltd and F-Secure Corporation have collaborated on a white paper on industrial automation security. The white paper h...

47 K-Beam Accelerometers Support Single and Triaxial Measurements (October 14, 2011)
Kistler, a worldwide supplier of precision sensors, systems and instrumentation for the dynamic measurement of pressure, force, torque an...

48 Kaman Industrial Acquires Catching FluidPower, Inc. (December 20, 2011)
Kaman Corporation recently announced that its subsidiary, Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation, has acquired the business of Catchin...

49 Mach III Offers Industrial Friction Clutches (January 11, 2012)
Mach III Clutch, Inc. recently announced a new spring engaged industrial friction clutches for torque transmission in the absence of...

50 Omron Integrates Support for Industrial Automation and Safety (March 2, 2012)
Omron Industrial Automation and Omron Scientific Technologies Inc. announced an internal realignment of support for machine automation sy...

51 Morris Named First Woman Chair of RIA (January 25, 2012)
Catherine Morris, senior account manager, ATI Industrial Automation, Apex, North Carolina, has been named the first woman chair of Roboti...

52 KISSsoft Offers Gearbox Variant Calculations (September 1, 2011)
With KISSsys, gearbox variants can now be calculated very efficiently (module KS1). In contrast to the GPK-models, where within the fixed...

53 RIA Unveils Improved Online Career Center (August 18, 2011)
Jobs that pay well in the robotics industry can be found on the new and improved Career Center from the Robotics Industries Association (...

54 Flex-IPC Targets Industrial Automation Operations (October 13, 2010)
HK Automation, a Hoffmann + Krippner company, recently introduced its brand new product line of industrial PCs called flex-IPC. The new l...

55 Kaman Industrial Technologies Replaces Retiring President (July 6, 2010)
T. Jack Cahill, president of Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation (KIT) is retiring, effective August 31. Steven J. Smidler, current...

56 Igus Offers Iglide A350 Bearing Material (February 22, 2011)
Igus now offers an FDA-compliant bearing material that is blue in color for easier detection. The new iglide A350 polymer plain bearing m...

57 LoadSense Integrates Industrial Operations (March 4, 2011)
A smart load sensor developed in the U.K. by Sensor Technology provides all the information needed to optimize efficiency and increase pr...

58 Weg Supplies Drive Systems for Algerian Water Project (June 6, 2011)
Weg is a key supplier of inverter drive systems and soft starters to the Spanish consortium that is constructing the Tlemcem-Honaine desa...

59 Hantke Named New President of Sales and Engineering at Schaeffler Industrial (July 13, 2015)
Stefan Hantke recently assumed global management of sales and engineering of the industrial division of Schaeffler Technologies AG &...

60 ICP Attends SkillsUSA to Help Millennials Discover Industrial Distribution Career Path (July 16, 2015)
While searching for new workers to fill the pipeline for jobs at industrial distribution (ID) companies in the years to come, Industrial ...

61 Gear Motions Begins Partnership with Southeast Industrial Solutions (January 3, 2018)
Gear Motions has announced a new partnership with Southeast Industrial Solutions. SEIS is a professional manufacturers' representati...

62 KISSsoft Adds Plastic Materials Manager Function (December 6, 2017)
It is often the case that plastics manufacturers don't provide any data that is relevant for calculations when they supply their prod...

63 Schaeffler Moves Forward with Global Automotive and Industrial Initiative (March 13, 2018)
Global automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler is pushing ahead with its transformation process in readiness for the future. It i...

64 Otto Motors Releases Otto Industrial API (March 14, 2018)
Otto Motors is proud to officially release the Otto Industrial API, solving one of the major hurdles in manufacturing today: achieving ...

65 Bonfiglioli Offers Robust and Compact Wheel Drive for Hybrid Aerial Platforms (April 4, 2018)
The 605WE wheel drive, designed and developed by Bonfiglioli, has been created in cooperation with one of their customers for a new inn...

66 RIA Discusses Growing Trends in Service Robots (March 30, 2018)
The 2018 Winter Olympics brought service robots to the world stage like never before. Some 85 robots punctuated the games in Pyeongchang....

67 NEMA and Industrial Internet Consortium Announce Liaison (December 6, 2017)
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) agreed to enter a formal liaison to...

68 Hansford Sensors Releases High-Performance Cable Option for Industrial Accelerometers (November 14, 2017)
Hansford Sensors has released a new FEP cable option for its high-performance vibration sensors. The new cable and connector design meets...

69 ICP Discusses Industrial Distribution with Canadian Students (July 11, 2017)
Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP) made itself known to the over 550 competitors and estimated 10,000 student visitors at the 23rd annual S...

70 Striatech Switched Reluctance Motor Achieves Speeds of Almost 100,000 rpm (June 23, 2017)
Striatech has developed a 1.75 hp (1.3 Kw) switched reluctance (SR) motor and dedicated control combination for a wide range of industria...

71 Rexnord Announces New Industrial Torque Monitoring (July 19, 2017)
The latest in industrial process torque measurement is now available from Rexnord. Monitorq is a robust and reliable torque measuring dev...

72 Siemens Partners with ISA to Foster Awareness of Industrial Cybersecurity (September 1, 2017)
As threats to automation equipment are always changing and evolving, so too is the protection concepts for industrial plants. To address ...

73 NEMA's Industrial Controls Indexes Increase in First Quarter (September 12, 2017)
NEMA’s Primary Industrial Controls index showed a 0.5 percent decrease in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the first quarter ...

74 B&R Automation Software Simplifies Management of Machine Variants (April 9, 2018)
Modular applications can now be implemented even more easily. B&R's new software component, mapp IO, makes it possible to add I/O...

75 Hansford Launches Compact and Lightweight Triaxial Vibration Sensor (April 13, 2018)
Hansford Sensors, a developer and manufacturer of high performance industrial accelerometers, has launched a compact and lightweight 10...

76 Altra Industrial Motion Completes Combination with Fortive's Automation & Specialty Platform (October 12, 2018)
Altra Industrial Motion Corp. has announced the completion of Altra’s combination with four operating companies from Fortive&rsqu...

77 Pack Expo Preview: B&R Industrial Automation (October 5, 2018)
B&R Industrial Automation Corp. will exhibit automation technologies that raise the bar on packaging machinery design. B&R specia...

78 Industrial Robot Sales Double in Five Year Span (October 24, 2018)
Sales of industrial robots increased 114% over the past five years – with a record 381,000 units shipped globally in 2017, accord...

79 Sulzer Signs Deal with Nidec Industrial Solutions (November 7, 2018)
As part of a growing portfolio of services, Sulzer has signed an agreement with Nidec Industrial Solutions that will introduce customers ...

80 NFPA Launches Second Annual Trial Membership Program (December 27, 2018)
The National Fluid Power Association has kicked off its second annual trial membership program leading up to the 2019 Annual Conference M...

81 Fersa Bearings Acquires 100 Percent of NKE Austria (November 27, 2018)
Fersa Bearings S.A. made the purchase of the Austrian company NKE Austria GmbH official on October 19 2018, at a ceremony held in the cit...

82 Garlock Launches Joint Material Designed for Abrasion Protection (October 2, 2018)
Garlock – a manufacturer of high-performance fluid sealing products – has launched ABRA-SHIELD™, a proprietary expansio...

83 KEB America Releases Washdown Servomotors for Industrial Applications (September 28, 2018)
KEB America announces the release of the new STEEL IT epoxy coating for servomotors. The new product offering is now available for the No...

84 Rexnord Announces Dry-PT Material Option for Select Chains (June 25, 2018)
Rexnord is proud to announce the latest addition to our premium line of conveying solutions products; the Dry-PT material option is now...

85 Altra Industrial Motion Offers Power Transmission Solutions for Vertical Lift Systems (April 20, 2018)
Altra Industrial Motion supplies technically advanced clutches and brakes, geared motors, speed reducers, couplings, controls and senso...

86 Igus Offers New Bearing Material for Solar Technology (July 30, 2018)
Igus introduced a new material for a bearing used in solar industry applications that offers superior UV and moisture resistance along ...

87 IMTS Preview: B&R Industrial Automation (August 9, 2018)
B&R Industrial Automation Corp will introduce track technology enabling The Adaptive Machine at Booth E-134111. An adaptive machine h...

88 Ameridrives and Bibby Turboflex Introduce Unique Triangular Design for Disc Couplings (August 14, 2018)
Ameridrives and Bibby Turboflex have developed the Tri-Bushing, a unique flex element/blade triangular bushing design that increases the ...

89 ATI Industrial Automation 2017 Technology Fair Set for August (May 25, 2017)
ATI Industrial Automation will hold its Annual Technology Fair on August 10, 2017 at its Orion Township, Michigan facility. The one-day e...

90 Mencom Offers Industrial Networking Solutions for Harsh Environments (May 16, 2017)
In the past two decades, Ethernet-based networks were adopted as the backbone of industrial automation. The latest trend in industrial au...

91 ICP Raises Awareness of Industrial Distribution Careers (April 19, 2016)
Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP) works with volunteers in their local communities to facilitate participation in career fairs and ot...

92 ITAMCO Connects Forklifts to Industrial Internet of Things via Sensors and Software (February 1, 2016)
Forklifts, the workhorses of the plant floor, are more valuable than ever at ITAMCO. The company has connected their forklifts to the Ind...

93 Industrial Internet Consortium Celebrates Two Years, Announces Two New Chairs (April 28, 2016)
The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) celebrated its second anniversary and announced two new Steering Committee positions by special ...

94 ContiTech NAFTA CEO Discusses Industrial Expansion (May 4, 2016)
Speaking before some of Europe’s major industry journalists at the Industry Trade Fair Hannover Messe, Jim Hill, CEO of Fairlawn, O...

95 Micronor Introduces Controller for OEM Industrial and Medical Systems (May 24, 2016)
With its simplistic design and interfaces, the MR380-0 OEM Controller from Micronor provides a low cost, turn-key solution for OEM manufa...

96 Oilgear Expands Variable Displacement Pump Series (May 19, 2016)
A new range of variable displacement pumps has been launched to the EMEA market as a result of a multi-million pound investment made by O...

97 Emerson Industrial Offers Mobile Energy Solution (January 7, 2016)
With a long history of involvement in promoting energy savings, Emerson Industrial Automation has invested massively in research into tec...

98 Swint Joins Interface Performance Materials as CEO (December 21, 2015)
Interface Performance Materials, Inc., a global manufacturer of advanced materials, sealing solutions, thermal and acoustic management sy...

99 Voith Vorecon Variable Speed Planetary Gear with Dual Torque Converters Improves Natural Gas Transportation (September 8, 2015)
Voith’s Vorecon recently expanded its footprint in the U.S. market, with five Vorecons equipped in compressor stations transporting...

100 ABB to Become First Global Industrial Robotics Company to Manufacture Robots in the United States (July 27, 2015)
ABB recently announced that it is to start producing robots in the United States, making it the first global industrial robotics company ...

101 Voith 715 SVL Variable-Speed Fluid Couplings Utilized in ESPO Pipeline (November 3, 2015)
The ESPO Pipeline is a project of the Russian pipeline operator Transneft and a showcase project for Voith hydrodynamic variable-speed fl...

102 Miki Pulley PBZ Variable Torque Brakes Feature Magnetic Particle Brakes (December 16, 2015)
Miki Pulley has introduced their PBZ Variable Torque Brakes for direct sale to OEMs in North America. Ideal for variable torque tensionin...

103 Comau and B&R Industrial Automation Partner on Robotic Solution (December 18, 2015)
The partnership between Comau Robotics and B&R Industrial Automation is opening up a new opportunities for robo...

104 ICP and Volunteers Talk Industrial Distribution Careers with 500+ Students (July 8, 2016)
When young people with the skill sets and ambition industrial distributors seek as their next generation of workers gather en masse, Indu...

105 Timken Acquires Industrial Coupling Manufacturer Lovejoy Inc. (July 11, 2016)
The Timken Company has announced that it has acquired Lovejoy, Inc., a manufacturer of premium industrial couplings and universal joints,...

106 Industrial Internet Consortium Publishes Industrial Internet Reference Architecture v1.8 (February 16, 2017)
The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the global, member-driven organization that promotes the accelerated growth of the Industrial I...

107 Advanced Materials Development Corp. Offers New Material Options for Automotive Components (January 18, 2017)
Car and truck manufacturers are faced with the difficult task of significantly improving fuel economy while maintaining safety and compet...

108 Hansford Sensors Introduces Advanced Industrial Accelerometers (March 14, 2017)
Hansford Sensors, the specialized manufacturer of advanced industrial accelerometers, has launched a new high performance tri-axial vibra...

109 Hannover Messe Preview: Altra Industrial Motion (March 20, 2017)
Altra Industrial Motion will be displaying many of its brands at Hannover Messe 2017, showcasing a capability to offer premium engineerin...

110 High-Performance Materials Institute Plays Role in Deep Space Exploration (April 20, 2017)
Florida State University’s High-Performance Materials Institute and the Florida A&M University–Florida State University C...

111 Hannover Fair Preview: Altra Industrial Motion (April 17, 2017)
Altra Industrial Motion Corporation is offering a free Virtual Reality (VR) experience to all stand visitors at this year’s Hannove...

112 AutomationDirect Expands Line of Industrial Ethernet Switches (January 16, 2017)
AutomationDirect’s line of Stride Unmanaged Industrial Ethernet Switches now offers even more connectivity choices for Ethernet app...

113 Ohio Transmission Corp. Acquires C&C Industrial and Midway Industrial Supply (January 3, 2017)
Ohio Transmission Corporation, an industrial equipment service provider and distributor headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, recently announc...

114 Metallized Carbon Corp. Offers Carbon-Graphite Materials for Aircraft Shaft Seals (July 29, 2016)
Metallized Carbon Corporation offers a variety of materials for mechanical seals in aircraft shaft applications, including main shaf...

115 ContiTech Expands Partnership with Applied Industrial Technologies (July 26, 2016)
ContiTech, a division of Continental, announced that Applied Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (Applied Mexico) and subsidiary RODENSA Mexico, S.A. de...

116 Nord Gear Assembles Industrial Gear Drives in Wisconsin (August 16, 2016)
Nord Gear Corporation is now assembling its line of Maxxdrive large industrial gear drives at the Waunakee, Wisconsin plant. With a build...

117 GKN Sells Stromag Business to Altra Industrial Motion Corp. (November 29, 2016)
GKN recently announced that it has agreed to sell its Stromag business (part of the GKN Land Systems division) to Altra Industrial Motion...

118 Engineering Ingegneria Informatica and Comau Sign Maintenance Solutions Agreement (December 16, 2016)
Engineering Ingegneria Informatica and Comau have signed a global cooperation agreement. The companies will join forces to pursue the dev...

119 Cincinnati VR Taps Leroy-Somer for Variable Speed Motor (January 16, 2019)
Pursuing its constant innovation approach aimed at making its machines increasingly ergonomic and automated, Cincinnati VR has chosen to ...