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1 Brake and Accelerate (June 2013)

SKF president/CEO Tom Johnstone discusses the global power transmission market at Hannover Messe.

2 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.

3 Industry News (April 2017)

Corporate and personnel announcements from the April 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

4 Industry News (June 2017)

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

5 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.

6 Industry News (March 2017)

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

7 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.

8 Tailor-Made (August 2017)

The Role of Coupling Technology in Current Developments in Industry

9 MediaMation Utilizes Digitization and Pneumatics to Alter Theater Experience (August 2017)

"For your safety, please keep your hands, arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times."

10 12 Current Trends in Motion Control (March 2018)

Smart Factory solutions hint at machine design potential in 2018.

11 Product News (March 2018)

The complete Product News section from the March 2018 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

12 Industry News (September 2017)

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

13 Product News (March 2017)

The complete Product News section from the March 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

14 Pack Expo: The Push to Automation (August 2017)

With Pack Expo Las Vegas around the corner, we took a look at the state of the packaging industry today to see what you can expect at the show. The answer is more automation.

15 Product News (February 2017)

The complete Product News section from the February 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

16 Product News (September 2016)

News about recent products in the Industry

17 Industry news (August 2016)

News from around the Industry

18 IMTS 2016 Booth Preview (August 2016)

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

19 Modular Control Systems for Wind Energy (August 2016)

For a 5-megawatt wind turbine prototype, aerodyn employs the latest control and software technologies, including a comprehensive PC-based control solution and the new modular TwinCAT Wind Framework. The TwinCAT Wind Framework features the latest software engineering and Big Data applications to extend current Industry 4.0 concepts to the wind energy industry. The modular software supports, for example, the direct provision of sensor data to the operator’s database, and in general enables the easy adaption of the wind turbine operation management to future requirements.

20 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.

21 Industry News (September 2016)

Latest News from around the Industry

22 Mechanical Motion in Tight Spaces (March 2018)

Framo Morat and Dunkermotoren Produce Drive Systems for Automatic Guided Vehicles.

23 Industry News (December 2016)

News from around the industry.

24 Product News (December 2016)

News about the most recent products to hit the market.

25 How Does An Electric Motor Work (October 2016)

If you’re an electrical engineer you know how an electric motor works; if you aren’t, it can be extremely confusing. Therefore, here’s the simplified explanation (or the “how an electric motor works for dummies” version) of how a four-pole, three-phase AC induction motor works in a car.

26 Calendar (February 2017)

The complete technical calendar from the February 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

27 Where We Stand (April 2018)

The automotive industry is on the precipice of a shift. Here's what the future looks like and what you need to know to prepare for it.

28 Hands-Free Driving in the 1950s (April 2019)

Yes, the headline is correct: Autonomous vehicles are not a new idea. In fact, in the 1950s, handsfree driving so interested General Motors engineers that they designed a concept car for it. And in 1956, at its own auto show, the GM Motorama, the automaker unveiled the car, the Firebird II.

29 Cars with Jet Engines (June 2019)

In the late 1940s, the U.S. auto industry started an exciting experiment and spent decades on it. One result came in '63, when the Turbine was introduced by Chrysler Corp., now a part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). In appearance, the two-door, four-passenger car looked like a regular car, but it wasn’t. Under its sleek shell, the car had a jet engine.

30 Automotive Adjustment (April 2019)

The automotive industry is shifting for everyone, bearings manufacturers included. Here's what you need to know to make sure you're shifting with it.

31 Plugged In (April 2019)

At the recently concluded Automate 2019 and Promat trade shows (held in Chicago in April), we saw a lot of new technology aimed at making factories more efficient and productive.

32 Insider's Guide to Automate 2019 and Promat (March 2019)

Automate Show Examines the Integration of Robotics, Automation and Machine Vision, while Promat explores the latest in material handling technology.

33 Gearbox Development for the Food and Beverage Processing Industry (September 2019)

How one gearbox manufacturer took an existing design and transformed it to meet the needs of this demanding environment.

34 Just Right Lubrication (October 2019)

Automatic lubrication systems are getting smarter, easier to use and pushing condition monitoring into the future.

35 Industry News (December 2019)

The complete Industry News section from the December 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

36 Industry News (October 2019)

The complete Industry News section from the October 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

37 Validation Approach of PM Gears for e-Drive Applications (October 2019)

Key technical drivers which can be addressed by advanced PM manufacturing technologies are, for example, the need for system downsizing in transmissions and differentials, the need for developing systems with higher power density and the strong NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness) requirements - especially for electrified transmissions or e-axle solutions.

38 General Modeling Method of Power Losses in Transmission with Parameter Identification (October 2019)

In this paper, the models for different power loss sources in transmissions from literature are applied and compared, which form the two methods - ISO 14179-2 and the joint model to estimate the power losses in a transmission. A 2-speed transmission in an electric vehicle is used as a case study to compare the two methods and validate them with experimental data.

39 Making Sense Out of Autonomous Vehicles (March 2019)

Autonomous vehicles (AVs), in particular, are set to utilize sensors for a multiple array of new technologies. In fact, lidar sensors may be the key to unlocking the potential of driverless cars in the future.

40 Product News (March 2019)

The complete Product News section from the March 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

41 A Mechanical Healthcare Plan (June 2018)

Motor Operation Gets Big Boost from Smart Technology (Here's How to Take Advantage)

42 Custom Machine and Tool Bolsters Accuracy and Efficiency for Vande Berg Scales (June 2018)

If you can find that magic bullet that will reduce the machining process, you can achieve meaningful efficiency gains. It is imperative that check-weighers or in-motion weighing systems remain both accurate and efficient while attaining a consistently smooth operation because they dynamically weigh products as they move across the belt.

43 Product News (June 2018)

Elastic housing deformation by MESYS, plus new motors, actuators, gear drives and more.

44 The One-Stop Shop for Automatic, HEV and EV Drives (April 2018)

CTI Symposium USA Examines North American Transmission Market Strategies

45 Industry News (March 2016)

News from around the industry

46 Purchasing Efficiency (September 2018)

You may have noticed a lot of merger and acquisition activity lately in the power transmission industry. What does it mean?

47 Product News (September 2018)

The complete Product News section from the September 2018 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

48 The Future of E-Mobility (October 2018)

Schaeffler Touts System Solutions and Electrification Advancements at Detroit Symposium

49 Hannover Messe USA - What we Learned (October 2018)

IMTS 2018 had its fair share of machine tools, 3D printers and advanced robotics. Meanwhile, the East Hall — home to Hannover Messe USA — took a more systematic approach, highlighting the smart components and techniques that will be integral in developing the digital factory of the future.

50 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.

51 Pack Expo: Automation and Education (September 2018)

Ask any exhibitor at Pack Expo International and the co-located Healthcare Packaging Expo (Oct. 14-17 at McCormick Place, Chicago) why they're there, and you'll probably get the same response: end users.

52 The Automated Industrial Community (March 2018)

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

53 Industry News (Spring 2007)

News from around the Industry

54 Product News (August 2011)

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

55 Motion Control - Product Spotlight (August 2011)

This special product news section takes a look at the latest in motion control products.

56 Integrated Motion Control in Packaging Machines Delivers Value (June 2011)

Maximizing packaging machine productivity and performance is imperative to success and is driving OEMs to adopt and invest in the latest technologies that can meet their customers’ challenges. At the forefront of these performance-driven technologies is an integrated control system—or programmable automation controller (PAC)—and latest-generation motion solutions.

57 Product News (April 2011)

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

58 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.

59 Gear Drive Selection Process for the Parcel Handling Industry (August 2011)

This article is designed to help describe the selection process of a reducer to be used in the parcel handling industry. It will go over the different applications for which gearboxes are used throughout parcel handling facilities such as UPS, FedEx and DHL.

60 PT Extras (April 2013)

The latest power transmission videos, articles and updates from online.

61 Product News (December 2012)

The complete Product News section from the December 2012 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

62 Industry News (April 2012)

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

63 Project Integration - Design Engineers Adapt to Modern Day Mechatronics (December 2011)

Though the original definition of mechatronics derived from the Yasakawa Electric Company in the late 1960s (the company won trademark rights for the term in 1973), the word has remarkably evolved.

64 Product News (December 2011)

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

65 Product News (December 2010)

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

66 Product News (August 2010)

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

67 Custom-Made Manufacturing (June 2008)

Sound business model increases opportunities for Misumi USA Inc.

68 Product News (June 2008)

The complete product news section from the June 2008 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

69 Improved Fuel and Energy Efficiency Through Optimized Bearing Design and Selection (February 2008)

Today, better fuel economy is a main objective in the automotive development process. It remains top-of-mind with the auto industry and consumers because of costs and environmental impacts. Because the industry’s average fuel-economy standard is required to increase by 40 percent by 2020, manufacturers and engineers are working to develop fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly and reliable designs for vehicles.

70 Industry News (April 2013)

News from Timken, Klueber, Sumitomo, NFPA, and more from the April 2013 issue of Power Transmission Engineering

71 Product News (October 2008)

The complete product news section from the October 2008 issue of Power Transmission Engineering (PTE).

72 Product News (December 2008)

The complete product news section from the December 2008 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

73 Energy Strategy Makes a Difference (June 2010)

How to optimize performance and sustainable production through strategic planning, informed analysis and automation and control technology.

74 Product News (February 2010)

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

75 Hardware-Software Synergy Automates Power Plant Data Collection (October 2009)

Robotics and other advanced automation technology systems are viewed as a looming threat to some in the plant maintenance field. Although there is a constant battle for some workers to remain useful while machines are continuously fulfilling more roles on the plant floor, there are those who in turn have found a better use of their newly freed time.

76 Product News (April 2009)

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

77 Gears and Gear Drives Product Focus (February 2013)

Our product focus includes the latest technology in gears and gear drives from the leading manufacturers.

78 Motion, Drive and Automation at Hannover Messe 2013 (February 2013)

Power transmission and motion control companies will be on-hand during Hannover Messe 2013 to display the latest technology offerings in key product categories including roller bearings, gears, pumps, motors, transmissions, drive system components, clutches and braking systems.

79 Product News (February 2015)

News from around the Industry

80 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.

81 Industry News (February 2015)

News from around the Industry

82 Innovative Design Solves AutomotiveParts Assembly Challenge (February 2015)

Weiss North America, Inc. of Willoughby, OH has designed and produced rotary tables and other components for the automation industry for more than 45 years. When approached by Alpha Integration, Inc. of Murfreesboro, TN, a manufacturer of turnkey automated assembly, vision and testing systems, to provide a reliable turnkey solution for their 6-foot-tall automotive parts assembly machine, Weiss ‘tiered-up’ an innovative chassis and indexing table system solution.

83 A Quasar Ride to Automate 2015 (February 2015)

Bill Walton – a 7 foot tall anomaly from the annals of basketball history who wears tie-dye shirts, listens to the Grateful Dead and, according to his own outlandish proclamations, hasn’t taken an indoor shower in 35 years – is well-known for looking at average accomplishmentsand being overcome with extreme fits of emotion.

84 Transmissions in Transition (June 2015)

Experts gathered at the 9th CTI Symposium to discuss the challenges of reducing noise, improving energy efficiency and meeting the changing demands of the marketplace

85 Surviving the Robot Revolution (June 2015)

It had no arms or legs to speak of; no fleshy, meaty exterior or squishy insides; no heart, no brain, no soul. It was just a protracted steel body, long and spindly, a rectangular “head” at the end, and one glowing sensor. It wasn’t alive. It wasn’t sentient. It was a robot.

86 Industry News (February 2016)

Latest news from around the Industry

87 Product News (February 2016)

Latest information about upcoming products.

88 Is Splash Lubrication Compatible with Efficient Gear Units for High-Speed Applications (October 2015)

A thermo-mechanical model of a splash lubricated one-stage gear unit is presented. This system corresponds to a first step towards the design of a hybrid vehicle gearbox that can operate up to 40,000 rpm on its primary shaft. The numerical model is based on the thermal network method and takes into account power losses due to teeth friction, rolling-elements bearings and oil churning. Some calculations underline that oil churning causes a high amount of power loss. A simple method to reduce this source of power losses is presented, and its influence on the gear unit efficiency and its thermal capacity is computed.

89 Beyond Bearings Basics (October 2015)

There are thousands of sizes and types of standard bearings. In many applications, specifying a standard bearing yields an effective result.

90 Chariots to Steamboats to E-Fans (October 2014)

Heaven help Mr. Deane were he around today. In our non-stop world of transportation & transport technology, for at least the past decade it is without question the electric car that has drawn most of the attention

91 Industry News (October 2014)

PERSONNEL CHANGES AND EXPANSION HIGHLIGHT CICERO, ILLINOIS GEAR MANUFACTURER

92 Industry News (December 2013)

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

93 Product News (December 2013)

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

94 Drive and Motor Basics (October 2013)

A discussion of the basics in DC drives, DC motors, AC drives, AC motors and synchronous motors.

95 Industry News (August 2013)

The complete Industry News section from the August 2013 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

96 A Mechanical Melange of Art, Movement and Memory (December 2013)

A brief history of automata, featuring Henri Maillardet's automaton at the Franklin Institute.

97 CTI Symposium Raises the Bar on Transmission Technology (June 2014)

The 8th International CTI Symposium on Automotive Transmissions, HEV and EV Drives took place in Rochester, Michigan from May 12-15. The event kicked off with its popular introductory seminar "Basics and Practice of Automotive Transmissions."

98 Testing of Alternative Spiral Bevel and Hypoid Gear Theory (August 2014)

Following is a presentation of a gear design based upon a theoretically perfect gear technology, for which an overview is offered for consideration. What follows is a report on the design's testing and subsequent manufacture of a hypoid gear pair for a 1999 Ford Mustang.

99 Net-Forged Bevel and Transmission Gears (August 2014)

What are the applications for net-forged gears. Are they used outside automotive differentials?

100 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.

101 Product News (March 2014)

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

102 Product News (Fall 2007)

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