Gear Production

APR 2016

Gear Production

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9—GEAR Production Supplement F E A T U R E By Ray Chalmers | Contributing Editor C onsider the many aspects of gear production—hobbing, form cutting, critical surface fnishing, skiving and scudding, all likely involving specialty tooling running on specialty machines. No wonder even seasoned milling and metalworking professionals view gear cutting as some mysterious island with its own secret ways and language. However, advances in metalworking hardware, software and inspection are casting new Closed-Loop Gear Production A familiar concept is now gaining serious traction, enabling manufacturers to develop closed-loop cells that automatically match the fnished product to design concept goals. light on gear production, specifcally with the development of closed-loop cells that can adjust and produce high-precision products with limited operator input. Fast Track Production "Gears are subtle," says Mike Finn, national applications engineering manager at Mazak, Renishaw's Equator gag- ing system scans gears following machining on the Mazak Integrex i-100ST. The scan data is then fed back into Don- tyne's Gear Pro software for adjustments, closing the loop on this system. April 2016—9

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