Gear Production

APR 2016

Gear Production

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14—GEAR Production Supplement F E A T U R E Quik-Flex Plus workholding system for machines producing cylindrical gears that range in size from very small, fne pitch gears to those with diameters as large as 600 mm. Quik-Flex Plus is an improved version of the Quik-Flex system now in use globally on both Gleason and non-Gleason machines. With Quik-Flex Plus, it is possible for The Quik-Flex Plus Challenge even a novice machine operator to change over the workholding from one part type to another in less than one minute. Here's how it works: One of three standard base units (small, Hundreds of participants on three continents have taken the Quik-Flex Plus Challenge, a hands-on contest that Gleason designed to demonstrate the speed and tool-less simplicity of a typical workholding change-over using Quik-Flex Plus. While the company says that the average Quik-Flex Plus change-over from one workpiece to another can be done in less than 30 seconds on the production foor, the times achieved by challenge contestants are even faster, according to Christian Albrecht, Gleason director of global marketing. "So far, we've run the Quik-Flex Plus challenge around the world—Gleason Solutions Forum in Rochester, New York; EMO in Milan, Italy; Gear Expo in Detroit, Michigan; and a seminar in Japan—and the results have been uniformly remarkable as contestants race to set the best time," says Mr. Albrecht. "It demonstrates how any novice, with a minute or two of instruction, can quickly master the technology and perform a workholding change-over from, in this case, gear to pinion in usually under 10 seconds. The best time so far has been around three seconds." Once a gear or pinion blank is loaded, the operator initiates a new cycle with the press of a button.

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