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Gleason to Demonstrate Advanced Bevel and Cylindrical Gear Production and Inspection Solutions at IMTS 2014

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Gleason Corp.

1000 University Ave., P.O. Box 22970, Rochester, NY, 14692 2970, USA

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Gleason to Demonstrate Advanced Bevel and Cylindrical Gear Production and Inspection Solutions at IMTS 2014

Press release date: July 9, 2014

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, USA — In its continuing mission to be the industry’s Total Gear Solutions Provider, Gleason will demonstrate advanced machines, tooling, and global customer support services at IMTS 2014, covering a wide array of processes for the complete production and inspection of all types of bevel and cylindrical gears. Visitors to Gleason Booth #N-7000 will be introduced to these products and technologies.  Among the technologies exhibited at the show will be:

•The New Genesis® 200GX Threaded Wheel Grinding Machine - an innovative platform for automotive gearbox parts and more.
On display for the first time, the 200GX is a new addition to the highly popular Genesis® series and offers many features. The two spindle concept combines maximum productivity with minimized idle and set up times. Fast, easy software-guided setup of the machine allows you to set up your machine from one workpiece to another in just 20 minutes using only one tool. "First Part Cycle" - fully automatic workflow after setup until grinding the first workpieces and the ability to interface with Gleason GMS® machines via QR codes increase productivity.    Easily accessible machine components make maintenance simple and efficient while standard dimension grinding wheels and dressing tools allow you to use your existing tools.   All of this in an energy efficient small footprint machine designed to meet the needs of customers in high-productivity high-quality environments.

• The Gleason 300PS Power Skiving Machine, delivers significant productivity and quality gains for cylindrical external and internal gears up to 300 mm in diameter.   The new 300PS combines unique machine, cutting tool, workholding and power skiving process expertise to offer users significant performance improvements, particularly in operations where shaping, forming, pressing and broaching are typically used.  As compared to shaping, for example, the 300PS can deliver productivity rates as much as eight times higher.   The modular tool-less workholding is designed for fast installation and changeover to handle the highest process forces, with superior internal chip evacuation.

Comprehensive Power Skiving Technology Software enables users to easily simulate the entire cutting process and plan the most effective process strategy. Users can analyze the influence of different cutting tool geometries and process parameters. The Technology Software allows you to decide if a given part can be safely and economically power skived or whether it would be better shaped, making Power Skiving as simple and familiar as shaping.

•The PHOENIX®II 280G Bevel Gear Grinding Machine: Highly Productive New Design is Simpler, More Reliable and Easier to Operate and Maintain for Bevel Gear Grinding up to 280mm in Diameter.  The new Phoenix 280G has the cleanest work chamber in the industry. There are no rails, wires, or pipes in the work chamber to collect swarf, keeping the chamber clean for low preventive maintenance.

In addition, the machine offers rapid set-up and all major set-up items can be completed without tools (tool-less), including the grinding wheel, coolant header and workholding. The coolant header has small blocks that can easily be exchanged by hand, while the grinding wheel can be released hydraulically.

The 280G’s automatic stock divider, mounted in close proximity to the workspindle, helps ensure consistently high gear quality. The unit automatically determines the tooth slot position of the pre-finished gear to provide accurate and reliable stock division, helping eliminate operator errors.

•The Gleason 300GMS® Analytical Gear Inspection Machine:  Faster complete inspection of automotive transmission gears and other smaller gears, gear cutting tools and non-gear parts. Our latest addition to the GMS Series of inspection machines (with models available for gears up to 3,000 mm in diameter) – was developed specifically to meet the needs of automotive transmission gear producers for a faster, more economical solution for complete gear and even non-gear parts inspection.   It is the first GMS to feature the new Windows® 7-based Gleason GAMATM 3.0 applications software suite which, like its GAMA 2.0 predecessor, offers users a highly intuitive user interface and simple input screens for programming of workpiece and cutting tool data. 

The 300GMS is equipped with new ergonomically mounted operator workstations and a Gleason Diagnostic Module – both designed to greatly improve the operator’s effectiveness at every stage of the inspection process.  The Gleason Diagnostic Module puts a number of powerful tools right at the operator’s fingertips, including an environmental monitoring station to record temperature and humidity, and video telephony, note pad and voice mail messaging capability, enabling the user to capture video, describe a particular programming issue and transmit it over the web to others in the customer’s organization or to Gleason for support.

In addition, the 300GMS, like all the systems in the GMS family, offers users the ability to meet a variety of inspection tasks beyond just gear geometry on a single platform, including surface finish and form measurement and even prismatic (CMM) measurement.

• The industry’s most complete line of gear cutting tool solutions.  Gleason is the industry’s leading supplier of virtually every cutting tool type for the production of cylindrical and bevel gears of all types and sizes.  For cylindrical gear production, visitors will find a full array of hobs, form relieved milling cutters, solid carbide hobs, shaper cutters, chamfering and deburring tools, shaving cutters, honing tools, coated diamond and CBN grinding wheels, diamond dressing wheels and diamond dressing rolls. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about our recent advancements in gear hobbing technology including G90, our tooling material which closes the performance gap between HSS materials and tungsten carbide.  Visitors will also find an assortment of Power Skiving tools and learn how Gleason is the total source for supporting this process.

Our bevel cutting tool display will feature advanced new bevel gear cutting tools for cutting and grinding straight, spiral and hypoid bevel gears. Of particular note is the Pentac®Plus -RT which can be built faster and more precisely than stick blade cutter systems of the past. With blade seating stiffness equal to the high stiffness of our Pentac®Plus, this new system offers superior surface finish, tool life and cycle time.

• Advanced workholding solutions.  Gleason designs and produces a complete series of quick-change, tool-less workholding equipment for both bevel gear, cylindrical gear and non-Gleason  production machines. These systems significantly reduce set-up and change-over times for gearing applications up to 300 mm in diameter. Also being featured in the workholding display as well as on Gleason’s new Genesis 200GX Threaded Wheel Grinder is Gleason’s next generation of tool-less quick change fixturing called Quik-Flex® Plus. The cam activated internal lugs in this system provide superior pull down and centering force.

New to Gleason is our line of hydraulic workholding, available in late 2014. The holding force, extreme accuracy and contamination free design are well suited for dry gear processing applications. Also available is Gleason’s new stir-able modular workholding. This design allows off spindle assembly and truing to reduce changeover time as well as the amount of total runout in the fixture.   

•Gleason Global Services.  Gleason customers can rely on our factory trained service professionals located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, working around the clock to deliver the full range of aftermarket service and support capabilities including service programs for preventive maintenance, machine inspection, troubleshooting and repair and machine relocations. Learn about our complete range of machine rebuilding and re-controls now offered for all types of Gleason machines.  In many instances this work can be completed right in the customer’s factory in less than two weeks.  Gleason is also the leading source of education for gear technology.  We will be promoting our customer training classes which offer a full range of courses and education forums ranging from the beginner to the most advanced user covering all aspects of gear design, production and inspection.

•Gleason K2 Plastics.  Offering Plastic Gear Design and injection molded plastic gears including helical gears, spur gears, planetary gears, internal gears Gleason-K2 Plastics provides customers with the benefit of a plastic gear with no weldline for a stronger, more accurate, and economical drive train, eliminating the additional expense of secondary machining. We will display some of our most recent innovations and have experts available to answer any plastic gear related question.

•Distech Systems.  Recently acquired by Gleason, Distech Systems specializes in the design and manufacture of factory automation systems serving a variety of customers in the automotive and other industries. Combining customized automation technology with Gleason products for gear production allows us to provide a more complete product for our customers.
Come visit us at IMTS to help us kick-off our 150th anniversary in 2015.  Help us recognize our employees and importantly our customers for their loyalty and support of our company over so many years.

Gleason Corporation’s mission is to be The Total Gear Solutions Provider™ to its global customer base.  Gleason is a leader in the development, manufacture and sale of gear production machinery and related equipment. The Company’s products are used by customers in automotive, truck, aircraft, agriculture, mining, wind power, construction, power tool and marine industries and by a diverse set of customers serving various industrial equipment markets. Gleason has manufacturing operations in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, India, China and Japan, and has sales and service offices throughout North and South America, Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region.

More information about Gleason Corporation is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.gleason.com

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