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Design to Finished Gear

At this year's Motion + Power Technology Expo, held October 15-19 in Detroit, MI, Gleason Corporation will showcase a wide array of new design, manufacturing and inspection technologies for cylindrical and bevel gears. Highlights include: closed loop hard finishing cell with integrated in-process laser measuring; gear noise detection and analysis systems; new chamfer hobbing technology; and the latest release of KISSsoft transmission design software.


Gleason will demonstrate KISSsoft Release 2019 with numerous new highlights. Among other things, KISSdesign, an instrument that allows intuitive concept design at system level, is now available. SKF and KISSsoft have also created a new interface to simplify the gear development process. This interface enables engineers to perform calculations using the latest bearing data from SKF via a direct connection to the SKF cloud. The manufacturability for Power Skiving can now also be evaluated in KISSsoft. After generating a special report with workpiece and tool data, this report can be transferred to Gleason if required, which can make data exchange between the designer and the tool supplier easier and less error-prone.

The interface between GEMS and KISSsoft provides an exchange of gear and system information between the two software packages. This allows the user to realistically evaluate and optimize every type of bevel and hypoid gear-with a closed loop between the design and manufacturing software.

GRSL Gear Rolling System

"Gleason takes hard finishing of high-quality gears to the next level," said a company spokesperson. "The 260GX threaded wheel grinding machine offers twist-controlled and polish grinding, software-guided single tool set-up and closed-loop readiness with a multi-functional automation system, including Gleason's new GRSL Gear Roll Testing System with laser technology for fast and reliable 100% in-process gear inspection." The completely integrated solution interfaces directly with the grinding machine for automatic correction of tooth size, profile and lead angle as well as lead crowning. "This world first closed-loop manufacturing concept will show attendees the wealth of options of integrated manufacturing," added the spokesperson.

"The new GRSL Gear Rolling System with laser technology revolutionizes gear measuring and sets a new standard for throughput where high speed, high volume testing is required," continued the spokesperson. This compact gear inspection unit provides both double flank roll testing as well as analytical index and involute measurement as well as a new lead measurement feature on all teeth for full, analytical and functional in-process inspection. The GRSL can be employed either as stand-alone or fully integrated, automated solution. Real-time analytics and process trend analysis are clearly visible over the production run, allowing for automatic closed-loop corrections on Gleason process equipment. Users can also sort by defect so gears for rework or scrap are tracked by characteristic.

300GMSL Multi-Sensor Technology

The latest 300GMSL gear metrology system combines standard tactile probing methods for cylindrical and bevel gears with the power of non-contact laser scanning of tooth flank form. The integration of laser scanning and associated 3D graphics with CAD interface considerably expands both the functionality and the range of applications for this machine platform and is designed for thorough gear analysis and development. Achieving a more complete analysis of process variable changes becomes much more intuitive with the high-resolution topographical surface mapping capability. New tools for the detection and analysis of gear noise makes the 300GMSL a suitable solution for addressing this critical factor in today's eDrive transmissions. The 300GMSL is closed-loop ready to network to many of Gleason's hard finishing machines.

Genesis 160HCD Hobbing Machine

The latest edition to the Genesis gear hobbing machine family combines the state-of-the-art technology in gear hobbing with newly developed chamfer hobbing designed to produces precise chamfers according to customer specifications while minimizing tool cost-per-piece. Gleason will also demonstrate live the seamless integration of tool and machine workflows, reducing manual data input and minimizing input errors, tracking every aspect of tool information from supplier to machine, to crib, to sharpening, to end of tool life.

New Workholding Solutions

Gleason offers two new workholding products: the new generation of expanding and contracting hydraulic production arbors offers benefits for many bore and shank clamping applications for cylindrical gears of all types and many bevel gears. New modular standard workholding puts the performance benefits of Gleason's latest quick-change workholding solutions into a system of standard, interchangeable modules. They are available for cylindrical gear bores ranging from 18 mm to 100 mm in diameter, and easily applied to all types of Gleason and other gear equipment producers' machines.

Diamond Dressing Tools

Gleason diamond dressing tools are designed to improve performance on machines of various manufacturers. These diamond-plated tools can be re-plated multiple times to extend tool life and maintain high precision. "With 30+ years of experience in diamond plating technology Gleason can address every gear related dressing solution in the market, including solutions for polished surfaces or asymmetrical gears," said the spokesperson. Tools can be equipped with RFID, barcode or QR technology to integrate in 4.0 tool management environments.

Innovative Service Offerings

Gleason will present new service offerings. The Gleason SPN Program (Safety-Productivity-Networking) is a simple and economic field service alternative to a complete re-control of old Siemens 840D pl and many models of Gleason metrology inspection machines. With the SPN upgrade, machine owners regain system safety with updated virus and hacker protection, secure spare parts availability and extended control functionalities beyond its former capabilities. Gleason Fingerprint diagnoses machine problems and potentially prevents downtime of installations. Gleason will showcase its capabilities via applications in the Cloud and edge computer to serve varied customer requirements. Tool-to-machine communication adds intelligence to tool management, reduces manual data input and minimizes input errors. It provides data and methods to track every aspect of tool information from supplier to machine, to crib, to sharpening, to end of tool life. The new Gleason Academy platform is continuously growing in content and includes theoretical training classes and operator training in tutorial style.

For more information contact:

Gleason Corporation

1000 University Avenue

P.O. Box 22970

Rochester, NY 14692-2970


Motion + Power Technology

Expo Booth 3400

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