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McInnes Rolled Rings
A new revenue recognition rule that is due to be implemented in January 2018 is expected to offer a special challenge to aerospace and defense companies, given the complexity and long life of their contracts.
Marine Staff Sergeant John Jones is director of development at Workshops for Warriors, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Diego, California. WFW provides veterans with accredited training, certification and job placement in well-paying occupations in advanced manufacturing —Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) Milling and Turning, Machinery Repair, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Welding — that are in heavy demand, especially in the aeronautics and defense industries.
AGMA is excited to join the world of blogging to provide readers with an insight into the Gear Industry! We understand the manufacturing world is changing rapidly and there is information that will help members and nonmembers prepare for emerging technologies, innovation and automation that may or may not compete with business. Contact us should you have any questions regarding the blog or are interested in becoming a Guest Blogger!
German Machine Tools of America
Star SU LLC.
Gleason Corporation
Kapp Technologies
Schafer Industries Press Room
HBM announced that it has acquired Schafer Industries of South Bend, Indiana. Schafer is a leading producer of high-precision, custom-engineered gears and machined parts for a wide range of applications, as well as transaxles, brake assemblies and other components for off-road vehicles. 
Gear Expo
Explore just what High Profile Contact Ratio (HCR) gears are and under what circumstances they can be an advantage. Learn when HCR gears are not appropriate and why. This fast paced session will cover the detailed tooth geometry changes that are required to effectively achieve optimum performance and benefit. We will discuss how the load distribution along the involute profile changes when the contact ratio increases above two. Because of the longer, generally more slender teeth on a HCR gear the heat treatment and profile modifications that are required for good performance are distinctly different from those for a standard contact ratio gear. The load capacity rating of HCR gears requires the application of modified AGMA analyses as the AGMA Standards specifically do NOT address gears with profile contact ratios greater than 2.0 thus we will also cover the changes required to successfully rate HCR gears. 
SCOT FORGE - ATTN: Maggie Dort
The Eurozone manufacturing sector expanded further. The Markit Flash Eurozone Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) posted a strong reading of 57.4 in August from 56.6 in July. Both output and new orders rose sharply, stemming from the fastest pace in export growth in six-and-a-half years. Germany continued to post a strong reading with 59.4 in August, up from 58.1 in July. Strong manufacturing indicators continued in France as well, with a 55.8 Flash Manufacturing PMI in August from 54.9 in July. This also marked the highest level in more than six years for both countries.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is considering options including a plan to spin off the upscale Maserati and Alfa Romeo brands as well as its components operations, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Manufacturing Business Technology
Ford's Dagenham diesel engine plant is a marvel of mechanization — a steel and chrome hangar full of LED lighting, robots and computer-controlled machine tools. The U.S. carmaker has invested $2.5 billion in the plant, where 3,150 people churn out an engine every 30 seconds. And they've been here a long time: Edsel Ford, son of founder Henry Ford, personally cut the sod to start construction of the company's U.K. manufacturing headquarters in 1929.
All Metals & Forge Group, LLC
3D Printing Industry
Global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is investing $350 million in a state-of-the-art satellite production facility, complete with industrial grade 3D printers and "virtual immersion environments." Scheduled for completion in 2020, the Gateway Center is an expansion of the company’s Waterton Canyon campus.
3D Printing Industry
In the latest move from GE Global Research, Senior Additive Technology Platform Leader Waseem Faidi advocates a strategy for faster additive manufacturing machines, integrating a multidisciplinary team of scientists at GE labs in Niskayuna, New York and Munich, Germany.
Reuters via The New York Times
Tesla Inc. plans to unveil an electric big-rig truck with a working range of 200 to 300 miles next month, Reuters has learned, a sign that the electric car maker is targeting regional hauling for its entry into the commercial freight market.
Metal Powder Products, Inc.
Specialty Ring Products
Associated Press
The state's largest business group is announcing a new coalition to help bring a Foxconn Technology Group plant to southeastern Wisconsin. The group sent a letter to the state Senate on Thursday urging members to approve Gov. Scott Walker's $3 billion incentive package for the plant, saying the facility would turn Wisconsin into the center of a new wave of high-tech manufacturing.
Because of their unique contribution to the operation of so many machines and mechanical devices, gears have received special attention from the technical community for more than two millennia. New developments in gear technology, particularly from the materials and heat treatment perspectives, have improved gear performance. This course, which is held at Gear Expo2017 and developed jointly by AGMA and ASM International, will provide an overview of materials selection and heat treatment of gears.
Cincinnati Gearing Systems Inc.
HP Inc. and Deloitte are making a big push in 3D printing. The personal computer and printing giant and consulting firm said Thursday that they would jointly work with companies interested in using HP’s 3D printers for manufacturing.
Advanced Manufacturing
ITAMCO (Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies) is delivering components, made with its new EOS M 290 additive manufacturing printer, to the medical device industry. The EOS printer was delivered in June 2017, and ITAMCO was shipping components to a medical device supplier in August.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Ranken Technical College has been awarded a $2.35 million federal grant to establish an incubator facility at its north St. Louis campus, the Commerce Department announced Monday. The incubator facility will support the region’s manufacturing sector by providing pre-apprentice and apprenticeship workforce training, and encouraging entrepreneurial startups.
The music industry has experienced rapid change in the last 20 years. We’ve seen the decline of cassettes, the rise and fall of CDs and the move towards digital music downloads. The manufacturing industry is no different, having increased its digital processes, changing the way the industry operates and work is done. One role that is changing significantly is that of the maintenance engineer. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete equipment supplier EU Automation, discusses how Industry 4.0 is changing the way businesses approach maintenance.
Manufacturing Global
'Strategy' has been a term bandied about by many an agency and consultant for years. It has lost it's luster with some small-to-mid sized manufacturers for a multitude of reasons. Many times, strategic consultants will come into a company, implement a high-level evaluation of markets, competitors, and industries, and deliver a thick document, outlining the details of their extensive research and interviews, including an executive summary on areas for the business to focus on. All good and well, but here comes the rub.
Forest City Gear Company
Join us for our new course, October 4-6. Learn to make use of steel properties in a system solution and understand the potential that different steel options can offer for their various applications. Explore how performance of the material and thus the component and system depends on how the steel is produced.
Manufacturing Global
Using laser ultrasound rather than camera imaging, it is hoped that Dutton’s work could encourage the use of 3D printing within mass manufacturing industries, as it removes the need for a separate inspection process. His work will be officially revealed at the NDT 2017 conference in Telford, U.K., on September 6.


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