Modern Machine Shop

JUL 2018

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BETTER PRODUCTION MMS JULY 2018 112 GE AR PRODUCTION work. Job lot sizes may be lower, but part toler- ances are tighter than ever, and cell change- overs now happen daily. The Importance of Workholding for Cellular Flexibility The shop produces gears for transmis- sion companies, many of which supply the automotive industry: Allison Transmission, American Axle and others. These gears are used in diesel-engine vehicles, motorcycles, off-road equipment, agriculture systems and other applications. In addition to gear pro- duction, the shop also provides contract val- ue-added machining. Global Gear sought work- holding solutions that enabled it to use automated cells for gear production and that could overcome the challenge of gripping helical gear teeth accurately. The company chose the KZF-S chuck from Röhm Products of America for two of its four manufacturing cells. It provides even gripping and quick-change capabilities for the gears pictured here.

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