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Updates. Still with us? Good, because this article in Gear Technology magazine could prove invaluable to you. Although updates may be the bane of the smartphone user, to the gear industry they can provide some brilliant new tools that can transform the way you work. 

Manufacturers migrating to maintenance

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 00:00

Following on from a previous blog on these pages is another article in Modern Materials Handling about the increasing move by manufacturers of subsystems such as motors, gears and drives towards expanding their maintenance and service offerings.

We hardly need to remind you that the Australian car industry is in the doldrums with some companies fighting for survival. However, the wealth of experience and expertise within the industry, is beginning to find alternative revenue streams in motorsport reports Steve Impey in Manufacturers’ Monthly.

The race track pushes cars and technology to the limits and is often seen as a crucible for innovation and design that often migrates to cars on ordinary roads. So, it’s not surprising, given the amount of talent within the Australian automotive industry, that there’s demand on the racetrack.

The new Samputensili SG 160 has been developed to optimise stiffness, stability and speed of the gear generating grinding machine.

More gears are getting smaller and fitting into a range of 160mm in diameter and below a module of 3mm. Conversely production volumes are getting larger.

This brings about specific production challenges that the SG100 has been designed to meet.

In regular-sized gears, material quality and tooth accuracy are the key arbiters of performance. The mechanical accuracy of the blank is generally taken as a given. However, when it comes to multi-segmented Girth Gears things are different. Up to 7.5 metres, they are typically in two segments, beyond that most designs will utilise four to six segments. This means they behave quite differently to normal gears. So how do manufacturers design around this?

Whilst the energy industry is becoming increasingly difficult to predict – many gear manufacturers have been smoothing out the uncertainties by servicing the aftermarket.

This article by Alex Cannella in Gear Technology magazine, highlights how the ‘shifting fortunes’ of the energy industry has meant that the aftermarket is playing an increasingly important role.

Pie in the sky

Friday, 02 June 2017 00:00

Pie gate – is set to continue as Alan Joyce, the Qantas Chief Executive who was on the receiving end, intends to press charges against the man who hit him in the face with the pie whilst Joyce was addressing a business breakfast meeting in Perth.

It seems that the ‘pie thrower’ was objecting to Joyce’s willingness to speak out on topics such as marriage equality, LGBTI and indigenous matters.

It does however, raise other issues and has sparked debate regarding whether high profile executives should be leveraging their positions to speak out on social and community matters unrelated to their business activities.

Well, according to an article by Steven Impey in the latest Manufacturers’ Monthly, it is hoped that Australia could gain that title. It’s the result of a multi-million dollar research project to separate hydrogen from Australia’s mixed gas streams. The hope is that it could plug the gap in global energy technology by presenting an alternative to liquefied natural gas (LNG) and could make Australia the world’s number one renewable fuel provider.

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