Ronson Gears couldn’t agree more with Adam Gimpert’s recent post in AGMA’s new blog forum. The subject is the strategy of capital investment. We concur that it is better to invest for the future and buy capital equipment that offers the latest capabilities rather than lower tech, dated but clearly cheaper alternatives in the interests of short-term gain.
Below is an article by Kylene Zenk in Manufacturing Business Technology about the rising challenge faced by manufacturers in employing enough suitable talent. The article originates in the US but the same holds true for every single economy in the developed world.
CEO’s now ranked the employment of suitable talent above cost-competitiveness and workforce productivity in their ability to achieve their strategic goals.
This shift in emphasis reflects the pressures of demographics on manufacturing.
It’s nice to know that Ronson Gears is located in the right place! Manufacturers’ Monthly has just reported that the Victorian Government has just welcomed some new data showing that the state’s manufacturing sector continues to thrive. In fact, it confirms Victoria’s status as the highest performing manufacturing state in Australia.
That’s the intention of a new series of articles in Gear Solutions. First in the series is by Tom Zorc & Mike Burnett.
Many factors that need to be considered in the design and manufacture of gear components to achieve the aims stated in the headline and are discussed over the series.
There are only a few days before Gear Expo 2017 (24 -26th October, Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH.)
Ronson Gears will be represented there by our Manging Director, Gordon New, who aims to catch up with old colleagues, meet new ones and fact find the latest industry developments.
So, for those that are going, here’s a head start on what can be seen and where, and for those that aren’t - you can at least know what you’re missing!
This could be a hot topic at the moment as trade show fever grips the industry. Ronson has recently returned from DSEI 2017 and EMO Hannover in Europe, Pacific 2017 in Sydney has just started and Gear Expo is on this month in Ohio. It’s not cheap, and many companies do question the value of such events. So it’s interesting to hear the views of a seasoned trade show campaigner.
We announced in a recent blog the news that we had won a 3 year contract (subject to approval) to supply bevel gears to a UK aerospace company. Now the news has spread to other media including Defence Connect, an online newsletter for the defence industry.
Ronson’s investment in our latest Okuma LB3000 EX11 CNC Machine embraces ‘The Internet of Things’ manufacturing philosophy. Using Industry 4.0 technology to move us towards a ‘smart factory’ operation by linking this new CNC machine with a RoboJob robot.
Not only can the Okuma LB3000 EX11 CNC Machine work to higher levels of precision and tolerances but its end-to-end connectivity through the production process via robotics improves turnaround times and capacity dramatically.
Ronson Gears are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a contract (subject to sample approval) to supply bevel gears to an aerospace company in the United Kingdom.
After 12 months of discussions and negotiations our 3 year term commenced in June and we are currently producing samples for approval.
It’s just days away! Defence and Security International (DSEI) 2017 will be held between 12 -15 September at London’s ExCel. Ronson Gears will be attending throughout and you are more than welcome to visit us as part of the Team Defence Australia Pavilion at Stand S10-210.
The event brings together the global defence and security sectors with five key zones: Air, Land, Naval, Security and Joint. In all the zones you will find the latest innovations, equipment and systems.
A shot in the arm for mining as iron ore prices rocket confounding past predictions of its future performance. It soared to $76 a tonne on August 11th – some 40% up on its price in May.
This has been driven by China’s resurgence as a steel producer and imports of the raw material are set to exceed 1 billion tonnes in 2017. So will this continue?
The July issue of Gear Technology leads on inspection, with two articles devoted to the topic. The key element to both articles is the need for speed. However, in an environment with seemingly conflicting aims of increasingly complex gears and higher quality demands can the need for speed still be met? Both these articles deserve closer inspection!
There are some up and coming courses for up and coming gear designers and manufacturers you may want to attend.
It’s an opportunity for you or your staff to learn from the best, with a couple of courses and a technical meeting scheduled for September/ October.
Your plans should be underway if you are intending making the trip to Gear Expo 2017 in Columbus, Ohio between 24 – 26th October. For many, it’s a lot of air miles but it’s an event that continues to grow year-on-year. Owned by AGMA, Gear Expo is the focal point for drive technology experts to showcase their talents and innovations as well as forging relationships with others in the market.
You can be a champion for the gear industry by donating to the AGMA Foundation 2017 Annual Campaign. So what will your help enable?
Ronson Gears have been members of AGMA for over 20 years and we concur with the latest survey rating the value benefits of membership.
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.
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.