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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. 

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.

Are you a skiver?

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 00:00

We’re talking power skiving, as opposed to any accusation relating to your work ethic which we are sure is admirable.

Power skiving is a ‘high productivity method to produce internal gears with a rotating tool.’

The interest in the method is increasing but how do you determine whether it is a viable solution for you to manufacture a part? 

As luck would have it, this month’s edition of Gear Solutions provides the answer. 

‘Taking advantage of idle gears’ is the concept being expanded by manufacturing entrepreneur Drura Parrish of Lexington, Kentucky.

The model is known as distributed or on-demand manufacturing and meets the manufacturing needs of small businesses in the same way that Uber meets the needs of passengers requiring a lift.

Visit Ronson at NMW

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 00:00

Come and say hello if you’re one of the 10,000 visitors expected for National Manufacturing Week from 9 – 12th May at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Ronson are on stand 2942, showcasing our KHK stock gear range as well as our own expertise and capability as Australia’s leading manufacturer of gears.

38,000 feet is no place to run out of oil!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:00

Sounds like the stuff of nightmares but although extremely rare, it can happen with potentially catastrophic consequences, giving the pilot very little time to find a suitable place to land in such an event.

That’s why the durability of gears in oil-out conditions is toping the agenda for the aerospace industry. Alex Cannella, New Editor at Gear Technology magazine reports on how research is trying to find solutions.

Obviously the potential for undersea mining is as great, if not greater, than traditional terrestrial  mining.  Given the fact that most of the globe is underwater. 

Plans to make seabed mining a reality are already in full swing in a number of countries reports Manufacturers’ Monthly. The development of subsea mining in Australia is now set for a boost with a multi-million investment by the US based underwater drone company Aquabotix.

It may not feel like it for some but global trade is seen to be expanding rapidly and worldwide manufacturing conditions posted their largest improvement for five and a half years.

The gear industry's agony aunt

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:00

If you have a gear problem, the Gear Research Institute (GRI) are the people to contact. Whether it’s establishing the fatigue life of gears, evaluating the impact of manufacturing processes on performance or other factors that contribute to a gear’s utility: GRI have an established methodology accepted in aerospace, vehicle and other industry sectors.

New business tips from an old hand

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:00

At the start of the year, companies tend to divert more resources and greater focus on new business development.

After 40 years at Arrow Gear Company and now President of consultants Arvin Global Solutions, Joe Arvin imparts some of his advice and experience. His article in Gear Technology outlines key areas that can turn a lead into a conversion.

Ronson Gears are part of the Victorian Government Pavilion in Hall 2. We will be here over the weekend – so there’s still time to pay us a visit! We think that you’ll find Avalon 2017 as worthwhile as we have. It’s been a very busy and rewarding week - here are just some of the highlights.

2017 State of the Gear Industry

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00

This annual poll by Gear Technology magazine has become something of a barometer for the industry and you can see how your business compares to the sentiments and views expressed by the respondents.

Whilst those responding are mostly from the USA, it does give a broad picture and is indicative of worldwide trends.

Nearly 300 took part in the online survey representing a good demographic of the industry.


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