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RONSON –THE ROBOTS ARE TAKING OVER!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

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 ordering and 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.

IRON ORE CONFOUNDS FORECASTS

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:00

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?

INSPECTION – WHERE SPEED IS KING

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 00:00

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! 

ON COURSE FOR SUCCESS WITH AGMA

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 00:00

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.

LOOK, LEARN & LAUNCH AT GEAR EXPO 2017

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:00

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. 

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.

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