Gear Manufacturing & Inspection
Hobbing & Generating
We use the hobbing process for commercial quality gears found in machine tools and power transmission, up to higher quality gears for advanced applications. The upper range of spur gear sizes is up to 10" and up to a medium pitch of 12DP.
We hob smaller "instrument" sized gears and pitches to 200DP, found in the aerospace and dental industry.
Large tooth count gears over 300, to pinion gears with only 6 teeth.
Spur, Worm, Ratchet, Sprocket, Helical and Non-Involute Forms
Our bevel gears are made with the generating process and can range up to 4.5" pitch diameter at 16DP
Plans can be specified in many ways from the practical Measurement over Pins (MOP) & Measurement over Wires(MOW) methods, all the way up to the most modern AGMA Standard.
We can measure using tolerances from current and historical AGMA Standards.
AGMA Quality tolerances can be measured in our Microgear system and deliver reports. We use NIST calibrated measuring instruments on our shop floor and throughout our inspection process.
Design With Us
Gears & Mechanisms for Automation
No matter the stage of your project (from napkin sketch to first articles), we bring technical skills and a knack for fast-paced prototyping to reach better solutions, quicker.
We can make the gears we design. It is unusual to have gear manufacturing and gear design in the same shop. A great combination to get your product, transmission, prototype into motion quickly.
Want to have a specific gear ratio, center distance, face width, or strength? Ever hear of the minimum volume gear, power density etc.?
Electrical systems are better, faster and smarter than ever. Linking motors to mechncical systems in ways that reduce power consumption and are fit for purpose continues. Some components & skills that are key for electro-mechanical integration: Encoders(angular and rotary speed), Relays, and counters.
A well oiled machine will last for a long time. Check out our lubrication resources to aid in your search for oils and on the key infomration and calculations to make sure you are using the correct oil in your new gearbox. Find it online, and make the purchase. Keep your existing machinery up to date.
Calculate and Manufacture in Your Shop
We've shared our in-house tools to help you design, inspect, and make your own gears. From our gear calculators to 3D gear generators these tools will make gear production easier and more understandable. Change Gear Calculator and other indexing machine setup tools and services.
Gears for Makers, a comprehensive one-day course to cover the history, math, and techniques to get you making gears in your own shop. The course is located in our Ventura California shop where we will split our time between design, calculating and measuring, and half our time to machining hobbing or shaping gears.
August 5 – Worms and Wormgears
October 14 – CNC Milling Gears