Power Transmission Engineering Industry News 2007

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Bosch Rexroth Appoints New VP/General Manager
Bosch Rexroth recently appointed Erwin Wieckowski as vice president and general manager of its linear motion and assembly technologies gr... (posted 2007-12-21)

Fenner Acquires B-LOC Corp.
Fenner Drives has acquired B-LOC Corp., a North American supplier of keyless shaft/hub locking devices for mechanical power transmission ... (posted 2007-12-21)

RMB Wins TECO Westinghouse Distribution Deal
RMB Engineering recently acquired exclusive distribution rights for TECO Westinghouse’s supply of LV motors. The line includes high... (posted 2007-12-21)

Vision Quality Components Celebrates Five Years in Business
Providing powder metal components since January of 2003, Vision Quality Components Inc. is set to celebrate five years in business. The P... (posted 2007-11-26)

American Axle Forms Joint Venture with Sono Koyo
American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings Inc. recently announced the formation of a joint venture with Sona Koyo Steering Systems Limited... (posted 2007-11-09)

Moventas Appoints General Manager for China
Yang Xilin has been appointed general manger of Moventas’ Industrial Gears division in China effective November, 1, 2007. In additi... (posted 2007-11-09)

Lufkin Announces Election of John F. Glick as president
The board of directors at Lufkin Industries Inc. has elected John (Jay) F. Glick as president of the company. Glick has been a senior off... (posted 2007-10-31)

Powder Metallurgy Market Expected to Approach 30 Billion by 2012
According to a recent study by Materials Technology Publications, the powder metallurgy market should approach $30 billion by 2012, growi... (posted 2007-10-31)

MAG IAS Develops Control System For Machine Tool & Automation Builders
Due to an increased demand for a faster, more efficient control system, MAG Industrial Automation Systems has formed a new business ventu... (posted 2007-10-25)

Bison Announces New Electrical Engineering Manager
Bruce Ashe was recently promoted to electrical engineering manager for the Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. In this position, Ashe will... (posted 2007-10-24)

Wetzel Receives 2007 Influential Woman in Business Award
Sylvia Wetzel, corporate training manager for Bison Gear, and vice president of Bullock Properties, has been named one of the most influe... (posted 2007-10-24)

Timken Names Business Leaders for New Power Transmission and Bearings Group
The Timken Company  today announced five leaders of the businesses within its new Bearings and Power Transmission Group. All five wi... (posted 2007-08-28)

Micronor’s Fiber Optic Rotary Encoder System Awarded U.S. Patent
 Micronor Inc. has secured U.S. patent 7,196,320 for its ZapFREE(TM) Fiber Optic Rotary Encoder System. The patent recognizes Micron... (posted 2007-08-14)

Danaher Motion Introduces Web-Based Sizing and Selection Tool
Danaher Motion introduces Linear MOTIONEERING®, a powerful web-based linear motion system sizing and selection tool that enables OEM ... (posted 2007-08-14)

PCB Piezotronics Presents Indy Car Displays at Automotive Test Expo
PCB Piezotronics (PCB®) announced plans to partner with Andretti Green Racing (AGR)  to present a special exhibit at the Automot... (posted 2007-08-14)

Heidenhain Ships 200,000th Control
 In June 2007, HEIDENHAIN shipped its 200,000th NC control. According to Heidenhain's press release, with over 30,000 units, the... (posted 2007-08-09)

Five New Companies Join AGMA
The American Gear Manufacturers Association added five new member companies this month.New member companies include:Bluffton Motor Works ... (posted 2007-08-09)

Lufkin Industries Elects New President
Lufkin Industries welcomed John (Jay) F. Glick to the office of president of the company Thursday. Glick, who has been a senior officer w... (posted 2007-08-09)

Danaher Motion and Sky-Trax Provide World's First AGV-Forklift Collision Avoidance System
Danaher Motion formed a strategic alliance with Sky-Trax to jointly develop and market the world's first indoor collision avoida... (posted 2007-08-08)

Starrett Acquires Kinemetric Engineering
The L.S. Starrett co. acquired the assets of Kinemetric Engineering LLC for $2.3 million. Kinemetric Engineering specializes in precision... (posted 2007-08-07)

QC Industries Extends Conveyor Warranty
 QC Industries extended the warranty on all new conveyors to five years as part of its initative to reduce customer mainte... (posted 2007-08-06)

Voith Turbo Supplies Universal Joint Shafts for Heavy Plate Mill in India
Reports indicate that the growing demand for high quality steel in India is leading to investments in improved production facilities. One... (posted 2007-08-06)

Modest Rebound in Motor Demand Continues in 2nd Quarter of 2007
Shipments of integral and fractional horsepower motors increased for the second consecutive quarter, as NEMA's Motors Shipments Index... (posted 2007-07-31)

Delta Research, Tifco Gage and Gear Hires New Sales Rep
Delta Research and TIFCO Gage & Gear announced the hiring of Tony Werschky to their sales team.  With over 12 years of sales exp... (posted 2007-07-27)

Romax Technology Signs Preferred Engineering Partnership with Applied Technologies
 101 West Big Beaver Rd ¨ Troy, Michigan 48084             &nbs... (posted 2007-07-25)

Pacamor Kubar Bearings Awarded Aircraft Bearings Certification from FAA
Pacamor Kubar Bearings was awarded the Technical Standard  Order TSO-C149 Aircraft Bearings Certification from the Federal... (posted 2007-07-24)

Bosch Rexroth Consolidates Detroit Area Offices
Bosch Rexroth is consolidating its branch offices in the Detroit area, moving its 120 local employees into a 57,000-square-foot facility ... (posted 2007-07-11)

National Science Foundatin Establishes Welding Education and Training Center at Ohio Community College
Lorain County Community College (LCCC) was named project leader for a $4.9 million National Science Foundation (NSF) program, establishin... (posted 2007-07-10)

FKI Logistics Opens North American Technology Center
FKI Logistex announced the grand opening of the new FKI Logistex Technology & Education Center (TEC) in Cincinnati, OH.The 31,000-squ... (posted 2007-07-10)

Belden's Custom Shaft Assemblies Used in Military Vehicles
Belden Inc. supplies customized drive shaft assemblies for Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) multi-role military vehicles used in ex... (posted 2007-07-10)

Ceratizit Acquires Newcomer Products
Ceratizit acquired Newcomer Products, Inc, a privately owned manufacturer of carbide tungsten products for metal cutting and wear applica... (posted 2007-07-10)

Pacamor Kubar Bearings Wins Government Supplier Award
Pacamor Kubar Bearings (PKB), was honored by the Defense Supply Center Richmond as one of the government's best suppliers at an Autom... (posted 2007-07-10)

GW Plastics and ABA-PGT Form Strategic Alliance
GW Plastics and ABA-PGT announced the formation of a global strategic alliance for plastic gear systems and integrated motion transfer sy... (posted 2007-07-05)

Altra Group Modernizes Website
The completely redesigned website displays a new look along with many new features including a comprehensive investor relations section, ... (posted 2007-07-03)

Pacamor Kubar Bearings Receives Aerospace Certification
Pacamor Kubar Bearings announced that the company was awarded the coveted AS9100:2004 Certification, the highest global standards fo... (posted 2007-06-27)

BIG Kaiser Program Addresses Local Engineer Shortage
For years, BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. announced continuation of its partnership with Elk Grove High School to support st... (posted 2007-06-26)

Bison Gear Named One of Chicago's Best and Brightest Companies
Electric motor manufacturer Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. has been selected one of Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to... (posted 2007-06-20)

Voith Announces Plans to Buy BHS Getriebe GmbH
Voith Turbo announced plans to take over the gear manufacturer BHS Getriebe GmbH in Sonthofen, Germany, from majority shareholder Halder ... (posted 2007-06-19)

Stackpole Automotive Gear Division Takes Grand Prize at MPIF Conference
Stackpole Automotive Gear Division, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, and its customer Magna Powertrain, New Process Gear Division, East Syra... (posted 2007-06-18)

Bison Gear Wins Community Leadership Award
Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. will receive The Business Leadership Award from the River Valley Workforce Investment Board on June 21... (posted 2007-06-12)

PCB Piezotronics Sponsors Andretti Green Racing and Display Replica at Sensor Show
PCB Piezotronics, the official sensor & instrumentation sponsor of Andretti Green Racing (AGR) during the 2007 racing season, has announc... (posted 2007-05-31)

New Product Manager Hired at Bosch Rexroth
The Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies group of Bosch Rexroth Corporation announced the addition of Amy R. Defayette to Product Mark... (posted 2007-05-31)

Emerson Process Management Wins Company of the Year Award
Frost & Sullivan selected Emerson Process Management as the recipient of their 2007 Company of the Year Award in the industrial automatio... (posted 2007-05-31)

FARO Sponsors Team at Porsche Supercup
FARO Technologies, manufacturers of portable CAM2 solutions, is sponsoring the newly established Team of HISAQ Competition during the 200... (posted 2007-05-31)

Mitsubishi EDM/Laser Hosts Open House to Showcase Racing Partnership with Joe Gibbs
Mitsubishi EDM/Laser, sponsor to Joe Gibbs Racing, hosted an open house event on May 10 at the JGR Headquarters in North Carolina. Attend... (posted 2007-05-31)

R + W America Publishes the First in Coupling Book Series
R+W has released a new handbook for the design and application of precision couplings and line shafts as a part of a series of technical ... (posted 2007-05-31)

Zeitlauf Antriebstechnik Changes Name, Location
Zeitlauf recently moved to a larger facility in Buckingham, U.K. and changed its name to Zeitlauf Gearmotors. The German company suppl... (posted 2007-05-30)

NEMA Forecasts Climbing Demand for Motor Orders, Followed by Weak Near-Term Gains
NEMA's Motors Shipments Index, which measures quarterly shipments of integral and fractional horsepower motors adjusted for seasonali... (posted 2007-05-30)

Nord Gear Expands in Wisconsin
Nord Gear added a new gearbox assembly center and a new paint booth to its newly expanded facility in Waunakee, WI. The large gearbox ... (posted 2007-05-24)

Norton Kaplan Appointed Head of Methods Automation
Methods Machine Tools has formed a new group—Methods Automation—to assist customers in maximizing performance of the individual machine t... (posted 2007-05-24)

Northstar Aerospace Announces Executive Appointments to Accelerate Manufacturing Ramp-Up
Northstar Aerospace announced several executive management changes in accordance with the company's plans to drastically accelerate i... (posted 2007-05-24)

Eaton Moves Gear Machining to Hastings, NB
Eaton Corp. announced plans consolidate some of its business segments, including those involved in machining gears for differentials. ... (posted 2007-05-24)

Bison Gear Institutes Skilled Workforce Initiative
Bison Gear & Engineering is collaborating with other manufacturing, governmental and educational institutions to remedy the shortage of q... (posted 2007-05-24)

Kennametal Acquires Purity Metal Holdinds and International Specialty Alloys
Kennametal Inc. signed a definitive agreement to acquire Purity Metal Holdings, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, International Speci... (posted 2007-03-28)

NEMA and ACEEE Reach Consensus on Energy Standard for Motors
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) announced a consens... (posted 2007-03-27)

Bosch Rexroth Announces New Manager
Bosch Rexroth Corporation announced that Milton Coleman accepted the position of manager of product marketing and technical support for B... (posted 2007-03-26)

Bishop-Wisecarver Appoints Ringball as Canadian Master Distributor
Bishop-Wisecarver Corp. appointed Ringball Corp. as the Canadian Master Distributor for its full line of linear motion products. The excl... (posted 2007-03-23)

Steinmeyer Wins Innovation Award
Steinmeyer Inc. announced that The DMG Group has named August Steinmeyer GmbH the winner of its "Supplier of the Year" award for innovat... (posted 2007-03-22)

Timken Signs Aftermarket Sales Agency Agreement with National Sales Inc.
The Timken Co. entered into an aftermarket sales agency agreement with National Sales Inc.to represent its full line of bearings and rela... (posted 2007-03-22)

Anthony Fedor and Scott Caccamise Buy Rochester Gear
Anthony Fedor and Scott Caccamise have purchased the stock and real estate of Rochester Gear. The company is a manufacturer of preci... (posted 2007-03-22)

Portescap Releases Excess Inventory List
Portescap, a Danaher Motion company,publishes a complete listing of excess inventory available at on its website (www.portescap.com). ... (posted 2007-03-19)

Kaydon Corp. Announces Leadership Transition
Kaydon Corp. announced the pending retirement of its president and CEO Brian P. Campbell on May 1. Campbell will not stand for re-electio... (posted 2007-03-19)

Sumitomo Expands Corona Facility
Sumitomo Machinery Corp. of America announces an expansion in production operations at their facility in Corona, CA, to include the Hypon... (posted 2007-03-12)

Rio Tinto Energy’s Maintenance Employees Undergo Timken Training at Wyoming Mine
Rio Tinto Energy America employees have particpated in Timken's Bearing Maintenance Training Pogram since 1999. Rio Tinto maintai... (posted 2007-03-09)

Moog Acquires Medical Device Company
Moog Inc. entered into definitive agreement to acquire Zevek International Inc. for $ 83.8 million. According to the company's pre... (posted 2007-03-08)

SKF Acquires Taiwanese Linear Motion Company
SKF signed an agreement to acquire ABBA Linear Tech Co., an Taiwanese manufacturer of profile rail guides. The ABBA Group is headquart... (posted 2007-03-08)

Association Report Reflects 10 Percent Sales Increase for Domestic Distributors
The Power Transmission Distributors Association released data for 2006 year-end relating to trends for distributors and manufacturers of ... (posted 2007-03-08)

maxon motor Expands Production in Switzerland and Hungary
maxon motor ag is expanding its production capacities to meet a rising demand for high precision drive systems. The company's head... (posted 2007-03-08)

Timken Extends Technology Agreement with Joe Gibbs Racing
The Timken Co. announced that it has extended its agreement with Joe Gibbs Racing as an official technical partner of the NASCAR racing ... (posted 2007-03-08)

P & F Industries Acquires Hy-Tech Machine and Related Assets for $16.9 Million
P&F Industries, Inc. announced that,through a newly-formed subsidiary, it has acquired substantially all of the assets comprising the bus... (posted 2007-03-06)

Iranian Bus Manufacturer Buys 6,000 Voith Transmissions
Iranian citybus manufacturer Shabob Khodro ordered 6,000 DIWA 863.3E transmissions. The entire order will be shipped by the end of 201... (posted 2007-03-05)

Rockwell Automation Enables CIP Networking in Motion Control Applications
Rockwell Automation can now demonstrate how manufacturers can use standard Ethernet and the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) networking s... (posted 2007-03-02)

Onvio Headquarters Moves to New Hampshire
Onvio LLC moved its headquarters and U.S. manufacturing into a newly constructed facility in Salem, NH. The new address is: Onvio L... (posted 2007-03-01)

Brevini Power Transmission Acquires Brevini Winches
Brevini Power Transmission completed its acquisition of Brevini Winches, a sister company specialized in the business of hoisting winches... (posted 2007-03-01)

Baldor Completes Purchase of Dodge and Reliance
Effective Jan. 31. Baldor's purchase of Reliance Electric Motors and Dodge Mechanical is complete. Baldor purchased the companies ... (posted 2007-02-28)

Regal-Beloit Names Mark Gliebe to Board of Directors
Mark J. Gliebe, president and CEO of Regal-Beloit Corp., was appointed to the company’s board of directors as a Class "B" director. ... (posted 2007-02-27)

Colfax Corp. Acquires Lubrication Systems
Colfax Corp. announced that it has completed its acquisition of Lubrication Systems Co. in Houston, TX. Terms of the transaction were... (posted 2007-02-27)

Regal Beloit Creates New Brand Name for Premium ECM Blower Motors
GE ECM by Regal-Beloit announced the creation of ThinkTank, a new product brand name for its line of premium residential HVAC blower moto... (posted 2007-02-27)

Three National Sales and Product Managers Promoted at Heidenhain
Heidenhain Corp. announced the appointment of three national sales and product managers for its North American segment. Kevin Kaufenbe... (posted 2007-02-27)

Ikona Ships New Mud Pump Drives to North American Customers
Ikona Gear made its first commercial shipments of its new Mud Pump Drives to major oil and gas companies in Canada and the U.S. Accord... (posted 2007-02-23)

Pump Systems Anecdotes Sought for Guidebook
The Pump Systems Matter educational initiative announced plans to collect accounts from the pump industry on how pumps are applied, run a... (posted 2007-02-21)

Trico Introduces On Demand Customer Service Program
Trico On Demand is a members-only resource for organizations to go to for solutions "On Demand". Organizations can talk to plant per... (posted 2007-02-21)

Management Promotions at SM Cyclo
Donald J. Brownrigg was promoted to CEO/president for SM-Cyclo of Canada. Brownrigg has worked in the power transmission industry fo... (posted 2007-02-20)

Hansen Transmissions Establishes Gearbox Facility in India
Hansen Transmissions International announced plans to invest 170 million euros for a wind turbine production plant. The facility will sup... (posted 2007-02-12)

Industri Kapital Acquires Majority Stake in Moventas
Industri Kapital signed an agreement with CapMan Funds to acquire a majority stake in Moventas, a Finland-based manufacturer of industria... (posted 2007-02-12)

1,473 American Axle Employees Participated in Special Attrition Program
American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. announced that 1,473 UAW-represented employees agreed to participate in AAM's special at... (posted 2007-02-12)

PKB Offers Online Chat with a Bearing Expert Feature
Pacamor Kubar Bearings,a domestic manufacturer of miniature and instrument ball bearings, added a live chat function to its website. ... (posted 2007-02-08)

KBE+ Provides Consulting Service with Chinese Automotive Manufacturer
KBE+ Inc. recently was awarded a contract with Nanjing Automobile (Group) Corp., located in Nanjing, China. According to the company... (posted 2007-02-08)

Heidenhain Opens New Building in Germany
Heidenhain Corp. opened a new state-of-the-art building at its world headquarters in Traunreut, Germany. The new approximately 135,00... (posted 2007-02-06)

Cameron Savage Takes Over as IonBond Group’s Chairman of the Board
Cameron Savage was appointed as the next chairman of the board for the Ionbond Group, taking over responsibilities previously held by Hei... (posted 2007-02-06)

OC Oerlikon AG Purchases Fairfield Parent Company Saurer AG
Fairfield Manufacturing Company, Inc. headquartered in Lafayette, IN announced that Saurer AG of Switzerland, parent company of Fairfield... (posted 2007-02-02)

Graham Turgoose Named Managing Director at PCB Piezotronics
PCB Piezotronics announced the appointment of Graham Turgoose as managing director of PCB Piezotronics Ltd., its newly established sales ... (posted 2007-01-30)

Gschwind Promoted to VP at Bodine Electric
Bodine Electric Co. has promoted Michael Gschwind to vice president of sales and marketing. Gschwind, who has been with the company ... (posted 2007-01-26)

Siemens Acquires UGS for $3.5 Billion
Siemens signed a definitive agreement to acquire UGS Corp., a provider of product lifecycle management software and services. The agr... (posted 2007-01-26)

Haggerty Named CEO of IonBon
Joe Haggerty was promoted to CEO of IonBond Group, effective immediately. Haggerty has extensive experience in global industrial manag... (posted 2007-01-19)

Heidenhain Introduces Three New Sales and Product Managers
Heidenhain Corp.appointed of three national sales and product managers. These national sales and product managers will cover business ... (posted 2007-01-19)

Datastick Signs on Consultant Derek Norfield
Datastick Systems has hired 30-year vibration and balancing veteran Derek Norfield as director of applications. His mission is to he... (posted 2007-01-19)

PCB Piezotronic Opens U.K. Sales Office
PCB Piezotronics established PCB Piezotronics Ltd., a direct sales office to serve customers in the United Kingdom. Located in Hitchi... (posted 2007-01-19)

Danaher Motion Announces Record Shipment for SynqNet Motion Network
Danaher Motion today announced that shipments of its SynqNet motion and I/O network exceed 225,000 axes. Machinery builders in the m... (posted 2007-01-18)

BC Bearings Group Acquires Transmission Supplies Ltd.
BC Bearing Engineers Ltd. and Transmission Supplies (Southern Alberta) Ltd. of Lethbridge, Alberta, announced the signing of an interim a... (posted 2007-01-17)

Paccar Announces Plans for $400 Million Engine Manufacturing Plant
Paccar Inc. Inc unveiled plans for a new $400 million powertrain manufacturing and assembly facility in the southeast United States. ... (posted 2007-01-16)

Messinger Bearings Awarded Chicago Gear Contract
Messinger Bearings has been awarded a contract to provide 40 large bearings to Chicago Gear for use in eight Babcock & Wilcox coal pulver... (posted 2007-01-11)

Paulo Products Adds Surface Treatment Capabilities
Paulo Products Company added two surface treatments at its St Louis, MO, facility. Paulo-St Louis now has the capability to perform ... (posted 2007-01-10)

Timken Sells Automotive Steering Business
The Timken Co. completed the sale of its automotive steering business, which operates facilities in Watertown, CT, and Nova Friburgo, Bra... (posted 2007-01-10)

Explosion at Falk Kills Three Employees, Injures 46

An explosion at Milwaukee-based Falk Corp.... (posted 2007-01-09)

Bison Gear Appoints New President
Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. announced the appointment of Martin Swarbrick as president and Chief Operating Officer. Most recently,... (posted 2007-01-09)

Advanced Heat Treat Installing $1.5 Million Large Capacity Ion Nitriding Vessel
Advanced Heat Treat Corp. is installing one of the world's largest ion nitriding vessels in their new Cullman, AL service center, cur... (posted 2007-01-04)

Renold Divests Machine Tool Business
Renold plc announced that, since its announcement on 23rd November 2006, it has agreed upon terms for the sale of certain assets and liab... (posted 2007-01-03)

Sumitomo Drive Announces Promotions
Sumitomo Machinery Corp. announced the promotion of Randy Satterfield to vice president of sales for the Eastern division. According t... (posted 2007-01-02)