Power Transmission Engineering Industry News 2010

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ATS Automation Acquires ATW
ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. recently announced that one of its subsidiaries has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire th... (posted 2010-12-29)

NFPA Kits Promote Fluid Power in Classrooms
Three new fluid power classroom exercise kits including a lifter, rotational arm and clamp are now available from the National Fluid Powe... (posted 2010-12-15)

International Federation of Robotics Accepts Award Applications
Applications for the IEEE/IFR Invention & Entrepreneurship Award (IERA Award) will be accepted until February 18, 2011. The IEEE... (posted 2010-12-09)

SKF Receives Leadership Award for Sustainability
SKF has received the corporate 2010 Supplier Leadership Award for "Sustainability" from Johnson Controls. The award was present... (posted 2010-12-08)

Gleason Establishes New Sales and Service Operation in Brazil
To meet the needs of gear manufacturers in the Brazilian market, Gleason Corporation has expanded its global presence with the formation ... (posted 2010-12-07)

Lee Linear Celebrates 40 Years of Distributor Partnerships
Lee Linear, a U. S. manufacturer of linear motion components, continues to rely on its distributors to get its products into the hands of... (posted 2010-12-06)

Broadwind Receives Contract for 90-Turbine Wind Farm
Broadwind Energy, Inc. recently announced that its Tower Tech Systems subsidiary was selected as the supplier of wind towers for the Glac... (posted 2010-12-03)

Nordex Secures 75 MW Project from EverPower
Shortly after dedicating its new wind turbine manufacturing plant in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Nordex USA secured an order for a 75 MW project... (posted 2010-12-02)

Arnott Selected as PTDA Executive Vice President
The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) board of directors unanimously selected Ann Arnott, currently PTDA's vice pres... (posted 2010-12-01)

ABB to Acquire Baldor Electric
ABB and Baldor Electric Company have agreed that ABB will acquire Baldor in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $4.2 billion,... (posted 2010-11-30)

Parker Acquires Gulf Coast Seal Limited
Parker Hannifin Corporation, recently announced that it has acquired Gulf Coast Seal Limited (GCS) based in Houston, Texas. GCS is a... (posted 2010-11-30)

Sandvik, Haas and ABB Robotics Celebrate Tech Center
Sandvik Coromant recently participated in the grand opening ceremony of the Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) at Vincennes Universit... (posted 2010-11-29)

WBA Launches Campaign Against Counterfeits
In the last two decades, counterfeiting in general has grown by 10,000 percent, globally. While there has been much reporting about consu... (posted 2010-11-24)

SME Appoints Committee Members for AeroDef Exposition
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) recently announced the appointment of seven executive committee members for the AeroDef... (posted 2010-11-23)

AutomationDirect Recognized in Magazine Survey
AutomationDirect has been named one of Atlanta's Best Places to Work in 2010 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Employees voted the c... (posted 2010-11-22)

Altra Launches Aerospace/Defense Website
Altra Industrial Motion recently announced it has launched a new website that gives engineers and technical professionals in the aerospac... (posted 2010-11-18)

Timken Announces Departure of Executive Vice President
Executive vice president Michael Arnold, head of Timken's bearings and power transmission group, will retire at the end of the y... (posted 2010-11-16)

Poka-Yoke Discussed in Lean Manufacturing Podcast
Bosch Rexroth is offering lean manufacturing advice on how to mistake-proof the manufacturing process using a concept known as Poka-Yoke.... (posted 2010-11-10)

NFPA Releases New Technical Standards
The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) has recently released seven new technical documents that are available for purchase including... (posted 2010-11-09)

Whiteside Promoted to Sales Manager at Maxcess
Maxcess International, a provider of engineered components for the web handling industry, recently announced the promotion of Darrell Whi... (posted 2010-11-08)

EPTDA Hosts Successful Summit in Malta
The European Power Transmission Distributors Association (EPTDA), an association for the industrial distribution channel in Europe, hoste... (posted 2010-11-05)

Manufacturing Technology Consumption Up 62 Percent
August U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $246.42 million, according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT)... (posted 2010-11-04)

Taraman Named Board of Directors President
Khalil S. Taraman, Ph.D, FSME, PE and D.I.T. chair of manufacturing engineering, Lawrence Technological University (LTU), Southfield, Mic... (posted 2010-11-03)

Romax to Showcase Consultancy Service at CTI Symposium
Romax Technology will be attending the 9th International CTI Symposium, Innovative Automotive Transmissions Hybrid & Electric Drives ... (posted 2010-11-02)

Rockwell Demonstrates Capabilities at Pack Expo
Rockwell Automation will demonstrate at Pack Expo 2010 how machine builders can lower their total cost to design, develop and deliver pac... (posted 2010-10-27)

SKF to Install Rooftop Solar Array System
SKF USA Inc. has entered into an agreement with a nationally recognized solar power contractor to install a rooftop solar array system at... (posted 2010-10-26)

Bullock Presented Lifetime Achievement Award
At its 2010 Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution Executive Summit in Rosemont, Illinois, RSM McGladrey presented its Lifetime Achieve... (posted 2010-10-25)

Rockwell Adds White Papers to Resource Library
Rockwell Automation has added five new white papers to its resource library on managing real-time control and information flow throughout... (posted 2010-10-21)

New Website Launched by Delroyd Worm Gear
Delroyd Worm Gear has launched a new corporate website which provides information about their full product line including helical single,... (posted 2010-10-19)

Gene Haas Foundation Provides Grant to SME
The Gene Haas Foundation has recently provided a $150,000 grant to the SME Education Foundation to help qualified students interested in ... (posted 2010-10-18)

Abstracts Needed for International Symposium on Robotics
Abstracts from global robotics experts are sought by Robotic Industries Association (RIA) for inclusion in the 42nd International Symposi... (posted 2010-10-14)

SME Acquires Tooling University LLC
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), based in Dearborn, Mich., and Tooling University LLC (Tooling U), based in Cleveland, recen... (posted 2010-10-14)

Presenters Sought for Automate 2011 Conference
Discover a broad array of integrated automation solutions, examine the latest technology advances and learn from industry leading experts... (posted 2010-10-14)

MTI Announces New Product/Pricing Packages
MTI Systems, a provider of cost estimating solutions for manufacturing, recently announced the release of three new Costimator Produ... (posted 2010-10-13)

Rockwell Hosts Automation Fair
Manufacturing business leaders, industry analysts and more than 100 technology and service providers from around the globe will meet in O... (posted 2010-10-12)

MAG Acquiring Samputensili Gear Hobbing Line
MAG, a manufacturing technology company, has acquired the gear hobbing and chamfering/deburring product line of Samputensili GmbH in Chem... (posted 2010-10-11)

GL Certifies Software for RomaxWIND
Romax Technology Limited's virtual development platform, RomaxWIND, has been officially certified by GL Renewables Certification (GL)... (posted 2010-10-11)

NEMA Revises Motors and Generators Standard
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published NEMA MG 1-2009, Revision 1-2010 Motors and Generators. The stan... (posted 2010-10-08)

Rockwell Automation Welcomes New Program Members
Four leading machine builders have joined the Rockwell Automation Machine Builder Program, a program that gives end-users access to ... (posted 2010-10-08)

Adams Company Invests in Gear Measurement System
The Adams Company, a custom manufacturer of bevel, helical, spur, worm gears and shafts, are continuing to acquire the latest equipm... (posted 2010-10-07)

Emerson Receives International Trade Award
Emerson Industrial Automation, Power Transmission Solutions business unit, was recently awarded the 2010 Northern Kentucky International ... (posted 2010-10-06)

Nordex Begins Wind Production in Arkansas
Nordex's newly built wind turbine manufacturing plant in Jonesboro, Arkansas officially opened October 4. "Two years ago, we ann... (posted 2010-10-05)

Garland Begins Testing Fleet's First Hydraulic Hybrid Vehicle
The City of Garland, Texas, Environmental Water Services Department, recently began a long-term field test evaluation of the Bosch Rexrot... (posted 2010-10-04)

Cummins Begins Production of EPA Tier 4 Engines
Cummins Inc. recently achieved a major industry milestone by commencing production and supply of the first EPA Tier 4 Interim and EU Stag... (posted 2010-09-29)

Vacon Receives New Solar Energy Business
AC drives manufacturer Vacon is strengthening its solar energy business by receiving new significant orders, especially in Europe. In the... (posted 2010-09-27)

Romax and Hansen Sign Agreement for Wind Turbine Services
Romax Technology, a drivetrain and gearbox solutions specialist, and Hansen Transmissions International NV, a wind turbine gearbox design... (posted 2010-09-24)

ABB Appoints Campbell to Head Robot Products in North America
ABB Robotics recently announced the appointment of Joe Campbell as vice president of its U.S. Robot Products Group, according to Michael ... (posted 2010-09-23)

Moventas Expands Global Manufacturing Reach
With an investment in Portland, Oregon, Moventas is taking a significant step to expand its global manufacturing and assembly offerings f... (posted 2010-09-22)

Kan Named Entrepreneur of the Year
Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation, manufacturer of guided motion technology, recently announced that company president Pamela Kan has been na... (posted 2010-09-21)

Survey States Manufacturers Still Pessimistic About Economy
Business leaders in the manufacturing space are pessimistic, with only a third (33 percent) expecting the U.S. economy to improve in the ... (posted 2010-09-10)

Warner Linear Launches New Website
Warner Linear has launched a new expanded website that provides information on its complete line of electromechanical linear actuators fo... (posted 2010-09-09)

Innovative Automation Purchases Omron Service to form Innovative-IDM
Innovative Automation, a distributor of factory automation and control parts, announced it has purchased Omron Service Centers (OSC) of H... (posted 2010-09-03)

ASTM Proposes X-Ray Diffraction for Stress Measurement of Aerospace Bearings
X-ray diffraction has become a popular means of residual stress measurement in the aerospace materials field over the last 50 years. A pr... (posted 2010-09-02)

Motion Control Technology Featured on YouTube
Electromate has just launched its new YouTube Channel Video Library featuring the latest in motion control technology. The channel is pop... (posted 2010-09-01)

Parker Teams with CalMotors on Hybrid-Electric Truck Design
Parker's Electromechanical Automaton Division, a leading supplier of motion control technology, is proud to announce that its MPP ser... (posted 2010-08-31)

Bosch Rexroth and Bosch Solar Energy Develop Unique Solar Installation System
At this year's Semicon West trade show in California, Bosch Rexroth showed off an innovative slide-in system for installing frameless... (posted 2010-08-27)

NFPA Economic Conference a Success
The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) member companies, invited guests, and other fluid power-related industry professionals recent... (posted 2010-08-24)

Bibby Transmissions Launches New Website
Bibby Transmissions has launched a new website which provides information on their complete range of industrial and high-performance coup... (posted 2010-08-20)

IMTS Inspiration Day Set For September 13
Keynote speakers from four different industries will be presenting programs at the first ever Industry Inspiration Day at IMTS. Allan McA... (posted 2010-08-18)

Manufacturing Museum Must See at IMTS
Artifacts on loan from the American Precision Museum, located in Windsor, Vermont, will entertain and engage visitors on the history of m... (posted 2010-08-16)

Papers Invited for Rolling Element Bearings Symposium
The 2011 ASTM International Symposium on Roller Element Bearings is accepting papers. The symposium is sponsored by the ASTM Internationa... (posted 2010-08-06)

Bison Gear Acquires Von Weise of Canada
The brushless DC electric motor business of Von Weise of Canada Company was acquired by Bison Gear and Engineering Corp. The product line... (posted 2010-08-05)

Timken Wins $26 Million Wind Contract With Goldwind
The Timken Company has received a contract worth $26 million to supply wind turbine products and services to China's Xinjiang Goldwin... (posted 2010-08-03)

Robotic Sales Climb in 2010
North American based robotics companies saw orders jump 40 percent in units in the first half of 2010, according to new figures released ... (posted 2010-08-02)

Bishop-Wisecarver Appoints VP Sales
Michael McVeigh has been promoted to vice president of sales for Bishop-Wisecarver from his previous position as national sales manager... (posted 2010-07-23)

Chuck Miller Joins Solar Atmospheres of Southern California
Solar Atmospheres of California (SACA) is one step closer to the establishment of its state-of-the-art Vacuum Heat Treating facility in S... (posted 2010-07-15)

Dynetic Systems Adds to Engineering Staff
Chuck Raskin joins the engineering team at Dynetic Systems Inc., a manufacturer of brush and brushless DC motors located in the Twin Ci... (posted 2010-07-15)

Siemens PLM Teams up With New Mexico State University
In the second largest in-kind corporate contribution ever received by New Mexico State University (NMSU), Siemens PLM Software has grante... (posted 2010-07-13)

Irish University Equip Labs with TorqSense
The electrical machines laboratory at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has increased its effectiveness as a teaching resource sin... (posted 2010-07-09)

Motoman Robotics Secures Headquarters Expansion Site
Yaskawa America Inc. announces that its Motoman Robotics division has executed an option agreement to secure property at the recently dev... (posted 2010-07-08)

Kaman Industrial Technologies Replaces Retiring President
T. Jack Cahill, president of Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation (KIT) is retiring, effective August 31. Steven J. Smidler, current... (posted 2010-07-06)

Chroma Welcomes Maintenance Manager/Process Engineer
Ken Janke has joined the Chroma family in the position of maintenance manager/process engineer. Ken has over 30 years of experience in ... (posted 2010-07-05)

Sauer-Danfoss Rolls Out Three Independent Businesses
In announcing a new business structure, Sauer-Danfoss has created three new businesses, effective July 1, that encompass all the cartri... (posted 2010-07-02)

Great Lakes Industry Awarded Michigan Clean Energy Grant
A $2.5 million Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing (CEAM) award was granted to Great Lakes Industry Gear LLC, a subsidiary of Jackson, MI... (posted 2010-06-29)

ABB Appoints Head of Robotics North America
Former General Electric executive Michael Mahfet has been appointed as vice president and general manager of ABB's robotics busines... (posted 2010-06-24)

IMTS Welcomes Full Scale Model of F-35 Lightning II
Lockheed Martin has agreed to exhibit a full-scale model of its F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter during IMTS - The International Ma... (posted 2010-06-22)

Motoman Inc. and Yaskawa Electric America Inc. are combining to form Yaskawa America Inc.
The Motoman operations, headquartered in Dayton, OH, will form the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America. The Yaskawa Electric... (posted 2010-06-21)

DGI Supply Honored for Efforts to Supply Customer Savings
DGI Supply, a DoALL Company, of Wheeling, IL, was named the 2010 American Eagle Value-Added Distributor by the Industrial Supply Associat... (posted 2010-06-16)

Tsubakimoto Opens New Headquarters in Dordrecht
With an ongoing commitment to the European market, Tsubakimoto announced the official opening of a new headquarters in Dordrecht, the Net... (posted 2010-06-15)

Romax Appoints Business Development Manager for Hybrid Technology
Romax Technology recently recruited a new business development manager to manage Romax's hybrid and electric vehicle consultancy.&nbs... (posted 2010-06-15)

Bonfiglioli Yaw and Pitch Drives Power German Offshore Wind Farm
Germany's first offshore wind farm, Alpha Ventus, features yaw and pitch drives from the Bonfiglioli Group. The wind farm feature... (posted 2010-06-09)

ABB Appoints Head of Robotics in North America
Former General Electric Executive Michael Mahfet has been appointed as vice president and general manager of ABB's robotics busines... (posted 2010-06-08)

Shaoguan Hongda Gear Co Purchases Turnkey Nitriding System
Nitrex Metal Inc. received an order from Shaoguan Hongda Gear Co. Ltd., a Chinese manufacturer of transmission components, for a turnkey ... (posted 2010-06-07)

Crush for Credit Proposal Introduced in Senate
Legislation that would create a $700 million motor-rebate program for energy-efficient motors was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sena... (posted 2010-06-07)

Valve, Pump Industries' Annual Market Insight Event Opens for Registration
The Hydraulic Institute (HI) announced registration is open for the 2010 Market Outlook Workshop. Registration can be completed via the H... (posted 2010-06-01)

Kaman Acquires Minarik Corp.
Motion control distributor Minarik Corporation was acquired by Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation (KIT) as of April 30, and is now... (posted 2010-05-24)

Vacon China Welcomes Managing Director
Pertti Rajamäki has been appointed managing director of Vacon Suzhou Drives, effective September 2010. Rajamäki currently ser... (posted 2010-05-19)

PTE Joins Facebook and LinkedIn
Power Transmission Engineering (PTE), sister publication to Gear Technology, is now on Facebook and LinkedIn in an effort to enhance read... (posted 2010-05-18)

Credit Lines Readily Available for Expo Pack/Procesa Visitors
Major regional and global financial institutions are participating in the Expo Pack Mexico and Procesa 2010 Financial Pavilion to support... (posted 2010-05-17)

Industrial Control Shipments Surge First Quarter 2010
NEMA's Primary Industrial Controls Index climbed 11.7 percent on a quarter-to-quarter basis during the first three months of 2010.The... (posted 2010-05-17)

Bosch Rexroth Expects Sales Recovery in 2010
After the number of incoming orders surpassed the previous year's figures in the first months of the current fiscal year, Bosch Rexro... (posted 2010-05-13)

Papers Invited for Rolling Element Bearings Symposium
The 2011 ASTM International Symposium on Roller Element Bearings is accepting papers. The symposium is sponsored by the ASTM Internationa... (posted 2010-05-11)

Quebec-Area Manufacturing Increases
In the midst of the recent recession, recovery for the manufacturing sector in Quebec was expected to be long and slow, but the momentum ... (posted 2010-05-10)

Beckhoff Establishes UK Subsidiary
Hayes Control Systems has been acquired by Beckhoff Automation in order to expand and intensify Beckhoff's growth in the British mark... (posted 2010-05-06)

NEMA Publishes Motor, Generator Standard
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published MG 1-2009 Motors and Generators. MG 1 is the definitive standar... (posted 2010-05-04)

CSIA Presents Awards
The control System Integrators Association (CSIA) presented three awards at its 2010 Executive Conference in Seattle, May 1. Bill Polloc... (posted 2010-05-03)

North American EBCIs Remain High in April
According to respondents to NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI), electrical equipment manufacturers continue to s... (posted 2010-04-30)

Aerospace Quality Certification Awarded to Sherborne Sensors
Sherborne Sensors' quality assurance system was awarded the SAE AS9100B certification for design, development, manufacture, repair an... (posted 2010-04-29)

Romax Appoints Chief Operating Officer
Romax Technology Limited, a technical consultancy providing design and analysis services for gearboxes, bearings and drivetrains is pleas... (posted 2010-04-29)

Bison Gear Signs National Distribution Agreement
Following a successful two-year period of regional authorized distribution, gearmotor manufacturer Bison Gear and Engineering Corp. has e... (posted 2010-04-23)

Rexroth, Dana Form Joint Venture
Bosch Rexroth AG and Dana Holding Corporation announced that they expect to form a 50-50 joint venture to co-develop and manufacture adva... (posted 2010-04-20)

SKF Opens Facilities in India, Shanghai
Two factories were opened in India by SKF in April, and a wind industry service center was opened in Shanghai. The facilities support gro... (posted 2010-04-16)

Habasit Appoints President of Gearmotor Division
George Rizza joins Habasit America as president of the Gearmotor Division. Rizza previously served as vice president of sales at Nord Gea... (posted 2010-04-15)

Kollmorgen Establishes Aftermarket Service Agreement
FSIP, a provider of remanufacturing services for electric vehicle control systems, and Kollmorgen have signed an Aftermarket Service Agre... (posted 2010-04-12)

Sauer-Danfoss Appoints Executive Vice President and CMO
Marc Weston was appointed executive vice president and chief marketing officer, effective April 5. He will be based out of the Ames, I... (posted 2010-04-09)

ASQ Joins Forces for Single Lean Certification Standard
With the goal of moving toward a single standard for lean manufacturing certification and workforce development, the American Society for... (posted 2010-04-06)

Broadwind Energy Appoints Brad Foote President
Daniel E. Schueller was appointed president of Brad Foote Gear Works, Inc., the gearing systems business of Broadwind Energy, Inc. Schu... (posted 2010-04-01)

Joe LaRussa Named SME Director of Membership
As of April 5, Joe LaRussa is assuming membership activity duties for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) from Debbie Holton, w... (posted 2010-03-31)

Rotek Launches Contract Machining Services
Rotek Incorporated, a North American manufacturer of slewing bearings and seamless rolled rings, now offers contract machining services u... (posted 2010-03-30)

Pacamor Kubar Bearings Welcomes Back Dwight Calkins
Dwight Calkins has returned to Pacamor Kubar Bearings (PKB) engineering department. After holding several positions at PKB, including QC ... (posted 2010-03-26)

Schuler Group Purchases Direct Drive Wind Drivetrains
Finnish energy generator manufacturer The Switch has received an order from the Shuler Group for two direct drive 3 MW drivetrains. The c... (posted 2010-03-24)

Rexroth Opens Dallas Regional Service Center
An open house launched the Bosch Rexroth Dallas Regional Service Center in December. The state-of-the-art repair, upgrade and maintena... (posted 2010-03-15)

SME Elects First Woman President
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has elected a woman to lead the organization for the first time in its 78-year history. Barb... (posted 2010-03-10)

SME Invests in Manufacturing Education Centers for High Schools
  Tomorrow's global leaders will have to be tech-savvy and ready for advanced manufacturing jobs requiring skills in electronics... (posted 2010-03-08)

mayr PT Revamps Website
Drive technology specialist mayr Power Transmission overhauled its Internet presence with a new website, www.mayr.de, which houses inform... (posted 2010-03-05)

Miller Bearings Welcomes President, Board Chairman
The Board of Miller Bearings, Inc. elected William "Bill" Bierbach (pictured) as president, and David Morell was elected as Cha... (posted 2010-02-20)

Carlisle Merges Business Sectors
Carlisle Companies Inc. is combining its power transmission best business, which was discontinued in 2008, with its tire and wheel busine... (posted 2010-02-11)

2010 Metal Powder Testing and Bearings Standards Released
The 2010 editions of Standard Test Methods for Metal Powders and Powder Metallurgy (PM) Products, and Standard 35, Materials Standards fo... (posted 2010-01-05)