Power Transmission Engineering Industry News 2014

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Regal Beloit to Acquire Power Transmission Solutions
Regal Beloit Corporation recently announced it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Power Transmission Solutions business (... (posted 2014-12-30)

Pictured is Voith''s fluid coupling type TPKL.

Voith's 1,000th TPKL Fluid Coupling Goes to a Chinese Belt Conveyor Drive
Voith recently manufactured their 1,000th fluid coupling type TPKL. The coupling will go to the DaTong Coal Mining Group in China. The fi... (posted 2014-12-29)

Aurelio Banda (right) was recently named president of Beckhoff North America.

Aurelio Banda Named President of Beckhoff North America
Beckhoff Automation recently announce that Aurelio Banda will become the company’s president of North American operations (Beckhoff... (posted 2014-12-18)

Bison's Gear & Engineering Chief Learning Officer Sylvia Wetzel.

Bison's Wetzel Speaks at Annual Regional Meeting
On Monday Dec. 8, Bison Gear & Engineering Chief Learning Officer Sylvia Wetzel spoke at the National Fluid Power Association's (... (posted 2014-12-16)

H-D Advanced Manufacturing Acquires Intellifuse Technologies LLC
H-D Advanced Manufacturing recently announced that it acquired Intellifuse Technologies LLC, the sixth acquisition completed by H-D in th... (posted 2014-12-16)

Mazak recently announced its new Mazak iSMART Factory concept.

Mazak Unveils Next Generation iSMART Factory Concept
Yamazaki Mazak headquarters in Aichi, Japan, recently announced its new Mazak iSMART Factory concept. Mazak will eventually designate all... (posted 2014-12-10)

Arrow Gear signed an agreement with SAMP to market and sell their gear products in North America.

Arrow Gear Becomes Distributor for SAMP Gears
Arrow Gear has signed an exclusive agreement with SAMP of Bologna, Italy to market and sell their gear products in North America. Arrow G... (posted 2014-12-09)

QA1 recently received two SEMA Global Media Awards.

QA1 Honored with Two SEMA Global Media Awards
QA1, a manufacturer of high-performance suspension components, has been honored with two SEMA Global Media Awards for its carbon fiber dr... (posted 2014-12-08)

Timken Acquires Assets of Revolvo Ltd.
The Timken Company announced it has reached agreement with ERIKS NV to acquire the assets of Revolvo Ltd., a specialty bearing compa... (posted 2014-12-02)

David Brown Gear Systems Opens Facility in Philippines
David Brown Gear Systems, a supplier of industrial gearboxes and aftermarket services for applications in the world’s core ind... (posted 2014-11-26)

Ajay Bajaj, president of Rotator Products Limited in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada was recently elected the PTDA's president for 2015.

PTDA holds 2014 Industry Summit, elects Ajay Bajaj president for 2015
Nearly 600 power transmission and motion control industry representatives from over 250 Power Transmission Distributors Association&... (posted 2014-11-21)

Pictured is the Philae lander.

Maxon Motor Helps Power Rosetta Mission
On Nov. 12, the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully landed a small laboratory on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The lander feature... (posted 2014-11-19)

Oerlikon Graziano was recently awarded

Oerlikon Graziano slotted as 'Supplier of the Year'
Oerlikon Graziano, a producer of high-performing transmissions and brand of Oerlikon Drive Systems Segment, was recently awarded "Su... (posted 2014-11-19)

Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation's McCloskey receives Warren Pike Award
The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has named Kevin McCloskey, category manager at Kaman Industrial Technologies Corpo... (posted 2014-11-18)

Pictured is the logo for Napoleon Engineering Services, a New York-based company honored in May for it's occupational success.

Napoleon Engineering Services Receives Western New York Manufacturing Award
Napoleon Engineering Services (NES) was honored by Business First of Buffalo with a Western New York Manufacturing Award for Operati... (posted 2014-11-17)

Pat Wheeler (middle) of Motion Industries recently received the Wendy B. McDonald Award.

Pat Wheeler Receives Inaugural Wendy B. McDonald Award
To honor the memory of Wendy B. McDonald, one of the power transmission/motion control industry's pioneers, the PTDA Foundation has e... (posted 2014-11-14)

Pictured is the Model SPM 120AAA single-channel shaft seal monitoring module from Marsh Bellofram.

ATC Diversified Electronics Introduces Single-Channel Seal Failure Alarm Module
ATC Diversified Electronics, a division of Marsh Bellofram Corporation, has introduced the Model SPM 120AAA single-channel shaft sea... (posted 2014-11-13)

This graph of 12‐month moving averages shows that in September 2014, both hydraulic shipments and pneumatic shipments increased. (Base Year 2013 = 100)

Fluid Power Industry Stats Show Continued Growth
The latest data published by the National Fluid Power Association shows industry shipments of fluid power products for September 2014 inc... (posted 2014-11-10)

QTC Metric Gears new logo

Quality Transmission Components Rebranded as QTC Metric Gears
Designatronics, Inc., a provider of complete mechatronic engineered solutions and services to the aerospace and defense, robotics, pac... (posted 2014-11-10)

Gear manufacturing company Santasalo received the award for

Santasalo Receives On-Time Award from Valmet
In October 2014, gear manufacturing company Santasalo received the award for "Most On-Time Delivery" at the Valmet Supplier Day... (posted 2014-11-10)

John Oller has been named Engineering Manager of Rj Link.

John Oller Named Engineering Manager at Rj Link
Rj Link International Inc. is pleased to announce that John Oller has been named as Engineering Manager. Oller will be responsible for en... (posted 2014-10-16)

Pneumatic, Mobile and Industrial Hydraulic Orders Index. Each point on the graph represents the most recent 12 months of orders compared to the previous 12 months of orders.

Fluid Power Industry Growth Trend - August 2014
The latest data published by the National Fluid Power Association shows industry shipments of fluid power products for August 2014 increa... (posted 2014-10-03)

Cone Drive Acquires Chinese Slewing Drive Manufacturer
Cone Drive Operations Inc.has acquired Chinese slewing drive manufacturer Jiangyin Huafang New Energy Hi-Tech Equipment Co., Ltd. (H-Fang... (posted 2014-09-30)

NEMA Reports Latest Business Conditions
Demand for industrial controls showed a marked increase during the second quarter of 2014, with NEMA’s Primary Industrial Controls ... (posted 2014-09-25)

AutomationDirect Offers Free eBook Download
AutomationDirect’s new eBook, Automation 101: An Industry Guide to Control System Engineering is now available as a free download. ... (posted 2014-09-24)

Danfoss to Acquire Vacon
Denmark’s Danfoss A/S has bid $1.34 billion for the acquisition of Finland’s Facon Oyj, which would result in the union of tw... (posted 2014-09-23)

2015 Call for Presentations for AMPM 2015
A "Call for Presentations" is being issued to solicit contributions for the technical program for AMPM2015, the Additive Manufa... (posted 2014-09-22)

AutomationDirect Named STEM Award Finalist
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of... (posted 2014-09-17)

Students from the Metalworking I class at the Precision Tool Manufacturing Training Program. From left to right: Trevor Roberts, Tanner Virgil, Luke Neidlinger, Blake Carbaugh, AJ Avery and William Penrod.

ITAMCO Donates Zeiss CMM to Plymouth High School
ITAMCO (Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies) has donated a Zeiss Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) to the Precision Tool Manu... (posted 2014-09-16)

India Featured as Partner Country at Hannover Messe 2015
India has just been designated the official Partner Country at Hannover Messe 2015, putting this vast nation of more than 1.2 billion inh... (posted 2014-09-15)

NFPA Releases Industry Trends for July
The latest data published by the National Fluid Power Association shows industry shipments of fluid power products for July 2014 increase... (posted 2014-09-05)

C&U Expands Taper Roller Bearing Production
The C&U Group, parent company of North American subsidiary, C&U Americas, has announced a major expansion of its Taper Roller Bea... (posted 2014-09-03)

ABB Completes Construction and Renovation in Wisconsin
The cutting of ribbons at both ABB’s new office facility on Discovery Parkway in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and at the office/manufactur... (posted 2014-09-02)

Heidenhain Hires North American Product Specialist
Heidenhain Corporation announces the new hire of Jonathan Dougherty as the North American product specialist, automation division. Based ... (posted 2014-08-27)

NFPA Releases Industry Trends
The latest data published by the National Fluid Power Association shows industry shipments of fluid power products for June 2014 increase... (posted 2014-08-26)

Schafer Appoints Gear Unit General Manager
Bipin Doshi, president of Schafer Industries, has announced the appointment of Scott Childers as general manager of the company’s G... (posted 2014-08-25)

PTDA Shows Growth in PT and Motion Control Activity
The PTDA Business Index for 2Q2014 indicates strong growth in both business activity and new orders. From 1Q2014 to 2Q2014, business acti... (posted 2014-08-25)

ABMA Schedules Bearing Materials Webinar
The American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA) has opened registration for a bearing materials webinar. This webinar is designed t... (posted 2014-08-22)

Ideal Gear Appoints President
Ideal Gear and Machine Works Inc. recently announced the appointment of Jim Mantei as president. Mantei has more than 25 years experience... (posted 2014-08-21)

SPS Automation Shanghai to Arrive in 2015
Messe Frankfurt has confirmed the launch of SPS Automation Shanghai in 2015 as the latest member under the umbrella of the worldwide SPS ... (posted 2014-08-19)

Dontyne Systems Expands Office Space
Dontyne Systems continues to expand its customer base across the world and has secured work for development of customer specific software... (posted 2014-08-18)

NSK Europe Appoints Managing Director
Michael Preinerstorfer is the newly appointed managing director of NSK’s European Industrial Business Unit (EIBU). The world’... (posted 2014-08-15)

James Harding Jordan (1946-2014)
James “Jim” Jordan, founder and chairman of QA1, passed away July 30, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. He was 67 years o... (posted 2014-08-14)

MPIF Celebrates 50 Years of PM Design
An event that took place without much fanfare at the 1965 International Powder Metallurgy Conference held at New York’s Statler Hil... (posted 2014-08-12)

Frank Mascia (Timken Canada) makes the announcement of the partnership.

Timken Canada Re-Launches Partnership with Garlock Sealing
Timken Canada has announced that it is re-launching the partnership with Garlock Sealing Technologies (an EnPro Industries Company) to mo... (posted 2014-08-11)

Designatronics Updates Mechatronics Website
Embracing the theme “Engineered Solutions for a World in Motion,” the newly updated Designatronics website features improved ... (posted 2014-08-07)

NEMA Reports Latest Business Conditions
More respondents to NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Survey reported conditions improved in July  than reported they... (posted 2014-08-07)

Miba Expands U.S. Production
Miba Sinter USA, LLC, recently opened its new production facilities. The company, a subsidiary of the Austrian Miba group, produces high ... (posted 2014-08-05)

Wittenstein Announces Director of Sales
Wittenstein alpha North America is proud to announce that Tom Coyle has been promoted to director of sales. Coyle has been a crucial memb... (posted 2014-08-05)

Lenze Americas Supports Open Access Specs
Lenze Americas, a global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, has announced that i... (posted 2014-08-04)

Adcole Names Reece President and CEO
Adcole Corporation, a manufacturer of special purpose machines for measuring engine components such as camshafts, crankshafts, and piston... (posted 2014-08-04)

Altra Industrial Acquires Guardian Industries
Altra Industrial Motion Corp. announced the acquisition of Guardian Industries, Inc. Founded in 1941 and based in Michigan City, Indiana,... (posted 2014-08-01)

PTDA Releases Membership Directory
The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has released its 2014 Membership Directory. The Directory is the ideal resource fo... (posted 2014-07-31)

AutomationDirect Introduces White Paper on Safety Relays
AutomationDirect announces the release of a new White Paper, “When to Use Multi-Function Safety Relays” that explains how to ... (posted 2014-07-25)

Klϋber Lubrication Receives ISO 21469 Certification
Klϋber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, has received the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) ISO 2146... (posted 2014-07-23)

Robotics to Take Center Stage at IANA During IMTS
Attendees at this year’s Industrial Automation North America (Industrial Automation NA) trade show and conference co-located with t... (posted 2014-07-22)

GBS Four Alarm Fire Shows Employee Commitment
General Bearing Service's President Pierre Bouchard received an unfortunate phone call at 5:45 on Monday morning of May 19th which wa... (posted 2014-07-21)

Snyder Joins Ohio Electric Motors
Ohio Electric Motors, Inc. recently announced that Randall R. Snyder will be their new, sales and marketing manager. “I am extremel... (posted 2014-07-18)

Comer Industries Joins VDMA
Comer Industries has officially become part of the German Engineering Federation VDMA. Representatives of both companies met at Comer Ind... (posted 2014-07-18)

Donato Montanari

VDMA Welcomes New Members
Donato Montanari, general manager of the Machine Vision Business Unit of Datalogic Automation in Italy, and Lou Hermans, COO at CMOSIS in... (posted 2014-07-18)

NEMA Reports Latest Business Conditions
NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America was unchanged in June at 50, a valu... (posted 2014-07-18)

Matt Unsworth, C&U Americas director of sales, displays the 2013 Quality Award for Excellence from Remy International, Inc.

C&U Americas Receives Quality Award
C&U Americas, LLC has received the “2013 Quality Award for Excellence” from Remy International, Inc. The award was given ... (posted 2014-03-12)

Dr. Gregory Olson and Dr. Jason Sebastian display a landing gear component produced from Ferrium S53 steel.

Questek to Serve as Research Partner for ALMMII
The White House announced on Tuesday, February 25nd, the establishment of the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Ins... (posted 2014-03-11)

CSIA Members Produce Automation Solutions
Plant managers, operations executives and other decision-makers across a broad spectrum of industries that rely on industrial automation ... (posted 2014-03-10)

At SPS/IPC/Drives, the signing of the distributor agreement: Kollmorgen Managing Director Udo Panenka Ruju, Ruju owner Hiren Joshi and Market Development Manager Alexander Hack (from left) are looking forward to the joint agreement for the Indian market.

Kollmorgen Expands Dealer Network in India
Kollmorgen is expanding its presence in India. The motion control specialists completed a distributor agreement with the Ruju Corporation... (posted 2014-03-07)

AMT Applauds New Manufacturing Hubs
Speaking to the importance to expand innovation and create job opportunities for Americans, President Obama recently announced the next e... (posted 2014-03-05)

MCA to Host Nanometer Technology Webinar
The Motion Control Association (MCA) will host a webinar at 11:00 a.m. Eastern on March 4, 2014 on "Innovations in PWM Drive Technol... (posted 2014-03-03)

Rustin Mikel Takes New Role at FCG
Many of you knew Rustin Mikel as director of manufacturing at Forest City Gear. Since 2006, his high energy, problem-solving presence has... (posted 2014-02-28)

NES Expands Bearing Inspection Services
Napoleon Engineering Services (NES), a leading ISO9001:2008 and AS9100C certified custom bearing manufacturing, bearing inspection, and b... (posted 2014-02-28)

PTDA Foundation Establishes Wendy B. McDonald Award
To honor the memory of Wendy B. McDonald, one of the power transmission/motion control industry's true pioneers, the PTDA Foundation ... (posted 2014-02-27)

FCG Delivers High Volume Production Experience
Forest City Gear Director of Technical Operations Jeff Mains wants to make life easier for you. He will be instrumental in putting in pla... (posted 2014-02-26)

Pictured on stage (left to right) during the awards ceremony were Lígia Faber Corrêa da Silva, Camile Oliveira, Guert Rucker, Daniella D. Taurizano and Paulo Miri.

Celanese Wins Supplier Award
Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, received Whirlpool’s Best Supplier Award 2012/13 for out... (posted 2014-02-21)

Aerotech Moves to Larger Facility in United Kingdom
As part of continued expansion in the global precision motion and automation systems arena, Aerotech Inc. - the Pittsburgh-USA headquarte... (posted 2014-02-20)

Siemens Awards Software Grant to Ohio College
From its historic Norwood Motor Manufacturing Facility, Siemens recently announced a $66.8 million in-kind software grant to Cincinnati S... (posted 2014-02-20)

White Paper Offers Insight on Product Publicity
A new white paper for engineers and other non-marketing small business owners that explains what publicity can accomplish in the contempo... (posted 2014-02-19)

Bauer Opens Sales Office in Finland
Bauer Gear Motor, part of Altra Industrial Motion, has opened a new sales office in Finland which will act as the first point of contact ... (posted 2014-02-19)

Siemens Sets Course for Hannover 2014
The Siemens presentation at the Hannover Messe 2014 is focused on setting the right technological course for the production of the future... (posted 2014-02-18)

Bonfiglioli to Expand Operations in Kentucky
Bonfiglioli USA will be expanding its Hebron, KY operations in Q4 2014. The expansion will include the progressive addition of new produc... (posted 2014-02-17)

Heidenhain Appoints Product Specialist
Recently acquiring the responsibility for the North American sales and marketing of ETEL products (manufactured in Switzerland), Heidenha... (posted 2014-02-14)

Lafert Wins Green Building Award
Lafert North America’s High Performance Metric Motors won first place in the Green Building category in the annual AHR Innovation A... (posted 2014-02-13)

Josh Treter

Weiss Announces Key Hires
With an aggressive product growth trajectory to coincide with its planned 15,000 square foot manufacturing facility expansion, Weiss rece... (posted 2014-02-12)

AMT Reports Technology Orders End on Strong Note
December U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $491.89 million according to the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). Th... (posted 2014-02-11)

Heidenhain Hires North American Product Manager for Controls
Heidenhain Corporation recently announced the new hire of John Parker as the North American Product Manager for Controls. Bringing nearly... (posted 2014-02-10)

Jeff Moore

Baldor Announces Company Promotions
Baldor Electric Company is pleased to make the following promotion announcements:Jeff Moore has been named vice president of the Baldor&... (posted 2014-02-06)

NFPA Creates Forum for Fluid Power at IFPE 2014
The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) will have a strong presence at IFPE 2014 being held March 4-8, 2014 at the Las Vegas Conventi... (posted 2014-02-05)

ITAMCO Named Autodesk Inventor of the Month
When discussing machinery, let’s consider for a moment the gear: That humble, mechanical cogwheel that quietly goes about its job o... (posted 2014-02-04)

Christi Brazener

Manufacturing Institute Honors Brazener and Wetzel
Bison Gear and Engineering is pleased to announce that two of its associates, Sylvia Wetzel and Christi Brazener, were recently recognize... (posted 2014-02-03)

NEMA Publishes Latest Cable Standards
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published ANSI/NEMA WC 66/ICEA S-116-732-2013 Standard for Category 6 and 6A, 10... (posted 2014-01-31)

Bosch Rexroth Discusses Digital Ordering
By 2016, the sales in e-commerce in Germany are going to grow to almost 30 billion euro. This is predicted by a study of the German Int... (posted 2014-01-30)

PTDA Canadian Conference to Offer Networking and Knowledge
Since its debut in 2002, the PTDA Canadian Conference has become a powerful business conclave for Canada’s power transmission/motio... (posted 2014-01-29)

Siemens Signs Service Contract in Russia
Siemens and Open Joint Stock Company Fortum have signed a long-term service contract for the Nyaganskaya GRES combined cycle power plant ... (posted 2014-01-28)

Macron Dynamics Hires National Sales Manager
Macron Dynamics, Inc., a manufacturer of linear robotic motion systems and belt driven linear actuators, has announced that Michael Giunt... (posted 2014-01-27)

TB Wood's Improves Belt Drive Selector Program
TB Wood’s has recently introduced a new and improved Belt Drive Selector Prorgam. The enhanced online tool allows users to quickly ... (posted 2014-01-24)

ContiTech AG Expands in China
With the acquisition of the business of local manufacturer Taizhou Fuju Rubber Belt Manufacture Co., Ltd., ContiTech AG, Hanover, Germany... (posted 2014-01-23)

Brevini Examines State of U.K. Engineering
It has always been the case that fresh out of college or university; engineering graduates have knowledge gaps which can only be filled w... (posted 2014-01-22)

Serapid Announces Expansion
Serapid Inc. announces its move to a new, larger facility this February. The manufacturer of award winning products based on its exclusiv... (posted 2014-01-21)

Smalley Receives Back-to-Back GM Excellence Awards
For the second consecutive year, Smalley is pleased to have received General Motor’s prestigious GM Suppler Quality Excellence awar... (posted 2014-01-20)

Gear Motions Acquires Niagara Gear Corp.
Gear Motions Inc. has acquired Niagara Gear Corp. in Buffalo, N.Y. Niagara Gear manufactures precision ground spur, helical and pump gear... (posted 2014-01-17)

Stauff Corporation (USA) Names Behling President
Jeff Behling has been named president and CEO of Stauff Corporation (USA). Stauff is a global developer, manufacturer and supplier of hyd... (posted 2014-01-16)

PTDA Welcomes 10 New Members
The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), the association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) dist... (posted 2014-01-15)

Maxon Motor Names COO
As of 1 December 2013, Peter M. Grütter, 47, has been named COO and member of the executive management board of Maxon Motor AG in Sa... (posted 2014-01-14)

Kollmorgen and Segway Team Up for x2 Give Away
Riding (or some say driving), a Segway Personal Transporter (PT) should be on everyone’s bucket list — owning one is an even ... (posted 2014-01-13)

IHS Reports on Motion Control Industry in 2013
Global sales of motion control products recovered in 2013 to reach $12.2 billion, but growth was far too weak to overcome the 2012 market... (posted 2014-01-09)

NEMA Reports on Electroindustry Business Conditions
NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America slipped for the second straight mon... (posted 2014-01-06)

Bosch Rexroth Presents Educational Resource Kits
Bosch Rexroth is offering educational resource kits to help machine builders, systems integrators and manufacturing end-users address eng... (posted 2014-01-02)