9/15/2017

Shop has Measured Many Gears Through the Years

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“Shop Gears Up for Quality” looks at how Forest City Gear went from handwheels on an optical comparator to hitting cycle start on an automated, multi-feature measurement system.

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operators work with gears around the shop

Forest City Gear is well known in metalworking and especially gear making circles. 

 

Forest City Gear, Roscoe, Illinois, went from measuring lot sizes of 100 pieces to an order for 100,000 per year. Inspecting this volume increase manually was out of the question. The shop chose to automate the incoming gear blank inspection.

Shop Gears Up for Quality” looks at how Forest City Gear went from hand wheels on an optical comparator to hitting cycle start on an automated, multi-feature measurement system. This new approach has enabled the shop to meet the production demands from the high-volume requirements of its new customer.

Forest City Gear is 60-plus year-old business that is well known in metalworking and especially gear making circles. Fred Young, who owns the business, doesn’t scrimp on capital equipment. His shop looks like a gear manufacturing trade show with machine tools from around the world that are mostly less than two years old. Click here to read about the new inspection addition for this exceptional shop.


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