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Project SummaryA gear loader jaw assembly is responsible for holding a gear blank while being transferred in and out of the work chamber of the Gleason machine. This is typically part of an automation option for high production use at companies like Ford and GM. Currently Gleason inspects individual components of the gear jaws but doesn't inspect the final assemblies. This has led to machining errors at the customer level due to tolerance stacks and other factors.
The purpose of this project is to develop an inspection process at the loader jaw assembly level which will prevent the sale of defective hardware to Gleason customers. The goal is to then design and create a fixture and process to identify assembly errors prior to shipment for three specified Gleason machines. The expected end result is to have an inspection station that meets Gleason’s needs, while also being versatile, secure, accurate, repeatable, and easy to use. The inspection station will have the capability to replicate multiple “in production” Gleason machine models. Results from the inspection data will be used to improve the design and manufacturing processes for future loader equipment orders.