P16665: Gleason Hobbing Machine Force Applicator


Project Summary Project Information

The hobbing process is a method of generating gears where both workpiece and machine tool rotate simultaneously. When creating gears in a manufacturing process, the importance of maintaining product quality and meeting the required tolerances of said gear allows the manufacturer to be competitive in the machining market. A great influence on final product quality can be caused by the stiffness of the hobbing machine frame(s). As such, a system that is capable of applying the forces experienced during the hobbing process to the machine (static and dynamic) in a controlled and repeatable manner is desired. Currently, the Gleason hobbing machines stiffness is measured through the use of a rudimentary test fixture.

The goals of the project are to analyze the current design and to create a more robust device capable of producing multi-axial static loads comparable to process loads. The following project will seek to improve device functionality through improved ease of use, repeatability of the process, and accuracy in applying a static load in three dimensions. The resulting design and prototype should be able to provide the desired forces in the desired directions as well as to the desired components. It should be able to do this in a controlled and repeatable manner. The prototype should be able to withstand normal manufacturing environments as it should mount within the confines of the machine while it is in an operating mode. Weight and complexity of the system should be designed to appropriate human engineering standards and to allow ease of use.

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Project Readiness Package

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MSD I - Phase One: Problem Definition

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Final Results

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Project Name
Gleason Hobbing Machine Force Applicator, Static Load
Project Number
Project Family
Gleason Hobbing Machine Force Applicator
Start Term
Fall 2015
End Term
Spring 2016
Faculty Guide
Gary Werth, gdwddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Gleason Works
Customer Contact
Mike Walker
Other Stakeholders
Dr. Rui Liu
Sponsor (financial support)
Gleason Works (Mike Walker)

Team Members

Peter, Nicholas, Adel, Vincent, Joseph (left to right)

Peter, Nicholas, Adel, Vincent, Joseph (left to right)

Member Role Contact
Nicholas Cocca Engineering Lead npc7697@rit.edu
Vincent Forrester Purchasing vmf8008@rit.edu
Peter Hajosch Project Lead pjh5717@rit.edu
Joseph Schmitt Facilitator jbs3288@rit.edu
Adel Yasin Design Lead axy3878@rit.edu

Table of Contents


Project Management

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Work Breakdown Structure

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Subsystem Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation