Accession Number : ADA183726
Title : Automated Inspection and Precision Grinding of Spiral Bevel Gears
Descriptive Note : Final contractor rept.
Corporate Author : UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP STRATFORD CT SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT DIV
Personal Author(s) : Frint, Harold
Report Date : Jul 1987
Pagination or Media Count : 82
Abstract : This report presents the results of a four-phase MM&T program to define, develop, and evaluate an improved inspection system for spiral bevel gears. The improved method utilizes a multi-axis coordinate measuring machine which maps the working flank of the tooth and compares it to nominal reference values stored in the machine's computer. A unique feature of the system is that corrective grinding machine settings can be automatically calculated and printed out when necessary to correct an errant tooth profile. This new method eliminates most of the subjective decision making involved in the present method, which compares contact patterns obtained when the gear set is run under light load in a rolling test machine. It produces a higher-quality gear with significant inspection time and cost savings.
Descriptors : *GEARS , ROLL , AUTOMATION , MANUFACTURING , DECISION MAKING , COMPUTERS , TEST EQUIPMENT , TIME , COSTS , HELICOPTERS , MEASURING INSTRUMENTS , COORDINATES , PRECISION , INSPECTION , AXES , PATTERNS , MACHINES , SAVINGS , GRINDING , GEAR TEETH , TRANSMISSIONS(MECHANICAL) , GRINDING WHEELS , GRINDERS
Subject Categories : Machinery and Tools
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE