While those without experience within it are often surprised to hear as much, the gear manufacturing world is one that comes with numerous different processes and manufacturing options. Modern technology offers us several viable methods for creating dozens of different gear types using a variety of materials, with the resulting application range also extremely wide.
At Butler Gear, we're proud to offer a variety of custom gear manufacturing methods to meet your every possible gear need, producing gears ranging from bevel and spur gears to pinion gears, herringbone gears and many others. One notable process utilized to create many gear types, and one we also specialize in, is known as gear hobbing - what does this process involve and what are some of the advantages to utilizing it for your gear needs? This two-part blog will go over everything you need to know about the gear hobbing process.
Gear Hobbing Basics
Gear hobbing is a diverse and wide-ranging process that can be used to create several different gear types: Helical, worm and spur gears are some of the most common, but others are possible as well. It's carried out using a special form milling machine, one that contains a tool known simply as a hob.
The hob is the tool that directly generates the teeth for both gears and splines, and it does so with relative simplicity compared to other gear manufacturing types. It allows for high-volume production of these gear types.
Our subsequent sections will look at the advantages of gear hobbing within the spring manufacturing process and why it's one of the single most common methods utilized in this realm.
Speed and Simplicity
Within the gear manufacturing world, speed is a major factor. Many of the common processes utilized take a relatively long time, limiting both volume of production and turnaround time for immediate needs.
Gear hobbing, however, is one of the faster processes available. A big part of the reason for this is how simple the machine is - it's easy to operate and can usually hob multiple units at once if they're stacked on top of each other. On top of this, hobbing machines require very little maintenance or operational attention while they're working. They allow for high-volume production with
quicker turnaround times than most other methods.
Precision and Accuracy
This speed is achieved without any detraction in the precision or quality of the final product. Gear hobbing is done through CNC gear hobbing machines, with automated computers in place to ensure high accuracy in coordination with the operator. Gear hobbing is known to create precise, high-quality gears for a variety of applications.
For more on gear hobbing, or to learn about any of our custom gears, gear grinding or other services, speak to the staff at Butler Gear today.