Hewland Engineering expands grinding capacity

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Hewland Engineering has announced the addition of a Klingelnberg Oerlikon G60 spiral bevel gear grinding machine to its extensive portfolio of equipment. According to Hewland, the Klingelnberg’s advanced KIMOS closed loop manufacturing system, enables the manufacturing of ‘efficient, durable gears’.

Now completing its first components, Hewland also states that the new machine will ‘herald a new era of performance for Hewland clients, offering considerable improvements in efficiency, reduced gearbox temperatures and above all, substantially increased component life’.

The new machine is capable of grinding forms up to 600mm in diameter, with a consistent grind to DIN4 standard and above. Other capabilities include the ability to grind spiral, hypoid and zerol bevel forms, whilst the aforementioned ‘closed loop KIMOS system’ reduces manufacturing errors. 

A further expantion to Hewlands gear inspection capabilities, include an all-new Klingelnberg P65 gear measuring centre that can measure gear profiles up to 650mm in diameter. This is set to work in tandem with the G60 to ‘offer vastly improved spiral bevel accuracy and consistency’.

The benefits of the new machinary also extend to bespoke and made-to-drawing applications. The new software is claimed to help reduce setup times, with onmachine dress-able grinding wheels negating the need for bespoke tooling.

“Driven by a desire for increasingly efficient and durable transmission solutions, this latest investment will deliver consistent and highly accurate bevel gears for Motorsport, Defence, Marine and Aerospace applications,” commented William Hewland, company chairman. “Also boosting our manufacturing capabilities, the new precision grinding suite will ensure we continue to expand our offering of high-specification yet cost-sensitive make-to-print services.”

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