New Gleason OPTI-FORM® Honing Wheels reduce initial dressing time by up to 50%, deliver increased tool life

July 23, 2010

Rochester, New York, July 23, 2010—Gleason has introduced a new series of Opti-Form®  Honing Wheels that reduce the time typically required to perform the initial tool dressing by as much as 50%, while at the same time improving both the tool life of the honing wheel and the master gear used for dressing.

Conventional honing wheels generally require a slow, tedious initial dressing process to finish form the wheel with the required gear tooth characteristics.   This can take as long as 45 minutes to complete, during which the honing machine is not producing parts.   But by using the new Gleason Opti-Form® Honing Wheels, end users can eliminate as much as 50% of this time, since the wheels arrive with critical features like profile, lead crowning and low run-out already produced in advance using an exclusive process developed by Gleason-HURTH.   As a result, the wheel requires only a minimal amount of dressing and stock removal before it’s ready to go into production.    The end result is a honing wheel that is much faster to condition and inherently more accurate, and with an increase in useable diameter and corresponding tool life.  In addition, the diamond-plated dressing gear experiences less wear per initial dressing, increasing its tool life as well.

Gleason’s series of Opti-Form® Honing Wheels are designed for versatility as well. Outside diameters range from 270 mm to 400 mm, widths up 60 mm, modules from 0.8 to 5 mm, and with a variety of materials to choose from to meet the requirements of a wide range of applications, and use on most modern Gleason and non-Gleason machines. 

The new series of Opti-Form® Honing Wheels are just the latest addition to Gleason’s line of gear cutting and finishing tooling, the broadest, most diverse line of products in the industry.

Gleason is a global leader in the gear honing process including a line of machines using the Spheric® Honing process, dressing tools and honing wheels. The Company's new 150SPH honing machine has raised dramatically reduced production times and tool costs.

Gleason Corporation’s mission is to be The Total Gear Solutions Provider™ to its global customer base.  Gleason is a world leader in the development, manufacture and sale of gear production machinery and related equipment. The Company’s products are used by customers in automotive, truck, aircraft, agriculture, mining, windpower, construction, power tool and marine industries and by a diverse set of customers serving various industrial equipment markets. Gleason has manufacturing operations in Rochester, New York; Rockford, Illinois; Dayton, Ohio; Plymouth, England; Munich and Ludwigsburg, Germany; Studen, Switzerland; Bangalore; India, and Suzhou, China and has sales and service offices throughout North and South America, Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region.

More information about Gleason Corporation is available on the World Wide Web at www.gleason.com

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