Gleason and SMT Partnership Provides Engineers With a Complete Design, Analysis and Manufacture System for Bevel and Hypoid Gears

Mar 17, 2014

March 17, 2014 - Gleason Corporation (Rochester, New York) and Smart Manufacturing Technology Ltd. (SMT) (Nottingham, UK), have today announced the release of the first phase of their strategic global partnership. New versions of SMT’s premier full-system transmission design and analysis software (MASTA) and Gleason’s industry-leading software for bevel and hypoid gear design and manufacture (CAGE™) are now available with a seamless link between the two packages. Together these provide a new design-to-manufacture solution for bevel and hypoid gears with significant performance advantages and cost savings over current processes.

For the first time, gear manufacturers can now benefit from an integrated workflow that fully considers the design geometry of bevel and hypoid gear tooth flanks, via the manufacturing machine settings, within the context of the full system.

Full-system durability and NVH analyses can be performed easily at any stage to help solve bevel and hypoid noise problems while gear flank geometry can be quickly optimized by performing system-level Loaded Tooth Contact Analysis.

This improved virtual analysis and testing helps avoid the costs associated with repeated manufacturing and testing of prototype gears, saving customers both time and money.

The new software will be formally unveiled to the public at the Gear Solutions Forum at Gleason-Pfauter Maschinenfabrik GmbH, April 1-3, in Ludwigsburg, Germany.  John J. Perrotti, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gleason Corporation says, “Gear designers and producers have typically lived with many different software packages to satisfy their needs from design through production.  Our new software offerings developed in collaboration with SMT for bevel and hypoid gears takes an important step towards delivering these solutions in a more integrated way.”

David Beedan, Operations Director of Smart Manufacturing Technology, adds, “The joint vision of our partnership with Gleason was to allow MASTA and CAGE to work as if one product, best utilizing the strengths of both products. This first collaborative installment does just that; indeed this marks a revolution in bevel and hypoid gear design-to-manufacture and we look forward to working with Gleason to bring further improvements to the design-to-manufacture process for the benefit of engineers worldwide.”

About Gleason Corporation

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, wind power, construction, power tool and marine industries and by a diverse set of customers serving various industrial equipment markets. Gleason has manufacturing operations in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, India, China and Japan, and has sales and service offices throughout North and South America, Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region.

About SMT

Smart Manufacturing Technology (SMT) is a world leading supplier of tools, procedures and expertise for the design, analysis and development of complete transmission and driveline systems.  Users of SMT’s MASTA software include a large number of blue-chip companies worldwide, operating in a diverse range of market sectors including automotive, defense, wind power, mining and industrial machinery.