 A gear is a wheel with teeth along its rim.
 It is used to transmit power from one shaft to another.

Production of Gears  Broaching  Hobbing  Shaping  Milling  Lapping  Plastic Injection Molding  Powder Metal Sintering  Forging  Casting .

. Both the hob and the workpiece revolve constantly as the hob is fed across the face width of the gear blank.GEAR HOBBING  Gear hobbing is a multipoint machining process in which gear teeth are progressively generated by a series of cuts with a cutting tool known as hob.

Process Characteristics  Is a gear generating process that uses a hob cutter  Cutters and blanks rotate in a timed relationship  Maintains a proportional feed rate between the gear blank and the hob  Cuts several teeth on a progressive basis used for high production runs .

Gear Production Parameters  Feed rate  Indexing head Index and feed change gears establish the definite relationship for a specific gear. .

 Speed change gears can be changed without affecting the relationship between hob. . and the amount and direction of feed that enables the gear to be cut. work and feed. the rotation of the work . Indexing The relationship between the rotation of the hob.

. the cutter makes a definite number of revolution in the same period of time.Indexing Head  The cutter spindle mounted on swirling head is connected through toothed gearing of different combinations to the table upon which the blank is carried  For each revolution of the table and blank.

Indexing Movements The movements of indexing head is controlled by following to main components  Indexing Gearing  Feed Gearing .

Indexing Gearing  The driving shaft and the table upon which the blank is mounted both fixed and change gear wheels are usually employed. = No.of teeth to be cut in blank .of teeth in drivenwheels No.of theads in cutter x Constant quantity.  Generally for spur gears No.of teeth in driving wheels No.

of teeth in driving wheels Feed per is defined as the movement of the cutter with respect to the blank per revolution ot the blank and table. of blank x No.Feed Gearing  Controls the feed of the cutter relatively to the blank.  For spur gears No. .in direction parallel to axis of latter.of teeth in driven wheels No of teeth to be cut in blank x Const.of threads in cutter = No.

to decide correct change gears  Machine index constant  Machine feed constant .Relationship between index & feed To maintain desired relationship between index and feed there are two constant.

Machine Index Constant  The machine index constant is the number of revolutions of the hob spindle during one revolution of the work spindle For spur gears Index gear ratio = KT N K= machine index constant T= number of threads on hob N= number of teeth on gear .

Machine Feed Constant The machine feed constant is the distance in inches which the hob slide will advance during one revolution of the work spindle when the ratio of the feed change gear is 1:1 Feed gear ratio = F M  F= feed in per revolution of the work  M= machine feed constant .

INDEXING FIXTURE  The index fixture consists of an index head. also called a dividing head  Footstock which is similar to the tailstock of a lathe.  The index head and footstock attach to the worktable of the milling machine by T-slot bolts .


boltheads. the spacing necessary for most gears.Index Plate  The indexing plate is a round plate with a series of six or more circles of equally spaced holes. and so forth can be obtained.  The index pin on the crank can be inserted in any hole in any circle. splines. milling cutters. .  The interchangeable plates regularly furnished with most index heads.

Types of indexing  Direct indexing  Indirect indexing  Differential indexing .

Indexing data = N T  N – No. of holes in Indexing Plate  T – No. 8. 3.Direct Indexing  To perform this type of indexing.the worm shaft must be disengaged from the worm gear wheel. 12. 4. 2) can be produced with this plates.  Most direct indexing plate have 24 holes. 6. all divisions of which 24 is a divisible (24. of required divisions .

30. 29. 43. 36. 49. 33. 53. 37. 51. Indexing data = 40 N (number of required divisions) Indexing plates which are available:  Plate 1 16. 41. 47. 28. 59  Plate 3 23.Indirect Indexing  The indexing data or the number of turns of the crank for most division. 63  Plate 2 22. 27. 39. 24. 31. 61 . 57. 25. it is necessary only to divide 40 by the number of divisions to be cut.

. a differential index head is used. The index crank is connected to the wormshaft by a train of gears instead of a direct coupling as with simple indexing.  To obtain these divisions.Differential Indexing  Sometimes. a number of divisions is required which cannot be obtained by simple indexing with the index plates regularly supplied.

Indexing In Degrees  Workpieces can be indexed in degrees as well as fractions of a turn with the usual index head. . 1/9 turn of the crank rotates the spindle 1 degree. Workpieces can therefore be indexed in degrees by using a circle of holes divisible by 9.  Therefore.  There are 360 degrees in a complete circle and one turn of the index crank revolves the spindle 1/40 or 9 degrees.

the blank moves one tooth space while the hob rotates once the rotation is timed by means of change gears .Hob work rotation relationship Spur gears  For spur gears with a single thread hob.

Helical gears  For helical gears.and the feed is also held in a definite relationship with the work and the hob .the rotaion of the work is silightly retarted or advanced in relationship to the rotation of the hob.

for example. if the gear ratio is 40:1 the hob rotates 40 times to each turn of the blank. . which produces 40 teeth in the blank.Application  Application in Gear Hobbing Machine  The two shafts (Hob spindle and work piece spindle) are rotated at a proportional ratio  This determines the number of teeth on the blank.