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Performance of Injection-Molded Plastic Helical Gears Finished by Hot Rolling

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Morimasa Nakamura, Ichiro Moriwaki

Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan

Atsushi Katayama

Panasonic Factory Solutions Co., Ltd., Kadoma, Osaka, Japan

Paper No. DETC2011-47426, pp. 491-495; 5 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 8: 11th International Power Transmission and Gearing Conference; 13th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle and Tire Technologies
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5485-3
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


A hot-roll finishing was proposed as a simple finishing method for plastic gears. In the hot-roll finishing, plastic work gears are finished by meshing with a heated copper die wheel. In the previous study, a hot-roll finishing rig for plastic gears was developed, and it was confirmed that tooth profiles of hobbed plastic gears are improved by the finishing. Thus, the hot-roll finishing could also be effective for injection-molded plastic gears. In the present paper, appropriate hot-roll finishing procedures for injection-molded polyoxymethylene (POM) helical gears were pursued. In the injection molding, an inadequate mold easily allows large slope deviations on a tooth profile and trace. The hot-roll finishing can reduce the slope deviations, but induces form deviations especially on the profile. Tests of injection-molded and hot-roll-finished plastic gears were performed on a self-produced gear roller test rig and a self-produced fatigue rig, and a transmission error and load capacity were estimated. Compared with injection-molded gears, hot-roll-finished plastic gears showed small transmission error, while a load capacity was at the almost same level. As a result, the hot-roll finishing is effective for improving a transmission error of injection-molded plastic gears.

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