Thursday, March 13, 2014

Right Angle Gearbox Comparison: Hypoid Gear Technology vs. Planetary Bevel

right angle gearbox hypoid

Right angle gearboxes using hypoid gear technology offer several mechanical advantages compared to gearboxes using a planetary bevel gear combination.  Hypoid gearboxes achieve gear ratios up to 15:1 in a single stage and still yield mechanical efficiencies up to 96% depending upon the ratio throughout the speed range.  Planetary bevel gearboxes can be just as efficient, however they require two to three gear stages regardless of ratio which results in a much larger footprint.

Right angle gear reducer hypoid

The hypoid gearset is spatially efficient because its component parts are compact individually, and
their “overlapping” mesh geometry helps to minimize the mass of both moving components and the support housing. The hypoid gear design is also thermally efficient, so the housing can be kept smaller and free of heat-dispersing elements (cooling fans/aluminum fins). A single-piece cast aluminum construction for the housing keeps the weight low with maximum rigidity.  The result is a gearbox that by itself is compact and lightweight.  Compared to standard right angle gearboxes, the Dyna Series hypoid gear reducer as shown above has a more compact profile that fits into smaller spaces. And the low mass of the moving components minimizes running inertia.   

For more information on the GAM Dyna Series Hypoid Right Angle Gear Reducer 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Students From Local John Hersey High School Visit GAM

GAM Gear - High School Students Tour GAM Manufacturing

Students from local John Hersey High School (District 214) visited GAM as a part of their Career Trek curriculum.  Career Trek is a program that gives students the opportunity to visit actual companies in professions they are interested in and expose them to what a potential career may be like.  These particular students enjoy building things with their hands and have shown an interest in manufacturing.
As noted in a recent Forbes article, right now, "there are over 600,000 unfilled manufacturing jobs in America.  And in order to fill those jobs, we need to invest more in STEM education programs that engage and prepare American students for these careers".  The Career Trek is a great example of what a STEM program can do.  The day started off with a presentation that reviewed manufacturing processes, job outlook, compensation, skills required for a career in manufacturing, and Q&A with GAM machinists.

GAM Gear Manufacturing
After the presentation, the students toured GAM's facility where they saw how gear reducers and servo couplings are manufactured.  They got to watch modern CNC machines in action transforming raw material into finished products.

High School Students Tour GAM Manufacturing
Safety glasses (and goggles) are a must at GAM

By the end of the day, students had an understanding of what a career in manufacturing can be like, along with the critical skills and training that can give them an edge when they enter the job market.  A few days after the tour, we received great news that several students went directly to their guidance counselors to sign up for manufacturing classes for their schedules next year.  Who knows, maybe they will return to GAM in a few years as an intern or an actual employee.  For more information about internship opportunities available at GAM, please contact

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Meet the Newest Members of the GAM Team

We are focused on growth at GAM.  But in order to grow properly, you need the right people, processes, and technology.  And while processes and technology are extremely critical, people are the most essential part of that equation.  Meet the newest members of the team that are helping to take GAM to the next level:

Jeanne - Materials Manager - Jeanne comes to GAM with 28 years of manufacturing experience.  Her leadership and strong background in planning, purchasing, and materials management have already made a great impact at GAM.  She is thoroughly knowledgeable in Project Management, ERP Implementations, Supply Chain Optimization, MRP, Kanban, and Strategic Planning.  Outside of work, Jeanne enjoys fishing.

Austin- Assembly and Shipping - After starting in the coupling cell, he was quickly promoted to gearbox assembly after demonstrating a strong mechanical aptitude.  He takes pride in fully understanding each job and doing it right the first time.  Outside of work, Austin enjoys basketball, volleyball, hunting and fishing.

Ron - Manufacturing - Ron comes to GAM with over 15 years of manufacturing experience.  He is mechanically inclined and skilled in CNC manufacturing setups.  As he gets more familiar with GAM's machines, he hopes to learn CNC programming.  Outside of work, Ron enjoys relaxing.

Jesus - Manufacturing -  Jesus is new to the workforce and is eager to learn and operate all of the machines at GAM.  His attitude and adaptability make him a great fit for our culture.  Outside of work, Jesus enjoys spending time with his family and playing soccer.