Avon Gear


Phone: (586) 884-2200
Fax: (586) 884-2237
Email: avon@avon-gear.com

Capabilities

What makes Avon Gear unique, in addition to a can-do aggressive attitude, is the variety and extent of our capabilities. While the capabilities listed below exceed those of most companies in the marketplace, Avon refuses to stand still, and instead continues to invest in the latest technologies to meet customer needs and new market opportunities. The solid backing of our Japanese parent company has allowed Avon Gear to continually set the bar in metal cutting technology, and acquire unique capabilities to surpass the competition. Avon Gear has equipment that not only can do things our competitors can’t, but also has the knowledge to do them more efficiently.

High Precision Gears

Avon Gear Company produces gears inspected to AGMA 2015 and all products are held to rigorous quality standards per TS 16949. We are able to produce gears with up to a 10 inch face width and a 36 inch pitch diameter. With state-of-the-art machinery, Avon is also able to go down to 2 D.P. (12.7 module). Avon recently invested in four Mitsubishi ST40 gear shapers to further increase our competitive advantage. Some of the gears Avon provides include:

  • Sun Gears
  • Helical Gears
  • High Contact Ratio Gears (HCR Gears)
  • Spur Gears
  • Planet Gears
  • Ring Gears

Splines

In addition to gears, Avon Gear Company provides both standard and helical splines. In fact, our Mitsubishi ST40’s have the latest in programmable helical guide technology, which means that any helix angle up to 45 degrees can be cut on splines or gears without the need for expensive dedicated tooling. Our machinery can manufacture splines up to 36 inches in diameter, with shafts up to 52 inches in length.

Axle Shafts

Axle Shafts from Avon Gear Company can be up to 18 inches in diameter and 80 inches long. Steel axle shafts can be produced to bearing quality surfaces. For added peace of mind, our in-house inspection lab helps ensure that only high quality shafts leave the facility.

Large Diameter CNC Machining

Avon Gear Company has 21 large diameter CNC lathes in-house (ranging from 650mm-1550mm), and the largest diameter turning capacity in Michigan. The expertise of Avon’s employees is coupled with a Mazak Integrex 1550 – one of only two in Michigan – to provide high quality, efficient machining. With its 5-axis capability, the Mazak Integrex 1550 can perform turning, drilling, milling and hobbing all in one. It has the capacity to machine up to 72 inches in diameter and up to a 54 inch length of cut (z-stroke).

In addition to the Mazak Integrex 1550, Avon Gear is home to North America’s only Mazak Integrex 1060 with RamTech. This unique machine has a sub-spindle ram that allows it to perform internal milling and drilling work in large castings. This means we can now machine complex internal shapes or features that could not otherwise be produced, or were not previously considered feasible. We can also perform deep hole boring on ram, which maintains tight internal tolerances, and can be especially useful for thin wall applications.

Depending on customer needs, Avon also has the ability to do hard turning in lieu of grinding, yet achieve similar results. This results in a cost savings for the customer – as it is more efficient.

Housings

Avon can provide housings up to 72 inches in diameter – suitable for almost any industry application. An example of our competitive superiority in this product category is the ability to drill a 1” diameter hole 12” deep in 50 seconds. In addition, 3 in-house balancing machines provide optimal performance. Some of the housing options from Avon Gear include:

  • Rotating Housings
  • Lock Up Housings
  • Rotating Housings without Splines
  • Lock Up Torque Converter Housings
  • Large Clutch Housings
  • Clutch Housings with Splines
  • Standard Torque Converter Housings

Sub Assemblies

As part of our goal to meet customers’ needs in-house, Avon Gear provides a variety of sub-assemblies. Assemblies available from Avon Gear include:

  • Riveted Assemblies
  • Bolted Assemblies
  • Turbine Assemblies
  • Stator Assemblies
  • Laser welded Assemblies.

Engineering

Expand your team with Avon Gear. From concept to production, we can provide a turn-key solution. We excel in initial collaboration to provide start-to-finish product management, and the depth of this staff includes an in-house transmission design engineer to help provide value engineering expertise and advice. This collaborative approach to design for manufacturability reduces customer time and cost, while maintaining the highest quality standards.

Strategic Partnerships

Avon Gear is able to furnish a variety of services in-house in order to save our customers the time, hassle and expense that comes with transferring parts between multiple suppliers. For those services that Avon does not provide (such as heat treating and plating), we have long-standing relationships with companies that offer those capabilities. All of Avon Gear’s partners perform the same level of quality certified work as Avon Gear itself. Instead of dealing with multiple companies, our customers have a single point of contact / Program Manager. For those customers that require it, Avon Gear also has strategic partnerships in low-cost countries, with quality validated by Avon’s in-house CMM inspection lab.