World renowned Victorian gear manufacturer Ronson Gears was recently honoured with the 2013 Endeavour Awards ‘Significant Achievement Award’.
Beginning as a small workshop with a lathe and a gear hobbing machine, the company - founded by Ronald New in 1954 - has established an international reputation for innovation and precision engineering excellence. Moving to new premises in Highett Victoria in 1967, the company has continued to expand and invest in world leading precision machinery and technology.
Ronson’s precision gears address requirements in a range of industries including agriculture, aerospace, automotive, defence, energy, medical, mining and rail. Spanning innovative engineering and custom made solutions, their product range includes spur and helical gears, precision profile ground gearing, gear racks, straight tooth mitre gears and bevel gears, internal gears, internal and external splines, custom-built gearboxes, worms and worm gears, sprockets, serrations, ratchets and timing pulleys.
The company also specialises in broaching, tooth rounding, tooth chamfering, gear inspection and analysis, specialised gearboxes, hob and cutter sharpening services and CNC wire cutting.
Ronson’s finished products end up in applications such as pumps, exciter gearboxes, rail traction motors, sugarcane harvesters, underground and above ground mining vehicles, industrial gearboxes, aftermarket 4WD differential gear boxes, lifting mechanisms on waste trucks, deep core drilling gearboxes, rock drilling applications, cranes, hoists, defence applications and gearboxes for sliding doors in commercial buildings among many others.
According to Gavin New, Sales & Marketing at Ronson Gears, their manufacturing is done to exacting international standards such as ISO, AGMA and DIN; at every stage of production the process is verified to ensure a total focus on quality and service.
Okuma has been an important equipment partner for Ronson over a long period of time with the first Okuma CNC machine commissioned more than 30 years ago and still in service today. Ronson’s manufacturing facility employs an extensive range of state-of-the-art machinery from Okuma including seven CNC lathes, CNC milling and Fanuc wire cutting machines. The most recent Okuma machine commissioned is an ACE Centre Model MB-56VA CNC milling machine, now playing a critical role in ensuring high precision standards as well as fast economic benefits for Ronson.
Materials machined by Ronson Gears include case hardened steels (8620, 18CrNiMo7-6, EN36A), high tensile steels (4140, 4340), carbon steels (1045), nylon, aluminium and stainless steels. Diameters range from 5mm to 425mm in the Okuma lathes, and they are often used to hard turn bores to tolerances of 10 microns. The Okuma Ace Centre is often used to perform high speed milling of stainless steel at a hardness of 40Rc and also to achieve positional tolerances on planet carriers of approximately 10 microns.
Gavin New acknowledges the role played by the highly accurate Okuma lathes and machining centres in Ronson Gears’ ability to deliver finished precision gearing to the customer’s satisfaction.
Okuma Australia Pty Ltd, Managing Director Phil Hayes comments that Ronson Gears is a classic example of Australian business skill, careful research and development into their specific and demanding field of gear technology and production. He adds that the Endeavour Awards ‘Significant Achievement Award’ is a worthy one for a great local company.
This most recent award recognises Ronson Gears’ significant achievements in increasing productivity, innovation, sustainability and competitiveness on the international market. Embracing TXM Lean Solutions, Visual and 5S systems has resulted in improved lead times on short and long production runs that have been applauded by Ronson Gear’s customers at home and abroad.
Ronson Gears also identified new growth markets and improved planning systems with the support of Enterprise Connect Business Review, resulting in an impressive spike in export sales of more than 270% over the last twelve months.