KISSsoft AG News
Wednesday, 13. July 2016
Nothing replaces personal contact, especially in our industry. And many things are best discussed in face-to-face meetings. To create these opportunities we offer training courses and seminars - direct transfer of knowledge, so to speak. Our priority is to promote the exchange of information, as our motto states: Let us share knowledge.
So, have a look at our 2016 Training Program and contact us if you see something that sparks your interest, or register for one of your preferred topics online right now.
And, if you arrange a personal meeting with us, you will also have an opportunity to meet the latest additions to our team, a family of alpacas who have come all the way from the Andes in South America to make their home in Bubikon, where they are always delighted to greet our visitors.
Tuesday, 21. June 2016
So, are you interested in learning more? Then simply sign up for our free web demo about 3D modeling on 14th of July. It also covers how to take load spectra into account, and how to calculate system properties.
Would you like to find out more about KISSsys functionalities for quickly sizing entire drive trains? Our training courses (held in English) e.g. Basic Training, which runs from 30th of August to 1st of September, and Planetary Stage Gearboxes, which runs from the 6th to the 7th of December, are the ideal opportunityies to attend and learn from our software experts.
Thursday, 19. May 2016
By cooperation between SKF and KISSsoft, all future releases of KISSsoft will include an updated bearing database from SKF. The previous KISSsoft database contained 4'000 SKF bearings - the new release contains 11'500 bearings as shown in the latest catalogue.
In case of major changes to the catalogue by SKF, KISSsoft can deliver a new database to the customer with patch files.
This collaboration ensures that KISSsoft users are able to design gearboxes using up-to-date bearing range and bearing catalogue data.
Friday, 22. April 2016
- Massive simplification of 3D modeling in KISSsys
- Enhanced evaluation of planet carrier deformation
- FE calculation of the gear body
- VDI 2737 (2016) – load capacity of the tooth root with influence of the gear rim
- Bevel gear contact analysis with shaft influence
- And much more ...
You do not have the time to visit us in Hanover? So just request a free test version or even better: Take part in our web-based demonstration on the 19th of May which is held by one of our software specialists – there you will get more information about the features of our new KISSsoft Release 03/2016!
PS: Are you already a customer with maintenance contract? Then you will receive the update in May!
Friday, 18. March 2016
GOST 21354-87 for manufacturing tolerances, and GOST 1643-81 for tooth thickness allowances of cylindrical gears are now also available.
The existing calculation methods have been extended by the ISO 13691 standard ("high-speed special-purpose gear units").
For the VDI 2736, seven new plastics have been added for high temperature applications with SN-curve data.
Tuesday, 23. February 2016
KISSsoft‘s specialists provide regular training courses to guarantee our users have this know-how at their fingertips:
- Introductory courses for quickly getting to grips with the software‘s basic functions and the standards on which it is based
- Advanced courses for optimization strategies
- Courses on selected specialist topics
- In English on the 8th - 10th of March 2016 at the Cranfield University, UK
- In German on the 23rd - 25th of May 2016 at the TZR - Technology Center Ruhr in Bochum, Germany
Friday, 12. February 2016
If you want to find out more about the new features of our software or if you are interested in a test license, please send an e-mail. We look forward to hearing your feedback!
Let us share knowledge.
Monday, 25. January 2016
- Is your material list too long? You turn on and hide data base entries.
- Do you have designed a tooth geometry, but you have no suitable tool for it? Define your list of cutters in a text file and bring more consistency in your calculations.
- Are you missing entries in the standard reports or are they way too extensive? Do you prefer working with tables? KISSsoft offers you the possibility to adapt standard reports or even to create completely customized special reports.
- Do you often work with Excel? Do you like writing macros? With the COM interface, you can access KISSsoft from external programs, automatically enter data, launch calculations and output results – and all this is possible in the background!
Tuesday, 22. December 2015
We say goodbye to you from the 24th December due to our winter holidays and are back again for you from 4th of January 2016 newly refreshed! At this point, we would like to thank our customers, partners and friends for a successful 2015 and the confidence you have shown in us.
We wish you all a peaceful end of the year and a Happy New 2016 - to a great future collaboration!
Tuesday, 08. December 2015
In the static proof, which takes into account peak loads, the nominal power is multipiled with a load factor. This load factor is defined depending on the application case. The dynamic proof takes different notch factors into account and uses the shape modification hypothesis method (von Mises) to perform the evaluation.
The material properties that can be used in these calculations are derived from the material core hardness, which can now be input in KISSsoft.
Wednesday, 18. November 2015
In the KISSsoft fine sizing functions, it is now possible to vary even more parameters, such as tooth depth or tip and root angle. Values for overlapping, demoldability etc. are also now displayed in the fine sizing results table.
A new feature here is that these parameters are displayed for the inside and back side of the tooth, in addition to the previous values in the middle. This now enables the user to check his sizing in a number of positions and select or reject specific solutions.
Thursday, 29. October 2015
The resulting shaft displacements cause a misalignment of toothing and have therefore a significant effect on the gear optimization, in particular when resilient housings and high forces are involved.
A reference project using the example of a shifted transmission of a motorcycle manufacturer in cooperation with the company CADFEM was recently presented at the KISSsoft User Meeting 2015 and can be requested, in case of interest, as power point presentation (in English) at info@KISSsoft.AG.
Wednesday, 07. October 2015
Besides including a variety of updated and extended tables for material properties and coefficient of friction, also cases of – over the yield point tightened – bolts are now considered in the calculation method. Moreover, the load factor in the case of tapped-thread joints are newly defined and an additional deformation component was specified for the connection area of the bolt.
Furthermore, a new FEM modeling method 'model class III' (only forces and torques, without resilience) has been added to the KISSsoft bolt module (module SPK). This function is applied, for example, to the CADFEM/KISSsoft plug-in Bolt Assessment inside ANSYS.
Thursday, 03. September 2015
The power losses as well as the dissipated heat can be adjusted to the measurement results with individual correction factors. The outcome for this is a very reliable basis for thermal calculations of gearboxes with similar designs.
Furthermore, the possibility of the determination of the temperature course was added. The temperature course is calculated on the basis of a load spectrum or a driving cycle and allows the evaluation of the maximum temperature occurring during operation.
Tuesday, 18. August 2015
The KISSsys models are selected from the tree structure and the corresponding loads are defined. Not only the speed and torque parameters, but also load spectra as well as radial and axial loads can be specified.
With a single click, the gearbox is calculated and a report is created with service life, safeties, efficiency and other results. This report can then be further used in PDF format.
The models are located on the web server of the company’s network and the application is password-protected - so that all data is secure.
Contact us for a demonstration of the application and handling of KISSsysWeb.
Thursday, 23. July 2015
Either single or double walled planet carrier designs can be selected. In the process, the node coordinates and deformations can either be input directly (picked from an external FEM analysis) or determined using an integrated FE calculation. So, KISSsoft now has an option for dimensioning the planet carrier and using an open source FE library to calculate the planet pin deformation (module ZA36).
Thursday, 25. June 2015
A method for sizing topological modifications for bevel gears is also now available (module ZC13). Starting with the measurement grid data (in Klingelnberg or Gleason format), the modification is calculated so that the bevel gear's topology is identical to the target bevel gear. This means, it is now possible to re-engineer an existing set of bevel gears, which is very useful when repairs are required or if parts need to be replaced.
Wednesday, 20. May 2015
The ISO Committee is currently working on the ISO/DTR 19042 calculation standard for cylindrical gears. This standard includes a method for performing the calculation with simplified load assumptions (Method B) and a local process, which makes it possible to analyze the risk of damage across the entire meshing (Method A). In the new KISSsoft Release 03/2015, both methods are available to users.
Tuesday, 28. April 2015
The KISSsoft User Conference will include one day with presentations from Dr. Ulrich Kissling and Hanspeter Dinner, the second day will contain lectures by Indian gear professionals.
The goal of the event is to assemble engineers, academicians, senior management related to the gearing/transmission industry. For any further assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
We are looking forward to meeting you at this exciting event!
Saturday, 11. April 2015
- Risk assessment of flank fracture for cylindrical gears according to ISO/DTR 19042
- Contact analysis under load for bevel gears considering flank modifications
- Evaluation of planet carrier deformation with integrated FE calculation
- Consideration of housing stiffness in KISSsys and its influence
- Calculation of eigenfrequencies and modes in shaft systems
- And many more ...
PS: Are you already a customer with maintenance contract? Then you will receive the update still in April!
Thursday, 26. March 2015
Furthermore, it is currently possible to consider the load and speed direction of each element separately. For the flank calculation, optionally just positive load elements can be considered. For the root calculation, the alternating bending factor is considered with 0.7.
Finally, the load spectra calculation is also available for beveloid gears.
The calculation of load spectra in KISSsys (module SYS or GPK) can now be performed for several kinematics in one step. The values of the load elements are shown in an additional table.
In the upcoming KISSsoft version 03/2015 which is released at the industrial fair in Hanover in April, additional detailed information about damage calculation of gears, shafts and bearings are available. Keep on being curious and visit us at the HANNOVER MESSE 2015 in hall 25 at booth H18!
Thursday, 05. March 2015
Additionally, a new dialog is available which allows the user to define the number of slices for the calculation of load distribution. This allows, among other things, a faster calculation for planetary gears.
Based on the effective gaping in the tooth mesh, the optimal flank modification is now delivered. The flank line modification is considering the bending and torsion components of the shaft deformation.
Finally, the sizing of lengthwise crowning and helix angle modification is currently possible under consideration of the axis misalignments. The modification values are therefore calculated using the exact method ISO 6336-1, Annex E.
Tuesday, 10. February 2015
Finally, for measurements over pins with small pin diameter, the display option for graphs was enhanced and shows now under ‘2D Geometry/Tooth form/Gear 1,2/Normal section (gap)’ clearly the flattened pin and measure circuit diameter.
Wednesday, 21. January 2015
In the graphic presentations, the location of the calculated strength cross sections is displayed in the graphic 'Strength'. A new graphic under 'Shaft/3D Display/Deformation (Bending)' also illustrates the bending lines and shaft forces in 3D.
In the upcoming KISSsoft Release 03/2015, these highlights of the shaft calculation have been expanded even further: If you want to get to know them and are interested in the beta version, please send us an e-mail and we will send you a trial license back. We look forward to receiving your feedback!
Thursday, 11. December 2014
As part of our effort to ensure quality control, we have recalculated all the examples with KISSsoft (module ZA32) and came to matching results. This recalculation in document form is also available for you.
We say goodbye to you from the 24th December due to our winter holidays and are back again for you from 5th of January 2015 newly refreshed! At this point, we would like to thank our customers, partners and friends for a successful 2014 and the confidence you have shown in us.
To a splendid further collaboration and for all of you Happy Holidays!
Friday, 28. November 2014
With the "Efficiency Template", available for KISSsys, the efficiency calculation and thermal analysis in accordance with ISO/TR 14179 are carried out for all types of transmissions and drive trains. In addition, the template now includes a large number of new functionalities, which meet the requirements of the industry.
With the integrated programming language in KISSsys, own modifications of the calculation code can be made. Improvements of the gear design and the required cooler power are therefore much more purposefully and easily definable by the user.
If you are interested in a trial version or in a detailed manual, just contact us – or visit our booth K09 at the CTI Automotive Transmission Symposium in Berlin from the 8th until 11th of December 2014.
Tuesday, 04. November 2014
Furthermore, CADFEM developed together with KISSsoft in ANSYS the tool "WB/Bolt Assessment under VDI2230" for automated evaluation of bolts, so complex component part geometries can be calculated efficiently. The benefit of this tool is the fast and reliable assessment of large housing structures with many bolts. Consequently, the user is freed from tedious, repetitive tasks and can concentrate on the development of optimal and reliable gear boxes.
Thursday, 23. October 2014
The usual flank modifications, such as helix angle modification or negative crowning, are still available to help optimize tooth contact in a 3D model.
Finally, tooth contact can be verified using the graphical contact analysis method, and the models can be exported for various purposes, such as FE analysis, 5-axis milling, or output to a measurement grid.
Tuesday, 23. September 2014
Unlike when you are working in some other calculation or software programs, you can change the user interface language in the KISSsoft system even when you are right in the middle of the calculation process. In addition, we have built up technically strong representative offices in numerous countries around the globe to guarantee support in the local language (in Mexico, Brazil, the USA, France, Turkey, Russia, People's Republic of China, South Korea, India, etc.).
The ease with which you can change the user interface language and generate reports and graphics in other languages makes it possible to:
- outsource engineering or production – calculation files, reports, results and data exports can be created, opened and edited in any language (no additional translation costs).
- perform benchmarking and integrate components from several companies (as it is typical in the wind turbine manufacturing sector, automobile construction, etc.) across multiple countries and languages.
Tuesday, 05. August 2014
Instruction 092 „Modifying Reports“ assists the user to design custom report templates. Thereby unit adjustments and font size, settings in graphics as well as tables belong to the comfortable handling that KISSsoft provides.
It is now also possible to extend the configuration of the software. So the result display can be customized individually. With the Instruction 093 ”Define Rules”, the user is able to create custom rules for implementing e.g. internal company standards. The user also can be notified of intermediate values or results which are outside of permissible limits.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!
Wednesday, 16. July 2014
The VDI Guideline 2545, the predecessor of the VDI 2736, has already been implemented in the 80’s in the calculation program of KISSsoft. Nowadays, plastic gears are found in many transmissions, but the VDI guideline 2545 was withdrawn. For this reason, we welcomed it very much to participate in the Guideline VDI 2736.
We are delighted that KISSsoft could bring own insights from everyday practice into this development process.
Wednesday, 18. June 2014
These graphics can also be animated to illustrate rotation and bending, making even the most complex shaft systems easy to display and to understand.
Furthermore, the shaft calculation was reprogrammed in its calculation core. This not only improves stability considering calculation convergence, but also makes errors easier to identify and resolve.
Wednesday, 04. June 2014
The calculation programs of KISSsoft are based on the implementation of all relevant standards and their drafts (ISO, DIN, AGMA, VDI, Klingelnberg). This allows KISSsoft to be always on the cutting edge of technology and to offer many design and optimization tools, as well as methods which transcend the standards.
Thursday, 15. May 2014
The wear calculation also includes calculation of the wear factor with nitrided, unhardened, and hardened steels according to Plewe.
The calculation also includes the effect of some lubricants, as defined in the measurements taken by the company Klüber.
Thursday, 24. April 2014
Tuesday, 15. April 2014
Workgroup 6, chaired by Professor Höhn, is intensively engaged in the development of a Technical Report, in which for the first time eight examples of calculations according to ISO 6336 will be documented. This work is very important for KISSsoft, because it can demonstrate that our software correctly implements the ISO 6336 and we get the same results, as they will be published in the standard.
After concluding the new issue of the ISO 1328-1 for cylindrical gear tolerances, Workgroup 2 works now on the Technical Report 10064: Code of inspection practice. The ISO 1328-1 was published in 2013 and is included in the new KISSsoft Release 03/2014. Since the differences compared to 1995 are considerable, both versions of Part 1 are now available in KISSsoft. We assume that it will take still much time until the new tolerance values are generally considered.
Workgroup 7, chaired by Dr. Octrue, is concerned with the geometry and strength of worm wheels. The different flank forms of the ISO TR 10828 are implemented in the 3D worm models of KISSsoft.
We are pleased to have hosted these successful meetings full of inspiration!
Monday, 07. April 2014
- Calculation of beveloid gears with output of 3D models in STEP format
- Efficiency and thermal rating of drive trains in KISSsys
- Simulation of flank wear, based on an iterative wear calculation with contact analysis
- 3D display of shafts as well as bearings with a visual indication of applied loads and reaction forces
- Enhanced sizing for profile and flank modifications of cylindrical gears
- And many more ...
PS: Are you already a customer with maintenance contract? Then you will receive the update still in April!
Thursday, 13. March 2014
For many years it has been possible to design custom report templates. In addition, unit adjustments and font size, settings in graphics as well as tables belong to the convenient customization capabilities that KISSsoft provides.
In the Release 03/2013, some interesting new possibilities are available which extend the configuration of the software. So, the result display can be customized individually. Furthermore, the user can create custom rules to implement, for example, internal company standards. The user also can be notified of intermediate values or results which are outside of permissible limits.
Wednesday, 26. February 2014
The shaft calculation standard DIN 743:2012 contains now the proof in order to avoid incipient cracks on hard surface layers. Furthermore, calculation with load spectra according to the method "Miner extended" and slight modifications of the technological size influence coefficient K1 are available.
The 6th Edition of the FKM guideline implies currently some changes considering the material data and the calculation of the support factor number according to the material-mechanical concept.
Comparisons to the previous edition of the two standards were performed by KISSsoft and are available on request.
Tuesday, 21. January 2014
If you want to find out more about the updates of the new software or if you are interested in a test license, please send an e-mail. We look forward to hearing your feedback!
Let us share knowledge.
Wednesday, 15. January 2014
The "KISSsys assistants" (for parallel shafts and for single stage planetary gear units) guide the user through the steps involved in modeling a parallel or planetary gear unit.
Since the Release 2013, in the user interface, the most commonly used elements are now available as icons. To generate a model a user can simply drag and drop icons to add elements directly to the diagram window and link them to each other together.
Furthermore, the „Gearbox variant generator“ completes KISSsys with an efficient method for automatically creating numerous variants of gearboxes. The evaluation function enables you to make quick comparisons based on space, cost, efficiency and other criteria.
As we celebrate this year 15 years of KISSsys, we host a competition: The best application will win the KISSsys AWARD 2014!
Submit a KISSsys model and convince our jury. We are looking forward to your participation!
Wednesday, 11. December 2013
We say goodbye to you from the 20th December due to our winter holidays and are back again for you from 6th of January 2014 newly refreshed! At this point we would like to thank our customers, partners and friends for a successful 2013 and the confidence.
To a splendid further collaboration and for all of you Happy Holidays!
Monday, 02. December 2013
KISSsoft evaluates the wear according to the calculation of Plewe (module ZPK) and in the contact analysis with local numerical values (module ZA32).
Furthermore, the influence of the lubricant is considered in KISSsoft. The KISSsoft calculations were compared with the damage course of the test bench and show a very good agreement. This comparison confirms this practical calculation method.
If you are interested in further information, please contact us at: info@KISSsoft.AG
Thursday, 31. October 2013
We recently performed rolling tests of the milled bevel gear and worm gear sets and compared the contact patterns with the predicted results from KISSsoft contact analysis: KISSsoft contact analysis results matched the actual contact pattern.
We are pleased to give a lecture on this topic at the Dresden Machine Elements Colloquium (DMK 2013) in Germany. Find more information about events and fairs on our website.
Wednesday, 09. October 2013
Experience gained from a comparison between various commercial contact analysis programs, carried out in fall 2012, has also left its mark on the calculation.
For example, additional correction factors (including one for Hertzian flattening) have been implemented, providing the user with even more detailed setting options. Of course, appropriate standard values are also set where suitable.
Wednesday, 18. September 2013
The KISSsoft fine sizing is applied to gear optimizations of all kinds - from static strength to noise optimization. Thereby, the macro geometry is varied in desired areas and the optimal solution according to various criteria is selected from the calculated variants. Plastic helical gears can be directly calculated according to the new draft of the VDI 2736.
After the cylindrical and bevel gears, these fine sizing modules complete the sizing process for all toothings.
Saturday, 24. August 2013
At the same time, graphic position and scale can be set by the user on his own. Now toothing data can be easily arranged and placed on the graphic.
The settings are saved in a separate file and thereby adopted for all gears. This approach favors also the definition of company standards.
Have a look at the manufacturing drawing examples in a KISSsoft test license.
Tuesday, 30. July 2013
A new feature is that the face load factor KHβ can now also be calculated. This therefore reveals the direct influence of the tooth trace modification on the safeties of the classic tooth root and flank load capacities.
Modifications are evaluated in the radar chart, which also provides a very clear comparison, especially within different partial loads.
Wednesday, 26. June 2013
New dimensioning suggestions are now calculated for modifications, especially for planetary gear units (module ZA5). This ensures that tooth trace modifications can be specified accurately, on the basis of the planet carrier torsion and sun gear deformation.
Thursday, 13. June 2013
The already existing "Parallel Shaft Assistant" can now – along with spur and helical gear
stages – also create bevel, worm and crossed helical gear stages. The modeling process itself is also made more intuitive, the user is guided step by step through the entire gear box structure.
New: The "Planetary Gear Stage Assistant" is implemented. The user is guided explicitly step by step through the kinematic structure. From the sun to the planet carrier - no element is left out, the modeling process is accomplished directly with coaxial shafts.
Following the modeling, the rough sizing of the gears can be carried out in KISSsys. This feature is available for cylindrical and bevel, worm and crossed helical gears as well as planetary gear units.
Thursday, 13. June 2013
The VDI 2736 covers plastic gears and is replacing the withdrawn guideline VDI 2545. Newly added are steel worms paired with plastic gears, for which a safety against root shear stress and the flank pressure are calculated. Considering cylindrical gears now also the wear is determined. Part 2 (load capacity of cylindrical gears) and part 3 (load capacity of worm gears) are already published as official drafts. Part 1 (materials and manufacturing) and part 4 (conducting and analyzing of material measurements) should be available at the end of this year or early next year.
We are pleased to have hosted this successful meeting full of impulses!
Thursday, 30. May 2013
We thank the ISO Workgroup for the visit and look forward to a further active and successful cooperation within the Workgroup!
Tuesday, 30. April 2013
The company KISSsoft AG was honored for the product KISSsys by a four-member expert jury with the title BEST OF 2013.
KISSsys has particularly impressed the judges and belongs thus to the top group of over 1200 submitted entries.
We are delighted to receive this award!
Monday, 08. April 2013
• Optimized contact analysis of cylindrical gear pairs and planetary systems with clearly arranged
results in 3D
• Design of plastic gears according to the draft of the new VDI guideline 2736
• Automatic, easily customized, generation of manufacturing drawings – with gearing data, various graphics as flank corrections etc.
• Fine sizing of worm wheels and crossed helical gears for variable macro geometries
• Updated DIN 743 and FKM Standards in the shaft calculation
• KISSsys gearbox assistant for planetary models
• And many more...
If you want to find out more about the highlights of our software, visit us at the Hanover Fair in hall 25, at booth E01/1, or ask for a test license at info@KISSsoft.AG!
Ps: Are you already a customer with maintenance contract? Then you will receive the update until end of April.
Wednesday, 13. March 2013
The standard contains not only the safety calculations for root and flank fatigue but also the safety calculation for achieving a required hardening depth. This valuable information is now available in KISSsoft for other calculation methods too.
Another special feature is the detailed material properties in limited life strength and the possibility to consider peak loads.
Get your free trial version of KISSsoft and the DNV instruction paper at info@KISSsoft.ag!
Friday, 08. February 2013
If you want to find out more about the updates of the new software or if you are interested in a test license, please send an e-mail to info@KISSsoft.AG. We look forward to hearing your feedback!
Let us share knowledge.
Monday, 21. January 2013
The full nonlinear stiffness of rolling bearings will be modeled and used within the Adams/Machinery environment, utilizing KISSsoft's expertise, and will be a guarantee for quality, accuracy of results, and speed of calculation.
We are pleased to welcome our newest Technology Partner: MSC Software!
Wednesday, 19. December 2012
One of the assistants guides the user step by step through the entire process of building a cylindrical gearbox. Furthermore, the KISSsys assistants support in calculating gears and shafts. Further assistants are scheduled for the Release 03/2013.
Finally, all KISSsys tables have been improved in terms of formatting usability such as font, background and text items, which leads to higher clarity and better user-friendliness.
At this point, we want to thank all our customers, partners and friends for a successful 2012 and the confidence - we look forward to further cooperation!
Thursday, 25. October 2012
The geometry shapes are determined as defined in the Draft of ISO/DTR 10828.2. This technical report contains the definition of several – in the industry commonly applied – profile types A, I, N, K, and C (Cavex).
Furthermore, with the graphical contact analysis the contact situation can be verified and optimized using tool modifications.
Have a look at our tutorial 16 about the worm gear calculation or ask us for the specific tutorial for 3D modelling with graphical contact analysis.
Wednesday, 12. September 2012
We moved our office to a new address:
Tel: +41 55 254 20 50
Fax: +41 55 254 20 51
Please update our contact details - we will keep in touch!
We are looking forward to continuing successful cooperation
Thursday, 30. August 2012
The basis for the load distribution calculation of cylindrical gears is the shaft deformation. While Part 1 of the ISO Norm 6336 does provide only rough classifications for shaft deflection, the Annex E allows to specify the exact value - manually or in KISSsys. The accurate determination of the load distribution forms the basis for an appropriate tooth correction.
In the advanced training courses of KISSsoft tooth corrections are covered extensively.