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Gear Failure Analysis-Spring

June 12-14, 2019 | Chase Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, MO

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Course Description

Explore gear failure analysis in this hands‐on seminar where students not only see slides of failed gears but can hold and examine those same field samples close up. Experience the use of microscope and take your own contact pattern from field samples.  

Class hours are from 8:00am-5:00pm.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Identify the primary and secondary failure modes
  • Use the proper nomenclature to describe the morphology of gear failure
  • Diagnose the root causes of failure
  • Prescribe remedies to prevent repeat failures
  • Use the GEARTECH textbook and other provided resources for ongoing study of gear failure analysis
  • Tailor failure analysis techniques for their specific requirements

Continuing Education Units: 2.0

Who Should Attend

Gear engineers, users, researchers, maintenance technicians, lubricant experts, and managers.

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Cancellation and Payment Policy

Payment must accompany this form. All cancellations must be in writing and received by AGMA 14 days prior to the class start.  A $200 U.S. processing fee will be assessed for each cancelled registration that results in a refund after the 14-day period. A substitution or schedule change fee of $50 when substituting one student for another or moving the current student to another AGMA course after the 14-day period. A 50% refund will be issued if cancellation occurs on or after the class start date.

Hotel Info

Chase Park Plaza Hotel
212 N. Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

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Hotel cut-off date is May 12, 2019.

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Robert Budny

Rob Budny is President of RBB Engineering, a consultancy providing service to the rotating equipment industry. Rob is a mechanical engineer, with 20 years of industry experience. He spent 8 years at a large wind turbine OEM where he led the mechanical engineering department. Prior to working in the wind industry, Rob worked in aerospace for Lockheed-Martin and Northrop Grumman. Rob was co-author of a paper on wind turbine bearing failures that won the 2015 STLE Bisson award for best paper published by STLE in the previous year. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Andrew ‘Andy’ Milburn

Andy is currently president of Milburn Engineering, Inc., a consulting firm located near Tacoma, Washington and has 41 years experience in the design and analysis of gears and gearboxes.  Prior to starting his own consulting firm in 1989 he worked at The Gear Works in Seattle, WA for 15 years and was involved in all aspects of gear manufacturing, gear failure analysis and designed a number of custom industrial gearboxes that included the design and full load testing of drives transmitting over 2,000 horsepower.  As a consultant he has continued to design custom gearboxes, investigated numerous gear and bearing failures, and helped clients improve their gear products.  During the past 16 years he has been very active in the wind industry investigating gearbox failures, developing gearbox modifications and participating in due diligence design reviews.  He has been active on the AGMA/AWEA committee developing standards for wind turbine gearboxes and was a US delegate to ISO TC66 working on the new international gearbox standard, IEC 81400-4.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington, has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and is a member of AGMA, ASME, and STLE.