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Committee Work

The Emerging Technology Committee has affirmed the committee goal:

Identify, investigate and inform AGMA members of Emerging Technologies that may disrupt or significantly impact the power transmission industry.


In June 2018, the AGMA Emerging Technology Committee created sub-committees for five areas of focus: 

  • 3D Printing
  • Electric Drive Technology
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IoT)
  • New Materials
  • Robotics and Automation


Committee Membership

Membership on the ETC is open to all employees of AGMA member companies. AGMA staff may invite an individual to be a member of the ETC due to particular work or expertise of that person, but these individuals must come from AGMA member companies. Each committee member commits to attending 80% of monthly phone calls and one face-to-face meeting per year, with the member company agreeing to provide transportation, room and board for their ETC representative.

Technical Advisors will be invited to participate in the ETC. One technical advisors group (TAG) will be assembled for each emerging technology. One member of the TAG should come from an AGMA academic member. When possible other experts will come from within the AGMA membership. But the ETC will collectively approve experts outside the membership who may be able to provide specific information that is relevant to the output of the given technology. 

Please contact Mary Ellen Doran at for complete information. 





Each week the ETC chooses the most relevant news article and posts it to the AGMA website. New articles are posted every Wednesday. 

AGMA Tech Deck

3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a term used to describe the technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer upon layer of material. These printers use various materials including, but not limited to, plastic, metal, concrete, and human tissue. 

The AGMA ETC Sub-committee is watching the entire space, but has a focus on the use of metals and new alloys in 3D printing. 


Types of processes include:

  • Stereolithography (SLA)
  • Digital Light Processing (DLP)
  • Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
  • Laser Melting (LM)
  • Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)
  • Electron Beam Melting (EBM)
  • Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM)


See more information on our 3D Printing/Additive page here.

Electric Drive Technology

This is the newest topic taken on by the committee in early 2018.

Electric drives are not new. But we are seeing a surge in advancements in drives used in the industrial setting. The committee is watching for new technology that may be pushing into traditional gearbox space. Separately, but related is the surge in electric vehicle technology. The committee is watching both automobile and fleet (truck) technological innovations. 



See more information on our Electric Drive page here.

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) promises to integrate humans and intelligent machines along horizontal and vertical supply chains, delivering a host of improvements to productivity and reducing costs. The technology is part of the wider development of the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) – a movement which, according to McKinsey & Company, could add an additional $11.1 trillion per year in economic benefits to the global economy by 2025.


More resources available here. 

New Materials

Extensive research is being conducted to find alternatives to steel and other, heavier, metals. Research and development cross the spectrum of materials sciences. We are looking at the development of lightweight, corrosion-resistant materials, or things that are being done to enhance currently existing alloys.  

Additional research is being conducted to find new polymers that may be outside metal - but possess similar qualities. 

The New Materials subcommittee is working in tandem with the 3D printing sub-committee to research how current and newly developed materials are being utilized by 3D technology.


More information on our New Materials page here.

Robotics & Automation

The robot market up until a couple of years ago was primarily made up of machines that could be found on automobile and other vehicle manufacturing lines. In recent years, the cost of installing a robot has come down due to innovations in software and support. This is coupled with many new advancements from the size and ability of robots right down to a wide new variety of end effectors.

The committee is specifically looking to answer 3 questions for the membership:

  • How can our members best use robotics and automation technology in their plants?
  • How are robots being used in new and different ways in manfuacturing?
  • How are gears incorporated into the production of robotics?

More information on our Robotics and Automation page here.