2024 AGMA Emerging Technology Forum

June 10, 2024

1400 Rosa Parks Blvd Detroit, MI 48216

June 10, 2024
Detroit, MI

Attendee Limit: 60 – classroom style

AGMA has four active emerging technology committees that look at their respective topic through the lens of the gear manufacturing industry. The work of these committees focuses on the goal of: Identify, investigate, and inform AGMA members of Emerging Technologies that may disrupt or significantly impact the power transmission industry.

AGMA’s Emerging Tech Committees:

  • Metal 3D Printing (that also looks at New Materials).
  • Electric Drive Technology.
  • Industrial IoT.
  • Robotics and Automation.

AGMA is bringing together members of each of these committees and members at-large for a face-to-face meeting to provide high-level information relevant to next strategic steps for manufacturing. 

Registration Rates

Before May 1

After May 1



  • Monday, June 10

AGMA – Emerging Technology Summit for Gear Manufacturers

9:30 am            
Registration and Networking with coffee snack

10:00 am            
Introductions from AGMA and LIFT staff

10:20 am            
Session 1: New Materials that may impact the 3D Printing and Electric Vehicle Markets

LIFT is known for its development of new materials. We know that these materials are not necessarily the right materials for actual gear production, but they will influence how gear manufacturers will produce systems in the future for electric vehicles and many more applications. We hope to have a representative from LIFT give us the 10,000-foot view of how LIFT is working with DOD and DOE to bring new materials to market. We don’t need to get in the weeds, but rather talk about the changing landscape and give manufacturers a glimpse of market trends so they will be able to be more agile in their thinking moving forward.

11:10 am            

11:40 am            
Session 2: IIoT Solutions for Manufacturing

One of the biggest needs of small to medium sized manufacturing companies is the need to understand and better utilize the IIoT space. From cybersecurity (THE biggest threat to manufacturing) to better control over processes, inventory, parts production, and supply chain – these manufacturers have to be ablet to implement new technology to survive the next decade. Siemens has a big presence at LIFT in this space and we hope to bring in a speaker who can lead a discussion on how Siemens is approaching these complex issues for manufacturers and then take the group for a tour of the Siemens cells that are on the shop floor.

Tour at LIFT

Siemens representative will provide the first part of the tour and then we hope to have a LIFT representative provide the back-half of the tour.

1:30 pm              

2:15 pm              
Session 3: The Future of Robotics

Speaker will discuss the exploding market of robotics outlining future opportunities for gear manufacturers in robot drives and related supply chain positions. They will outline the expected growth in specific market sectors outside of traditional manufacturing (not limited to but including healthcare, food service and in individual people’s homes). The speaker will also discuss the future availability of more affordable automation solutions for gear manufacturers to use on their own shop floors.

3:05 pm              

3:20 pm              
Session 4: LIFT Closing Presentation and Roundtable Discussion

LIFT will discuss attendee participation in future projects, discuss membership options, and other relevant information for this group. They will lead a discussion in emerging technology as it is relevant to their continued work. 

4:30 pm              


  • Noel Mack
  • Speaker 2
  • Speaker 3

Noel Mack


In his role as Chief Technology Officer at LIFT, Mack implements new technology focus areas to ensure alignment with Department of Defense priorities, directs large scope, complex projects and programs, leads LIFT member involvement in technology projects and serves as a mentor to LIFT technical and engineering staff.

Mack brings over 35 years of experience in engineering and design to LIFT. Previously, Mack served as a Product Line Executive, Strategic Technologies at American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. and as Director and Business Unit Lead, Driveline and Transmission Systems at Ricardo’s Detroit Technical Center. Mack also held leadership positions at Magna International, Inc. and Magna Steyr.

He began his career in the aerospace and defense industries, working at Denel Aviation as the Principal Engineer, Stress and Design, and as Manager of CAD and Specialist CAE Engineer for Combat Vehicles, Tanks, Heavy and Light Armored Vehicles at Denel Land Systems/Ermetek.

Mack holds six U.S. patents and is a graduate of both the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Aeronautical Specialization and the University of Detroit Mercy, where he earned a Master of Engineering Management degree and a Graduate Certificate in Business Turnaround Management.


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