Operator Precision Gear Grinding

July 24 – 25, 2024

Course Description

Format: Live Online Virtual Training

Date: July 24-25, 2024

  • Wednesday, July 24 – 12:00-4:00pm ET
  • Thursday, July 25 – 12:00-4:00pm ET

Reg. Deadline: July 16, 2024

Registration Rates





Operator Precision Gear Grinding

Explore precision gear grinding processes, machine input variables, kinematics, machine alignment, setup errors, pitfalls, common gear fatigue failures and expectations related to finish ground gearing. Learn definitions of gearing component features, application loads and process steps from blanking, through heat treatment to finished part ready to ship. Study aspects of Quality Assurance, Inspection Documentation and corrective actions for measured non-conformances. Understand pre-heat treat, heat treatment distortion and post heat treatment operations including the how’s and why’s to produce finished gears that conform and perform to end user expectations. Calculate gear form grinding cycle times for real life examples for various accuracy levels on commercially available software.

The Operator Level courses are made possible through the generous support of the AGMA Foundation. Thank you for your continued support and partnership in educating the industry! 

This course is online. A webcam on your computer equipped with a microphone and speakers/headset are required for participation. Space is limited to 20-25 participants per course. Course materials will be mailed in hard copy. Please make sure to indicate your preferred mailing address in the registration process.

How Many CEUs Will I Earn?

As an IACET-accredited provider, AGMA offers 0.6 CEUs for this class.

Learning Objectives

  • Review and challenge control of part datums for pre-heat treatment operations, use datum’s consistently through finishing operations given part process prints.
  • Anticipate and correct for part distortion during heat treatment knowing the actual heat treatment process used.
  • Understand gear grinding kinematics for both form and generating machines along with allowable metal removal rates and wheel dressing intervals based on type of grinding wheels being used.
  • Be able to ask questions of gear designers and manufacturing engineers to acquire all information required to produce conforming finished gears.
  • Accurately apply and inspect pre-calculated micro-geometry modifications derived from complex contact analysis software.
  • Perform component finishing machine setup, alignments on gear grinder models, component inspection and calibrations to established ISO standards with hands on lab if available, or run calculations on grinding cycle times based on various target accuracies, Qw material removal rate, Vw volumetric limit for dressing and grinding techniques.
  • Select the optimum grinding wheel specification given part print and heat treatment used.
  • Achieve compliance with finished parts to meet print requirements and customer performance expectations.
  • Accurately measure pre and post-finish gear tooth Helix, Profile and thickness given finished tooth geometry specifications and modifications.
  • Avoid and detect the presence of Twist Error.
  • Avoid and detect presence of grind burn temper.
  • Avoid typical gear fatigue failure modes, bending fracture, macro-pitting and micro-pitting resulting from improper tooth finishing.
  • Identify common non-conformances and re-create them on gear grinder models, apply problem solving techniques and corrective actions suggested in trouble shooting guide provided with course material.

Who Should Attend

Gear Engineers, gear designers, application engineers, people who are responsible for interpreting gear designs, technicians and managers that want to better understand all aspects of gear design.

Are you a member of the American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA)? As an ABMA member, you receive discounts on all programs that AGMA offers. Email AGMA Education at education@agma.org for a complimentary promo code to receive member pricing on this course.


Terry Klaves

Terry Klaves semi-retired from the Milwaukee Gear Division of Regal Beloit in 2017 after 45 years of work in the gearing industry with four different companies, positions varying from gear engineer to VP of Engineering and responsibilities including gear design, optimization, manufacturing and Quality Assurance.  He has a passion for solving gearing related problems and continues to serve the gearing industry as part time consultant and trainer for AGMA, in addition, he is Chairman of the AGMA TC-60 Committee, contributing to development of ISO gearing standards.  Terry graduated with a BS-Engineering in 1976 and a MS-Engineering from UW-Milwaukee in 1981 and enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for gears through formal consulting and training activities.

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