The 2018 Annual Meeting combines the expert knowledge of the gear and bearing industries with the latest emerging technologies that influence manufacturers and suppliers. More than 300 executives will gather in Naples, Florida this April, to experience the information-packed week full of top-tier speakers. Members will be connected to innovation and opportunities in the industry with potential to strengthen business connections and relationships. Join AGMA & ABMA for an event that is tailored directly for our members to address trends, successes and future possibilities.
Business Presentations include:
John Murphy, Senior Vice President of International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Trade Policy Update and Perspective: A View From Washington
John Bubnikovich, Sales and Marketing Robots and Applications: ABB Robotics North America
George Thomas, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain: Bison Gear & Engineering Corp
Amber Fulmer, Strategic Account Manager, North America: Rethink Robotics
Naples Mayor, Bill Barnett
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The unparalelled line-up of speakers for this years Annual Meeting will inspire our attendees. There is a wide range of topics being covered that will touch on all facets of your business and life. From leadership and economics, to generational conversations and robotics, we have you covered for some of the best speakers in the circuit.
Professor and the Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at New York University’s (NYU) Stern School of Business, Sundararajan is widely regarded as the leading academic on the sharing economy. He has researched, and written, taught and spoken about the digital transformation of business and society for almost two decades. He teaches in a range of NYU Stern executive education programs in the U.S., Europe and Asia, teaching full-time MBA students about hi-tech entrepreneurship, undergraduates about networks, crowds and markets, and doctoral students about digital economics.
Brett Smith joined CAR in 2000 after 12 years at the University of Michigan’s Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation (OSAT).
During his career, Mr. Smith research has spanned many critical aspects of the automotive industry. He has been deeply involved in research on vehicle and component manufacturing; materials forecasting; product development and analysis; supplier--manufacturer relations; technology development; facility location analysis; product launch strategy and human resource and talent issues. Mr. Smith was also active as a labor educator for 15 years.
Curt is a leading voice on strategic communications in the age of distraction and a certified speaker at the Center for Generational Kinetics. Prior to launching his own speaking career, Curt founded The Promentum Group, a communication company that provides speech coaching and consultation.
Jim Meil has been recognized as a leading industrial sector economist and planner for over 35 years. At ACT Research, he is responsible for forecasts and commentary on the North American economy, and analyzing trends and the outlook for the manufacturing and construction industries..
He is a contributor to Blue Chip Economic Indicators and The Wall Street Journal monthly U.S. economic forecast panels, and is frequently quoted in national media and in transportation and industrial trade press.
Meil has received first-place recognition in the Wall Street Journal’s survey of 50 forecasters and ranked among USA Today’s “Top 10 Economic Forecasters” for accuracy.
Prior to joining ACT Research, Meil spent 29 years in the planning department of Eaton Corporation, retiring from the position of Vice President and Chief Economist in April 2014. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Business Economics, the professional trade group of business economists.
He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in finance and a Bachelor of Arts (with honors) in economics from the University of Chicago.
Prior to this role, John served as Executive Director, Marketing and Business Development for ABB Robotics North America.
John has held numerous positions within Marketing, Business Development and Sales in the Industrial Automation Sector. His experience includes managing sales / marketing teams, strategy development and deployment, leveraging multi-channel market approaches, business development and new product development using VoC.
He is an actor, spokesman and retired soldier. He played ‘Brot Monroe’ on the Emmy Award winning daytime drama All My Children. In true Hollywood fashion, J.R. was encouraged by a friend to go on the open casting call that AMC put out for a veteran to join the cast. After several meetings with producers he was cast and an actor was born. Due to his popularity, what started as a three month story arc developed into a three year stint. His role as an injured Iraq combat veteran mirrors his own life.
John G. Murphy directs the U.S. Chamber’s advocacy relating to international trade and investment policy. Since joining the Chamber in 1999, Murphy has led its successful campaigns to win congressional passage of trade agreements with a dozen nations, including Colombia, Panama, and South Korea in 2011, as well as Trade Promotion Authority in 2015. Murphy also plays a key role in the Chamber’s advocacy for international business priorities before Congress, the administration, foreign governments, and the World Trade Organization.
From 2001 to 2008, Murphy served as the Chamber’s Vice President for Western Hemisphere Affairs and as Executive Vice President of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA). In 2008, he received AACCLA’s Eagle of the Americas award, which is given annually to the individual who has “done the most to advance our mission of increased trade and investment between the United States and Latin America.”
In the 1990s, Murphy worked at the International Republican Institute (IRI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of democracy overseas, and at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), which champions market-oriented economic reform around the world. From 1992 to 1993, he was the first Western lecturer in economics at the National University of Economics in Czechoslovakia.
Murphy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he received his Master of Science degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He serves on the boards of the Global Business Dialogue, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and the Washington International Trade Foundation. He is fluent in Spanish.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
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George was a member of the AGMA Board of Directors from 2015-2018. He has worked at Bison Gear for 32 years, holding positions as Application Engineer, Product Manager, V.P. of Engineering, and is currently Bison’s Executive Vice President responsible for Supply Chain. He managed a recent automation implementation project for Bison and will take part in the panel to provide perspective on his experiences.
Chris Harbert is the Vice President of Sales for North America at Rethink Robotics. He is responsible for all Direct and Channel sales and business development activities in the United States, Canada and Mexico, driving awareness and adoption of Rethink's smart, collaborative robots. Chris also oversees B2B relationships with select, strategic Fortune 500 manufacturers on a global scale. Prior to Rethink Robotics, Chris spent over 10 years in the Biotech industry, in various sales, marketing, and technical management roles. He earned multiple Bachelor's degrees from Tufts University, and a Master's in Business Administration from Bentley University.
Amber Fulmer is the Strategic Account Manager for North America at Rethink Robotics. With experience in business development and territory management, Amber excels at running day-to-day operations across multiple facilities and accelerating relationships with customers of all sizes. Prior to joining Rethink Robotics, Amber spent ten years in strategic account management for laser positioning systems and power generation technologies with Caterpillar, and five years in management in plastics distribution for GE Plastics. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Master’s in Business Administration and Management from The Ohio State University.
Comer Industries is a global leader in the design and production of advanced engineering systems and mechatronic solutions for power transmissions, supplied to major manufacturers of machinery for agriculture and industry.
The combined resources of Star SU enable you to benefit from over 128 years of combined experience in the field of gear manufacturing. This includes expertise in the field of gundrills and reamers, functional and decorative coatings, and near net shape tungsten carbide blanks used in cutting tools, wear parts, and cold heading. Our comprehensive line includes patented solutions you will only find at Star SU.
The headquarters of Star SU is located in Hoffman Estates, IL (Chicago), 30 minutes from Chicago-O’Hare International Airport. The companies, while partners in Star SU, retain their individual private ownership as manufacturing units.
The Klingelnberg Group is a world leader in the development, manufacture and sale of machines for bevel gearand cylindrical gear production, measuring centers for gearing and axially symmetrical components as well as customized high-precision gear components. The Company's products are used by customers in automotive, truck, aircraft, agriculture, construction, power tool and marine industries and by a diverse set of customers serving various industrial equipment markets.
The activities of the Klingelnberg Group, whose origins date from 1863, is managed today, in the seventh generation, by Jan Klingelnberg.
Schaeffler Group North America is responsible for the engineering, production, sales and marketing for the INA, LuK, FAG and Barden brands throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. All four brands provide high-performance, precision technologies for the Automotive OEM, Industrial OEM and Distribution markets as well as the Aerospace industry.
McInnes Rolled Rings produces seamless rolled rings ranging from 4” (100 mm) to 144” (3660 mm) in carbon, alloy and stainless steel. By combining the latest in ring rolling technology with experienced people, McInnes delivers steel rolled rings at the lowest possible cost with the fastest service in the industry.
Reishauer Gear Grinding Technology increases your competitiveness and your success.
Reishauer guarantees the required quality, cycle time,
and the operational availability. Together with our
customers, we are responsible for the machine system
beyond the warranty time.
Reishauer banks on highest quality and precision.
All core components of our performance portfolio are
manufactured by us in Switzerland.
Our Circle of Competence guarantees the perfect
harmony of the process elements, reduces the need
for control, and increases productivity.
ALL FROM ONE SOURCE
Operating from 4 manufacturing facilities, ECF is known worldwide as a leader in the open-die forging industry. ECF manufactures concentric and eccentric contoured forgings and single cross-section products from carbon, alloy, stainless, tool steels and nickel alloys in weights up to 110,000 pounds, lengths to 57 feet, and diameters to 140 inches. We specialize in a variety of custom forgings including pinion shafts, gear blanks, and bars.
For more than 60 years, Liebherr's range of products and services has been broad and sophisticated. Its design and technology is orientated around practical deployment scenarios throughout the world. Continually growing innovative strength and an upcompromisingcommitment to quality safeguard the highest level of benefit to the customer in all product areas.
Somaschini has been producing gears since 1922 and through four generations of entrepreneurs today brings onto the market that tradition which, together with the state –of-the-art methods and high technologies, becomes synonymous with experience and reliability.
Scot Forge is the premier provider of high-quality metal forging solutions. Our experts help deliver the largest range of open die forging capabilities.
Ovako is a leading European producer of engineering steel for customers in the bearing, transport and manufacturing industries.
Ovako has production plants in 11 locations and several sales companies in Europe and the USA. Our operations are categorised in three production flows: Hofors and Hällefors, Smedjebacken and Boxholm and Imatra.
Achieving world class gear quality is the direct result of Forest City Gear’s investment in machines, employees, and management systems, which result in total customer satisfaction. We believe we have one of the best equipped gear shops in the world. This includes both equipment and employees, a legacy of Forest City Gear for over 50 years.
Croix Gear & Machining manufactures custom and standard gears for a wide range of industries and OEMs around the country. From new technologies and the latest equipment to lean and ISO certifications, we're always investing in ways to work faster and smarter with the utmost precision so we can serve our customers better. Our motto, "to be exact" is exactly what customers can expect from our products and our service.
Precision Plus is a value driven organization making us the first choice for our customers looking for precise Swiss-turned and machined components. We create value in all we do for our customers, partners and employees simply by asking what it is you are trying to accomplish and why. The mindset of price alone strips away any opportunity to think outside the box to deliver a more cost effective and quality result. If you are looking for engagement at a much deeper level, as in a true partnership we want to work with you. Our proven track record of results through strategic partnerships continues to grow and evolve. The secret to this success is quite simple: a great team of talented and innovative manufacturing professionals dedicated to their craft and empowered by the best technology and tools available today.
WFL Millturn Technologies GmbH & Co. KG is the leading supplier in the field of complete machining.
WFL is the only manufacturer worldwide that concentrates exclusively on the production of multifunctional complete machining centres. In many high tech companies today, the trade name MILLTURN stands for the central machine tool for the production of complex components with the highest precision. The modular design of the MILLTURN centres and individual special solutions guarantee perfect adaptation to the relevant manufacturing task.
With a MILLTURN, customers are not only purchasing a CNC machine that meets the very highest demands for quality and precision, they are also gaining an unbeatable competitive advantage. 30 years' experience in complete machining and thousands of solutions guarantee that WFL customers will get the most efficient and reliable machinery.
Steel balls and precision products manufacturer
with the world’s leading spherical surface processing technology
Smooth and accurate rotation is only achieved by creating a ball that is as close as possible to a perfect sphere. Such high precision
rotation can be applied to fields from home appliances to space science and technology. We aim to create perfectly spherical precision balls in
a diverse range of materials for various uses, and develop precision machinery that enables smooth motion.
Manufacturing Geared for Quality.
At our 70,000-square-foot Beloit facility, capability, efficiency and process flow come together to ensure the delivery of our most important product: quality. Cotta designs in accordance with American Gear Manufacturers Association standards. Lean Manufacturing is the rule; 5S techniques employed in all departments improve standardization in the production process. Adherence to a rigid Supplier Certification and Selection program ensures constant control of material quality.
Doppler Gear has over 50 years of experience in custom gear manufacturing
Our four manufacturing facilities in the upper Mid-West United States of America serve the component needs of domestic and international corporations. Large organizations rely on us to provide competitively priced parts with uncompromised quality. Small companies and individuals look to us to support their projects with technical expertise and thousands of stocked standard tools.
Meritor is proud to celebrate more than 100 years of serving our customers with superior products that are constantly evolving to meet global market needs.
Naylor has one primary goal—helping to build stronger associations. Naylor is responsible for the Tuesday AGMA Industry eNewsletter and AGMA Marketplace.
American Roller Bearing Company is a leading manufacturer of quality Anti-Friction Bearings in the industrial markets we serve. Our anti-friction bearings permit free motion between moving and fixed parts. They are essential to mechanized equipment as they hold or guide moving machine parts and minimize friction and wear. Our quality commitment starts with our top management and is supported conscientiously by all the people in our company. We will strive to produce correctly, the first time, products and services which consistently meet or exceed, our customer's requirements and specifications. Our company will efficiently apply our resources and will involve and train all our people for the purpose of continually improving the quality of our products, processes, and services. We will continually monitor our processes and success by the satisfaction of our customers.
NSK is a global manufacturer of ball and roller bearings, linear motion technology, automotive components and steering systems with both domestic and overseas manufacturing capabilities. NSK also offers a full range of services including reconditioning, ball screw repair, product integration, application engineering and predictive & preventive maintenance and reliability services.
Manufacturing technology has changed over the years, but our dedication to producing quality gears, delivering them when needed, at a competitive price, continues to make us successful today. We are very proud of the investments we have made in technology, training and quality assurance measures to meet the demanding requirements of our customers.
We are a full-service gear manufacturer offering a wide variety of other services to our customers, including deburring & finishing, grinding, heat treating, honing, prototyping, broaching, CNC machining and gear modifications.
Our combined minimum of 40 years of gear and gear rack experience allows us to be your quality source for gears and especially hard-cut and soft-cut gear racks. We service the oil, defense, steel, marine, automation, machine tool, computer, medical and precision instrument industries as well as supply our gear racks to many well known catalog companies. In addition, we handle the more complicated aspects of general machining with our assortment of Haas and Hurco CNC machining centers and lathes. Our company is constantly acquiring new technologies to meet the needs of our customers such as our hard rack cutting capability. We can provide reverse engineering on replacement parts and break down service for those times of critical need. This commitment to our customers along with our experience allows us to strive for the most economical solution, whether custom tailored to your needs or using standard alternatives, without compromising quality and with finished products delivered on time. We are able to fully produce gear racks to your prints and stand ready to serve you.
Solutions for high productivity and precision Gears
Since 1919, following an almost 100-year old history of making small gears and pinions for Swiss watchmakers, Affolter Technologies SA is manufacturing technologically advanced high-precision Gear Hobbing machines for small and micro-gear customers.
Affolter Technologies develops and manufactures CNC Gear Hobbing machines. It is tailored to the needs of all small and micro motor industries, such as automotive, aircraft, servo motor, dental and medical equipment, including gears and pinions for watchmaking.
The Affolter machines can cut spur, helical, frontal, bevel, shaft, face, crown gears and worm screws.
“Affolter’s CNC Gear Hobbing machines is a compact, precise, and productive machine concept. Power, stiffness, and precision combined with universal applicability provide a means of manufacturing complex parts at the cutting edge of technology. From standard products to custom-made developments, it encompasses the full range of expertise in very stringent fields.” explains Mikael Affolter, Head of Sales.
The machines are all equipped with the in-house developed Affolter Leste CNC control, specifically designed for handling up to 12 axes.
Different automation systems for part loading and unloading are available, such as universal grippers, drum loader or robot loading as well as options such as deburring, dry cutting, centering microscope and oil mist aspiration.
The new loader system AF71 with two grippers ensures 24 hours automatic production. While a gear is in the hobbing process, the other gripper already reaches out for the next part to be loaded.
Finkl Steel is the world's leading supplier of forging die steels, plastic mold steels, die casting tool steels and custom open-die forgings, processing over 100,000 tons of steel each year. Finkl open die forgings are produced at our fully integrated production facility in Chicago. These products are distributed domestically and to more than 18 countries worldwide.
Specialty Ring Products (SRP) is the premier source for forged seamless rolled rings and shapes used in the most demanding aerospace, defense, and industrial applications. SRP products consistently meet the critical needs of jet turbines, helicopter gearboxes, paper mills, windmills, and other high stress environments.
We are a family-run Italian company with a global presence.
Thanks to our worldwide network, we can accompany customers everywhere and always. Our three Business Units, Power Transmission Solutions, Mechatronic Drives & Solutions and Mobile & Wind solutions, embody all the know-how and experience needed to support our customers’ growth.
We design, manufacture and distribute effective and tailored solutions for all kinds of applications in industrial automation, mobile machinery and wind energy. Our solutions are based on a wide range of products including gearmotors, drive systems, planetary gearboxes and inverters.
Bonfiglioli solutions impact all aspects of daily life, from the food we consume, to the roads we drive on, the clothes we wear, and the light that illuminates our homes.
Our solutions keep the world in motion.
Global Gear & Machining was established in 1991 as a high volume precision gear manufacturer, which initially produced products serving applications in the medium and heavy duty truck industry. As a result of a continual focus on quality and the expansion of technical capabilities through strategic investments, Global Gear has expanded its capabilities to include precision gear grinding and shaping serving customers in a diverse set of industries. These investments have provided the path for Global Gear to produce a wide variety of products for applications in the oil and gas, mining, power generation, marine, fracking, agriculture and automotive industries. Now in its third decade of business, Global Gear is again expanding its technical capabilities in gear shaping and grinding through a significant capital investment program which is in progress and will be complete in 2012.
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