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Emerging Technologies


AGMA has selected four areas of focus for work by the Emerging Technologies Committee (ETC):

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.

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. 


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)


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Automation and Robotics

Robotics are utilized widely in major manufacturing plants around the globe. Japan is the current leader in industrial robotics. But as the price of equipment gets more and more affordable, its use will increase. And it will move into the medium-sized and even small companies.


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Industrial Internet of Things (IoT)

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.


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New Materials

Extensive research is being conducted to find alternatives to steel and other, heavier, metals. Research and development crosses the spectrum of materials sciences, but for the purpose of this report, we have limited the findings to superalloys and what we will term “Nanomaterials” (as there are many terms currently being used). And this will be defined as the work that is being done at the molecular level to create new, lightweight, corrosion-resistant materials, or to enhance currently existing superalloys.  

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

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Last updated - June 20, 2018

What's the Promise of the Connected Factory?

Realizing the Internet of Thing's (IoT) potential to reduce costs and enable new business models needs to start with a platform perspective that includes app development and integration. IoT is one of the most-researched emerging markets globally, with a specific focus on how Cloud Services and APIs will enable a faster proliferation of applications and the marketplaces that offer them. 

The Connected Factory and More: 5 Examples of How IIoT is Changing Manufacturing  | June 15, 2018

DMG Mori Debuts New Machine

DMG Mori Co., Ltd. debuted its new Lasertec 30 SLM metal Additive Manufacturing machine during its Innovation Days in Chicago, IL. The system was developed in collaboration with German-based AM company Realizer GmbH, which joined DMG Mori Group in February 2017.

DMG Mori Debuts its First Additive-only Metal AM System in Chicago

Metal AM | June 18, 2018

Robotics Companies Join Forces on End-of-Arm Technology

Enrico Krog Inversen, former CEO of Universal Robots, along with the Danish Growth Fund have announced the merger of three end-of-arm tooling companies to facilitate the ongoing growth of collaborative robotics. Perception Robotics (US), OptoForce (Hungary) and OnRobot (Denmark) merge to create fully integrated products with combined user interfaces.

Three End-of-arm Robotic Companies Become OnRobot

Modern Materials Handling | June 20, 2018

New Materials for Autonomous Vehicles

A new material developed by scientists at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin along with researchers from Air Force Research Laboratories, University of Missouri, and J.A. Woollam Co. Inc., might show promise for infrared detection applications as autonomous vehicles, emergency services and even manufacturing.

Could this Material Enable Autonomous Vehicles to Come to Market Sooner?

ECN Magazine | June 20, 2018