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20th September 2017

Gear Expo 2017:  Star SU to showcase the latest in gear manufacturing process technology

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL., September 20, 2017—

Gear Expo is just around the corner and Star SU is once again ready to showcase our entire product range of machine tool, cutting tool and tool services.

Gear Expo Quick Facts

Name of Show: Gear Expo 2017
Show Dates: October 24-26, 2017
Show Location: Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio
Show Sponsor: American Gear Manufacturers Association
Star SU LLC – Booth# 1306

 

Star SU will feature a complete library of product overviews, video displays, and a new interactive customer application solutions tool.  Gear Expo visitors can explore the Star SU Solutions Kiosk independently or have a Star SU representative guided tour through its complete machine tool, cutting tool and tool services offerings from the brands we represent including Star Cutter Company, Samputensili, Bourn & Koch, Profilator / GMTA, FFG Werke (Hessapp, Modul), and H.B. Carbide.

The booth will also showcase the FFG Modul H200 vertical hobbing machine and the latest in gear cutting tool technology:

 

FFG Werke Modul H200 vertical hobbing machine
The H80/100/160/200 series is the latest version of our hobbing machine line for small applications, specially engineered for automotive. These machines have been designed for dry cutting operations in particular, although using oil or emulsion is not a problem. Now this machine is available with the option enlarged radial travel. These option allows to cover the working range of H80 up to H200. The new CNC tailstock, driven by a servomotor, is standard now and allows the easy setup and monitoring of clamping force and position. The closed “O-frame” structure with cross beam allows the ideal integration of this tailstock.

These new features combined with the user friendly Modul operating interface provides also the optimal base for Job Shop applications.  Request a budget quote and plan to see it at Gear Expo (booth 1306) or by visiting our H 80-200 Vertical Gear Hobbing webpage.

 


Gear cutting tool solutions
Star SU carries a wide variety of gear cutting tools and offer precision tool re-sharpening services and advanced coatings, including Oerlikon Balzer’s New BALANIT® ALTENSA, the high-speed coating solution that realizes productivity gains and efficiency.

Need more help managing your tool room? Let Star SU monitor the life cycle of your tools and re-sharpen, re-coat and replace them as needed. Visit http://www.star-su.com/cutting-tools/gear-cutting-tools and request a meeting with us to discuss how we can help you with your gear cutting operation.

Star SU will also feature Scudding® cutters in conjunction with GMTA and Profilator manufactured to produce gear and spline teeth for reduced cycle times and tool costs.  Learn more by visiting us at Gear Expo (booth 1306) or going directly to our Scudding®  page.

 

About Star SU, LLC

Star SU, LLC offers a wide variety of machine tools, precision cutting tools and services including:

• vertical and horizontal gear hobbing machines
• chamfering and deburring machines
• gear grinding machines
• gear shaping and shaving machines
• tool grinding machines
• gear hobs and milling cutters
• gear shaper cutters and shaving tools
• scudding® and power skiving tools
• chamfer and deburring tools
• gundrills
• form tools and reamers
• pcd tooling
• cryogenic cutting tools
• carbide blanks and preforms
• tool coatings
• and tool life cycle management services

Star SU is the go-to-market cooperative partnership of Star Cutter Company of Farmington Hills, MI, and SU America, Inc., the US sales and manufacturing unit to SAMP, S.p.A. The companies together represent one of the world’s largest gear machine, tool and gear tool manufacturing producers.

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ITAMCO Ramps Up Additive Manufacturing With New EOS Printer

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 ITAMCO Ramps Up Additive Manufacturing With New EOS Printer

 

Plymouth, Indiana—August 24, 2017—ITAMCO (Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies) is delivering components to the medical device industry made with their new EOS M 290 additive manufacturing printer.

 

The EOS printer was delivered in June, 2017 and ITAMCO was shipping components to a medical device supplier in August. The fast ramp up is partially due to the experience the ITAMCO team gained while contributing to the development of additive manufacturing software. They were part of a consortium of manufacturers and universities that collaborated to develop the program through a multi-million dollar manufacturing initiative called "America Makes.” The software, named “Atlas 3D,” is now marketed through a division of ITAMCO.

 

The ITAMCO and EOS Partnership

Another reason for ITAMCO’s efficient entry into additive manufacturing was EOS—a global leader in additive manufacturing systems and solutions. “The EOS printer is the right tool for our complex components made with DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) and the EOS team trained our staff and got us up and running quickly,” said Joel Neidig, Director of Research and Development for ITAMCO. “The printer works seamlessly with Atlas 3D, too,” he added.

 

In addition, the technology team at ITAMCO quickly built a good working relationship with the EOS sales and support team. Jon Walker, Area Sales Manager with EOS North America, said, “ITAMCO is an ideal partner for EOS because three generations of ITAMCO leaders have supplied traditional subtractive manufactured parts to some of the best known organizations in the world. Due to their reputation, ITAMCO’s investment in additive manufacturing validates the 3D printing market, especially in highly regulated industries where testing and validation of components or devices is critical. We’re thrilled that they have invested in an EOS M 290 3D printing platform, smartly positioning themselves to become an additive manufacturing leader in robust medical and industrial markets for the next three generations and beyond.”

 

Servicing the Medical Device Industry

The medical device industry is a relatively new market for the company that has serviced heavy-duty industries for decades. “Additive manufacturing is allowing us to do things we’ve not done before, like producing the smaller, more intricate components for the medical device industry,” said Mr. Neidig.

 

Given ITAMCO’s capabilities and their close proximity to numerous medical implant manufacturers in Indiana, the entry into this industry is a logical move. “We’ve hired two people from medical device companies to work for us,” said Mr. Neidig. “Of course, we will continue to expand our presence in our current markets by offering additive manufacturing and the high-quality subtractive manufacturing that made us so successful.”

 

Why Additive Manufacturing?

ITAMCO has been on track to include additive manufacturing in their offerings since the launch of their “Strategic Technology Initiative for Additive Manufacturing” in 2015. ITAMCO is using additive manufacturing to expand their market position in a global economy and to deliver real benefits to their customers. These benefits include:

•       faster turnaround

•       lighter yet stronger components

•       lower prices

•       design freedom

•       product customization

•       reasonably priced small-batch production

 

About ITAMCO

Since 1955, ITAMCO has provided open gearing and precision machining services to many heavy-duty industries including mining, off-highway vehicles, marine, and aviation. In addition, the technology team at ITAMCO has released over 65 apps for mobile devices, designed and markets iBlue, the first industrial Bluetooth transmitter, and developed an award-winning Google Glass application. Learn more about ITAMCO at www.itamco.com or call (574) 936-2112.

 

Photo: Left to Right: Joel Neidig, Director of Research and Development at ITAMCO, Jennifer Howe, Area Sales Representative at EOS, Jon Walker, Area Sales Manager at EOS.

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Industry News
23rd August 2017

Simens Gamesa to supply and install four onshore-projects in Germany with 27 direct-drive wind turbi

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Four new onshore-projects with a combined rating of more than 84 megawatts (MW) will extend Siemens Gamesa’s fleet of direct-drive wind turbines with a further 27 units. Customer GETEC green energy AG has ordered nine SWT-3.2-113 wind turbines for the Energiepark Profen project located in Saxony-Anhalt. An additional five units of the same model will be installed at PNE WIND’s Bederkesa-Alfstedt wind power plant near Bremerhaven. 11 SWT-3.0-113 wind turbines will be installed at the Straubenhardt project in Baden-Württemberg developed by WIRSOL. Finally, two Siemens Gamesa direct drive wind turbines, one SWT-3.15-142 and one SWT-3.2-113 will be installed near the town of Vetschau in Brandenburg. The installation at the VentusVentures project marks the German debut of the company’s low-wind turbine with 142-meter rotor.

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23rd August 2017

Intel promises 40 percent speed boost with new chip

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Intel might be sticking to the familiar Kaby Lake architecture for the eight generation of its Core chips, but the its internal testing looks pretty promising as far as performance goes. The company says the chips are capable of a 40-percent increase over their predecessors — and even more notable for those finally ready to upgrade an old system: about double the performance of a five year old device.

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23rd August 2017

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Summer is the season for drilling, and with the uptick in the precious metals market since 2016, companies are finally able to have the budgets to properly explore their prospects, says Brien Lundin, editor of Gold Newsletter and organizer of the annual New Orleans Investment Conference. Positive results can mean a bump up in share prices, and Lundin discusses six companies that have been releasing good news this summer.

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23rd August 2017

This mobile robotic arm totally won’t haunt your dreams

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23rd August 2017

Where the jobs are: the fastest growing sectors for manufacturing

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The manufacturing sector has shown some growth over the past few years.  Since 2011, the sector has created jobs every year, a 6-year expansion that exceeds the 5-year expansion experienced 1994-1998, according to a new report from consulting firm Headlight Data. The report showed that the industry has created nearly 500,000 new jobs in the last 6 years.

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23rd August 2017

Cold sintering: The future of sustainable manufacturing

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A team of researchers at Penn State led by Randall developed a new method for sintering that requires much less time and energy than the traditional method. Randall’s new approach is called cold sintering, and incorporates liquids into the process, which takes place at temperatures ranging from room temperature to 200 degrees Celsius.

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23rd August 2017

Markforged announces two 3D printers that produce items as strong as steel

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23rd August 2017

Five material handling trends in the auto industry

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In just 70 years, material handling in the automotive industry has gone through numerous transformations, going from assembly lines manned by individual workers, to assembly lines of modern material handling machines, robots, and knowledge workers. Thanks to that transformation in production, the total output of automotive manufacturers increased nearly 10 times over in the 35 years after World War II.

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23rd August 2017

Metrology drives upstream quality

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Quality drives productivity and is now, more than ever, seen as an enabler for advanced manufacturing, rather than a cost that has to be endured," stated Ken Woodbine, president of the Metrology Software Division at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence (North Kingstown, RI). He also stressed that a metrology process that simply reports measurements accurately may not be enough. Quality engineers must create measurement programs that give confidence that the part is meeting the measurement intent of the design and designer as well as the needs of the assembly the part is going into. The art of creating measurement programs is still commonly done as in the past, through highlighted mark-ups of 2D paper drawings or even informal discussions with on-site designers. But these are proving insufficient and even archaic in an increasingly global and complex supply chain.

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23rd August 2017

A3 reports record growth of robotics and automaton sales in North America

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The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) has revealed the results of its latest research on robotics and automation trends, sales, and growth. As expected, many records were set in the areas of robotics, machine vision, motion control and motor technology for the first half of 2017, says A3. 

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23rd August 2017

Optomec reveals ‘recipes’ for metal printing to aid in optimal manufacturing quality

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Metal printing is getting cheaper and more efficient as time goes on. While most news stories talk about technologies or materials, Optomec’s newest revelation goes in a different direction. The company that developed the famous LENS production technique has just unveiled what it calls ‘recipes’. Recipes are time-saving tools that aid customers in faster application of additive manufacturing. They have provided recipes for their LENS method and the Aerosol Jet Printing of electronics.

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23rd August 2017

Monday Economic Report – August 21, 2017

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The manufacturing indicators that were released last week included industrial production for July and the New York and Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank manufacturing surveys for August. According to the Federal Reserve, total industrial production rose 0.2 percent from June to July. Compared to the previous year, the index rose 2.2 percent. Manufacturing production (about three-fourths of the total index) fell 0.1 percent from June and rose 1.2 percent from the previous year. Taking a deeper dive into the decline from June, while durable manufacturing fell 0.5 percent, nondurable manufacturing actually climbed 0.4 percent. Within durables, softness in motor vehicles and parts drove the decline. As shown in the graph above, total manufacturing excluding motor vehicles and parts rose 0.2 percent on the month, while durable manufacturing excluding motor vehicles and parts was about flat. Compared to July 2016, total manufacturing rose 1.2 percent; excluding motor vehicles and parts, the increase was 1.7 percent.

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23rd August 2017

Industrial robotics market projected to reach more than $70 billion by 2023

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The industrial robotics market is forecast to reach beyond $70 billion by 2023, according to a new report. The main drivers for the industrial robotics market are increasing investments for automation in various industries and the growing demand from small and medium-scale enterprises in developing countries. 

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23rd August 2017

Robots invade the Rust Belt

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Industrial robots may deal with a lot of ones and zeroes, but their programming may soon include Midwestern values as well, based on new mapping data from the Brookings Institute. The report, "Where the robots are,"shows that 29% of the 233, 305 industrial robots in America are being put to work in three states: Indiana (8.3%), Ohio (8.7%) and Michigan (12%).

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23rd August 2017

Deere 3Q profit up, construction equipment market improves

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The agricultural equipment maker earned $641.8 million, or $1.97 per share, for the period ended July 30. A year ago the Moline, Illinois-based company earned $488.8 million, or $1.55 per share.

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22nd August 2017

The death of the internal combustion engine

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22nd August 2017

Cyber-attacks rising in the manufacturing sector

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As the manufacturing industry becomes better connected, the frequency and sophistication of cyber-attacks is rising. Research from the Global Threat Intelligence Centre analyzing Q2 of this year has been released by NTT Security, and identifies trending threats as well as offering tips and tactics for staying ahead of hackers.

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Industry News
22nd August 2017

HBM acquires Indiana gears company

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HBM Holdings, one of St. Louis’ largest privately-held companies with an estimated $550 million in revenue last year, has acquired Schafer Industries, a producer of high-precision, custom-engineered gears and machined parts.

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22nd August 2017

GE Digital creates program to ensure return on smart manufacturing

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We’ve all heard the stories of manufacturers who purchase advanced technology only to have it sit in the factory-floor corner undeployed because nobody has the time or wherewithal to implement the tools and make sure they work. GE Digital recognized this issue and created a service – Acceleration Plans – to make sure manufacturers get the results they paid for.

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22nd August 2017

Wireless charging means electric cars could drive forever

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Scientists have found a way to wirelessly transmit electricity to a nearby moving object. The method may have applications in transportation, medical devices,and more. If electric cars could recharge while driving down a highway, for example, it would virtually eliminate concerns about their range and lower their cost, perhaps making electricity the standard fuel for vehicles.

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22nd August 2017

Boost from abroad gives U.S. companies best quarter since 2004

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Corporate profits in the second quarter have beaten estimates at more than three-quarters of the Standard & Poor’s 500 member companies. Demand from overseas is driving the best earnings season for U.S. companies in 13 years, with top executives from Dow Chemical Co. to Morgan Stanley citing rising foreign sales, a dynamic that should help propel gains in the second half.

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22nd August 2017

Monday Economic Report - August 14, 2017

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As the Federal Reserve continues to move toward normalization of its monetary policy, it will need to weigh the relative strength in the labor market with cooling inflationary pressures in recent data. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will meet September 19–20, and it is widely expected to start the process of gradually reducing the size of its balance sheet, which has ballooned to $4.5 trillion since the financial crisis.

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22nd August 2017

Amazon’s robots: Job destroyers or dance partners

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The 100,000 orange robots that glide through Amazon warehouses and the thousands of Amazonians who build, program and use them are part of the evolving relationship between humans and their tools that awakens new possibilities but also new fears.

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22nd August 2017

Want a high-paying job? Look for a spot on the assembly line

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Thousands of workers have gone to work in North Texas factories over the past decade, building everything from hand tools and oil industry machinery to fighter jets and SUVs.

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22nd August 2017

Want a high-paying job? Look for a spot on the assembly line

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Revenues declined for the second-straight year for the nation's largest manufacturers as they nervously await economic reforms.

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22nd August 2017

The IW U.S. 500: The (cloudy) state of manufacturing

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Revenues declined for the second-straight year for the nation's largest manufacturers as they nervously await economic reforms.

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22nd August 2017

Iron ore price makes fresh high above $70

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The Northern China import price of 62 percent Fe content ore jumped 1.6 percent on Thursday to exchange hands for $76.10 per dry metric ton, according to data supplied by The Steel Index. It's the highest price since early April and the steelmaking raw material is now trading 43.6 percent up from its 2017 lows struck in June.

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22nd August 2017

German trade surplus widens as imports, exports both drop

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German imports dropped sharply in June over the previous month, outpacing a drop in exports and widening the country's trade surplus. The Federal Statistical Office said Tuesday exports fell 2.8 percent in June over May, while exports dropped 4.5 percent. The trade surplus widened to 21.2 billion euros ($25 billion) from May's 20.3 billion euros.

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22nd August 2017

Wearable tech in industrial sectors is booming

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The wearables devices market is thriving, thanks to workers’ need for real-time data across various industries, including manufacturing, logistics, construction, mining, retail, and healthcare. With IoT being widely used across these sectors, the implementation of wearables is the next technological step to make that level of connectedness as accessible as possible. Businesses are keen to incorporate wearables into their portfolio, and worker feedback is positive.

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22nd August 2017

Top five digital transformation trends in manufacturing

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Like the Industrial Revolution impacted manufacturing, digital transformation is now responsible for changing the industry. Finally, industrial manufacturers are joining their counterparts and are moving to a digital world. Not since Henry Ford introduced mass production has there been a revolution to this scale. Now, manufacturing companies are using technology to move from mass production to customized production, and it’s happening at a rapid pace.

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22nd August 2017

Aerospace manufacturing takes off with digital technology

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A number of deals were announced at the Paris Air Show in June 2017 which are expected to contribute £3.3 billion to the UK economy and £35 billion to the global economy.

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Industry News
22nd August 2017

U.S. productivity rose a modest 0.9 percent in Spring

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The productivity of American workers rose just modestly in the spring, extending a worrisome issue that has persisted throughout this expansion.

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Member News
14th August 2017

HBM acquires Indiana gears company

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HBM Holdings, one of St. Louis’ largest privately-held companies with an estimated $550 million in revenue last year, has acquired Schafer Industries, a producer of high-precision, custom-engineered gears and machined parts.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Schafer, based out of South Bend, Indiana, operates two divisions: Schafer Gear Works and Schafer Driveline.

The deal is part of HBM’s acquisition strategy, which was implemented several years ago. HBM, led by CEO Mike DeCola, targets companies within an EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) range of $10 million to $25 million, while remaining flexible for add-on acquisitions to its existing portfolio.

“Schafer is a perfect fit for our model, as the current ownership group is ready to transition the business to reach a new level of capability and success,” DeCola said in a statement.

Schafer CEO Bipin Doshi and Stan Blenke, executive vice president and CFO, will stay involved during a transition period, according to a release.

Eric Van Rens, who since 2004 has served as the vice president of sales and marketing for Mississippi Lime, another HBM portfolio company, will step in as Schafer CEO, effective immediately.

HBM operates three subsidiary companies (aside from Mississippi Lime and Schafer) — Tru-Flex, which makes exhaust decouplers used in emissions systems; Breen, which provides emissions measurement and mitigation technologies to the utility and industrial boiler markets; and Delavau, a manufacturer of granulated, blended and tableted calcium, vitamin and mineral supplements.

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Press Release
14th August 2017

AGMA Adds Electric Drives Speaker to Fall Marketing & Forecasting Conference

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   

Alexandria, VA- Preston Reine, Manager of Motors and Motor Driven Equipment at IHS Markit Manufacturing Technology, will be presenting “The Importance of Electric Drives to the Gear Industry” at the 2017 Fall Marketing &Forecasting Conference October 4-5, in Rosemont, IL. Reine is a group manager whose expertise is focused on motor-driven systems such as pump, fan and compressor applications.  Through advanced research methodologies and business development, Reine will provide insight into marketing intelligence with electric drives and how it may affect the gear industry.

With drive suppliers currently facing some barriers, the presentation will focus on opportunities and potential disruptions to gear manufacturers. Reine will give special attention to the steps that gear manufacturers can take to succeed in the face of the added challenge of electrification. Additionally, Reine will address the current state of the drives market in terms of revenue and unit shipment performance.

The Fall Marketing & Forecasting Conference attracts CEOs, Vice Presidents, sales executives and marketing experts from all types of member companies. Each year, attendees come to focus on the in-depth and comprehensive “Gear Market Report” that provides information on the U.S. economic conditions, industry conditions for gears, gear market bookings and gear market shipments. Having Reine as a speaker will enhance the conference to go beyond the numbers and talk about the economic outlook on a global span as it relates to the state of manufacturing.

“We are really excited to have Preston speak this year as we have not had anyone present on something that is considered a competing technology to this group before,” explains Jill Johnson, AGMA Director of Membership. “It is an opportunity for attendees to receive the comprehensive data from the Gear Market Report that AGMA provides, but also to hear from Preston whom will provide a deeper understanding of the crucial trends occurring to give members and non-members a look at the end-equipment markets.”

AGMA strives to provide insight to new and emerging technologies as part of the overall Strategic Plan. Having a presentation about electric drives will add a new dimension to the conference where AGMA combines the strong market report with innovation and challenge.

In addition to Reine’s presentation, Tom Runiewicz, Senior Principal Economist from IHS Economics, will present the Gear Market Report and the data involved. For more information about the 2017 Fall Marketing & Forecasting Conference visit: https://www.agma.org/events/2017-fall-marketing-forecasting-conference/

 

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Industry News
11th August 2017

Considering the costs of warehouse automation

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Managing cost is a concern in every warehouse; in fact, warehouses represent approximately 20 percent of total logistics costs. In an effort to reduce costs and improve efficiency, many warehouses turn to automation. Other trends driving demand for automation include the rising cost of space and a constant demand for near-perfect shipping accuracy. Automation in today’s warehouses comes in many constantly changing options. Conveyors, shipping sorters, and pick-to-light systems have been used successfully in warehouses for many years. More recent trends include varied uses of robots and the philosophy of GTP (goods to person). Before investing in warehouse automation, there are a number of factors that warrant careful consideration, including processes and labor.

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Industry News
11th August 2017

IoT, SCADA and the business triangle

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We find ourselves in the middle of yet another technology revolution — the Internet of Things (IoT). What does this mean for us in the business of manufacturing things? It means change, of course, but also how we manage that change while keeping our processes running makes all the difference. A recent article on Manufacturing Business Technology by Chris Grove discussed this revolution from the perspective of cybersecurity. If we take even a further step back from the entire organization we can see that it is not just cybersecurity that needs to be redefined with this digitization of the manufacturing company but rather all of our processes and people that interact with all this new technology.

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Industry News
11th August 2017

U.S. trade deficit narrowed to $43.6 Billion in June

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The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in June as exports hit the highest level in 2 ½ years. The Commerce Department said last week that the trade gap slid 5.9 percent in June to $43.6 billion.

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Industry News
11th August 2017

Iron ore soars at $76 a tonne

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Iron ore hit its highest level since April driven by the demand of China’s steel industry, whose production grew by 4.6 per cent in the first half of this year and whose imports of the steelmaking raw material are on course to exceed 1 billion tonnes in 2017.

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11th August 2017

Hiring workers for manufacturing jobs isn’t all that hard

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Industry News
11th August 2017

What is the future of on-demand additive manufacturing?

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Every month, every week, even every day, it seems like more manufacturers are outsourcing at least some of their additive manufacturing. What might that segment of the industry look like soon? Here’s one perspective.

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11th August 2017

Tesla wants to raise $1.5 billion as it gears up for ‘manufacturing hell’

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Tesla Inc. said this week that it would raise about $1.5 billion through its first-ever high-yield junk bond offering, as the U.S. luxury electric car maker seeks fresh sources of cash to ramp up production of its new Model 3 sedan.

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11th August 2017

Faraday Future signs leas on new turn-key manufacturing facility

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Faraday Future recently abandoned plans to build its own tailor-made factory from scratch in Nevada, and now it’s signed a lease on a new ready-made production facility in Hanford, Calif. The switch in strategy reflects a broader shift in the electric carmaker’s approach, which has been scaled down for earlier ambitious and lofty goals based on the company’s economic realities.

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11th August 2017

Another Illinois manufacturing set to cross state lines

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Alliance Steel Corp submitted a $925,000 bid to the Redevelopment Commission in Gary, Indiana, for 25 acres of land. The Northwest Indiana Times reports the bid was approved Aug. 2 by the commission, but the company is waiting for the state to provide incentives and for the city to work out logistics for neighboring land before the move is official.

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11th August 2017

Manufacturing growth continues in S.C.

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11th August 2017

3D printers will change manufacturing

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11th August 2017

Manufacturing hiring surges, but skills gap sows vacancies

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More manufacturing outfits brought on new workers in March than at any point since the front end of the Great Recession in early 2008, according to a report published Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau's so-called JOLTS report – short for Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary – showed that nearly 5.3 million employees were hired across the U.S. economy in March. On the manufacturing front alone, 322,000 workers were added to payrolls. There hasn't been a month during which industrial work has been in such high demand since April 2008.

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Industry News
11th August 2017

China’s auto mobility revolution: Going from ‘ownership’ to ‘usership’

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China’s unique set of urban transportation challenges, very high rate of adoption of mobile internet services, and rapid and aggressive introduction of alternative mobility solutions have combined to make China a global breeding ground for mobility innovation. The deeply-rooted automotive industry business model is experiencing disruption.

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Industry News
11th August 2017

Monday Economic Report – August 7, 2017

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The manufacturing sector added 16,000 net new workers in July, extending the gain of 12,000 workers in June and reflecting growth in seven of the past eight months. Over that eight-month span (since November), manufacturers have averaged 12,500 new jobs per month—definite improvement from the loss of 16,000 workers on net in 2016. In July, there were 12,425,000 manufacturing workers. At the same time, average weekly earnings for manufacturing workers have risen 2.8 percent over the past 12 months. At the same time, the U.S. economy increased nonfarm payroll employment by 209,000 in July, exceeding 200,000 for the third time in the past four months. The unemployment rate fell from 4.4 percent in June to 4.3 percent in July, returning to the pace in May, which was a 10-year low. Such strong labor market growth should further cement the Federal Reserve’s normalization plans, including raising short-term rates and reducing the size of its balance sheet, perhaps doing both at its upcoming meeting in September. 

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Industry News
11th August 2017

The U.S. manufacturing resurgence: Not just Washington’s Job

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There’s no shortage of conversation around the manufacturing industry on Capitol Hill. In June at the National Association of Manufacturers Summit, Vice President Pence remarked that American manufacturers haven’t been this optimistic in 20 years.

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Industry News
11th August 2017

U.S. manufacturing index hits highest in nearly three years

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The U.S. manufacturing index ISM rose to its highest level, 57.8 percent, since August 2014, according to a release published Monday. Production, employment and new orders all showed solid gains last month

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

Most Americans unaware that as U.S. manufacturing jobs have disappeared, output has grown

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Manufacturing jobs in the United States have declined considerably over the past several decades, even as manufacturing output — the value of goods and products manufactured in the U.S. — has grown strongly. But while most Americans are aware of the decline in employment, relatively few know about the increase in output, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

General Electric builds AI workforce

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As part of its shift toward high-tech businesses, the 125-year-old company is threading artificial intelligence throughout its operations, starting with its scientists.

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

Manufacturers list risks that concern them most

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Manufacturing is currently going through a transformative period brought on by technological innovation, economic and regulatory uncertainty, automation and workforce concerns and globalization and trade disruptions. To come out the other side of this movement intact, risks need to be identified and evaluated so that businesses can build strategies to address these concerns. To help identify these risks, BDO has released the 2017 BDO Manufacturing RiskFactor Report which identifies supply chain disruption as the No. 1 risk in the industry. The report examines the risk factors in the most recent 10-K filings of the largest 100 publicly traded U.S. manufacturers. The risks are analyzed and ranked by order of frequency cited and include U.S. manufacturers in the food manufacturing, transportation, fabricated metals, machinery, plastics and rubber segments.

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

50 smartest companies 2017

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MIT Technology Review editors pick the 50 companies that best combine innovative technology with an effective business model.

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2nd August 2017

U.S. economy speeds up in second quarter after bumpy ride earlier in the year

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Americans got out and spent more in the spring, nursing the U.S. economy back to health after a feeble start to the year.

The official scorecard for economy, known as gross domestic product, grew at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the second quarter, the government said last week.

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

Get better parts faster with on-demand manufacturing

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As on-demand manufacturing becomes more popular, engineers are faced with a double-edged sword. On the one hand, on-demand manufacturing offers fast turnarounds and options for easy prototyping and short runs in the early stages of product development. On the other hand, some engineers may be hesitant to trust the production of crucial components or prototypes to an external service, especially given the risk of design errors going unnoticed.

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

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Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health. The commitment, which follows a similar pledge in France, is part of the government’s much-anticipated clean air plan, which has been at the heart of a protracted high court legal battle. 

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

Think efficiency is enough in the new age of manufacturing? Think again

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Jim Lawton of Rethink Robotics challenges manufacturing executives to re-think how they measure the value of technology. The emphasis is on driving efficiency in manufacturing has resulted in less innovation and little differentiation.

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

Wearable tech to become mainstream facilities by 2022, says Zebra survey

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Zebra Technologies Corporation, market leader in mobile computers, scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility solutions, has revealed the results of its 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study. The study reveals results research into trends shaping industrial manufacturing, and this year, the stand-out trends are the adoption of IIoT and wearables. Half of manufacturers will adopt wearable tech by 2022, but half also say that the complexity of this technology is a barrier to achieving a fully-connected factory.

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

$5 million will help create North Carolina manufacturing center

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A $5 million earmark from the state will help Cleveland Community College (in North Carolina) build a state-of-the-art manufacturing building. The Center for Advanced Manufacturing will house programs for CCC students and courses for the Advanced Manufacturing Academy, a collaboration between the college and Cleveland County Schools. Organizers hope the project will push the college to the forefront of industry.

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

ABS joins industry partners to advance autonomous shipping

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ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the offshore and marine industries, joined the Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance to work with industry partners, including class organizations, shipyards, equipment manufacturers and designers to advance autonomous shipping. The design will integrate features of independent decision-making, autonomous navigation, environmental perception and remote control.

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

Darpa grants Rocket Crafters research grant for 3D printed rocket fuel engine

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Florida-based space company Rocket Crafters Inc (RCI) has been granted a $542,600 research contract by DARPA to develop its 3D printed rocket fuel engine. With the eight month-long agreement, Rocket Crafters will be enlisted to design, build, and test the hybrid rocket engine.

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

A closer look at GE’s 3D printed ATP aircraft engine

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GE has given an inside look into its 3D printed advanced turboprop (ATP) engine. The ATP engine is set to propel Textron Aviation’s upcoming Cessna Denali business aircraft. With 1,300 horsepower, the engine will undergo testing later this year before flight testing in 2018.

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

Watch NASA test the monster engine that will launch the most powerful rocket in history

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(Video) On July 25, NASA tested one of its RS-25 engines. The RS-25 engine isn't just any engine — it's a rocket engine that will launch the most powerful rocket in history, the Space Launch System (SLS), in 2019.

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

China’s auto mobility revolution: Going from ‘ownership’ to ‘usership’

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China’s unique set of urban transportation challenges, very high rate of adoption of mobile internet services, and rapid and aggressive introduction of alternative mobility solutions have combined to make China a global breeding ground for mobility innovation.

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

Monday Economic Report – July 31, 2017

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The U.S. economy grew by an annualized 2.6 percent in the second quarter, according to preliminary data, with real GDP up 1.9 percent at the annual rate in the first half of 2017. Looking at the underlying data, consumer and business spending were the bright spots, with net exports also making a positive contribution for the second straight quarter. Personal consumption expenditures rose by 2.8 percent in the second quarter, boosted by increased spending for both durable and nondurable goods products. In addition, nonresidential fixed investment increased by 5.2 percent in the second quarter. Most promisingly, equipment spending soared in the latest data to its fastest pace since the third quarter of 2015, up 8.2 percent, with 4.9 percent growth in structures spending. Nonetheless, other components of gross private domestic investment were weaker than desired, including residential investment and inventories.

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

The business of artificial intelligence

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For more than 250 years, the fundamental drivers of economic growth have been technological innovations. The most important of these are what economists call general-purpose technologies — a category that includes the steam engine, electricity and the internal combustion engine. Each one catalyzed waves of complementary innovations and opportunities. The internal combustion engine, for example, gave rise to cars, trucks, airplanes, chain saws, and lawnmowers, along with big-box retailers, shopping centers, cross-docking warehouses, new supply chains, and when you think about it, suburbs. 

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

Workforce challenges are a top concern for manufacturers, report finds

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Manufacturers are optimistic about their industry and the U.S. economy but concerned about the ongoing struggle to find qualified workers, according to the 2017 Manufacturing Report from professional services firm Skich LLP. In the firm's third annual report on the manufacturing industry, nearly 80 percent of respondents said they are more optimistic about the U.S. economy compared to last year while 66 percent said the same about the manufacturing industry. And 69 percent expect headcount to increase. Even so, respondents identified addressing workforce challenges as a top priority for their companies, and nearly 60 percent pointed to a lack of qualified workers as a barrier to business growth.

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Press Release
31st July 2017

Mark Johnson to be Keynote Speaker for Gear Expo 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   

Alexandria, VA- Dr. Mark Johnson, Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), is one of three keynote speakers who will be presenting at Gear Expo 2017, THE Drive Technology Show, in Columbus, Ohio, October 24-26. The AMO is focused on creating a fertile innovation environment for advanced manufacturing and enabling vigorous development in the United States of new energy-efficient manufacturing processes and materials technologies.

During Johnson’s tenure as the Program Director in the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), he led initiatives to advance energy storage and critical materials, as well as projects in small business, advanced semiconductor, novel wind architectures, superconductors and electric machines. In addition, he has served as the Industry and Innovation Program Director for the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center.

Johnson will be addressing the needs for the industry of the future and discussing key enabling technologies that will help achieve these goals. He will highlight ways in which Department of Energy and the AMO are helping support innovation in the field of advanced manufacturing while continuing stewardship for energy efficient manufacturing processes and materials technologies.

“If you think about the advanced manufacturing office within the DoE, where there is that intersection between manufacturing and energy, we are going to develop new technologies, support research development and really work together with industry to lower those barriers to get technology out to the marketplace for U.S. manufacturers,” Johnson said. “If we’re successful in that, we’ll wind up improving energy efficiency that winds up improving energy productivity, and then, manufacturers ultimately are more productive and wind up having a better bottom line.”

Johnson will appeal to many of the gear manufacturers that are trying to find the right balance between efficiency and cost. Gear Expo attendees come from a variety of industries around the world but the focus to make their operations more streamlined is the same across all industries. Learning about energy efficient options in manufacturing will allow businesses to evaluate their bottom line and improve future manufacturing processes.

Johnson will be speaking on Wednesday, October 25, from 1:00 pm–2:00 pm at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. 

 

For more information on Gear Expo, visit www.gearexpo.com

 

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Industry News
26th July 2017

Tesla, China are driving an ‘Epic” revolution in auto engineering

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Today’s cars and SUVs, packed with revolutionary technologies are nothing like the vehicles of several decades ago. Nor is leadership among the world’s largest automakers, including General Motors (GM), Ford Motor (F), and Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) as the industry confronts one of the most transformational periods in its history.

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Industry News
26th July 2017

Earth-digging robot could make laying underground cables much easier and cheaper

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A robot developed by the MIT University could help bring down the enormous cost of laying underground and undersea cables. The machine is being called RoboClam — because it was based on how clams behave — is a relatively small device and it’s been called "the Ferrari of underwater diggers" because it’s particularly good at digging through soft, watery soil or sand.

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Industry News
26th July 2017

The Drone Space

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A robot developed by the MIT University could help bring down the enormous cost of laying underground and undersea cables. The machine is being called RoboClam — because it was based on how clams behave — is a relatively small device and it’s been called "the Ferrari of underwater diggers" because it’s particularly good at digging through soft, watery soil or sand.

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Industry News
26th July 2017

Luxembourg shoots for the stars with fresh space mining deal

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Luxembourg seems to be in a rush to achieve its goal of becoming Europe’s hub for space mining, as it announced Monday a deal with a newly created company specializing in geolocation services and developing space infrastructure.

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Industry News
26th July 2017

Survey: Manufacturing suffers image problem, yet critical to prosperity

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Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute have teamed up to conduct a multi-year research initiative to better understand the U.S. public perception of manufacturing. Among the findings, roughly 8 in 10 surveyed continue to view U.S. manufacturing vital to maintaining economic prosperity, but only 50 percent of Americans think manufacturing jobs are interesting and less than 30 percent are likely to encourage their children to pursue a career.

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Industry News
26th July 2017

Modern warehouse management in the era of customer centricity

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It is all about the customer. Whether discussing product innovation, shop floor processes or IT investments, the underlying priority is likely to be related to customer alignment. Building customer relationships is the key to repeat sales, brand loyalty and products which are immune to commoditization and price wars. This customer focus applies to warehouse priorities too. And, despite increasing complexities in inventory management, software solutions can help manufacturers optimize processes to support a customer-centric approach.

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Industry News
26th July 2017

Volvo trucks Q2 profit surges threefold on strong sales

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Strong demand in Europe, Asia and Russia helped truck maker Volvo post a threefold increase in second-quarter profits, but faltering sales in North America prompted a sharp fall in the company’s share price. 

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Industry News
26th July 2017

Monday Economic Report – July 24, 2017

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In March, the Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey from the NAM rose to an all-time high in the survey’s 20-year history, with 93.3 percent of respondents positive about their own company outlook. Three months later, manufacturers remain very upbeat. In the latest report, 89.5 percent were either somewhat or very positive about their own company outlook. This pullback in confidence mirrors easing in other sentiment surveys, even as they continue to present an encouraging assessment of overall conditions. In this case, the percentage of manufacturers, positive in their outlook, has averaged 91.4 percent over the first and second quarters of 2017, the highest consecutive two-quarter average in the survey’s history.

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Industry News
26th July 2017

Infographic: A manufacturing renaissance means risk resurgence

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BDO presents its 2017 Manufacturing Riskfactor Report, in a helpful infographic.

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Industry News
26th July 2017

Manufacturing was the largest industrial contributor to real GDP in the first quarter

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Real GDP grew 1.4 percent in the first quarter, pulled lower by weak inventory spending and softer-than-desired consumer spending. At the same time, business investment was a bright spot in the report, and, according to new data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, so was manufacturing. Real value added output rebounded in the first quarter, up 4.7 percent after falling by 2.9 percent in the fourth quarter. As a result, manufacturers contributed 0.54 percentage points to headline growth in the first quarter, a notable improvement from the 0.39 percentage point drag seen in the fourth quarter. Indeed, it was the largest industrial contributor to real GDP growth in the release.

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Industry News
26th July 2017

‘Glass’ headset technology implemented at 6 AGCO factories

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AGCO Corp, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, announced today that it is increasing the efficiency, quality and safety of its manufacturing programs by doubling the number of Glass, an assisted reality, wearable headset device being used in its Jackson, Minn., factory and will begin using Glass at six additional factories. The Jackson facility manufactures complex, custom configured Challenger and Massey Ferguson agricultural machines.

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Industry News
26th July 2017

Manufacturing PMI hits four-month high in July

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A reading of U.S. manufacturing output reached a four-month high in July, according to data released Monday. The HIS Markit flash U.S. manufacturing purchasing managers index rose to 53.2 from 52 in June, as there was acceleration in readings for output, new orders, employment and stocks of input.

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Press Release
26th July 2017

AGMA Announces Paul Boris as a Keynote Speaker for Gear Expo 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   

Alexandria, VA- Paul Boris, COO of Vuzix, is one of three keynote speakers who will be presenting at Gear Expo 2017, THE Technology Show, in Columbus, Ohio, October 24-26. Boris is an expert in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how manufacturers now have the ability, even with minor investment, to have IIoT projects in their factories that can provide actionable results. He will be discussing IIoT in his presentation: The Industrial IoT is Here – and Manufacturers at ALL Levels Can Implement and Find ROI Quickly on Tuesday at the Solution Center from 1:00-2:00pm.

Boris first spoke to the AGMA audience during an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) panel at this year’s Annual Meeting. Due to the popularity of his presentation, AGMA recognized the companies at Gear Expo would appreciate the innovative energy Boris has and would benefit from the direct impact of his knowledge.

“His knowledge and passion for the IIoT movement will bring a whole new level of emerging technology to Gear Expo,” explains Jenny Blackford, Vice President of Marketing. “He will focus on the value proposition of IIoT for all manufacturers, regardless of size and provide tangible take-aways that can be implemented into plants to begin or further businesses’ IIoT strategy.”

Boris joined Vuzix after spending three years at General Electric in executive leadership roles including CIO of Advanced Manufacturing Strategy, where he focused on driving GE's innovative factory strategy to increase productivity and deliver the optimization of assets and operations across 400+ facilities.  Boris defined and enabled General Electric's commercial strategy for Brilliant Manufacturing by working with companies to accelerate their own digital transformation. 

Gear Expo attendees represent a variety of industries including industrial applications, automotive, agriculture, aerospace and construction.  They come from around the United States, international manufacturing hubs, and emerging markets to conduct profitable business transactions and learn about the innovations that make their operations more streamlined. Boris will be able to provide some insight on the ever-expanding IIoT market and how it will best fit their business model.

 

For more information about Gear Expo 2017, visit: www.gearexpo.com.

For more information about Vuzix, visit: https://www.vuzix.com/. 

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Press Release
21st July 2017

AGMA Announces Jay Rogers as a Keynote Speaker for Gear Expo 2017

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AGMA Announces Jay Rogers as a Keynote Speaker for Gear Expo 2017

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

Alexandria, VA –  John “Jay” Rogers, CEO and Co-Founder of Local Motors is one of the three keynote speakers who will be presenting at Gear Expo 2017, THE Drive Technology Show, in Columbus, Ohio, October 24-26. Rogers is the CEO and Co-Founder of Local Motors, a technology company that uses a co-creating community to design, develop and build Olli, the world’s first self-driving cognitive vehicle.

Local Motors is redefining the development of connected hardware by pairing micro-manufacturing with the open-source technology community. They are the first company to utilize Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), debuting the world’s first 3D-printed car, the Strati, in September of 2014. This type of innovation works well with Gear Expo’s drive technology focus and AGMA’s strategy of bringing emerging technology to the gear industry.

For more than two decades, power transmission professionals—including CEOs, owners, presidents, engineers, project managers, consultants and other executives have come to Gear Expo to learn the latest industry information and see firsthand technology, products, and services that help them expand and streamline their business.

“Having Rogers as a keynote speaker will resonate with our core attendees and exhibitors,” explains Jenny Blackford, AGMA Vice President of Marketing. “I am interested to hear what he thinks about the future of the car manufacturing industry and I know many others will be too. Local motors will also be bringing one of their cars to Gear Expo so that attendees can see the technology in person and ask questions of Local Motors personnel,” adds Blackford. “ For anyone in the gear industry, this is a can’t miss opportunity.”

Gear Expo attendees represent a variety of industries including industrial applications and automotive. They come from around the United States, international manufacturing hubs, and emerging markets to conduct profitable business transactions and learn about the innovations that make their operations more streamlined. Rogers will be able to appeal to many of the attendees on different levels.

“I’m excited to be speaking at Gear Expo, where I’ll be sharing my experiences with taking risks in this ever-evolving industry, as well as my collaboration with small-volume manufacturing and car-loving communities,” said Rogers.  

Rogers will be speaking on Thursday, October 26, from 1:00pm-2:00pm at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.  

 

For more information on Gear Expo, visit www.gearexpo.com 

For more information on Jay Rogers, visit https://localmotors.com/

 

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Industry News
19th July 2017

Proto Labs launches on-demand manufacturing for molded production parts, opens metrology lab for dig

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Digital manufacturing company Proto Labs (NYSE: PRLB) has always been known for its rapid injection molding prototyping services. Now, the company has added a suite of capabilities designed specifically to address the on-demand manufacturing needs of the low-volume, high-mix product segment.

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Member News
12th July 2017

ABS approves new MOSS-type LNG tank concept

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ABS granted Approval in Principle (AIP) for a new MOSS-type LNG tank design concept developed by Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). 

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Member News
12th July 2017

Afton Chemical completes aquisition of Aditivos Mexicanos, S.A. De C.V.

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Richmond, VA, July 3, 2017 – Afton Chemical Corporation is pleased to announce the completion of its previously announced acquisition of Aditivos Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V. (AMSA), a petroleum additives manufacturing, sales and distribution company based in Mexico City, Mexico. The transaction closed on July 3, 2017, following the approval by the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission (Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica, COFECE).

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Industry News
12th July 2017

This drone-like octocopter wants to carry people

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(Video) Eight rotors, two seats, $200,000 — this giant drone look-alike wants to transform short-distance travel. Surefly is still a concept aircraft that's yet to take off.

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Industry News
12th July 2017

U.S. manufacturing index hits highest in nearly 3 years

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The U.S. manufacturing index ISM rose to its highest level, 57.8 percent, since August 2014, according to a release published Monday. Production, employment and new orders all showed solid gains last month. Three key drivers behind the increase: a weakening dollar, rising global growth and a solid U.S. economy.

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Industry News
12th July 2017

Monday Economic Report – July 10, 2017

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As we begin the second half of 2017, indicators continue to provide mixed messages about the current state of the U.S. economy. On the one hand, the labor market continues to show signs of strength, and the overall outlook for the international economy remains strong. The Federal Reserve has focused on those positive developments as it pursues normalization for monetary policy, both in interest rates and in the size of its balance sheet. Yet, other data points suggest that there is a lot of room for improvement for manufacturing activity. 

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Industry News
12th July 2017

Treasury opts to revisit tax regulations causing problems for manufacturers

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The Treasury Department in a notice issued said it plans to propose reforms, including possible repeal, of eight sets of regulations issued in 2016 by the Obama Administration. Included on the list are four regulation projects of specific concern to manufacturers: Sec. 385 debt-equity rules, proposed rules on valuing minority interests in family-owned businesses, rules for calculating gains and losses on currency exchanges and regulations allowing contractors hired by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to fully participate in summons interviews and receive summoned documents.

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Industry News
12th July 2017

Machine Tool orders rise in May, AMT says

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Machine tool orders rose in May as the industry recovers from a two-year slump, the Association of Manufacturing Technology said in a monthly report. Orders totaled $351.85 million for the month, AMT said. That’s up 3.1 percent from an adjusted $341.33 million for April and 22 percent increase from $288.92 million in May 2016.

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Industry News
12th July 2017

Volvo is first major carmaker to forgo traditional engines

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Volvo will begin producing electric motors on all its cars from 2019, becoming the first traditional automaker to forgo the combustion engine altogether. The Swedish company, which has been making cars since 1927 and has in recent decades become famous for its station wagons and safety features, said Wednesday that the decision was prompted by the wishes of customers, describing it as "one of the most significant moves by any car maker."

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Press Release
7th July 2017

AGMA Foundation Scholarship Applications Set A New Record

Applications Up 28% from 2016 and 86% of Scholarship Recipients Are Employed in the Gear Industry

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Alexandria, VA – Twenty-seven aspiring gear engineers are competing for the 2017 AGMA Foundation Scholarship awards – surpassing last year’s record of 21 scholarship applicants.  The AGMA Foundation awards annual scholarships of $5,000 to undergraduate and graduate students, and $2,000 annual scholarships to technical/associate degree students.  Ten students received scholarships in 2016 totaling $47,000. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning, and must demonstrate interest in a career in the gear industry.

“There is a great need for skilled employees at all levels in the gear industry,” noted Cindy Bennett, Executive Director of the AGMA Foundation. “The Foundation Scholarship Committee conducts a comprehensive view of each application to understand every applicant’s focus and interests,” added Bennett. “The review process, which takes considerable time from our Committee volunteers, hones in on the applicants with a true passion for gearing. Scholarship award follow-up shows the success of the program – with 86% of scholarship recipients currently employed in the gear industry.” Scholarship awards will be made by the Foundation Board of Trustees in late August.

The scholarship program’s success is due to AGMA members who fund the scholarship program through voluntary donations to the Foundation’s Annual Campaign.  The Annual Campaign kicked off in June, and runs through the end of 2017. The Foundation hopes to raise $100,000 in this year’s Campaign. Early donors (by August 31, 2017) receive special recognition in Annual Campaign materials, on the Foundation website, and at Gear Expo 2017.  To support the scholarship effort, please visit https://agmafoundation.org/contribute/annual-campaign-page/.

 

For further information regarding AGMA’s Foundation Scholarship awards, please contact Cindy Bennett at bennett@agma.org.

 

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Press Release
6th July 2017

AGMA’s Blassingame To Serve On Advisory Board For City Colleges of Chicago Manufacturing Program

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Alexandria, VA – AGMA’s Director of Education Casandra Blassingame will serve on the advisory board for City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) Advanced Manufacturing Program.  As an advisory board member, Blassingame will join a team of leaders who participate in program activities such as: employment fairs, workshops and guest speaker programs. In addition, Blassingame will help review curriculum on program level information and provide recommendations to the CCC administration.

CCC is one of the largest community colleges systems in the nation serving more than 100,000 students. The Advanced Manufacturing Program, housed at the Richard J. Daley and Wilbur Wright campuses is where students learn manufacturing skills and emerging methods of production organization to become leaders in the industry along with connecting them to hundreds of employers through the online job board.  

“AGMA has worked with Daley College for over 20 years,” notes Casandra Blassingame, Director of Education at AGMA.  “We are very excited about further developing our partnership and growing the institution. Becoming a member of the Advanced Manufacturing Program's Advisory Board is a prime example of how the collaboration between industry and education assists in preparing students for real world application.”

As Director of Education at AGMA, Blassingame is leading the trade association’s efforts to reinvigorate and grow the organizations engineer-oriented training program.  As part of its five-year strategic plan, AGMA is developing new courses, updating and revising existing materials and developing a team of professional trainers to deliver training.

“The education and training of our next generation engineer is a critical part of AGMA’s strategic plan, where we are asked to deliver the training our member company employees need to ensure we are developing innovative solutions,” adds Matthew E. Croson, President of AGMA.  “Every AGMA company feels the pressure to find, train and develop engineering talent, and what Casandra and the Education Committee team is working on is a critical element of our industry’s future.  We are pleased that CCC recognized the talents Casandra brings to the table, and will include her in this leadership position.”

AGMA delivers 14 different face-to-face training programs in any given year and additionally offers free-to-members online training programs covering a wide variety of fundamental training.  Over the next five years, AGMA will create 10 new programs, covering all facets of engineering training and will research operator level training as well. 

To learn more about AGMA’s education program efforts, visit: https://www.agma.org/education/. Any questions can be directed to brinkley@agma.org.

To learn more about CCC, visit http://www.ccc.edu/Pages/default.aspx. 

 

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28th June 2017

AGMA Members Identify Association Value Drivers

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Alexandria, VA – AGMA members value their association’s efforts regarding Advancing Technology (including standards development) and Educating the Industry, according to a recently conducted member value survey conducted in May 2017. 

With a 100+ year history of developing standards, it’s no surprise that our approach and commitment to standards rates so high amongst the membership,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of AGMA.  “Our education programming also scored very well, with its 14-face-to-face engineering oriented programs receiving the most praise for content.”

In May 2017, AGMA conducted a member value survey, asking its primary member representatives a fundamental question:  Overall, how effective is AGMA at: delivering business leads, educating the industry, supplying business intelligence, advancing technology, and creating business connections?

Members were asked to rate the organization as either “excellent,” “good,” “average,” “below average,” or “poor.”  The survey, sent to all primary contacts at current members, garnered a 31% response rate with 145 inputs out of 465 potential responses. 

On a five-point scale, and combining the ratings marked “Excellent” or “Good,” the following outlines the primary value drivers according to members in 2017:

·         87.59% reported Advancing Technology

·         83.45% reported Educating the Industry

·         63.88% reported Creating Business Connections

·         60% reported Supplying Business Intelligence

·         50.34% reported Delivering Business Leads

AGMA’s opportunity is to look at its other primary value drivers and improve scores by connecting AGMA programming more directly to member business issues,” adds Croson.  “AGMA’s strategic plan coupled with the new programming and projects that will be delivered over the next five years, will support the other programs as we look to improve scores in the other areas.

AGMA’s member value survey will be conducted every other year, and the 2017 version will serve as the baseline.  Each survey will be reviewed by the Board of Directors, and response strategies developed, as needed. 

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“AGMA is a member driven organization, and taking account for how we are doing in the market of ideas and programming is a critical part of long term success for AGMA,” adds Croson.  “Our goal is to build a robust platform of programs and services that are tied directly the real business issues and concerns impacting members.”

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Press Release
27th June 2017

AGMA Fall Technical Meeting Papers Announced

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Alexandria, VA, June 27, 2017 –The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) announces the twenty-five papers and three special presentations chosen for the Fall Technical Meeting being held October 22-24, 2017 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio. Twenty-eight presenters will speak in five sessions that include:

 

  • Session I – Efficiency, Lubrication, Noise, and Vibration
  • Session II – Manufacturing, Inspection, and Quality Control
  • Session III – Application, Design, and Rating
  • Session IV – Materials and Heat Treatment
  • Session V – Gear Wear and Failure 

 

The AGMA Technical Division Executive Committee (TDEC) chose the papers through a rigorous double-blind, peer review process. “The FTM is known for its focus on applications in our industry,” stated VP, Technical Division, Amir Aboutaleb. “This year, we had a very solid group of submitted work to choose from and will have a strong group of presenters.”

 

Complete information regarding papers and presenters, including abstracts, photos, and bios, is available on the AGMA website

Registration for the FTM is part of the Gear Expo registration that can be found at www.gearexpo.com.

 

The three special presentations include:

Indexing Error and Dynamic Factors of Spur Gears

According to ANSI/AGMA 2001-D04, dynamic factor is directly related to gear quality and pitch line velocity. This study uses a dynamic load distribution model in order to assess the validity of this relationship and investigate its physical source. Predictions of both gear root stress and contact stress dynamic factor are considered in the study.

Dr. David Talbot, The Ohio State University

 

The Link Between Steel Cleanness Measurement and Gear Life Performance

Several current industry material (cleanness) standards were reviewed and found to have poor correlation to gear fatigue performance. Possible reasons for the lack of correlation are discussed. Selected advanced cleanness measurement methods, and appropriate resulting metrics are offered as alternative, providing quantitative data in a format that may be used as tools for gear designers to improve gear reliability and highlight potential for light weighting and increased power.

Dr. Peter C. Glaws, TimkenSteel

 

Reverse Gear System Engineering − Why, When & How − (Avoiding Pitfalls…and Litigation!)

Reverse engineering a gear system is a not too unusual task, thus it is easy to become complacent. Failure to fully follow best practices can result in, in the worst cases, very expensive, time consuming, and reputation-damaging litigation. This presentation will rely on the experience of being an Expert Witness to provide information to aid the reverse engineering of a project as completely as possible.

Raymond J. Drago, P. E., Drive Systems Technology, Inc. Mechanical Power Transmission Consultants

 

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About AGMA

The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture and application of gears, couplings and related power transmission components and equipment. The members include gear manufacturers from the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as gearing interests from more than 30 countries around the world. AGMA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to write all U.S. standards on gearing. AGMA is also the Secretary for Technical Committee 60 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). TC 60 is the committee responsible for developing all international gearing standards. In addition to holding the position of Secretary, AGMA convenes the active ISO Working Groups related to gear inspection and testing. www.agma.org

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Press Release
12th June 2017

AGMA Creates Two New Committees to Guide New Value Drivers

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AGMA CREATES TWO NEW COMMITTEES TO GUIDE NEW VALUE DRIVERS

Emerging Technology and Industry Voice Committees Designed to Support Strategic Plan, Ensure 100% Member Focused Efforts

 

Alexandria, VA, June 12, 2017 – The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) announce two new member driven committees:  Emerging Technology and Industry Voice.  The new committees support the organization’s newly adopted strategic plan to ask the association to keep members updated on technologies impacting the industry, while also exploring new ways to align the industry via partnerships and communications.

The Emerging Technology Committee will be led by Chair Brian Schultz, President of Great Lakes Industry.  The focus of the Emerging Technology Committee is to determine what technologies are expected to impact the industry, and develop AGMA as a platform for delivering action-oriented information, communications and speakers.

“The Emerging Technology will be one of AGMA’s most critically important committees because they will challenge industry by alerting industry to disruptive technologies and market opportunities that they believe will have a considerable impact on industry,” notes Matthew E. Croson, AGMA President.  “The information they share will come from both a technical and business perspective, allowing companies to understand, and take action on, the opportunities as we see them develop.”

The Emerging Technology committee will be tracking four major technologies, as they start efforts to add value to AGMA membership, including; additive manufacturing, industrial Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and new alloys. 

“Members should expect to see provocative speakers, white papers, communications and outreach that can be considered internally as AGMA members wrestle with response strategies,” notes Croson.  “We see the association as serving as a change agent platform where members can get a handle on the emerging technologies from both a technical and business perspective, then do the work they need to respond.”

The Industry Voice Committee will be led by Shawn O’Brien, Vice President, Marketing at McInnes Rolled Ring.  The focus of the Industry Voice Committee is to bring the mechanical power transmission supply chain together, and to share how AGMA’s members and the association provide innovation to the larger power transmission industry.  Additionally, the Industry Voice Committee is tasked with exploring collaborations with organizations along the power transmission supply chain, and to effectively communicate what our industry is all about to the downstream customer. 

“AGMA’s strategic plan asks for the association to develop what we’re calling the Power Transmission Alliance, and figure out how we can best discuss who we are, what value we deliver, and how best to access the collective knowledge of the supply chain,” notes Croson.  “This strategy came from the acknowledgement of the customer trend for needing information that covers the full power transmission system, not just the components.  We have an opportunity to unite elements of our industry under an Alliance umbrella in order to communicate what we are all about at events such as Gear Expo, or the Fall Technical Meeting, where we bring industry together.”

 

Committee Members for Emerging Technology include: 

Committee Chair:

Brian Schultz, President - Great Lakes Industry

Committee Members:

  • Bill Bennett, Metallurgical Engineer – Corry Forge Company (Division of Ellwood City Forge)
  • Teressa Conlan, Assistant Manager Spare Parts – Klingelnberg America, Inc.
  • Nitin Chaphalkar, Product Manager – DMG/Mori Seiki USA, Inc.
  • Joe Goral, Sr., Technical Support Engineer – Bourn & Koch, Inc.
  • David Harroun, Sales Manager – Koepfer America, LLC
  • David Hegenbarth, President – Federal Gear
  • Will Li, VP – Li Gear
  • Thomas “Buzz” Maiuri, Sr. Product Manager – The Gleason Works
  • Jack Masseth, Director, Advanced Gear Design and Manufacturing – Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems, LLC

 

Committee Members for Industry Voice include:

Committee Chair:

Shawn O’Brien, VP, Sales & Marketing – McInnes Rolled Rings

Committee Members:

  • Darian Ditzler, Sales Manager – Luren Precision Chicago Co., Ltd
  • William Gornicki, VP, Sales & Marketing – ALD Vacuum Systems, Inc.
  • Matthew Johnston, VP – Croix Gear & Machining
  • Anne Miner, Sales Manager – Machine Tool Builders, Inc.
  • Gregory Moreland, Global Mgr., Markets & Products – Fairfield Manufacturing Co., Inc.

“AGMA looks forward to working with these industry leaders as we drive new value for AGMA members by bringing thought provoking insight about emerging technologies, and take a leadership position by bringing the industry together to talk about what we are all about,” adds Croson.  “AGMA is 100% focused on creating a bright future for members, and we encourage non-members to join us and be part of the next 100 years of AGMA.”

 

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About AGMA

The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture and application of gears, couplings and related power transmission components and equipment. The members include gear manufacturers from the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as gearing interests from more than 30 countries around the world. AGMA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to write all U.S. standards on gearing. AGMA is also the Secretary for Technical Committee 60 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). TC 60 is the committee responsible for developing all international gearing standards. In addition to the holding the position of Secretariat, AGMA convenes the active ISO Working Groups related to gear inspection and testing. www.agma.org

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Altra Industrial Motion: Wichita Clutch LI-SSB brakes for limestone quarry conveyors

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AGMA Foundation Positions Itself for the Future

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AGMA Foundation Positions Itself for the Future

Foundation Engages Vertical Leap Consulting to Conduct a Comprehensive Strategic Planning Process

The American Gear Manufacturer’s Association (AGMA) Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization founded and funded by the 500 member companies of AGMA, will conduct a comprehensive strategic planning process in 2017.  Founded in 1994, the AGMA Foundation’s mission is to support and strengthen education, training and research for the gear industry.  The Foundation’s programs include grants for workforce development, grants for university based gear research, and a highly successful scholarship program for students aspiring to a career in the gear industry.

“The Foundation’s last strategic planning process occurred six years ago.” explains Scott Moss, AGMA Foundation Board Chairman, “Manufacturing is changing and evolving at a record pace.  In 2017, the Foundation will seek input from the gear manufacturing community to determine its future needs, and develop a new strategic plan to best support and advance the industry.”

The AGMA Foundation has engaged Vertical Leap Consulting LLC, of Boyds, Maryland, to assist the Foundation Board with the strategic planning process. Vertical Leap will conduct extensive interviews with the Foundation’s Executive Director and ten person Board of Trustees.  Vertical Leap will also conduct a comprehensive survey of AGMA member companies and industry stakeholders to gather data on the industry’s current and future needs. The AGMA Foundation Board of Trustees will work with Vertical Leap to translate this data into a strategic action plan that aligns with the industry’s needs and goals.

Vertical Leap LLC, founded in 2002, helps trade associations and professional societies develop growth and positioning strategies.  Steve Lane, the President of Vertical Leap, will serve as the lead consultant for the AGMA Foundation.

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NORTH AMERICAN GEAR MARKET POISED FOR GROWTH IN 2017

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CONTACT: Jenny Blackford, VP, Marketing

blackford@agma.org

703-684-0211

 

NORTH AMERICAN GEAR MARKET POISED FOR GROWTH IN 2017

Nine of Eleven Markets AGMA Tracks Show Positive Signs

Alexandria, VA – May 8, 2017 – Total United States demand for gears will grow 6.4%, to $40 billion in sales, factoring in domestic consumption, exports and imports.  The growth marks the first time in the past three years that the United States market is forecasting growth.  In 2014, 2015 and 2016 the U.S. market receded by -5.2%, -8.8% and -16.6%, respectively.  The forecast was shared at AGMA’s Spring Marketing and Forecast meeting held in Rosemont, IL, and was compiled by AGMA’s research partner, IHS Markit.

“It has been a challenging three-year period for AGMA members domestically with our members working as hard as ever to mitigate the impact of this decline,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of AGMA.  “This report is a welcomed sign that the market is ready to recover, with just about every major market that AGMA tracks poised for growth, meaning that all AGMA members should benefit from the recovery.”

As part of its report, AGMA tracks eleven major markets into which its members sell.  The following chart is ranked in order of fastest growing for 2017:

Oilfield Equipment                     17.7% 
Mining Equipment                     11.5% 
Industrial Machinery                  11.4% 
Power Equipment                      11.0% 
Material Handling Equipment    10.4%  
Machine & Other Tools               9.1% 
Shipbuilding                                6.6% 
Construction Machinery              6.3%
Aerospace                                  5.7% 
Farm Machinery                        -2.0% 
Railroad Equipment                 -21.9% 

"While the forecast is a positive sign, members are still climbing out of one of the most challenging periods in our 100+ year history,” adds Croson.  “Growth and optimism is needed, but this will continue to be an economic period that will challenge even the very best leaders as they try and determine where to put their resources to ensure consistent growth.  AGMA is a platform for industry to come together, understand where markets are heading, and leverage our programs to ensure we have the tools to move forward together.”

AGMA’s new strategic plan includes a focus on developing awareness of emerging technologies that are poised to impact the industry.  The plan includes a strong emphasis on educating, including developing new courses on new materials that design engineers can leverage to innovate their product line.  AGMA also focuses on global growth, and will support members’ efforts to export, or grow domestically.  Finally, AGMA has an emphasis on partnering with other parts of the supply chain, including bearings, couplings and motors, since many customers are now asking for a systems approach to the solutions they need.

“AGMA is changing, and making decisions that will ensure it remains relevant to its members for the next 100 years by emphasizing programs that support members’ innovation efforts,” reports Croson.  “We are putting together programs and services that keep you aware of disruptive technologies, educate your design engineers on best practices, provide necessary business leads, and support your efforts to make connections on a domestic and global level.  Now is a good time to be an AGMA member as we consider new ways to think about our market, our companies and our association, so we all can benefit from the recovering market, and ensure a healthy, long term focus.”

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About AGMA

The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture and application of gears, couplings and related power transmission components and equipment. The members include gear manufacturers from the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as gearing interests from more than 30 countries around the world. AGMA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to write all U.S. standards on gearing. AGMA is also the Secretary for Technical Committee 60 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). TC 60 is the committee responsible for developing all international gearing standards. In addition to the holding the position of Secretariat, AGMA convenes the active ISO Working Groups related to gear inspection and testing. www.agma.org

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8th May 2017

North American Gear Market Poised for Growth in 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Jenny Blackford, VP Communication

blackford@agma.org

703-684-0211

 

NORTH AMERICAN GEAR MARKET POISED FOR GROWTH IN 2017

Nine of Eleven Markets AGMA Tracks Show Positive Signs

Alexandria, VA – May 8, 2017 – Total United States demand for gears will grow 6.4%, to $40 billion in sales, factoring in domestic consumption, exports and imports.  The growth marks the first time in the past three years that the United States market is forecasting growth.  In 2014, 2015 and 2016 the U.S. market receded by -5.2%, -8.8% and 16.6%, respectively.  The forecast was shared at AGMA’s Spring Marketing and Forecast meeting held in Rosemont, IL, and was compiled by AGMA’s research partner, IHS Markit.

“It has been a challenging three-year period for AGMA members domestically with our members working as hard as ever to mitigate the impact of a combined -31% decline,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of AGMA.  “This report is a welcomed sign that the market is ready to recover, with just about every major market that AGMA tracks poised for growth, meaning that all AGMA members should benefit from the recovery.”

As part of its report, AGMA tracks eleven major markets into which its members sell.  The following chart is ranked in order of fastest growing for 2017:

Oilfield Equipment – 17.7%
Mining Equipment – 11.5%
Industrial Machinery – 11.4%
Power Equipment – 11%
Material Handling Equipment – 10.4%
Machine & Other Tools – 9.1%
Shipbuilding – 6.6%
Construction Machinery – 6.3%
Aerospace – 5.7%
Farm Machinery -- -2.0%
Railroad Equipment -- -21.9%

“While the forecast is a positive sign, members are still climbing out of one of the most challenging periods in our 100+ year history,” adds Croson.  “Growth and optimism is needed, but this will continue to be an economic period that will challenge even the very best leaders as they try and determine where to put their resources to ensure consistent growth.  AGMA is a platform for industry to come together, understand where markets are heading, and leverage our programs to ensure we have the tools to move forward together.”

AGMA’s new strategic plan includes a focus on developing awareness of emerging technologies that are poised to impact the industry.  The plan includes a strong emphasis on educating, including developing new courses on new materials that design engineers can leverage to innovate their product line.  AGMA also focuses on global growth, and will support members’ efforts to export, or grow domestically.  Finally, AGMA has an emphasis on partnering with other parts of the supply chain, including bearings, couplings and motors, since many customers are now asking for a systems approach to the solutions they need.

“AGMA is changing, and making decisions that will ensure it remains relevant to its members for the next 100 years by emphasizing programs that support members’ innovation efforts,” reports Croson.  “We are putting together programs and services that keep you aware of disruptive technologies, educate your design engineers on best practices, provide necessary business leads, and support your efforts to make connections on a domestic and global level.  Now is a good time to be an AGMA member as we consider new ways to think about our market, our companies and our association, so we all can benefit from the recovering market, and ensure a healthy, long term focus.”

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About AGMA

The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture and application of gears, couplings and related power transmission components and equipment. The members include gear manufacturers from the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as gearing interests from more than 30 countries around the world. AGMA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to write all U.S. standards on gearing. AGMA is also the Secretary for Technical Committee 60 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). TC 60 is the committee responsible for developing all international gearing standards. In addition to the holding the position of Secretariat, AGMA convenes the active ISO Working Groups related to gear inspection and testing. www.agma.org

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact:     Jenny Blackford, VP, Marketing

April 6, 2017                                                                                         Blackford@agma.org

                                                                                                             (703) 684-0211

 

AGMA PRESENTS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD AT AGMA 2017 ANNUAL MEETING

 

Alexandria, VA , April 6, 2017 – Dean Burrows, President of Gear Motions, Inc. and Chairman of the AGMA Board of Directors presented the Distinguished Service Award to Michael Goldstein at the AGMA Annual Meeting, April 1, in Palm Springs, California.

The Distinguished Service Award is bestowed only upon an individual who has advanced the state of the gear industry throughout their notable career, who has advanced the state of the gear industry through many years of dedicated work, and whose efforts and achievements have significantly benefited the gear industry and its end users.

The 2017 recipient is Michael Goldstein, of Goldstein Gear Machinery, publisher and editor-in-chief of both Gear Technology magazine, and Power Transmission Engineering magazine.

“Michael has been a longtime member and supporter of AGMA, but also importantly he has focused a great deal of energy in helping the gear industry through his publications.” Stated Dean.

Michael began his career in the gear industry in 1965 when he joined his father at Cadillac Machinery Company.  He started Gear Technology over 30 years ago, bringing a platform for the gear community when none existed previously. In recent years, this publication has also been preserved in digital form with the Gear Technology Library, featuring a searchable database of over 2,100 technical articles published over the life of the magazine. Michael started Power Transmission Engineering magazine in 2008.

In addition to his work with the gear industry, Michael has held leadership positions in the Machinery Dealers National Association and the European Association of Machine Tool Merchants where in 2003 he was honored as Fellow – only the second non-European to have been given that award.

 

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About AGMA

The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture and application of gears, couplings and related power transmission components and equipment. The members include gear manufacturers from the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as gearing interests from more than 30 countries around the world. AGMA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to write all U.S. standards on gearing. AGMA is also the Secretary for Technical Committee 60 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). TC 60 is the committee responsible for developing all international gearing standards. In addition to the holding the position of Secretariat, AGMA convenes the active ISO Working Groups related to gear inspection and testing. www.agma.org

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AGMA’s Presents Chairman’s Award at AGMA 2017 Annual Meeting

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact: Jenny Blackford, VP, Marketing

April 5, 2017                                                                                    Blackford@agma.org

                                                                                                         (703) 684-0211

 

DEAN BURROWS PRESENTS CHAIRMAN'S AWARD AT AGMA 2017 ANNUAL MEETING  

 

Alexandria, VA  — Dean Burrows, President of Gear Motions, Inc. and Chairman of the AGMA Board of Directors presented two Chairman’s Award of Excellence at the AGMA Annual Meeting, March 30 – April 1, 2017 in Palm Springs, CA. Recipients included Joe Arvin and Buzz Maiuri

The Chairman’s Award of Excellence is reserved for AGMA members who have contributed in a meaningful way to the promotion of the gear industry; have acted above and beyond the call of duty to support AGMA; and have advanced the goals of AGMA and the gear industry through work done on behalf of the association.

Joe Arvin, President of Arvin Global Solutions, received a Chairman’s award for his contributions to the gear industry through his long career. “Joe could be considered the father of the AGMA Gear Expo,” said Burrows as he presented the award. “Gear Expo held it first event in Chicago in 1987 with the help of Joe, and we all know what Expo has become since then.”

 

Thomas “Buzz” Maiuri, Senior Product Manager, The Gleason Works, received a Chairman’s award for his years of contributions to the AGMA Technical Committees and his four years as Chair of the AGMA Technical Division Executive Committee. “Through the years, Buzz has contributed his own work and research to the gear manufacturing industry. He has authored technical papers, including a 2008 FTM paper on hob tool life technology, articles, and webinars on various gear-related subjects. He has also participated in many gear seminars for AGMA and SME, speaking on various gear-related topics.” Said Dean. 

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About AGMA

The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture and application of gears, couplings and related power transmission components and equipment. The members include gear manufacturers from the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as gearing interests from more than 30 countries around the world. AGMA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to write all U.S. standards on gearing. AGMA is also the Secretary for Technical Committee 60 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). TC 60 is the committee responsible for developing all international gearing standards. In addition to the holding the position of Secretariat, AGMA convenes the active ISO Working Groups related to gear inspection and testing. www.agma.org

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5th April 2017

AGMA Welcomes Four New Board Members

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact:Jenny Blackford, VP, Marketing

April 5, 2017                                                                                    Blackford@agma.org

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AGMA WELCOMES FOUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS

 

Alexandria, VA  —

The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) welcomes four new members to its Board of Directors. These Directors will serve a three-year term (2017-2020), effective April 3, 2017.  The new Board Members were elected by AGMA Corporate Members in the first quarter of 2017, and announced during the AGMA Annual Meeting, held last week in Palm Springs, CA.   

“AGMA is a member driven organization and these industry leaders will join our dynamic board at an exciting time in its history,” noted Matthew E. Croson, President of AGMA.  “I look forward to working closely with them as we execute on our strategic plan and add value into the second century of AGMA’s history.”

The following industry leaders are now AGMA Board Members:

 

Michael Engesser, President, Reishauer USA
Michael Engesser began his professional career with Reishauer AG, Switzerland in 1989 as an Application Engineer in Thread Grinding. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from ZHAW School of Engineering, Switzerland. 

In 1991 he moved to Reishauer USA as Product Manager for Thread Grinding Machines. He established Reishauer’s Hob Profile Grinding machines at Pfauter Maag Cutting Tools. In 2001 with the launch of Reishauer’s next generation of Gear Grinding machines he emerged leading key accounts within North American Automotive. He expanded his expertise in 2006 moving back to Reishauer AG as CMO to run Global Sales. 

In 2011 he returned to Reishauer USA in his current role of President. In his free time he and his wife will be found at many athletic and academic events for their four children.

 

Mike McKernin,President, Circle Gear and Machine Company

Mike McKernin has been involved in the gear industry for 32 years, and has spent the last 28 at Circle Gear and Machine Company in Cicero, Ill., where he currently serves as president. When Mike started at Circle Gear, the company consisted of seven skilled machinists manufacturing custom gears from a tiny, overcrowded shop in Chicago. The company has since grown to 60+ employees, producing high-quality gears of all configurations, in a 125,000 square foot production facility.

Being directly involved in the accelerated growth of a small company, Mike has had the opportunity to experience every aspect of the organization, from executive strategic planning to machine tool operator and every position along the way. His greatest professional satisfaction comes from creating solutions to mechanical problems and developing relationships during the process.

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. Born and raised in Chicago, he appreciates all of the potential available living and working in such a great city. Mike and his wife, Lou Ann, have magnificently raised two children, Patrick (30) and Liz (28).

 

Cory Ooyen, President, Global Gear and Machining LLC

Cory Ooyen joined Global Gear in November 2006 and was hired to assume full P&L responsibility of the company and lead the company’s sales growth and diversification efforts.

Prior to joining Global Gear, Cory served as the Manufacturing Operations Manager for a high volume auto related precision machining company that expanded from $20 million to $85 million in sales during his 18 years with the company. 

Cory’s industry background includes management of specialized machining operations, sales and engineering and new process development activities. He has 35 years’ industry experience and has been trained in Operational finance and Management, specialized tooling applications, lean operations, the Toyota Production System, and operational metric design.

 

Greg Schulte,President, Bonfiglioli USA

Greg Schulte is President of Bonfiglioli USA, a leading manufacturer and distributor of gearmotors, drive systems and planetary gearboxes for industrial processes, automation, mobile machinery and renewable energy applications. He joined Bonfiglioli in 2002 as Sales Manager of the Mobile Solutions Division North America prior to becoming the Vice President of Sales. He surpassed the company’s aggressive growth strategy and sales grew by over 1,000%, giving the Company a dominating presence in the U.S. and leading the way to further development and expansion. 

In 2008, Greg became President of Bonfiglioli USA. Under his leadership, the company has seen consistent year over year growth and has become the best-performing branch within Bonfiglioli Group worldwide. Both he and the company have been recognized for leadership and growth during his tenure, including Greg’s nomination as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2009) and the Company’s numerous awards and nominations for growth including Inc. 5000 (2014 nominee), Fast 55, Emerging 30, Tri-state Success Award, Thoroughbred Award, MANNY Award and Green Energy Award. 

Greg has been an active member of the AGMA and has served on the AGMA Foundation Board of Trustees. He is an active volunteer with other local non-profit organizations as well. He resides with his wife, Julie, and family in Union, KY.

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About AGMA

The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture and application of gears, couplings and related power transmission components and equipment. The members include gear manufacturers from the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as gearing interests from more than 30 countries around the world. AGMA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to write all U.S. standards on gearing. AGMA is also the Secretary for Technical Committee 60 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). TC 60 is the committee responsible for developing all international gearing standards. In addition to the holding the position of Secretariat, AGMA convenes the active ISO Working Groups related to gear inspection and testing. www.agma.org

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2nd April 2017

Linamar Corporation chooses Romax DESIGNER for their design and development of Driveline systems

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Linamar Corporation founded in 1966 by Frank Hasenfratz is committed to investing in the latest available technologies. From advanced automation and CNC machining equipment used in the manufacturing process, to the testing equipment and software managed by engineering teams to the innovative product solutions the company provides to customers, Linamar is on the leading edge. 

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Press Release
15th February 2017

AGMA Members approve bylaw change

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact:     Jenny Blackford, VP, Marketing

February 15, 2017                                                                                  Blackford@agma.org

                                                                                                                      (703) 684-0211

 

AGMA MEMBERS APPROVE BYLAW CHANGE

AGMA Streamlines Membership Categories, Includes All Gear Producers Under Single Category   

 

Alexandria, VA  — The members of the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) recently voted 110 to 5 to approve a change to its bylaws regarding its membership categories.

All gear manufacturers, regardless of where their business is primarily located, will be included in a single membership category for Gear Manufacturers, thus eliminating the International Gear Manufacturer (Associate Membership) category.

At its November 2016 meeting, the AGMA Board of Directors voted unanimously to adjust AGMA’s Bylaws by streamlining membership categories. The Board vote was affirmed by a vote of the company members this month.

The adjustment will simplify AGMA’s membership into three major categories:

Gear Manufacturers – Companies that manufacture gears, gear products, and/or flexible couplings for sale as such, or as component parts of end-use products.  Companies must have a bona fide gear or flexible couplings manufacturing facility.  Dues are based on the total annual sales volume for the previous fiscal year.  Total annual sales volume is defined as the total worldwide sales (in U.S. dollars) of all gears, gear products, and flexible couplings whether sold as such, included in end-use products or as replacement parts.

Associate Member – Supplier -- Companies manufacturing and/or selling machinery, raw materials, or services (including inspection, testing, consulting, and sales representation).  Dues are based on total worldwide sales attributable to the gear production industry.

Associate Member – End User -- Companies that do not manufacture any gears, but use gears, gear products, and/or flexible couplings as component parts of end-use products. Dues are paid at an established flat rate.

The Individual Consultant, Academic and Emeritus membership categories remain unchanged.

“With this change, the Association’s dues structure is now aligned, simplified and equitable,” notes Matt Croson, President of AGMA.“We are pleased that the members voted overwhelmingly in favor of this evolutionary definition adjustment, supporting the guidance and recommendation of both the Membership Committee and the Board of Directors.”

 

For more information about this, contact Jill Johnson, AGMA Director of Member Services at jill.johnson@agma.org.

 

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About AGMA

The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture and application of gears, couplings and related power transmission components and equipment. The members include gear manufacturers from the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as gearing interests from more than 30 countries around the world. AGMA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to write all U.S. standards on gearing. AGMA is also the Secretary for Technical Committee 60 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). TC 60 is the committee responsible for developing all international gearing standards. In addition to the holding the position of Secretariat, AGMA convenes the active ISO Working Groups related to gear inspection and testing. www.agma.org

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19th January 2017

AGMA Foundation Releases 2017 Scholarship Guidelines

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January 19, 2017

 

The AGMA Foundation 2017 Scholarship Guidelines are available on the AGMA and AGMA Foundation websites (www.agma.org and www.agmafoundation.org).

The AGMA Foundation Scholarship Program is open to students who are interested in a career in the gear industry, and/or a career in power transmission as it relates to the gear industry. Applicants must be currently enrolled, or recently accepted, as a full or part-time student in a nationally accredited program. Annual $5,000 scholarships are awarded to students at the Undergraduate, and Graduate school levels, Technical/Associate degree students are eligible for $2,000 annual scholarship awards. The deadline for application submission is July 1, 2017.
    

The AGMA Foundation received a record number of 21 applications in 2016, resulting in 10 awards. The list of 2016 AGMA Foundation Scholarship Recipients is available on the AGMA Foundation website.
 

“We are hoping to break the scholarship application record again this year” stated Cindy Bennett, AGMA Foundation Executive Director. “2016 was the first year that Technical/Associate school students were eligible for scholarships, and we were happy to award a scholarship at this level. We hope to see more applicants across all levels this year.”

 

“Our industry is looking for qualified individuals at all levels. The Foundation tracks its scholarship recipients, and finds that 86% are employed in the gear industry. This tells us that students who receive scholarships from AGMA are statistically more likely to stay in our industry,” stated Matt Croson, AGMA President. 

 

The Foundation has awarded $125,000 in scholarships since the inception of the program in 2009.  AGMA members fund the Scholarship Program through their generous donations to the Foundation’s Annual Campaign.  

About AGMA
The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants, and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture, and application of gears, couplings, and related power transmission components and equipment. Complete information on the organization is available at www.agma.org.

 

About AGMA Foundation
Founded by AGMA members in 1994, the AGMA Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization which supports and strengthens education, training, and research for the gear industry. More details on the AGMA Foundation may be found at www.agmafoundation.org.

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Member News
2nd December 2016

Clarke Engineering Inc. Celebrates 62 years of Gears

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This year marks the 62nd year that Clarke Engineering, Inc. has been providing precision gears to the aerospace industry. As part of their commitment to excellence they are always working to stay at the forefront of the gear industry. While 62 years of knowledge and experience is impressive, there is not such thing as too much knowledge or experience. For this reason, management and engineering teams at Clarke Engineering have recently completed the American Gear Manufacturers Association Online Workforce Training, covering the topics of fundamentals of gearing, gear hobbing, and parallel gear inspection. This kind of training is critical to staying up to date with today's rapidly changing technologies and is a cornerstone for any advanced manufacturing company.

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Press Release
21st November 2016

AGMA Board Adopts Strategic Plan

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact:     Jenny Blackford, VP, Marketing

November 21, 2016                                                                              Blackford@agma.org

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AGMA Board Adopts Strategic Plan

Plan includes New Vision, Four Strategic Objectives to Drive Value for Next Five Years

 

Alexandria, VA  — The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) will enter its 101st year with a new vision, mission and four supporting strategic objectives driving value for its members.

AGMA’s Board of Directors adopted the new vision, “AGMA and its members drive power transmission innovation,” at its recent meeting in Rochester, New York.

The new vision places both AGMA members, and the organization itself, at the center of power transmission innovation. 

“AGMA members have always been at the heart of new technologies and innovation – and the new vision ensures they remain in the driver’s seat to deliver solutions for end users,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of AGMA.  “What is new is adding AGMA as an organization to the Vision.  This construct allows AGMA to serve as the key platform where innovation is communicated, shared and discussed.”

The organization’s mission, approved in May 2016, outlines the focus areas for AGMA:  AGMA is the global network for technical standards, education and business information for manufacturers, suppliers and users of mechanical power transmission components.

“The mission emphasizes what we will focus our energy on, and it touches on AGMA’s historical value driver, standards, its relatively recent focus on education and a huge opportunity to add value with business information,” adds Dean Burrows, Chairman of AGMA and President of Gear Motions. 

To further define AGMA’s focus, the Board is supporting the development of Four Strategic Objectives:

Industry Voice:  AGMA will ensure industry understands the full scope of the role AGMA and its members play in power transmission systems, and is aware of AGMA offerings.
Emerging Technologies:  AGMA will track emerging technologies that impact the business of gearing.
Education:  AGMA will be THE industry source for education and training.
Global:  AGMA will support members looking to export or grow domestically, wherever they happen to have an office.

Each objective includes a roadmap of new or evolved programming that will be delivered to members over the next five years.  Each roadmap will be coordinated with considerable member input at the committee level, in a deliberate, collaborative manner. 

“The four strategic objectives build off AGMA’s legacy value drivers, but add new programs and services to the mix to support the changing dynamics, both opportunities and threats, our industry face,” notes Croson.

“The Board is excited about the new plan, new value drivers, and the opportunity to deliver innovation – in the form of information, experts and guidance – working side by side with its members who deliver the technology innovations each day as part of their business,” says Burrows. 

In addition to adopting the new plan, the Board authorized the creation of two new Business Management Division Committees:  an Industry Voice Committee and an Emerging Technology Committee.

They will join the Annual Meeting, Strategic Resource Network (SRN), Statistical, Trade Show committees, and the Board-level Education committee, to drive value for membership by ensuring the program outputs are 100% member focused.

“Associations are their most powerful in challenging times, when they can work together with members to respond to challenges, whether economic, political, or technological,” notes Croson.  “This strategic plan recognizes these challenges, but puts into place several proactive response strategies to ensure members are thriving, not just surviving.  From emerging technology, to education…from communications to global markets, this plan supports critical facets of our member company business areas.  It’s a great time to be an AGMA member as we work together to enhance our industry, respond to opportunities, prepare our workforce, and look for new opportunities.”

 

Download the AGMA Strategic Plan document. (.pdf)

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About AGMA

The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture and application of gears, couplings and related power transmission components and equipment. The members include gear manufacturers from the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as gearing interests from more than 30 countries around the world. AGMA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to write all U.S. standards on gearing. AGMA is also the Secretary for Technical Committee 60 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). TC 60 is the committee responsible for developing all international gearing standards. In addition to the holding the position of Secretariat, AGMA convenes the active ISO Working Groups related to gear inspection and testing. www.agma.org

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31st October 2016

AGMA Adds Two New Courses to Its 2017 Education Offerings

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact:     Jenny Blackford, VP, Marketing

October 31, 2016                                                                                    Blackford@agma.org

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AGMA Adds Two New Courses to Its 2017 Education Offerings

 

Alexandria, VA  — The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) is pleased to announce that we will offer two new courses to the 2017 education catalog. The courses are Fundamentals of Gear Design and Analysis and Steels for Gear Applications.

 

Fundamentals of Gear Design and Analysis will be held April 19-21, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN. This course provides a fundamental understanding of gear geometry, types of arrangements, design principles, the basic gear system design process, and gear measurement and inspection techniques. It is designed for powertrain engineers, engineering directors and managers, component suppliers, vehicle platform powertrain development specialists, and those involved in the design and application of geared systems and assemblies. The course will be facilitated by William “Mark” McVea, PhD, P.E. Dr. McVea is President and Principal Engineer of KBE+, Inc. where he and his team design and develop complete powertrains for automotive and off-highway vehicles.

 

Steels for Gear Applications will be held October 4-6, 2017 in Alexandria, VA. This course provides detailed information to make use of steel properties in a system solution and understand the potential that different steel options can offer for various applications. Students will explore the how the production of the steel can affect the performance of the material and also the final component and system. The course will be facilitated by Lily Kamjou, a Senior Specialist in Ovako’s Industry Solutions Development department. It is an advanced level course and qualifies for those individuals pursuing the Advanced Gear Engineering Certificate.

 

Both of these courses have member and non-member rates as well as discounts for multiple registrants from the same organization.

 

Advanced Gear Engineering Certificate

AGMA offers an Advanced Gear Engineering Certificate to students who complete five advanced AGMA course offerings. This represents more than 100 classroom hours in advanced gear engineering coursework.

 

Registration is now open for all 2017 AGMA face-to-face educational offerings. Visit www.agma.org for complete details.

 

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About AGMA

The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture and application of gears, couplings and related power transmission components and equipment. The members include gear manufacturers from the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as gearing interests from more than 30 countries around the world. AGMA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to write all U.S. standards on gearing. AGMA is also the Secretary for Technical Committee 60 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). TC 60 is the committee responsible for developing all international gearing standards. In addition to the holding the position of Secretariat, AGMA convenes the active ISO Working Groups related to gear inspection and testing. www.agma.org

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24th October 2016

AGMA Releases 2015 Operating Ratio Report (ORR)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           

October 24, 2016                                                                                

 

CONTACT  

Jenny Blackford, VP, Marketing

Blackford@agma.org

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AGMA Releases 2015 Operating Ratio Report

 

Alexandria, VA  — The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) announces the release of its 2015 Operating Ratio Report (ORR).  This report is a profitability study based on data reported by gear manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada. For the 2015 edition, 52 companies participated. The ORR provides information to assist gear manufacturers to understand and analyze “best practices” in the gear manufacturing industry, comparing typical firms against high-profit companies. In 2015, typical gear manufacturers reported total profit of 5.9%, with high-profit manufacturers reporting profits of 18.6%.

 

This report is only available to the participants of the report. Additionally, participants will receive an Individualized Financial Performance Report. This report compares the AGMA member company’s specific information to the industry, to other companies of the same line of business, and to other gear manufacturers of equal size.  Participant companies must be an active AGMA Member, and reside in North America. AGMA solicits participation from its membership each spring.

 

These reports are managed by Mackay Research Group on behalf of AGMA.

 

For more information about the ORR, contact Jill Johnson, AGMA Director of Member services at jill.johnson@agma.org.

 

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About AGMA

The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture and application of gears, couplings and related power transmission components and equipment. The members include gear manufacturers from the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as gearing interests from more than 30 countries around the world. AGMA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to write all U.S. standards on gearing. AGMA is also the Secretary for Technical Committee 60 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). TC 60 is the committee responsible for developing all international gearing standards. In addition to the holding the position of Secretariat, AGMA convenes the active ISO Working Groups related to gear inspection and testing. www.agma.org

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Member News
19th October 2016

Vestas receives 148 MW order in Sweden for upgraded 3 MW platform with de-icing technology

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OX2 has placed an order for 41 V126-3.45 MW turbines with power optimised mode to 3.6 MW and Vestas’ de-icing technology for their largest wind power project to date.

This is the third time OX2 has placed an order for Vestas turbines in 2016, reinforcing the two companies’ strong collaboration and market position in the Nordic region. The firm and unconditional order is for the Lehtirova wind farm at the border of the Gällivare and Pajala municipalities in northern Sweden.

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Press Release
14th October 2016

Fall Technical Meeting Papers Now Available in AGMA Store

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            Contact:               Courtney Payne, Technical Editor

October 14, 2016                                                                                                              Payne@agma.org

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Fall Technical Meeting Papers Now Available in AGMA Store

 

Alexandria, VA  — The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) announces the twenty-three technical papers presented earlier this month at the 2016 Fall Technical Meeting (FTM)  are now available for purchase in the AGMA store. The FTM was held October 2-4 in Pittsburgh, PA. It marked the 100th year that technical papers were presented to AGMA members. Attendees from all across the globe gathered for presentations in five areas of study:

  • Session 1 – Manufacturing, Inspection, and Quality Control
  • Session 2 – Materials & Heat Treatment
  • Session 3 – Application and Design & Rating
  • Session 4 – Efficiency, Lubrication, Noise, and Vibration
  • Session 5 – Gear Wear & Failure

 

The papers that were presented at the FTM went through a rigorous peer-reviewed process to be selected for presentation at the FTM.

 

The papers that are now available include:

Efficient Hard Finishing of Asymmetric Tooth Profiles and Topological Modifications by Generating Grinding  (16FTM01)

Andreas Mehr, Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH

 

The Whirling Process in a Company that Produces Worm Gear Drives (16FTM02)

Massimilliano Turci, Eng, Studio Tecnico Turci

 

Worm Screws High-Speed Manufacturing (16FTM03)

Jean-Laurent Feutren, Affolter Technologies SA

 

Twist Control Grinding (16FTM04)

Walter Graf, Reishauer AG

 

Review of Microstructure and Properties of Non-Ferrous Alloys for Worm Application and Advantages of Centrifugally Cast Gear Blanks (16FTM05)

Giri Rajendran, MCC International

 

Pre-Nitriding: A Means of Significantly Increasing Carburizing Throughput (16FTM06)

Thomas Hart, Seco/Warwick Corporation

 

Performance and Machining of Advanced Engineering Steels in Power Transmission Applications – Continued Developments (16FTM07)

Lily Kamjou, MSc, Ovako AB

 

Gear Design Relevant Steel Cleanness Metrics (16FTM08)

E. Buddy Damm, TimkenSteel Corporation

 

Development of High Hardness-Cast Gears for High-Power Applications in the Mining Industry (16FTM09)

Fabrice Wavelet, Ferry-Capitain

 

Computerized Design of Straight Bevel Gears with Optimized Profiles for Forging, Molding, or 3D Printing (16FTM10)

Dr. Alfonso Fuentes, Rochester Institute of Technology

 

Contact Fatigue Characterization of Through- Hardened Steel for Low-Speed Applications Like Hoisting (16FTM11)

Dr. Michel Octrue, CETIM

 

Determination of Load Distributions on Double Helical-Geared Planetary Gear Boxes (16FTM12)

Dr. Tobias Schulze, DriveConcepts GmbH

 

Designing Very Strong Gear Teeth by Means of High Pressure Angles (16FTM13)

Rick Miller, Innovative Drive Solutions LLC

 

Impact of Surface Condition and Lubricant on Effective Gear Tooth Friction Coefficient (16FTM14)

Aaron Isaacson, Gear Research Institute

 

Surface Structure Shift for Ground Bevel Gears (16FTM15)

Sebastian Strunk, MSc, The Gleason Works

 

Developing an Energy-Efficient Industrial Gear Oil (16FTM16)

Dr. Shubhamita Basu & Dan Wilkerson, The Lubrizol Corporation

 

Analysis of Excitation Behavior of a Two-Stage Gearbox Based on a Validated Simulation Model (16FTM17)

Marius Schroers, MSc, Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University

               

An Experimental and Analytical Comparison of the Noise Generated by Gears of Both Austempered Ductile Iron (ADI) and Steel (16FTM18)

Dr. Donald Houser, The Ohio State University – Gear and Power Transmission Research Laboratory

 

Numerical Thermal 3D Model to Predict the Surface and Body Temperature of  Spur and Helical Polymer Gears (16FTM19)

Niranjan Raghuraman, MS, Romax Technology

 

Influence of the Defect Size on the Tooth Root Load Carrying Capacity (16FTM20)

Jens Brimmers, MSc, Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University

 

Influence of Contact Conditions on the Onset of Micropitting in Rolling-Sliding Contacts Pertinent to Gear Applications (16FTM21)

Dr. Amir Kadiric, Imperial College London

 

Comparison of TIFF Load Capacity to Standardized Gear Failure Modes Using Boundary Conditions from a Efficient and Accurate Loaded Tooth Contract Analysis (16FTM22)

Baydu Al, MEng, Smart Manufacturing Technology, Ltd.

 

A New Approach to Repair Large Industrial Gears Damaged by Surface Degradation – The Refurbishment Using the Modification of Both the Profile Shift Coefficient and the Pressure Angle (16FTM23)

Dr. Horacio Albertini, HASA, Horacio Albertini Ltda

 

 

Papers are $55.00 each and can be found at www.agma.org

 

About AGMA

The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture and application of gears, couplings and related power transmission components and equipment. The members include gear manufacturers from the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as gearing interests from more than 30 countries around the world. AGMA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to write all U.S. standards on gearing. AGMA is also the Secretariat for Technical Committee 60 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). TC 60 is the committee responsible for developing all international gearing standards. In addition to the holding the position of Secretariat, AGMA convenes the active ISO Working Groups related to gear inspection and testing. www.agma.org

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4th October 2016

2017 Fall Technical Meeting – Call for Abstracts

The AGMA 2017 FTM is October 22-24, 2017 in conjunction with Gear Expo 2017 in Columbus, OH. Call for abstracts is now open. The submission deadline is December 16, 2016.

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October 22-24, 2017
Columbus, OH

 

DEADLINE: December 16, 2016

If you have questions about your submission - please contact AGMA staff by email: ftm@agma.org

 

The AGMA 2017 Fall Technical Meeting (FTM) will be held immediately before GEAR EXPO 2017 in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

 

The AGMA FTM is a forum where authors present peer-reviewed technical papers on topics relevant to the gear industry. These topics may include subject matter related to the following: design and analysis; manufacturing and quality; materials, metallurgy, and heat treatment; operation, maintenance, and efficiency; and gear failure.

 

Authors present their work to an audience of knowledgeable professionals from the United States and around the world and participate in discussions with that audience. Papers should be original to the AGMA audience (not previously published paper), technically accurate, relevant, and free of commercialism.


While all abstracts will be considered, papers on the following topics would be of considerable interest:

 

Gear applications
Failure modes
Manufacturing techniques
Inspection and gear quality
Metallurgy
Surface finishing
Heat treatment
Noise/vibration

More information is available in the 2017 FTM section of the AGMA website. Or if you are ready to submit your abstract, click here.

 

About AGMA
The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants, and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture, and application of gears, couplings, and related power transmission components and equipment. Complete information on the organization is available at http://www.agma.org

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Member News
19th August 2016

EDF Renewable Energy confirms turbine order with Vestas

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (August 8, 2016): EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) has placed a firm order with Vestas Wind Systems A/S to supply 160 megawatts (MW) for future wind projects in the United States. The order is part of a global master supply agreement Complete press release available here.

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (August 8, 2016): EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) has placed a firm order with Vestas Wind Systems A/S to supply 160 megawatts (MW) for future wind projects in the United States. The order is part of a global master supply agreement

Complete press release available here.

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18th August 2016

DNV-GL: How sustainable are you? Try our new app to find out

While often looking to corporations and organizations to assure a more sustainable future, we must not forget that as individuals and consumers we have a collective impact, as well. The app SustainableI® can help put yours and your family’s footprint into perspective. Complete press release available here.

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While often looking to corporations and organizations to assure a more sustainable future, we must not forget that as individuals and consumers we have a collective impact, as well. The app SustainableI® can help put yours and your family’s footprint into perspective.

Complete press release available here.

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18th August 2016

Dana Incorporated recognized by Hino Trucks for on-time delivery

MAUMEE, Ohio, Aug. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dana Incorporated (NYSE: DAN) today announced that it was recognized by Hino Motors Manufacturing, Inc. for 100 percent on-time delivery at the annual Hino supplier conference last month. Dana currently supplies driveshafts, companion flanges, and yokes to Hino from facilities in North America and Asia.

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MAUMEE, Ohio, Aug. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dana Incorporated (NYSE: DAN) today announced that it was recognized by Hino Motors Manufacturing, Inc. for 100 percent on-time delivery at the annual Hino supplier conference last month. Dana currently supplies driveshafts, companion flanges, and yokes to Hino from facilities in North America and Asia. These components are used on a range of Hino medium-duty trucks, as well as Toyota Tundra pickup trucks.

Complete press release available here.

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18th August 2016

World’s first ballast water port solution successfully completes tests

Damen Green Solutions is proud to announce that the InvaSave technology has completed shipboard testing onboard the Henrike Schepers. During the shipboard tests, ballast water was taken in untreated and the efficacy of the technology was validated upon discharge. These tests have shown that the InvaSave is capable of providing

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Damen Green Solutions is proud to announce that the InvaSave technology has completed shipboard testing onboard the Henrike Schepers. During the shipboard tests, ballast water was taken in untreated and the efficacy of the technology was validated upon discharge. These tests have shown that the InvaSave is capable of providing an IMO type approved backup in a port in the event of a failure in a vessel’s on board treatment systems to uptake or discharge ballast water. It can even serve as a port-based alternative for those ship owners that may not want to retrofit an on board treatment system or be deployed in a port with a sudden outbreak of marine pests.

Complete press release available here.

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18th August 2016

Keel-laying ceremony for 10X Damen Stan Tugs 1907 ICE at Great Lakes Shipyard, Ohio

On 10 August a keel-laying ceremony was held at Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland, Ohio for 10 Damen Stan Tugs 1907 ICE. The vessels will be Ice Class and operated by the yard’s affiliate company, The Great Lakes Towing Company, replacing existing tonnage. These will be the first tugs to be

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On 10 August a keel-laying ceremony was held at Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland, Ohio for 10 Damen Stan Tugs 1907 ICE. The vessels will be Ice Class and operated by the yard’s affiliate company, The Great Lakes Towing Company, replacing existing tonnage. These will be the first tugs to be designed and built to comply with the new Subchapter M Coast Guard regulations.

Complete press release available here.

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16th August 2016

B&D Technologies partners with Soft PLC to address the vintage Allen Bradley PLC market

The new partnership allows customers to easily and more affordably migrate older PLC systems, including PLC5, SLC500 and other more costly Allen Bradley (AB) PLC products. Macon, GA (July 26, 2016) Complete press release here.

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The new partnership allows customers to easily and more affordably migrate older PLC systems, including PLC5, SLC500 and other more costly Allen Bradley (AB) PLC products. Macon, GA (July 26, 2016)

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3rd August 2016

Dana’s Spicer® Rui Ma™ Drivetrain Solution Receives 2016 Shanghai Social Responsibility Award

Dana Incorporated's (NYSE: DAN) Spicer® Rui Ma™ brand of drivetrain solutions has received the 2016 Shanghai CSR Excellence Award, which was presented today during the CSR and Innovation 2016 Shanghai Summit. The honor recognizes outstanding corporate social responsibility (CSR) and successes in green innovation. Complete information here.

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Dana Incorporated's (NYSE: DAN) Spicer® Rui Ma™ brand of drivetrain solutions has received the 2016 Shanghai CSR Excellence Award, which was presented today during the CSR and Innovation 2016 Shanghai Summit. The honor recognizes outstanding corporate social responsibility (CSR) and successes in green innovation.

Complete information here.

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3rd August 2016

Angola Orders State-of-the-Art Damen Fishery Research Vessel

The Damen Shipyards Group has received an order for a state-of-the-art, 74 m Fishery Research Vessel from the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries. This special vessel, which has Silent-A/F/R Class notation and features a basic design from Skipsteknisk. Complete information here.

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The Damen Shipyards Group has received an order for a state-of-the-art, 74 m Fishery Research Vessel from the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries. This special vessel, which has Silent-A/F/R Class notation and features a basic design from Skipsteknisk.

Complete information here.

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13th June 2016

AGMA Releases New Standards on Industrial Enclosed Gear Drives 6013/6113

The AGMA Technical Division is proud to announce the publication of the new revision of ANSI/AGMA 6013-B16, Standard for Industrial Enclosed Gear Drives and its metric equivalent, ANSI/AGMA 6113-B16, Standard for Industrial Enclosed Gear Drives [Metric Edition]. These new standards were developed within the AGMA Enclosed Drives for

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The AGMA Technical Division is proud to announce the publication of the new revision of ANSI/AGMA 6013-B16, Standard for Industrial Enclosed Gear Drives and its metric equivalent, ANSI/AGMA 6113-B16, Standard for Industrial Enclosed Gear Drives [Metric Edition].

These new standards were developed within the AGMA Enclosed Drives for Industrial Applications Committee by updating ANSI/AGMA 6013-A06 and ANSI/AGMA 6113-A06.

This standard includes design, rating, lubrication, testing, and selection information for enclosed gear drives, including foot mounted, shaft mounted, screw conveyor drives, and gearmotors. These drives may include spur, helical, herringbone, double helical, or bevel gearing in single or multistage arrangements as either parallel, concentric, or right angle configurations.

These new standards replace ANSI/AGMA 6013-A06 and ANSI/AGMA 6113-A06. They are available for purchase, in electronic format, on the AGMA website at http://www.agma.org; click on the “STANDARDS” button.

The AGMA Enclosed Drives for Industrial Applications Committee wishes to thank all participants for their valuable contributions during the development of this new standard.

To find out how you can get involved with any of the AGMA technical committees—which actively serve the industry—contact Headquarters at tech@agma.org for details.

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8th June 2016

AGMA Releases New Standard on Inspection and Tolerances - 2002-C16

The AGMA Technical Division is proud to announce the publication of the new revision of ANSI/AGMA 2002-C16, Tooth Thickness and Backlash Measurement of Cylindrical Involute Gearing. The new standard, ANSI/AGMA 2002-C16, was developed within the AGMA Gear Accuracy Committee by updating ANSI/AGMA 2002-B88. This standard establishes the

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The AGMA Technical Division is proud to announce the publication of the new revision of ANSI/AGMA 2002-C16, Tooth Thickness and Backlash Measurement of Cylindrical Involute Gearing.

The new standard, ANSI/AGMA 2002-C16, was developed within the AGMA Gear Accuracy Committee by updating ANSI/AGMA 2002-B88.

This standard establishes the procedures for determining the specification limits for tooth thickness of external and internal cylindrical involute gearing. It includes equations and calculation procedures for the commonly used measuring methods. A specific tooth thickness specification limit can be established from the design thickness or from another tooth thickness measurement. The procedures can be used with an established design tooth thickness, or with actual tooth thickness dimensions. The effect of tooth geometric quality variations on tooth thickness dimensions is discussed. Calculations for backlash are included, and are based on the specified tooth thickness, center distance, and tolerances.

This new standard replaces ANSI/AGMA 2002-B88.

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1st June 2016

AGMA Releases New Standard on Flexible Couplings - 9006

The AGMA Technical Division is proud to announce the publication of the new standard ANSI/AGMA 9006-A16, Flexible Couplings – Basis for Rating. This new standard was developed within the AGMA Flexible Couplings Committee. This standard presents criteria and guidelines for the establishment of the basis for ratings of standard

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The AGMA Technical Division is proud to announce the publication of the new standard ANSI/AGMA 9006-A16, Flexible Couplings – Basis for Rating.

This new standard was developed within the AGMA Flexible Couplings Committee.

This standard presents criteria and guidelines for the establishment of the basis for ratings of standard flexible couplings. Due to the diversity of coupling types, details of design such as formulas and analysis used to derive the stresses, etc. are often considered proprietary and are not considered in this standard. This standard is of importance to coupling manufacturers, users and equipment designers for the proper selection, comparison and application of flexible couplings.

This new standard is available for purchase in the AGMA store.

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19th May 2016

AGMA Welcomes Four New Members to Board of Directors

2016 Incoming AGMA Board Members Nitin Chaphalkar Product Manager, DMG Mori USA Nitin Chaphalkar is a Product Manager of DMG Mori USA and leads DMG MORI's gear business in USA. He has played a key role in commercializing the portfolio of gear manufacturing technologies to enable efficient gear manufacturing on

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2016 Incoming AGMA Board Members

Nitin Chaphalkar
Product Manager, DMG Mori USA

Nitin Chaphalkar is a Product Manager of DMG Mori USA and leads DMG MORI's gear business in USA. He has played a key role in commercializing the portfolio of gear manufacturing technologies to enable efficient gear manufacturing on multi-tasking machines. In AGMA, he has been an active member for Annual Meeting organizing committee and is a proud member of SRN group. He has written five articles in gear industry publications and has been interviewed many times.

Prior to his work on gears, Nitin has held several leadership positions at DMG MORI including Manager, Advanced Solution Development and Team Leader for the turning team. He has developed three new technologies and has been a co-inventor on six patent-pending applications.


Carl D. Rapp
President, Philadelphia Gear brand
Vice President, Power Systems Group, The Timken Company

Named to his current positions in 2011, Carl Rapp leads the Timken Company's Philadelphia Gear brand business as well as four other recently acquired companies which, along with Timken Bearing Services, comprise the Power Systems group. Under Rapp’s leadership, this group supplies and services the electrical-mechanical drive train system at the center of most industrial end-user operations.

Carl previously served 10 years as president and chief executive officer of Philadelphia Gear Corp. Prior to joining Philadelphia Gear in 2001, he held senior-level positions in general management and sales, including senior vice president of sales and marketing for Strategic Distribution Inc., president of Carborundum Abrasives, and business unit manager for Norton Company’s Precision Abrasives Group (both divisions of the St. Gobain Company). Prior to this he completed a six-year expatriate assignment in Europe for Norton, in various project and product management roles.

Carl holds a bachelor's degree in economics and history from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., a master's degree in international relations from Boston University and completed the Executive Education Program at the Ross school of business at the University of Michigan.


Tania Sabados
CEO/Purchasing, Rapid Gear

Tania Sabados began her career at Rapid Gear at a very young age beginning with helping her mother clean the facility, cutting the grass, summer jobs helping out with administrative duties, before moving on to purchasing and is now the CEO. Tania graduated with a Degree in Sociology from the University of Waterloo in 1996.

Rapid Gear is a privately owned family business that was founded by Julian Sabados in 1976. From modest beginnings, Rapid Gear has grown to over 55 employees strong, celebrating 40 years servicing the industry with custom gearing and reducers.

When not working, Tania is enjoying the adventures of travelling and entertaining with friends and family.


Hastings Wyman
CEO, KLINGELNBERG America, Inc.

Hastings Wyman began his gearing career at Klingelnberg in 1997 as an Applications Engineer Trainee. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and received his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

He has held various roles in gear manufacturing and management at various sized corporations. After 10 years at Klingelnberg, he worked at High Performance Gear in Texas while earning his MBA. He was then a Manufacturing Engineer at Caterpillar in Mossville, Illinois before returning to Klingelnberg to lead their U.S. team.

Originally from Washington, DC, he now lives in Saline, Michigan.

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19th May 2016

AGMA’s Next Generation Award Presented to Joel Niedig of ITAMCO

May 19, 2016 — Alexandria, VA , — The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) announced that Joel Neidig, Engineer for ITAMCO is the 2016 recipient of the organization’s Next Generation Award. This award, presented annually since 2011, recognizes innovative work by an individual responsible for one or more significant achievements through his or

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May 19, 2016 — Alexandria, VA , — The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) announced that Joel Neidig, Engineer for ITAMCO is the 2016 recipient of the organization’s Next Generation Award. This award, presented annually since 2011, recognizes innovative work by an individual responsible for one or more significant achievements through his or her effort and work that has enhanced or strengthened the gear industry and/or AGMA. This award honors individuals who are emerging as contributors, innovators, and leaders in the gear industry and serves as an incentive for others in the next generation of gear industry talent. The award was presented May 13th at AGMA’s Centennial Annual Meeting in Amelia Island, Florida.

Joel Neidig has spent the last 11 years at ITAMCO, with a focus on integrating manufacturing technology and software development.

In addition to sitting on the AGMA Computer Programming Committee, Neidig is on the Technical Advisory Group for MTConnect, an open-source standard that is intended to foster greater interoperability between devices and software applications. He developed the first iOS and Android-compatible MTConnect apps connecting gear machinery and other machine tools to networks – preparing them for Industry 4.0.

ITAMCO was voted the 2014 Autodesk Inventor of the Year by the Autodesk Community and Neidig was named a manufacturing “Thought Leader” by IMTS Insider. With all of this, Neidig remains very involved in an advisory role at the ITAMCO Manufacturing Education Center located at Plymouth High School in Plymouth, Indiana. The Center was started by his company to prepare students for the challenge of a career in manufacturing.

Commenting on Neidig, a colleague noted: “Over the years that Joel has worked at ITAMCO he has shown to be an individual who has tackled challenges head-on. He is a thought leader in our industry and has relentlessly pursued technological advances for the betterment of the industrial markets and advanced manufacturing as a whole. In addition to his entrepreneurial spirit, his drive for continuous improvement has always been paramount.”


About AGMA
The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants, and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture, and application of gears, couplings, and related power transmission components and equipment. Complete information on the organization is available at http://www.agma.org

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AGMA is celebrating its 100th Anniversary year in 2016. See the organizations timeline website: http://agma100.1440n.net/

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19th May 2016

AGMA’s Lifetime Achievement Awarded to Joe T. Franklin, Jr. AGMA President

Alexandria, VA ,—The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) is pleased to announce that AGMA President, Joe T. Franklin, Jr. is the recipient of the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is presented to the rare individual for years of service to the Association and to the gear

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Alexandria, VA ,—The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) is pleased to announce that AGMA President, Joe T. Franklin, Jr. is the recipient of the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is presented to the rare individual for years of service to the Association and to the gear industry who has demonstrated superior vision and leadership; given extensively of their time and skills; demonstrated wisdom in pursuit of industry consensus; achieved the respect and admiration of their peers and has been available whenever needed for the advancement of AGMA and the global gear industry. The award was presented at the AGMA 100th Annual Meeting, May 12-14, 2016 in Amelia Island, Florida.

Joe T. Franklin, Jr. has spent 25 years as the President of AGMA. He was instrumental in the development of many current programs that exist within the Association today. His work changed how AGMA does standards; he oversaw the development of a robust education program; he established the AGMA Foundation; and much more.

“Joe will leave the AGMA in excellent financial health. In addition, the organization has a living strategic planning process that will keep it focused on its goals and a group of emerging leaders ready for whatever comes next,” stated Leslie Hennessy, VP of New Business Development at Lovejoy Inc. and AGMA Board Chairman from 2005-2006.

“Under Joe’s watchful eye, the membership of the American Gear Manufacturers Association expanded, welcoming international members into the organization. Given that Joe’s tenure began during a time of U.S. import protectionism, this accomplishment is all the more important. Joe recognized that globalization was inevitable and that international corporations would be consequential in the future of the gear industry. He patiently waited for attitudes to change and for others to reach his level of understanding,” said Hennessy.

Mr. Franklin is the tenth recipient of this award from the Association. He will be retiring from his position at AGMA at the end of 2016.


About AGMA
The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants, and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture, and application of gears, couplings, and related power transmission components and equipment. Complete information on the organization is available at http://www.agma.org

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AGMA is celebrating its 100th Anniversary year in 2016. See the organizations Centennial website: http://agma100.1440n.net/

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19th May 2016

AGMA Inducts Inaugural Class for Hall of Fame

AGMA Inducts Inaugural Class for Hall of Fame Alexandria, VA , - The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) is pleased to announce the inaugural class for the newly formed AGMA Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created as part of the AGMA Centennial Anniversary Celebration. Its purpose is to

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AGMA Inducts Inaugural Class for Hall of Fame
Alexandria, VA , - The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) is pleased to announce the inaugural class for the newly formed AGMA Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created as part of the AGMA Centennial Anniversary Celebration. Its purpose is to recognize the contributions of the pioneers and innovators of the gear industry.

“The AGMA Hall of Fame is an opportunity to honor the visionaries who have paved the way for the practices and products of the industry as we know them today. These leaders have made significant contributions to the industry, without them the gear industry and AGMA would be a very different place, commented Arlin Perry, President of Comer Industries and Chairman of AGMA’s Centennial Committee.

The inaugural recipients of the AGMA Hall of Fame award are 12 of the 19 founding corporate members of AGMA that still survive today in one form or another. These honorees include:

  • Altra Industrial Motion – for both Boston Gear Works and R.D. Nuttall Company
  • Broadwind Energy/Brad Foote Gear Works -- for their ownership of Pittsburgh Gear & Machine Company
  • Cincinnati Gearing Systems -- for Cincinnati Gear Company
  • Horsburgh & Scott Company
  • Overton Chicago Gear – for D.O. James Manufacturing Company
  • Regal Beloit – for both the Foote Brothers Gear & Machine Company and the W.A. Jones Foundry & Machine Company
  • Steward Machine Company -- for Earle Gear & Machine Company
  • Timken Company – for both Philadelphia Gear and Hamilton Gear and Machine Company


About AGMA
The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants, and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture, and application of gears, couplings, and related power transmission components and equipment. Complete information on the organization is available at http://www.agma.org

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AGMA is celebrating its 100th Anniversary year in 2016. See the organizations timeline website: http://agma100.1440n.net/

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19th May 2016

AGMA Presents Chairman’s Award at AGMA 2016 Annual Meeting

Alexandria, VA — Dean Burrows, President of Gear Motions, Inc. and Chairman of the AGMA Board of Directors presented a Chairman’s Award of Excellence to David Kraninger at the AGMA Annual Meeting, May 12, in Amelia Island, Florida. The Chairman’s Award of Excellence is reserved

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Alexandria, VA — Dean Burrows, President of Gear Motions, Inc. and Chairman of the AGMA Board of Directors presented a Chairman’s Award of Excellence to David Kraninger at the AGMA Annual Meeting, May 12, in Amelia Island, Florida.

The Chairman’s Award of Excellence is reserved for AGMA members who have contributed in a meaningful way to the promotion of the gear industry; have acted above and beyond the call of duty to support AGMA; and have advanced the goals of AGMA and the gear industry through work done on behalf of the association.

Kraninger has been working with AGMA staff for the past three years gathering information on the history of the organization. He was instrumental in the production of the timeline, book, and website that provides detailed information on the history of the gear industry, and the history of AGMA.
“All of Dave’s efforts have been instrumental in creating the wonderful history that we and future AGMA members will benefit from.” Said Burrows as he presented the award. “Thank you Dave for all your hard work to make our Centennial Celebration great.”

About AGMA
The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants, and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture, and application of gears, couplings, and related power transmission components and equipment. Complete information on the organization is available at http://www.agma.org

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AGMA is celebrating its 100th Anniversary year in 2016. See the organizations Centennial website: http://agma100.1440n.net/

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4th May 2016

AGMA Releases New Standard on Industrial Gear Lubrication - 9005

The AGMA Technical Division is proud to announce the publication of the new revision of ANSI/AGMA 9005, Industrial Gear Lubrication. The new standard, ANSI/AGMA 9005-F16, was developed within the AGMA Industrial Gear Lubrication Committee by updating ANSI/AGMA 9005-E02. This standard provides lubrication guidelines for enclosed and open gearing

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The AGMA Technical Division is proud to announce the publication of the new revision of ANSI/AGMA 9005, Industrial Gear Lubrication.

The new standard, ANSI/AGMA 9005-F16, was developed within the AGMA Industrial Gear Lubrication Committee by updating ANSI/AGMA 9005-E02.

This standard provides lubrication guidelines for enclosed and open gearing installed in general industrial power transmission applications. It is not intended to supplant specific instructions from the gear manufacturer.

This new standard replaces ANSI/AGMA 9005-E02. It is available for purchase, in electronic format, on the AGMA website, click on the “STANDARDS” button.

The AGMA Gear Accuracy Committee wishes to thank all participants for their valuable contributions during the development of this new standard.

To find out how you can get involved with any of the AGMA technical committees—which actively serve the industry—contact Headquarters at tech@agma.org for details.

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30th March 2016

AGMA Names Matthew Croson New President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 30, 2016 AGMA Names Matthew Croson New President ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA), a member and market-driven organization that conducts programs and provides services to the gear industry, its suppliers and customers, has named Matthew E. Croson as its

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 30, 2016

AGMA Names Matthew Croson New President

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA), a member and market-driven organization that conducts programs and provides services to the gear industry, its suppliers and customers, has named Matthew E. Croson as its next President. Croson has more than two decades of leadership and communications experience in manufacturing trade associations and most recently served as President and CEO of the Adhesive and Sealant Council. He will replace Joe T. Franklin, Jr., who has served as AGMA’s President for the last 25 years. Franklin will be stepping down from day to day operations in June and retiring at the end of the year.

AGMA was founded in 1916 by 19 manufacturers with a goal of helping improve the emerging gear market by developing technical standardization. Franklin stated, “Under Matthew Croson’s leadership, the association will continue that same mission, helping nearly 500 members compete more effectively in today’s global marketplace.”

Prior to leading the Adhesive and Sealant Council, Croson held communications leadership positions at the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute. He also worked at InteliData Technologies Corp. and Burson-Marsteller, where he specialized in relationship management and corporate communications.

“Matthew Croson’s communications background and his experience bringing individuals, manufacturers and customers together will help AGMA meet the diverse needs of our members,” said Dean Burrows, Chairman of the AGMA Board of Directors. “We are confident he will lead the organization’s wide range of high-quality programs and services, and will continue to grow membership and participation.”

“I’m honored to help AGMA continue to grow and support its members and the gear industry as a whole,” said Croson. “I will be working closely with Joe Franklin and the team in the coming months to ensure that the transition of leadership is as seamless as possible.”

Croson is an elected member of the Board of Directors at the National Association of Manufacturers’ Council of Manufacturing Associations and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

The Search for AGMA’s new President was conducted by Association Strategies, Inc., a nonprofit and association executive search firm, located in Alexandria, Virginia.

About the American Gear Manufacturers Association
The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture and application of gears, couplings and related power transmission components and equipment. The members include gear manufacturers from the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as gearing interests from more than 30 countries around the world. AGMA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to write all U.S. standards on gearing. AGMA is also the Secretariat for Technical Committee 60 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). TC 60 is the committee responsible for developing all international gearing standards. In addition to the holding the position of Secretariat, AGMA convenes the active ISO Working Groups related to gear inspection and testing.

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7th December 2015

AGMA releases new standard on Vehicle Spur and Helical Gear Design

The AGMA Technical Division is proud to announce the publication of the new revision of ANSI/AGMA 6002-C15 “Design Guide for Vehicle Spur and Helical Gears” along with the publication of its metric equivalent, ANSI/AGMA 6102-C15 “Design Guide for Vehicle Spur and Helical Gears (Metric Edition).

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The AGMA Technical Division is proud to announce the publication of the new revision of ANSI/AGMA 6002-C15 “Design Guide for Vehicle Spur and Helical Gears” along with the publication of its metric equivalent, ANSI/AGMA 6102-C15 “Design Guide for Vehicle Spur and Helical Gears (Metric Edition).”

The new standards, ANSI/AGMA 6002-C15 and ANSI/AGMA 6102-C15, were developed within the AGMA Vehicle Gearing Committee by updating ANSI/AGMA ANSI/AGMA 6002-B93 and creating a metric equivalent.

This standard provides the engineer, who is familiar with gear designing, a guide to sound design approaches for vehicle gear applications.

Through this standard, the engineer is guided to selecting design considerations paramount to the parallel axis gear sets required in vehicle drive lines. These include tooth and blank proportions, metallurgy, lubrication, profile and lead modification requirements, and gear tooth tolerances. Properties of the commonly used steels and processes for their heat treatment are outlined, as well as details for calculating design limits for bending and contact stresses.

This new standard replaces ANSI/AGMA 6002-C15. Both ANSI/AGMA 6002-C15 and its metric equivalent, ANSI/AGMA 6102-C15, are available for purchase in electronic format on the AGMA website at http://www.agma.org; click on the “STANDARDS” button.

The AGMA Vehicle Gearing Committee wishes to thank all participants for their valuable contributions during the development of this new standard.

To find out how you can get involved with any of the AGMA technical committees—which actively serve the industry—contact Headquarters at tech@agma.org for details.

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24th November 2015

AGMA New Standard - ANSI/AGMA 2015-2-B15

The AGMA Technical Division is pleased to release a new standard for immediate distribution: ANSI/AGMA 2015-2-B15, Gear Tooth Flank Tolerance Classification System – Definitions and Allowable Values of Double Flank Radial Composite Deviations Price for this new standard: $68.00 This new standard replaces ANSI/AGMA 2015-2-A06. ABSTRACT: This

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The AGMA Technical Division is pleased to release a new standard for immediate distribution:

ANSI/AGMA 2015-2-B15, Gear Tooth Flank Tolerance Classification System – Definitions and Allowable Values of Double Flank Radial Composite Deviations

Price for this new standard: $68.00

This new standard replaces ANSI/AGMA 2015-2-A06.

ABSTRACT:
This standard establishes a classification system for double flank radial composite tolerances—allowable values of deviations—of individual cylindrical involute gears, sector gears, racks, cylindrical worms, worm gears and hypoid or bevel gears. It serves as a concise means of specifying allowable gear geometry deviations and simplifies discussions between the gear manufacturer and purchaser. It specifies the appropriate definitions of double flank radial composite gear tooth geometry deviations, the structure of the tolerance system and the tolerances.

ISBN: 978-1-55589-005-6 Pages: 26

The new document is now available in the AGMA Online Store.

If you require any additional information, please contact our technical department via email tech@agma.org or phone (703-838-0062).

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5th May 2015

AGMA Announce New Board Chairman and New Board Members

AGMA is pleased to announce the appointment of Dean Burrows, President of Gear Motions Inc., as chairman of the board for 2015-2017 and the appointment of Jim Bregi of Doppler Gear Company as treasurer. Four others were appointed to general seats of the AGMA Board of Directors: Aarnout Kant -

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AGMA is pleased to announce the appointment of Dean Burrows, President of Gear Motions Inc., as chairman of the board for 2015-2017 and the appointment of Jim Bregi of Doppler Gear Company as treasurer. Four others were appointed to general seats of the AGMA Board of Directors: Aarnout Kant - Siemens AG, Mechanical Drives – Winergy, Don Michael - Martin Sprocket & Gear, Inc., Andrea Scanavini - Somaschini S.p.A. / Italy, and George Thomas - Bison Gear and Engineering Corp.

Dean Burrows joined Nixon Gear in June, 2008 as President. In 2010, Dean assumed the responsibilities of Vice President for Gear Motions, and in 2013 he was named President. Prior to his work with Gear Motions, he was Vice President of Operations at Marietta Corporation in Cortland, New York. Dean worked for Carrier Corporation, a Division of United Technology, and served as Director of Supply Chain for Carrier Corporation’s Residential Light Commercial International Division from 2000-2007. Dean has extensive international experience and lived in Paris, France for three years while leading an acquisition integration.

Before working for Carrier, he worked for Delphi Automotive, Acro Industries and Bausch and Lomb. Dean has over 25 years of operations experience from various industries including: automotive, medical device, and consumer products.

Dean has a Master’s of Engineering Management and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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5th May 2015

AGMA’s Next Generation Award Presented to Nitin Chaphalkar

The Next Generation Award was presented to Nitin Chaphalkar, Manager of Advanced Solution Development at DMG/Mori Seiki, USA Nitin became involved in AGMA just as DMG/Mori Seiki USA joined AGMA. He has been active on the Annual Meeting Planning Committee for the past two years, as well as

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The Next Generation Award was presented to Nitin Chaphalkar, Manager of Advanced Solution Development at DMG/Mori Seiki, USA


Nitin became involved in AGMA just as DMG/Mori Seiki USA joined AGMA. He has been active on the Annual Meeting Planning Committee for the past two years, as well as the SRN. He also co-authored and presented a technical paper at FTM 2013. Additionally, he has presented at the Gear Expo Solutions Center, and contributed articles regarding gear manufacturing over the past few years.


Nitin has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune, in India. He received a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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5th May 2015

AGMA’s Lifetime Achievement Awarded to Dennis Gimpert, Koepfer America

The lifetime achievement award was presented to Dennis Gimpert of Koepfer. Dennis has spent most of his career in the gear industry. He began his career with Barber Colman, Machine Tool Division, as an Application Engineer for gear shaping and hobbing equipment. From 1976 to 1988 he was Vice President for American

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The lifetime achievement award was presented to Dennis Gimpert of Koepfer. Dennis has spent most of his career in the gear industry. He began his career with Barber Colman, Machine Tool Division, as an Application Engineer for gear shaping and hobbing equipment. From 1976 to 1988 he was Vice President for American Pfauter.
In 1988 Dennis began with Jos. Koepfer & Sohne GmBH as President of their North American operations. He has spent the balance of his career with Koepfer.


Dennis has served on AGMA’s Business committees including the Trade Show Advisory Council, Marketing Council, ADEC (predecessor to the BMEC) and as the Chairman of the Education Council. Dennis was awarded the Administrative Division Executive Committee Award in 2000 for his involvement with the gear school and the creation of online workforce training programs that are still in use today.


Dennis went on to be elected to the AGMA Board of Directors and has served as Chairman in 2008-2009. While involved with the Board of Directors, Dennis was responsible for studying AGMA Headquarters’ location and real estate options. Dennis’s study laid the groundwork for the purchase of our current headquarters location and assured AGMA a permanent home. The office will serve the association for many years to come.


After his service to the AGMA Board of Directors, Dennis continued to assist the industry, this time as a member of the AGMA Foundation Board of Trustees. Dennis also chaired the Foundation from 2011-2014. Under Dennis’s leadership the Foundation ramped up into scholarship program, which just last year gave $25,000 in scholarships to students pursuing the gear industry.

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Press Release
17th November 2014

AGMA Announces 2015 Calendar of Events

Registration is now available for the 2015 Events: February 18-20, 2015 Gear Materials - Selection, Heat Treatment, and Quality Control Clearwater Beach, FL March 24-26, 2015 Gearbox CSI: Forensic Analysis of Gear & Bearing Failures Concordville, PA April 13-17, 2015 Basic Training for Gear Manufacturing Chicago, IL April 29-May 1, 2015 AGMA

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Registration is now available for the 2015 Events:

February 18-20, 2015
Gear Materials - Selection, Heat Treatment, and Quality Control
Clearwater Beach, FL

March 24-26, 2015
Gearbox CSI: Forensic Analysis of Gear & Bearing Failures
Concordville, PA

April 13-17, 2015
Basic Training for Gear Manufacturing
Chicago, IL

April 29-May 1, 2015
AGMA/ABMA Annual Meeting
Napa Valley, CA

May 4-6, 2015
Gearbox System Design
Clearwater Beach, FL

May 20-21, 2015
Spring Marketing & Forecasting Conference
Rosemont, IL

June 9-11, 2015
Bevel Gear System Design, Manufacture, Heat Treatment, Inspection & Application
Rosemont, IL

June 15-17, 2015
Gear Failure Analysis
Big Sky, MT

September 21-23, 2015
Gear Failure Analysis
Big Sky, MT

September 21-25, 2015
Basic Training for Gear Manufacturing
Chicago, IL

September 29 - October 1, 2015
Gear Manufacturing & Inspection - Methods, Practices, Application & Interpretation for the Design Engineer
Rochester, NY

October 18-20, 2015
Fall Technical Meeting
Detroit, MI

October 20-22, 2015
Gear Expo 2015
Detroit, MI

November 3-5, 2015
Detailed Gear Design
Las Vegas, NV

November 11-12, 2015
Fall Marketing & Forecasting Conference
Rosemont, IL

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13th November 2014

ISO Releases New Technical Report on example calculations of micropitting load capacity of cylindric

ISO/TC 60 Working Group 15, responsible for the development of documents related to the determination of micropitting risk, has just published ISO/TR 15144-2:2014 “Calculation of micropitting load capacity of cylindrical spur and helical gears - Part 2: Examples of calculation for micropitting”. This Technical Report provides worked examples for

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ISO/TC 60 Working Group 15, responsible for the development of documents related to the determination of micropitting risk, has just published ISO/TR 15144-2:2014 “Calculation of micropitting load capacity of cylindrical spur and helical gears - Part 2: Examples of calculation for micropitting”.

This Technical Report provides worked examples for the application of the calculation procedures defined in ISO/TR 15144-1. The example calculations cover the application to spur and helical cylindrical involute gears for both high-speed and low-speed operating conditions, determining the micropitting safety factor for each gear pair. The calculation procedures used are consistent with those presented in ISO/TR 15144-1.

As the US TAG to this Working Group, members of the AGMA Helical Gear Rating Committee contributed actively to the development of this new document.

The new technical report is available for purchase, in electronic format, on this website, click on the “STANDARDS” button.

To find out how you can get involved with any of the AGMA committees which actively serve the industry, contact Headquarters at tech@agma.org for details.

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Press Release
15th October 2014

2015 Fall Technical Meeting - Call for Papers

AGMA 2015 Fall Technical Meeting October 18-20, 2015 Detroit, Michigan DEADLINE: January 15, 2015 If you have questions about your submission - please contact AGMA staff by email: ftm@agma.org The AGMA 2015 Fall Technical Meeting (FTM) will be held immediately before GEAR EXPO 2015 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Each year the Fall Technical

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AGMA 2015 Fall Technical Meeting
October 18-20, 2015
Detroit, Michigan

DEADLINE: January 15, 2015

If you have questions about your submission - please contact AGMA staff by email: ftm@agma.org

The AGMA 2015 Fall Technical Meeting (FTM) will be held immediately before GEAR EXPO 2015 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Each year the Fall Technical Meeting (FTM) provides an outstanding opportunity to share ideas with others in the gear industry on design, analysis, manufacturing and application of gears, gear drives and related products, as well as associated processes and procedures. Authors have the opportunity to present the results of their work to an audience of knowledgeable professionals from the United States and around the world, and to participate in discussions with that audience. Papers should be original to the AGMA audience (not previously published paper), technically accurate, relevant, and free of commercialism.


While all abstracts will be considered, papers on the following topics would be of considerable interest:

  • Gear applications
  • Failure modes
  • Manufacturing techniques
  • Inspection and gear quality
  • Metallurgy
  • Surface finishing
  • Heat treatment
  • Noise/vibration

More information is available in the 2015 FTM section of the AGMA website. Or if you are ready to submit your abstract click here.

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Press Release
13th October 2014

Charles Fischer Recipient of 2014 TDEC Award

The AGMA Technical Division Executive Committee (TDEC) awarded their highest honor, the TDEC Award, to Charles Fisher during the Fall Technical Meeting awards luncheon today. This TDEC Award recognizes his twenty years of dedicated work on the standards for the organization. Charles Fischer is the retired VP Technical

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The AGMA Technical Division Executive Committee (TDEC) awarded their highest honor, the TDEC Award, to Charles Fisher during the Fall Technical Meeting awards luncheon today.

This TDEC Award recognizes his twenty years of dedicated work on the standards for the organization.

Charles Fischer is the retired VP Technical Division of AGMA.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University, Charlie started his career at the York Division of Borg Warner Corporation before going to

work for Philadelphia Gear, where his father had worked for years.

At Philadelphia Gear, Charlie first worked with the Philadelphia Mixers Division, serving as manager of engineering, focusing on water treatment applications. From there he moved into reducer engineering where he met Bill Bradley. His final responsibilities at Philadelphia Gear were to head up the assembly and production test facilities.

In 1994, he moved to AGMA, once again working with Bill Bradley. With his broad experience in the gear industry, Charlie was well suited to help guide the technical committees and standards processes at AGMA. In the seven years Charlie served as the Vice President of the Technical Division, he guided the 23 AGMA technical committees ensuring that the “lifeblood” of AGMA – its technical publications – remained strong.

In addition to the domestic committee work, Charlie was extremely active in the work of ISO TC 60, serving as the Secretary. His peers in the international gearing community elected him to that position, which he greatly enjoyed.

Quoting Joe Franklin, President of AGMA, “Charlie left a strong legacy of commitment to the standards development, both domestically and internationally. His leadership was instrumental in maintaining AGMA’s forward progress in its mission to serve its members and the international gearing public at large”.

AGMA would like to extend its sincerest congratulations to Charles Fischer.

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Press Release
6th October 2014

AGMA Announces Adoption of ISO 1328-1 Cylindrical Gears

AGMA Announces Adoption of ISO 1328-1 Cylindrical gears — ISO system of flank tolerance classification Part 1: Definitions and allowable values of deviations relevant to flanks of gear teeth AGMA Technical Division is proud to announce the ADOPTION of the recently published new revision of ISO 1328-1:2013, Cylindrical gears —

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AGMA Announces Adoption of
ISO 1328-1 Cylindrical gears — ISO system of flank tolerance classification
Part 1: Definitions and allowable values of deviations relevant to flanks of gear teeth

AGMA Technical Division is proud to announce the ADOPTION of the recently published new revision of ISO 1328-1:2013, Cylindrical gears — ISO system of flank tolerance classification — Part 1: Definitions and allowable values of deviations relevant to flanks of gear teeth.

As the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO Working Group 2, members of the AGMA Gear Accuracy Committee were instrumental in the development of the ISO document. In fact, the new ISO standard was based on the AGMA standard on the subject, ANSI/AGMA 2015-1-A01, which was developed by AGMA Gear Accuracy committee and offered to ISO as the base for the development of the new international standard. The intent was to have the document published as an ISO standard and then adopt it as an AGMA/American National Standard.

Following up on their intent, the AGMA Gear Accuracy Committee recommended and the AGMA Technical Division Executive Committee approved the adoption of the new ISO 1328-1. The adoption was later approved by the AGMA membership and the AGMA Board of directors. The adopted document has been approved, by ANSI, for publication as ANSI/AGMA ISO 1328-1-B14.

The new standard establishes a tolerance classification system relevant to manufacturing and conformity assessment of tooth flanks of individual cylindrical involute gears. It specifies definitions for gear flank tolerance terms, the structure of the flank tolerance class system, and allowable values.

The new standard is available for purchase, click on the “STANDARDS” button.

The AGMA Gear Accuracy Committee wishes to thank all participants for their valuable contributions to the development and adoption of this new standard.

To find out how you can get involved with any of the AGMA committees which actively serve the industry, contact Headquarters at tech@agma.org for details.

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Press Release
4th October 2014

AGMA Releases New Information Sheet on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics of Gear Units

The AGMA Sound and Vibration Committee is pleased to announce the publication of the new information sheet AGMA 919-1-A14 “Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics of Gear Units and Open Gears: Part 1 - Basics”. The new information sheet provides basic overviews of key approaches to establishing a condition

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The AGMA Sound and Vibration Committee is pleased to announce the publication of the new information sheet AGMA 919-1-A14 “Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics of Gear Units and Open Gears: Part 1 - Basics”.

The new information sheet provides basic overviews of key approaches to establishing a condition monitoring and diagnostics program for open gearing and enclosed gear units. This information sheet attempts to inform the reader of the common techniques used and parameters measured for condition monitoring of a gear unit allowing the reader to build a program based on individual needs.

The new information sheet is available for purchase, in electronic format, on AGMA website, click on the “STORE” button.

The AGMA Sound and Vibration Committee wishes to thank all participants for their valuable contributions during the development of this new information sheet.

To find out how you can get involved with any of the AGMA committees which actively serve the industry, contact Headquarters at tech@agma.org for details.

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Press Release
4th October 2014

AGMA Releases New Standard on Specification for High Speed Helical Gear Units

The AGMA Helical Enclosed Drives High Speed Units Committee recently completed the development of the new standard ANSI/AGMA 6011-J14, Specification for High Speed Helical Gear Units. The new standard is a revision of ANSI/AGMA 6011-I03. This standard includes design, lubrication, bearings, testing and rating for single and double

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The AGMA Helical Enclosed Drives High Speed Units Committee recently completed the development of the new standard ANSI/AGMA 6011-J14, Specification for High Speed Helical Gear Units.

The new standard is a revision of ANSI/AGMA 6011-I03.

This standard includes design, lubrication, bearings, testing and rating for single and double helical external tooth, parallel shaft speed reducers or increasers. Units covered include those operating with at least one stage having a pitch line velocity equal to or greater than 35 meters per second or rotational speeds greater than 4500 rpm and other stages having pitch line velocities equal to or greater than 8 meters per second.


The new standard is available for purchase, in electronic format, on AGMA website, click on the “STANDARDS” button.

The AGMA Helical Enclosed Drives High Speed Units Committee wishes to thank all participants for their valuable contributions during the development of this new standard.

To find out how you can get involved with any of the AGMA committees which actively serve the industry, contact Headquarters at tech@agma.org for details.

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4th October 2014

AGMA Releases New Standard on Cylindrical Wormgearing Tolerance and Inspection Methods

The AGMA Wormgearing Committee recently completed the development of the new standard ANSI/AGMA 2011-B14, Cylindrical Wormgearing Tolerance and Inspection Methods. The new standard is a revision of ANSI/AGMA 2011-A98. This revision was required to correct a typographical error in equation 18. The metric edition of this document, AGMA 211

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The AGMA Wormgearing Committee recently completed the development of the new standard ANSI/AGMA 2011-B14, Cylindrical Wormgearing Tolerance and Inspection Methods.

The new standard is a revision of ANSI/AGMA 2011-A98.

This revision was required to correct a typographical error in equation 18. The metric edition of this document, AGMA 2111-A98, was not affected.


AGMA 2011 describes and defines variations that may occur in unassembled wormgearing. It displays measuring methods and practices, giving suitable warnings if a preferred probe cannot be used. The applicability of single or double flank composite testing is discussed, using a reference gear. Tooth thickness measurement is shown using direct measurement as well as the use of measurements over wires or pins. Equations for the maximum variations are given for the stated ranges, as a function of size, pitch and tolerance grade.


The new standard is available for purchase, in electronic format, on AGMA website, click on the “STANDARDS” button.

The AGMA Wormgearing Committee wishes to thank all participants for their valuable contributions during the development of this new standard.

To find out how you can get involved with any of the AGMA committees which actively serve the industry, contact Headquarters at tech@agma.org for details.

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Press Release
1st October 2014

AGMA Releases New Standard on Appearance of Gear Teeth - Terminology of Wear and Failure

AGMA Technical Division is proud to announce the publication of the much anticipated new revision of the widely popular ANSI/AGMA 1010 “Appearance of Gear Teeth - Terminology of Wear and Failure”. The new standard, ANSI/AGMA 1010-F14, was developed within the AGMA Nomenclature Committee by merging

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AGMA Technical Division is proud to announce the publication of the much anticipated new revision of the widely popular ANSI/AGMA 1010 “Appearance of Gear Teeth - Terminology of Wear and Failure”.

The new standard, ANSI/AGMA 1010-F14, was developed within the AGMA Nomenclature Committee by merging ANSI/AGMA 1010-E95 and AGMA 912-A04, Mechanisms of Gear Tooth Failures.

The new combined standard expands the nomenclature for general modes of gear tooth wear and failure. It classifies, identifies, and describes the most common types of failure and provides information that will, in many cases, enable the user to identify failure modes and evaluate the degree or change from original condition. It also includes new failure modes and additional color photos and extended descriptions of failure mode morphology and mechanism, and methods to reduce the risk of a particular failure mode.

The new standard replaces both ANSI/AGMA 1010-E95 and AGMA 912-A04.

The new standard is available for purchase in the AGMA store.

AGMA Nomenclature Committee wishes to thank all participants for their valuable contributions during the development of this new standard.

To find out how you can get involved with any of the AGMA committees which actively serve the industry, contact Headquarters at tech@agma.org for details.

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14th August 2014

New Technical Standards Project - Experts Needed

The AGMA Helical Gear Rating Committee has started a new project to update the Information Sheet AGMA 925-A03, "Effect of Lubrication on Gear Surface Distress". Currently, AGMA 925 gives methods for calculating elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL) film thickness and predicting the probability of wear, and methods for calculating the contact temperature and

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The AGMA Helical Gear Rating Committee has started a new project to update the Information Sheet AGMA 925-A03, "Effect of Lubrication on Gear Surface Distress".

Currently, AGMA 925 gives methods for calculating elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL) film thickness and predicting the probability of wear, and methods for calculating the contact temperature and predicting the probability of scuffing. As part of the revision project, the committee is planning to update these methods and wishes to develop a method for predicting the probability of micropitting. Once completed, the committee plans to offer the new document for adoption by ISO Working Group on micropitting (WG 15).

To enhance its current broad acceptance within the industry, the committee aims to make the revision project a multi-disciplinary effort that includes people from the gear industry, lubrication industry, academic and industrial researchers in tribology, and anyone interested in the tribology of gear teeth.

If you are interested in taking part in this project, please contact Amir Aboutaleb, Vice President of AGMA Technical Division at aboutaleb@agma.org or call 703-684-0211.

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1st July 2014

ISO Releases New Revisions of the three-part Standard on Calculation of load capacity of bevel gears

ISO/TC 60 Working Group 13, responsible for standards dealing with bevel gears, has just published; - ISO 10300-1:2014 “Calculation of load capacity of bevel gears -- Part 1: Introduction and general influence factors” - ISO 10300-2:2014 “Calculation of load capacity of bevel gears -- Part 2: Calculation of surface durability

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ISO/TC 60 Working Group 13, responsible for standards dealing with bevel gears, has just published;

- ISO 10300-1:2014 “Calculation of load capacity of bevel gears -- Part 1: Introduction and general influence factors”
- ISO 10300-2:2014 “Calculation of load capacity of bevel gears -- Part 2: Calculation of surface durability (pitting)”
- ISO 10300-3:2014 “Calculation of load capacity of bevel gears -- Part 3: Calculation of tooth root strength”

These three International Standards describe the calculations for load capacity of bevel gears. They provide the formulae and symbols used in the calculations as well as the general factors influencing various load conditions.

The new standards supersede their respective previous versions;
- ISO 10300-1:2001
- ISO 10300-2:2001
- ISO 10300-3:2001

As the US TAG to this Working Group, members of the AGMA Bevel Gearing Committee participated, and contributed, actively to the development of these new documents.

The new standards are available for purchase, in electronic format, click on the “STANDARDS” button.

To find out how you can get involved with any of the AGMA committees which actively serve the industry, contact Headquarters at tech@agma.org for details.

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23rd June 2014

ISO Releases New Standard on Gears - Surface temper etch inspection after grinding, chemical method

ISO/TC 60 Working Group 14, responsible for standards dealing with metallurgy and materials, has just published ISO 14104:2014 “Gears — Surface temper etch inspection after grinding, chemical method”. This International Standard explains the materials and procedures necessary to determine, evaluate, and describe localized overheating on ground surfaces. A system to

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ISO/TC 60 Working Group 14, responsible for standards dealing with metallurgy and materials, has just published ISO 14104:2014 “Gears — Surface temper etch inspection after grinding, chemical method”.

This International Standard explains the materials and procedures necessary to determine, evaluate, and describe localized overheating on ground surfaces. A system to describe and classify the indications produced during this inspection is included. However, specific acceptance or rejection criteria are not contained.

The new standard supersedes the previous version, ISO 14104:1995.

As the US TAG to this Working Group, members of the AGMA Metallurgy & Materials Committee contributed actively to the development of this new document.

The new standard is available for purchase, in electronic format, click on the “STANDARDS” button.

To find out how you can get involved with any of the AGMA committees which actively serve the industry, contact Headquarters at tech@agma.org for details.

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21st May 2014

Individualized Financial Performance Reports free to AGMA ORR participants

Financial Benchmarking According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, manufacturing output has bounced back much faster than consumer demand over the past two years. “The economy would be limping along, at best, without the strong manufacturing sector,” said Robert A. Dye, a senior economist at PNC

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Financial Benchmarking
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, manufacturing output has bounced back much faster than consumer demand over the past two years. “The economy would be limping along, at best, without the strong manufacturing sector,” said Robert A. Dye, a senior economist at PNC Financial Services Group Inc. in Pittsburgh.

AGMA annually conducts the Operating Ratio Report (ORR). This report is a profitability or cost of doing business study of AGMA members designed to obtain, understand and analyze “best practices” in the gear manufacturing industry. It can help you improve your financial results by establishing “typical” financial performance targets and by analyzing how “high-profit” companies in the industry achieve their success.

By participating in the AGMA Operating Ratio Report you will receive a free copy of the industry Operating Ratio Report. In addition, you will now receive two individualized management tools.

Individualized Financial Performance Report
• Compares your company to the industry, to other companies in your line of business and to other gear manufacturers your size
• Provides management commentary to help you interpret the results
• Establishes a solid basis for working with lenders

Financial Toolkit computer program
• Microsoft® Excel® template with your data already loaded
• Provides “what-if” capabilities
• Establishes a basis for budgeting

What’s inside your Financial Performance Report…?
Executive Summary – The Executive Summary is a two-page overview of your key financial results. Areas of strength or weakness are easily identified on the
Performance Scorecard.

Detailed Results – The report also provides a detailed review of your results compared to the industry, to other companies in your line of business, and to other companies your size. The individual report is 17 pages and covers topics such as Return On Investment, Product Profile, Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Financial Ratios, Asset Productivity Ratios, Economic Value Added, Employee Productivity Ratios, and Trend Analysis.

How to participate — Please complete the Questionnaire for the 2013 AGMA Operating Ratio Report (below) and email directly to the MacKay Research Group at info@mackayresearchgroup.com

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Press Release
30th April 2014

AGMA New Information Sheet on Fine-Pitch Gear Specification Data

The AGMA Fine Pitch Gearing Committee is pleased to announce the publication of the newly revised information sheet AGMA 910-D12 “Formats for Fine-Pitch Gear Specification Data”. AGMA 910 consists of a series of printed forms for gear drawings that contain the appropriate data to be tabulated by the

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The AGMA Fine Pitch Gearing Committee is pleased to announce the publication of the newly revised information sheet AGMA 910-D12 “Formats for Fine-Pitch Gear Specification Data”.

AGMA 910 consists of a series of printed forms for gear drawings that contain the appropriate data to be tabulated by the gear designer for the gear manufacturer. It also includes a series of definitions of the various tabulated items.

This information supersedes AGMA 910-C90.

AGMA 910-C90 was a revision of AGMA 114.02 which updates the style and formats for spur gears, helical gears, bevel gears, wormgearing, face gears and racks.

The new AGMA 910-D12 updates the information relative to the ANSI Y14.5 definitions for toleranced, basic and reference dimensions and clarifies previously ambiguous terminology.

The new information sheet is available for purchase, in electronic format, click on the “STORE” button.

The AGMA Fine Pitch Gearing Committee dedicates the new document to Irving Laskin. His inspiration and dedication to the Fine-Pitch Committee’s work over many years helped lead to the development of this information sheet. In addition, the committee wishes to thank all participants for their valuable contributions during the development of this new information sheet.

To find out how you can get involved with any of the AGMA committees which actively serve the industry, contact Headquarters at tech@agma.org for details.

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Press Release
24th April 2014

Charlie Fischer, VP AGMA Technical Division, Retires

AGMA celebrates the retirement of Charlie Fischer after a distinguished career in the gear industry. Charlie followed in his father's steps spending time at Philadelphia Gear in his early career. Following college, Charlie spent five years at the York Division of Borg Warner Corporation before heading back to Philly

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AGMA celebrates the retirement of Charlie Fischer after a distinguished career in the gear industry.

Charlie followed in his father's steps spending time at Philadelphia Gear in his early career.

Following college, Charlie spent five years at the York Division of Borg Warner Corporation before heading back to Philly Gear for another 19 years.

In 1994 he joined AGMA's Technical Division. Charlie was promoted to Vice President of the Technical Division in 2007.

Charlie has used the past seven years to cement AGMA’s technical activities as one of the core benefits of AGMA membership. Moreover, his peers in the international committee on gearing, ISO’s TC 60 have elected him, repeatedly, to be the chairman – the Secretariat in the language of ISO – of the international group responsible for developing and maintaining the set of ISO standards for our industry.

"Charlie has traveled countless miles and weekends, frequently with the leading experts inthe industry, to do the work so important to international commerce." - Joe Franklin, AGMA President

Always the professional, Charlie has built leadership in his department so it will be in good hands following his retirement. Amir Aboutaleb and Justin Sikorski are experienced mechanical engineers. Amir will succeed Charlie later this spring.

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24th March 2014

AGMA Releases new information sheet on Aerospace Bevel Gears

The AGMA Aerospace Gearing Committee recently completed the development of the new information sheet AGMA 937-A12 “Aerospace Bevel Gears”. This information sheet covers aerospace bevel gears for power, accessory and actuation applications. It provides additional information on the design, manufacturing and quality control unique to the aerospace

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The AGMA Aerospace Gearing Committee recently completed the development of the new information sheet AGMA 937-A12 “Aerospace Bevel Gears”.

This information sheet covers aerospace bevel gears for power, accessory and actuation applications. It provides additional information on the design, manufacturing and quality control unique to the aerospace environment.

AGMA 937-A12 was developed to fill the void following the withdrawal of AGMA 431.01. It expands the scope to include all applications of aerospace bevel gearing. The information sheet was created by reviewing existing practices specific to aerospace bevel gearing. In general, this information sheet is a consolidation of the most common practices and standards currently in existence.

The new information sheet is available for purchase, in electronic format, on AGMA website, click on the “STORE” button.

The Aerospace Gearing Committee wishes to thank all participants for their valuable contributions during the development of this new information sheet.

To find out how you can get involved with any of the AGMA committees which actively serve the industry, contact Headquarters at tech@agma.org for details.

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Press Release
14th March 2014

AGMA New Standard - Tolerance Specification for Gear Hobs

Tolerance Specification for Gear Hobs The AGMA Cutting Tools Committee recently completed the development of the new standard, ANSI/AGMA 1102-B13 “Tolerance Specification for Gear Hobs”. The new standard is a revision of ANSI/AGMA 1102-A03. The standard provides specifications for nomenclature, dimensions, tolerances, and inspection for gear

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Tolerance Specification for Gear Hobs

The AGMA Cutting Tools Committee recently completed the development of the new standard, ANSI/AGMA 1102-B13 “Tolerance Specification for Gear Hobs”.

The new standard is a revision of ANSI/AGMA 1102-A03.

The standard provides specifications for nomenclature, dimensions, tolerances, and inspection for gear hobs for modules 0.63 to 40 mm. It establishes a basis for understanding the use and manufacture of these tools.

The new standard is available for purchase, in electronic format, on AGMA website, click on the “STANDARDS” button.

The Cutting Tools Committee wishes to thank all participants for their valuable contributions during the development of this new standard.

To find out how you can get involved with any of the AGMA committees which actively serve the industry, contact Headquarters at tech@agma.org for details.

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Press Release
30th January 2014

Special Announcement - Call for participation - Revision to AGMA 923-B05

AGMA Technical Division Executive Committee recently granted approval to AGMA Metallurgy & Materials Committee to start a project to revise AGMA 923-B05, Metallurgical Specifications for Steel Gearing. To maintain its wide popularity and use within the industry, and to ensure continued compatibility with the latest industry practices, AGMA Metallurgy

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AGMA Technical Division Executive Committee recently granted approval to AGMA Metallurgy & Materials Committee to start a project to revise AGMA 923-B05, Metallurgical Specifications for Steel Gearing. To maintain its wide popularity and use within the industry, and to ensure continued compatibility with the latest industry practices, AGMA Metallurgy & Materials Committee wishes to extend an invitation to all users, or otherwise affected companies or individuals, to participate in this project. For more information on this project, i.e.; future meeting times & locations, please contact Amir Aboutaleb (aboutaleb@agma.org).

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30th January 2014

AGMA - New Standard: Mill Gearing

AGMA RELEASES NEW STANDARD Power Rating of Single and Double Helical Gearing for Rolling Mill Service The AGMA Mill Gearing Committee recently completed the development of a new standard, ANSI/AGMA 6015-A13 “Power Rating of Single and Double Helical Gearing for Rolling Mill Service”. The purpose of

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AGMA RELEASES NEW STANDARD

Power Rating of Single and Double Helical Gearing for Rolling Mill Service

The AGMA Mill Gearing Committee recently completed the development of a new standard, ANSI/AGMA 6015-A13 “Power Rating of Single and Double Helical Gearing for Rolling Mill Service”.

The purpose of ANSI/AGMA 6015-A13 is to provide a method for determining the power rating of gear sets used in main mill drives, pinion stands, and combination units for metal rolling mills. This standard has been developed to address the fundamental differences between typical enclosed drive applications and rolling mill applications. The new standard has its roots in ANSI/AGMA 2001-D04 and ANSI/AGMA 6005-B89. Some of the main elements of this new standard include;

  • A method to compare different gear tooth designs at the extended life cycles typical for these applications,
  • Face widths in excess of the 40 inches limitation contained within previous standards are also accommodated
  • A calculation method for load distribution factor, Km, at these extended face widths.

The standard also addresses the range of load spectra experienced by these drives and defines load sharing for two and three high mill pinion stands.

Furthermore, the stress cycle factor for pitting resistance, ZNR, consists of a single curve above 107 cycles, and its value has been modified based on current practice. The stress cycle factor for bending strength YNR, consists of two curves above 107 cycles, one for gears with shot peened roots, and the other for gears with untreated roots. Below 107 cycles, both ZNR and YNR are assigned a value of unity. In addition, the surface condition factor for pitting resistance, CfR, is assigned values other than 1.00 depending on the composite surface finish of the tooth flanks of both mating elements, and a new surface condition factor for tooth root bending, KTRF, has been created and is assigned values depending on the surface finish for the tooth root fillets of the gear in question.

Finally, annexes are included in this standard to give guidance on such subjects as service factors, shaft design, and blank configuration.

The new ANSI/AGMA 6015-A13, and its metric edition ANSI/AGMA 6115-A13, are available for purchase, in electronic format, on the AGMA website click on the “STANDARDS” button.

The AGMA Mill Gearing Committee wishes to thank all participants for their valuable contributions during the development of these new standards.

To find out how you can get involved with any of the AGMA committees which actively serve the industry, contact Headquarters at tech@agma.org for details.

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Press Release
6th January 2014

AGMA - New Standard: Marine Gear Units

AGMA RELEASES NEW STANDARD Standard for Marine Gear Units: Rating and Application for Spur and Helical Gear Teeth The AGMA Helical Enclosed Drive Marine Units Committee recently completed the development of the next version of their popular flagship standard ANSI/AGMA 6032-B13 “Standard for Marine Gear Units: Rating and

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AGMA RELEASES NEW STANDARD

Standard for Marine Gear Units: Rating and Application for Spur and Helical Gear Teeth

The AGMA Helical Enclosed Drive Marine Units Committee recently completed the development of the next version of their popular flagship standard ANSI/AGMA 6032-B13 “Standard for Marine Gear Units: Rating and Application for Spur and Helical Gear Teeth”.

The new standard supersedes ANSI/AGMA 6032-A94.

Similar to its previous version, the new edition presents the methodology for determining the ratings of marine reduction and reversing gear systems driven by internal combustion engines, electric motors, and steam or gas turbines. In addition, the new version includes;

  • moderate revisions to the allowable stresses, sac and sat, of some materials;
  • redefining of the dynamic factor, Kv;
  • replacement of the application factor, Ka, with an overload factor, Ko, and service factors, CSF and KSF to be more consistent with current practice in the marine industry;
  • the effect of the increased safety factors, historically used for capital ships, into the service factors;
  • gear rating in terms of allowable transmitted power rather than working stress as was the practice in the previous version;
  • a new annex which addresses derating of the bull gear for astern operation of the vessel.

Furthermore, in the new version, basic rating equations which are included in ANSI/AGMA 2001-D04 and references relating to rating methods based on K factor and unit load have been removed. And finally, the title of the standard has been revised to be more indicative of the content and a new Metric Edition of the standard has been created.

The new standards, ANSI/AGMA 6032-B13 and its metric edition ANSI/AGMA 6132-B13, are available for purchase, in electronic format, on the AGMA website click on the “STANDARDS” button.

The AGMA Helical Enclosed Drive Marine Units Committee wishes to thank all participants for their valuable contributions during the development of these new standards.

To find out how you can get involved with any of the AGMA committees which actively serve the industry, contact Headquarters at tech@agma.org for details.

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Press Release
3rd March 2011

Trivia Question: What is the slowest rotating manmade object?

According to Guinness World Records… The last sprocket in a set of reducing gear wheels in a demonstration apparatus designed by TJ Bivins of Wellsville, Kansas, USA, rotates so slowly that it would take 3,800,007,600 years for it to complete one revolution. The assembly is driven by a motor turning at 1,550

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According to Guinness World Records…

The last sprocket in a set of reducing gear wheels in a demonstration apparatus designed by TJ Bivins of Wellsville, Kansas, USA, rotates so slowly that it would take 3,800,007,600 years for it to complete one revolution. The assembly is driven by a motor turning at 1,550 rpm.

A photo is available here.

Save the date for Gear Expo – November 1-3, 2011, Cincinnati, OH

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Press Release
6th January 2011

AGMA Wage & Benefit Survey

AGMA is now collecting data for the 2010 Wage & Fringe Benefit Survey for factory employees. Only companies that participate in the survey will receive the comprehensive report. The AGMA Wage & Fringe Benefit Survey contains the benchmarking data that you need to determine if the wages and benefits you offer are competitive

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AGMA is now collecting data for the 2010 Wage & Fringe Benefit Survey for factory employees. Only companies that participate in the survey will receive the comprehensive report.

The AGMA Wage & Fringe Benefit Survey contains the benchmarking data that you need to determine if the wages and benefits you offer are competitive and cost effective.

New for 2010, AGMA is adding data on pay for operators of manufacturing cells. This will be a good way for you to benchmark your wage and benefit practices following the recession.

AGMA’s statistician, the Mackay Research Group, will treat your data confidentially. The survey responses are aggregated and reported in a manner that prevents identification of any individual company.

More than 30 companies are already participating in 2011.

The initial survey was mailed in December and, because of end-of-year reporting, we have extended the data submission deadline to January 31st. You can download the Excel version of the survey here. Questions? Contact Joe Franklin, Jr., 703.838.0050.

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