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23rd April 2018

New gear manufacturing equipment at Machinists Inc.

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The capabilities of Machinists Inc. are expanding. The recent acquisition of the The Gear Works assetts has added amazing new gear cutting abilities. The addition of this new equipment gives MI some of the best gear services in the world, improving quality, productivity and capacity. It's a tremendous commitment to the future. Here is a sampling of some of the new equipment.


The Mazik Integrex e-670 is a state-of-art multi-tasking machining center, giving MI the ability to efficiently manufacture large, accurate part for demanding applications. The Mazik Integrex e-670 features a maximum diameter of 42-inches and length of 160-inches with a maximum weight of 10,000 pounds. It also features an on-board work piece measuring system.


The Gleason Pfauter Model P1600G is a gear tooth grinding machine with impressive stroke capacity with a maximum 10,000 pound workpiece weight along with onboard gear inspection and evaluation.
The Hofler Gear Tooth Grinding Machine, model Helix 700 has a maximum gear diameter of 700mm and maximum gear face of 400mm.


The Hurth Module 6 Axis CNC Gear Hobbing Machine is specifically designed for heavy duty, high precision maximum productive gear manufacture. The Hurth-Module 6 Axis CNC Gear Hobbing Machine features a maximum work diameter of 1600mm, with a maximum table load of 18,000 pounds.


Partial summery of MI machining capacities: Gear cutting - External & internal gears to 6 meters dia. CNC gear grinding - External & internal gears to 2.6 meters dia. CNC gear inspection - Up to 100” dia. Vertical turning - Up to 144” dia. Horizontal Turing -  Up to 120” dia. CNC horizontal milling -  Up to 22,000 lbs. Keyway / spline cutting -  Up to 59” stroke Worm / thread grinding - Up to 8” dia. Spline broaching - Up to 72” stroke Gearbox assembly - Up to 32 tons Gearbox testing - Up to 1000 HP

 

Machinists Inc. is committed to continually improve our gear making capacity and quality. Call us for an estimate on your next gearing requirement.
Contact: Jeff Tomson jeffT@machinistsinc.com 206.763.0990
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Industry News
17th April 2018

Higher steel costs are expected to become the new normal for manufacturers

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From the outside, Brookville Equipment Corporation in Western Pennsylvania looks like any other office building. But inside, the past meets the future. There are stripped down streetcars from the 1930s next to gleaming new ones. Workers assemble coal cars and locomotives. If it runs on a rail, Brookville probably makes it. And that takes steel. Tons of it. 

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Industry News
17th April 2018

The newest robotics in car manufacturing

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Though General Motors is certainly not new to robotics, some newer iterations like collaborative robots, drones and exoskeletons are changing the way the carmaker looks at robotic applications.

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Industry News
17th April 2018

Metrology for additive manufacturing to come of age

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NIST is helping additive manufacturing, often referred to as 3D printing, mature from a potentially disruptive technology into a widespread industrial capability. NIST’s  Material Measurement Lab contributes to the measurement methods, standards, data and models required to realize the full promise of additive manufacturing.

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Industry News
17th April 2018

Monday Economic Report – April 16, 2018

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In the latest Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, 93.5 percent of respondents feel positive about their own company’s outlook, the second-highest reading in the survey’s 20-year history following the all-time high of 94.6 percent in December. Optimism has been at historically high levels over the past five quarters, averaging 92.1 percent, but sentiment is sharply higher than two years ago.

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Industry News
12th April 2018

How can we make manufacturing smarter?

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In days past, the majority of gains in manufacturing efficiency were won on the shop floor. Nowadays, optimizing a production line is a much more abstract affair. Manufacturers have access to more data and more powerful analytics than ever before – tools that can unlock whole new levels of efficiency, but only if you know how to use them.

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Industry News
12th April 2018

What Differences Between Being an Engineer at a Small, Medi

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The question of the advantages of going to work for a big company versus a small company or start-up is not a new one. In fact, there are advantages and disadvantages to any size company.

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Industry News
12th April 2018

Monday Economic Report – April 9, 2018

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The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that manufacturing activity continued to expand solidly in March, even as it pulled back from the best reading since May 2004 in February. The ISM Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index declined to 59.3 in March, but the data continue to indicate strength in the sector overall. 

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Industry News
12th April 2018

Manufacturing jobs are still pretty good jobs

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In November 2014, the average hourly pay of production and nonsupervisory workers in durable goods manufacturing fell behind that of their peers in the rest of the private sector for the first time on record, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly establishment survey. 

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Member News
12th April 2018

Samuel R. Haines to Retire from Gear Motions

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Syracuse, NY – Samuel R. Haines, CFO and Chairman of Gear Motions, Inc., is set to retire at the end of this year, following 44 years of service.

 

In 1973 Sam was in graduate school and in search of a thesis topic to complete his MBA at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. As fate would have it, his father was in need of business plan for a bank loan for a small gear manufacturing company that he had acquired a few years earlier. Thus, as they say, was the trap set.

 

Following graduation and in the midst of the `73 “oil recession” Sam signed on (temporarily) to help work through the newly formed Gear Motions’ first acquisition of Oliver Gear in Buffalo, NY.

 

Still on “temporary assignment” in 1980, Sam and the family moved to Syracuse, and he assumed the management of the recently acquired Nixon Gear as VP/GM. Shortly thereafter Sam was named President of Gear Motions in 1985 when his father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

 

In 2005, in anticipation of his eventual retirement, he began the sale of the company through the establishment of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and became Chairman and CFO. This created a 10 year financial plan for transferring 100% ownership of the company to its employees, assured that the company would remain at its current location and viable for many years to come, and created a phased financial transition for the owners.

 

Under Sam’s leadership, the company won numerous awards including the 1999 Donlon Award for Employee Centered Practices and many customer awards for outstanding performance, among them the UTC Supplier Gold Award, Carrier Q+ Certified Supplier Award and Eaton Certificate of Excellence.

 

Sam has always been active in the community and industry. He served on the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) Board of Directors from 1988-2000, and was Chairman of the Board from 1998-1999. He was a member of the AGMA Foundation Board from 1999-2006. In 1993 he received the AGMA’s highest honor, the E.P. Connell Award, and in 1997 The Board of Directors Award.

 

Locally, Mr. Haines has served on the Board of Directors of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) since 1989, Chaired the Factory Managers Council from 1985-1988 and was Chairman of the Board from 1995-1997. In 2006, Sam was recognized for his distinguished service to Manufacturing in Central NY and named to the MACNY Wall of Fame.

 

Sam’s influence and leadership will not soon be forgotten. His business expertise and charismatic personality have made him a natural leader and allowed him to inspire others to work together and achieve greatness. His presence will be missed not only at Gear Motions, but throughout the gear industry and local business community.

 

Sam has been spending more and more time on Cape Cod during the summers, and he and Deb have been doing more bike rides around the country during the year. He plans to continue in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Gear Motions, until at least the end of 2018.

 

 

About Gear Motions:
Gear Motions, Inc. is an employee-owned company, with gear-manufacturing facilities in Syracuse and Buffalo, NY. Specialists in precision ground gears, the company manufactures cut or precision ground gears for customers around the world, along with precision cut spur, helical, bevel and worm gears, and multiple types of belt sprockets, timing pulleys and splines. For more information, visit www.gearmotions.com.

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Industry News
4th April 2018

Three ways manufacturers can accelerate their product strategy

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Whether you realize it or not, you are a technology company. Understanding the dependencies between customer needs, projects, products, services and applications is critical to aligning your strategy with execution and beating the competition to market.

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Industry News
4th April 2018

Top manufacturing companies – revenue per employee

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(Inforgraphic) Have you ever wondered which manufacturing company’s employees are generating the most revenue for their business? From Apple to Toyota and Nestle, take a look at a graphic that shows the top 10.

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Industry News
4th April 2018

What the 10 most influential manufacturing plants can teach us about innovation

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It isn’t surprising that of the 10 most recognized manufacturing plants in history, seven of them make automobiles and the other three are involved in aeronautics. Since the industrial revolution, it has been the development of transportation that has captured the spark of manufacturing prowess and run with it.

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Industry News
4th April 2018

U.S. Factory gains cool as inflation in raw materials picks up

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U.S. factories expanded at a slightly slower pace in March and a measure of raw material prices hit an almost seven-year high, as manufacturers struggled to keep up with demand, data from the Institute for Supply Management showed this week.

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Industry News
27th March 2018

Monday Economic Report – March 26, 2017

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Last week was marked by more volatility in equities, with financial markets processing both technology news and trade actions. With that said, the Federal Reserve noted continued strength in the underlying economy and experts expect faster growth moving forward, especially after passage of tax reform and continued signs of strength in the global economy.

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Industry News
27th March 2018

U.S. manufacturing using less electricity

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently unveiled some statistics indicating that overall electricity use by U.S. manufacturers has declined over the past decade.

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Industry News
27th March 2018

Oil jumped more than $3 last week, U.S. rig count continues climb

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The U.S. active rig count climbed even closer to the 1,000 mark last week, while the price of oil spiked more than $3.

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Industry News
27th March 2018

A Reason to Be Upbeat About U.S. Manufacturing

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The pace of durable goods shipments from American factory floors exceeded inventory growth for a second month in February, indicating production will stay strong. The government’s durable goods report on Friday showed the inventory-to-sales ratio slipped to 1.64 months, the lowest in more than three years. Recent data from the Federal Reserve show output at the nation’s factories advanced 1.2 percent in February, the most in four months.

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Industry News
27th March 2018

Dana to merge with GKN’s automotive business

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GNK Driveline, the automotive drivetrain portion of GKN plc, has agreed to merge with Dana Inc., creating a massive automotive and truck supplier that can provide drivetrain and suspension components to most vehicles. 

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Industry News
21st March 2018

Three manufacturing tech trends to watch in 2018

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From the leading edge of the curve, it can be hard to make concrete predictions, but to keen watchers, certain trends in the world of manufacturing technology are poised to explode in 2018. With that in mind, here are three trends to look out for over the next 12 months.

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Industry News
21st March 2018

Efficient Drivetrains to supply electric drive system for school buses

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Efficient Drivetrains Inc. (EDI), has won a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contract to provide an electric drivetrain for a $4.4 million project to replace diesel engines with electric drive for school buses. Combined with matching funding from other public and private entities in California, the total project funding represents an electrification program of more than $9 million.

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Industry News
21st March 2018

Monday Economic Report – March 19, 2018

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The Federal Reserve reported that manufacturing production rebounded in February, up 1.2 percent, after edging down 0.2 percent in January. That was the fastest monthly pace of growth since October, and overall, the data continue to show healthy growth for manufacturers, with strength last year carrying over into this year. Indeed, manufacturing production has risen 2.5 percent over the past 12 months, up from 1.6 percent last month and the best year-over-year rate since July 2014. 

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Industry News
21st March 2018

U.S. factory output rebounds in February and exceeds estimates

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U.S. factory production bounced back in February, far exceeding analyst estimates and showing a key part of the economy is on track for steady growth this quarter, Federal Reserve data showed last week.

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Member News
15th March 2018

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation signs agreement to acquire Ovako Group from Triton

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Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC), one of the world's largest steel producers, has signed an agreement with funds advised by Triton to acquire 100 percent of Ovako Group. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval.

NSSMC is a global market leader in steel production with world-leading technologies and manufacturing capabilities. The group makes a wide range of value-added steel products in more than 15 countries as well as at 12 steelworks in Japan. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, NSSMC reported a crude steel production on a consolidated basis of 45 million tons.

“Ovako is a global technology leader regarding high-cleanliness steel for bearing steel and other advanced applications”, says Kosei Shindo, President of NSSMC. “Our goal with the acquisition of Ovako is to strengthen and expand our global business and further strengthen our technology, product quality, and product development capability for special steel, and securing a base of manufacture and sales in Europe, to strengthen our global special steel business”.

In the past years Ovako has implemented a number of key improvement initiatives, such as clear segment strategies, increased production efficiency, employee safety programs, investments in product development, establishment of a new global sales organization and the launch of digital tools to improve the sales process. This has resulted in new business, increased market shares, higher demand from customers and improved efficiency and profitability.

“I am very pleased that Ovako now will become part of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, a strong industrial owner and a clear technology leader in the global steel industry” says Marcus Hedblom, President and CEO of Ovako. “With the strong support of our shareholder Triton, Ovako has strengthened its competitiveness and its market positon significantly over the last years. Our target is to continue to grow over the coming years, and we expect that with the support and the technological leadership of NSSMC we will be able to bring even more value to our customers”.

"Triton has been the owner of Ovako for more than seven years and it´s now an appropriate time for an industrial owner to continue the development of Ovako. We would like to thank the employees and management for their contributions to Ovako's successful development during Triton’s ownership” says Joakim Olsson, Chairman of the Board of Ovako.

The parties have agreed not to disclose the terms of the transaction. Upon closing of the transaction, it is Ovako’s intention to redeem the Ovako AB (publ) EUR 310 million 5.00 percent senior secured notes, due 2022.

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Member News
15th March 2018

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation signs agreement to acquire Ovako Group from Triton

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Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC), one of the world's largest steel producers, has signed an agreement with funds advised by Triton to acquire 100 percent of Ovako Group. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval.

NSSMC is a global market leader in steel production with world-leading technologies and manufacturing capabilities. The group makes a wide range of value-added steel products in more than 15 countries as well as at 12 steelworks in Japan. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, NSSMC reported a crude steel production on a consolidated basis of 45 million tons.

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Industry News
14th March 2018

Understanding the real value of technology in manufacturing

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The manufacturing industry has always been competitive. Since the days of the first industrial revolution, manufacturers have always sought to improve on processes and products in a way that gives them a competitive advantage. Whether it is the task of fine-tuning the production process or the challenge of keeping costs down, manufacturers have always explored how they can do things better than their competitors.

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Industry News
14th March 2018

Automation standards help manufacturers save money

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Avoid incurring an unintended higher cost of ownership by putting standards in place. Detailed are three ceases where things didn’t go as hoped.

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Industry News
14th March 2018

Print metal parts with build-in sensors

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Various sensors and sensing technologies are used throughout industry to detect and respond to external stimuli for control and monitoring purposes. These sensors are conventionally attached to the component or system externally since gained information is adequate for the application. 3D metal printing offers the opportunity to build these fiber materials directly into the metal matrix.

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Industry News
14th March 2018

Switzerland first to test integrating drones into its air traffic control

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Switzerland is on the cusp of becoming the first country to formally integrate drones into the air traffic management system that controls its airspace. The limited integration is the first to be launched under a broader European initiative called U-space, which seeks to create a digital infrastructure that would allow millions of small drones to safely operate beyond line-of-sight in approved airspace.

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Industry News
14th March 2018

New Study: 42 percent of U.S. managers think robotics, automation will be job-killers

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Nearly half (42 percent) of American managers say that automation and robotics will lead to a net loss of jobs in their respective industries, compared to just 18 percent who say that automation will help to create jobs, according to a new national study from MindEdge Learning. 

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Industry News
14th March 2018

IIoT in the plant: three ways to profit

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Buzzwords abound when it comes to technology in manufacturing: digital transformation, Industry 4.0. and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Regardless of the terminology, manufacturers are aggressively embracing new ways of using technology to achieve business goals like improved productivity and profitability. At the same time, many manufacturers are missing the opportunity to improve their business outcomes simply because they don’t know where to start.

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Industry News
13th March 2018

New report identifies threats to Ohio’s manufacturing sector

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The number of manufacturing jobs in Ohio has slowly ticked up in recent months, but a new report finds several trends that could undermine the future of the industry. The report, by the left-leaning think tank Policy Matters Ohio, looks at 27 years of data on the state’s manufacturing labor force. 

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Industry News
13th March 2018

DMDII launches cyber hub for manufacturing

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The Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute (DMDII) has announced the launch of a "Cyber Hub for Manufacturing" with $750,000 in seed funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The hub will serve as a testbed for the creation and adoption of new cybersecurity technologies to secure manufacturing shop floors across the United States and complements DMDII’s public-private partnership as one of the Manufacturing USA institutes sponsored by DoD to advance the state-of-the-art in digital manufacturing in America.

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Industry News
13th March 2018

Altra expands into medical, robotics, factory automation by buying Fortive Automation & Specialty

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Altra Industrial Motion Corp, maker of industrial clutches and brakes, is acquiring four operating companies from the Automation and Specialty platform of Fortive Corp. the quartet produce motion control hardware and software, electric motors and engine braking technology under brand names including: Kollmorgen, Thomson, Portescap, and Jacobs Vehicle Systems.

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Industry News
13th March 2018

Gallery: Concept cars at 2018 Geneva Motor Show look into the future

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Compelling, beautiful and just plain outrageous concept cars are one major reason the auto world remains eager to attend the annual Geneva Motor Show. No one should walk away disappointed this year, as the show is packed with intriguing concept cars looking into the present, past, near future and distant future. 

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Industry News
13th March 2018

Monday Economic Report - March 12, 2018

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Manufacturers added 31,000 workers in February, and revisions in the December and January data increased employment in the sector by 28,000 in total from previous estimates. As such, the latest jobs numbers confirm that the labor market has tightened significantly, with manufacturers increasing employment by a rather robust 18,876 per month on average since the end of 2016. 

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Industry News
13th March 2018

10 ways machine learning in revolutionizing manufacturing in 2018

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Manufacturers care most about finding new ways to grow and excel at product quality, while still being able to take on short lead-time production runs from customers. Manufacturers are turning to machine learning to improve the end-to-end performance of their operations and find a performance-based solution to this paradox.

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Industry News
6th March 2018

The tricky issues with wearables: Understanding the pros and cons of collecting data on your employe

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In this "big picture" interview, Christine LaVoi explores how devices meant to promote productivity and safety also raise privacy concerns.

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Industry News
6th March 2018

What’s driving the record growth of U.S. manufacturing?

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American manufacturing is experiencing a remarkable period of growth. In September 2017, the Institute for Supply Management recorded a 13-year high, with its national factory index climbing to 60.8 (In October the index dipped slightly to 58.7, although any reading higher than 50 indicates industry growth.)

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Industry News
6th March 2018

TWWomer introduces micro extruder for 3D printing, research

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TWWomer & Associates has developed an innovative plastics micro extruder for 3D printing, laboratory use and academic/research programs. 

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Industry News
6th March 2018

New alloy leads to printing of safe steel products

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3D printing has advanced in relation to plastics. With metals, progress has been slower due to technical complexities. A new advancement with the effective and safe 3D printing of steel has been announced.

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Industry News
6th March 2018

Are you prepared for the heap of capital investments coming?

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History shows capital investment follows big tax cuts, with a 12 percent rise being predicted in manufacturing equipment orders. It’s an exciting time, but one in which you must re-examine your product life cycle management plan.

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Industry News
6th March 2018

Monday Economic Report - March 5, 2018

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There were more encouraging signs for manufacturers last week in the economic data. For instance, the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to 60.8 in February, the highest level since May 2004. Given the strength of that headline figure, it should not be a surprise that many of the underlying data points are near or exceed 60, including new orders, production, employment and exports. 

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Industry News
6th March 2018

Cutting tool consumption up 8.3 percent in 2017

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December U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $175 million according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was down 5.4 percent from November’s $185 million and up 10 percent compared to December 2016. 

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Industry News
6th March 2018

Manufacturing in U.S. expands at fastest pace since May 2004

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U.S. factories expanded in February at the fastest rate since May 2004, indicating sustained strength in manufacturing as demand remains solid, figures from the Institute for Supply Management showed.

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Member News
27th February 2018

More cities in Argentina choose to equip their refuse trucks with Allison Transmissions

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Buenos Aires, Argentina – Due to increased productivity, and a number of additional benefits, Allison transmissions have once again been chosen for waste collection trucks in more cities across Argentina. The latest to join the list are Cipolletti, Posadas, Salta and Santa Fe.

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Member News
27th February 2018

Electric vehicle manufacturer EMOSS Mobile Systems chooses Allison 4500 fully automatic transmission

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With its commitment to address emmision and noise regulations in Europe, EMOSS Mobile Systems has developed an Allison transmission-equipped electric semi-truck that has a range exceeding 300 miles.

The EMOSS Electric Vehicle with Extender Range (E.V.E.R.) semi-truck utilizes a 120 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack and a liquefied petroleum gas electricity generator to recharge the battery and achieve maximum range. It is further equipped with an Allison 4500 fully automatic transmission and rated for a gross combination weight of up to 50 metric tons.

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Industry News
27th February 2018

Rethink robotics – manufacturing matters!

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Employees working side-by-side with nimble collaborative robots is becoming more common on factory floors at manufacturers of all sizes, especially as a means of overcoming challenges tied to an increasingly troublesome shortage plaguing the industrial sector.

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Industry News
27th February 2018

BMW, Siemens announce South Carolina manufacturing research and education center

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Siemens Manufacturing and BMW have partnered with Greenville Technical College to build a new facility for the development of assembly line technology. The addition, which is located next to and in partnership with the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, is part of the colleges’ effort to close the manufacturing skills gap in South Carolina.

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Industry News
27th February 2018

Toyota has manufactured new motors using 50 percent less rare earth minerals

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Toyota has been working on producing vehicle motors using fewer rare earth minerals.

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Industry News
27th February 2018

What will IIoT data do for the manufacturing workforce in 2018?

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In 2015, Accenture interviewed executives across several major industrial sectors about their strategies for creating a more connected workforce. At the time, the overwhelming sentiment stated that smart devices and IoT-enabled assets would come together to enable whole new levels of operational performance and safety, but that most manufacturers still lacked the confidence to implement such a program successfully.

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Industry News
27th February 2018

The impact of opioids on manufacturing

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The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Foundation released groundbreaking research on the interaction of the opioid crisis and manufacturing, "Ignorance Isn’t Bliss. The Impact of Opioids on Manufacturing." While many are forecasting U.S. manufacturing to return to its global dominance, the drug crisis is poised to be a drag on U.S. competitiveness.

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Industry News
27th February 2018

How leadership and collaboration will help manufacturing thrive in the digital age

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Digital technology, robotics and artificial intelligence are causing a fundamental shift in how manufacturers operate. While automation offers the sector an opportunity to lower costs and boost quality manufacturing leaders need to steer their organizations carefully and responsibly. 

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Member News
7th February 2018

Machinists Inc. acquires The Gear Works assets

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Seattle, Washington - February 6, 2018 - Machinists Inc., Seattle acquired the assets of The Gear Works, Seattle on February 5, 2018. Hugh LaBossier, President, is proud to announce the addition of major gear box repair and precision gear machining to the wide range of manufacturing services that Machinists Inc. currently provides.
Machinists Inc. has more than doubled its manufacturing space through this acquisition. Now close to 1/4 million sq. ft. Machinists Inc. will be able to support larger and more diverse projects for their customers including Boeing, Terex, General Atomics, Northrop Grumman, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and many others.
Machinists Inc. has a 76 year history providing large precision metal fabrications, assemblies and precision machined metal parts. It supports key industries, such as Aerospace, Marine, Defense, Hydroelectric, Wind Energy, Transportation and Research Labs. Gear Works provided industrial gearbox repair and has been machining precision gears for the last 70 years.
Contact: Jeff Tomson jeffT@machinistsinc.com 206.763.0990
 

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Industry News
31st January 2018

ABS achieves industry leading safety standard milestone

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ABS continues safety leadership in the marine and offshore industries with no lost time incidents during 2017

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Press Release
26th January 2018

Blassingame Invited To Serve As A Commissioner For IACET

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Alexandria, VA – AGMA’s Director of Education Casandra Blassingame has been invited to serve a three-year term as a commissioner by the Board of Directors of the International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET). As a commissioner, Blassingame will join a team of leaders who oversee the review process for organizations and institutions seeking IACET accreditation.   

IACET is a Reston-based accreditation association that certifies the efforts of education and training organizations, giving companies that earn the accreditation a valuable mark of excellence. AGMA became IACET accredited in December 2017, offering students the ability to obtain CEUs upon completion of the courses.

“IACET accreditation is reflective of the organizations commitment to providing quality education and training. I am honored and excited about the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” said Blassingame.  “I look forward to working on behalf of IACET, assisting organizations in achieving their accreditation goals, and aligning the efforts we are developing at AGMA to the IACET mission.” 

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,” said 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 IACET recognized the talents Casandra brings to the table, and will include her in this leadership position.” 

AGMA delivers 14 different face-to-face and online training programs in any given year, and also 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/.

To learn more about IACET, visit www.iacet.org.

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Industry News
23rd January 2018

Space in 2018: Big rockets, asteroid hunting and a close shave with the Sun

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2017 was a momentous year furthering our understanding of the universe. SpaceX now routinely lands its rockets, NASA’s Cassini craft crashed into Saturn in a spectacular and invaluable mission finale and researchers proved once and for all the existence of gravitational waves. 2018 will also bring some landmark moments in space, beginning with the biggest bang the industry has seen in nearly half a century, the maiden launch of the world’s most powerful operational rocket later this month.

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Press Release
19th January 2018

CROSON ELECTED TO NAM ASSOCIATION COUNCIL

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Alexandria, Va - AGMA President Matt Croson was elected to the National Association of Manufacturer’s (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) Board of Directors for a second three-year term.  Croson served on the NAM CMA Board from 2015-2017, and will continue through 2020. 

The NAM CMA provides input and direction to the NAM regarding both legislation and policy impacting the manufacturing community.  The NAM CMA is comprised of more than 270 manufacturing oriented associations, representing more than 300,000 manufacturing jobs.  The CMA also supports association management excellence through benchmarking, peer-to-peer dialogue and networking opportunities with senior officials throughout both the executive and legislative branches of government. 

“Being a part of the NAM CMA leadership helps ensure AGMA is on top of issues impacting the manufacturing community,” noted Croson. “From the Rule 232, covering steel trade, to infrastructure bills and the tax deal, AGMA was able to provide guidance and support to the efforts that NAM put into place — which are 100% focused on helping manufacturers succeed.  I look forward to continuing to serve on the NAM CMA Board, and to bringing information that can help AGMA members to meetings and events in 2018 and beyond.”

For more information about NAM, please visit: http://www.nam.org/.

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Industry News
10th January 2018

German Union steps up fight for ‘modern’ 28-hour workweek

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Thanks to strong bargaining power, the IG Metall union, which represents some 3.9 million workers in the metal and electrical industries is pushing for a 6 percent wage increase and a 28-hour work week for a two-year period.

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Press Release
4th January 2018

AGMA Is Officially IACET Accredited

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Alexandria, Va - The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) has been officially accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Through a rigorous application process guided by the ANSI/IACET Standard, AGMA is now able to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to students that take a course through them based on identified learning outcomes and delivery of those outcomes.

AGMA’s education program has added two additional courses for the 2018 schedule and in addition to working on a Gear Manufacturing or Advance Gear Engineering Certificate, participants will have the opportunity to obtain CEU’s based on qualified contact hours for a class. With an expanding program, AGMA is able to provide students a way to measure and quantify the continuing education they are investing in.  

“We wanted to provide our students with a quality learning experience by adhering to adult education industry standards and the opportunity to use the education they receive with AGMA for professional development,” said Casandra Blassingame, Director of Education for AGMA. “Our students are working very hard on their professional goals and we are dedicated to making sure AGMA education counts. Having this accreditation just further proves why our gear classes are the best in the industry and we are excited to have been awarded this ‘Gold Seal’”. 

According to IACET, “IACET Accredited Providers are an elite group of educators dedicated to quality in continuing education and training . . . and have been thoroughly assessed by a third party.” Some of the qualifications for AGMA include:

  • learning outcomes that are based on identified needs and clearly providing to learners, 

  • having established methods to award CEUs and a system to maintain, protect and provide training records,

  • systematically evaluating all learning events and content to ensure they are providing the best possible learning experience, and

  • having qualified personnel planning and conducting their programs.

Students will need to check with their specific regulatory boards and agencies to confirm that the IACET CEUs will be accepted towards maintaining P.E. licensure. AGMA is now included in a list of approved providers on the IACET website.  

All courses listed on the AGMA website will have CEU information for students. All further information regarding the CEU’s, who accepts them and about IACET can be found here: https://www.iacet.org/. 

For more information, contact blassingame@agma.org with any questions about the accreditation for AGMA.

 

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Press Release
30th November 2017

AGMA Provides Students with New Online Learning Management System

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Distance Education does not seem so distant with the new education portal for online courses.

Alexandria, Va - AGMA has implemented Elevate, a new online Learning Management System (LMS) through CommPartners. The system enhances course offerings by providing an online platform that allows interaction beyond the scheduled class dates. The new platform was chosen by AGMA to provide a cleaner and more user-friendly experience for the global community. The goal was for students attending an AGMA online course to receive the same experience as they would in a face-to-face course.   

“Elevate provides a platform where AGMA can launch multiple learning experiences to students on a global scale,” said Casandra Blassingame, the Director of Education for AGMA. “Really, our goal was to create a learning community that connects students to each other and shortens the distance between us all.”

The new system stores all of the AGMA course information available and students will have access to documents and resources once they have signed up for a class. Industry professionals will be able to sign up for face-to-face courses, take online video/webinars courses, view webinars—past and present—and take Workforce Education courses that are offered as self-study. Students will be able to have discussions and direct communication with each other and instructors just as they would during an in-person class. Having a place for students of all different skill levels and backgrounds to participate during classes was important for AGMA’s Education Department.

“Distance education has come a long way and AGMA recognizes that providing students with an easy, seamless learning experience is going to ensure people are getting connected to all resources available,” added Blassingame. “Our new system has the latest tools in distance learning and our students will be able to access their materials and ask questions when they need to; we are bringing the classroom right to them.”

The new LMS can still be accessed through learning.agma.org and members and non-members can also see this link through “My AGMA Classroom” on www.agma.org. Please contact education@agma.org with any questions.

 

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Member News
21st November 2017

DNV GL: Artificial intelligence boosts efficiency for solar and wind

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DNV GL position paper outlines advances in robotics, inspections, supply chain and the way we work — showcasing opportunities for solar and wind stakeholders as the industry embraces artificial intelligence applications

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Member News
20th November 2017

Damen launches cutting-edge fishery research vessel for Angolan Fisheries Ministry

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On 9th November, Damen Shipyards Galati launched a Fishery Research Vessel (FRV) 7417 for the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries. The sponsor of the vessel, named Baía Farta, was Dra. Isabel Cristóvão, director of Gabinete de Estudos, Planeamento e Estatística.

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Press Release
16th November 2017

AGMA To Host First International Course in Mumbai, India

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Alexandria, VA – AGMA has partnered with Ovako, Virgo Communications and the IPTEX/GRINDEX Show in Mumbai, India to host its first international course: Steels for Gear Applications. The one-day class will take place during the tradeshow at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, and attendees will have the option of attending on February 22nd or 23rd.  AGMA will offer this course as the first of many that will take place outside of the United States as part of their global initiative in the AGMA strategic plan.

The Steels for Gear Applications course will examine the use of steel properties in a system solution and understand potential that different steel and heat treatment options can offer various applications. With the growing gear and materials market in India, this class will offer Indian companies increased access to subject matter experts and their knowledge. Ovako‘s Executive Vice President, Head of Group Marketing and Technology, Goran Nystrom will be the instructor for the course.

“Taking a class to India is a great way to show our international members that AGMA is committed to delivering value everywhere,” said Jill Johnson, AGMA’s Director of Membership. “With IPTEX being such a reputable and growing show, we knew that this opportunity was the right choice and many of our Indian members are thrilled to see AGMA investing resources to be there.”

The IPTEX/GRINDEX trade show has been connecting manufacturers and suppliers in the Indian gear industry for 10 years. With exhibitors bringing in products that appeal with all types of stakeholders in the gear industry—from aerospace to power transmission—this show is able to connect the entire value chain. Many AGMA members attend IPTEX and bringing the educational opportunity to India will allow easier access for international members already attending the show that might not be able to make it to the United States for a course.  

“AGMA’s international memberships are growing each year,” explained Matthew E. Croson, President of AGMA. “It is time that we bring the educational value that we have to offer directly to them and grow our relationships on a global level. IPTEX is an impressive show with high-quality attendance and a great place to host our first international course. “

Registration will be handled by Virgo Communications and Exhibitions. Those interested in attending the course can contact anitha@virgo-comm.com or dev@virgo-comm.com. If there are any further questions, please contact Jill Johnson at jill.johnson@agma.org.

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Member News
15th November 2017

Transit fleet grows with more Allison-equipped PAZ-3204 buses

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KRASNOYARSK, Russia – After five years of running PAZ-3204 buses with manual transmissions and four years with Allison fully automatic transmissions, Konstantin Knapnugel recently added seven more PAZ buses to his transit fleet – all equipped with Allison Automatics.

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Industry News
14th November 2017

New Liebherr 500-tonne crane in action with Steil

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Steil Kranarbeiten based in Trier has taken delivery of a new Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 mobile crane. Outstanding mobility, an 84-metre telescopic boom and continuous improvements made to the renowned crane model were the main reasons behind the purchase decision. For its first job, the new Liebherr 500-tonne crane worked with another LTM 1500-8.1 from Steil to complete a tandem hoist of a 185 tonne gas turbine in Luxembourg.

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Press Release
13th November 2017

AGMA FOUNDATION SETS A NEW COURSE

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2017 Strategic Planning Process Results in New Initiatives to Meet Industry Needs

 

Alexandria, VA—The AGMA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded and funded by AGMA members, is in the final stages of a strategic planning and road-mapping process.  The Foundation, recognizing the rapid pace of manufacturing evolution and change, periodically assesses whether its programs are aligned with industry needs. The strategic process included an industry-wide survey, conducted in July and August 2017, on industry challenges and opportunities.

The survey was received with nearly 500 respondents from all sectors of the industry. Survey results identified workforce acquisition, training and retention, and keeping up with emerging technology as the most critical issues facing the gear industry today. The Foundation is responding to feedback by developing a three-year (2018-2020) road map with new programs to meet these needs.

“The most recent AGMA Foundation strategic planning process took place in 2011,” explained Scott Moss, of Comer Industries and Chair of the AGMA Foundation Board of Trustees. “It was time for the Foundation to reassess its core programs to ensure that it was fulfilling its mission to advance the power transmission industry.”

The Foundation, working with AGMA staff, will be developing several new ideas that came out of the planning process, including developing industry communications to attract a new workforce, benchmarking retention programs to keep talent in the industry, and researching potential resources for the support of workforce development.  One Foundation legacy program, scholarships for engineering students, will continue and be part of the new strategic plan.

“The Foundation Board decided to continue support for students who aspire to a career in our industry,” said Moss. “Scholarships will continue for interested students at the technical/associate, undergraduate and graduate levels.”

Moving forward, existing foundation reserves will be leveraged, and the Foundation will discontinue fundraising, aside from the annual meeting golf tournament.  The feedback and suggestions provided in the industry survey have led to the opportunity for the foundation to align with the strategic plan that AGMA has already implemented.

 “The foundation has been very successful in providing members with opportunities to learn and grow in the industry and this discovery process will aid in that mission,” said Cindy Bennett, Executive Director of the AGMA Foundation. “The Foundation is grateful to all its donors, past and present, whose generous gifts are providing our industry with the necessary tools and information to thrive in the future.”

The Foundation Board of Trustees will finalize the 2018-2020 roadmap, with the new program initiatives, at its annual meeting In Naples, Florida in April 2018.

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Member News
10th November 2017

Allison reaches milestone with production of the 500,000 th transmission in its 4000 series™

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INDIANAPOLIS – Allison Transmission today announced the production of its 500,000th fully automatic 4000 Series™ transmission. Benefiting a wide range of commercial-duty vehicles, the transmission series is used in applications that include refuse, construction, fire and emergency, distribution, coach and transit bus, and motorhomes.

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Member News
7th November 2017

DSM signs technology partnership agreement with Toyota Motorsport GmbH

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Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, has signed a “One DSM” framework technology partnership agreement with Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), a 100% subsidiary of the Toyota Motor Corporation. The agreement involves all DSM businesses active in supplying materials and technology to the automotive sector - Engineering Plastics, Dyneema® (ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber), and 3D Printing including Somos® for stereolithography (SLA), and other technologies like Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF).

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Press Release
3rd November 2017

Gear Expo and FTM’s Strong Numbers Reflect AGMA’s Strategy For Growth

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AGMA’s Fall Technical Meeting has largest audience to date with growing international participation.

 

Alexandria, VA—November 1, 2017— AGMA welcomed more than 3,500 attendees from 30 countries and 41 states to Gear Expo, The Drive Technology Show in Columbus, Ohio last week. The Fall Technical Meeting had a record attendance of 180 participants and speakers making it the largest AGMA technical meeting to date. 

Exhibitors brought their newest machines and products that filled the 59,500sq.ft. show floor at the Columbus Convention Center. Attendees saw the latest technology in automation and IIoT as it relates to the gear industry and found new solutions to increase productivity and profit in their businesses. 

“Gear Expo 2017 was a great platform for attendees to see the latest solutions in the marketplace,” said Jenny Blackford, Vice President of Marketing for AGMA. “We are pleased with our attendance numbers, but are even more excited to hear that exhibitors were meeting quality leads for new programs and making sales.”  

With focused promotional efforts on social media as well as geo-fencing and geo-tagging outreach, the attendees could immediately share their experience while at the show and were put in touch with the exact supplier needed.  These tactics allowed AGMA to expand its promotional audience, while also leveraging traditional media partners, and exhibitors, to get the word out.  

“We offered additional ways for exhibitors to promote themselves and the show this year,” added Blackford. “Companies, attendees and speakers were able to share their Gear Expo experience right away so those that did not come to the show were still connected to what was happening. This kind of marketing allows exhibitors to get the most out of their investment.” 

The Fall Technical Meeting (FTM) was one of the greatest successes of the week. The quality of the papers and the engagement of the large audience made this year’s meeting the most attended yet. Discussions about emerging technologies and the standards process brought great interest from members and non-members for future involvement.  

“AGMA focused heavily on keeping the integrity of the FTM and the papers presented,” said Amir Aboutaleb, Vice President of AGMA’s Technical Division. “People know that when they come to this meeting, they will be hearing about the latest in the gear industry from the foremost technical experts from around the world. This popular event will continue to grow as AGMA continues to be content driven for the changing industry.” 

Additionally, the Solutions Center schedule was filled with more than 30 presentations that mirrored the newly established Emerging Technology Pavilion hosted by AGMA. Attendees connected directly with players in the additive and IIoT industries like Jay Rogers from Local Motors and Paul Boris from Vuzix to discuss the direction of manufacturing and the potential disrupters that the gear industry might face in the future.  

“Thank you to all of the AGMA members and Gear Expo participants for a successful show. We were pleased with the growth in the buying audience,” added Matthew E. Croson, President of AGMA.  “We look forward to working with our innovative members as we collaborate to grow our show to include the full gamut of power transmission solutions including: mechanical, electrical and fluid power.  It will be an exciting time to be a part of this effort in 2019 and beyond.” 

 

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Press Release
31st October 2017

GEAR EXPO PRE-SHOW ATTENDEE REGISTRATION UP FROM 2015

More than 2500 Attendees Registered; Emerging Technology a Focus

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Alexandria, VA—October 17, 2017— The 2017 Gear Expo, THE Drive Technology, show will open with the largest audience since 2001. AGMA announces that 2,500 have pre-registered for Gear Expo—an eight percent increase from 2015’s event. Gear Expo, The Drive Technology Show, will be held October 24-26, 2017 at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH.

“AGMA is pleased that so many buyers are pre-registered and coming to Columbus for three days of connecting with innovative suppliers, attending technical education and networking with peers,” said Matthew E. Croson, President of AGMA.  “The event’s primary hotels have been sold out for weeks, and attendance at our co-located events and networking events are well above 2015 numbers.”

Gear Expo features 294 exhibiting companies over 59,400 net square feet.  The number of exhibiting companies has grown 10% from 2015, including companies that will be part of the first-ever Emerging Technology Pavilion.  The event is co-located with Heat Treat which features 189 exhibiting companies over 34,000 net square feet. 

 “We are really excited about how Gear Expo 2017 has shaped up,” said Jenny Blackford, Vice President of Marketing for AGMA.  “With the support of the Show Committee and Board of Directors, AGMA focused time and attention on growing our attendee audience by highlighting the innovations that our industry is developing.”

Additive manufacturing, augmented reality and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) are primary drivers of innovation within the power transmission space, and this year’s exhibitors are showcasing some of their solutions within this area, on the show floor and within the Emerging Technology Pavilion.  The show also features keynotes from Local Motors, VUZIX and the Department of Energy, with CEOs and market leaders that will be discussing their approach to these disruptive technologies. 

The event is also global, with 13% of registered attendees coming from outside of the United States.  Gear Expo will feature attendees from 23 countries. 

“We are pleased that so many industry professionals have chosen Gear Expo to be the place where they travel to find innovations and technical experts to solve the challenges they face,” added Blackford.  “AGMA’s focus will always be to deliver an industry event that resonates and responds to the industry’s needs, challenges and opportunities.” 

 

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Member News
30th October 2017

Dana names Nick Stavrakis to lead operations in Oceania

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MAUMEE, Ohio, Oct. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Dana Incorporated (NYSE: DAN) today announced that Nick Stavrakis has been appointed managing director for all operations in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the company's service and assembly center in South Africa, effective Nov. 20.

[Dana Incorporated logo. (PRNewsFoto/Dana Incorporated)]

Stavrakis comes to Dana from SAF-Holland Australia Pty. Ltd., where he served as managing director for the last nine years.  Prior to that, he worked within the industry as CEO and has held business development and product management roles.  He has earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Victorian University of Technology.

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Member News
26th October 2017

Allison Transmission expands reach in electric vehicle market in Latin America

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INDIANAPOLIS – Allison Transmission today announced that Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus will be using the Allison automatic transmission in its fully electric e-Delivery truck.

Volkswagen’s e-Delivery is the first fully electric truck developed in Brazil and is equipped with an Allison 2100 Series™ transmission. The e-Delivery truck is targeted for urban delivery and tailored for all applications in emerging markets. Initially, it will be available in nine and eleven metric-ton gross vehicle weight (GVW) models.

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Member News
11th October 2017

KAPP NILES DISPLAYING GRINDING AND MEASURING MACHINES AT GEAR EXPO

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Innovative gear grinding technology together with precision metrology systems – live at Gear Expo. Not 2 birds with one stone, but 3 machines at one trade show. KAPP NILES will be displaying their latest grinding machine generation – the KNe3G – together with the analytical gear inspection system PGM 400 and the ultra-precise measuring machine KNM 7C both now part of the newly found division KAPP NILES METROLOGY. Efficient, easy to use, ergonomic and effective – that’s what the “e” is all about. The machine concept of the KNe3G comes with the new KNgrind software and HMI (Human Machine Interface) which means operator-friendly and machine-oriented parameterization of the generating grinding task. The latest control hardware and a multi-touch screen technology from Siemens (Sinumerik 840D) will interactively guide the user through the input of workpiece and technology data. The integrated measuring system of the KNe3G allows various alignments, analysis, and correction possibilities. The PGM 400 analytical gear inspection system for workpieces up to Ø 450mm is designed to maximize uptime and throughput. Its measuring ability in relation to functional datums eliminates the need for expensive tooling or fixtures. With its modular design approach to the hard- and software, the PGM400 allows easy system upgrades and expansions.  The KNM C series complements diameter requirements from 500mm up to 1,600mm. The KNM 7C with its highly accurate mechanics is the result of well-proven technology and innovations, adjusted to meet customer requirements specifically to determine form deviations of bearing rings, race rings and all kind of cylindrical workpieces. 

About KAPP NILES


KAPP NILES is a global market leader in manufacturing machines and tools for finishing gears and profiles and offers also high-precision metrology for a wide range of applications. Technologies from KAPP NILES guarantee both precision and cost-effectiveness when manufacturing sophisticated components. KAPP NILES customers are enabled to bring high precision motion in their products – on land, on water and in the air. 
 

 
2870 Wilderness Place Boulder, CO  80301

Phone: 303-447-1130 Fax: 303-447-1131
 
 
Media Contact Natalie Ebner-Strelli Direct: 303-630-1733 natalie.strelli@kapp-niles.com
 
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1) KNe3G
2) PGM400
3) KNM7C

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Press Release
10th October 2017

AGMA FOUNDATION AWARDS TEN SCHOLARSHIPS TO FUTURE INDUSTRY ENGINEERS

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AGMA FOUNDATION AWARDS TEN SCHOLARSHIPS TO FUTURE INDUSTRY ENGINEERS

$169,000 Awarded to 23 Students Since 2010.

 

 

Alexandria, VA—Ten students with a focus of a career in the gear industry received AGMA Foundation Scholarship awards for the 2017-2018 academic year. Each fall, the Foundation awards $5,000 scholarships at the Undergraduate/Graduate levels, and $2,000 scholarships at the Associate/Technical school levels. Eighty-six percent of scholarship recipients are employed in the gear industry!

The 2017 AGMA Foundation Scholarship Recipients are:

Technical School
Jack Jaeger—Waukesha (Wisconsin) County Technical College

Undergraduate
Isaac Bowser—Taylor University (Indiana)
Nolan Maners—Western Kentucky University
Aggash Sivasoth—University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada)
Joshua Smith—Colorado State University
Michael Ustes—University of Michigan, Dearborn
Jacob Vanderveen—Grand Valley State (Michigan)

Graduate
Tiffany Lim—The Ohio State University
Yue Peng—University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Mustafa Turhan—University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada)

“The Scholarship Program is one way in which the AGMA Foundation fulfills its mission to support education, training and research for the gear industry,” said Cindy Bennett, AGMA Foundation executive director. “The Scholarship Program is very successful with 86% of scholarship recipients currently working in the gear industry.”

The AGMA Foundation Scholarship Committee received a record 27 applications for the 2017 awards. The AGMA Foundation Board of Trustees reviewed the applications and awarded scholarships to the top ten applicants.

“The scholarships are funded through voluntary donations from AGMA member companies and individuals,” continues Bennett, “This program is a wonderful example of our association members giving back to their community and helping the next generation come forward to build a strong, vibrant future for our industry.”

Companies and research institutions employing AGMA Foundation scholarship recipients include: Brelie Gear, Caterpillar, Colorado State Engine & Energy Conversion Lab, DNV KEMA Renewables, Ontario Drive & Gear, Tawas Tool, Toyota, The Ohio State University, and the University of North Carolina.

The AGMA Foundation 2017 Annual Campaign is underway. For more information, please visit the AGMA Foundation website.

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25th September 2017

AGMA Teams Up With ASM International on Education Initiatives

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Alexandria, VA- AGMA has partnered with ASM International to expand the courses that are offered to professionals in the gear manufacturing and material science industries. AGMA offers classes that teach everything from the Basics of Gearing to more advanced courses like Gear Failure Analysis. ASM offers classes from Basics of Heat Treating to Aluminum and Its Alloys. AGMA has focused their education program to meet the demands of member companies that need expert education for their employees and ASM International’s curriculum adds another resource for that.   

“We are looking forward to working with ASM in this capacity and find this type of partnership is the best way to give members access to experts across all industries,” Casandra Blassingame, AGMA’s director of education explained. “We look forward to the day when we have more courses together as we see how technology in manufacturing is changing and how we can help each other provide tools to grow our programs and our member’s skill sets.” 

AGMA has been co-locating their tradeshow, Gear Expo, with ASM International’s show, Heat Treating Society Conference & Exposition, since 2009. Additionally, AGMA has had a joint course with ASM at Gear Expo starting in 2011, Materials Selection and Heat Treatment of Gears. All classes will be cross-marketed as a convenient way for students to obtain information in both industries to better enhance member’s workforce and knowledge base.  

“ASM International is very excited to announce the formation of a new training collaboration with AGMA to provide targeted, materials-related training programs in the industrial markets we serve," added John Cerne, ASM International's senior manager of edcuation. "We see a growing need for improved materials performance and professional development training programs across the gear manufacturing and material science sectors.  By leveraging our combined capabilities, ASM and AGMA will provide crucial workforce development to support professional growth.”

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Member News
24th August 2017

ITAMCO Ramps Up Additive Manufacturing With New EOS Printer

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ITAMCO

 

6100 Michigan Road

Plymouth, Indiana 46563

http://www.itamco.com


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

Joel Neidig

(574) 935-6918

jdneidig@itamco.com

 

 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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14th August 2017

AGMA Adds Electric Drives Speaker to Fall Marketing & Forecasting Conference

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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

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
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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Press Release
26th July 2017

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

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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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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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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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Member News
7th June 2017

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

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A leading mine conveyor OEM needed heavy-duty brakes for use on a group of conveyor packages at a cement plant in Columbia, South America. The series of three conveyors transport limestone within the facility’s quarry and processing areas.

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Press Release
25th May 2017

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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Press Release
9th May 2017

NORTH AMERICAN GEAR MARKET POISED FOR GROWTH IN 2017

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CONTACT: Jenny Blackford, VP, Marketing

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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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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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18th April 2017

Damen: Two ASD Tugs 2411 for Saam Smit Towage to be built by Wilson Sons, Brasil

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Wilson Sons Limited announces to its shareholders that the shipyard subsidiary Wilson Sons Estaleiros Ltda, has signed a contract to construct two azimuth tugboats for Saam Smit Towage do Brasil S.A.

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Press Release
6th April 2017

AGMA Presents Distinguished Service Award at AGMA 2017 Annual Meeting

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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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5th April 2017

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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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

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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

                                                                                                                      (703) 684-0211

 

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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