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14th August 2017

HBM acquires Indiana gears company

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

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Press Release
14th August 2017

AGMA Adds Electric Drives Speaker to Fall Marketing & Forecasting Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Industry News
11th August 2017

Considering the costs of warehouse automation

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

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Industry News
11th August 2017

IoT, SCADA and the business triangle

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

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Industry News
11th August 2017

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

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

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Industry News
11th August 2017

Iron ore soars at $76 a tonne

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

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Industry News
11th August 2017

Hiring workers for manufacturing jobs isn’t all that hard

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According to new data that measures how difficult it is for firms to hire people, both average duration of job vacancies and average search intensity to fill jobs was pretty flat through the middle of last year. Average vacancy duration went up a bit in mid-2016 and companies responded by recruiting a little harder. Very quickly, vacancy duration returned to 30 days, roughly the average of the past five years. What this tells us is that it has gotten a little harder to find people in the manufacturing sector over the past couple of years, and companies have had to work a little harder to fill their positions. But only a little.

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Industry News
11th August 2017

What is the future of on-demand additive manufacturing?

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

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Industry News
11th August 2017

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

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

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Industry News
11th August 2017

Faraday Future signs leas on new turn-key manufacturing facility

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

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Industry News
11th August 2017

Another Illinois manufacturing set to cross state lines

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

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Industry News
11th August 2017

Manufacturing growth continues in S.C.

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Today, Scout Boats employs 350 people in a 220,000-square-foot facility that sits on about 16 acres in Summerville. Scout Boats are sold by more than 70 dealers across the United States — with a strong following in the Southeast and Great Lakes areas — as well as internationally. Canada is the company’s No. 1 export market, followed by Mexico and Australia.

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Industry News
11th August 2017

3D printers will change manufacturing

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Manufacturing advances often take time to catch on. Only later does their real significance become apparent. The flying shuttle, invented in 1733 by John Kay, a British weaver, allowed the production of wider pieces of cloth. Because its movement could be mechanized, the shuttle later became one of the innovations which paved the way for the Industrial Revolution. In 1913 Henry Ford brought motoring to the masses by making his Model T on a moving assembly line; but it was Ransom Olds, a decade earlier, who had come up with the idea of an assembly line to boost production of the Olds Curved Dash. Throughout the 1980s factory bosses scratched their heads over Taiichi Ohno’s Toyota Production System and its curious methods, such as the just-in-time delivery of parts. Now it is the global benchmark for factory efficiency.

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Industry News
11th August 2017

Manufacturing hiring surges, but skills gap sows vacancies

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

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Industry News
11th August 2017

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

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

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Industry News
11th August 2017

Monday Economic Report – August 7, 2017

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

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Industry News
11th August 2017

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

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

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Industry News
11th August 2017

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

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

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

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

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

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

General Electric builds AI workforce

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

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

Manufacturers list risks that concern them most

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

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

50 smartest companies 2017

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

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

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

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

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

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

Get better parts faster with on-demand manufacturing

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

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

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

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

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

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

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

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

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

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

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

$5 million will help create North Carolina manufacturing center

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

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

ABS joins industry partners to advance autonomous shipping

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

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

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

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

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

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

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

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

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

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

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

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

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

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

Monday Economic Report – July 31, 2017

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

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

The business of artificial intelligence

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

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Industry News
2nd August 2017

Workforce challenges are a top concern for manufacturers, report finds

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

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Press Release
31st July 2017

Mark Johnson to be Keynote Speaker for Gear Expo 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Industry News
26th July 2017

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

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

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Industry News
26th July 2017

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

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

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Industry News
26th July 2017

The Drone Space

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

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Industry News
26th July 2017

Luxembourg shoots for the stars with fresh space mining deal

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

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Industry News
26th July 2017

Survey: Manufacturing suffers image problem, yet critical to prosperity

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

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Industry News
26th July 2017

Modern warehouse management in the era of customer centricity

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

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Industry News
26th July 2017

Volvo trucks Q2 profit surges threefold on strong sales

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

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Industry News
26th July 2017

Monday Economic Report – July 24, 2017

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

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Industry News
26th July 2017

Infographic: A manufacturing renaissance means risk resurgence

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

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Industry News
26th July 2017

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

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

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Industry News
26th July 2017

‘Glass’ headset technology implemented at 6 AGCO factories

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

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Industry News
26th July 2017

Manufacturing PMI hits four-month high in July

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

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Press Release
26th July 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Press Release
21st July 2017

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

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

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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19th July 2017

Bringing Industrial Internet to the edge

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The power of edge computing is helping companies like GE enhance performance by performing instantaneous analysis and decision-making based on up-to-the-second operation conditions.

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19th July 2017

Expert asserts that retraining is the best response to AI automation

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Jeremy Auger, a Chief Strategy Officer at D2L, an educational technology company, has asserted in a post on entrepreneur.com that the way for humans to maintain their relevance in the labor force in the face of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation developments is through ongoing, career-long retraining. His voice is added to a choir of individuals who are preaching the same message.

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19th July 2017

Considering the costs of warehouse automation

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

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19th July 2017

Pre-apprenticeships partnerships graduates first class of students

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In West Virginia, young people are getting a head start on manufacturing careers thanks to a partnership between the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) and the Mountaineer Challenge Academy. The first group of Challenge Academy cadets graduated last month from an RCBI pre-apprenticeship program through Apprenticeship Works, the National Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Partnership. The pre-apprenticeship introduces disadvantaged youth to good-paying, high-skill jobs available in manufacturing, RCBI says.

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19th July 2017

Trade and talent are top priorities for manufacturing, experts say at Brookings panels

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The lack of a clear U.S. trade policy is forcing American manufacturers to slow growth plans, especially because of the uncertainty over how nations may respond to President Donald Trump's protectionist rhetoric, business leaders said last week during panel presentations at the Brookings Institution.

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19th July 2017

‘Chairless Chair’ exoskeleton makes life easier for factory workers

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19th July 2017

Self-fueling boats sets off from Paris on 6-year world trip

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A boat that fuels itself is setting off around the world from Paris on a six-year journey that its designers hope will serves as a model for emissions-free energy networks of the future. Energy Observer will use its solar panels, wind turbines and a hydrogen fuel cell system to power its trip. The 5 million-euro ($5.25 million) boat heads off Saturday from Paris toward the Atlantic.

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19th July 2017

Manufacturing growth continues in South Carolina

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Scout Boats CEO Steve Potts remembers building his company’s first boat model in his garage in Summerville nearly 30 years ago. His love for boats stemmed from his teenage years in Charleston in the 1960s, when he devoted many of his nights and weekends to learning the craft of building them. Potts eventually decided to go into business for himself, launching Scout in 1989.

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19th July 2017

Empire State manufacturing index retreats in July from two-year high

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A reading of New York-area manufacturing cooled in July from a two-year high, according to data released Monday. The New York Fed’s Empire State manufacturing index fell to a seasonally adjusted reading of 9.8 from 19.8 in June. Economists polled by Econoday expected a reading of 15, on a scale where any figure above zero indicates improving conditions.

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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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19th July 2017

Corporations are lining up to invest in a 3D metal printing start up

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19th July 2017

Manufacturing Minute: Cabinless Tractor Trailers

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(Video) Robotics researchers at University of California Berkely recent unveiled a new robot that, while incredibly small, is already breaking records in the field.

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19th July 2017

ThyssenKrupp claims ‘breakthrough’ in digital transformation and connecting machinery

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ThyssenKrupp says it has reached a "milestone" for the digital transformation of industry and connecting the machinery of its materials services division through a new digital platform. The company’s new internet of things platform is call Toii, or toii, as the company prefers to write it. 

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19th July 2017

Monday Economic Report – July 17, 2017

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The Federal Reserve reported that manufacturing production rebounded in June, up 0.2 percent, after falling in two of the three prior months. Overall, springtime production in the sector was choppier than expected, especially given the more robust outlook in other data sources. Yet, even with some disappointment in recent months, the longer-term trend for output among manufacturers has been quite positive. Across the past 12 months, manufacturing production has risen 1.2 percent. It was the eighth consecutive positive year-over-year reading for manufacturing output and progress from the 0.2 percent year-over-year gain in June 2016. In addition, total industrial production jumped 0.4 percent in June, up from 0.1 percent in May and rising for the fifth straight month. Industrial production has risen 2.0 percent year-over-year, matching the pace in May, with both being the best readings since January 2015.

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19th July 2017

Manufacturing production rebounded somewhat in June

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The Federal Reserve reported that manufacturing production rebounded in June, up 0.2 percent, after falling in two of the three prior months. Overall, springtime production in the sector was choppier than we would have desired or expected, especially given the more robust outlook in other data sources. Yet, even with some disappointment in recent months, the longer-term trend for output among manufacturers has been quite positive.

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19th July 2017

Pratt and Whitney surges U.S. hiring as bet on geared turbofan pays off

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The aircraft engine unit of United Technologies is hiring thousands of manufacturing employees in the U.S. as its breakthrough Geared Turbofan technology transforms the global aircraft propulsion market. Pratt & Whitney has brought on 4,500 new employees over the last 18 months at plants in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and says the number of new hires will rise to 25,000 by 2025.

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17th July 2017

How Industrial Internet of Things is shaking off hype and getting real

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17th July 2017

Consumer IoT vs. Industrial IoT – What are the differences?

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17th July 2017

Niagara Gear adds in-house machining capabilities

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Niagara Gear, a division of Gear Motions, Inc., recently completed the installation of its first machining cell.  The in-house machining capabilities were added to reduce lead-time and provide more flexibility and control to meet customer delivery requirements. The machining cell consists of two turning centers, a vertical machining center, and marking capabilities. Products will be produced for the Niagara Gear division, as well as other divisions of Gear Motions.

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17th July 2017

HMC Skiving consolidates gear machining

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Gear manufacturing is less exclusive than it used to be. That is according to a machine tool builder offering what are said to be the first horizontal machining centers in the world capable of power-skiving, a demanding tooth-shaping process in which the workpiece and tool rotate in constant contact and near-perfect synchronicity at a precisely defined angle of engagement. Combined with a horizontal configuration’s well-documented potential for setup reduction, skiving capability reportedly enables machining gears mostly complete in a single setup. Manufacturers that stand to gain include not just established, high-production gear makers, but also any operation interested in machining high-quality gears without lengthy lines of dedicated equipment

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17th July 2017

Top 50 mining companies reshuffle as Chinese lithium firms climb rankings

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After a banner 2016, the recovery in the mining sector slowed dramatically this year and in some instances fortunes reversed.

At the half-year mark, the world's 50 largest listed firms are worth a collective $768 billion, adding nearly $12 billion in market capitalization to year-to-end June. The top 10 make up more than half the sector's worth.

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17th July 2017

New Materials/New Skills

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Over the past decade, governments in North and South America, Europe and Asia have enacted stricter fuel economy and emissions requirements. To comply with these regulations, the automotive industry has focused research and development efforts on improving the efficiency of the internal combustion engine, implementing new powertrain technologies, lowering the costs of vehicle electrification, and reducing vehicle mass — also known as light weighting.

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17th July 2017

BMW, GE commit millions to digital manufacturing marketplace

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An on-demand industrial startup that's been described as the "Uber of manufacturing" announced Wednesday it had secured millions of dollars in additional funding from the venture-capital arms of BMW and GE. The companies, along with Highland Capital Partners, have set their sights on Xometry — pronounced "Zometry" — for a $15 million investment to support a portal that connects buyers of customized manufactured parts with those who produce them.

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17th July 2017

Keel laying marks official construction of attack submarine

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The keel of the nation’s 20th Virginia-class attack submarine named for Oregon was laid Saturday at the manufacturing plant for General Dynamics’ Electric Boat. The milestone marks the ceremonial beginning of a ship’s construction. Modern submarines do not have a traditional keel that runs the length of the ship because they are built in modules. Instead, at the event, the submarine’s sponsor wrote her initials in chalk on a metal plate for a welder to inscribe and to be mounted on the submarine.

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17th July 2017

An abundance of riches? U.S. Natural Gas, manufacturing and LNG exports

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Can U.S. shale gas support domestic manufacturing expansion while increasing U.S. LNG exports? In recent months several industrial users of natural gas and some politicians in natural gas consuming states have questioned the open, free market approach to LNG trade taken by the Obama administration. They argue that unrestricted US LNG exports may hurt U.S. domestic users of natural gas, including both industry and retail consumers. These concerns are not unique to the US. In fact, the same reasons have been behind Australia’s decision to enact a regulatory measure that allows restrictions on LNG exports in case domestic market natural gas shortages emerge.

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17th July 2017

Making the trucks run on time: A visit with Ford’s F-150 Launch Manager

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17th July 2017

Motor vehicles: Employment and sales in the U.S.

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The number of employees in the motor vehicles manufacturing sector in the United States has dropped slightly. According to preliminary data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 206,300 workers were employed in April 2017 in this sector, down from 211,000 in April 2016. Sales have reached 86.8 million units until May 2017. This figure is down from last year, when sales until the end of May had reached 88.6 million. Total sales stood at 214.4 units last year. Employment and sales seem to be in close sync.

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12th July 2017

ABS approves new MOSS-type LNG tank concept

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

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12th July 2017

NIST researchers hope to remove barriers to 3D printing metal with new machine

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A custom built 3D printer may enable wider use of metal additive manufacturing according to researchers at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Additive Manufacturing Metrology Testbed (AMMT) 3D printer was made by members of NIST’s Engineering Laboratory (EL) and Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) and will be used to study 3D printing with metal.

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12th July 2017

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

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

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12th July 2017

This drone-like octocopter wants to carry people

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12th July 2017

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

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

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12th July 2017

Monday Economic Report – July 10, 2017

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

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12th July 2017

Treasury opts to revisit tax regulations causing problems for manufacturers

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

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12th July 2017

Machine Tool orders rise in May, AMT says

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

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12th July 2017

Volvo is first major carmaker to forgo traditional engines

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

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Press Release
7th July 2017

AGMA Foundation Scholarship Applications Set A New Record

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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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

Internet of Things (IoT): Five essential ways every company should use it

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28th June 2017

BMW announces $600M expansion as it celebrates 25 years

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BMW said Monday it will invest an additional $600 million to expand its South Carolina plant, creating 1,000 new jobs over the next four years. CEO Harald Krueger’s announcement coincided with the German automaker’s celebration of 25 years of manufacturing in the state. BMW, which has already invested $7 billion in South Carolina, also unveiled its 2018 BMW X3, a compact sports vehicle expected to be available in November. It will be built at the plant in Greer alongside the BMW X4, X5 and X6.

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28th June 2017

Will content marketing really speak to technical buyers?

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28th June 2017

Cobalt 27 aims to tap electric car revolution with $150m IPO

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28th June 2017

Onboarding the next generation workforce in manufacturing

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28th June 2017

Metrics for IoT-enabled products

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28th June 2017

Tesla is shifting gears in China by manufacturing its own cars there

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Tesla is inching ever closer to its China dream. The company confirmed that it is "in talks" with the municipal government of Shanghai to manufacture its vehicles in the country.

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28th June 2017

Voodoo Manufacturing tells us future plans following $5 million funding for 3D printer factory

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28th June 2017

Lockheed Martin funds advanced space manufacturing lab at MSU Denver

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Lockheed Martin Corp. is donating $1 million to Metropolitan State University of Denver over the next four years to support advanced manufacturing instruction and labs in the university's new aerospace and engineering programs.

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28th June 2017

Closing the loop on data-driven manufacturing

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Focused on "smart" factories, cities, mines and more, Hexagon’s annual conference opened with an inspiring keynote address on the "limitless possibilities" of an interconnected world. Yet, however limitless the future, HxGN Live also clarified the extent of the possibilities available in the present.

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28th June 2017

Monday Economic Report – June 26, 2017

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Last week was a slower one for indicators, but the data points that were released reflected mostly positive trends, with the global economy showing signs of continued progress. Along those lines, the IHS Markit Flash Eurozone Manufacturing PMI rose once again to its fastest pace since April 2011. This suggests that manufacturers in Europe have mostly brushed off political uncertainties, with economic growth on the continent continuing to trend in the right direction. New orders and output accelerated further in June, with both at levels not seen since early 2011. Looking ahead six months, the future output index reflected healthy expectations moving forward, with that measure at its highest point since it was introduced in mid-2012. In addition, IHS Markit also released preliminary figures for France and Germany, which were both promising despite mixed results in June.

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28th June 2017

Future of City Transport: Flying Taxis

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28th June 2017

Three steps to becoming a customer-obsessed manufacturer

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Industry News
28th June 2017

Cyber-physical systems and manufacturing’s new frontier

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The real world and its digital twin are collaborating to bring forth something called "mass customization," a new manufacturing culture which, as the term suggests, will be the basis for the most diverse ecosystem of engineered products ever seen. 

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Industry News
28th June 2017

U.S. durable goods orders fall 1.1 percent in May vs 0.6 percent drop expected

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New orders for key U.S.-made capital goods unexpectedly fell in May and shipments also declined, suggesting a loss of momentum in the manufacturing sector halfway through the second quarter. The Commerce Department said on Monday that non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business spending plans, dropped 0.2 percent, the largest decline since December.

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Press Release
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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Industry News
27th June 2017

Where manufacturing is thriving in the U.S.

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Throughout the dismal presidential campaign, the plight of America’s manufacturing sector played a central role. Yet despite all the concerns raised about factory jobs leaving the country, all but 18 of the country’s 70 largest metropolitan regions have seen an uptick in industrial employment since 2011. And despite the slowdown in car sales, the job count continues to expand, albeit more slowly. 

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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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Industry News
20th June 2017

What role will robotics and 3D printing play in the future of manufacturing?

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Digitalization is taking over the manufacturing world, forcing traditional fossil-fueled methods out of the way and improving the flexibility of processes globally. IIoT and Industry 4.0 are a looming presence spurring businesses to adopt advanced automation solutions in order to hasten production, lower manufacturing costs, and remain competitive.

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Industry News
20th June 2017

Sinter hardened metal: The economical alternative to machining

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Let us analyze three examples of how manufacturing operators can take full advantage of the benefits of sinter hardening of metals to achieve precise and repeatable production of complex metal parts.

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Industry News
20th June 2017

3D printing the next five years by Christopher Elsworthy of CEL Robox

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We have seen a steady and continuous growth in the use of 3D printers in education over the past three years. Most educational facilities are not on their first generation of 3D printers, their knowledge is growing with the market and their experience enables them to make informed decisions about hardware and how it will be used. 3D printers like Robox enable the technology to become more accessible; ease-of-use and the growing number available ensure that it’s within easy reach for students. The many ways 3D printers can be used have not yet been explored fully and there is no part of our society more creative than our youth. When young minds get their hands on these tools we will truly see what is in the future for 3D printing.

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Industry News
20th June 2017

The first careful steps toward smart manufacturing

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There’s a world of small- to mid-size manufacturers who know they have to adopt new technology in order to stay competitive, but they don’t know where to start. One plant manager complained that new advanced plant technology was delivered to the factory and it sat in a corner for six months because nobody knew what to do with it — or had time to do anything about it.

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Industry News
20th June 2017

Cliffs picks site in Ohio for $700-million iron ore plant

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Up to 130 jobs could be created in Ohio at a new iron ore processing facility to be operated by Cliffs Natural Resources. Cleveland-based Cliffs announced on Thursday that the factory, which will making hot briquetted iron used in steelmaking, will be built on a site owned since 2008 by the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority.

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Industry News
20th June 2017

The latest flying car concept seems — dare we say it — serious

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The Paris Airshow kicks off Monday, offering the denizens of the aviation world their biennial chance to gather round. They'll ogle the latest aerospace innovations, close deals for defense drones, and check out private jets. Airbus and Boeing will go head-to-head over over sales numbers as aircraft new and old — including the F35A fighter jet, making its public debut — roar overhead, flaunting their flying skills.

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Industry News
20th June 2017

This Lockheed Martin prototype can fly twice as fast as a normal helicopter

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(Video) The S-97 Raider is Lockheed Martin's prototype helicopter that has double-rotor tech for better stability. It might be "the next big thing in army aviation." It can fly 250 mph, two times as fast as normal helicopters.

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Industry News
20th June 2017

Logistics for a 3D printed world: the democratization of manufacturing

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Of all the ways 3D printing will change the world, the democratization of manufacturing is perhaps the most important. Think of it as the Uberization of manufacturing, where supply can be accessed anywhere in the world to produce goods at the click of button. This is a once-in-a-generation logistics opportunity, as so-called additive manufacturing will optimize the time and cost of making and delivering goods. Mass customization will be the new normal.

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Industry News
20th June 2017

RAP-T adds production line and Toyota as customer

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On Wednesday, Richmond Auto Parts Technology, a firm that makes automobile transmission gears, celebrated the opening of a new production line for a new customer, Toyota Manufacturing.

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Industry News
20th June 2017

Monday Economic Report – June 19, 2017

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There will only be a handful of economic releases out this week, with data focusing mainly on manufacturing and housing. IHS Markit will release new surveys on U.S. and Eurozone manufacturing activity for June, with Europe building on May’s 73-month high in confidence as its economy continues to trend mostly in the right direction. Other highlights this week include the latest figures for existing and new home sales, the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank’s monthly survey and leading economic indicators. 

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Industry News
20th June 2017

GE tells Boeing it won’t share 797 engines with arch-rivals

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General Electric Co., the world’s biggest jet-engine maker, said it is not prepared to share turbine production on Boeing’s Co.’s planned middle-of-market plane with its two global rivals.

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Industry News
20th June 2017

Is the manufacturing recovery real?

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U.S. manufacturing got walloped during the Great Recession. It lost 20 percent of its output and 15 percent of its workforce. "That’s second only to the Great Depression of the 1930s, when it lost about half its total output," says Cliff Waldman, chief economist for the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), a manufacturing leadership organization.

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Industry News
20th June 2017

Manufacturing: Comparing the nations

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Manufacturing is arguably the lifeblood of global business. UK manufacturing alone contributes £6.7 trillion to the global economy — impressive stats for a country that is dwarfed in size by other nations. But just how does the UK’s manufacturing output compare to the rest of the world? In this article, process manufacturing software provider, Datawright compares the UK’s productivity against the world’s manufacturing heavyweights.

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Industry News
20th June 2017

Leadership 4.0: Training for revolution

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Industry 4.0 is the latest buzzword. It’s the fourth industrial revolution and represents the future where intelligent machines are self-aware and automation challenges can be solved by the machinery itself. The manufacturing and engineering industries are on the cusp of this revolution. Only the most agile organizations will thrive, while those with one foot in the past will be left behind. To be successful, leaders and managers must put in place new strategic thinking to exploit business opportunities and respond to threats.

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Industry News
20th June 2017

Philly, Empire manufacturing gauges show strength in June

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Two gauges of manufacturing sentiment showed strength in June, according to data released last week. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index in June retreated to a reading of 27.6 from 38.8 in May. Economists had expected a retreat because the May reading was the second highest in more than 30 years.

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Industry News
15th June 2017

The first careful steps towards smart manufacturing

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Converting a plant to advanced automation works best if it is deployed incrementally, with a targeted ROI in each stage.

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Industry News
15th June 2017

Desktop Metal’s CTO on the next generation of metal 3D printing

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Ahead of RAPID+TCT 2017, an exciting startup known as Desktop Metal finally came out of stealth mode after almost two years to reveal not one, but two new additive manufacturing (AM) technologies. Even before the big unveil, the startup’s technology received a hefty vote of confidence in the form of $97 million in funding raised from GV (formerly Google Ventures), the BMW Group, Lowe’s, GE, Saudi Aramco, Lux Capital, Stratasys, NEA and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

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Industry News
15th June 2017

Manufacturers are taking aim at ‘total cost’ with on-demand manufacturing

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After Independence LED returned its manufacturing operations back to the U.S. from China, the company’s chairman and CEO described the move as "the best decision my company has ever made." And in 2016, companies returned more manufacturing jobs to the U.S. than sent them offshore for the first time in decades.

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Industry News
15th June 2017

Top five skills for the Industrial IoT

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Over the next five years, the demand for IT workers will get a big boost from an unlikely source: manufacturers looking for networking pros who can help them run the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Manufacturers in the US, Germany, Japan and China are on the cutting edge of something called Industry 4.0, which is digital transformation applied to manufacturing —bringing with it all the change, opportunities and challenges that represents. And it includes IoT devices that contribute to the manufacturing process.

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Industry News
15th June 2017

How Industrial IoT and predictive analytics are saving millions through digital transformation

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Here are some case studies of how companies are saving anywhere from $300,000 to $20 million through the application of industrial IoT and predictive analytics.

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Industry News
15th June 2017

Industrial IoT is the most important tech scene you haven’t heard of

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Artificial Intelligence, the technology Hollywood predicts might be the death of us all — has been around for ages. From fictional Skynet to Apple’s Siri, we’ve all been gaping at AI’s unstoppable rise. Recently, although the hype around AI has continued to build, it hasn’t been matched by real-world rollouts. The same happened after the initial buzz caused by the Internet of Things (IoT), the yawns of once excited investors grew ever more audible as pundits across the web started considering that the fad was coming to an end.

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Industry News
15th June 2017

New materials/new skills

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Over the past decade, governments in North and South America, Europe and Asia have enacted stricter fuel economy and emissions requirements. To comply with these regulations, the automotive industry has focused research and development efforts on improving the efficiency of the internal combustion engine, implementing new powertrain technologies, lowering the costs of vehicle electrification, and reducing vehicle mass—also known as light weighting. Mass reduction is complementary to all other efficiency efforts; simply stated, lower weights require less energy to move. Estimates of the efficiency gains from mass reduction vary, but frequently state that a 10% reduction in vehicle mass, when coupled with powertrain downsizing, improves the fuel economy of a gasoline vehicle by 6–7 percent (Ricardo-AEA, 2015).

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Industry News
15th June 2017

New met-coal mine opens in Pennsylvania

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Corsa Coal’s Acosta mine will create up to 100 new jobs.

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Industry News
15th June 2017

Megatrends pushing manufacturers toward Industry 4.0

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Disruptive technologies and megatrends are shaping the future of manufacturing. The fourth industrial revolution — Industry 4.0 — has been gathering momentum in recent years and is set to be transformative in 2017. Industry 4.0 is the digitization of the manufacturing industry and a realization of the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) combined with artificial intelligence and data science. Done right, Industry 4.0 will enable manufacturers to improve efficiencies whilst reducing costs.

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Industry News
15th June 2017

Finish tech company creates equipment-cleaning ultrasound system

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Finland-based cleantech company, Altum Technologies, is the first organisation to use ultrasound in the removal of dirt and waste from industrial equipment without the need to interrupt production. The company's Power Ultrasound technology will cut production costs, increase employee safety, and diminish the various negative influences of industry on peoples’ lives.

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Industry News
15th June 2017

Why independent cart conveying is one smart move

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Industrial robots are ubiquitous in automotive body shops and have enabled significant productivity gains over the past five decades. But the truth is, robotic technology is only as efficient as the conveyance systems transferring the car chassis. And in many automotive plants today, inefficient transfer systems are the major obstacle to improving performance. 

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Industry News
15th June 2017

Refracturing revitalizes old oil wells

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Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are combining extensive data mining and analysis of 20,000 shale gas wells with new technologies — including better fracturing techniques and innovative working fluids such as supercritical carbon dioxide — to transform oil and gas wells that would’ve been considered at the end of their productive lives a few years ago into high-performers.

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Industry News
15th June 2017

Monday Economic Report - June 12, 2017

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After a busy few weeks of data, there was a bit of a breather on new economic indicators out last week. Of the reports that were released, one of the standouts was nonfarm job openings, which exceeded 6 million for the first time ever. This was yet another sign that the labor market has improved significantly in recent months. Not surprisingly, with the U.S. economy approaching "full employment," many businesses cite challenges with attracting new talent as one of their top concerns. Postings in the manufacturing sector have also been elevated in recent months, including March’s all-time high of 404,000. However, in April, the pace of job openings decelerated to 359,000, and net hiring weakened. Nonetheless, I would continue to expect stronger job openings and hiring data moving forward, especially given recent improvements in the economic outlook for the sector. 

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Industry News
15th June 2017

Honda plans mostly self-driving car, follows Waymo, others

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Honda said Thursday that it will have highly automated personal cars on the road by 2025. The automaker said its system will use computers and cameras, radar and laser sensors to handle almost all driving situations except bad weather or some unusual occurrences. Then a human driver would have to take control. The company also repeated its pledge to have highly automated freeway driving by 2020.

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Industry News
15th June 2017

Where manufacturing is thriving in the U.S.

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Although the share of industrial jobs has shrunken from 10.5 percent of all nonfarm employment in 2005 to 8.5 perfect today, manufacturing continues to have an outsized influence on regional economies, as is spelled out in the latest paper from the Center for Opportunity Urbanism. This stems in large part from the industrial sector’s productivity gains since 2001 — almost twice as much as the economy-wide average,  according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — and it has a far higher multiplier effect (the boost it provides to local job and wealth creation) than virtually any other sector. Manufacturing generates $1.40 in economic activity for every dollar put in, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, far greater than the multiplier generated by business services, information, retail trade or finance. 

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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
9th June 2017

Eaton develops electro hydraulic precision control machine

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Market shifts within industry 4.0, intelligent factories and smart energy are challenging companies to offer the seamless integration of multiple different technologies and disciplines. Within this field Eaton’s complementary electric and hydraulic expertise can bring easier and faster solutions. This combined knowledge can make it simpler for customers to do business with Eaton, as it presents one face to the customer. Application experts have the required practical knowledge to recommend a solution that addresses these stated markets shifts.

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Member News
9th June 2017

DNV GL awards Kawasaki Heavy Industries AiP for new non-spherical (MOSS) LNG tank

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DNV GL has awarded Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd (KHI) an Approval in Principle (AiP) for their newly developed non-spherical (MOSS) tank. The new tank is a IMO Independent Type B LNG tank that has been developed for use in 180KM3 LNG carriers designed to pass through the new Panama Canal.

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Member News
9th June 2017

Dana begins construction of facility in Chongqing, China to produce advanced driveline products

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CHONGQING, China, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Dana Incorporated (NYSE: DAN) today broke ground on a new 7,500 square-meter (80,000 square-foot) manufacturing and assembly facility in Chongqing, China, that will produce advanced driveline products for the Chinese market. 

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

Scheduled to open in late 2018, the facility will produce final drive units featuring integrated Spicer®SmartConnect™ disconnecting all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems.  This technology improves the fuel efficiency of SUVs, crossovers, and passenger vehicles.

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Member News
9th June 2017

Damen Shipyards Group consolidate commitment to Australian shipbuilding

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Damen Shipyards Group recently visited Adelaide to further consolidate their partnership with ASC Shipbuilding and Forgacs Marine and Defence (Forgacs) (ASC Forgacs Shipbuilding) to build twelve Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) for the Australian Navy and to explore domestic and export opportunities for both the commercial and naval markets. Mr Roland Briene, Damen’s Area Director Asia Pacific, also highlighted two important milestones for Damen in Australia: the 5th anniversary of Damen’s Australian company, Damen Services Brisbane, and the intention to establish a second long-term service hub in support of the SEA 1180 program.

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Member News
9th June 2017

Two Damen ferries for British Columbia, Canada

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Following an extensive, multi-phased international tender process, Canadian ferry operator BC Ferries has awarded Damen Shipyards Group a contract to construct two 81-metre ferries. The vessels are part of BC Ferries’ ongoing fleet renewal programme.

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Member News
9th June 2017

Caterpillar and our dealers support ‘belt and road’ initiative

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China’s ambitious project, “One Belt, One Road” is remaking global trade and nurturing geopolitical ties. Spanning over 60 countries, the project promises more than $1 trillion in infrastructure. As part of Caterpillar's Belt & Road initiative, our team in China is collaborating with dealers to help support a cross-divisional project that focuses on developing our sales and marketing capabilities in order to be best positioned for this opportunity. It was recently described as “arguably the most ambitious economic project in the 21st century in terms of physical and economic scale and geographic spread.” 

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Member News
9th June 2017

ABS to deliver industry-leading subchapter M solutions

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ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has been awarded a Third Party Organization (TPO) contract by Foss Maritime to support compliance with United States Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M requirements. Based in Seattle, WA, Foss Maritime owns and operates a fleet of tugs and offers maritime transportation and logistics services.

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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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Industry News
6th June 2017

The hard-to-believe steel shortage that’s unfolding in China

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The world’s top steelmaker may have a shortage of steel. China has a lack of rebar, according to iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group Ltd., which says a shortfall of the key product helps to explain a divergence between the price of the commodity it digs up with the alloy it’s made into.

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Industry News
6th June 2017

What companies seek from the Industrial IoT

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A clear majority of organizations have a growing or high interest in the industrial internet of things (IIoT), according to a recent survey from the Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network. The resulting report, "The Impact of Connectedness on Competitiveness," indicates that these manufacturing-based companies are seeking more efficient operations from their IIoT investment, as well as better product and services differentiation, and improved customer engagement. But there are lingering obstacles to full-scale, successful deployments, including existing skills gaps and a lack of adequate data integration capabilities.

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Industry News
6th June 2017

The U.S. will surpass China as the No. 1 country for manufacturing by 2020

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On Thursday, professional services firm Deloitte teamed up with the Council on Competitiveness to release its 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index, showing that the United States is the second most competitive manufacturing economy after China. What's more, global manufacturing executives predict that by 2020, the United States will be the most competitive manufacturing economy in the world.

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Industry News
6th June 2017

Three steps toward Industry 4.0

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Whether you’ve embraced digital manufacturing or are wondering where to start, there are things you can do right now to move closer to the future. Manufacturing execution systems (MESs), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) gateways, Industry 4.0, factory information systems (FISs) and manufacturing analytics might sound daunting, but that world is becoming simpler and more affordable all the time.

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Industry News
6th June 2017

Smart automation prompts need for skilled workforce

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Can advanced manufacturing deliver a clear ROI? This may be an especially thorny question when it comes to retrofitting a plant with aging assets. According to TBM Consulting, a firm that helps manufacturers balance their technology and workforce, the biggest mistake manufacturing industry managers make is relying solely on smart automation tools as the solution to downtime and lost revenue. While manufacturers are pressing ahead with data analytics systems, TBM analysts see a skills gap that can hamper the effectiveness of smart manufacturing tools.

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Industry News
6th June 2017

Metso partners with Rockwell Automation to create new industry-leading industrial IoT solutions for

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Metso has selected Rockwell Automation to deliver a global industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform that connects, monitors and performs analytics for Metso's equipment and services, resulting in improved efficiency and profitability for its mining and aggregates customers. The digital solution will securely collect and store data from Metso's equipment around the globe, including new equipment as well as machines already in operation. The solution will provide predictive analytics, preventive maintenance and facilitate remote asset monitoring by Metso and its customers.

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Industry News
6th June 2017

What do your motors really do?

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With years of service often left in the motors, it’s difficult for plant managers to justify replacing motors that work effectively for the sake of an upgrade with any smart features. However, there are alternatives to a complete overhaul in order to connect motors to the IIoT. Instead of investing in new, more intelligent / smart equipment, plant managers should invest in sensors that provide similar functionality to connected devices. 

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Industry News
6th June 2017

Replacing aging machine tools with the help of asset finance

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The machine tools industry is the mainstay of modern manufacturing and contributes significantly to the sector’s growth. The latest global forecast for the machine tools market projects a 5.5 percent annual growth rate through to 2019, and a growth of 6 percent when looking solely at Western Europe. Part of what drives this growth is the sector’s developments in technology. It is expected that as new machine tools with enhanced processing capabilities emerge, they will in turn increase the relative value of new products. With this in mind, machine tools users are increasingly recognizing the need to upgrade in order to keep up with the latest technological developments and remain competitive in the growing market.

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Industry News
6th June 2017

Monday Economic Report - June 5, 2017

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The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed disappointing job growth, with the U.S. economy adding just 138,000 net new workers in May, below the consensus estimate of 185,000 and even further from the 253,000 estimate provided by ADP. In addition, there were downward revisions to the March and April data, subtracting a total of 66,000 jobs from those months. Meanwhile, manufacturers were hoping to have a sixth straight month of job gains, much as we saw in the ADP data. Instead, manufacturing employment fell by 1,000 workers in May.

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Industry News
6th June 2017

Trump to push for overhauling roads, bridges, air traffic

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President Donald Trump is launching a major push for a $1 trillion overhaul of the nation’s roads and bridges, a key item on his agenda that’s been stymied in Congress and overshadowed by White House controversies.

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Industry News
6th June 2017

World Bank says trade, manufacturing to boost 2017 global growth

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The World Bank on Sunday maintained its forecast that global growth will improve to 2.7 percent this year, citing a pickup in manufacturing and trade, improved market confidence and a recovery in commodity prices. 

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Industry News
6th June 2017

Robot’s uncanny dexterity could transform manufacturing

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Robotic hands can play drums and even twirl objects with aplomb, but they're still poor at picking up unfamiliar objects. That's why UC Berkeley's DexNet 2.0 bot is so impressive — using deep learning, it can successfully grasp random, real-world objects 99 percent of the time. What's more, the tech, developed with the help of Amazon, Google and Toyota, is far enough along that it could be put to work in manufacturing and supply chains in the near future.

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Industry News
6th June 2017

3D printing the next five years – series

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To celebrate five years of reporting on the 3D printing industry, we’ve invited industry leaders and 3D printing experts to give us their perspective and predictions for the next five years and insight into trends in additive manufacturing. 

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Industry News
6th June 2017

Sandvik employee story Industry 4.0

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(Video) Meet Vahid Kalhori, head of digital machining innovation at Sandvik Coromant. His team is responsible for developing and delivering digital and smart products and technology platform modules for customers in many different industry segments. Vahid shares is focus on Industry 4.0, which will have a big impact on society. Connectivity will lead to faster and smarter decision making and a better utilization of resources.

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Industry News
6th June 2017

Why manufacturing jobs are coming back to the U.S. – even as companies buy more robots

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In the long run, many think that automation and robotics are going to replace a significant percentage, if not the overwhelming majority, of manufacturing jobs. That’s certainly a possibility. But for now, even as companies add more robots to North American factory floors, the number of human jobs in manufacturing is also on the rise.

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Industry News
6th June 2017

Manufacturing a future for the next generation workforce

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Today, the U.S. manufacturing industry faces many challenges, yet perhaps the most significant is the current — and growing — skills gap with six out of ten production positions going unfilled due to a talent shortage. Closing the gap is a priority, but it’s challenging given the magnitude of the problem — according to research from Deloitte, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled in the next decade, and two million of those jobs are likely to go unfilled.

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Industry News
6th June 2017

Poll: Manufacturing sector shows growth for ninth consecutive month

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The U.S. manufacturing sector maintained its robust growth in May, according to the latest monthly survey of supply executives. The Institute for Supply Management's poll registered a Purchasing Managers' Index of 54.9 percent, which was slightly above April's level and, at more than 50 percent for the ninth consecutive month, indicated continued growth in the manufacturing economy.

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Industry News
30th May 2017

Motors, gears and drives MRO

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It started with materials handling systems. Now, manufacturers of subsystems, like motors, gears and drives are expanding their maintenance and service offerings.

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Industry News
30th May 2017

A Japanese steel giant heads to Shibuya to woo top talent

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Convincing teenagers in Japan that working for a giant, 116-year-old manufacturer is a sexy career choice seems like a tough sell. It’s even more difficult if the target audience can’t figure out the company’s name. That’s the challenge for Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. in a country where a shrinking population means intense competition for young workers. 

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Industry News
30th May 2017

Gears shortage: The reason behind BMW SA production challenges

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Production of BMW South Africa’s manufacturing plant in Rosslyn has been halted by a shortage of steering gears from supplier, Bosch. The plant is unlikely  to produce any 3-Series models this week because of the component-supply problem.

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Industry News
30th May 2017

Horn continues growth path

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Cutting tool manufacturer Paul Horn GmbH employs more than 900 people in Tübingen, Germany, and 1,400 worldwide, and has been producing precision cutting tools and accessories since 1969. Due to its rapid growth, Horn added a third production plant to its Tübingen-based facilities in 2016, covering a total area of 20,000 square meters.

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Industry News
30th May 2017

Where subscription and IIoT models are working

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Despite some bumps in the road, the subscription model is generally considered a success in the auto and farming industries. One place where subscription or leasing seems to be particularly effective is in aerospace. GE and Rolls Royce have started renting their engines by the hour rather than having the airlines purchase them. Such a system might work better in aerospace rather than vehicles, tractors, or manufacturing equipment, as it is highly regulated. Of course, road vehicles have regulations, too, but they are not nearly as strict as aviation rules, regulations and litigious concerns.

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30th May 2017

Why manufacturing jobs are coming back to the U.S. – even as companies buy more robots

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In the long run, many think that automation and robotics are going to replace a significant percentage, if not the overwhelming majority, of manufacturing jobs. That’s certainly a possibility. But for now, even as companies add more robots to North American factory floors, the number of human jobs in manufacturing is also on the rise. In April, 12.4 million Americans worked in manufacturing, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s up by about 25,000 jobs from a year prior, and almost a million from early 2010. But it’s still down by about one third, or more than six million jobs, from 1980.

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30th May 2017

Manufacturing apps provide real-time operational intelligence

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PTC has built its new ThingWorx manufacturing apps on the industry-leading ThingWorx platform. While the robust, purpose-built Industrial IoT platform includes technologies and tools that enable companies to rapidly develop, deploy and extend apps and augmented reality experiences, the ThingWorx manufacturing apps are part of a new generation of Industrial IoT web/mobile applications, which include the Thingworx Navigate app.

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Industry News
30th May 2017

How additive manufacturing simplifies complex assemblies

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(Video) For manufacturers considering additive manufacturing (AM) to enhance their capabilities, there are a couple of ways at looking at the process: either in terms of production machinery that can be installed on a liner, or as a service. In this video, we learn how manufacturers can partner with AM experts to develop parts and prototypes off-site, capitalizing on unique services and material offerings. General Electric is one such expert, having found significant advantages in 3D printing parts for the aerospace industry.

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Industry News
30th May 2017

Next for Detroit? Find uses for 900 vacant manufacturing sites

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Detroit, once the industrial powerhouse of the world, now bears the burden of hundreds of vacant industrial sites. What to do about those sites is the focus of the latest special report from the Detroit Future City Implementation Office, to be released this week.

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Industry News
30th May 2017

Monday Economic Report – May 30, 2017

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Data continued to reflect some easing in manufacturing activity, even as the longer-term trend has been favorable. For instance, new durable goods orders declined 0.7 percent in April, ending four straight months of gains. New orders have edged up just 0.9 percent since April 2016, but excluding transportation, the year-over-year gain was 4.9 percent. The bottom line is that new orders for core capital goods (or nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft) remained flat in April after six consecutive months of growth.

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Industry News
30th May 2017

Infographic: Manufacturing by state

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This infographic features the top manufacturing focus of each state, based on annual employment.

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Industry News
30th May 2017

New Russian jet heralds carbon manufacturing shake-up

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Russia's new jetliner, which conducted its maiden flight on Sunday, may have a hard time challenging the sales duopoly of Boeing and Airbus, but it does point the way to radical changes in how they could be building jets in the future.

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Industry News
30th May 2017

Agile, modern manufacturers depend on the network

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Most of the conversations regarding the Internet of Things (IoT) tend to focus on consumer applications, and how a world of wireless interconnected devices that are constantly in conversation with each other can improve our lives in both novel and meaningful ways. While these tools run the gamut from gaming to healthcare, the underlying premise of IoT — Technology that has the ability to constantly learn about its users, adapt to their needs and ultimately connect them to each other — is a concept that has resonance far beyond just the consumer realm.

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Industry News
30th May 2017

U.S. durable goods orders fell for first time in 5 months

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U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped in April for the first time in five months, and a key category that tracks business investment went nowhere for the second straight month.

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Industry News
30th May 2017

Influential emerging market investor is iron ore price bull

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With Chinese and U.S. traders on a break, the iron ore market took a breather on Monday after wild price swings saw the steelmaking raw material fall to a more than seven-month low on Friday. The Northern China import price of 62 percent Fe content ore is down 15 percent for in May trading at $57.80 per dry metric tonne, the lowest since mid-October according to data supplied by The Steel Index.

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Industry News
30th May 2017

Shifting Gears: The future of automobiles

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One only has to see the latest news from automotive upstarts like Tesla, Uber and Alphabet’s Waymo — or even from evolving industry stalwarts like GM — to know that the very concept of automobiles is undergoing rapid change. While developments around self-driving autonomous vehicles might garner the most attention, there are a number of other shifts occurring that are fundamentally altering how cars are designed, made, and used — helping to shape the future of cars themselves.

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Industry News
30th May 2017

Lockheed Martin plans to add 500 jobs in Orlando

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Lockheed Martin is planning to add 500 new jobs at its Missiles and Fire Control plant in South Orlando, Fla., and the defense contractor is seeking $3.5 million in incentives for the expansion. Lockheed will pay the 500 new employees an average salary of $87,000 according to a proposed county resolution to authorize the tax refunds. The hiring would be phased in over the next five years.

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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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Industry News
25th May 2017

Ford to invest $350 million in Michigan plant

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The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker said Friday that the investment in the Livonia Transmission Plant is expected to create or keep 800 jobs. Some jobs are expected to be added this year, but most will be filled over the next two years.

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Industry News
23rd May 2017

The Made in America movement driven by innovation, not nationalism

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A new generation of companies is making higher-end clothing, furniture, eyewear, and more in the United States. Can their success lead to a revival of American manufacturing on a larger scale?

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Industry News
23rd May 2017

How Airbus dreamed up the wild design for its flying car

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So far, this wannabe industry has attracted mostly brash startups, with Uber cheering them on, ready to help deploy whatever tech they can make fly. But one member of the bandwagon offers the gravitas that comes with nearly 50 years of building real life airplanes. Airbus is in the flying car game, and it’s ready to embrace a new way to take off.

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Industry News
23rd May 2017

It is getting harder to find someone who can pass a drug test

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For current workers, according to the annual Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index published last week, illicit drug use continues to rise, resulting in the highest drug test positivity rates in the last 12 years.

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Industry News
23rd May 2017

How gas turbines and engines fit into the new energy mix

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Germany wants to increase overall energy efficiency by 27 percent and decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent by 2020. To hit these targets, the country is putting its faith in power from renewables, backed up and complemented by the most efficient use of fossil fuels.

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Industry News
23rd May 2017

Timken named one of America’s best large employers by Forbes

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The Timken Company, a global leader in bearings and mechanical power transmission products, was named one of America's Best Large Employers by Forbes magazine. The list includes 500 companies and nonprofit organizations in 25 industries and honors employers based on an independent survey asking how likely individuals would be to recommend their employer — or other employers in their industry — to someone else. This is the second consecutive year Timken has won the award.

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Industry News
23rd May 2017

Linamar eyes growth in electric engines

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Hybrid and electric vehicles should generate billions of dollars in revenue for Linamar Corp., chief executive officer Linda Hasenfratz says. The maker of engine and transmission parts is well represented in internal combustion engines globally, but envisions 60 percent of vehicles containing battery electric propulsion systems, hybrid engines and fuel-cell powered engines by 2030. Vehicles powered by anything other than internal combustion engines have just a fraction of the market now.

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Industry News
23rd May 2017

Guide to $400 billion in Saudi-U.S. Deals: Black Hawks to oil

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Saudi Arabia signed billions of dollars of deals with U.S. companies during President Donald Trump’s visit to Riyadh. Estimates of their total value vary from $300 billion to close to $400 billion.

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Industry News
23rd May 2017

Shipyard: Building three aircraft carriers at once saves money

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The Virginia shipyard that builds the Navy’s aircraft carriers says it could save $1.5 billion by constructing three carriers at once. Newport News Shipbuilding also says that would reduce construction time for each by up to two years.

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Industry News
23rd May 2017

Ford replaces CEO Mark Fields in push to transform business

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Ford is replacing CEO Mark Fields as it struggles to keep its traditional auto-manufacturing business running smoothly while remaking itself as a nimble, high-tech provider of new mobility services.

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Industry News
23rd May 2017

The role of hybrid manufacturing in 3D printing

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Between the worlds of CNC machining and additive manufacturing (AM), there lies a bridge technology referred to as hybrid manufacturing. Hybrid systems combine both production techniques to join the benefits of subtractive and additive processes — the precision of the former with the freedom of the latter.

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Industry News
23rd May 2017

The future of 21st century manufacturing is digital

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(Video) Across America, manufacturing is changing from the traditional assembly line to the use of collaborative robots. By 2025, industrial robots are expected to perform 25 percent of tasks such as assembly, packaging, and material handling.

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Industry News
23rd May 2017

The Tech Column: SAP eyes a future filled with machine learning

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When Hasso Plattner talks, it is best to listen. The SAP SE co-founder and current chairman of its supervisory board, can explain technical issues with the best in the world, words often leaping from his lips with a German lilt. At 73, his energy has hardly waned.

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Industry News
23rd May 2017

Manufacturing to see growth in 2017: ISM

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U.S. manufacturing and services executives expect to see increased revenue, hiring and capital spending in 2017, reflecting confidence in the economy, according to a survey released on this week.

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Industry News
23rd May 2017

Alexa, bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States

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Re-shoring factories and supply chains is not enough: We must also have a workforce that can take advantage.

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Industry News
23rd May 2017

Monday Economic Report – May 22, 2017

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Much of the economic data released last week provided mixed news, even as these indicators continue to suggest overall progress. For manufacturers, two regional surveys showed movement in the opposite direction in the May data. At one end of the spectrum, the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank reported that manufacturing activity expanded robustly in May on strong growth in new orders and with the average employee workweek expanding at a level not seen since October 1987. This stood in contrast to the rather disappointing Empire State Manufacturing Survey in May, which had activity falling for the first time since October.

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Press Release
9th May 2017

NORTH AMERICAN GEAR MARKET POISED FOR GROWTH IN 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Jenny Blackford, VP, Marketing

blackford@agma.org

703-684-0211

 

NORTH AMERICAN GEAR MARKET POISED FOR GROWTH IN 2017

Nine of Eleven Markets AGMA Tracks Show Positive Signs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About AGMA

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

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Press Release
8th May 2017

North American Gear Market Poised for Growth in 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Jenny Blackford, VP Communication

blackford@agma.org

703-684-0211

 

NORTH AMERICAN GEAR MARKET POISED FOR GROWTH IN 2017

Nine of Eleven Markets AGMA Tracks Show Positive Signs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About AGMA

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

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Member News
2nd May 2017

John Deere Extends In-Base JDLink™ From Three to Five Years on Construction and Forestry Machines

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In an effort to better meet the needs of today’s customer and the evolving job site, John Deere is extending its JDLink™ in-base subscription service from three to five years on construction and forestry machines. The update is a result of increased customer interest in technology and the integration of 4G hardware in John Deere equipment. The extension also allows the manufacturer to stay connected with machines beyond the warranty period and unlocks additional functionality and value for customers.

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2nd May 2017

KTR - Highly flexible flange couplings in new sizes

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KTR has extended the portfolio of highly torsionally flexible flange couplings of the BoWex-ELASTIC® HE line by two sizes. The new couplings are available in different Shore hardnesses and suitable for high-performance drives of up to 5,000 kW.

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Member News
2nd May 2017

New KISSsoft release 03/2017 is now available

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On 24th of April, the Industrial Fair in Hanover opens its doors. At the same time, the new version of KISSsoft 03/2017 will be released with a number of innovations that have been implemented. 

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2nd May 2017

KAPP NILES experiences growth

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Last year, C4E Technology GmbH was founded with home base in Coburg and a production site in Boulder, CO in the USA. The capabilities of this company comprise a wide scope of coating services, such as optimized carbon (DLC) coating, silicon carbide (SiC) and boron nitride (BN) coating. These coating methods guarantee unprecedented hardness, dramatically reduce coefficient friction, long-lasting protection against wear, corrosion and most aggressive chemicals, crucial for numerous applications in the automotive and oil & gas industry, as well as for textiles and medical equipment. These coating methods also offer an ideal alternative to chrome plating which has significant environmental impact. Carbon coating allows for a variety of surface requirements, especially necessary in the field of tribology. For further information, visit  www.c4etechnology.com. 

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Member News
2nd May 2017

Liebherr expands its portfolio of electric travel drives

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After presenting the first electric version of the eFAT 325 travel drive at Agritechnica 2015, Liebherr has further invested in the development of electric travel drives. The portfolio has therefore been expanded to include three further gearbox sizes in a series-production range of electric travel drives. The new range includes four different gearbox sizes: from eFAT325 to eFAT500. The special gearbox design enables even load distribution across the individual stages, thereby ensuring high power density. The convection-cooled, short-time submersible permanent magnet motor with IP67 protection achieves performance specs of 7.9kW to 50.8kW in one hour of continuous operation. The range as a whole is distinguished by high torque in a compact construction thanks to the permanent magnet technology. The latter enables tailor-made placement of the drivetrain in the cramped conditions of the machine. Which eFAT to choose depends on the maximum required traction force of the machine, ranging from 186kN to 559kN.

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Member News
2nd May 2017

Metso welcomes PacWest Machinery to Distributor network in Pacific Northwest

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Metso continues to strengthen their North American distributor network with the recent addition of PacWest Machinery based in Seattle, Washington.

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Member News
2nd May 2017

Meritor® 13X Single-Drive Axle Now Available to Fleets for International Truck’s Medium-Duty Applic

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Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) today announced that its 13X single-drive axle is available for specification by fleets purchasing medium-duty trucks from International Truck. It will become standard equipment on DuraStar models in July.

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Member News
2nd May 2017

Mercury Marine’s new high-pressure die casting machine is now the largest in North America

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Fond du Lac, Wis. - Mercury Marine held an event today to officially announce the commissioning of the largest high-pressure die casting machine in North America. Since 2009, Mercury Marine has now invested more than $800 million in R&D and manufacturing expansion ...

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Member News
2nd May 2017

QuesTek’s Chief Executive Officer Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

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Dr. Aziz Asphahani, President & Chief Executive Officer of QuesTek Innovations LLC, was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in recognition of his distinguished contributions to engineering: “for executive leadership in STEM education, integrated computer design of materials, and innovation and production of corrosion-resistant alloys.” He will be honored at a formal induction into the Academy in October, hosted by the President and Council in Washington D.C.

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Member News
2nd May 2017

Rolls-Royce wins $300m order from Lion Group

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Rolls-Royce has won a $300m order from Lion Group for Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines to power three new Airbus A330 aircraft, supported by Rolls-Royce’s flagship engine service, TotalCare®.

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Member News
2nd May 2017

REM Surface Engineering announces new executive leadership

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REM Surface Engineering has announced the appointment of Justin Michaud as CEO. He assumed responsibilities on January 1, 2017 and will succeed Mark Michaud, who stepped down into a reduced role as a Technical Fellow supporting Research and Sales. Justin Michaud has been part of the REM Surface Engineering team since 2006, serving in the role of Corporate Special Projects Manager before being promoted to Director of Operations in 2009 and serving as Vice President since 2012. During that time he was responsible for managing key projects in the organization with a focus on continual improvement, process optimization across multiple departments, and oversight of Operations & Sales. Justin Michaud holds a bachelor of Business Administration & Finance from the University of Notre Dame.

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Member News
2nd May 2017

Interview with Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America VP of Business Development

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Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America (SMA), part of Sumitomo Drive Technologies, announced Sara Zimmerman as the corporation's Vice President of Business Development, effective January 1, 2017. Mrs. Zimmerman previously served as the Director of Business Development. In the position of Vice President of Business Development, Mrs. Zimmerman provides leadership, guidance, and direction to the marketing, engineering, product, business development and corporate industry managers. She works closely with Sumitomo Power and Transmission divisions to ensure customer satisfaction, revenue and profit goals are met.
We asked Sara about her journey to Vice President, her vision for the corporation, and who she is inside and outside of work.

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Member News
2nd May 2017

Valmet and Solar Turbines Incorporated establish cooperation agreement to share expertise and experi

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Valmet and Solar Turbines Incorporated (a Caterpillar company) have agreed to cooperate with a view to further develop integrated gas turbine cogeneration systems for the tissue industry. The target of the joint development of the energy optimizing systems is to contribute to the reduction of tissue mills’ production costs and improve the energy efficiency of the production process. 

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Member News
2nd May 2017

SEW-EURODRIVE showcases X series hoist drives

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SEW-EURODRIVE is exhibiting special hoist drives based on the tried-and-tested series X industrial gear units and intended specifically for process and port cranes.

The new drive designs are ideal for hoisting applications. Finely stepped in eleven sizes, the drive solution benefits from larger center distances. The hoist drives are available in an application-specific, weight-optimized cast housing.

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Member News
2nd May 2017

Sandvik Materials Technology wins large order for the Leviathan gas field

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Sandvik Materials Technology, a world-leading developer and producer of advanced stainless steels and other high-performance materials, has secured the contract to be the sole provider of stainless steel umbilical tubes for the Leviathan gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, offshore Israel. The order was booked in the first quarter and the value is about 400 million SEK with deliveries scheduled for 2017.

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2nd May 2017

(Sandvik) Smart Powder solutions help reduce marine emissions

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Independence and flexibility, both hallmarks of a strong project team, were on full display when Sandvik and MAN Diesel & Turbo collaborated to develop a solution that reduces emissions from large cargo vessels.

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2nd May 2017

Triumph Product Support and VAS Aero Services Collaborate on PW4168 Nacelles

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Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE:TGI) is proud to join forces with VAS Aero Services, LLC to provide airline operators with PW4168 nacelles for the A330. The comprehensive supply program will be supported out of Triumph’s Hot Springs, Arkansas, or Chonburi, Thailand, facility.

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Member News
2nd May 2017

Vestas expands 2 MW platform with two new turbine variants

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With new, larger 116 meter and 120 meter rotors, the V116-2.0 MW and V120-2.0 MW offer industry-leading levelised cost of energy at park level in medium, low, and ultra-low wind conditions globally, though particularly well-suited for the U.S., India and China.

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Member News
2nd May 2017

Vestas receives two orders for 110 MW in China

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The firm and unconditional orders each comprise 55 MW of 2 MW platform turbines.

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Member News
2nd May 2017

Collaborating on the future of flight: Virginia Tech and UTC Aerospace Systems announce agreements

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Virginia Tech and UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) today announced a comprehensive research and education agreement that will focus on two areas of vital interest to UTAS and the aerospace industry: secure aircraft wireless networking and power electronics. UTAS will invest $1 million over  five years to help fund a master research agreement, as well as student scholarships, capstone projects and competitions in these areas. UTAS is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

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Member News
20th April 2017

FLSmidth signs cement grinding plant contract in Rwanda

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FLSmidth has signed a contract with Prime Cement Ltd for engineering, procurement and supply of equipment for a full-scope cement grinding plant with a capacity of 700,000 tonnes per year. The plant will be located in Musanze, Rwanda. The contract will become effective when FLSmidth receives a down-payment from the customer, which is expected to happen later in 2017.

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Member News
20th April 2017

Evonik’s Oil Additives Team Adds COPI Lab to Horsham, PA USA Technology and Business Center

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HORSHAM, PA USA – Evonik’s Oil Additives Team celebrated the opening of its new Crude Oil Paraffin Inhibitor (COPI) Laboratory with a brief ceremony and lunch for employees and invited guests on April 14. 

The addition of the COPI lab marks a significant expansion of Evonik’s Oil Additives business line into an industry in which many other Evonik businesses excel. “Oil Additives, with its many years of experience in paraffin wax control chemistry,” explains Evonik’s Oil Additives Specialties Business Director Aidan Rose, “brings a significant technology addition to the Evonik Oil & Gas Product Portfolio.” 

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Member News
18th April 2017

EDF Renewable Services Reports 10 Gigawatts Under Contract in North America

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EDF Renewable Services (EDF RS) introduced TRUalytics 2.0 along with the expanded customer account management team at the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Summit hosted by EDF RS last week in San Antonio, Texas. Industry leaders, project owners, and operators of renewable facilities gathered for insightful discussions regarding future trends and strategies to maximize energy production, increase profitability and optimize availability.

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Member News
18th April 2017

Dontyne Systems becomes member of North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA)

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Dontyne Systems is very proud to become a member of North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA). This is a group of companies in the North East of England involved in the complete supply chain for the Automotive industry in the region.

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Member News
18th April 2017

DNV GL Receives APS’s Supplier of the Year Award

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DNV GL has been awarded Arizona Public Service Company (APS) 2017 Supplier of the Year Award for Customer Service in recognition of its work helping APS deliver the Solutions for Business energy efficiency program.

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Member News
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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Member News
18th April 2017

Allison TC 10® to be available in Kenworth and Peterbilt models this year

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Allison Transmission today announced its TC10® for Class 8 tractors will be available from PACCAR later this year in the Kenworth T680 and T880, and Peterbilt 567 and 579 models.

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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

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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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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About AGMA

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

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5th April 2017

AGMA Welcomes Four New Board Members

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact:Jenny Blackford, VP, Marketing

April 5, 2017                                                                                    Blackford@agma.org

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AGMA WELCOMES FOUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS

 

Alexandria, VA  —

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

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

The following industry leaders are now AGMA Board Members:

 

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

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

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

 

Mike McKernin,President, Circle Gear and Machine Company

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

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

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

 

Cory Ooyen, President, Global Gear and Machining LLC

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

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

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

 

Greg Schulte,President, Bonfiglioli USA

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

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

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

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About AGMA

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

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2nd April 2017

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

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

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Press Release
15th February 2017

AGMA Members approve bylaw change

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact:     Jenny Blackford, VP, Marketing

February 15, 2017                                                                                  Blackford@agma.org

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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

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AGMA Adds Two New Courses to Its 2017 Education Offerings

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Advanced Gear Engineering Certificate

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

 

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

 

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About AGMA

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

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24th October 2016

AGMA Releases 2015 Operating Ratio Report (ORR)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           

October 24, 2016                                                                                

 

CONTACT  

Jenny Blackford, VP, Marketing

Blackford@agma.org

(703) 684-0211

 

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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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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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

                                                                                                                                (703) 684-0211

 

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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Press Release
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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Member News
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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Member News
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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Member News
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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Member News
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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Member News
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)

Complete press release here.

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Member News
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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Member News
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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Press Release
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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Press Release
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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Press Release
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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Press Release
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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Press Release
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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Press Release
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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Press Release
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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Press Release
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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Press Release
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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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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Press Release
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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Press Release
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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Press Release
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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Press Release
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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Press Release
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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