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Technical Committees

Help to shape tomorrow’s standards for the gear industry by joining one of AGMA’s 23 active  Technical Committees. AGMA technical committees hold over 100 meetings each year to develop the standards in our industry.

You could make an impact both in the United States and around the world. Many of our Technical Committees act as a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to their ISO counterpart Working Groups (WG) for the development of ISO standards as well.

A complete list our Technical Committees is below. You can learn about the individual committee work here. You can also learn more by talking with a member of our technical department at 703.684.0211 or tech@agma.org.

AGMA membership is the only requirement for participation on a Technical Committee. Committee membership has two levels of participation: Observer and Active.

All new committee members start as an observer member. An observer member is not a voting member, but may participate in committee activities. Observer members will receive notices of meetings and minutes, and only upon request will receive drafts of standards.

An active member is a representative of a member company that regularly attends meetings, and accepts and performs work assignments as assigned by the chairperson. Only active members will be considered in determining a quorum and have a vote on committee activities.

Committee meetings are either held face-to-face or via web conferencing. Face-to-face meetings are generally held over the course of two days at an easily accessible location or a member’s facility. Web conferences are generally two hours long and usually start at either 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. 

Discover the Benefits of Technical Committee Participation

  • Members get the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the best minds in the industry - people actively involved in the standards development process.
  • Develop a network of peers to achieve better insights into the industry, your competition, the markets you serve and potential suppliers.
  • Learn about and study various technical subjects related to gear design, manufacture and operation that are important to career development and your company's future.

If you are interested in participating, please email tech@agma.org.

Committee Portal

AGMA's Technical Division, currently with 23 committees representing over 470 members, facilitates the development of quality consensus standards for gears and gear products. Membership in these committees is open to employees within current AGMA member companies, but you must register with AGMA staff before participating. Contact Phillip Olson, AGMA Staff Engineer at olson@agma.org for complete information.

Committee Portal 

Aerospace Gearing Committee

Chair: Chair: Thomas Doubts, GE Aviation

The Aerospace Gearing Committee determines special considerations required for gears used in manned and unmanned aircraft, rockets, and missiles, as well as for the guidance and data systems used for control of the same.

Current Activity

The committee is currently working on a revision of AGMA 911-BXX, Design Guidelines for Aerospace Gearing

Meeting Frequency

Three face-to-face meetings per year

Staff Liaison

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Bevel Gearing Committee

Chair: Bob Wasilewski, Arrow Gear

The Bevel Gearing Committee evaluates the materials, design, manufacturing, and application of bevel gearing. This committee does not work on documents that discuss the inspection of bevel gears.

Current Activity

The committee is currently reviewing / addressing comments received during the Committee Review & Comment of ANSI/AGMA 2003-DXX, Rating the Pitting Resistance and Bending Strength of Generated Straight Bevel, Zerol Bevel and Spiral Bevel Gear Teeth.  The committee also continues work on AGMA 929-BXX, Calculation of Bevel Gear Top Land, Slot Widths and Cutter Edge Radii.

Meeting Frequency

One face-to-face meeting and three to four web conferences per year.

ISO Involvement

ISO TC 60 - WG 13

ISO Representative

Claus Weyand, Rexnord Gear Group

Staff Liaison

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Computer Programming Committee

Chair: Allen Williston, A & J Engineering

The Computer Programming Committee facilitates standards through the use of computer software by creating, maintaining, and supporting the gear design software that is available from AGMA. Members on this committee are engineers with experience in gear design and computer programming. The developed software incorporates the design recommendations of the various applicable AGMA and ISO standards for a given application.

Current Activity

The committee is developing a program to calculate the safety factor against Tooth Flank Fracture to assist the Helical Gearing Committee. The committee is also developing a working model of ISO 10300 that can be used by the Bevel Gearing Committee to test ISO methodology.

Meeting Frequency

Seven to ten web conferences and one face-to-face meeting per year

Staff Liaison

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Cutting Tools Committee

Chair: John Brunner, Rexnord Gear Group

The Cutting Tools Committee evaluates the tools for producing gear teeth, such as hobs, shaper cutters, grinding wheels, etc. The committee maintains a relationship with the organizations involved directly with such tools to stay up to date with their activities. The committee prepares AGMA standards only when the needs of the gear industry are not being met by the other organizations.

Current Activity

The committee continues work on AGMA 1107-AXX, Tolerance Specification for Form Milling Cutters, and recently began a limited scope revision of AGMA 1102-B13, Tolerance Specifications for Gear Hobs.  In addition, as the US TAG to ISO WG 3, the committee is actively involved in the revision of ISO 4468, Gear hobs – Accuracy requirements.

Meeting Frequency

Three face-to-face meetings per year and one to two web conferences per year.

ISO Involvement

ISO TC 60 - WG 3

ISO Representative

Michael Tennutti, Gleason Cutting Tools

Staff Liaison

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Enclosed Drives for Industrial Applications Committee

Chair: Todd Praneis, Cotta Transmission Company, LLC

The Enclosed Drives for Industrial Applications Committee evaluates the design, rating, and application of enclosed drives in which helical, herringbone, or spiral bevel gears are the principal form of gearing.

Current Activity

The committee will soon begin reviewing and resolving comments received during General Ballot of ANSI/AGMA 6001/6101-E08, Design and Selection of Components for Enclosed Gear Drives.

Meeting Frequency

Seven to eight web conferences per year.

ISO Involvement

ISO TC 60 – WG10

ISO Representative

OPEN

Staff Liaison

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Epicyclic Enclosed Drives (Planetary) Committee

Chair: Octave A. LaBath

The Epicyclic Enclosed Drives Committee evaluates the design, rating, and application of enclosed drives employing epicyclic (planetary) gear arrangements.

Current Activity

The committee published ANSI/AGMA 6123-C16, Design Manual for Enclosed Epicyclic Gear Drives in 2016.

The committee is currently not active.

Meeting Frequency

Six to seven web conferences per year.

Staff Liaison

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Fine-Pitch Gearing Committee

Chair: Daniel Seger, Perry Technology Corporation

The Fine-Pitch Gearing Committee evaluates design considerations, tooth forms, and other aspects of fine-pitch gears (spur and helical) and face gears which must be treated in a different manner from coarse-pitch gears.

Current Activity

The committee continues work on, AGMA 916-AXX, Face Gears with Intersecting Perpendicular Axes, and a revision of ANSI/AGMA 1103, Tooth Proportions for Fine-Pitch Spur and Helical Gearing

Meeting Frequency

Three face-to-face meetings per year

Staff Liaison

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Flexible Couplings Committee

Chair: Todd Schatzka, Rexnord Innovation Center

The Flexible Coupling Committee evaluates the design, rating, and application of mechanical connectors for transmitting torque without slip, and for accommodating misalignment between axially oriented rotors.

Current Activity

The committee will soon begin reviewing and resolving comments from the General Ballot of AGMA 9001-CXX, Flexible Couplings – Lubrication.  The committee is also working on a new revision of ANSI/AGMA 9009-EXX, Flexible Couplings – Nomenclature for Flexible Couplings.

Meeting Frequency

Two face-to-face meetings and two web conferences per year.

ISO Involvement

ISO TC 14

ISO Representative

Todd Schatzka

Staff Liaison

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Gear Accuracy Committee

Chair: Steve Lindley, Rexnord Gear Group

The Gear Accuracy Committee develops the AGMA classification systems covering quality, measurement methods, inspection equipment, and master gear specifications used in the inspection of gears. The classification systems developed by the Gear Accuracy Committee facilitate effective and efficient communication between designers, manufacturers, and customers.

Current Activity

The committee is currentlyworking on the next revision of AGMA 915-2 A05, Inspection Practices - Part 2: Cylindrical Gears - Radial Measurements. In addition, the committee is also developing a new document on tolerances for spur and helical racks, AGMA 943-AXX.

Meeting Frequency

Three face-to-face meetings per year and three to four web conferences per year.

ISO Involvement

ISO TC 60 – WG 2

ISO Representative

John Rinaldo, Atlas Copco Comptec LLC

Staff Liaison

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Helical Enclosed Drives High Speed Units Committee

Chair: John B. Amendola, Sr., Artec Machine Systems

The Helical Enclosed Drives: High Speed Units Committee evaluates the design, rating, and application of enclosed helical gear drives where the pitch line velocity exceeds 7,000 rpm, or pinion speed exceeds 4,500 rpm.

Current Activity

The committee is currently not active.  It is scheduled to be reactivated in 2019 to review the reaffirmation of ANSI/AGMA 6011-J14, Specifications for High Speed Helical Gear Units.

Meeting Frequency

N/A

ISO Involvement

ISO TC 60 – WG11

ISO Representative

OPEN

Staff Liaison

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Helical Enclosed Drives Marine Units Committee

Chair: Dick Calvert, Chalmers & Kubeck

The Helical Enclosed Drives: Marine Units Committee evaluates the design, rating, and application of enclosed drives, in which helical gears are the principal form, for propulsion and ship service generator sets.

Current Activity

The committee will soon begin discussion on the reaffirmation of ANSI/AGMA 6032-B13, Standard for Marine Gear Units: Rating and Application for Spur and Helical Gear Teeth.

Meeting Frequency

N/A

Staff Liaison

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Helical Gear Rating Committee

Chair: Frank Uherek, Rexnord Gear Group

The Helical Gear Rating Committee determines strength and durability rating of spur and helical gears.

Current Activity

The committee is currently reviewing/resolving committee comments on AGMA 2101-EXX, Fundamental Rating Factors and Calculation Methods for Involute Spur and Helical Gar Teeth. 

In addition, the 925 subcommittee, of members specifically interested in the subject of micropitting, is separately working on the next edition of AGMA 925, Effect of Lubrication on Gear Surface Distress.

Meeting Frequency

Two face-to-face meetings and four to five web conferences per year.

ISO Involvement

ISO TC 60 – WG 6 and WG 15

ISO Representative

Robin Olson, Rexnord Gear Group

Staff Liaison

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Lubrication Committee

Chair: Bill Hankes, A-C Equipment Services

The Lubrication Committee works on the description, and application, of lubrication of open and enclosed gear sets, and creates guidelines for minimum performance characteristics for lubricants suitable for use in general power transmission applications.

Current Activity

The committee continues work on creating two separate documents based on ANSI/AGMA 9005-F16, Industrial Gear Lubrication. One document will concentrate on lubrication and the other will concentrate on lubricants.

Meeting Frequency

One face-to-face meeting and ten web conferences per year.

ISO Involvement

ISO TC 60 – WG12

ISO Representative

OPEN

Staff Liaison

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Metallurgy and Materials Committee

Chair: Carl Ribaudo, Timken Company

The Metallurgy and Materials Committee evaluates the materials and the heat treatment processes used in gear manufacturing.

Current Activity

The committee is reviewing and resolving committee comments on AGMA 923-B05, Metallurgical Specifications for Steel Gearing

Meeting Frequency

Two face-to-face meetings and five to six web conferences per year.

ISO Involvement

ISO TC 60 – WG14

ISO Representative

Carl R. Ribaudo, Timken Company

Staff Liaison

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Mill Gearing Committee

Chair: Gary A. Bish, Horsburgh & Scott Company

The Mill Gearing Committee evaluates the special considerations required for helical and herringbone gears used to drive cylindrical grinding mills, kilns, dryers and metal rolling mills.

Current Activity

The committee will soon begin reviewing and resolving comments received during General Ballot of ANSI/AGMA 6015/6115-A13, Power Rating of Single and Double Helical Gearing for Rolling Mill Service.

Meeting Frequency

One face-to-face meeting and ten web conferences per year.

Staff Liaison

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Nomenclature Committee

Chair: Dwight Smith, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.

The Nomenclature Committee develops definitions, symbols, terms, etc., for all elements and types of gears. Documents created by the Nomenclature Committee establish a common language for members of the gear industry to effectively and efficiently communicate with each other.

Current Activity

The committee is currently working on a revision of ANSI/AGMA 1012, Gear Nomenclature, Definition of Terms with Symbols. In addition, as the US Technical Advisory Group, TAG, to ISO WG 4, the committee continues active participation in the ongoing project to revise ISO 10825, Gears - Wear and Damage to Gear Teeth - Terminology.

Meeting Frequency

Seven to eight meetings per year are held via web conferencing

ISO Involvement

ISO TC 60 - WG 4

ISO Representative

John Rinaldo, Atlas Copco Comptec LLC

Staff Liaison

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Plastics Committee

Chair: Richard Kuhr, Richard Kuhr Gear Consulting and Training

The Plastics Gearing Committee evaluates the material, design, rating, manufacturing, inspection, and application of molded or cut-tooth plastic gearing.

Current Activity

The committee continues work on, AGMA 946-AXX, Test Methods for Plastic Gears, and a revision of ANSI/AGMA 1106-A97, Tooth Proportions for Plastic Gears.

Meeting Frequency

Three face-to-face meetings per year

Staff Liaison

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Powder Metallurgy Committee

Chair: OPEN

The Powder Metallurgy Gearing Committee evaluates the materials, design, rating, manufacturing, inspection, and application of powder metallurgy gearing.

Current Activity

The committee is currently working on, AGMA 944-AXX, Mechanisms of Powder Metal, PM, Gear Failures, as well as ANSI/AGMA 6008-BXX, Specifications for Powder Metallurgy Gears.

Meeting Frequency

Three face-to-face meetings per year

Staff Liaison

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Sound & Vibration Committee

Chair: Steve Rogan, Artec Machine Systems

The Sound and Vibration Committee evaluates the specifications and the methods of monitoring sound and vibration, as applied to gearing. The committee generally focuses on enclosed gear drives.

Current Activity

The committee will soon begin reviewing and resolving comments received during the General Ballot of ANSI/AGMA 6025-EXX, Sound for Enclosed Helical, Herringbone and Spiral Bevel Gear Drives. In addition, the committee is also working on a revision of ANSI/AGMA 6000-CXX, Specification for Measurement of Linear Vibration on Gear Units.

Meeting Frequency

One face-to-face meeting and six to seven web conferences per year.

ISO Involvement

ISO TC 60 – WG 9

ISO Representative

OPEN

Staff Liaison

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Spline Committee

Chair: Steve McKenny, GM Powertrain

The Spline Committee works on the development of a comprehensive set of standards on design, rating, accuracy, application, inspection, and maintenance of splines.

Current Activity

The committee continues work on AGMA 945; an information sheet on involute splines

Meeting Frequency

One face-to-face meeting and five to seven web conferences per year.

Staff Liaison

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Vehicle Gearing Committee

Chair: Rick Platt, Allison Transmission, Inc.

The Vehicle Gearing Committee evaluates the special considerations required for gears used to propel ground-based vehicles.

Current Activity

The committee is resolving committee comments on the next edition of ANSI/AGMA 6002/6102-DXX, Design Guide for Vehicle Spur and Helical Gears.

Meeting Frequency

Two face-to-face and three web conferences per year

Staff Liaison

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Wind Turbine Gear Committee

Chair: Brent Reardon, Siemens Industry, Inc.

The Wind Turbine Gear Committee is a joint committee with the American Wind Energy Association that develops gear standards used in the production of wind energy.

Current Activity

The committee is currently reviewing and resolving comments received during General Ballot of ANSI/AGMA 6006-BXX, Standard for Design and Specifications of Gearboxes for Wind Turbines.

Meeting Frequency

Two face-to-face meetings, depending on project needs, supplemented with six to eight virtual meetings (held via Cisco Web-Ex) p

ISO Involvement

IEC/ISO JWG

ISO Representative

Brent Reardon, Siemens Industry, Inc.

Staff Liaison

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Wormgearing Committee

Chair: Martin Peculis, Cleveland Gear Company

The Wormgearing Committee evaluates all aspects of cylindrical and globoidal wormgearing, including design, rating, application of enclosed drives, and their inspection.

Current Activity

The committee is reviewing and resolving comments received during Committee Review and Comment of AGMA 6034-CXX, Practice for Enclosed Cylindrical Wormgear Speed Reducers and Gearmotors.

Meeting Frequency

One to two face-to-face meetings and three to four web conferences per year.

ISO Involvement

ISO TC 60 – WG7

ISO Representative

OPEN

Staff Liaison

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